One of the most pressing questions people ask about our two-week programs at Summit is how we handle issues like same-sex marriage, sexual brokenness, and masculinity/femininity.
It’s one of my favorite questions to answer because our team does an outstanding job working with students on these tough subjects, both intellectually and emotionally, and we’re seeing dramatic growth in students’ lives. Here are some of the topics we cover:
Biblical Theology of Life and Sexuality: At Summit, we help students develop a biblical ethic of sexuality starting with Genesis 1. Our instructors help students understand God’s story of creation-fall-redemption and how a biblical worldview responds to the challenges of worldviews such as Secularism, Marxism, New Spirituality, Islam, and Postmodernism. Students quickly understand that only a biblical Christian worldview has a consistent, livable doctrine of creation that accounts for marriage, life purpose, work, worship, and stewardship.
Marriage and Same-Sex Attraction: This summer, John Stonestreet is with us explaining the biblical case for man/woman marriage and responding to the arguments being used to advance the same-sex marriage agenda. But we help students with personal issues as well. Sean McDowell speaks about how to be set free from pornography, an addiction that affects 70 percent of men and more than 30 percent of women in America. And Mike Haley, Ricky Chellete, and Christopher Yuan all share about how God rescued them from same-sex attraction and how students can be restored to sexual wholeness and purity.
Masculinity/Femininity: Barton and Sarah Stone, Summit graduates who teach at a prep school in Denver, spend an evening with the students talking about how God designed us to be male and female, and how to honorably live out that design.
Life Purpose: As each Summit session nears an end, I spend time with students pursuing the question, “What larger story does God want to tell through your life?” Most young adults struggle with a sense of purpose in life, and we’re finding that through the teaching they receive as well as the one-on-one mentoring with our staff, they are able to stop making excuses and break through the barriers that prevent them from living fully for the Lord.
The impact of this is profound. Two days ago, I had a conversation with a former Summit student who was set free from an addiction to pornography through getting a strong sense of purpose, understanding a biblical worldview, getting accountability, and intentionally seeking out wise mentors to help guide him. He’s gone from depression to joy, from guilt to excitement. The change in his countenance tells the whole story.
You might not expect a worldview and leadership camp to be the place where students find hope and healing, but we’re watching it happen before our very eyes.
As students grow in maturity, they’re also reconciling with their families and developing a healthy basis for pursing a life of God-given purpose. As they move into their twenties, we’re watching how this enables them to form Godly guy/girl relationships that move into marriage and parenting, showing the world what it looks like to have God’s perspective on one-flesh unity and preparing a rising generation of culture-shapers. We are so thankful to have the opportunity to help the rising generation navigate this difficult terrain with integrity and joy.
Sign up for a Summit Student Conference session now at www.summit.org/progams/student-conferences.