Along with the sounds of construction, Corban University was filled with Frisbees, laughter and learning between July 13 and 18.
Texas-based Worldview Academy held one of its 23 annual camps on Corban’s Salem campus with 155 students ages 13 to 19 who attended. Camp Director Mike Tiland said the weeklong camp isn’t an evangelistic outreach, but a way to teach Christian teens how to express and share their faith with others.
“It’s been a great week with a big group of students,” he said. “There has been a lot of energy and some amazing discussions taking place.”
Camp counselors come from across the nation and most attended Worldview Academy in the past as students. They not only help the students with activities, but help them dissect the topics that discussed in classes. The 25 lecture hours included the traits of Christian leaders, how to recognize cults, sharing their faith, how to respond when someone challenges it and many others. Corban Assistant Professor of Political Science Tony Caito and Assistant Professor of Education Aaron Imig, Ed.D., taught two of the classes.
The students also spent time in small groups that would huddle under the shade of Corban’s many trees and talk about what they were learning and developing better relationships with each other. They also participated in many free-time activities, including throwing Frisbees and playing Frisbee games, which has been a long-time Worldview Academy tradition.
Additionally, on July 15 the teens traveled to downtown Salem for street ministry where they put into practice what they learned in the classes. Tiland said it was an opportunity for them to see the rewards…and challenges of street ministry firsthand.
Although it wasn’t a typical camp experience for many, Tiland said the students come out better prepared to engage their high-school classmates and others in deeper conversations about their relationship with Jesus Christ and what being a Christian means in a secular society. Tiland said Worldview Academy will be held at Corban University again in summer 2015. For more information, call 800-241-1123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.