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Malone University to host Youth on the Way Leadership Academy

March 1, 2017 | Release # 7306

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The Malone University Department of Bible, Theology, and Ministry will launch Youth on the Way Leadership Academy this summer, made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. The Academy is a week-long summer experience designed to help high school students deepen their understanding of vocation and calling, explore ministry careers, and to develop as Christian leaders.

Youth on the Way will provide leadership training activities, intensive teaching of scripture and its historical interpretations, field trips to explore the intersection of faith and work, theological reflection, and worship to encourage deep consideration of God’s calling.

“The academy is for students entering 10th through 12th grade who are already leaders in their youth groups, who want to know more about how God is calling them to live out their faith in the world. They may be thinking about ministry as a career, or they may simply be thinking about what it means to be a Christian leader in whatever profession they choose,” said Program Director Suzanne Nicholson, professor of biblical studies at Malone.

Participants in the academy will then work with a leader in their home church to develop a service project that will benefit the local community, as means to celebrate and reflect upon their experiences and consider further their calling during the coming year.

“We will talk all week about their calling, their gifts and graces for leadership and ministry, and then a mentor in their home church will help them execute a service project when they return. A lot of times when kids go to camp, they have a ‘mountain top experience,’ then return to the real world and question their closeness to God in their everyday life," said Nicholson. "The academy will lead them to continue to think about their calling and their leadership skills when they get back to their church, family, and community. It is a wonderful opportunity for youth to think deeply about God’s redemptive story and their place in it.”

The Youth on the Way Leadership Academy will be held July 9-14. Church leaders and prospective participants can learn more by calling 330-471-8225 or through via email at favpubyfba+znybar+rqh. More information can be found at www.malone.edu/youthontheway

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family -- J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli -- through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. While those gifts remain the financial bedrock of the Endowment, the Endowment is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.


Located on 96 rolling acres in Canton, Ohio, Malone University is comprised of the College of Theology, Arts, and Sciences; the School of Education and Human Development; the School of Business and Leadership; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Malone is a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, offering 41 majors, 42 minors, and 11 graduate programs. Nationally, Malone University is ranked in the top four percent of colleges and universities in career outcomes, top 10 (#9) best online financial aid packages, and top 50 (#30) most affordable Christian colleges. Regionally, U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2015 ranks Malone University among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest in the category Regional Universities, and to its list of best online bachelor’s programs. Statewide, Malone appears on the list of colleges offering the best lifetime return on investment in Ohio. Malone University has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as a military-friendly school by Victory Media, and as one of Northeast Ohio’s top workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Take a virtual tour of Malone University.


University Relations
Malone University
2600 Cleveland Avenue N.W., Canton, OH, 44709
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