Do you love to lead in your youth group or school? Would you like to be with others to think more deeply about faith, explore the challenges of the world, and ask hard questions? Do you seek a unique, exciting summer experience?

Then come to Horizons 2016, June 12-17!

You will have a chance to: Strengthen your gifts for leadership. Learn more about yourself and others. Study theology with college professors. Lead, learn, and play in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.


“Peoples of the Book: Reading the Bible/Reading the Qur’an.”
“Love your neighbor as yourself.” The command of Jesus is easy to say, but difficult to follow. Before we can love our neighbors, we must first come to know them. Horizons 2016 will give young people growing up in a world of diversity, opportunity to learn more about our Muslim neighbors, build relationships across boundaries, and read texts side by side as we explore faith together.

“Horizons has played an integral role in my life and my faith journey. I came to Horizons the summer before my senior year, a little anxious because I did not know anyone and would be staying on campus for a week. I’m so glad I decided to come! I made friends at Horizons that I still have to this day. Horizons was a great experience and an important marker in my journey to becoming myself.”

Knoxville, Tennessee
MC Class of 2017


Team building activities such as a low ropes course and a climb up the Mountain Challenge Alpine Tower will help to sharpen leadership skills and foster a sense of community. Small discussion groups on issues of faith, leadership, and vocation help to broaden perspectives and promote learning.


Worship services led by MC Campus Minister Rev. Anne McKee, a guest musician, and the student campers will feed the spirit, and a hike in the Smoky Mountains will evoke the beauty of God’s creation. A group service project will help to turn faith outward as campers begin to live out their calling to serve the world.


The cost for the week is $225 per student, which covers food, housing, and events. Horizons participants who later enroll in Maryville College are eligible to receive the Horizons Leadership Award, worth $500 in aid annually.

For Questions or more information:

Kathleen Farnham
Office of Church Relations