THE INSTITUTE FOR YOUTH MINISTRY

About The Log College Project

The Log College Project is an innovative initiative at Princeton Theological Seminary to help Christian congregations design, test, and implement new models of youth ministry. Twelve congregations will receive $15,000 grants to build new ministries that take theology and young people seriously. This project is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc., built by the Institute for Youth Ministry, and housed at Princeton Theological Seminary.

  • What if youth ministry was more than youth group?

  • What if churches built youth ministry not just for young people, but with young people?
  • What if youth ministry became a construction site: a place where young and old work together to survey, build and reflect the kingdom of God in their local community?

The Log College Project will help twelve Christian congregations across North America build twelve new forms of youth ministry with intergenerational teams (including young people!).

Meet the 12 Churches in the Community of Practice!

Phase One (May 11 – June 30, 2018)

In the spring of 2018, we chose fifty-three (53) churches across North America to be in a Community of Engagement. Each church received:

  • A Community Blueprint Project (a hands-on, group-oriented gaming exercise) that helps youth ministers:
    • Recruit an intergenerational “Design Team”—committed to creating a new form of youth ministry in their church.
    • Reflect on the history of youth ministry programming in their church, learning from the past in order to build something fresh for the 21st Century.
    • Reconnect younger and older disciples in their church through sharing intergenerational stories of longing and hope.
    • Reimagine what youth ministry in their context might look like.
  • A chance to be chosen as one of 12 churches in the “Community of Practice.”

Phase Two (began August 2018)

In the summer of 2018, we chose twelve (12) churches to be in a Community of Practice. These churches receive:

  • $15,000 grant for their church to build a new form of youth ministry.
  • 5-7 slots for their Design Teams to participate in the Design Lab event in the summer of 2019. The Design Lab gathered the most influential leaders in youth ministry, key innovators, and forward-thinking entrepreneurs to help the churches create a fresh ministry for their contexts.
  • 1 slot for their Design Fellow (Youth Ministry Leader) to attend the 2019 Forum on Youth Ministry to focus on organizational strategy for innovation in churches.
  • Digital curriculum to help their Design Teams dig deeper into theology, design-thinking, and Biblical foundations for innovation in youth ministry.
  • Hands-on curriculum created to build on the innovative potential of their congregation’s ministry with young people.
  • Community of Practice: 11 other congregations that build and innovate alongside each other, as well as a Research Fellow for each church to learn from and inform their congregation’s work with young people.

Important Dates:

  • May 6, 2018: Application period closed.
  • May 11, 2018: 53 churches were selected for the Community of Engagement and sent the Community Blueprint Project.
  • July 1, 2018: Churches submitted their learnings from the Community Blueprint Project.
  • August 1, 2018: 12 churches were selected to be a part of the Community of Practice.
  • April 23-26, 2019: The Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry hosted the Design Fellows to foster ongoing learning and strategy.
  • June 27-July 1, 2019: The Design Lab was held on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, bringing together the 12 Design Teams for an intensive design sprint in order to finalize and pitch their ideas for new forms of youth ministry.