From 2005-2007, I had the opportunity to lead the Institute for Servant Leadership. High school and college students from all over the Pacific Northwest gathered for a week of early summer service projects, team building, and leadership formation and a week of late summer regional service projects and celebration. They gathered again for an immersive international cultural and serving experience the week between Christmas and New Years. Each week also included outdoor adventures, life-on-life community and relationship building, and real-time faith formation.
We experienced Simple, Significant Service + Awesome Adventure + Life-Long Relationship + Life-Changing Faith bearing fruit… lasting fruit.
Today, these students continue to serve and lead in businesses, schools, clinics, churches, and communities all over the world. Thanks to social media, they have stayed in touch with each other over the years and point back to these experiences as being some of the most life-changing, career-orienting, direction-affirming, Jesus-centering moments of their lives.
We certainly learned a lot. Changes were made to the program to make it more accessible to churches and youth groups to experience the same kind of faith and life transformation.
In 2007, Idaho Servant Adventures began to gather youth and their friends, churches, and significant adults from around the nation to serve together, experience the adventure that resides in the North Idaho Panhandle National Forest, find friends, deepen relationships, and experience real-time connections between faith and real life.
Going into its 15th summer, Idaho Servant Adventures has gathered 6,750 youth and adults who have served over 108,000 hours.
But, don’t take my word for it. Check out this video to learn more.
And then, continue scrolling for an easy way to plan your own Servant Adventure - right where you are.
Can’t make it to Idaho? You can plan a servant adventure in your neighborhood, school, or community.
And… if a Servant Adventure sounds a lot like Faith in Action - you’re right! It is Faith in Action with designated team roles and a few fun twists.
Download this one-page PDF resource that will help you plan your Servant Adventure for you and a team of your friends.
I can’t wait to hear all about it!
Meet Pastor Tim
Tim Bayer has served as Our Savior's Lead Pastor since September 2019. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Concordia University - Irvine, a National Leadership Facilitator and Resource, and a Community Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Tim studied sociology, psychology, and theology prior to earning his M.Div at Concordia Seminary - St. Louis. He has also is a candidate for an Ed.D (ABD) in Transformational Leadership. He is married to Beth and they have three young children. Together, they enjoy exploring the outdoors, experiencing culture, and pizza and movie nights.