Between 2005 and 2007, I had the privilege to pioneer service and leadership experiences at Lutherhaven Ministries.
At that time, we called it the Servant Leadership Institute. It was a year-long service and leadership experience for high school and college students who led their peers to significantly plan and lead how best to serve people in the Silver Valley (ID), Sunnyside (WA), Seattle, and Baja California (Mexico).
17 years later, students and adults are still serving side-by-side people.
Since then, ISA has become a more accessible week-long experience (now known as Idaho Servant Adventures or "ISA"). In the last 10 years, ISA has immersed over 10,000 students and adults (over 100,000 service hours) from around the world into the Silver Valley located in North Idaho's Panhandle communities of Shoshone County.
These pictures give you a taste of what I'm talking about.
You can imagine how thrilled I was when a few months ago, our Youth Minister, Cary Hoff shared that he is was planning to begin taking students from Our Savior to Idaho Servant Adventures. This week is filled with hands-on service engagement, leadership opportunities, laughter, and fun that combines to transform the hearts of students and those they serve. That transformation is then seen when they return home to their schools, friends, families, and churches.
You can learn more about it here. Registration opens February 15.
This week, I share a conversation between my friends Dust Kunkel and Clint Kunze. Clint shares his vision for consistent service in Shoshone County, what it's like being called to love a specific community, and how ISA equips teenagers for a lifetime of service and leadership.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
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.