Youth Ministries Department Chair Dr. Rob Hildebrand has been running Spring Thaw since its debut in 2010. Although many other Christian universities offer retreats for high school students, Spring Thaw stands out.
"Our event is more community-based because everyone who’s volunteering already lives here," says Hildebrand. More than 200 volunteers — composed of MU students and staff — plan, build and facilitate the retreat each year. A small group of students majoring in Youth Ministry take on larger leadership roles and serve as interns.
"Our students do well at getting hired after they intern at this event," Hildebrand says. "A lot of people do ministry lazily, but I want our volunteers to develop a good work ethic. I want them to see that when you do hard work, you really can make things better."
Check out the Spring Thaw 2015 Facebook page.