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Spring Thaw 2010: 44 Hours of Theology, Youth Group and Paintball


Multnomah University will host Spring Thaw 2010, a theological education retreat for high school youth groups. Held April 16-18, 2010, the event combines theology sessions, music concerts and recreational activities to educate high school youth in their Christian faith.

High school youth groups will stay on Multnomah's campus for the weekend retreat. Attendees will get the full college experience, sleeping in the dorms and eating meals in the JCA cafeteria. Dr. Rob Hildebrand, Multnomah's Youth Ministry department chair and primary organizer of Spring Thaw 2010 plans to make Spring Thaw an annual event on Multnomah's campus.

Made possible by a grant from the Lily Foundation, Spring Thaw was planned by Dr. Hildebrand and his youth ministry students. Multnomah students - particularly youth ministry majors - will have a huge role in hosting this event, with more than 100 students doing everything from editing video to providing security and tech support, leading events and tournaments, decorating, and doing stand-up comedy. Youth ministry majors taking Spiritual Formation of Youth (YM 310) this semester will receive credit for this experiential learning experience.

·    Faculty-led workshops
·    Chapels with worship and guest speaker Kent Martins
·    "Stump the Prof" theology Q&A
·    Paintball
·    Sports tournament
·    The "Pink Mist Lounge"
·    Original art exhibition
·    The XBUS with 16 networked X-box 360s
·    Mission Impossible 13 (wide game)
·    Special music from nationally-known Christian artists Leeland and Phil Wickham

Cost and Registration
Because of the grant, Multnomah offers this retreat for $49 a student (one leader per five students may come for free). This offer is limited to 300 people. Youth leaders may secure multiple spots by submitting names and 50% payment for their group. To register, go to All individual registration forms should be submitted by April 1, 2010.

Learn More
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"We believe Spring Thaw can be of great service to the kingdom of God," Dr. Rob Hildebrand said. "We hope the Lord will powerfully move through the teaching and worship times and that our retreaters will be encouraged spiritually by their encounters with Bible college students."

"Spring Thaw is also designed to be a service to local youth ministries.  We hope to present a high-quality youth event at a very low cost, so that all youth groups, large or small, can have access to this type of event."

"Practical, ‘hands on' ministry is tremendously beneficial to any student, and participating in this event will certainly assist Multnomah Youth Ministry students as they move into places of leadership within the local church and have opportunity to lead their own events one day."

About Multnomah
Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.