Building Emerging Worship Leaders
High-school students entering grades 9–12 gather for one week to explore faith, worship and the arts.
Awakening Postponed Until 2021
It is with a sad heart that we have to announce that due to COVID-19 and the ongoing and future social distancing requirements in our state, we have no other choice but to postpone Awakening 2020 to June 2021. A letter will soon be emailed to the 30+ students who have registered, and all will receive a full and complete refund.
Although this is very difficult for us to share, and for you to hear, I am excited
that we will provide new ways forward for Awakening throughout the next 12 months
by creating brief videos and podcasts that will help you with ideas and techniques
on your instrument, public speaking, worship leading, developing services and your
personal walk with God. We will also have some online gatherings of Awakening alumni
and interns throughout the year, and of course our annual on-campus reunion on November
Look for more from us in the future.
Thank you for your understanding.
Professor Jim De Boer
Director of Awakening
Where your love finds a home.
Join other students in grades 9–12 to learn about worship, develop your gifts in the arts and lead worship at the end of the week in the Festival of Worship.
Engaging lessons and classes led by our guest artists that you can do on your own. This may be a time to also engage in an art form you are not accustomed to.
Imagine. Church. Renewed.
If you’re a high school student going into grades 9–12 seeking to grow your skills and passions about worship and the arts, this is the week for you.
Are you a musician, an actor, an artist, a dancer, a sound technician or a philosopher? Take this opportunity to develop your gifts — and perhaps discover gifts you never realized.
Join us on the beautiful campus of Hope College in Holland, Michigan, to work with nationally known pastors, ministry leaders, professors, church musicians, artists, dancers and technical arts specialists.
This will be a time to grow and learn more about yourself and your God. To see God for who he is. To build relationships. To change the lives of others and, in turn, your own.
Develop your gifts in the Worship Arts
- Acoustic guitar
- Lead guitar
- Bass guitar
- Percussion/Drum set
- Liturgical dance
- Technology (sound)
- Worship planning
Individual students entering grades 9–12 are encouraged to attend, but you are also welcome to come with friends if you choose. Together or individually, you will return to your church, youth ministry and school prepared to make a difference for God in the lives of others.
The sense of Christian community will be rich and God-inspired!
- Awakening IV (2019) – 55 students from five states
- Awakening III (2018) – 54 students from five states
- Awakening II (2017) – 40 high school students from five states
- Awakening I (2016) – 20 students from four states
The Awakening has collaborated with The Invitation to begin a new podcast. In the first episode Josh engages a group of the Awakening students to consider the unique gift of a teenager’s spiritual journey.
Come back for a second, third or fourth year. Most students do! If you've graduated from high school and are coming to Hope, be an apprentice! Graduating high-school seniors who have been a part of Awakening in the past and are headed to Hope in the fall can become paid student interns after their freshman year at Hope.
Interested in worship?
Whether you want to explore your vocation in worship or the arts, or simply want to
become a better worshipper, Awakening is for you.
Prof. James De Boer
Director of Awakening
Miller Center for Musical Arts221 Columbia AvenueHolland, MI 49423
The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.Frederick Buechner