Awakening logoA week-long gathering to explore faith, worship, your gifts and your relationship with God.

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.

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.

Imagine. Church. Renewed.

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Awakening III (2018) 1 minute
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Awakening III (2018) 4 minutes
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Awakening II
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The Story of Awakening
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Awakening Preview 2017
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Jim De Boer, director of Awakening
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Hope College Intern Aaron 
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Hope College Intern Jordan
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Meet our worship leader Bruce Benedict
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Hope College Intern Jack
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Hope College Intern Jake
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Artist in Residence Joel
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Meet Awakening's discipleship leader Josh Banner
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Come to Awakening!

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.

Awakening worship on the beachDevelop your gifts in the Worship Arts

  • Vocal
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Lead guitar
  • Bass guitar
  • Percussion/Drum set
  • Keyboard/Piano
  • Organ
  • Strings
  • Woodwinds
  • Painting
  • Liturgical dance
  • Songwriting
  • Technology (sound)
  • Preaching/Theology
  • Worship planning

Individual students are encouraged to attend — but you may get the most of Awakening if you come with friends and fellow students.

Together or individually, you can return to your church, youth ministry and school prepared to make a difference through what you’ve learned and developed. You. Church. Renewed.

Awakening Podcast

Awakening Podcast

The Invitation, Episode 1

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.

Already attended?

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.

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.

Frederick Buechner