Summer Training Project

An unexpected Purchase

There are only eleven weeks left until the start of the Summer Training Project.

Before we know it, those of us who are Project-bound will be standing on the beach in Garden City, South Carolina, watching the sun set on another sultry day in the south.

Did you catch that?

Garden City.

Not Myrtle Beach.

That’s right folks, STP is not returning to the dirty Myrtle or the Aquarius motel. We will once again be living at the Oceanview motel in Garden City, where STP was traditionally held.

What’s the deal with that?

Story time!

Nothing to Lose

The odds of hanging around Campus Outreach events and students involved in CO and not hearing “Project” dropped every so often are slim to none.

Every summer, students from St. Thomas, Bethel, Northwestern and the U of M pack their bags and drive down to South Carolina for two months.


Yes. Two months.

Two months for building life-long relationships. Two months to work a full time job, most likely stationed at a local Walmart. Two months to learn how to share your faith. Two months to learn more of what it means to live life as a Christian. Two months to spend every day learning more about Jesus Christ.


If you've been keeping up with the blog, you can probably guess what this week is about. Two weeks ago featured Team Leaders, last week was Room Leaders, so this week must be….?

That’s right –


Let me start out with a reminder: We are ALL disciples. It doesn’t matter what the role is – Room Leader, Project Director, even staff – we are all called to BE disciples and to MAKE disciples. There will never be a time when we ‘graduate’ from discipleship.

Okay, now we can continue.

Room Leaders

Last week the blog featured Team Leaders. I talked to Ann (a past Team Leader) and Jess (a future Team Leader). Continuing with the theme of past and future, let’s turn our attention to Room Leaders.

Cassie Webber is a senior at Bethel University. She will be on the Lebanon team this summer and hopes to go on staff with Campus Outreach. Cassie was a Room Leader two summers ago, and it was helpful and encouraging to learn how the Lord worked in her life that summer.

Team Leaders

As most of you probably know, North Project and South Project are reuniting this year! So instead of three teams per Project, this year we have……drum roll, please…..


This means there will be five men and five women in the role of Team Leader.

I have no clue what it's like to be a Team Leader, but I got some insights after talking to Ann Nelson and Jessica Pimpo. Ann is a former Team Leader and is currently the staff woman at St. Thomas. Jess is a senior at St. Thomas and will be co-leading a team this summer with Reed Schaaf.

So what exactly does a Team Leader do? Ann can certainly answer that question.

STP Leaders Retreat

Last weekend, 85 students from Bethel, St. Thomas, Northwestern and the U of M packed their bags, loaded up into somewhat sketchy white vans, and headed out to the middle of nowhere.

Well, Camp Victory to be exact; a collection of log cabins in a serene woodland area located an hour and a half from the cities.

This mini road trip down to Camp Victory was for the STP Leaders Retreat. Staff, Project Directors, Team Leaders, Room Leaders, Servant Team members, and both CCP teams all gathered to meet, train, and pray for this coming summer.

Raising Support

It’s already April, and I’m overflowing with anticipation as Project draws closer. But in all honesty, the fact that I will be raising support for the next two months often slips my mind…

….Or maybe gets pushed out of my mind is more like it…

…because let’s be honest, raising support can be an overwhelming thought.

If you’ve been counting down the days for the support-raising party, just waiting for the hour when you can start calling your relatives and mailing letters to friends, then I’m excited for you. Your time has arrived!

If you haven’t been awaiting this day with as much enthusiasm, don’t worry. You’re not alone.

A Life Changing Summer: Devin Smith shares his Summer Training Project Testimony

It’s that time of the year: the snow is melting, the birds are chirping, and students have one thing on their minds…

…Summer Training Project.

Well, maybe not all students.

But if you haven’t at least considered going down to the Project in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this summer, now would be a good time to start.

If you were to talk to students in CO at St. Thomas, Northwestern, Bethel and the U of M, it wouldn't take long to find someone who has been to Project. I encourage students to have a real conversation about STP with someone who loves the Lord and whose opinion they trust.

In the meantime, I want to introduce you to Devin.

Summer Leaders Retreat

This past weekend we took 80 people to Camp Shamineau in Minnesota for our summer leaders retreat. The weekend was packed full of talks and workshops to help prepare our student leaders for their different roles for the summer. We heard talks from staff guys on the heart of a leader, the head of a leader, and the hands of a leader. Reid Jilek shared with us about the importance of our leaders really owning everything at the training project. As a leader of the project, we are called to think that we are hosts of the project, not just guests.

2011 Summer Training Project Update - North Project

God worked in mighty ways in students’ lives from the University of Sioux Falls, Northwestern College, and Bethel University (not to mention four international students from India and Scotland). More than ten students made professions of faith in Christ for the first time. Others’ understanding of Christ and the cross deepened in ways they never would have imagined. Still others gained a vision to see the gospel reach the ends of the earth for the first time.

2011 Summer Training Project Update - South Project

The South project was comprised of students from the University of Minnesota, the University of St. Thomas, Michigan State University, and South Dakota State University. Those four campuses represent more than one hundred thousand students.

What Did God Do This Summer In And Through STP

From June 2 through August 4 of this year, 193 students from Campus Outreach Minneapolis lived together in two small hotels in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

They worked full-time jobs in the area in order to both survive financially and to learn to minister to their co-workers. They returned in the evenings to be trained in theology, Bible study methods, and evangelism. They studied Colossians together, verse by verse, challenged one another about their sin, and built one another up in the love of Christ. We call this two-month experience the Summer Training Project.

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