Dig is a summer program that helps youth uncover their future by exploring their callings while enriching and deepening their faith.

By the end of the program, each student will leave with a clearer sense of their gifts and skills and an understanding of how God can use them to meet the needs of the world.

Program Components:

For the first 10 days of the program, students live in the Calvin College dorms in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Upon arrival to Calvin Seminary in Grand Rapids, students will complete a personality, gifts, and career inventory called jobzology . A session with a career counselor will help students to interpret their results.

The daily routine consists of worship, presentations by seminary professors, reflection activities, and small group discussion. Several days include “field trips” to ministry sites throughout Grand Rapids. Through a range of topics – interfaith dialogue, missions, evangelism, theology, reading and interpreting the Bible – students form a strong sense of community where they can safely explore questions of faith and purpose. There’s plenty of down time for hanging out; playing games, visiting local art museums, Lake Michigan.

Next, students leave for a 10-day Excursion. One group travels to Chicago and the other Toronto. Excursions are designed to introduce students to people who are serving in a range of ministry settings. Previous Excursions have included visits to, affordable housing agency, bi-lingual church plant, social action think tank, urban farm, community development café, community kitchen, and thriving churches.

Students return to Grand Rapids, Michigan for a final debrief.

Dig helps students to better understand their own gifting, and how they can plug back into ministry right after finishing the program.

After the program ends, participants meet with an adult mentor of their choosing for four months to continue the learning and reflection as participants return home or leave for university or college. Both the participant and the mentor will be provided with materials to help guide their mentor/mentee meetings.

What Do Past Students Say About Dig?

“Dig is the best thing I’ve ever done with my life in terms of my faith.”

“I learned about my gifts and passions, like my interest in justice and urban ministry. I learned about some of my strengths and how I relate to people. I gained deeper insight into things I’ve been surrounded with growing up but never fully understood.”

“I learned that I have a tendency to want to know everything and to know right now, but that I don’t know and maybe never will. It’s okay to enjoy the journey, as long as I keep asking questions and wrestling with my faith.”

“Dig really changed how I think about mission work, the church, what it means to even be a church (not the Church, but individual churches), and so much more. I made incredible friends and memories and we did so many cool things. I’ll never forget it.”

“Dig is an amazing opportunity to grow in your faith. The people who I met encouraged me think outside the box of what being a follower of Christ should look like. I learned ministry can happen anywhere at anytime as I listen to the spirit’s guiding. I think anyone could benefit from an experience like Dig because there is always room to grow in our relationships with God.”

Nominate a Student

Is there a high school student in your life who you see God has blessed with the gifts to be a great leader? Do you want to encourage that student to make the most of that potential? Then nominate them to take part in Dig!

Already Nominated?

Once you’ve been nominated by an adult, you can apply for the Dig program now!