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Benedictine Student Missionaries ready for a BCYC summer youth camp.

Benedictine College Announces Institute for Missionary Discipleship

Leaders in the New Evangelization attending the 2023 National Catholic Youth Conference heard about a new initiative at Benedictine College, the Institute for Missionary Discipleship (IMD). A function of the school’s College Ministry program, the Institute is part of the vision to Transform Culture in America by looking outward. The goal of the new Institute is to train Benedictine College student leaders to better serve the college and then go on to serve the church and community after graduation. The institute also seeks to better prepare leaders in the new evangelization through evangelization training, youth ministry best practices, and mission trip funding and organization instruction.

“The Institute for Missionary Discipleship takes the mission of College Ministry and extends it to all student leaders at Benedictine College and to leaders in the New Evangelization throughout the nation,” said Megan Ryan, director of the IMD. “The Institute seeks to transform lives in Christ for a life of mission by forming and sending students and attendees into the world as Catholic Missionary Disciples.”

The Institute is offering three tracks outside of its continuing work with current Benedictine College students through its Summer Session for Leaders in the New Evangelization, set for June 9 – 14, 2024.

  • The Evangelization Leadership track takes attendees through evangelization best practices, effective leadership models, and how to train others to evangelize.
  • The Youth Outreach track provides best practices in youth ministry and focuses on the Benedictine Charisms of community, stability, and simplicity. This track also offers teen leadership models and tools for training volunteers.
  • The Mission Trips track helps attendees learn how to effectively plan, recruit, and fundraise for mission trips. The track provides participants with access to the Benedictine College Ministry mission clearinghouse, allowing them to connect with mission-fit organizations. Instruction also includes best practices to ensure that prayer and the Sacraments are central to the mission trip experience.

There is also the possibility of pairing this adult training with bringing a youth group to Benedictine College’s BCYC Leadership summer camp. To learn more and register, go the Institute for Missionary Discipleship website.


Benedictine College

Founded in 1858, Benedictine College is a Catholic, Benedictine, residential, liberal arts college located on the bluffs above the Missouri River in Atchison, Kansas. The school is honored to have been named one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, the best private college in Kansas by The Wall Street Journal, and one of the top Catholic colleges in the nation by First Things magazine and the Newman Guide. It prides itself on outstanding academics, extraordinary faith life, strong athletic programs, and an exceptional sense of community and belonging. Benedictine College is dedicated to transforming culture in America through its mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.