Encounter Columbus is a seven-week opportunity for students to grow through community living, discipleship experiences, and encountering the vibrant arts scene in Columbus, Ohio.

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You will grow in your ability to articulate the Gospel and appreciate the arts as you seek the flourishing of the city. You will be invited to show the radical love of Jesus as you serve as a counselor with an inner-city children’s arts day camp. Develop an appreciation for how the Holy Spirit can use all forms of artistic expression to steward God’s good work!

  • Live in community with students and CCO staff members, engaging in hospitality, community development, discipleship, and leadership skills. 
  • Engage with local pastors to develop a deeper understanding of the grand narrative of Scripture.
  • Interact with Christian artists to grow in appreciation for the ways God uses all forms of art for His glory. 
  • Experience the robust arts scene of Columbus through its museums, galleries, concerts, productions, and festivals.  
  • Practice servant leadership by serving as a counselor with an inner city kids’ theater and music day camp program, Myti Oaks, which helps empower youth to share the Christian faith and build Christian community through engagement with the arts. 


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Mike Mattes

Event Location

Columbus, OH