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We Follow Jesus, But Welcome Everyone.

While we believe that a relationship with God is available to everyone, we also believe that God gives us the gift of choice. We want each teen at Shelterwood to have a safe place to explore what he or she believes. There is no pressure for teens or families to have a faith experience, just an opportunity to do so.

We find that our families are greatly comforted by the knowledge that there is space for the expression and exploration of faith on our campus and these values are at the heart of everything we do.

What We Believe

We believe that the call given to Christians by Jesus was to love God and love people (Matthew 22:37-40). There were no qualifiers to that command, so our staff is honored to love and serve the people who visit and live at Shelterwood. While there is some diversity in our collective understanding and practice of our faith in Jesus, we collectively agree on the following seven key principles and tenets of our faith:

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.
  4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the save and the lost, that they are saved unto the resurrection of life and they are lost unto the barrenness of damnation.
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.

Because a changed heart changes behavior

“Everyone seems to have embraced a real servant’s attitude, and it has the most powerful effect on those of us that experience it first hand.”


“The program exceeded our expectations by quite a bit, and the effect on my wife and me may have been as great as the effect on our son.”


“I remember the Big Brothers and Sisters [mentors] playing a big part in my growth. They did not judge me. They encouraged me and walked beside me. I looked up to them. I wanted what they had. I wanted God in my life.”


Share Your Challenge With Us

Let today mark a fresh start for your teen and your family.