Grand Rapids Immersion

Engaging Local Youth in Local Mission

Immersion exists to engage local youth in local mission. Each summer, youth groups and youth ministries from around West Michigan join our ministry for a week-long trip where they are immersed in biblical teaching, robust prayer rhythms, urban neighborhood engagement, and missional community.

The first 3 days are spent in the wilderness, strengthening relationships with God and each other. The rest of the week, students are immersed in the West Side of Grand Rapids, learning and serving. Scroll through the document below to learn more about how Immersion engages local youth in local mission.

For more information or to schedule an Immersion trip for your students, contact Marissa Walters.

Immersion 2021 dates: June 14-17 (middle school), June 21-26 (high school), July 12-17 (high school)

EVERY DAY IT WAS LIKE I WAS HEARING SOMETHING BRAND NEW. Immersion was a new page of fearlessness with Christ for me, learning not to be afraid of making mistakes even if it means going way out of my comfort zone and trusting him with everything I’ve got. I loved how every day we were given the opportunity to put what we learned into action along with continually blessing the community around us that week. WE ARE LOVED. Easily the best week of my life.”

Immersion Student

MY DAUGHTER WAS NOTICEABLY A DIFFERENT PERSON AFTER SHE ATTENDED IMMERSION.  Although she was a believer in Christ, a good student, and had a good social life, she seemed down more often than up in her high school years.  Since Immersion I think the reverse is true.  Her daily activities have not changed that much but she deals with life in a much more positive and constructive way.  Something special happened at Immersion this past summer that lifted her up out of depression.  I thinks she still battles with depression now but the battle has become the Lord’s.  I’m so grateful to [the Immersion staff].  Their teaching of God’s holy word has changed a women for the better.  Depression was exchanged for Joy.  Real Joy that lasts an eternity.”

Father of an Immersion Student

THE FIRST THING THAT STUCK OUT TO ME FROM THIS TRIP WAS HOW WELL IT WAS PLANNED OUT. With starting the weekend off in the wilderness and getting the students out of their comfort zone, that was an essential and prayerful blessing to this trip. The rest of the schedule was a tremendous and well thought out time of devotions, teaching, prayer walking, worship, work projects, fun dinners, and relaxation to cap off a great week. The second thing that was so crucial to the week was seeing the lifestyle and community that is lived out in the BSHOP. This should help those who attended realize that following Jesus will be the greatest and most joyful cost of their life. The last thing that truly impacted our group this week was the BSHOP’s commitment to their neighborhood. Thank you so much for showing us what following Jesus looks like in your community.”

Youth Group Leader