Teen Leadership Conference links learning, fun

Teen Leadership Conference links learning, fun

Developing leadership skills, growing in faith, and having fun will come together for high school students packing the BBC campus for two weeks this summer.

Teen Leadership Conference will be held July 21-26 and July 28-August 2..

The two conference weeks will bring nearly 1,000 students and youth workers from across the country to the Clarks Summit campus. TLC exists to train student leaders to influence their churches and communities for Christ.

Registration, schedules, and other details are online at

BBC&SA Unique Experience
This summer will be the 46th year for TLC at BBC. The unique conference has changed hearts of both teens and leaders, giving them a sharper understanding of skills and knowledge to enhance their ministries. The pair of week-long events teaches and trains students for Christian leadership in their homes, schools, and churches.

"It's a lot of fun, definitely challenging," said Olivia Padelski, 18, from Pittsburgh, PA, who attended one of the 2013 weeks. "They push you to learn more about God and it's good. I like being in the residence halls. They're nice and comfortable."

Students and youth workers from across the country attend workshops and enjoy worship sessions throughout the week. The speakers for main sessions and workshops focus on being an influencer for Christ and taking advantage of opportunities to serve, minister, and lead others.

Listen to speakers from previous conferences here.

"I came when I was in high school and I loved it," said Gena Austin, a youth leader from Grace Baptist Church in Monroeville, PA, who also attended in 2013. "Coming back as a youth leader offers a different perspective, but it's still as good as it was, maybe better."

Powerful Speakers
Featured speakers for 2014 are ministry veterans and come from a range of backgrounds. This year's presenters include:

-Dwight Peterson, Director of TLC
-Dr. Mike Stallard, Baptist Bible Seminary Dean
-David Whiting, Lead Pastor at Northridge Church in Rochester, NY
-Jason Coplen, Associate Pastor at Crosspointe Christian Church in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI
-Brad Cannon, Lead Pastor at Solid Rock Bible Church in Plymouth, MI
-Russ Davis, Pastor at New Community Church in Spokane, WA
-Mike Show, Director of Athletics at BBC

Workshops take place each afternoon and offer a variety of practical, helpful information for students' development and ministry.

Learn more about workshops here.

Free time for games, ministries, powerful evening events, and time alone for prayer and reflection are all part of the TLC experience.

Just ahead of TLC is LAUNCH, which offers seventh- and eighth-grade students a special week to help them understand the basics of the Christian faith and build a strong foundation for future growth. The camp was formerly known as Boot Camp for Junior Highers.

Now in its fifth year, LAUNCH is set for July 14-18. Get details at

Baptist Bible College & Seminary offers outstanding Christian higher education through on-campus, online, and other distance learning options. Students go beyond the ordinary, learning to think biblically, grow spiritually, and serve faithfully as they gain critical leadership and life skills.

To learn more, go to or call 570.586.2400.

Posted on: 7/7/2014 6:57:35 AM

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