Teen Leadership Conference: A Life-Changing Event
High school and college students from Northwest churches spent three days learning from God’s Word, worshiping, and fellowshipping at Younglife’s Washington Family Ranch in Antelope, Oregon. This event, Teen Leadership Conference, began in 1976 with a handful of churches in the Seattle area, and this year celebrated 40 years of ministry with 438 students and leaders in attendance.
Pastor Paul Pierce of Sleater-Kinney Road Baptist Church, Olympia, Washington, challenged students, as well as their leaders, to live lives surrendered to Jesus Christ. His four chapels sessions focused on the theme “Legacy: One Life.”
Legacy, Pierce says, is “the impact or impression God makes through a surrendered life.” Students discovered more about that theme in 12 workshops, including “The Born Legacy: Unlocking a Life of Legacy You Are Created to Live,” “Your Love Is a Legacy,” “David: Legacy of Courage and Cowardice,” and “Legacy of Life.”
“Many life-changing decisions were made and shared as attendees considered the significance of being crucified with Christ and living in the reality of Christ living in them,” says Deb Steele, wife of BNN’s Youth and Ministry Consultant Pete Steele. “Hearts of students and leaders were softened toward God and His Word as they surrendered anger, addictions, relationship and forgiveness issues.”
One leader says, “I have attended TLC for a number of years, and this year was one of the best, if not the best!” All of his students shared that God had used Teen Leadership Conference to work in their lives. Even two of the workers were impacted by the event. A husband and wife working as part of the kitchen crew, Deb says, “were so impressed to see God working in the students, they asked to become part of their church’s youth staff team.”
Pete and Deb Steele have worked with students in camps for 27 years. The unique camp setting, they say, gives them “a front row seat to see God, our Father, in His goodness, working in hearts and minds”—an experience that they call “rewarding and very humbling.”