Leaders In Training 2013 – BELIEVE

15 Feb

Did you miss this great article by Rachel Miller in last weeks SNAC?

Don’t worry – you can read it below!


Picture this: 300 teenagers, five days, one conference. Now imagine all these teenagers hanging out together; singing and studying together, with no fights, no cliques, no bitchiness, no swearing, no awkwardness, no selfishness, and no judgement. Sound hard to believe? Like the kind of perfect world where teenagers actually weren’t such weird un-relatable creatures after all? Well, I kid you not; this meeting actually happened, and let me tell you, it happened brilliantly.

From January 23-27, I was one of the many Christian teens who had the opportunity to be at Youthworks’ annual Leaders in Training Camp (LiT) down at the Royal National Park. Youth and their leaders came from near and far, to be challenged and feast on God’s Word together from the book of John, with talks delivered by our two speakers Mick Hyam and Mike Raiter. Basically, the aim of LiT is to build up young Christians from Yrs 9-12, who have a passion to serve Jesus and others around them; with main events being held together, and smaller groups divided up into 3 Stages according to age/year group/experience. Our theme for 2013 was “Believe”, based on John 20:31, which was our memory verse for the camp. John says:

“But these things are written so that you many believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s Son, that by believing you may have life in his name.”

Over the course of LiT, our days and nights were full of several engaging activities. For the brave and fit and/or downright insane of us, the infamous “Fitness of Death” exercise regime was our early wake-up call that pushed the limits of our endurance and had us using muscles we thought we’d never use (there were many aching limbs afterwards). A friendly competition between Stages and Leaders, every day was a new challenge of long-distance running, sprints, team games, fitness and strength circuits, completed with our traditional swim in the river before heading to brekky at our various sites. The rest of the morning consisted of Time With God (TWG), which was a great chance for us to individually read and reflect on the Bible and spend some quality TWG in prayer (The Psalms this year were particularly encouraging). These were followed by our Connect groups which, depending on Stages, focused on Christian leadership, and also giving us the chance to get to know each other a whole lot better. Connect groups, plus the day’s workshops and intensives ranged from discussing leadership characteristics according to the bible, giving testimony, writing bible studies, learning skills to teach and serve with, and investigating different types of ministry. Led by the adult leaders, with a wealth of different skills, it was a great chance for us to learn and explore all the different ways we can spread the good news to others.

After lunch (i.e. more wonderful Youthworks food) the Stage 2 and 3 teams joined Stage 1 over at Deer Park for free time. Whether in the pool, on the waterslide, playing sport on the oval, or just chilling in the shade with a deck of cards, free time has always been one of the best places for fun times and getting to know other Christians. Everyone who has done LiT will tell you how exciting it is to bond with so many like-minded youth, because the joy and ease of such a massive-scale fellowship is like nothing else one can describe. The conversations that result from these new friendships, on every topic imaginable are simply fun, friendly, open and deeply honest. I’m reminded of The Fellowship of the Believers in Acts, where despite persecution, the early church were still joyful in their unity of Christ. In a simplified sort of way, we at LiT were kind of doing that too.

I would fully recommend that anyone in yr 10-12 in 2014 sign up for LiT, even more so if they are in leadership or considering it. You wont regret it!

 “In the beginning, there was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:1-3



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