At the Teen Leadership Conference, students ages 13 and above are treated like real people who wrestle with real issues — and who need answers that match the real world. Students will learn about modern day issues including politics, science, and worldviews! Also, students learn about economic issues and entrepreneurship. Parents are always welcome to attend, too. The Teen Leadership Conference is unlike any other!
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Friday, July 28, 2023, 10 AM to 5 PM, Room 104
Self Leadership: The Importance of Being Motivated When Everyone Else is Not
While living in the world of instant gratification and multiple advertisements that profess how to “do nothing and be successful,” this session will focus on how teens can fight against the culture of laziness to become successful. Teens will learn about how to find purpose from a God-centered perspective, learn how to succeed in the little things, and how to combat the culture when everyone seems to encourage teens to take the easy way out.
How to Study the Bible for Yourself
When you read the Bible, how can you be sure it means what you think it means?
Join us as we examine 3 basic components to reading, understanding, and studying the Bible. We’ll follow those components with 4 principles for accurately handling God’s Word. Learn how to study the Bible for yourself using the same principles professional Bible commentators use!
Lunch – Students are on their own for lunch.
Communication is Critical
One of the biggest challenges facing teens today is having the ability to communicate with others. While homeschool students tend to excel in communication with others among a wide range of ages, we can all work to improve our communication skills. In this practical session, students will learn how to improve their own communication skills as well as how to communicate with people in authority. Participants will also learn some tips for difficult conversations and have a chance to practice these tips during the session
Write Them In: Taking Your Readers on a Hero’s Journey
Writers hope to immerse readers in a story they won’t want to leave. This workshop will show you how to: Follow the hero’s journey story structure, create captivating characters, and draw readers into a scene and keep them there.
Understanding the Importance of Lighting
Did you know that lighting is a huge contributor to the feeling of a photo? More importantly, do you understand how to use light to create the feeling you want to achieve in your photos? What is soft light vs hard light? What is the color of light? How do you recognize the angle of light? Get ready to tackle this discussion hands-on as we come together as a group to step through each of these questions. Under the guidance of a professional photographer, we’ll experiment with studio lighting as we pull out our cameras to see light in a whole new way!
The Intersection of Passion, Calling, & God’s Will
Finding the intersection of your calling and God’s will isn’t easy, but it can be done. You won’t leave with a bunch of pat answers, but you will leave better equipped to find the answers that are right for your own life. This workshop includes topics such as removing the mystery of finding God’s will, questions to help identify your passion and calling, embracing a right perspective and goal, and finally, traps to avoid.
Saturday, July 29, 2023, 10 AM to 3 PM, Room 104
What is a Leader?
It seems that in almost every area teens are given different views of what true leadership is and how to become a successful leader. This session will draw on principles from John Maxwell, Jack Welch, and a variety of other leaders to help form their own understanding of leadership from a Christian perspective. Participants will also learn some principles of Radical Candor which teaches us how to be successful leaders without becoming abrasive or losing our humanity
Teens Vs. Parents
Sam and Jasmine Doyle
Teens, you may think your parents are against you at every turn. You bring up your thoughts, they are shot down. You do something that your parents don’t agree with, they get on you. Teens, come and learn what your parents are REALLY THINKING, what their motives are and how to navigate those issues and problems!
Lunch – Students are on their own for lunch.
With the myriad of information available at our fingertips, it can be difficult to not only choose what information is relevant, but also it becomes increasingly difficult for teens to be able to defend their position on a variety of critical subjects. Participants will be introduced to the art of debate to not only refute arguments but also have confidence in themselves as they figure out where to stand on critical issues from a biblical perspective.
Secrets to Organizing and Editing Your Photos
Get ready to go deeper in the world of photography! Do you have a plan for where to store all the photos you’re taking? What would happen if your computer crashed, or your phone died, today? Do you know whether or not your photos need to be edited? What is the right way to edit a photo? Understand the principles of photo editing. Become an organized photographer! It’s time to delve into the behind-the-scenes aspects of photography that nobody is talking about.
Teens Write for Publication
Discover publications are open to submissions from teens (including stories) for pay as well as contests to enter. Discover the basics in writing for publication, submitting your work, getting published.