Leadership Training Camp
“Faith formation with young leaders for 21st century service and discipleship”
July 28 – August 2, 2013 at Camp Nawakwa
Registration now OPEN
Some are now pastors, some congregational council presidents, some youth ministers or volunteers. Some are still in school, some have families of their own, and a few have even left the church. But for many, LT Camp was a defining moment in their faith formative lives. It was an opportunity to be immersed in a caring, non-judgmental Christian community, where they could celebrate their gifts in ways many had not experienced prior to this experience. In fact, for many that is the most lasting impression. It's where they found the confidence to be the leaders God was already equipping them to be.
A unique blend of fun, intentional community, faithful worship, prayer, play and exploring scripture in the context of faithful conversation, led by experienced educators, youthworkers and pastors, LT Camp strives to combine all these elements to invite young leaders into an exploration of faith in daily life and Christian vocation. The focus is not necessarily to create youth ministers, pastors or Christian educators, but to challenge young leaders to explore how to share their gifts in service to our Lord, our congregations, communities and the world. Using Christ as our model for servant leadership, youth are invited to use faith practices as they live into their leadership gifts in the safe setting of caring peers and mentors.
Funded in a large part by the generous gifts of Gordion & Sandy Lamb, the first-year participant attends at no cost. The Lamb's, who accompanied youth from their home congregation to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Dallas in the early 90's, came home sensing a need to help equip young people from central Pennsylvania with many of the same confident leadership they experienced from young people they encountered from the midwest. It was a Spirit-led moment. Under the guidance of the synod Office for Youth Ministry, and utilizing the leadership gifts of a number of synod pastors and youthworkers, a curriculum was designed and continues to this day that evolves with the ever-changing context of leadership in today's church and world, with traditional Lutheran theology and faith practices at its heart. Even though Sandy lost her battle with lung cancer in 2010, Gordon continues her legacy, sponsoring the camp to this day.
Youth who have successfully navigated the first-year and who put their leadership into practice in their home congregations, may return for a second-year curriculum that goes even deeper.
Interested youth must be recommended by a youth leader or pastor. The simple application also contains three recommendation questions to be completed on behalf of the applicant. Space is limited to the first 24 first-year applicants, so congregations must limit participation to no more than two applicants for the first-year track per year. There is a link to the application and recommendation form on this page. Participants accepted into the program will receive information specific to their week of camp, including the medical release form. Registrations fill quickly, so register today. The deadline is July 1, 2013.
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