LTC 2021: Hope (re)Imagined

Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

The words of Jeremiah have often been given as a promise to those who are suffering, “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jer. 29:11). It is a call to continue to trust in God and His promises even though circumstances may tell you otherwise. When Jeremiah proclaimed these words to the Israelites, they were already suffering in exile. Their nation had been decimated by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. The Israelites were held captive in a foreign land. They were suffering yet God tells them He has a good plan for them.

2020 was a year of tragedies. We experienced the pain of loss. We experienced the emptiness of loneliness. We experienced the weight of depression. We experienced giving into powerful temptations. We experienced the stress caused by change and uncertainty. We can only ignore pain, emptiness, stress, and sin for so long until it brings us to dark places. Virtual church has its conveniences. But it falls short of the richness of face-to-face fellowship.

Yet we have hope. We must reimagine hope. That reimagining is focusing our eyes, minds, and hearts past a return to normalcy and onto Jesus. Jesus gives a true hope that isn’t a fantasy but an imminent reality. It is a complete hope that penetrates to our deepest needs. It is a hope that transforms us. It is a hope built on nothing less but Jesus Christ. And it is a hope that we must proclaim to the world.

The theme for LTC 2021 is Hope (re)Imagined. We will explore the parallel dynamics between the Israelite exile and the Covid-19 pandemic; as well as, the Israelite return to Jerusalem and our own return as restrictions ease. By examining the promises and commands of God to the Israelites in their exile and upon their return, we discover a true and complete hope in God’s plan to reconcile His creation to Himself. We want you to (re)imagine hope and align it with God’s will, his good, pleasing, and perfect will.


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About LTC

AACF’s LTC, leadership training conference, is an annual conference for emerging student leaders. It is a conference designed to teach leadership skills and nurture a heart of Christian leadership. This year it will be held virtually.

LTC 2021 will have two main portions: a main session and training tracks. The main session will come first and training tracks will come after our main session. During the main session you will hear from speakers who know AACF and campus ministry. They will give you a vision for campus ministry ministry. Along with each session, there will be devotionals so that you can go deeper. There will also be intentional times for you to meet with other student leaders (from your AACF and others) so you can share your discoveries and convictions. You will sign up for one training track. These tracks will give you ministry skills, the "how to's" of ministry. Click on the "Training Tracks" tab for more information about each track.

LTC is a conference for emerging student leaders. If you are serving in AACF, sense a leadership calling, or are interested in leadership come and participate in AACF’s LTC 2021.

Conference Schedule

SEQUENCE DATE TIME
Session #1 June 15, Tuesday 8:00p - 9:30p
Small Groups & Campus Time June 17, Thursday 8:00p - 10:00p
Session #2 June 22, Tuesday 8:00p - 9:30p
Small Groups & Campus Time June 24, Thursday 8:00p - 10:00p
Session #3 June 29, Tuesday 8:00p - 9:30p
Small Groups & Campus Time July 1, Thursday 8:00p - 10:00p
Session #4 July 6, Tuesday 8:00p - 9:30p
Small Groups & Campus Time July 8, Thursday 8:00p - 10:00p

Training Tracks

Bible Study

Studying the Bible is a key discipline for spiritual growth. Studying the Bible in a small group of fellow believers has been a blessing for Christians in both church and fellowship. We'll prepare you to take on your role as a small group leader in AACF this year by unpacking your role and responsibilities in small group leading!

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Community Building

What kind of community has God called AACF to be? Are we called to fortify ourselves from others and shut out the world? Are we called to dominate the world and condemn its sins? Or are we called to accommodate and blend in with the world? As a Christian community, we have a greater calling. We are called to love as God loved. We have been given a ministry of reconciliation, to reconcile the world to God. In this track we will examine a biblical framework for community. We will build upon that foundation to develop skills to welcome and reach the campus, our mission field.

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Core Coordinator

The Core Coordinator training track is designed to prepare core leaders for the school year. The track covers a range of core leadership issues including personal care, fellowship care and administrative issues. Participants will interact with other campus core leaders to discuss (and brainstorm) ideas for planning their year and managing their core functions. All core coordinators are encouraged to attend for instruction, insight, and affirmation of your call. This year’s training will be virtual over three weeks with preassigned readings and exercises. Participants should be prepared to discuss the readings, exercises, and gain insights into fulfilling AACF’s mission on their campuses.

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Disciple Growing

Do you know what it means to be a discipler, mentor, or coach? Do you know how to be a friend? Or are you hearing those terms and running away. We are called to be obedient to Christ- that is the only qualification one needs. Discipleship happens in the diversity of life’s relationships; to follow Jesus with others as you encourage, live, laugh and learn. Not just growing the mind and heart, but also a life lived out practically. It’s learning how to seek answers together asking the right questions, having humility to not always know all the answers, with a desire to be constantly humbled by the profound richness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We will talk about all this and how it all works out practically on your campus.

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Disciple Making

So many of our AACF's will say that they are not good at sharing their faith. This has become an even greater challenge during the pandemic. But God is still calling people to a relationship with Him. The Disciple Making track will teach and encourage you to engage others in intentional spiritual conversations with friends who need Jesus in their lives. You will learn a method for sharing the gospel, but you will also be given insights for better communication, how to understand a friend's personal needs and knowing how your own life displays the love of God.

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Leading Small Groups

This course teaches leadership skills and attitudes for leading a small group and how to initiate and maintain discussions. You will learn to formulate open-ended questions that invite participation and deeper sharing. This course is highly interactive: you will observe and lead live small group sessions and will both give and receive feedback. Responsibilities of the Small Group Coordinator will also be addressed. Your instructors have many years of experience leading church small groups and secular work teams, training, and facilitating meetings. Note: Though Bible focused, this track does not teach Bible Study techniques.

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Prayer

How do we draw our members closer to God through the regular practice of prayer? Come to the Prayer Track to develop your intimacy with God and learn ways to strengthen the prayer life of your fellowship community through a meaningful prayer ministry. The track will consist of one evening seminar (1.5 hours long) and 4 – 15 minute prayer meet-ups in the days following the seminar: two noon meet-ups, one midnight prayer, and one sunset prayer time.

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Worship

We can be physically distanced from each other, yet technology has given the ability to spiritually connect in more ways than ever. Though we have been forced to limit our ability to worship in person through music, we have also been forced to creatively expand our worship, in ways beyond musical ability. Let's come together to share experiences and lessons from the past year, to learn from each other how we've expanded in our roles, and celebrate with each other how we've grown in our talents. We'll also recenter ourselves on the fundamental attributes of a worship leader, which persist no matter what situation our world is in. So as we understand the many ways we have led in worship, we will ultimately focus on the foundation of a worship leader: worship.

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Speakers: AACF STAFF

Mark Quan, AACF UCSD Campus Minister (Volunteer)

Thomas Chen, AACF UW Campus Minister (Support Raising)

Jon Liu, AACF Director (Support Raising)

Victor Quon, AACF Campus Minister (Support Raising)

Registration

Please note for 2020, a complete registration consists of the following:

  • Registration Form. Submitting a completed online Registration Form.
  • Medical Form. The Oaks Medical Form. If you have any questions, please email info@aacf.org or ask your campus minister. Once you've completed the form, please print, sign, and mail your form to: Attn: AACF LTC, JEMS, 948 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
  • Payment. You can send a check or money order made out to "AACF" for your total registration cost to our office: Attn: AACF LTC, JEMS, 948. E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. You may also pay online. If you've applied for a scholarship, please make your check or money order for the anticipated remaining balance you have calculated on the scholarship form. Please mail your payment with your form to the JEMS office.

Registration covers lodging and training materials. Discounts are available for those attending or serving at one of the JEMS Mount Hermon Summer Conferences. Contact your campus minister for details for scholarship information.

2020 Registration Form

Last day to register: May 31, 2020

Registration Fees

  Early Bird Registration: On or Before May 15, 2020 Regular Registration: After May 15, 2020
By check $400.00 $425.00
Online $415.00 $440.00

Note: No Part-Time Registration Fees, No Visitors

Scholarships

As money should never be a hindrance for one’s attendance. Please visit the Help Paying for LTC tab for ideas on saving or fundraising for your registration fee. If you still have questions contact your campus minister or the AACF office by email (info@aacf.org or phone (213) 613-0022). Applications for the Grace K. Ogawa National scholarship are due by May 15, 2020. All other scholarships are to be handled by your local chapter and should be processed no later than May 31, 2020.

Grace K. Ogawa National Scholarship Application

Cancellations

If you cancel your participation before May 15, 2020, there is a non-refundable $25.00 fee retained to cover necessary costs. If you cancel your participation after May 15, 2020 until May 31, 2020 the fee increases to $50.00. After May 31, it is considered a "no show". There is no refund if you "no show" on the first day of LTC, and did not notify your campus minister for other arrangement. Refunds for cancellations will require a written email notification with reason and request for a refund less the stated fees above sent to info@aacf.org, with the subject line entry "LTC Cancellation". .

What to Bring

Sleeping bag, bedding, towels, personal toiletries, Bible, pen, paper/notebook, flashlight, money for offerings.

Suggestions on Paying for LTC

Saving Money. Saving money is more than just stopping yourself from spending money. To save money, you need to create a budget! A budget will help you formulate a plan for your money and track your progress toward your financial goals. There are many budgeting guides, tools, and experts. An online search will produce a lot of results.

Asking For Help. We welcome the initiative you take to ask others to support you as an emerging leader. Here is a brainstorm of different groups of people to ask for help:

  • Parents.
  • Extended Family.
  • Friends.
  • Church.
  • Your University. Many Associated Student groups offer leadership training funds for student organizations. Please contact the their office to find out if they offer funding and how to receive those funds.
  • AACF Alumni.

Alternative Options.

If you couldn't find help from the above suggestion, AACF offers the Grace K. Ogawa National Scholarship

  • In 2020 AACF will be offering every LTC participant a $100 scholarship. There are three (3) eligibility requirements: (1) must be a student for the 2020-2021 school year, (2) must be serving in AACF leadership for the 2020-2021 school year, and (3) must be a full-time attendee of LTC. If participants elect to receive this scholarship they will need to provide two items after LTC: (1) a photo of themselves and (2) a reflection about their LTC experience with a 500-word minimum. Both these items will be due by June 30, 2020.
  • AACF also offers the Grace K. Ogawa National Scholarship. To submit an application click on this link: Grace K. Ogawa National Scholarship Application. The application has the following eligibility requirements:
  1. The scholarship candidate must have submitted a completed registration for 2020 LTC.
  2. The scholarship candidate must be a full-time attendee of LTC
  3. The scholarship candidate must have approval from local campus minister or, if unstaffed, current Core Coordinator(s) to apply for the Grace K Ogawa Scholarship.
  4. The scholarship candidate must be enrolled as a student for the upcoming school year (2020-2021).
  5. The scholarship candidate must be serving in a leadership capacity (core, servant team, etc) in the upcoming school year (2020-2021).
  6. The scholarship candidate must submit a letter explaining their financial situation including the scholarship amount they are requesting, along with their experience and vision for Christian leadership.
  7. A reference letter affirming your leadership potential.
  8. A complete application must be submitted by May 15, 2020.