When used properly, a table becomes a people magnet. If you are walking through the library looking for a place to study and see a friend seated at a table, it would not be unusual for you to sit down and join him. Likewise, if you walk into the dining commons and find another friend seated at a table, you may naturally join her and have lunch together. It’s not the table itself that you find so alluring. It’s just another piece of furniture. You are drawn to it because of what the table provides and represents. It’s an inviting place to sit, be accepted and share life with a friend.

For the 2019 Leadership Training Conference, our focus is on the Leader as an Evangelist. So often, the act of sharing our Christian faith can feel like an academic discussion or even a sales presentation. Perhaps it is time we consider a fresh paradigm. Think of your AACF as a table. Can your fellowship, likewise, be an inviting place where friends can find acceptance and have opportunities to share life? The AACF table is not fancy, nor ornate. It’s a common ordinary table occupied by normal everyday-type students. What makes our table different are the stories that we tell. They are life-giving and transformational. Some of the stories are about us. But mostly, they are about Jesus and what he has done to give us life.

When you come to LTC this year, there will be the chance to discover and experience the spiritual DNA of AACF. We bring people into a relationship with Jesus by asking friends to join our table and introducing them to our Lord and Savior. It is the ministry that God has created us to be. You will hear what God has written in the lives of others and then see the story he is creating in you.

When & Where

June 16-21, 2019
The Oaks Camp and Conference Center
18651 Pine Canyon Road, Lake Hughes, CA 93532

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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.

During this weeklong conference, students will participate in training tracks. These tracks represent core ministries within AACF: Bible Study, Body Life, Core Leadership, Community Building, Disciple Growing, Leading Small Groups, Prayer, and Worship. In four sessions of tracks, students will form a foundation for ministry in their context. Throughout the week students will participate in small group bible studies in the evenings and hear from a keynote speakers in the mornings. Dotted throughout the week are campus times, a focused time for students to build their ministry team, fellowship, reflect, and cast vision for the upcoming year. We encourage students to participate in our morning prayer meetings. And we invite all conference attendees to utilize our planned quiet times. A special feature of LTC are MOIs, moments of impact. MOIs are intentional moments when students can share their testimony, fears, praises, and so much more with one another.

LTC is a conference to 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 2019.

Training Tracks

Bible Study

The goal of studying scripture is to come as a humble student willing to be taught by the Word of God through the Holy Spirit so that you can faithfully and creatively live out your part of the biblical story as a disciple of Christ. In this track you will learn how to study a passage of Scripture, and how to prepare and lead a Bible Study.

Community Building

When we think of community, our thoughts go towards images of eating together, hanging out and supporting friends through difficult times. The stories in the book of Acts show us that the concept of Christian Community also includes a sense of mission. We don’t spend time with one another just to enjoy life together although that will happen. Our community has the purpose of advancing the gospel by demonstrating the love of Christ to those around us. We'll spend time at LTC learning and sharing with each other how we can make this impact on our campus.

Core Leadership

This track takes leaders who are serving on core, from personally envisioning themselves as a leader to running an AACF chapter. We encourage all core coordinators to attend for instruction, insight, and affirmation of your call on campus. The trainers bring years of experience serving core groups from their respective careers.

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.

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.

Prayer

Do you want to increase your trust and dependency on God as you serve on campus? Come and gain insight and inroads for increased intimacy with God through prayer. Grow in authentic connecting and communion with God, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Students will be equipped to lead a prayer ministry on their campuses. As prayer track participants, we will engage in various aspects of leading and supporting the LTC week in prayer which is a practicum for developing prayer ministry on your campus.

Worship

Worship is more than a music ministry or the type of music played; it’s a response to what you behold and admire. In this track, we will explore together ways to behold and admire the Triune God and the Gospel and live out that adoration. We will learn what true and proper worship is (Romans 12:1) and how to daily worship in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). You don’t have to be musically talented to come to this track, but if you are, this training track will also help you use your talents in music confidently.

Speakers: AACF STAFF

Thomas Chen

Registration

Please note for 2019, 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, 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, JEMS, 948. E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. You may also pay online (no partial payments accepted 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/AACF office.

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

2019 Registration Form

Last day to register: May 31, 2019

Registration Fees

  Early Bird Registration: On or Before May 15, 2019 Regular Registration: After May 15, 2019
By check $399.00 $424.00
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, 2019. All other scholarships are to be handled by your local chapter and should be processed no later than May 31, 2019.

Grace K. Ogawa National Scholarship Application

Cancellations

A non-refundable processing fee of $25/person will be applied to all cancellations. After May 31, 2019 at 5PM, the cancellation fee will increase to $50/person. “No-shows”, receive NO REFUND. All refunds require a written request (e-mail or handwritten letter) sent to the Attn: LTC 2019, JEMS, 948 E 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

What to Bring

Sleeping bag, bedding, towels, personal toiletries, Bible, pen, paper/notebook, one-piece swimsuit, 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. Some helpful resources are:

Whichever guide or tool you use, include LTC registration as part of your budget. Start budgeting now to learn how to manage your income, debt, savings, and expenditures. Be a faithful steward of the resources God has given you.

Asking For Help. We welcome the initiative you take to ask others to help you pay for LTC. Please ask in the following order before looking to your AACF for help:

  • Parents.
  • Extended Family. Share with your relatives, grandparents, aunts/uncles, cousins the opportunity God has given you this summer. Who knows, maybe some of them went to LTC.
  • Friends. You can ask your neighbors to help with your costs, or offer to do errands for pay (recycling, yardwork, etc.)
  • Church. Some of our alumni have told us their churches offer scholarships for member training. Please talk to your youth leaders, pastors or church leadership for more assistance.
  • Your University. Many Associated Student groups offer leadership training funds for their student organizations. Please contact the campus activities office to find out if they offer funding and how to receive those funds. Sometimes it is as simple as providing a copy of proof of payment and reference to the AACF website where the LTC information is listed.
  • AACF Alumni. Alumni are especially helpful and know the value of attending LTC. Your campus minister can help you identify alumni who attended LTC. The value of alumni who have attended is not just financial assistance but you can gain great information about ask how they lead the ministry before you. Most importantly, if they can’t help financially, they can pray and lead you to others who might.

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

  • Grace K. Ogawa National Scholarship. You are welcome to apply to the Grace K. Ogawa National Scholarship if you will be (1) a registered student in the 2019-2020 school year, and (2) serving in a leadership capacity (e.g., core, small group, worship leader, etc.) in the 2019-2020 school year. To submit an application click on this link: Grace K. Ogawa National Scholarship Application. The application has the following eligibility requirements:
  • The scholarship candidate must have submitted a completed registration for 2019 LTC.
  • 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.
  • The scholarship candidate must be enrolled as a student for the upcoming school year (2019-2020).
  • The scholarship candidate must be serving in a leadership capacity (core, servant team, etc) in the upcoming school year (2019-2020).
  • The scholarship candidate must submit a letter explaining their financial situation, along with their experience and vision for Christian leadership.
  • A complete application must be submitted by May 15, 2019.