What musical instrument do you play - strings, brass, woodwinds, piano or percussion? Or, maybe you just play the iPod? There are times, when we might be asked to play a solo, but on most occasions, music is played with other people.

A full orchestra will have at least 90 musicians playing together. A smaller orchestra playing chamber pieces will have anywhere between 15 and 45 members. Some will sit in the front and can be clearly seen playing instruments such as the violin or cello. The percussionists are more distant, standing or sitting in the back. But each musician has a significant role in producing the beautiful sounds that can be heard as an orchestra plays together.

At the 2017 AACF Leadership Training Conference, our focus will be on the Leader as a Worker and our theme for this year is Finely Tuned. Just like musicians working with each other, leaders in AACF must learn how to combine skills, gifting and abilities to produce ministry that will bless those who attend our gatherings. It is one thing to have your Bible study prepared, but if it is not in tune with the worship ministry or the disciple making, then your group will appear to be out of sync and disconnected. The training you receive in this year’s LTC will help you to refine your skills, but also encourage you to do it well with those around you. This will help you to produce ministry on your campus that is finely tuned for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared for any good work.

When & Where

June 18-23, 2017
The Oaks Camp and Conference Center
18651 Pine Canyon Road, Lake Hughes, CA 93532

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What To Expect

Training Tracks

Attendees choose a training track in which they would participate throughout the week. These tracks will equip you to serve as a Bible Study Leader, a Community Builder, a Core Coordinator, a Disciple Maker, a Discipler, a Small Group Leader, a Prayer Leader, and a Worship Leader.

Student-Led Bible Studies

The morning plenary sessions at 2017 LTC will consist of small group Bible studies led by AACF students. Not only will these sessions put you into better contact with people from other campuses, but we also know that when students lead other students in encountering the word of God, the Holy Spirit always does something powerful in our lives.

MOIs (Moments of Impact)

Spend quality time in the presence of God as you connect to share with fellow students and campus ministers from other campuses. You will get to know them personally and see how Jesus has impacted their lives. You can also encourage them by sharing your story and blessing them with what Jesus has been doing to grow you as a worker.

Campus Times

A core group or leadership team will work best when they know each other better on a personal level. That's why we always give time at LTC for students to interact with others from their campus. This will include some serious discussions on what needs to be done in your AACF for the year to come or times of reflection on how God is working in your life or some “fun” teambuilding activities just so you can laugh with each other.

Prayer

For those of you who would like to start the day a little earlier, morning prayer will demonstrate for you various ways that you can call believers together for powerful prayer ministry. It will also help you to be spiritually focused throughout LTC to receive what the Holy Spirit wants to impart to you. In addition to the morning prayer gatherings, we will also invite you to draw near to God during the Monday morning Extended Quiet Time (EQT). This will be a personal time for extended prayer and reflection. The beautiful grounds of The Oaks provide an environment that prepares the worker for awesome times with God.

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 small group Bible Study.

Body Life

God calls us to live in community with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Learn the different stages and components that are needed for spiritual and physical growth. Explore what it takes in leadership to build up the Body of Christ through the use of the different skills and spiritual gifts that the Lord has blessed us with and their implementation in purposeful event planning.

Core Leadership

This training track is designed to prepare core leaders for the coming school year. The track takes leaders from visioning through planning, discusses core team’s development and conflict management, and finally highlights necessary issues of administration in running an AACF chapter. We encourage all core coordinators to attend together for instruction, insight, and affirmation of your call on campus. The trainers bring years of experience serving core groups alongside expertise of leadership development from their respective careers.

Disciple Making

In the final days before his ascension, Jesus gave us his great commission. It was not a command to make converts, or make decisions, but make disciples. The process of sharing our faith in Christ includes more than mere words. For the gospel to change lives, people need to see how it impacts ours. Making disciples comes through a combination of truly understanding the gospel message, building effective relationships with others, and having the boldness to start conversations. This track will equip you with tools to share your faith personally, and equip you to bring your AACF group along in growing a heart of disciple making.

Disciple Growing

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. Disciples of Christ are committed to a journey around God’s Word, being willing to confess and be accountable for our sins, to love actively by praying for others, and in how we show/display God's grace in tangible ways to the world. 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

In this course, you will learn leadership skills/attitudes for leading a small group and also how to initiate and keep discussions going. The course will also teach how to formulate open-ended questions that invite participation and deeper sharing. It is highly interactive. You will watch a small group demonstration and participate by commenting upon techniques and identifying discussion dynamics. Finally, you will practice what you learn in a live small group to receive feedback. Your instructor/coach has many years of experience leading church small groups and work teams/meetings in secular settings. 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 just music; it is a lifestyle. Romans 12:1 says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God--this is your true and proper worship.” True and proper worship is thanking the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength as a response to what Christ has done on the cross. In this worship track, we will explore together how to:

  • Live with integrity on and off the stage
  • Strengthen and nurture your ministry
  • Prepare and deliver sets with clear visions
  • Speaker: Kevin Hayashida

    Kevin is the founding pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Mission Viejo, California, a church he planted with a core group of 12 people in 1998. Kevin is a native SoCal boy and attended UCLA, graduating in 1987 with a degree in Chemistry/Materials Science. After working as an engineer, he returned to school and earned his M.Div from Talbot Seminary. During his Bruin years, he was very active with AACF, serving in many ministries, including core coordinator. After graduating, he served as a volunteer staff for UCI AACF for several years. Kevin has been married to his lovely wife, Theresa, for 27 years. They have three children, Matthew, Michelle & Timothy (pictured above right).

    Some random tidbits about Kevin:

  • He has been to all 50 states.
  • He has eaten every food that has ever been offered to him.
  • He ran a marathon.
  • Registration Info

    Please note for 2017, 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: JEMS/AACF, 948 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, ATTN: LTC.
    • Payment. You can send a check or money order for your total registration cost to our office: JEMS/AACF 948. E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, ATTN: LTC. You may also pay online (no partial payments accepted online). If you've applied for a loan or scholarship, please make your check or money order for the anticipated remaining balance you have calculated on the scholarship/loan form. Please mail your payment with your form to the JEMS/AACF office.

    Registration covers room & board, speaker fees, 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.

    2017 Registration Form

    Last day to register: June 1, 2017

    Registration Fees

      On or Before May 15, 2017 After May 15, 2017
    By check $420.00 $445.00
    On-Line $435.00 $460.00

    Note: No Part-Time Registration Fees, No Visitors

    Scholarships and Loans

    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). AACF national scholarship requests are due by May 15, 2017. All other scholarships are to be handled by your local chapter and should be processed no later than June 1, 2017.

    Scholarship/Loan Form (PDF) Sample Scholarship Form (PDF)

    Cancellations

    A non-refundable processing fee of $25/person will be applied to all cancellations. After June 1, 2017 at 5PM, the cancellation fee will increase to $50/person. “No-shows”, receive NO REFUND. All refunds require a written request (fax, e-mail, or handwritten) sent to the JEMS/AACF office, ATTN: LTC.

    What to Bring

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

    Suggestions To Help Pay for LTC

    Saving Money. By simply foregoing your daily boba or store coffees, you can save $100.00 in a month! You can make lunches instead of buying and save from $100 to $150 a month. Together, you have already saved more than half of the cost of LTC.

    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 help in two other ways:

    1. AACF LTC Loans. AACF offers no-fee loans to any who inquire. These are helpful to delay full payment of LTC while you are await funds from your summer job or other savings plans. The minimum payment due for those on the loan plan is $105 and you arrange to make payments throughout the summer to make your final payment no later than the day school starts in September/October. Ask your campus minister or current core members how to obtain the AACF Scholarship/Loan form.
    2. AACF Scholarships. The following scholarships are available and will be awarded by need. You are welcome to request AACF scholarships if you will be (1) a registered student, and (2) serving in a leadership capacity (e.g., core, small group, worship leader, etc.) in the 2017-18 school year.

    AACF can only provide up to $210.00 per request. Please note the additional registration fees after May 15, 2017 may not be covered by AACF scholarships. Two pieces of documentation are needed to complete your request: (1) Complete the AACF Scholarship/Loan form and have your campus minister’s signature approve your need. (2) A written scholarship request letter (a sample format is available) is required.

    The two sources for AACF scholarships we recommend are:

    • Local. Current campus ministers and core groups are encouraged to contact alumni and others to help build their local campus scholarship fund during the year to provide assistance for LTC. Alumni and others are able to receive a tax deduction for their gift, so it is mutually beneficial. The same format is required, however the written scholarship letter request must be addressed to the local AACF core group who approves the scholarship request.

    • National. Each year, AACF allots the equivalent of two half-scholarships for each campus ($420 total/campus; max scholarship that can be awarded to a student is $210). Please talk with your campus minister or core coordinator to affirm that you are going to apply for that scholarship. You must write a written scholarship request letter and send it addressed to the LTC committee.

    We mentioned praying as well. That is most important because as you prayed to be involved in AACF, prayer will provide and sustain you in the coming year as well.