What is Lead the Cause?
Who is behind the event?
Dare 2 Share and Sonlife have embarked on a journey. A training partnership that, through God’s grace, will accelerate a movement of disciple-makers. This collaboration brings together the best of both ministries’ core training and philosophies in order to provide a practical strategy for building youth ministries that are focused on the life of Christ and have disciple multiplying at their core.
For more about Sonlife, click here.
For more about Dare 2 Share, click here.
When and where is it happening?
June 19-23, 2017
Moody Bible College
June 26-30, 2017
July 10-14, 2017
Colorado Christian University
July 31 – Aug 4, 2017
McLean Bible Church
Who are the speakers?
Zane Black — Zane Black has always lived life on the edge, looking for all the crazy excitement and adventure life has to offer. He just ended up “going all in” for the wrong things. And it almost cost him his life. But after years of living for cheap thrills and temporary highs, Zane experienced a radical encounter with Jesus that changed his life forever. As a speaker and author, Zane tours with Dare 2 Share and serves with Torchbearers International, challenging students around the world to “go all in” for Jesus.
Doug Holliday — Doug’s speaking, disciple-making training, leadership coaching and movement multiplication efforts over the past fourteen years have taken him across North America, the Caribbean, Africa and Southeast Asia in partnership with GYI, CRU and Dare2Share. Prior to that, he served in the local church for twelve years as a youth pastor, teaching pastor and church planter. As Sonlife’s Executive Director, Doug champions Jesus’ passion, priorities and practices… rallying and mobilizing the Church to Christ’s cause of building movements of disciples who make disciples.
Andy McGowan — Andy McGowan has been youth pastor and director of Revolution Kenosha for over 7 years, and has worked in youth ministry for 14 years. His heart is to see this generation of middle and high school students transform this country through the power of the Gospel, by the grace of Jesus Christ. Andy is also involved with the Allies of Kenosha gospel network. He received a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity International University and Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Tyree Sterling — Tyree rededicated his life in on March 29, 1998 at Gateway Church in Williamsport, MD and served as youth pastor from 2002 – 2016. He is also a certified “Life Skills Facilitator” which enables him to speak in school assemblies on topics like “Bullying Prevention” and “Cheat Codes to Reaching Your Dreams” through ‘RockYourMic.com’, through these opportunities, Tyree is able to speak to over 30,000 different students each year.
Aaron Bolduc — Aaron experienced a profound life change when he met Jesus and was saved from a life of substance abuse. Because of this he is insanely passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and has dedicated his life to proclaim the true gospel that “Jesus Christ came to Earth to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). Aaron is an evangelist at heart and wants to see churches mobilized with the saving message that JESUS IS LORD! Aaron is the Associate Pastor of Outreach and Evangelism at Wellspring Community Church in Hudsonville, MI.
Aaron Bolduc — Gustavo is now the youth pastor at Second Union Church of San Juan, in Puerto Rico. Saved as an adult from a life of “cultural Christianity,” God has given him the gift of teaching both in English and Spanish. His favorite topic is how to share the Gospel and making disciples. He is passionate about seeing believers go, as they move from casual church-goers into disciple makers.
Who is Lead THE Cause for?
How will it help my students?
What does the small group training look like?
Core 101 will feature the following topics:
Ask, Admire, Admit
The key to effectively sharing your faith is by having a conversation, not giving a presentation. People are more open to discussing their spiritual views when they know that you genuinely care about them and want to know what they believe and why. This session goes over our proven approach that allows you to start a spiritual conversation in non-offensive, genuine way.
The Gospel is an overview of the entire story of the Bible. In this session you will drill down into each letter of our GOSPEL acrostic so that you have a thorough understanding of what the good news is and so that you can remember it in the midst of your conversation. A great tool for you that will increase your confidence in being able to really share Christ and God’s plan with your friends, family, teammates and neighbors.
The point of sharing the gospel is for the person to understand what God has done for them and that He desires a relationship with them. Bringing them to a point where they understand that they need to decide what they are going to do about Jesus is a critical component of sharing the gospel, but many of us have a hard time when it comes to bringing them to a decision. Now What? Helps students with this crucial skill and provides approaches that will enable them to give the listener a chance to respond to God’s love.
Will there be anything special for returning students?
Core 201 – 2nd year (and beyond) attendees
These sessions occur at the same time as Core 101 in the mornings and are for 2nd year (and beyond) students. A bit more intense, you’ll be pushed in the areas of personal renewal, apologetics and disciple-making.
Oil and Fire
What is the calling that The Lord has on your life? How has He shaped you to Live and Lead THE Cause? This is what Oil and Fire explores. A life-changing time of reflection and prayer to seek out God’s call on your life and how HE wants to use you now, throughout your high school years and into the future.
Apologetics without Bruises
No one was ever argued into God’s Kingdom. So what role does apologetics play in spiritual conversations? This session will help students learn how, when and what to share and will give them greater confidence in the Word of God as they engage in gospel conversations.
How to Make a Disciple
A disciple is a life-long endeavor, and it is one which is meant to replicate itself. This session helps your students continue their journey with Jesus as well as giving them an understanding and tools to help them bring others along the journey with them.
The Next Level (TNL) – 3rd year attendees & college students
Are you ready for this? TNL is the special forces component of Lead THE Cause. It’s where leaders are made who are equipped to effectively lead among their peers. Designed for 3rd year attendees and college students, this track meets every morning (8:00 – 8:45) with one of the main stage speakers to be challenged in their walk with the Lord and equipped with key leadership principles. They will then have the opportunity to put into practice these principles each day at LTC as they join different groups going through either Core 101 or Core 201. They will also be challenged to look ahead and begin to brainstorm ways to Lead THE Cause after they return home.
Holy, Humble, Hungry
The attributes God wants to build into His disciples are stressed in this session. Our calling is a high one and God is looking for those who will set themselves apart, stay connected to the Vine for their life, and who have a heart that beats for God’s Kingdom and for those who are lost.
Witnessing with Style
You are unique, and God has wired you a certain way. Embrace that and explore what that means for you as you share the gospel. Once you know your strengths and weaknesses, you can better understand how God wants to use you in His Kingdom and how you can become more effective at sharing your faith.
How to Study the Bible
Knowing God’s Word is critical for the disciple – both for their own spiritual health, but also as they seek to engage a lost world. Practical application and tips will give your students the tools they need for life-long study of the Bible.
How to reach your school for Christ
Becoming on mission for your school is what all the training and practice lead to at LTC. Students are surrounded by people who need Christ and they are the ones who are best suited to reach them. But you need to have a plan. This session helps you figure out what that plan can look like and sets you up for tremendous impact in the coming Fall as school starts.
What does a typical day look like?
When does registration start?
How does our group register?
Why should I pay a deposit?
This gives you more time to pay your full balance (all the way up to the final payment deadline) but you still pay the early bird rate. And since your $50 deposit counts toward your final balance, paying part now will save you a whole $40!
The $50 deposit is nonrefundable, but can be transferred to a new registrant’s deposit only. It cannot be added to an existing registrant’s balance.
What does it cost? And what’s included in the cost?
Transportation to and from the event is NOT included in the price. Transportation is the responsibility of each group and is not included in this fee.
You can get an early bird discount ($40 off) in two ways:
1) Pay a $50 deposit by January 20, 2017, and lock in the total price at $485 until final payment deadline for your city.
2) Pay individual registration in full by your city’s early bird deadline (see individual city pages for deadline dates).
When are the payment deadlines?
$50 Deposit due by 1/20/17
$485 Early Bird Rate due by 3/17/17
$525 Regular Rate due by 5/19/17
$50 Deposit due by 1/20/17
$485 Early Bird Rate due by 3/24/17
$525 Regular Rate due by 5/26/17
$50 Deposit due by 1/20/17
$485 Early Bird Rate due by 4/7/17
$525 Regular Rate due by 6/9/17
$50 Deposit due by 1/20/17
$485 Early Bird Rate due by 4/21/17
$525 Regular Rate due by 6/23/17
What are the payment options?
What other costs can we expect to pay?
If you pay after the final payment deadline for your city, a $100 late fee will apply.
What about cancellations to my group?
Are there other requirements or deadlines along the way I should know about?
Required forms include:
LTC Adult or Student over 18 Registration Form
LTC Student Registration Form
(All available at http://leadthecause.org/register/.)
All adults and students over 18 must also complete a background check. All forms must be submitted electronically. Please find instructions on registration at leadthecause.org/register/ or call 1-866-448-0270 with questions.
Travel & Lodging
How is parking handled?
What are the lodging accommodations?
Denver Event – Housing is at Colorado Christian University. There will be 2 per room with between 4-8 sharing an apartment style dormitory.
Austin Event – Housing is at Huston-Tillotson University. More information will be posted soon.
Washington, D.C. Event – Attendees will be staying at the Sheraton Reston Hotel at 11810 Sunrise Valley Dr Reston, VA 20191. Transportation between the hotel and the event location, McLean Bible Church, will be provided for the duration of the week. However, transportation will not be provided before the event begins or after it ends.
Who determines the rooming lists?
Special info about Chicago transportation
How should we prepare for the trip?
What is the leader to student ratio guideline?
Will we need to bring bedding?
For those attending the Austin event, attendees will need to bring their own sheets or sleeping bags, pillows and blankets to go on the beds.