The Pearls study book for the 2018 convention, "Faith is the Victory," will be available for sale at the 2017 convention! Be sure to stop by the information and t-shirt booth at your convention location to pick up a copy.
Think before you pack for convention!
L2L is not the place for shorts, miniskirts, spandex, low cut dresses, or pants that are falling off.
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (Romans 12:1-2, NKJV)
Please think before you pack for convention and plan your wardrobe appropriately. The best way we have heard it stated is, "If you have to ask if something is immodest, then it is."
Thank you for your cooperation in this matter,
Roy Johnson, L2L Executive Director
For those taking the Bible Bowl and/or Pearls tests, the information sheets, blank answer sheets, and tests will be posted to the Tests page of our registration system late in the day on February 14. Testing will be open from February 15-27. All completed answer sheets must be mailed to the coordinator for your convention (addresses on the information sheets) and be postmarked no later than February 27. It is OK to mail them sooner to avoid delays and problems due to weather or other issues.
Remember, there will not be any questions on Job chapters 15-31 on the test or at convention.
Convention registration, Mass Media submissions, scholarship applications, shirt pre-orders all due by February 6!
The absolute deadline for convention registration is February 6, 2017. The registration system will be turned off first thing on the Feb. 7. The deadline was extended this year to give everyone a little extra time to get registered and to not have to submit as many requests for changes or additions after the deadline. Please be sure to have everything finalized and registered by the Feb. 6.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Feb. 6 is the LAST day to complete registration, not the ONLY day to do it. It is advisable to complete everything earlier than that date so that you have time to double-check everything. You can run a Student Event Participation Report and have the parents or students verify that everything is accurate. The Adult Event and Judging Report will show all that you have adults registered to participate in and/or judge. It is important that registration is accurate and complete by Feb. 6. If you wait until the last day to enter everything, you won’t have time to get it all verified.
Remember that Year-Round events have a verification in the registration system that must be done in order to complete the registration for those events. That must be completed by Feb. 6. All Mass Media entries must be uploaded to the registration system by Feb. 6.
Scholarship applications must be completed by Feb. 6. This year, it is an online form that is completed and submitted directly to L2L. The additional items that are required – lists of events/awards, recommendation letters, etc. – are to be sent as email attachments to via email by Feb. 6.
February 6 is also the last day that you can pre-order convention t-shirts in the registration system to pick up at convention or order them online to have them mailed to you. If there are any Special Edition Pink shirts still available after Feb. 6, they will be available at convention as supplies last. To be sure to get one, order it online today!
Registration for the 2017 Convention opens Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 a.m. (CST). Please make note of all of the important deadlines that can be found on the L2L website. We have a new registration tutorial video on our website that may be helpful to those who are new to the registration system. Check it out if you need help, or email the National Service Center at any time. We also have videos about several events to help with both the student participation and adult judging.
Group Leaders, if you have not called or emailed for your password yet, please contact the National Service Center as soon as possible. Note that the passwords are case sensitive this year, and they will include a combination of lower and upper case letter, numbers, and special symbols.
For groups in Louisville, Memphis, and Nashville, remember that if you have room blocks, you MUST request those rooms by January 8, 2017. On January 9, 2017, all un-requested rooms will be released into the overall pool of rooms for anyone to request. They are only yours if you request them in the registration system by January 8, 2017.
One of the foundational principles of Lads to Leaders (L2L) has always been to encourage everyone to do their best in all that they do - to give 100% effort no matter what it is. Whether it is a young man practicing his song leading skills, a young lady preparing a speech, or a group helping an elderly person with their yardwork, our desire is for everyone to always give 100%. God is to always get the glory for any successes, but we must each do our part to work hard and always give our best effort.
This thought prompted the idea to GIVE100! We want to encourage as many as are able to donate $100 to L2L. Some may want to give more, and some may only be able to give less. But any amount will be appreciated and used to advance the L2L program. As the end of the year approaches, we are working on plans to do more for our young people with technology updates from apps to study aids to enhanced audio/visual and technology at our conventions.
There are several ways to give to L2L:
- Text the code l2l100 to the number 50155. You will receive a reply asking how much you want to give. The next reply will have a link to a secure site to enter your credit card information. It's that simple.
- Go to our website and click the Donate link on the main menu. Complete the form on that page.
- Go to our online store and click the Donate link from the list across the top of the page. Choose the amount to give and complete the checkout process.
- Mail a check to the L2L National Service Center and denote GIVE100 in the memo field.
Another thing that we would encourage is to be a regular donor to L2L. We currently have about 12 individuals and congregations that give each month - ranging from $50 to $300 each. Through either of the first two options above, you can set up a recurring donation so that you can give automatically on a regular basis. Or, if you use a bill pay service, you can set it up to have a check mailed each month.
Whichever option you choose, know that the money will be used to make the L2L program better and stronger than ever as we strive to do what is best for our young people. Please call or email at any time if you have any questions about this or anything else related to L2L.
Thank you, and may God continue to bless all of our efforts to train up our children in the way that they should go.
The 2017 Pearls study on the books of Esther, Job and Ruth is available in our online store! This study book has been created in partnership with Apologetics Press, and is also available in Spanish! Contact us if you would like to receive a free sample of the Spanish Pearls.
This year’s Pearls book has also been translated into Romanian. This has been done the last couple of years to support a small convention in Romania that is put on by a group doing mission work there.
If you haven’t purchased your 2017 convention materials for Bible Bowl yet, visit our online store today to get them and give your students plenty of time to study and prepare for the test in mid-February.
In preparation for the Bible Bowl Test and the Bible Bowl Team event at convention, note that there will be no questions from chapters 15-31 of Job. Chapters 4-14 are the first rounds of speeches between Job and his friends, Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar. Chapters 15-31 are the second and thirds rounds of this “back-and-forth” between Job and his friends. Since a lot of this is similar within the discussions, we will only have questions from the “first round” in chapters 4-14. Only chapters 15-31 will be exempted from the test and team event. We still encourage the students to study these chapters to get the full scope of the book of Job. To summarize, questions for the test and convention will come from all of Ruth and Esther, as well as chapters 1-14 and 32-42 of Job.
Todd Kempton has joined the Lads to Leaders (L2L) national staff as the organization’s first full-time Texas-based employee, announced executive director Roy Johnson. Kempton will be a field representative responsible for cultivating relationships with new and existing L2L groups in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri.
Kempton is a life-long member of the church of Christ and serves as a deacon at the Whitehouse Church of Christ in Tyler, Tex., where Jay Lockhart serves as pulpit minister. Kempton has an extensive ministry background, having been in full-time ministry over youth and education and serving as an associate minister for 15 years. He has been to more than 20 countries on mission efforts. Kempton also serves as secretary on the board of directors for the French Africa Christian Education Foundation.
“We are excited about the talents and perspective Todd will bring to Lads to Leaders,” said Johnson. “His experience in business and ministry make him an excellent addition to L2L."
Prior to his employment with L2L, Kempton was a radiology department manager for a hospital in Tyler, Tex. He is a graduate of Harding University with degrees in Bible, marketing and management. He and his wife, Kenna, have two children, Brittney and Brayden.
Kempton may be contacted at (903) 571-4304 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you had your kick-off for the 2017 convention yet? Share pictures on our Facebook page to give others ideas for theirs. If you haven’t gotten started yet, it is definitely not too late. Please let the National Service Center know if you need help with anything at any time.
Registration emails will go out in mid-October to all Primary and Alternate Group Leaders who registered for convention in the last two years. If your group has had changes to the group leaders, or if your group leader's email has changed, please contact us to provide the updated information. We want to make sure that all groups get this information in a timely manner, so the correct contact information is important.
We recently mailed an L2L Marketing Kit to each congregation to help keep everyone updated on all things L2L. Included was a poster for your bulletin board with key dates to watch for during the year. This information is also included on a card that will fit inside a Bible or purse so you can keep it handy. If your congregation did not receive this packet and would like one, or if you would like more posters or “cheat sheets”, please contact us to request more. If your kit included a Pearls book with a promotional cover, please share that with someone at a congregation that is not already involved in L2L, so they can be introduced to the program and become involved, too!
The 2017 Convention T-Shirt (picture is the actual color of the shirt with this design on the back) is now available for sale through our online store for those who want to get them before arriving at convention. Orders will begin shipping on October 31, but you can order now. The cost is $10 each (the same as buying at convention), but shipping costs and sales tax, where applicable, will be added to online store orders. For anyone who has missed out on getting a shirt at convention because your size was sold out, the only way to guarantee that you get your size is to order through the online store or add it to your registration when it opens.
New for the 2017 convention: the convention shirt is also available in pink!
The Bible Bowl quiz app is updated for the 2017 convention! The app is free to download at any time for Apple. The questions for Ruth, Esther, and Job are available for purchase through an in-app purchase for $0.99. The Android version is $0.99 to purchase and includes the questions. Search your app store for Bible Bowl Prep by 316 Apps.
L2L is happy to announce our newest convention location in Visalia, California! A limited-event convention has been held the last couple of years at the West Visalia Church of Christ in Visalia, CA. Beginning in 2017, this will be a full L2L convention at the same time as our other convention sites, but it will still be held at the church building until numbers increase to where we need a convention facility. If you have friends or family in California or neighboring states that could be interested in L2L, contact Roy Johnson, L2L Executive Director, with their contact information, or have them contact us. We want to get the California convention built up big and strong, so help us out!