The Highland Youth and Family Ministry is about developing disciples who are united by their belief in Christ and by their love for God and others. Thereby we become “the light of the world…so that they may see [our] good works and give glory to [our] Father who is in heaven” and “so that the world may also believe” that Jesus is “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” (Matthew 5:14, 16; John 17:21; Matthew 16:16)
Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. – Matthew 7:24-25
United by Christ
…with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace…speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. – Ephesians 4:2-3, 15-16
Light of the World
I do not ask for these only but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. – John 17:20-21
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16
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Since our foundation in 1968, the mission of L2L has been to develop youth into Christian leaders. From a group of eight boys in that first year to more than 20,000 today, our mission has remained the same.
Biblical Study Materials
Along with producing Biblical materials designed for classroom or individual study, each year a new version of our Scripture-based study book, Pearls, is published. In the Pearls series, sound authors give an in-depth study of the Biblical truths found in the Bible Bowl book(s). Many churches use these excellent materials to involve the whole congregation.
L2L provides an opportunity to take Bible bowl to the next level. Students do not simply memorize scripture. They are given the opportunity to learn the meat of the Bible bowl book through 13 lessons written by spiritually sound authors in our annual Pearls study series.
Two Categories of Events
L2L divides events into two categories: year-round and convention/pre-convention events.
Year-round events are carried out at the home congregation on a convention-to-convention basis. There are year-round events for both students and adults. In fact, 10 year-round events are for all ages. This encourages participation among youth, adults and senior adults and helps the congregation to bond. Year-round events are awarded during the Friday evening award ceremony at convention each year. There are four types of year-round events: Bible, Service, Leadership and Curriculum.
Convention and pre-convention events take place in conjunction with the annual convention held on Easter weekend in many locations across the United States and in other countries. Convention events provide an avenue for students who have practiced and trained all year to show their developing skills and talents. Pre-convention events are completed at the home congregation shortly before convention and are awarded at convention.
A Year-Round Concept
The training tools that are part of the L2L program may be adapted to your congregation’s unique needs. No two congregations participate in exactly the same way. The year-round and convention events result in a well-rounded, confident, spiritually grounded individual that has the right foundation to be a worker for the Lord from youth through adulthood.
50 Years of Results
Over a quarter of a million participants have obtained leadership training through the L2L program since 1968. While many congregations are losing half or more of their youth, congregations that incorporate L2L events (especially year-round) are reporting youth retention rates of 85% or higher, ten years after graduation. What makes the difference? The year-round concept (L2L is not a one week-end youth event) and involving youth in regular study into God’s Word produce results. L2L is not just about preparing for a yearly convention.