What is Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes?

Since the formation in 1968, the mission of Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes 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. Leadership Training Program Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes is the oldest and largest leadership training program used by the churches of Christ today. It is a tool churches of Christ can use to help prepare their youth and adults for service in the Kingdom of God and help develop their overall leadership potential. Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes is more than just attending a youth rally or participating in a Bible Bowl. We offer a variety of Bible-based class materials and events for preschoolers through adults. Goal The goal of Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes is to provide churches of Christ with effective, year-round leadership training tools that can be adapted to individual congregational needs. Students are encouraged to become more involved at their home congregation through our year-round events (Bible Reading, Bulletin Board, Speech, Song Leading/Songs of Praise and Puppets). Purpose The purpose of Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes is to help local congregations instill the Word of God into youth and adults so that they will stand firm in the faith.  Teaching students to do “Bible things in Bible ways” is the essence of Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes. 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. Events & Convention Through the Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes program, churches can select from 37 events, 26 of which are non-competitive, that cover a wide range of interests.  The culmination of the 11 competitive events is a national convention, held on Easter weekend every year, where thousands of youth and adults from hundreds of participating Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes congregations gather to display the skills they’ve worked on all year. (The convention is held over Easter weekend in order to utilize the Friday holiday most students enjoy, as well as the discount hotel rates available.) At the convention, students and adults are recognized for the work they’ve completed over the past year, and students in grades 3-12 are given the opportunity to compete with other students of similar age and ability in such areas as speech, song leading, debate, puppets, Bible Bowl and art. In addition to promoting leadership competency through healthy competition, the conventions provide great opportunities for Christian fellowship. In 2011, Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes will be hosting conventions in six locations on April 22-24: Atlanta, Ga.; Dallas, Tex.; Louisville, Ken.; Memphis, Tenn.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Orlando, Fla. Why have competition? Competition is a very small part of the Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes program. However, children, by their very nature, are competitive. Siblings are competitive.  Children often invent competitive games in the parking lot after church.  For years, churches have recognized this natural competitive spirit and used it to promote VBS attendance, Scripture memorization in Bible classes, Bible Bowl and other good works. Participants in Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes learn how to deal with competition in a Christian manner.  Competition is a real part of the real world.  NOT learning how to deal with competition can be harmful as children deal with a competitive world and society.  After all, selections are made in the church, as well (Acts 1:23-26). This friendly Christian competition is not harmful.  Instead, it encourages and motivates youth. A Year-Round Concept The training tools that are part of the Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes program may be adapted to your congregation’s unique needs. No two congregations participate in exactly the same way. Using both the pre-convention events that are carried out year-round at the local, congregational level, as well as preparing youth for competitive events at convention, will result in well-rounded, confident, spiritually grounded individuals that will have the right foundation to be workers for the Lord from youth through adulthood. We’re Losing HALF?! One Christian University survey found that only half of the youth in churches of Christ remain faithful after high school graduation! Good news: many congregations with Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes have a 92-100% youth retention rate!    

Why Choose Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes?

  • Is the oldest and largest leadership training program used by the churches of Christ.
  • Has 44 years of proven methods with three generations now trained to be servants in the church.
  • Teaches God’s Word with no agenda—and stays out of the ditches, left and right (2 Chronicles 34:2).
  • Offers a wide range of books, materials and curriculum for year-round use.
  • Produces great materials by sound, respected authors that teach biblical concepts on timely subjects.
  • Brings the whole congregation together. Adults and senior citizens participate with children in completing events and activities  (Titus 2:2-4).
  • Offers competitive and non-competitive events.  (26 events are completely non-competitive.)
  • Offers Bartimaeus events for special needs participants of all ages.
  • Has events available for everyone ages 3-103.
  • Allows participants to learn how to deal with competition in a Christian manner.  Competition is a real part of the real world.  NOT learning how to deal with competition can be harmful as they deal with a competitive world and society.  Selections are made in the church, as well (Acts 1:23-26).
  • Brings thousands together to worship in a traditional worship service under the oversight of a local eldership.
  • Does NOT offer events such as choir/chorus, worship drama and contemporary music.