Our group is so pumped about coming back this summer  and I can’t tell you what a major influence and inspiration that event has been to build our students up in their confidence as leaders.-Lyons
I just got back from your Student Leadership Conference, and I would like to say thank you. The weekend I spent at Azusa with you and my Youth Group was, if I dare say, the best weekend of my life. Going in, I was a little reserved, and afraid I would not fit in with the tightly knit group of people that were such great friends from forever ago, given I was new this year. SLC enabled me to almost flawlessly fit into the group, and become a part of them in a matter of 3 days. Never before had I felt so accepted by a group of people, and it was a great feeling. Not only was SLC a great opportunity for me to grow closer to my peers, but one also to grow closer to God, and have a greater opportunity to explore my faith.
I knew from the moment I stepped into that Conference that I had come to the right place. And I had. All of the AMAZING speakers you had speak, the incredible music the band played, and the opportunities the Conference gave me. I not only found the answers I was looking for, but I found God, once again. And I am not quite sure how to fully express my gratitude to you and everyone else that helped in putting on the Conference. It was truly a blessing to be able to attend, and for that, I will always be thankful.
- Student (age 16)
We brought 7 students 2 years ago when SLC started up again, and then 8 last year, and already signed up for this year as well. I can not recommend this event enough. Our students look forward to every year, even those who don't get to attend love hearing all that the other students learned. I can not even begin to describe the impact that it's had on the leaders in our group.- RyanI just wanted to take a quick moment to say thank you for what you have done, and continue to do. We were fortunate enough to bring 5 youth to this conference, and it has been one of the best decisions we have made recently. Because of this conference, our students have already taken steps to improve our youth group and church!
Yesterday, we had the 5 youth talk to the congregation about their experience at the conference and talk about future plans. I want to share with you a portion of one of our students paper:
“We are the body of Christ, are we not?
The most vital organs go unseen. I would like to take some time to thank those that go unseen in our church.
Thank you to the brain. You are the ones who suggest certain ideas. You cast ideas that everybody takes, molds, and evolves into something utterly amazing.
Thank you to our respiratory system in the church. You inhale the negative and exhale positive into our environment. You are the ones who take the time to give you a simple smile on Sunday morning or ask you how your day was.
Thank you our heart for being so full of an unfathomable passion. You express your care by cleaning each room that we furnish with filth or provide food for occasions.
If we were void of any organ, Congress Street United Methodist would surely collapse.”
Leave it to an 8th grade girl to paint a picture that I, or our pastor, have never considered before! She did amazing!! Not only did she detail various vital, internal organs, but went on to thank those people for what they do to keep our church running.
I’m the dad who attended the Azusa Conf with my son. I only wanted to let you know that we have more wisdom today than we had prior to your conference. Very glad we attended! Super speakers and staff.
May God continue to bless your efforts!
I brought two student to Philly last summer. I was a bit concerned because they are the two most shy kids in our group. They talked non-stop about everything. Neely McQueen made an impact on the the young woman and Greg Stier impressed our young male student. I treasured the break away time with teaching for leaders. It's been wonderful to see these two step into leadership within our group and I hope to bring more students next summer.
A lot of what we're doing this year comes directly from the speakers and the ministries they represent.