Oregon Pathfinders Hold Annual Teen Leadership Convention
By Al Reimche
It was a damp weekend in the forest of Camp Adams near Molalla, Ore., Jan. 30-Feb. 2, where 127 people converged for the annual Oregon Pathfinders TLT (Teen Leadership Training) Convention. However, the spirits of those who attended were not dampened by the weather. Inside it was warm and cozy as we filled the meeting room, dining room, and cabins with excitement and energy. Friday night started off with making new friends and getting reacquainted with old ones through ice-breaker activities and M&M meetings. Sabbath morning everyone participated in Go Fish Children’s Evangelism training hosted by Oregon Conference Children’s Ministries under the direction of Sherri Uhrig and Gloria Beerman. In the afternoon, 19 new TLTs were inducted into the TLT program and received their TLT shoulder cord.
The weekend was filled with leadership training workshops for TLTs, mentors, and conference leaders. There were 50 TLTs training, 45 mentors modeling, 14 clubs attending, 19 instructors teaching, 26 convention staff participating, five certified teen leadership trainers (young adults who completed the TLT program) inspiring, 10 out-of-conference leaders learning, and our three-in-one God guiding! “This has been our best TLT Convention ever!” say Ray Jordan and Ralph Staley, both Oregon Conference district coordinators.
TLTs from throughout the Oregon Conference, along with three clubs from the Washington Conference attended. “It was our privilege to host 10 conference leaders from around the North American Division,” says Tracy Wood, Oregon Conference Pathfinders director. Conference leaders came from the South New England, Potomac, Georgia-Cumberland, Florida and Texas conferences, and Advent Source in Lincoln, Neb. Their goal was to observe and learn concepts of TLT ministry that they could take back and implement within their organizations.
Plans are already developing for next year’s TLT Convention scheduled for Jan. 29–31, 2016. We anticipate another year of Teen Leadership Training where TLTs and mentors, along with coordinators and conference directors can experience leadership training together. We praise Jesus for TLT ministry and the powerful impact it makes in the lives of our teen Pathfinders and leaders!