CLARKS SUMMIT, Pa.—Nearly 750 high school students and youth leaders filled the Baptist Bible College campus the last two weeks of July, continuing a strong history of equipping offered through the annual Teen Leadership Conference.

TLC draws students and youth leaders from across the country. Those attending came from locations including Columbus, Ohio; West Des Moines, Iowa; Sebring, Fla.; and Grand Rapids, Mich.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Step Up,” encouraging teens to prepare themselves for God’s call to serve. Through a variety of workshops and worship times, the theme challenged teens to accept leadership roles in church, in school, and within their peer groups. Ryan Stehlin of Tonawanda, N.Y., a teen who attended this year, described what it meant to him this way:

“It has helped me examine myself and make the changes needed to allow God to work in me so I can follow the plans He has for me. TLC will continue to impact me throughout my entire life.”

The 2010 conference will be held July 19–24 and July 26–31. The theme will be “Run to the Battle,” challenging teens to boldly share their faith.

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