LTC stands for Leadership Training for Christ. The Northwest Region is an organization designed to stimulate and encourage Spiritual, mental, and social growth among young men and women in the 3rd through 12th grades. Its mission is to achieve this growth by developing skills in leadership, Bible knowledge, and Christian servant-hood.
Skill development in each of these areas is accomplished throughout the weeks of preparation for, and then the participation in a variety of individual and group events that are presented at a convention held the third weekend in April each year. These events take place within the context of a wholesome and supportive environment designed for the purpose of fostering enthusiasm and high achievement among the participants.
The events are divided into grade and sex categories as is appropriate and will involve Christian young people from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and hopefully other northwestern states.
The organization encourages the involvement and support of parents, local church leaders, and other interested adults in the preparation leading to and during the annual convention. Although the convention primarily consists of achievement events, the weekend culminates in a Saturday Night Celebration to showcase as many events as possible, and then a Sunday morning worship service to reinforce the spiritual aims of the program.
May God be glorified as young people learn to walk in His light through the efforts of Leadership Training for Christ.
Why should our church participate in LTC?
There are many benefits of participating in LTC.
There is the knowledge that is gained throughout the year by studying the theme book.
The program does not just emphasize knowledge but practical skills for service in the church. LTC includes behind the scenes events such as website design, scrapbook, and video creation to traditional events such as song leading, chorus, puppetry, and speech.
Participants experience a great sense of fellowship and unity with other churches and Christians from around the region at LTC. The LTCNW convention is purposefully designed to be encouraging and supportive and not overly competitive in nature.
LTCNW offers three different types of post-high school scholarships for LTC participants that help them move forward to the next stage of their lives.
LTC is intergenerational and designed for parents to be actively involved in the program. Research shows that intergenerational church experiences are critical for life-long faithfulness, and LTC is designed for that kind of church life.
What is the program about and what are the age ranges?
LTC is a youth spiritual development program for young people 3rd grade through 12th grade. It involves Bible knowledge, practical skill development, and leadership and service training.
When and where is the convention and how many churches participate?
The LTCNW Convention is hosted by the Richland Church of Christ in Richland, Washington.
In 2019 around 18 churches and 158 kids participated in the program from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
What actually happens at the convention?
Bible Bowl and devotional on Friday evening
Individual events on Saturday morning (speech, signing, reader’s theater, song leading, etc)
Group events on Saturday afternoon (puppets, drama, chorus, etc)
Saturday evening showcase and celebration ceremony
Sunday morning Bible class and worship. The Ladies class is led by young ladies from the LTC program and the worship assembly is led by young men from the LTC program.
How much does it cost to participate (registration, travel, accommodations, food)?
Registration is $35 per person. The cost for attending the convention will vary greatly based on family size and distance from Richland. Hotel prices in Richland are affordable.
What are the responsibilities of a coordinator?
The basic duties of a church coordinator include being the point-person at your church for LTC, communicating deadlines and policies to your group, registering participants online, recruiting judges from your congregation to help at the convention, and collecting and paying the registration fee for your group.
Where can I find out more?
Talk to at least two other people who have participated in the LTCNW program and get their insights into the program. You can find a list of participating congregations on the LTCNW website.
Talk to one of the LTCNW Board members and ask questions about the program. You can find the names of all the board members on the LTCNW website.
Participate under the wing of a nearby congregation (if possible). This has worked well for some who want to get involved right away but don’t have enough critical mass to form their own group.
Attend the convention as a guest and observe the program first-hand.
How do I commit to participate?
Once you have decided LTC is right for your congregation, make the commitment to participate, even if there are just a few kids who will be attending. To do so…
Email the LTCNW registrar and indicate that your congregation will be participating
Form an LTC coordination committee to help get your group off the ground. At the very least one person will need to take on the role of coordinator to be the point of contact for your congregation.
Check out a few videos that show other congregations’ experiences at LTC. This can help increase interest in your church.
History of LTCNW
From Lads to Leaders to LTCNW
LTCNW has been facilitating a convention since 2007, but our history goes back to 1960. Check out the timeline here to learn more about where we came from.