Camp or No Camp – That is the Question!

The current situation with the COVID-19 means life at camp looks different right now. At this point we are looking forward to summer with the hope that we will still be able to host all of our camps and we are currently accepting registrations.

The situation with coronavirus is ever-evolving, and we don’t know what it will look like in a few weeks or a few months. Sadly, we’ve had to cancel many spring events, but we are prayerful and hopeful as we continue to prepare for camps to happen as scheduled. Please join us in this prayer!

We are still accepting summer camp registrations and understand that you have questions, so check out the FAQs below!

Will summer camp happen this year?

We are praying and preparing for camps and accepting registrations as if they will take place.

What if I register for camp and pay the deposit and then camp gets cancelled because of the virus?

If we have to cancel any camps due to coronavirus, we will refund all deposits for those camps. You will not lose your money if we cannot provide the camp.

How will the decisions about summer camps be made?

It is our goal to provide a definitive decision on your camp no later than three (3) weeks prior to the date your camp is scheduled to begin. All decisions will be based on current recommendations from the CDC and state and local officials. We will notify you of these decisions through email and Facebook, and promptly return any deposits paid.

When should I register?

Because deposits for any cancelled camps will be refunded, there’s no reason to wait!

Louisiana Baptists All State Youth Choir Alumni

Dear LBASYC Alumni and friends of LBASYC,

I pray you are well and joyfully serving the Lord wherever you are.

Now in its 36th year of ministry, LBASYC, under the wonderful direction of Dr. Cameron Weatherford, chair of the Fine Arts Department at Louisiana College, continues its tradition of providing strong music and great opportunities for high school students from all over the state to be on mission for Christ.

In addition to singing outstanding music, you will want to know time is spent each year in retreat sharing our testimonies and learning a gospel presentation, so if a student comes to LBASYC four years in a row, they will have learned at least four different techniques for sharing their faith. We consider LBASYC a successful ministry when students return to their own sphere of influence and obediently share their faith in Christ using the tools and encouragement they received in their LBASYC experience.

It is important students continue to have this life-changing encounter to be on mission through LBASYC.

However, as is true everywhere, the cost for food, travel, and accommodations continues to rise. The LBASYC program is now almost completely funded by the students and I am reaching out to you, LBASYC Alumni and friends of LBASYC, asking you to prayerfully consider a financial contribution to LBASYC. Many of our students are working hard to raise their own funds, and while churches are helping with car washes, bake sales, auctions, etc, each student must pay $950 for LBASYC and EP students have an additional fee of $95.

My hope is that through donations we will be able to cover the cost of transportation each year and thereby reduce the participant’s financial responsibility. This year, transportation to Chicago, IL, will cost $20,000.

Will you be a part of reaching this goal?

Whether you choose to participate financially, please be in prayer for the students’ lives to be transformed as a result of their involvement in LBASYC. Thousands of you are serving Christ all over the world in vocational and voluntary ministry due in part to your participation in LBASYC. Just think what God can do with the next thousand students!

Dr. Herb Armentrout
Youth Music Consultant
Louisiana Baptist Convention

2016 YEC Recap

Relive it or experience it for the first time. Now you can watch all the incredible messages from YEC2016.  Let’s begin to pray today for YEC2017 in November.

Also, we hope you’ll join us for Clear Camps at Tall Timbers!

Keys to Developing Next and Now Generation Leaders

There is a semi-new trend going on in our culture called binge-watching.  The idea is to set aside a lot of time, load up on snacks, turn the lights down and watch many episodes of your favorite television program that you’ve stored up on your DVR, or maybe on Netflix or Hulu.  One of my favorite binges is the show Flea Market Flips.  It’s not the prospect of making cash out of junk that attracts me to this show.  I’m drawn to the idea of taking something that in its raw state has been useful in another context and transforming it into something brand new that is better than the original item.

The term for that process is called upcycling.  The art of this process is being able to recognize potential, and seeing beauty in something that has not yet been realized.  For twenty-five years serving as a collegiate minster I was blessed with thousands of potential great leaders in our ministry.  I could say all of them had potential to become leaders, but not all responded to the challenge.

The guiding principle used for determining who was willing and interested in growing is found in the New Testament book Matthew chapter 13:1-9. The parable of the sower and the seeds is a powerful teaching about those who hear of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how they respond.   Jesus says  “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” In this passage we find seeds, or as it is implied people, who fall into four categories.

1. Fallen along the path

This potential leader is wandering in life and hasn’t given much thought to what he is going to do with his life.  Figuratively and maybe even physically stop this person in their tracks and tell them that you see potential in them for becoming a great leader and give a clear specific example of something they could accomplish.  It may be that no one has ever taken the time to tell them that God created them for a purpose in life and you are delivering great news to them.

2. Seed in the rocks

This leader may be coming to Christianity without a family of faith heritage. Not only will you be helping this student realize leadership potential, extra effort will be required to develop a foundation of Biblical faith in her life.  Be patient when the scorching sun of life and love discourage this potential leader.

3. Seed among the thorns

This leader is influenced greatly by the human environment in which they live.  The thorns that choke back this leader could be an unbelieving best friend, love interest or even family.  I can remember many students that worked jobs that were so worldly it was near impossible to grow beyond their existing state without quitting and moving to a new environment. Tory was a bartender.  Steve was an athletic trainer in a very spiritually hostile environment.  Janey was raised in a home with rotating father figures where alcohol and drugs always present.  Leading these students to find more “fertile” soil is crucial.  As they learn to move on from the past and take faith steps their trust in the Lord is affirmed and they become even more resolute leaders.

4. Soil fertile and ready for success

You can recognize these students by how they respond to your leadership.  Use the following defining questions to determine their potential.  Does he complete assignments quickly and come back enthusiastically for more? Is she teachable? By teachable I mean are they willing to change their long-held opinions and habits to a more productive behavior.  Everyone has potential and deserves the opportunity to grow.  However, your time might be best spent on those that are growing in fertile soil.

Recently while driving down the street I noticed someone had cleared the attic and taken everything to the curb, my brakes instinctively screeched to a halt.  I looked over the pile and spotted an old blue china hutch.  I loaded it up on my jeep and took it on a short trip home.  Shortening the story, it now makes an incredible art display and supply storage place for paints and brushes.  It has a new purposeful life.  Sharpen your vision and scan your student horizon to see all the great potential that God has placed right in front of you.

Get Equipped to Disciple Youth

Many students are a mile wide and an inch deep. Jesus has called us to disciple others. But where to start?

Dr. Allen Jackson’s new book “Disciple” helps the ordinary Christ follow become an extraordinary disciple. We highly recommend it! It’s simple and clear message will encourage your entire ministry team.

Follow the link below to download a free sample or buy the book.

Simple way for Students to Spread the Gospel

Looking for a simple and easy way for students to reach their friends with the Gospel?

Check out this FREE resource from The Gideons International called “Life Book”. It’s a simple and easy way for students to reach their friends with the message of Jesus. From the shyest to the boldest, more than 900,000 teens have given the gift to their peers, resulting in over 17 million Life Books handed out since 2010.


What is the Life Book?

The Life Book contains a short recap of the Old Testament, the entire Gospel of John (ESV), scriptural answers to issues teens face, and an opportunity to trust Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Best of all.. it’s FREE

To learn more check out the resource link:

The Life Book Movement

Friday Forum Podcast

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Guest Speaker Brian Mills

Brian Mills

Brian Mills

Brian has served as the Student Pastor at Long Hollow since 2009. He has a zeal and fervor for evangelism and seeing students come to know Christ and to make Him known. Hear Brain teach and speak on these topics:

  • Creating a Culture of Evangelism in Your Student Ministry
  • Student Ministry Multiplication

Friday Forum is the Louisiana Youth Minister’s Network and it exists to give youth ministers the opportunity to network with each other, to sharpen their skills, and to fellowship with their fellow laborers in youth ministry. If you are a youth minister or a lay youth leader in the state of Louisiana, you are eligible and encouraged to attend our regular meetings.

Explore The Bible: Expanding 2014

Adult Sunday School teachers may have noticed some changes to the Explore the Bible curriculum.

Check out this resources if you have questions about these changes, or if your church is considering ordering Explore the Bible adult curriculum.

If this resource does not answer your questions, please contact Jeff Ingram, Adult Ministry Strategist.

Beginning Fall 2014

Expanding to include:

  • ETB: Young Adults
  • ETB: Students
  • ETB: Small Groups
  • ETB: Kids

All Ages Will Study the Same Bible Book:

  • Same session passage(for example, Hebrews 1:1-4)
  • Same session memory verse(for example,Hebrews 1:2a: In these last days,He has spoken to us by His Son.)
  • Kids may study a different passage related to the concept (for example, Adults and Students may focus on Hebrews 11:1-7 while Kids focus on Noah’s faith in Genesis 6-8)


Available Translations: HCSB, KJV, NIV, and ESV (Digital Only)

Supplemental Resources