NASHVILLE, Tenn.— From grades 2 to 12, Jonathan Chapman participated in Lads to Leaders at his church in Germantown, Tenn.
“It taught me so many things — not only to be a better Christian but also a better leader,” said Chapman, who traveled from Louisville, Ky., to join nearly 10,000 youths and their parents at the program’s convention in Nashville. Thousands more gathered at venues across the country on Easter weekend for L2L conventions and for Leadership Training for Christ, a similar program. Both immerse youths from Churches of Christ in Scripture through events from song leading to puppet shows, speech and drama.
“I think it’s one of the best things that’s going on in Churches of Christ right now,” said Justin Rogers, a member of the Lexington Church of Christ in Tennessee, adding that the principles kids learn in the program will serve them regardless of what they do after graduation.
Chapman said that the skills he’s gained helped him to go to a church with only 12 members and “jump in and make an impact.”