Returning this July is Leadership Summit, a biennial gathering for student leaders to be challenged, encouraged, and equipped as they discover more of God’s unique calling on their lives. This event allows students to learn more about their individual gifts and passions, as well as how to embrace them to make a monumental impact for the kingdom of God. This gathering truly believes in the importance of investing in the next generation as Scripture speaks of youth in this way:

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”   —1 Timothy 4:12 niv

I was able to attend Leadership Summit 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I vividly remember my experience: making the eleven-hour journey on a bus with students I had never met before (who eventually became great friends), tearing down houses that had been destroyed by an EF5 tornado in May of that year, and encountering Jesus in ways I would have never expected. I was truly impacted at Leadership Summit, and the long-term friendships and memories made there will forever be a part of my story.

Leadership Summit 2017 will be July 19–22, and is being held at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. Speakers include John Pistole, Steve Southards, Diana Swoope, Jim Lyon, and Richard Mansfield, and worship will be led by the IYC High School Band. This will be an incredible time of growth in attendees’ relationship with Jesus Christ! For more information, please go to I cannot wait to see the ways that God moves at Leadership Summit 2017. Those involved will experience a great opportunity for life change!



Connor Sorrell is an Anderson University student and staff intern serving at
Church of God Ministries in preparation for IYC2018. Connor can be reached
during the school year at

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