Where we've been: Leadership Training for Christ, Lads to Leaders conventions
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Erik Tryggestad | The Christian Chronicle
DALLAS — ‘Today, I will be teaching you four foolproof ways to convince someone not to be a Christian,” Major Smith told nearly 2,000 believers during Sunday morning worship.

Justin McQuien of the Sanger Church of Christ in Texas leads "Oh, How I Love Jesus" at the North Texas LTC in Dallas. Care only about yourself. Be a hypocrite. Be grouchy. Be prideful.

Smith, a teen from the Burleson Church of Christ in Texas, ran through the tongue-in-cheek list he wrote as part of his speech for the North Texas Leadership Training for Christ convention. He was one of the thousands of young believers who participated in the annual conventions for LTC — or the Lads to Leaders program — at locales from Richland, Wash., to Orlando, Fla.

Young men and women read Scripture, demonstrated their sign language skills and produced puppet shows and dramas.
A chorus from the Travis Peak Church of Christ in Marble Falls, Texas, sings as Evan Smith, 14, of the A&M Church of Christ in College Station, Texas, signs at the North Texas LTC.
Lila Kelsey, age 9, produced an audio recording for a mass media category at the Lads to Leaders convention in Nashville, Tenn. Kelsey, who worships with the Sylvan Springs Church of Christ in Alabama, talked about Moses’ disobedience to God in the Old Testament book of Numbers.

Ruth 3:5 reminds us to do all of God’s commands,” she said in the recording. “We can’t obey God the way we choose. Let’s obey God and do all of God’s commands.”
Thousands of Lads to Leaders participants, their parents and coaches sing hymns during Sunday worship in the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., at the conclusion of the convention. (PHOTO BY MAGGIE MOORE)

Chole Baker of the Keller Church of Christ in Texas participates in the girls' oral Bible reading event at the Lads to Leaders convention at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in Dallas. (PHOTO BY JOSHUA GIBBS)

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