Pathfinder TLTs Gather for Annual Convention

March 01, 2009 | Krissy Barber

It’s not often you find an equal number of teens and adults in the same place, working together, for the same goal. However, this was the case Jan. 23–25, at Camp Harlow just outside of Eugene, Ore. Nearly 70 teens and adults met at the camp for the annual Pathfinder Teen Leadership Training Convention. TLT, as it’s known, is a program pairing adult mentors with high school to college-age youth to teach leadership skills and Christian encouragement.

In addition to workshops and training sessions, the weekend offers a chance to put knowledge into action. On Sabbath afternoon the TLTs and mentors headed for Junction City, Ore., where they teamed up with the Junction City Church to go door to door passing out Discover Bible lesson invitations.

In the afternoon, the group held an induction ceremony for the 12 incoming TLTs. Jeffrey Dale, a 16-year-old Pathfinder from Grants Pass, Ore., was one of the inductees who joined the TLT program Sabbath afternoon. When asked why he joined the program, Dale says “because it’s a good opportunity to learn leadership skills and grow closer to God.”