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Lead THE Cause is a summer teen evangelism training event that helps youth leaders create passionate disciples who are reaching their world with the Gospel.
What is Lead THE Cause?
At Lead THE Cause (LTC), youth groups spend an intensive week praying, learning, and brainstorming together to reach their community for Christ. They experience:
Interceding for their lost friends. Students spend the first day and a half learning to align their heart with God’s and His desire for all to come to faith in Him.
Students get many outreach opportunities to share the Gospel. Two entire afternoons are dedicated to hands-on outreach, speaking with strangers, and starting Gospel conversations. Students are also challenged to bring up the Gospel with friends and family back home.
Groups get time to brainstorm together about how to reach their community for Christ. Students will pray and plan ways they can reach their own communities with the Gospel, coming away with a strategic plan and specific goals.
What Lead THE Cause Does
This powerful week really flips the switch within the hearts and minds of students. It changes youth ministry culture from teens being the consumers to the creators of ministry opportunities. Students will come home from LTC:
The LTC experience empowers youth to make a difference for Christ in their circles of influence, and it trains youth leaders to fuel the movement by learning how to create a Gospel Advancing Ministry.
Why Lead THE Cause Works
Teens love a challenge. Students are used to being challenged at school, on the sports field, and just about everywhere but church. But difficulty is at the heart of growth, and risk is a part of every endeavor that’s worth doing. We believe young people are capable of great things and they appreciate it when adults – and the Church – believe they can do more.
When students are given the chance to go deep in prayer, worship, and evangelism, their faith becomes their own. Christ’s Cause to seek and save the lost becomes their cause.
Lead THE Cause is a rapid intensification event that serves as the training ground or crucible where concentrated, intentional time with God kick-starts students’ growth as disciples and disciple-makers.
Lead THE Cause Event Details
June 26 – July 1
Lead THE Cause 2023
at Colorado Christian University
Raising Money for Lead THE Cause
Getting to Lead THE Cause can be a financial challenge and raising money for youth events isn’t always easy. Visit this page for
- four tips for Lead THE Cause fundraising
- a sample donation request letter you can use to help your students ask for support
How to Register for Lead THE Cause
Lead THE Cause 2023 registration is now open!
Click here to learn more about the registration process and join the insider list to get more information about LTC 2023.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lead THE Cause is a summer teen evangelism training event where your students are trained to be “on mission” for life. They’ll come home passionate for God and others and armed with a strategy and plan to build God’s Kingdom within their community. Your teens will gain confidence in their faith, know how to start and engage others in Gospel conversations, and be lit on fire to see everyone in their world know Jesus.
Lead THE Cause is put on by Dare 2 Share Ministries. The mission of Dare 2 Share is “Energizing the Church to Mobilize youth to Gospelize their world.”
Dare 2 Share also partners with Sonlife and Colorado Christian University to make Lead THE Cause a reality.
Colorado Christian University
June 26 – July 1, 2023
July 10-15, 2023
More information on speakers and artists is coming soon.
Lead THE Cause (LTC) is designed for youth leaders and their students who want to leverage their talents and abilities to advance THE Cause of Christ. We encourage you to bring every students you would bring on a mission trip. Training is geared toward students between 9th and 12th grade, but middle school students and college freshmen are invited at the discretion of their youth leader.
The mission and training week dives into principles that will inspire and equip your students to take their faith to the next level and sets them up to understand and model discipleship. Participants will be actively learning, praying, witnessing, and strategizing. They’ll leave LTC motivated and equipped with a specific, customized plan for impacting their world for Christ and His Cause.
Three mornings at LTC will have a Core Training breakout session for all attendees. During Core Training, students learn the skills and tactics needed to effectively and confidently share their faith in a relational, conversational manner. Core 101 is for all first time attendees. Core 201 is for any returning LTC attendee and is recommended for the higher track by their youth leader. See the next FAQ for more information on the Core 201 track.
Core 101 will feature the following topics:
Ask, Admire, Admit
The key to effectively sharing your faith is by having a conversation, not giving a presentation. People are more open to discussing their spiritual views when they know that you genuinely care about them and want to know what they believe and why. This session goes over our proven approach that allows you to start a spiritual conversation in non-offensive, genuine way.
The Gospel is an overview of the entire story of the Bible. In this session you will drill down into each letter of our GOSPEL acrostic so that you have a thorough understanding of what the Good News is and so that you can remember it in the midst of your conversation. A great tool for you that will increase your confidence in being able to really share Christ and God’s plan with your friends, family, teammates and neighbors.
The point of sharing the Gospel is for the person to understand what God has done for them and that He desires a relationship with them. Bringing them to a point where they understand that they need to decide what they are going to do about Jesus is a critical component of sharing the Gospel, but many of us have a hard time when it comes to bringing them to a decision. Now What? Helps students with this crucial skill and provides approaches that will enable them to give the listener a chance to respond to God’s love.
For returning Lead THE Cause students, the 201 track takes students deeper in their faith, their ability to share the Gospel, and in growing as disciple-makers and leaders. Core 201 is for students attending LTC for a second or third time.
Core 201 –
This track is for returning students who are recommended for the next level of training by their youth leader. A bit more intense than Core 101, students are pushed in the areas of personal renewal, apologetics and disciple-making.
Mornings include worship, leadership and evangelism training.
Afternoons provide practical application including two days of outreach to the community.
Evenings provide worship, motivational teaching, small group time, strategic planning and collaboration.
In order to secure your spots, registration must be paid in full for each person in your group. There are a limited number of discounted registrations available for each event.
- Early Bird – $525
Available until February 28, 2023, or until quantities are sold out.
- Regular – $575
Available until May 31, 2023, or until quantities are sold out.
Registration for Lead THE Cause in Denver includes lodging and meals for the duration of the event, general sessions and core training, off-site activities, plus an event workbook. Transportation is NOT included during the week (including to and from off-site activities). Groups are responsible for getting to the event site and transporting their group throughout the week.
Registration for Lead THE Cause onsite events is refundable under the following policies:
By December 31, 2022 = Refund less a $100 cancellation fee per registration
January 1, 2023 – April 30, 2023 = 50% Refund
May 1, 2023 and After = No refund
All refund requests are required to be submitted in writing and via email by the deadline to [email protected] and will require the approval of Dare 2 Share’s VP of Mobilization. Please include your reason for the request and a single point of contact with email and phone number for follow up.
Yep, eligible students attending this summer’s LTC events could earn 3 college credits for the evangelism training they receive! Click here to find out more about this awesome opportunity offered by our partners at Colorado Christian University.
Travel & Lodging
Dare 2 Share is NOT providing transportation for groups during the week at Lead THE Cause (including to and from off-site activities). Groups are responsible for getting to the event site and transporting their group throughout the week.
There is parking provided at Colorado Christian University. If needed, parking passes will be provided at check-in.
Rooming is decided by the Lead THE Cause team based on the rooming request provided by the attendee on their individual application form. Group leaders, if you request a certain rooming list, please get in tough with us.
Check out this page for details about the activities in Denver, CO. Additional details and information will also be emailed to the group leader after your online group registration has been completed. Call 1-866-448-0270 if you have more questions.
You’ll need to maintain a minimum 1:5 leader/student ratio and provide adult leaders of both genders if you are bringing a coed group.
Bedding and towels are provided, however, the bedding isn’t very comfortable. You are welcome to bring your own bedding if you’d prefer.
All clothing should be appropriately modest and appropriate for the activities students will be participating in during the event.
All students are required to complete this medical release form listing their group leaders as their personal representatives in case of an emergency. If parents cannot be reached, group leaders will have the authority to approve necessary treatment. Additionally, if students have required medication or treatments that need to be managed during LTC, the responsibility is on the student and group leaders.
We will also provide a list of local urgent care facilities and hospitals when you check in should a medical emergency happen in your group.
We had you worried, didn’t we? Wi-Fi is available on campus at Colorado Christian University. Instructions will be provided at check-in.
- Bible and a pen (journal if desired)
- Cell phone (used in sessions) and charging cord
- Rain gear/poncho (check the weather for the week)
- Footwear and socks (comfortable for walking)
- PJs and undies
- Toothpaste and toothbrush
- Soap and shampoo
- Personal toiletries (contact solution, deodorant, lip balm, etc.)
- Plastic bag for laundry
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
- Bug spray
- Water bottle
- Any potentially needed medications
- Copy of personal medical insurance card to be given to the youth leader
- Spending money
- Bedding and linens are provided (but it’s not the most comfortable)
- Mailing address of someone you know who doesn’t know Jesus as their person Lord and Savior
*Clothing should be appropriately modest.