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African American Youth Empowerment Connection
From: 7/17/2014 to 7/19/2014
Contact Willie McLaurin (wmclaurin@tnbaptist.org) for further information.

Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center; Linden. A three-day encounter with African American Youth to provide an opportunity for enrichment / encouragement / empowerment. This experience also provides an opportunity for youth leaders to be trained.

July 17-19, 2014
Linden Valley Baptist Conference Center
1225 Baptist Camp Road, Linden

A retreat experience with the focus of investing in youth of predominantly African-American churches where they can take ownership of Great Commission work.

Program Personalities:

  • Felix Beasley, Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, Chattanooga
  • Kelvin Bowen, Christ Fellowship Church, Memphis
  • Ricky Bray, Love Fellowship Baptist Church, Chattanooga
  • Anthony Cannon, Riverview Baptist Church, Lenoir City
  • Juels Evans, Restoration Corner Ministry, Nashville
  • Leon Jones, The Dwelling Place, Memphis
  • Tavis Jones, Holy Calling Fellowship, Memphis
  • Julia McGlown, New Covenant Baptist Church, Knoxville
  • JoAnn Scaife, Restoration Corner Ministry, Nashville
  • Bryan Swearenger, The Dwelling Place, Memphis

Family Groups:

Each student will be grouped with their age specific family group for the Family Group time Experience. Each family group will have two adult family group leaders that will lead grade specific seminars. There will be four Family Groups: Family Group One - Grades 6-7; Family Group Two - Grades 8-9; Family Group Three - Grades 10-11; Family Group Four - Grade 12.


  • Bullying
  • How to Handle Peer Pressure
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Relationship with Parents
  • Purity
  • Being on Mission with God
  • Getting Ready for the future
  • Life Transitions
  • Leadership skills building
  • Self-Accountability and Choice
  • Vision and a Daydream
  • Stop the Violence
  • Discovering Your Divine Design


Cost: $125.00 per person
Registration Deadline is July 7, 2014

Registration will be complete upon completion of online registration, receipt of all camp registration fees and receipt of all the completed forms. The forms that need to be completed to complete registration are the Adult Heath Form, the Camper Health Form, and the Part Assumption Risk Form-Linden Valley. You can either scan and email the forms to Carrie at csmith@tnbaptist.org or mail the forms to Tennessee Baptist Convention, Attn: Carrie Smith, P.O. Box 728, Brentwood, TN 37024.


Thu., July 17
12:00 pm Arrival, Registration & Lunch
2:00 pm Recreation
5:00 pm Prepare for Dinner
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Worship
8:30 pm Family Group Time
9:30 pm Night Activities
11:30 pm Safe Zone Fellowship
Fri., July 18
8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am Prayer Circle
9:15 am Family Group Time
10:15 am Changing a Generation FUN Session
11:15 am Choir Rehearsal, Dance Team Rehearsal
12:15 pm Picnic Lunch, Pool Party, and Field Day Activities
5:30 pm Prepare for Dinner
6:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm Worship
8:30 pm Family Group Time
9:30 pm Campfire
11:00 pm Safe Zone Fellowship
Sat., July 19
8:00 am Breakfast
8:45 am Prayer Chain /Prayer Walk
9:15 am Family Group Time
10:00 am Closing Worship
11:30 am Dismiss with Lunch

During this event, the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention (or its agents or designees) will be photographing. You may be photographed. By your attendance, you are granting your permission to be photographed for commercial purposes and agree to the following: (1) being photographed by any means; (2) commercial or any other use of your likeness without compensation; (3) specifically waiving all rights of privacy during the photographing; (4) releasing the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, its agents, designees, officers and employees from any liability for loss, damage, or compensation for the commercial or other use of your likeness; and (5) compliance with all rules and regulations of the Executive Board of the Tennessee Baptist Convention for this event.


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