Youth Leadership Initiative

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The Next Gen Preacher Search is a unique outreach to future young leaders in high schools and colleges across the country. In this joint effort with the North American Christian Convention and several other Christian colleges and universities, young people with an interest in preaching are submitting 5-minute videos of themselves preaching for review and critique. It attracts students from both a cappella and instrumental churches in the restoration movement.

Through this process, 40 semi-finalists are chosen to attend a Preaching & Teaching Training Workshop where they are given personalized coaching and help from a team including trainers from Pepperdine's faculty and staff. Four finalists are selected and given further coaching and have the opportunity to present their lessons before over 25,000 Christians at gatherings like Harbor: The Pepperdine Bible Lectures, the Tulsa Soul Winning Workshop, the North American Christian Convention, and the Winterfest conferences in Tennessee and Texas. Email:

Deadline for submission: October 31, 2018


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The Youth Leadership Lab is a free, online course for 6th - 8th graders in Christian leadership from the Youth Leadership Initiative of Pepperdine University. Enrollment is easy: Just complete the form and click start here when you are done. Your information will be safeguarded by the Pepperdine Youth Leadership Initiative.

You will learn key character traits and leadership skills from some of our amazing faculty and staff. You will get to interact with other students from across the country who are taking the course as well. And, you will be developing as a Christian leader! The professors are in the lab... are you ready for leadership?