Elmwood Baptist Academy through Accelerated Christian Education® gives Christian young people opportunities to develop leadership skills through Regional Student Conventions and International Student Convention. Preparation and competition develops skills and attitudes that will prepare students for life.
A student’s journey journey to International Student Convention begins at the Regional level. Regional Conventions are a challenging, inspirational, and fun-filled destination where students develop God-given gifts and talents in preparation for a dynamic ministry. Select from over 140 events in five exciting categories including Music, Speech/Drama, Athletics, Arts, and Academics. These conventions are for youth 13 years of age and older.
Below are seven suggestions to help you get started down the road to more effective ministry and competition.
Select Your Event
Student Convention includes events in Academics, Athletics, Exhibits, Music, and Platform. Choose events that will best develop your gifts and talents for Christian service. Parents and supervisors may also suggest new areas where they see potential in a student’s life.
Plan a Schedule
A wise man said, “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” The Student Preparation Handbook is a student’s key to successful planning. With it, a student and their supervisor can plan and schedule the steps they need to follow to make the entry the best it can be.
When a student has selected an event, seek the advice of Godly adults in family and church who have expertise in that chosen area. They can give valuable advice that will help a student prepare.
Practice, Practice, Practice
If possible, practice in a setting similar to actual competition. Ask the pastor if you can practice before a group at your church or school. This will accustom you to performing before a group and will help you test the effectiveness of your entry.
As a student prepares, pray that the performance will bring glory to the Lord. Also, pray that Student Convention will be a blessing to you and the others who attend. Pray that lives will be transformed and that many will commit their lives to His service.
Do Your Best
“Good, better, best, never let it rest, till your good is better, and your better is best.” Evidence reveals that almost any young person, with concentrated effort, can excel in almost all areas.
Don’t think that you can’t do well in competition. The size of school and age of contestant are not important factors. What counts is your commitment to practice. Some of the most outstanding winners have come from small schools. You, too, could be among the top six place winners at the International Student Convention.