ACSI offers the following services directly to students:
- Student Leadership Conference
- On-line leadership training program
- Lectures and training for students
- Cross-cultural ministry opportunities in coordination with partner organizations and member schools
1. Student Leadership Conference
Our annual Student Leadership Conference is an international event for Christian high school students that takes place in Hungary, at the end of September (Wednesday to Saturday) each year. This is a unique opportunity for high school students to grow in their faith and in their leadership skills, and to meet and worship together with like-minded young people from many nations. You can find detailed information and the registration link here. Registration opens on May 1st each year.
Who can attend?
SLC is open for ACSI member schools only. Space is limited so early registration is advisable.
We expect students from 15-18 years of age who are open to a relationship with Christ and have leadership potential. This is an English language conference, so participants must speak English at least at a conversational level. Schools need to provide at least one English speaking adult chaperone to accompany the students. The chaperone takes full responsibility for the safety, well-being and conduct of the students while serving to interact directly with and support the students in their understanding of the teaching and its application in their school context. The chaperone also serves as the contact person who registers the group for the conference and is involved in preparing the students. The knowledge of ENGLISH is ESSENTIAL!
It is very important to begin your student selection well in advance to effectively prepare the group for the conference.
Registration fees cover lodging (mostly 6-8-bed rooms), food (4 times a day) and conference materials. Participants must arrange and pay for their own travel as an additional cost.
The conference fee depends on the the package chosen and the time of registration. Donations enable us to subsidize the participation of students from the Eastern Europe region, who can this way attend the conference for a lower fee (in limited numbers).
- - Early Registration: May 1 - June 15, 10% discount
- - Normal Registration: June 16 - late August, standard price
- - Late Registration: before Sept 10, 20% added cost!
See the registration fees and available packages for your region on our event page.
- SLC seeks to help its participants (students and chaperones alike) grow in their personal walk with Christ and in their commitment to serving God. This is particularly encouraged by the worship and theme-oriented plenary sessions and follow-up discussions.
- SLC seeks to help Christian student leaders identify leadership skills and potentials that God has placed in them for His purposes and for their benefit (through plenary, workshop, and discussion group sessions).
- SLC seeks to help students recognize God's call on their lives to lead now while preparing to lead in the future, impacting their world for Christ (through testimonies and examples of leaders moved and empowered by God).
- SLC seeks to guide students in developing a personal plan for growth, identifying steps for applying what they learn in both their personal lives and in their circles of influence. (What does God want me to do? Will I commit to following Him no matter what?)
- SLC seeks to strengthen the students' structure of support through building community in the school's student leadership team and between schools of different countries and languages within a setting of love and Christian grace and fellowship (through quality group activities, dedicated interaction times, discussion and prayer groups, and school debriefing times).
- SLC seeks to strengthen Christian schools through the commitment and service of those students who participate in the SLC event and through others whose lives are impacted as a result (through implementation of each school's action plan).
- SLC seeks to encourage professional growth among chaperones through professional development seminars during the conference and opportunities to interact deeply with their students and with each other.
2. On-line leadership training program
In 2012 we began an on-line student leadership training program which provides quality instruction in English for students who are interested in understanding the principals of christian leadership. This class meets periodically in a virtual environment and uses a variety of methods for instruction and application.
ACSI Europe would like to provide teachers with an additional resource as we look at the potential needs of our students and Christian schools. Some of you already have a leadership training program and we congratulate you and encourage you to continue. For those students who do not have opportunities to study and discuss leadership, this may be a good option for follow up training. However, your students will need someone local who can assist them in applying what they learn. They need opportunities to grow and that only happens with a mentor or leader who can guide them and put them into positions of responsibility. You know the skills and character of your students and we depend on you to guide them.
3. Lectures and training for students
During school visits, ACSI speakers are happy to address students with topics on faith, character development and leadership.
Some lectures may be available on our website.
4. Cross-cultural ministry opportunities
ACSI Europe is also working in cooperation with organizations to create cross-cultural ministry opportunities. US Schools have sent student groups to work side by side with national christian schools in Europe and new strategies are continually being implemented to give our European students meaningful ministry experiences and training.