DCLA comes to Los Angeles in June and DC in July

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Youth Specialties will hold its triennial DCLA youth ministry convention from June 25 to 28 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and July 10 to 13 in Washington D.C.

According to organizers, DCLA is an opportunity for students to join in the adventure of learning how to journey into the mission of God. This year's theme is "Living Into the Mission of God" and will focus on helping students to see their identity as they "be," hone their attitude through "love" and put it into action as they "serve."

"This is no Sunday School lesson or easy answer journey, but rather getting involved in God's amazing work of redemption, reconciliation and restoration of the world and everything in it," the event brochure says. "It's a call to Be. Love. Serve. And, oh yeah, repeat again and again and again. It is a call to a radical lifestyle in Jesus."

Organizers hope to provoke students into considering what a young life looks like "when lived in the fullness of the identity that's offered to them through Jesus.

"At DCLA, we want students to understand what it means that they were created in the image of God," the literature said. "They will discover why the truest thing about them is what God says. Their identity is security. It is confidence. It is clarity."

Among the featured activities is the Big Room, a unique project in which teens will experience a sweeping, interactive narrative of God's epic story through speakers, drama, video and worship in unique ways. Organizers said the Big Room goes beyond a traditional sermon, skit or video clip.

The conference will include an exhibit hall, afternoon Super Seminars, late night concerts and coffee house, and sightseeing options. A Youth Workers Oasis will also be on site. Daily labs will provide venues for students to participate in peer- to-peer learning as they explore what it means to live into the mission of God.

Unlike the teaching-centered model of conference sessions, the DCLA experience emphasizes a learning-centered approach by having the teens interact about what is being learned.

Featured speakers include Duffy Robinson, Francis Chan and Shane Claiborne.

Robbins is an associate professor of youth ministry at Eastern University in Pennsylvania, and a 24-year veteran of youth ministry. Robbins is also a leader for the YS One Day training seminars.

Francis Chan is pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, is chancellor of Eternity Bible College and serves on the board of the Children's Hunger Fund and World Impact. A graduate of The Master's College and Seminary, Chan also hosts the radio program Truth be Known.

Shane Clairborne is a prominent Christian activist and speaker who founded The Simple Way, an intentional community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities across the country.

Musical guests include Hawk Nelson, Run Kid Run, Starfield, KJ52, Kendall Payne, and Family Force 5. The Skit Guys will also provide entertainment.        

The East Coast conference will be held at the Walter E Washington Convention Center located at 801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW, Washington, D.C.

The LA convention center is located at 1201 S. Figueroa St. For more information, call 1-888-346-4179 or visit www.dcla09.com.

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