It’s been said many times, “Life is like a camera…we must focus on what is important, capture the good times, and develop from the negative!” A loss of FOCUS can hijack our ability to maximize the plan and purpose God has for us.  We live in the land of plenty, a world that is filled with so many options and alternatives.  So much so, that it can be easy for us to lose sight of what matters most. We are constantly bombarded with negative images that counter Christian culture and tempt us to pull away from God, with a false hope that we can somehow successfully rewrite our own life-narrative.  As a result, we lose our identity and we lose our way because we’re seeking acceptation and validation from worldly things.  When our lives are out of FOCUS, we have a difficult time capturing the truth of our Heavenly Father’s relentless love and pursuit of us. It’s only through a disciplined lifestyle of choosing to see every blessing and struggle through the lens of Christ, that we can “focus on what is important, capture the good times, and develop from the negative!”

This year at The LIFT Tour 2020, our goal is to create an environment where every student will develop a clear vision for their life and future.  As we dive into the story of the lost son in Luke 15, our hope is to inspire, encourage, and remind every participate of the truth found in God’s Word; that no matter how far we run from God, when you FOCUS your heart and attention on the Father, you will see that His FOCUS is always to receive and redeem the lost. 

Therefore, throughout the weekend we will identify the four levels of FOCUSthat are found in Luke 15:

1. The Father: The focus of the Father is to pursue the lost
2. Our Freedom: Our freedom is found in knowing our identity
3. Misplaced Faith: Misplaced faith forms when we think we desire more
4. The Friend Factor: As the Father focuses on us, we must focus on our friends


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Sarah McBeath


What can I expect at a LIFT Tour date?

At the LIFT Tour, there will be four Gospel-centered messages that cater to both middle and high schoolers, high energy worship, built-in, optional time for small group discussions, and a weekend experience that will inspire your students to be the best version of themselves, leaning into who God created them to be.

Who should come to a LIFT Tour event?

Students in middle-high school, youth pastors, youth workers, educators, and teachers. This event is designed for students 6-12th grade who are unfamiliar with church, regular church goers and those passionately pursuing their Savior.

I have small children, can they attend with me?

We think families are great, and time together is important. Yet, this event is only for middle and high school students and their adult leaders. We want everyone to have the best experience possible at this event, so please make arrangements to leave your children under 10 years old at home or arrange for childcare while you serve or attend the event.

What's included in the LIFT registration?

  • Conference Admission for 4 Sessions
  • Show or concert with the weekend artist
  • Listening guide for every participant

What is the history of the LIFT Tour?

For over 10 years, the LIFT Tour (formerly Leadership Rocks) has provided Student Leadership University with the opportunity to influence tens of thousands of students to maximize their impact with gospel-centered preaching, worship, and a focus on leadership development. The LIFT Tour provides platforms for students from across a community to gather together in a singular location from differing backgrounds, denominations, ethnic groups, churches, and schools to worship Christ and be challenged by Scripture.

What is Student Leadership University?

The vision of SLU is one that is optimistically looking forward towards the goal of empowering, enabling, and equipping students around the globe to rise to the call of leadership along with training students to be able to adequately respond to the challenges presented by an increasingly pluralistic and postmodern culture. Our vision is to train up a generation of leaders who will effectively engage their world on all levels with a contagious passion for Christ in a manner that is also full of both grace and truth. Our vision is to change the world…one student at a time.

Our four cumulative experiences take students behind the scenes of Orlando or San Antonio (101), Washington D.C. (201), Europe (301) and the Holy Land (401) to learn the essence of leadership.

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