As we continue to monitor COVID-19, our #1 priority is the health and safety of your students. As of today, we are preparing for a live and in-person event in Orlando - however, please know that we are also working on program options in the event that global or regional circumstances necessitate a transition. Our team is working diligently to secure the dates and details for this city.

Be sure to check back for any and all updates!


Just one thing: As citizens of heaven, live your life worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, in one accord, contending together for the faith of the gospel, not being frightened in any way by your opponents. This is a sign of destruction for them, but of your salvation—and this is from God.

Philippians 1:27-28 (CSB)


There are seasons in every culture that leave an unforgettable and indelible impact. Such was the chapter, or season, in our culture known as COVID-19. It will be remembered as a world-wide event that impacted virtually every aspect of society and daily life. A mysterious and narcissistically shifty virus literally brought the world to a standstill. And yet, through all the quarantine and social distancing, the communal spirit of the church began to rise. In the name of Jesus, consistent with bygone eras that witnessed plagues and injustice of all kinds, the church met the challenge with courage and love. Caring for each other, and those they had never met, the church was strong throughout the epidemic and stronger still in its aftermath. In the wake of tragedy, the community of Jesus followers rediscovered what has always been true but is sometimes forgotten: we love better…are stronger…are healthier, when we are together. Therefore, our team invites you to join us at The LIFT Tour to discover and become enthralled with possibility because ‘TOGETHER we’:


  • TOGETHER we are citizens of heaven
  • TOGETHER we are ONE

  • TOGETHER we have many opponents but one true enemy

  • TOGETHER we advance God’s mission


*Note: Hotel Recommendations for out of town attendees coming soon.


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The LIFT Team


What do groups do during the Saturday afternoon break?

Saturday afternoon is your free time to plan wIth your group! Many groups use this time for team building, recreation, or service projects. In some of our cities, we have found service project partners that ask for volunteers. If volunteer projects are available, all group leaders will receive an email with information on how to sign up!

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 is an "adult?"

Anyone over 18 years old who the church identifies as a chaperone, volunteer, or part-time/full-time staff member. Adults are always $25.

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 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.

How much does LIFT Tour cost?

Our pricing structure for Spring 2021 is as follows:

  • $49 per student until the event reaches full capacity 
  • Adults are always $25

NEW THIS YEAR - Instead of paying the full amount when you register, we will have a $10 per student deposit to hold your spots. The final payment for the event will be due 45 days before the event.


Due to COVID-19, we have worked hard to ensure the best and most affordable option for you, for registration and pricing! That is why we have eliminated the price increases and added the deposit system. If you have questions about the pricing or deposit system, please email us here



What's included in the LIFT registration?

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

Due to COVID, how has the cancellation and payment policy changed for The LIFT Tour?

Regardless of the reason, cancellations and transfers cost Student Leadership University. To offset these costs, the following fees will apply. In fairness to others, we cannot make exceptions.


Cancellation Fees:

  • Deposit:  LIFT Deposit is fully refundable up until December 11, 2020. After December 11, 2020 the deposit will be non-refundable.
  • From December 11, 2020, to 30 days before the event: 50% of the total cost of the program will be forfeited
  • Less than 30 days before event: 100% of the total cost of the program will be forfeited

To cancel a registration, please email us here.


Payment deadline: A deposit of $10 is due at the time of registration.  All remaining balances are due 45 days before the conference. Any registration not paid in full by this day will incur a $25 late fee.


All credit card payments will incur a 3% processing fee. This fee will be added to your account and automatically charged to your credit card within a week of initial payment.


Please note: If circumstances regionally or globally necessitate a transition from a live event, the SLU team will communicate whether this event will be transitioned to a virtual event, rescheduled, or canceled.  Please note, in this circumstance, the event deposit is still non-refundable.


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.

Are meals included at LIFT?

No. Meals are not included in your registration. For certain cities, we will have partners that offer box lunches for purchase on Saturday. In those cities, all group leaders will receive information by email when group lunches for order are available.

Is group pricing available for LIFT?

If you have more than 100 students attending, please call 407-248-0300 ext.15 or email us here, for group pricing options. 

Are discounts available for pastors?

Any new group is allowed up to two free adult registrations for the primary youth pastor + their spouse as a special gift from the LIFT Team. A primary student pastor has the opportunity to attend LIFT Tour for free regardless of whether they bring a group or not. Anyone wanting to take advantage of this must call 407-248-0300 ext. 15 before making payment for the group to receive the discount. Please email us here if you would like to attend LIFT and are not planning to bring a group. We would like to help you make arrangements and provide you with some more information.

When does LIFT registration cut off?

LIFT Tour registration online will be turned off when we reach full capacity for the event or at the close of business the Thursday before the event at 5:00 pm EST. Because of event capacities, this year only, we will not be taking walk-up registrations. 

If I mail a check to pay, when does LIFT need to receive it?

We need to receive all checks within 10 business days of your registration date. Your registration will be "pending" until we receive payment. If you are registering near a deadline mark, please make sure your check is mailed and postmarked by that deadline date.

Please mail all checks to Student Leadership University, 7380 W Sand Lake Road, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32819

Are there special hotel options for LIFT Tour cities?

Yes, for some cities we will post a hotel with a discounted rate for LIFT Tour groups. You will need to contact and book the hotel rooms directly through the hotel. All payment and booking questions will go through the hotel as well. Check the website of the LIFT city that you are interested in to see if we have a group hotel option posted.

How do I bring LIFT Tour to my city?

We typically look at dates & cities 12-18 months in advance. With most LIFT Tour host sites, there are at least 10 churches that make up a network who agree to bring at least 800 students collaboratively. If you are interested in hosting the LIFT Tour, please fill out our host application here.

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