The Alliance for AG Higher Education hosted its 2nd Annual AG Student Leaders' Conference November 12-15, 2009, in Springfield, MO. The Alliance invited 61 college students representing 17 endorsed AG higher education institutions and one endorsement candidate school to this three-day event. They requested that each school send their student body president, along with other leaders of the administration's choosing.
In addition, this year the Alliance also invited 14 students from secular institutions who are actively involved in their Chi Alpha campus ministries. Bob Cook, Executive Vice President for the Alliance, stated, "Our Alliance team felt that combining the AG college student leaders with the AG students who serve as Chi Alpha student leaders would create a powerful synergy for the Conference...and we were right! The students loved being together and learning from each other. We plan to continue this format for the 2010 Conference."
The conference included several leadership sessions, a tour of AG Headquarters, Q&A sessions with the Executive Leadership Team, times of small group discussion, and opportunities for fellowship with each other and the Alliance Team.
When asked about the impact of this conference, David Vazquez, Vanguard student body president, stated, "I went to the AG Leadership Conference expecting to meet a lot of great students from other colleges (which I definitely did) and excited to meet the leadership team of the Assemblies of God. I was surprised to learn as much as I did about leadership especially from Dr. Wood and Dr. Bradford. With humility and honesty they spoke on leadership with such a true biblical emphasis. I can say that I left the conference with 74 new friends but also with a deeper understanding of leading with God at the center."
It is the Alliance team's hope that this time of strategic investment in these students will yield great results in their individual lives, the Assemblies of God, and in the kingdom of God.
The Alliance is already looking forward to and making plans for the 3rd Annual Conference November 11-14, 2010.
For more information, check out this video: http://agtv.ag.org/2009-student-leaders-conference