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February 2 - 3, 2024

Murfreesboro, TN || Partner Event

UNITE Powered by LIFT Tour

New Vision Baptist Church, 1750 N Thompson Ln, Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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The LIFT Tour 2024

The LIFT Tour is a two-day weekend experience for middle and high school students designed to intentionally create an environment where students can EXALT Christ through Christ-centered worship, ENGAGE through biblical teaching, and be EQUIPPED with the necessary tools needed to be salt and light for their generation.

I N V E R S E: Counter Cultural Teachings of Jesus

Historically, Jesus, the Messiah, has been one of the most interesting and intriguing people to have ever lived, not just because of His divinity but also because of how He lived and what He said. Whether or not you are a Christian, you must admit that His life is captivating. The words He spoke, the stories He told, and His polarizing effect on culture and people made Him one of the most fascinating people ever to live. Most notably, throughout His ministry, Jesus made some shocking claims that were challenging, controversial, and counter cultural. That’s what made His teachings so inverted from the teachings of the day…they were contrary to the cultural norms. When talking about Jesus, we often focus on the grace and the love that Jesus showed others; however, that’s only one side of Jesus. Jesus also said many things that shocked people and caught them off guard. So much so, even Jesus’ disciples, in John 6:60 (CSB), struggled with some of Jesus’ teachings: “Therefore, when many of His disciples heard this, they said, ‘This teaching is hard. Who can accept it?” And, if we are honest, this question is still being considered today… Who can or will accept Jesus’ teachings?

Our theme for The LIFT Tour 2024 is I N V E R S E. Inverse (n) simply means, “something that is the opposite or reverse of something else.” When Jesus spoke, His teachings were the inverse of what culture was and is saying. It was the opposite of what we would assume to be true. This year we will explore some of the most challenging and controversial teachings of Jesus. One of the most common truths that have regularly been applied to the person of Jesus is the fact that He comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. Yes, Jesus said and demonstrated the most loving, accepting, and grace-filled things. However, He also said some of the most complicated truths that even perplexed the people who knew Him best. Why? Because Jesus taught both grace AND truth! So, if we want to have the power to truly change our lives and this world, learning how to navigate the tensions between Jesus’ teachings on grace and truth is essential. Therefore, during The LIFT Tour 2024, we will highlight four counter cultural claims made by Jesus.



Contact Event Reps

Meghan Cole

SLU Program Coordinator

407-248-0300 ext. 15



Frequently Asked Questions

Can my organization be an Exhibitor at The LIFT Tour?

Yes! We have several opportunities for you to partner with us. Click here to learn more and click here to apply. All applications must be received by December 8, 2023. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

Are meals included at LIFT?

No. Meals are not included in your registration. For certain cities (typically cities on a A Schedule), 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.

Are there special hotel options for LIFT Tour cities?

Yes, for some cities we will post in late fall a hotel with a discounted rate for The 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 The 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.

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 can I expect at The LIFT Tour?

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.

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.

What is the history of The LIFT Tour?

For the past 18 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.

When does The LIFT Tour registration cut off?

The LIFT Tour registration online will be turned off when we reach full capacity for the event or at the close of business at 5:00 pm EST two weeks prior to the event.

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.

What is The LIFT Tour cancellation policy?

Regardless of 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:

  • 45 days or more before program: Deposit will be lost
  • 30-44 days before program: 50% of the total cost of the program will be forfeited
  • Less than 30 days before program: 100% of the total cost of the program will be forfeited

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

To cancel a registration, please email [email protected].

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