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January 26 - 27, 2024

Tuscaloosa, AL

Valley View Baptist Church

8820 Alabama Hwy 69 S, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

$42 by September 22nd

$49 by November 10th

$59 by January 12, 2024

$69 Walk Up Rate

$25 for Adults

Register Now for The LIFT Tour 2024!

Ryan McDermott

Director of Students & Young Adults at Christ Fellowship Church

David Nasser

Pastor, Author, Speaker

Bethany Barr Phillips

Worship Leader

DJ Morph

DJ and Artist

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, was one of the most interesting and intriguing people to ever live, 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 was 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 to ever 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, that 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?

The theme for The LIFT Tour 2024 is I N V E R S E. Inverse 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 comforted the afflicted and afflicted the comfortable. Yes, Jesus said and demonstrated the most loving, accepting, and grace-filled things. However, He also taught 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. W E L C O M E to the I N V E R S E!!!!

SESSION ONE – UNITY: DIVISION GIVES BIRTH TO TOGETHERNESS (LUKE 12)

SESSION TWO – LOVE: DISMISS THE “EYE FOR AN EYE” IDEOLOGY (LUKE 6)

SESSION THREE – COMPASSION: DEMONSTRATE COMPASSION OVER POLARIZATION (MATTHEW 7)

SESSION FOUR – SUBMIT: DECIDE TO FOLLOW JESUS… IT’S THE BEST OPTION (MATTHEW 16)

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Hotel Info

Fairfield Inn Tuscaloosa
4101 Courtney Drive, Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

  • $102 +tax for standard 2 Queen Room
  • Use this link to book or click the name of the hotel above for reservations
  • Reservations must be made by January 12, 2024 or until sold out (whichever comes first). We recommend booking early.

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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 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 new primary student pastor who is attending for the first time has the opportunity to attend The 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. 20 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.

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.

How much does The LIFT Tour cost?

Our pricing structure for Spring 2024 is as follows:

  • $42 until September 1st
  • $49 until November 10th
  • $59 until 2 weeks prior to event – after that based on availability
  • $69 Walk Up Rate
  • Adults are always $25

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

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.

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, 1560 N Orange Ave Suite 200, Winter Park, FL 32789

Is group pricing available for LIFT Tour?

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

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.

What is included in The LIFT Tour registration?

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

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 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 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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