4.12 Leadership Training

You will find Application Information and Forms further down this page.

What is the 4.12 LTP?

The 4.12 LTP is a discipleship program for students in grades 8 to 12 who want to make a radical difference in the world. You love Jesus and are ready to be serious about following Him. And, you’d like to have some fun in the process.

If you’re ready and willing, we are too. We’ll provide you with training, chances to serve, opportunities for friendships with others on the same journey, and lots of good memories.

What does this mean I need to do?


The 4.12 LTP is based on a great scripture verse: “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12). (Yes, this verse is how the program got its name!)

Your training and service are based on this verse and the areas where it challenges you to set an example. We will give you assignments that will change your life and opportunities to put the stuff you’re learning into action. We’ll also bring you together with the other 4.12 LTP teens for retreats, conferences, social events and chances to serve together.

What’s in it for me?

We don’t think you’d be reading this if you were totally focused on yourself. This is for young people who are serious about loving Jesus and other people. But first you have to sign up. Here’s what’s in store for you if you do:

  • You’ll get to know Jesus better by developing good habits of Bible study, prayer, and scripture memorization.
  • You’ll learn how to witness and gain the benefits of solid Christian fellowship.
  • You’ll discuss topics related to your faith with fellow 4.12 students, program leaders and adult mentors.
  • You’ll learn to influence others rather than following the crowd.
  • You’ll connect with an adult mentor (a friend of your choosing) to help you grow as you walk through the program together. (See our info about the Barnabas program on mentors.)
  • You’ll earn a good reputation through speech, life, love, faith and purity.
  • You’ll prepare for life in the future.
  • You’ll have fun with friends who encourage your faith.

Of course, all of this depends upon you doing your best in the 4.12 LTP.



Who Can Be Involved?

The 4.12 Leadership Training Program begins enrolling new students each July/August. The program begins each September. Enrollment information is provided during planned meetings in July and new students must submit their applications prior to the August deadline (see deadline dates below). Anyone meeting these criteria is eligible to participate:

  • Beginning 8th grade or higher
  • At least 13 years old by the following June
  • Has a personal relationship with Christ
  • Desires to strengthen their personal relationship with Christ and is willing to be held accountable


When are the enrollment meetings for 2018?

Enrollments meetings are held during the month of July. All students are encouraged to attend a meeting along with at least one parent. Enrollment meetings for the 2018-2019 year will be held as follows:

Information Meetings for Returning Students and their parents

* Thursday, July 5, 2018 at 6:15 PM
* Thursday, July 12, 2018 at 6:15 PM

Information Meetings for Potential Students and their parents
* Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 6:15 PM
* Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 6:15 PM
* Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 6:15 PM


When is my application due?

The early application deadline for returning students is July 31, 2018.

Applications and references for new students are due by August 18, 2018.


How do I apply?

You will need to download and complete all of the following forms and submit them along with your deposit to Joy El by the deadline.

Postmark your application materials by the deadline and mail to:

Joy El Ministries
4.12 Leadership Training Program
3741 Joy-El Drive
Greencastle, PA 17225

How do returning students reapply?

Returning students must reapply each year for the 4.12 program. If applications are received by the early due date, your spot will be guaranteed. Sending your application past the early due date still puts you in the running for a spot in the program, but your spot is not guaranteed. All applications must be received by the August due date or you will not be re-enrolled in the program.

Here are re-enrollment forms for returning students. Applicants who are re-enrolling for an additional year should return these completed forms along with the deposit.

Postmark your application materials by the deadline and mail to:

Joy El Ministries
4.12 Leadership Training Program
3741 Joy-El Drive
Greencastle, PA 17225


Is there a cost to be part of the 4.12?

There is a fee with the 4.12 LTP. This fee includes the training retreats, materials, two t-shirts and more!

There are five levels within the program, so each year that you return you will work on new materials and goals that will continue to encourage and challenge you in your spiritual growth.


Who can I talk to about the program?

Questions about the program can be directed to us at 717-369-4539.