Through the years, the most helpful thing in improving my campus ministry and maintaining my own emotional health has been periodic gatherings with other College Ministers who see things like I do AND those who see things differently than I do. One of my all time favorites is The National Collegiate Ministries Summit held in Nashville once very three years. It will be April 29-May 1 (Wednesday-Friday). So, who will be there? Well, a whole bunch of Baptists will be, but it's not just for Baptists.....and most of them are friendly. There will even be some breakouts for volunteers and part-time folks.
The early bird registration cost is $125 until January 14 and then it goes up to $160. That includes all sessions, two meals and break times. Plus, there is a special $50 registration for a spouse when registering together. There are hotels within walking distance. Or, you can sleep on someone's couch. To register, to see a full schedule, etc, go to Lifeway Christian Resources Events. Give your budget a break by registering in this calendar year and save a little by registering early.
In addition to Breakouts, Affinity groups, and just good hallway conversations, here are some of the folks who will be speaking.
-Kyle Idleman, author of Not A Fan and God's at War is Teaching Pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY.
-John Dickerson, author of The Great Evangelical Recession and regular contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN.
Michael Kelley, author of Trqnsformational Discipleship and Tough Sayings of Jesus and favorite collegiate event speaker.
-Rickey Chelette, known for speaking to thousands of young adults each year about sexual identity issues.
-Dave Hunt, well known Nashville musician and former College Minister returns by popular demand as Worship Leader.
I will be hanging out in the hall there and look forward to visiting with you at the Summit!