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Join us for the fourth annual Ratio Christi Banquet and Symposium

This event is for

  • For Ratio Christi staff and Chapter Directors
  • For Faculty, Professors, Teachers
  • For Other Campus Ministries
  • For Churches, Pastors, Youth Pastors
  • For Ministry Partners and Leaders
  • For Families and Individuals

*Students: see simultaneous Student Retreat

Overview

Hosted by Ratio Christi in conjunction with the National Conference on Christian Apologetics, this will be two intense days of fellowship, learning from experts and each other, and collaboration with other campus ministries and Christian worldview partners. 

ENDURE: Confident Hope in a Troubled World

This year we will be concentrating on Christ's call to each of us to be faithful in the midst of hostilities and, even, persecution should it come. Around the world Christians are suffering for the sake of Christ. We need to stand in solidarity with these brothers and sisters who have not counted their troubles equal to the worth of following Jesus. Furthermore, we should be encouraged by the hope we ultimately have through the Gospel to stand up for Christ in our own lives. The cost of following Him in the university and culture is real, yet our reasonable hope helps us to not only endure, but also to thrive in a dark world. 

This yearly event is also intended to gather, network, and collaborate with other Christian groups--particularly those in the campus and apologetics/worldview sphere. We can accomplish more by working together than we can in isolation. Representatives from many other ministries, church leaders, and campus organizations are invited. There will be an emphasis on collaborating in order to more effectively advance the Gospel through apologetics.

University sessions will include vital campus ministry practices, discussion panels, helpful hints, and details on how to collaborate with other campus ministries.  

For non-campus related attendees there will be various apologetics topics to select from as well as instruction and work groups on how to integrate apologetics into their specific spheres of influence. Sessions will focus on practical implementation, collaboration, and building the apologetics movement.

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Banquet Details

Join the Ratio Christi staff and many other guests to hear an engaging talk from Dr. George Yancy on Surviving (and Thriving) with Christianophobia. Enjoy a great meal, mix with apologists and students from around the country, and hear testimonies by students as we recall what God has done with Ratio Christi and catch a vision for the future of the movement.

Dr. George Yancey is a Professor of sociology at the University of North Texas. He has published several research articles on the topics of institutional racial diversity, racial identity, academic bias and anti-Christian hostility. His books include Compromising Scholarship (Baylor University Press) a book that explores religious and political biases in academia, There is no God (Rowman and Littlefield) a book that investigates atheism in the United States, So Many Christians, So Few Lions (Rowman and Littlefield) a book that assess Christianophobia in the United States, and Hostile Environment (Intervarsity Press) a Christian book that explores how Christians should deal with Christianophobia. He currently is working to create the first Christian Studies center on a secular campus.

Topics and Speakers

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Campus Leader Sessions

  • Training Your Students How to Have Gospel Conversations in Practical, Doable, and Authentic Ways - Doug Pollock, Cru
  • Tips on Discipling/Mentoring Students - RC Chapter Director Panel - Tony Feiger, Julie Miller
  • Engaging The Hearts and Minds of the Me[llenial] Generation - Doug Pollock, Cru
  • Fishers of Men: Finding Students for Your Club - Tony Feiger, Kaylene Feiger
  • Principles of Leadership from an Ex-Army Ranger (Starting, Leading, and Maintaining an Organization at the University ) - Greg Walker
  • Lessons Learned in RC Chapter Development. Successes & Failures. RC Chapter Director Panel - Eric Chabot, Glenn Smith, Julie Miller
  • With Gentleness and Respect: Blending Truth and Grace in Campus Apologetics - Glenn Smith

Faculty/Professor/Teacher Sessions

  • Challenges of Faith & Calling at a Secular University; Open Faculty Panel: Corey Miller, Paul Gould, Erica Carlson, George Yancey, Lynn Wilder
  • Growing Campus Ministry to Include Faculty & a Campus Wide Academic Outreach Event - Corey Miller [for faculty and RC leaders]
  • Nature of Being a Missional Professor (Theology & Philosophy of Faculty Ministry) - Paul Gould
  • Faithfullness in Academia - Erica Carlson
  • Unveiling Grace: The Story of How a BYU Professor Found Her Way Out of the Mormon Church - Lynn Wilder

Hear from an amazing line up of faculty who are striving to integrate their Christian worldview with their academic disciplines.

  • Erica Carlson - [Bio Page]  Professor of Physics at Purdue University. She is variously published in physics journals. She is the faculty adviser for Ratio Christi Purdue and a volunteer apologist speaking across the country and beyond with Reasons to Believe.
  • Paul Gould - [Bio Page]   Assistant professor of philosophy and Christian apologetics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Paul’s research and writing focuses primarily in the areas of Metaphysics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophical Theology and the relationship between Faith and Scholarship.
  • Corey Miller - [Bio Page]  President/CEO of Ratio Christi and has a PhD in philosophy and theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Lynn Wilder - [Bio Page]  Former Tenured Professor at Brigham Young University Current Faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University. Author of 60 professional peer-reviewed articles, author of Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church (Zondervan), and co-author of 7 Reasons We Left Mormonism
  • George Yancey - [Bio Page]  See bio below 

Minstry Sessions

  • Panel Discussion - Ministries Working Together.
    • Includes panel members from various campus ministries including Cru, Intervarsity, and others.
  • Campus Ministry Collaboration Forum - private session for campus leaders only. Representatives from Cru, Intervarsity, Ratio Christi, and others
  • With Gentleness and Respect: Blending Truth and Grace in Apologetics - Glenn Smith
  • Worldview Wars: Strategies in Winning Today's Battle for the Mind - Mark Hannah
  • Unveiling Grace: The Story of How a BYU Professor Found Her Way Out of the Mormon Church - Lynn Wilder

Please note: Specific topics and faculty/mentors subject to change. Check back often for additions to the roster.

Schedule

Schedule below is for Saturday evening and Sunday only. Go here for general schedule for Fri. and Sat. until 4:30 pm. On Fri. and Sat., Oct. 17-18 Ratio Christi leaders have the option (highly recommended) of attending the National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) hosted by Southern Evangelical Seminary. Included in registration price of NCCA & Symposium if purchased here

Saturday, October 17

Location: Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center.

4:00 pm - Check in Begins

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Banquet in Grand Ball Room; Dinner, Keynote Address, student testimonies, and more!

9:15 pm until you drop - Concert & Board Game Night. Hang out with students, apologists, and top scholars. Snacks and games, games, games...

Rooms at Retreat Center: Please expect to stay in a room with one other person (two double beds).

Sunday, October 18

Download Detailed Schedule (subject to revision)

Location: Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center. 

7:30 - 8:45 Buffet Breakfast

8:45 am  Devotional and Instructions

9:00 am - 12 noon Session Block

Includes Coffee Break

12 noon - 1:15 pm Lunch in Grand Ball Room. Good food, fellowship, worship, and encouragement.

1:30 am - 4:00 pm  Session Block

Includes Coffee Break

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Closing Session in Grand Ball Room

See you next year!

Cost

Options below are for non-students only. Student Retreat information here

$150 - Entire RC Symposium Only

Entire Ratio Christi Symposium (Sat. evening thru Sun.) - All non-students. Price includes: Sat. evening banquet, Sat. night accommodations, Sun. breakfast & lunch, and all Sun. conference sessions. 

$260 - Entire RC Symposium PLUS National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA)

In addition to previous Symposium items this price Includes two day NCCA conference (all day Fri., Sat. until 4 pm), Fri. lunch, hotel accommodations on Fri. night, and Sat. lunch. Conference details can be found here http://conference.ses.edu/

What if I don't have that much money?  

We realize that the cost of attending plus travel may be more than some Ratio Christi staff and/or students can afford "out of pocket." We are encouraging Chapter Directors to start planning right away in order to be able to attend and to bring as many students with you as possible. For many campus ministries it is typical for students attending retreats to raise financial support to attend. This can also be a great learning opportunity in fundraising, team work, and prayer. We hope your club will plan together on how to get as many Ratio Christi students as possible to the retreat. The student organizing committee for the retreat has put together several Fundraising Tools that can be downloaded at the bottom of this page including a guide, sample fundraising letter, and more. 

Our goal is to help every student and staff member that desires to attend to this event to do so! Please contact us if you need additional suggestions or information on how to go about the funding process.

Scholarships may also be available on a limited basis if and when we recieve donations toward student scholarships. If a Chapter Director does not have the full financial means to attend even after pursuing fundraising options please contact us with your specific need.

Also, some staff and students who are local to the Charlotte, NC area may wish to save money by not staying at the retreat center on Saturday evening, or by not attending some part of the retreat. However, we want to encourage attendees to participate in everything. If someone wants to opt out of a particular event they can, but the price would not change. We really desire a “community feel” for this weekend which is the primary reason we want to have everyone stay at the same location. It allows for interaction and discussions other than during the formal meeting times. So, even those within commuting distance will stay in the same lodging. The Ratio Christi staff and faculty mentors will also be staying in the same location.

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