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Student Apologetics Weekend - Oct. 13 - 15

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Ratio Christi Student Retreat & National Conference on Christian Apologetics

Featuring J. P. Moreland & Timothy McGrew

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Join us for a weekend to remember! Packed full of world-class scholarship, fellowship, and vital training, we invite you to join us in worshipping God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Overview

Hosted by Ratio Christi in conjunction with the National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA), this weekend for college and high school students is a full three days of great apologetics.

  • Live and learn together at the retreat center with your peers from campuses around the country.
  • The core of the retreat will focus on current hot topics.
  • Connect with distinguished faculty throughout the weekend.
  • Attend the three-day Student Apologetics Weekend including the NCCA and Ratio Christi retreat or just the retreat on Saturday night and Sunday.

Join us for study and fun!

Please note that there will be no Saturday afternoon National Whitewater Center trip this year due to student participation in the extended Student Apologetics Weekend opportunity with NCCA.

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Speakers and Topics

Join the Ratio Christi staff and many other guests at the banquet to hear from Dr. J. P. Moreland on tbaEnjoy 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.

Topics

NCCA Content

See NCCA website (https://conference.ses.edu/) for speakers and topics.

Retreat Concentrations

Students will select a topic of concentrated study for Sunday sessions and spend extended time with top scholars in that field. 

  • Science (specific field to be determined)
  • Philosophy Deep Dive
  • History
  • Apologetics Leadership for Students
  • Intro to Apologetics

Download Printable Schedule and Other Planning Information 

Availability: Open to all college students, as well as high school juniors and seniors.

Schedule

Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14 - If selecting full Student Apologetics Weekend

Students have the option (highly recommended) of attending NCCA on Oct.13-14 (Fri. 9 am to Sat. 4:30 pm). NCCA Schedule

Evening of Saturday, October 14 at Ratio Christi Retreat

[Download Detailed Schedule - not yet available]

4:00 pm - 4:15 Load onto bus at NCCA

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm Travel to Retreat Center. Location: Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center.

4:45 pm - 5:00 pm go to student plenary session room (MSU)

5:00 pm - 6:15 pm Student Session #1:  (Location/Room: MSU)

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Banquet in Grand Ball Room; Dinner, Keynote Address by Dr. J. P. Moreland

9:15 pm until you drop 

Board Game Night. Hang out with new and familiar friends. Rub shoulders with 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) if you have reserved rooms at the retreat center.

Sunday, October 15

Download Detailed Schedule and Other Planning Information

Location: Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center. 

6:30 am - 7:00 am Prayer Time (optional)

7:15 am - 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast & Fellowship

8:30 am - 8:50 am Worship - Band

9:00 am - 10:30 am Sessions #2 & #3: Meet with your group and mentors for topical study, talks, and discussion.

Coffee Break

10:45 am - 12:00 noon Plenary Session in Main Ball Room

Coffee Break as determined by faculty

12 noon - 1:30 pm Lunch in Grand Ball Room. Good food and an extended time for personal discussion and fellowship.

1:30 am - 2:30 pm Session #4

Coffee Break 

2:45 am - 4:15 pm Session #5

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Closing Session

See you next year!

Thank you to the student planning committee for their assistance in organizing this exciting event!

Cost

Student Apologetics Weekend - $125    Save up to $29 off tickets purchased separately ($55 NCCA + $99 Retreat)

Includes the NCCA conference PLUS the RC Student Retreat. 3 full days, Friday through Sunday and includes Saturday banquet, Sunday breakfast buffet & lunch. Hotel additional if needed. Register.

Please note, there is no Whitewater rafting trip this year.

If attending Ratio Christi Student Retreat ONLY (Sat. evening thru Sun.) - $89 Early Bird;  $99 after Aug. 1

This option does not include NCCA. Includes Sat. Banquet, Sunday breakfast and lunch, and all sessions at RC Student Retreat. Please note that this year rooms/lodging are NOT included in the registration prices. However, you are encouraged to stay at the conference center and you can book rooms in the "Hotel Accommodations" section of the registration page for a low price.

Registration

Lodging

Inexpensive lodging/rooms at the RC Symposium conference center are available for anyone attending or participating in some way in the Ratio Christi or National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) events from Wednesday, Oct. 11 through Monday, Oct.16th. Registration for Ratio Christi events is not necessary to book rooms. However, there are limited rooms, so they will be booked on a first come first serve basis. Symposium and student retreat attendees can also room elsewhere, though we highly encourage attendees to room in this location for convenience and fellowship. More Details and Location

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What if I don't have that much money?  

We realize that the cost of attending plus travel may be more than students can afford "out of pocket." It is typical for students attending campus ministry retreats to raise financial support to help them attend. This can be a great learning opportunity in fundraising, teamwork, 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 get every student that desires to attend to this event! 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 receive donations toward student scholarships. If you do not have the full financial means to attend even after pursuing fundraising options please contact us with your specific need.

Also, some 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.

Registration

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Downloads

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  • Sample Student Support Raising Letter Funding Word Doc,
    Category:
    Funding
    Type:
    Word Doc,
    ​​This document is a support letter, which is provided as a template to help you as you create your own letter. Modify the language to reflect your unique situation. (See Support Raising Guide)
  • Student Support Raising Guide Funding Word Doc,
    Category:
    Funding
    Type:
    Word Doc,
    ​​Document with suggestions on how to raise money to attend the RC Student Retreat.
  • Sample Student Support Raising Record Form Funding Word Doc,
    Category:
    Funding
    Type:
    Word Doc,
    ​Sample document with addresses, letters you’ve sent, and people who’ve responded in order to track your support raising efforts.