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Student Apologetics Weekend - Oct. 13 - 15


Ratio Christi Student Retreat & National Conference on Christian Apologetics

Featuring J. P. Moreland, Timothy McGrew, Greg Koukl, & More

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.


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

NCCA Content (extra cost)

If attending NCCA Friday & Saturday see for speakers and topics.

Saturday Banquet

Banquet Keynote Address: Dr. J.P. Moreland (Biola University) - Secularism, Ratio Christi and the Loss of Christian Courage

Sunday Plenary/Semi-Plenary Sessions

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Dr. Timothy McGrew - Undesigned Coincidences -- Adding DEPTH to Your Apologetic

Dr. J. P. Moreland - A Plan for Infiltrating the World of Ideas with Christ: A View from a Scholar and Churchman

Greg Koukl - Being an Ambassadors for Christ From Church To Campus

Travis Barham, Esq. - What Happens on Campus Doesn’t Stay on Campus:  Changing Culture from the Campus

Student "Deep Dives" Breakout Sessions

*Students must select ONLY one topic of concentrated study and remain with the same group in the same room for all three Sunday breakout sessions and spend concentrated time with top scholars in that one field. 

  • Deep Dive in Philosophy 

Get ready to have a mind-bending experience digging into three different philosophical issues related to Christianity by top scholars on their respective topics.

  • Deep Dive in NT History
    • Attend this semi-plenary session: Undesigned Coincidences -- Adding DEPTH to Your Apologetic  ~ Dr. Tim McGrew
    • Secular Evidences for the Gospels & Acts: Just the FACTS ~ Dr. Tim McGrew
    • The Resurrection: Evidence that Jesus is ALIVE  ~ Dr. Tim McGrew
    • Embarrassing Details in the Gospels: A BASIC Overview  ~ Dr. Tim McGrew

One world-class professor in this field. Two semi-plenary talks. Three student-only sessions. Four related topics investigating the NT accuracy from different angles. Walk away having a broad understanding of the evidence that supports the historical reliability of the Bible.

  • Deep Dive in Sexuality & Gender
    • Reaching our LGBT Friends & Neighbors with Truth & Love ~ Melissa Pellew (Ratio Christi)
    • When the Bride is a Groom ~ Greg Koukl (Stand to Reason)
    • A Hot Mess: Sexual Chaos in Our Culture ~ Dr. Michael Brown

You would have to live in a cave to not know that opinions on sexuality and gender are today hotly debated and rapidly shifting. What's a reasonable person to think about these things? How do you talk to your friends about these without getting confused or angry in the process? Explore this and more in this Deep Dive track.

  • Deep Dive in Arts & Entertainment
    • The Arts Cry Out! How do the arts point to the Christian Worldview?  ~ Scarlett Clay (Ratio Christi)
    • Jesus and Hollywood  ~ Willie Herath (actor)
    • The Apologist as Art Critic  ~ Scarlett Clay (Ratio Christi)

What do the arts have to do with Christianity? A lot more than you might think! From pop-culture entertainment to the fine arts, they are ever present in our lives and shape us in ways that we don't often think about. Listen to a Los Angeles actor and student of the arts explain how to integrate Christianity and the arts both in mind and practice.

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


Download Detailed Logistics/Planning information here

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

Friday and Saturday at NCCA if attending. There will be NO transportation from NCCA to the Saturday evening banquet and symposium location.

Travel to Retreat Center. Location: Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center.

Please arrive no later than 5:30 pm if staying in the hotel at the retreat center (to allow time for hotel check-in) or 6:00 pm if staying elsewhere.

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 

Book signing with J. P. Moreland and others.

Board Game Night. Hang out with new and familiar friends. Rub shoulders with top scholars. Snacks and games, games, games...

RC Guitar Jam - Bring your guitar (electric or acoustic) and throw down your best jam with the rest. See RC Chapter Director, Chris Van Allsburg, put out the challenge here.

Rooms at Retreat Center: You may select to stay in a room with one other person (two double beds) if you have reserved rooms at the retreat center and want to save money.

Sunday, October 15

Location: Heritage International Ministries Conference Retreat Center. 

7:00 am - 7:45 am Optional Prayer Time (Room: Dogwoods)

7:45 am - 8:30 am Buffet Breakfast & Fellowship

8:30 am - 8:50 am Worship Service

9:00 am - 9:55 am Choose 1 of 3 "Semi-plenary" Sessions


10:05 am - 11:00 am Deep Dive Sessions #1: Select a topic to stay in for all three breakout sessions. Meet with your group and mentors for topical study, talks, and discussion.


11:10 am - 12:05 pm Student Deep Dive Sessions #2 (stay in same room as previous breakout)

12:05 pm - 12:40 pm Lunch in Grand Ball Room. Good food and time for personal discussion and fellowship. Then stay in lunch room and finish eating during this next plenary talk:

12:40 pm - 1:20 pm Plenary Session in Lunch Room - What Happens on Campus Doesn’t Stay on Campus:  Changing Culture from the Campus ~ Travis Barham, Esq. 

1:30 am  -  2:30 pm Student Deep Dive Sessions #3 (stay in same room as morning breakout)


2:45 pm -3:45 pm Choose 1 of 3 "Semi-plenary" Sessions

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm Closing Session in Grand Ballroom

See you next year!

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


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.) - $99

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.



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.


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  • Sample Student Support Raising Letter Funding Word Doc,
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    ​​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,
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    ​​Document with suggestions on how to raise money to attend the RC Student Retreat.
  • Sample Student Support Raising Record Form Funding Word Doc,
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    ​Sample document with addresses, letters you’ve sent, and people who’ve responded in order to track your support raising efforts.
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