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Join us for the seventh 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 up to three intense days of fellowship, learning from experts and each other, and collaboration with other campus ministries and Christian worldview partners. 

Reasons for Christ: Church, College, and Culture

This year's focus will be ....

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

A FACULTY TRACK will focus on the challenges and opportunities that university professors have to be "missional" in their spheres.

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

Join the Ratio Christi staff and many other guests to hear an engaging talk from Dr. J. P. Moreland. 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.

J. P. Moreland -  bio coming soon

 

Topics and Speakers

Download Detailed Sunday Schedule of Speakers and Topics [not yet available]

Banquet Keynote Address: Dr. J. P. Moreland

Includes FACULTY TRACK, Campus Ministry Track, Church/Ministry/Parent Track

Campus Leader Sessions

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Faculty/Professor/Teacher Sessions

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Ministry, Parent, Leader, General Sessions (Also open to faculty and campus leaders)

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

  • J. P. Moreland - [Bio Page] 
  • Corey Miller - [Bio Page]  President/CEO of Ratio Christi and has a PhD in philosophy and theology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
  • Leo Percer - [Bio Page] Program Director of PhD in Theology and Apologetics (LIberty Baptist Theological Seminary). Doctor of Philosophy from Baylor University.
  • Larry Baxter - [Bio Page] Director of RC Prof, Ph.D. in Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

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

Schedule

Download Detailed Sunday Schedule with Speakers and Topics [not yet available]

Download General Information and Logistics Details for the various events from Fri. through Sunday. Includes transportation information, locations, contacts, accommodations details, and many more important details.

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 15

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 -  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 16

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. (For student information go here)

Meeting for Ratio Christi Regional Directors Only - Thursday, Oct. 12 - $50

SES National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) - Friday & Saturday, Oct. 13 & 14 -  Conference details can be found here

$45  Ratio Christi Staff Only Price. Save $30! Purchase on RC registration page.

Private Dinner for Ratio Christi Chapter Directors and Leaders and Guests Only (Free) - Friday, Oct. 13, 4:45 - 6 pm [Register]

Entire Ratio Christi Symposium for Non-Students (Sat. evening & Sun.) - [$99 Early Bird; Increases to $110 after Aug. 1 ]  For Ratio Christi staff and leaders, pastors, staff of other campus ministries, faculty/professors/teachers, ministry leaders, and lay people wanting to learn how to get involved in the apologetics movement. There will be sessions focused specifically on campus ministry and other sessions on various apologetics topics and implementation of apologetics into church and ministry settings.

*Price includes: Saturday evening banquet, Sunday breakfast & lunch, and all conference sessions. Please note that this year rooms/lodging are NOT included in the registration prices.

Lodging

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 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, 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 here 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 receive 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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