Summit Basecamp


SUMMIT BASECAMP

Equipping you to have a deeper understanding of apologetics and biblical worldview and effectively walk alongside students in a post-Christian culture.

Truth Matters Basecamp

SUMMIT BASECAMP

Equipping you to have a deeper understanding of apologetics and biblical worldview and effectively walk alongside students in a post-Christian culture.

Summit Basecamp is a free content series Summit hosts, to equip adults with a deeper understanding of apologetics and biblical worldview to effectively walk alongside students in a post-Christian culture. Each three-hour Basecamp event will explore a different relevant topic with speakers who are experts in that area.

Just Freedom
The importance of Religious Freedom in America

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM MDT (Mountain Time)

As Christians, we must understand the times in which we live, especially on the critical issue of religious freedom.

On May 11 Summit Basecamp, speakers Dr. Jeff Myers and John Stonestreet will prepare nonprofits, church-goers, and the rising generation to recognize the cultural shift we are experiencing, unpack how we’ve gotten to this point, and specifically what we can do as Christians. 

Event Speakers

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Dr. Jeff Myers
President of Summit Ministries

Dr. Jeff Myers is president of Summit Ministries. In the last 20 years Dr. Myers has become one of America’s most respected authorities on youth leadership development. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson referred to him as “a very gifted and inspirational young leader.” Evangelist Josh McDowell called him “a man who is 100% sold out to preparing the next generation to reflect the character of Christ in the culture.” Through his appearances on Fox News and other media programs, Dr. Myers has become a fresh voice offering humor and insight from a Christian worldview.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree and teaches leadership courses through CollegePlus and Belhaven University. Jeff and his family live in Colorado.

John Stonestreet Colson Center

John Stonestreet
President of the Colson Center

John Stonestreet serves as president of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He’s a sought-after author and speaker in areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics. John is the daily voice of BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated commentary on the culture founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of the Point, a daily one-minute feature on worldview, apologetics, and cultural issues.

Laurence Wilkinson Alliance Defending Freedom

Laurence Wilkinson
Law Clerk for Alliance Defending Freedom

Laurence Wilkinson serves as a law clerk for Alliance Defending Freedom. He is an English-Qualified attorney and a specialist on conscience rights, freedom of religion, and freedom of speech. Wilkinson previously served as legal counsel for ADF International in both Strasbourg, France, and London, England.

Wilkinson is an experienced litigator in cases before the European Court of Human Rights and is a regular contributor to various media outlets including The Spectator, The Times of London, and Forbes.

Prior to joining ADF International in 2015, Wilkinson qualified as a solicitor in London with international law firm DLA Piper, specializing in commercial litigation. He earned a degree in Law with American Law from the University of Nottingham, which included one year at the University of Texas at Austin.

Megan Almon
Life Training Institute

Megan Almon, a former University of Georgia gymnast, was a part of UGA’s 2002 SEC Championship team. She worked as an award-winning journalist until 2008 when she decided to pursue a career speaking and teaching about Christian apologetics — especially in the area of bioethics. She joined Life Training Institute in 2009 and was awarded an M.A. in Christian apologetics from Biola University in 2011. Megan and her husband, Tripp — Director of Programs and Summit Semester for Summit Ministries — have been married since 2003 and have two children, Neely and Rogan. Megan enjoys spending time with her family at home in Manitou Springs, Colorado, and is still known to practice handstands in her kitchen. She has spoken to high school-and-college assemblies and classrooms, youth organizations, women’s groups, pregnancy resource centers, congregations, and legislators across the nation on multiple topics.
 

Event Sessions

What is Religious Freedom? (And Why It’s Good for Everyone)

John Stonestreet | Is religious freedom just an excuse to discriminate against others? People will often disagree fiercely about societal and moral issues in a free society—issues religion takes very seriously. However, disagreement doesn’t equal discrimination. Religious freedom is good for everyone, not just religious people, since societies with greater religious freedom are more tolerant of everyone’s beliefs. Shifts in culture don’t just happen overnight, so we will explore a brief history of what led to this moment. John will look specifically at HR5 and the Equality Act. 

Freedom Under Attack: Why Christians Should Care and How We Must Respond

Dr. Jeff Myers | The most dangerous battle of our time is not between Liberals and Conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, or Blue States and Red States. It is between two competing views of truth. For the first time in history, a majority of people—even Christians—reject the idea that “truth can be known.” As a result, freedom is in peril. In this Basecamp, we are wading into the heat of battle, exploring the precious value of religious freedom, how it is threatened, and what we as Christians must do.

Interview: Standing for Religious Liberty

Laurence Wilkinson | Cases concerning religious liberty are becoming increasingly prominent, with courts frequently being asked to uphold the right to freedom of religion. Just how vital are these legal battles to ensuring our freedom? Laurence Wilkinson is Law Clerk with Alliance Defending Freedom – a non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom globally. Laurence has litigated cases concerning religious liberty worldwide and is here to answer your questions about what these cases look like in practice and what trends he sees from the front line.

 

Is There Any Hope for the Future?

John Stonestreet | Our current cultural moment is full of chaos and deception. Denying reality causes havoc in people’s lives. However, no political movement or militant group can ever put Jesus Christ back in the grave. Our hope in Jesus Christ is not a feeling, nor is it wishful thinking. Our hope is grounded in the reality of seeing things clearly through the perspective of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Who should watch?

If you are a church leader, parent, or educator (CEUs available) who is searching for answers about how to come alongside the next generation, then these events are for you. If you walk alongside students guiding them to think for themselves as they interact with ever-changing culture, these events are for you.

Your community and church need this training. Plan today to host an event at your church or home today!

About the Virtual Platform

This event will take place on the Summit Virtual platform. This platform was developed by Summit staff this past summer and was introduced to 947 students during our iconic worldview conferences. Our live and interactive platform brings attendees together with top Christian experts and best-selling authors in a live, “gamified” setting designed to be fun and personally challenging. Watch our preview video to see this platform by clicking here. Summit Basecamp will allow registrants to ask questions and interact with speakers who will be live at our Summit studio in the historic Grandview Hotel.

Our speakers will be live! But what if you can’t be?

If you want to join us for this powerful event, but the date/time doesn’t work for your schedule, go ahead and register for the“replay access” event and we’ll send you the recording through email within 2 weeks. If you have any questions, please call us at (719) 685-9103 or contact us here.

Receive Continuing Education Units

Do you need Continuing Education Units? Summit is excited to offer CEUs for Summit Basecamp events from the following organizations: ACSI, AACS, ACTS, CSFLA, ILCS, and FAACS. Each organization will award 3 contact hours to any teacher who views the event. Learn more here

Archived Events

How can we help teens know truth?

Truth Matters: Equipping Students with a Lifelong Faith

Our post-Christian culture rejects the notion of absolute truth. If someone claims to know the truth, they are often labeled as intolerant. So how do we teach students the truth of Christianity when the world says that truth is subjective? If we want to equip young students with a lifelong faith, then we must help them think differently about truth. When we know God’s truth, we can be confident that that truth is not passive or relative — it is life-changing. Truth can change and affect every area of our lives.

How can we help teens find hope in the midst of their anxiety, depression, and thoughts of suicide?

Helping Teens Find Hope: Anxiety, Depression, Suicide

Gen Z faces a mental health crisis. Anxiety and depression are at an all-time high. Suicide has risen to alarming levels. Some dismiss mental health issues as a “snowflake” problem but new evidence shows that it is a complex and often deadly public health emergency. Technology has propelled the rising generation into nervous exhaustion. Economic uncertainty has robbed them of a path to success. COVID-19 and the unraveling of civil society have only added fuel to the fire.

How can we help students make ethical decisions in a morally complicated world?

Making Moral Decisions in a Complex World

Never before have your students been presented with so many options and different perspectives on how to make ethical decisions. The culture screams at us to “live our own truth” and tells us to “be a good person” while new technologies and a changing political landscape are framing our minds to focus on an idea of good that isn’t consistent with a Christian worldview. What do we need to be able to make God-honoring moral choices in an immoral world?

What is your role in promoting life?

Defending the Pro-Life Position

January of this year marked the 45th year since the Roe V. Wade decision in the United States. As our country seeks answers to fundamental questions about the value of human life, take time to reflect on the answers your students are adopting as their own. Do you feel equipped to help your students think critically about the answers they are believing?

Think critically about the ethics of abortion and questions regarding beginning and end of life issues and technologies that directly impact our communities. When we think critically about hard issues we can connect with students to help move them beyond what they feel is right and on to pursue biblical truth. 

How can you shepherd teens in the midst of a technological and pornified culture?

Navigating a Technological and Pornified Culture

Many teens suffer from isolation, depression, loneliness, and anxiety. This event will focus on how pornography and the increasing use of technology plays a role in these effects. When students look for community and acceptance through technology or intimacy through pornography they slowly lose their ability to live fully as God intended and to connect with others in meaningful ways.

Dr. Kathy Koch, Jonathan McKee, and Haley Halverson will lead you through sessions to explore lies that students are believing about community and self-esteem found online and practical ways we can work to challenge students for more face to face engagement.

How to apply truth and relationship in a sexually confused culture?

Truth & Relationship in a Sexually Confused Culture

Same-sex marriage and homosexuality are becoming more prominent, accepted, and normalized within our culture. How has this affected the way your students view sexuality? 

Worldview experts John Stonestreet, Dr. Christopher Yuan, and Caleb Kaltenbach will equip you with information and practical strategies for helping students to navigate within a sexually broken culture.

What are some practical tools for coming alongside Gen Z students?

Practical Tools for Equipping Gen Z

Every generation has its ups and downs, but Gen Z is unique—there has never been a generation in America so thoroughly captured by the culture, so thoroughly enmeshed with social media, and so secular in its thinking about the world. How do we develop relationships of grace that do not ignore the truth?

Generation Z experts, Dr. Jeff Myers, Jason Jimenez, and Mike Sherrard will lead you through sessions on relationships, role models, identity, and biblical authority.

Receive Continuing Education Units

Do you need Continuing Education Units? Summit is excited to offer CEUs for Summit Basecamp events from the following organizations: ACSI, AACS, ACTS, CSFLA, ILCS, and FAACS. Each organization will award 3 contact hours to any teacher who views the event. Learn more here

If you have any questions, contact us here.