Come learn from speakers who will help strengthen your faith and prepare you to live lives that make a difference. The daily schedule will vary slightly based on the conference location, but the basic schedule outline and content will be the same.
Manitou Springs, CO
3:00 – 5:30 PM
Check-in & Welcome Reception
5:30 – 8:30 PM
Dr. Jeff Myers – Embodying a Worldview: Life Long Faithfulness
Dr. Jeff Myers will open the conference by introducing the concept of living a life of faithfulness with enduring steadfastness for the glory of God. Often worldview and apologetic topics are centered around head knowledge, during this conference we want to focus on the practical implications of bringing the biblical worldview home and what that could look like in our daily lives.
Dr. Jeff Myers – What is God’s Story of the World?
Successfully bringing the Biblical Worldview home requires having a firm grasp on God’s story for the world. A worldview is simply the pattern of ideas and habits we hold. We must have a right understanding of our worldview and our relationship to God and the world. In this broken world what should be the foundation of our hope?
Dr. Jeff Myers – Question & Answers
8:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Thought of the Day
Dr. Kenneth Turner – Foundations: Creation
Each morning we’ll establish a foundation by looking at the biblical story — our story — within the framework of Creation, Fall, and Redemption. Dr. Kenneth Turner will walk us through common misconceptions when we’re reading the Bible and how those can be avoided.
Kevin Bywater – Living with Intention as a Christian
Kevin Bywater is daily immersed in the competing worldviews of our time. At the Oxford Study Centre they focus on intellectual rigor, and wrestling through competing ideas and how those ideas affect our daily lives. He will discuss what it can look like to live and talk intentionally with those around you whether that be our family, neighbors or those we just met. Kevin has the unique opportunity while living in a British culture to be around the Islamic worldview and interact with Muslim neighbors. What does it practically look like to develop intentional friendships that aren’t comprising?
Dr. Steven Garber – What do you Care about—and Why?
Dr. Steven Garber will drive into the common threads generally evident in those who have kept the faith over the years. Garber observes the major factors woven throughout their lives are: convictions, character and community. We’ll look at what we believe and both how and why we came to those conclusions. In learning how to connect presuppositions with practice-belief about the world with life in the world-in the most personal areas and the most public arenas. Practically what does it look like to live a life of consistent faithfulness?
Lunch (Summit Hotel Dining Room)
Jason Jimenez – Forces Shaping Our Sons and Daughters
Millennials are challenged in our culture with struggles different from those of their parents. In this session, we’ll examine leading issues influenced by shifting standards of morality, the dominance of technology, cultural changes, and the decline in our economy.
Group Activities & Free Time
Dinner on your own
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Matt Heard – Life with a Capital “L”
Matt Heard will escort us on a journey of discovery: Jesus didn’t come to save us from our humanity—Christ instead yearns to restore it to what God originally intended. Heard will then explore key areas where everyday life can become extraordinary Life. Christ promised we can “live life to the full.” He didn’t just mean eventually. It should be now in our daily life.
Matt Heard – Our Longing for Way, Truth, and Life
We all desire more than just the endurance of our daily routines. But often we feel limited and stuck—ass if we’re merely existing instead of living. That’s now the way it was meant to be. God intends the humanity in each of us to be deeply experience, lavishly enjoyed, and exuberantly celebrated. Contrary to conventional thinking—inside and outside the church—following Jesus is not about denying our humanness but embracing it. Rather than acting more spiritual or being more religious, we’re called and enabled to become more fulling human and alive.
Matt Heard – Questions & Answers
8:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Thought of the Day
Dr. Kenneth Turner – Foundations: Fall
It’s easy to get wrapped up in a tunnel vision about passages of the Bible. Turner will talk us through the big picture of the Bible and helpful ways to read and apply it.
Dr. Kenneth Turner – Foundations: Redemption
Dr. Kenneth Turner will guide us through the metanarrative and why it matters to our daily lives. We’ll look at the church then, new creation and the church now.
Kevin Bywater – The Importance of the Table in the Christian Life
Kevin Bywater will discuss what it can look like to invite people into your home practically and creating the space for intergenerational community to happen. Hospitably and good conversations can be a natural part of life. We’ll look at the trends, longings and questions this generation is facing.
Lunch (Summit Hotel Dining Room)
Jason Jimenez – How to be Tactful and Loving in Challenging Conversations
Relationships have always been at the heart of the gospel and how we share the Good News of Jesus. But let’s face it, there are many times we avoid certain conversations with loved ones because we don’t want to argue. In this session, we will learn how to disarm arguments, and engage in the love and truth of Christ.
Group Activities & Free Time
Dinner (Summit Hotel Dining Room)
6:20 – 8:30 PM
Dr. Jeff Myers – Cultivate: Forming the Emerging Generation Through Life-on-Life Mentoring
In our postmodern world of broken homes and technology-mediated relationships, the emerging generation needs positive life-on-life influence from adults now more than ever if they are to truly thrive. We have forgotten how to communicate clearly and how to have effective conversations.
Dr. Jeff Myers – Workshop: Cultivating Good Conversations
During this workshop session Dr. Jeff Myers will discuss the importance of intentionally forming relationships and making space for conversations with people around you. Values and a biblical worldview can be transmitted reliably in the context of life-on-life mentoring and community.
8:15 AM – 12:00 PM
Thought of the Day
John Stonestreet – Technology: Amusing Ourselves to Death
Whether on the news, the lasted Hollywood movie, or chart topping hit song, every entertainment outlet is filled with ideas. Ideas that embedded and assumed. These ideas shape the way we think; they shape our worldview. In this talk, John Stonestreet gives us steps in how to navigate our entertainment filled culture without lulling our minds to sleep. Our culture’s heroes are celebrities, and we escape reality through our additions to the entertainment these celebrities provide. As Christians, will we lead the culture by producing and consuming what is good while keeping our minds turned on, or will we allow ourselves to be amused to death?
John Stonestreet – Restoring All Things: Living with Intention
It’s easy to get discouraged by the headlines. It can often feel as if God has left the building and we are on our own. Through the chaos and uncertainty to show you how God is powerfully active and intensely engaged in fulfilling His promise to restore all things. Through inspiring real-life stories of justice, mercy, love, and forgiveness in our communities and neighborhoods, you’ll encounter a God who is intimately involved in His creation and using His church to work out the redemption of this world. What is it that God is pushing you to start living with intention? What are your gifting’s and how to they fit into the needs of this world?
Dr. Jeff Myers – Bringing it Home: Infusing a Biblical Worldview in Everyday Life
We are called to live lives of faithfulness, day after day. Today is day one for bringing the Biblical Worldview home. Our hope in this broken world can only come from Christ. We want you to walk away equipped to be thinking well, to be fully present, to be a difference maker in your sphere of influence. To be.
We’re excited to have the following speakers joining us during the Be’18 Conferences. They are speakers who will help strengthen your faith and prepare you to live lives that make a difference in your sphere of influence for the glory of God. Check out a sample of the past talks.
Unless otherwise stated all of the speakers listed below will speak during both the Pennsylvania and Colorado Be’18 Conferences.
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 Lumerit and Belhaven University, Jeff and his family live in Colorado.
Kevin James Bywater is a Director and the Resident Scholar of the Oxford Study Centre (oxfordstudycentre.org) in Oxford, England. Previously he served for twenty-five years on the staff of Summit Ministries, working as a researcher, author, speaker, and the director of Curriculum and Research Departments. In 2008 he founded the Summit Oxford (now the Oxford Study Centre).
Kevin holds degrees in philosophy and theology, with strong interests in biblical theology and the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, though his wider attention spans the breadth of worldview concerns. Formerly a Mormon, Kevin became a Christian while attending Utah State University. He has a keen interest in comparative religions and apologetics, as well as how we might best have a persuasive Christian witness within post-Christian cultures. You can read a variety of his musings at his blog.
The Oxford Study Centre offers three terms of study that combine Oxford tutorials and a distinctive and advanced worldviews course. Undergraduates may earn up to 18 credits hours for the longer terms and 8 credit hours for the summer term. The program hosts both undergraduates and graduates, those currently enrolled and others, both singles and couples. It truly is a program where one may study abroad with purpose!
Kevin and his wife, Angela, live in the shire, west of Oxford, with their three amazing daughters and two rambunctious sons.
From working on college campuses, to sharing the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain as a missionary, traveling around the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia to speak on discipleship, Sally Clarkson has tenaciously sought after God’s kingdom, and has used her ministry to encourage others to do the same. From her best-selling books such as Own Your Life, Desperate (with Sarah Mae), and her latest, The Lifegiving Home, Sally has shared from her heart and home about the value of motherhood and the potential for home to cultivate life, love, and faith. In 1995, She and her husband Clay founded Whole Heart Ministries, which has encouraged thousands of families around the world in disciplining their children.
Dr. Steven Garber is a teacher of many people in many places. In his work with The Washington Institute he focuses on the meaning of vocation for the common good. For many years on the faculty of the American Studies Program in Washington, DC, and for several years the scholar-in-residence for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, he has studied the relationship of belief to behavior for much of his life. A consultant to businesses, foundations and educational institutions, including the Murdock Trust, the Praxis Labs, the Wedgwood Circle, the Blood:Water Mission, the Made to Flourish Network, the Demdaco Corporation, and Mars, Incorporated, his most recent book is Visions of Vocation: Common Grace for the Common Good. A native of the great valleys of Colorado and California, he is married to Meg.
Matt Heard is the Founder of THRIVE – a speaking, teaching, consulting, and writing ministry that focuses on engaging men and women to be fully alive to the glory of God in every arena of their life and journey. Matt is a Teaching Pastor for Northland Church in Orlando, a conference speaker, consultant to various ministries and leaders, and a writer – he is the author of “Life with a Capital L: Embracing Your God-Given Humanity.”
Matt was the President of The Gathering USA and the Senior Pastor of Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs for twelve years. He currently serves on the Board of the International Arts Movement with artist Makoto Fujimura and Reach Beyond Global (formerly HCJB). He is a graduate of Wheaton College and Reformed Theological Seminary, and also studied Pre-Law at Samford University and with Francis Schaeffer at L’Abri Fellowship in Huemoz, Switzerland. He and his wife, Arlene, are the privileged parents of three adult sons and one brand new daughter-in-law and they divide their home base between Colorado Springs and Orlando. Find out more at his personal website or his book website.
Jason Jimenez is the founder of STAND STRONG Ministries. He is a worldview expert that specializes in cultural, philosophical, theological, and religious issues. Jason is also a best-selling author of several books: The Raging War of Ideas: How to Take Back Our Faith, Family, and Country, co-authored The Official Study Guide to I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, The Bible’s Answers to 100 of Life’s Biggest Questions with Dr. Norman Geisler, and co-authored Stand Strong America: Courage, Freedom & Hope for Tomorrow, Abandoned Faith: Why Millennials Are Walking Away and How You Can Lead Them Home, and Stand Strong in Your Faith. Jason conducts numerous interviews in the media, and has appeared on CBS Radio, the Christian Post, World Net Daily (WND), Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson, TBN’s Praise the Lord, Sky News, and Focus on the Family. He and his wife, Celia, live in Charlotte, NC with their four beautiful children.
John Stonestreet serves as President of the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. A gifted communicator on areas of faith and culture, theology, worldview, education, and apologetics, John is a sought-after speaker, published author, and respected cultural commentator. Since 2012, John and Eric Metaxas have co-hosted BreakPoint, the nationally syndicated radio commentary founded by the late Chuck Colson. He is also the voice of the Point, a daily one-minute radio feature on worldview, apologetics and cultural issues.
Before coming to the Colson Center in 2010, John served various leadership capacities with Summit Ministries, and was on the Biblical Studies faculty at Bryan College (TN). John has co-authored three books: Restoring All Things (with Warren Smith, 2015), Same-Sex Marriage (with Sean McDowell, 2014), and Making Sense of Your World: A Biblical Worldview (with Gary Phillips and William Brown, 2007).
John holds degrees from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (IL) and Bryan College (TN). He and his wife Sarah have three daughters and a dog, and live in Colorado Springs, CO. Connect with John at BreakPoint, or follow him on Twitter.
While teaching at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Tim Muehlhoff received his department’s highest award for teaching and has been recognized by the International Communication Association for outstanding teaching. In his M.A. thesis, Muehlhoff developed a method of encouraging civil dialogue and perspective-taking between groups who perceive themselves as morally opposed with no room for, or interest in, connection. Extending his thesis research, his dissertation focused on a performative approach to enriching marital communication. His research interests also include social justice, gender, family communication, interpersonal communication and persuasion. Outside the classroom Muehlhoff and wife Noreen are frequent speakers at marriage conferences and seminars. His current project involves understanding the narratives of oppressed women in rural parts of New Delhi, India.
Ken Turner has been teaching Old Testament and biblical languages full-time since 2006. His current position is Associate Professor of Old Testament at Toccoa Falls College in Toccoa, GA. He earned his BAE in physics and math education from Arizona State University, and M.Div. and PhD in Old Testament Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. While Ken speaks and writes on a variety of topics, his current book projects include a commentary on Habakkuk (with Zondervan), a book (with Kregel) entitled “The Manifold Beauty of Genesis 1” (co-written with a geology professor at Ole Miss University), and a creation/evolution supplement resource for home- and Christian-school students (co-written with a biology professor at Milligan College). Think “five kids” and “travel soccer” and you can guess what Ken and his family do with most of their “free” time.