Restoring Joy

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How to Have Hope in a Society Overwhelmed by Fear, Anxiety, Evil, and Unanswered Questions. 

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15.13) 

Restoring Joy will equip students to have an abundant and faithful hope in the gospel while walking in faith in the midst of our overwhelmed culture. 

Joy and hope are in short supply these days. Adults and students are faced with a crisis of identity, mental health, purpose, and calling. People everywhere are wondering where is the God of hope described in Romans 15.13. Barna research The Connected Generation has uncovered this reality, the data show that 49% of today’s youth and young adults express anxiety over important decisions and were afraid to fail. 

Gather your group of students and join us on November 22nd-24th, 2020 as we gather virtually for engaging teaching, deep conversations, encouraging friendships, intentional mentoring, worship, prayer, and restoring joy in a world overwhelmed by the loss of hope. 

Restoring Joy is a two-and-a-half-day virtual conference hosted by Summit Ministries (friends of ACSI). We invite all students, teachers, and administrators who planned to attend the 2020 ACSI National Student Conference to join us on our digital platform for biblical worldview training that is thoughtful and timely.


Tripp, Brady, and Kate hosted Summit’s virtual Student Conferences this summer. They bring laughter and excitement to everything they do! With early morning wake up calls, your students will be excited to wake up and enjoy the pre-show full of laughs and new morning traditions!


Dr. Jeff Myers
Summit Ministries

Dr. Kathy Koch
Celebrate Kids Inc.

Dustin Jizmejian
Summit Ministries

Jason Jimenez
Stand Strong Ministries

Dr. Sean McDowell

Matt Heard

Alan Shlemon
Stand to Reason

David Galvan
Education for a Lifetime

Tripp Almon
Summit Ministries

Megan Almon
Life Training Institute


This event will take place on the Summit Virtual platform. This platform was developed by Summit staff this 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. Restoring Joy will allow registrants to ask questions and interact with speakers who will be live at our Summit studio in the historic Grandview Hotel.


Student Conference Ticket        $47/student
NOTE: There is no charge for adult advisors.



The conference is intended to be a group event, so you will need to plan to gather your student leaders. Here are some possibilities:

  • Host the event at your school
  • Getaway to a retreat center
  • Divide students into host homes for overnight, meeting as a larger group in a church or school during the day
  • Camp at a local campground (just be sure it has great wifi connections!)
  • Book rooms and a conference room at a local hotel

In order to fully utilize the conference tools, you will need:

  • Reliable internet connection and WiFi for students
  • Large screen for the group to view
  • Each student should have a cell phone or tablet available (this is not just a sit-and-watch type of conference!)


The Restoring Joy conference is designed to engage students 16-18, but selecting the right students to attend the conference is essential and determines the level of benefit your school will receive.

Schools are encouraged to include and invite their entire student bodies to attend the conference virtually either as a group or on their own. This conference is designed for both groups and individuals.

Sophomores and Juniors: These students will have 1 1⁄2 to 2 1⁄2 years to help foster positive changes in your school and community.

Seniors: Hold important leadership roles and have a great deal of influence over underclassmen. Seniors lay the foundation for upcoming classes.

Possible methods of inviting students to participate include:

  • Choose students who function as leaders in an official capacity at your school, including class officers, athletic team captains, chapel coordinators, club leaders, project organizers, etc.
  • Give the student body or school faculty and administrators the opportunity to nominate students they envision as leaders in their school.
  • Encourage students to complete an application and/or interviews.**
  • Any combination of suggestions above.

Encourage the students to be praying for God to change them through the conference experience in order to prepare their hearts for what they will hear at the conference.