Contend 2015: A Student Worldview Weekend (Free)
January 1-3, 2015
Bring a Group or Just Bring Your Own Student
Point of Action: We need your help in getting out the word. Will you e-mail this letter to your family and friends? Will you post the information on your Facebook page or tweet out the URL: http://www.contend2015.com and let everyone know it is free as a ministry of http://www.worldviewweekendfoundation.com
As a parent or grandparent would you like the opportunity to bring the high school or college students in your family to a Biblical worldview conference that is specifically for them? Have you ever thought about sending your student to a worldview camp but the $1,400 or more in tuition, plus transportation, was a barrier? Colossians 2:8 tells us to:
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
Are you concerned that the students in your life may not be fully equipped and Biblically prepared to resist and refute the man-centered philosophies and empty deceit of this age? Can the students in your life destroy every argument raised up against the principles of the Lord as we are called to do in 2 Corinthians 10:4-5?
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
Being a parent and grandparent today that is seeking to encourage the students in your life to follow the Lord and love Him with all their heart, soul, and strength presents challenges not even comprehended by your parents and grandparents. Sometimes the questions your students ask may frustrate you because you wish you had an answer for them. Perhaps you are worried about your students being included in the nearly 80% of young people that are walking away from the faith?
If the questions I have asked you have you concerned then I think you are going to be encouraged by the free Contend 2015 conference we are hosting January 1st starting at 6pm and ending at 12 noon on January 3, 2015. We are bringing in some of the premier Biblical worldview speakers to address the major issues facing today’s high school and college students.
A sweet family from Iowa sent us this e-mail last year. I will share it with you in a moment in hope it will challenge other adults to take the leadership and ministry opportunity as did this family. The January 1-3, Contend 2015 conference will have an eternal, life-changing impact on countless young people for the gospel and church.
Why would you not take advantage of a free Biblical conference like this and organize a group of young people? Why not? We are doing our part but are you? As an adult will you partner with us by sponsoring and organizing a group of young people and hosting them? If you cannot bring a group then just bring your own student with you parent! Here is the testimony from this family and I hope it is a challenge to you and inspires you to follow their example. They wrote:
So excited to be bringing 11 young people to your conference in January! Thanks for the hotel discounts – my husband and I are renting a van and paying for three hotel rooms with our Christmas cash. Cannot think of a better use for that money! The college-age youth that are coming are really looking forward to the conference also. Thank you…thank you…thank you!
Here is a link to the conference for complete details, topics and speaker bios: http://www.contend2015.com The conference is free but you must register online so we can save everyone a seat and have the free resources waiting for each student when they arrive. Some parents have asked if they can also attend the conference with their students and the answer is an enthusiastic YES!
A Short List of Some of the Topics to be Covered at Contend 2015:
Why the Prosperity Gospel is a False Gospel
The Jesus of the Cults Versus the Jesus of the Bible
The Danger of Mysticism
A Biblical Look at Pot, Gambling, Pornography, Abortion, & Doctor-Assisted Suicide
The Dangers of Moralizing: Why Christians Should Not Attempt to Force Christian Values on Unbelievers But Share the Gospel With Them By Which They Can Change Their Values
How Hannah in I Samuel 2 Understood and Trusted in God’s Total Control, Rule, and Goodness and Why You Can Too
Growing up in the Church but Not Saved: A Biblical Study of True and False Converts Through the Eyes of Samuel in I Samuel Chapter 3.
A Rocket Scientist Debunks Evolution (by Test-Pilot and Real Rocket Scientist Jason Pratt)
Testimony of a Backslidden Atheist (by former atheist Jason Pratt)
How To Study The Bible in Context
Critical Thinking Skills That Disarm Evolutionists
The Bible Versus Millions of Years
Plenty of Question and Answer Time with the Speakers
Students will be able to walk right up to the speakers during the breaks and visit with them. After each speaker we take a break. Last year our speakers were surrounded by young people talking to them at each break. The students wrote us testimonials about how important that interaction was to them.
Let’s not just complain about the state of modern Christianity but let’s do something about it. Join us January 1-3, 2015 for Contend 2015 in Memphis, TN, which is centrally located. Check the map and you will see that Memphis is a day’s drive from about half the population in the United States. Parents, if you want to bring your student or a group of students and attend the conference that would be great. If you just want to bring them and then you spend the time exploring Memphis, then that is fine as well. Either way, please partner with us through this ministry opportunity.
Finally in closing, if you agree with our stepping out in faith to host this free Contend 2015 conference please consider helping us with the cost by making a tax deductible contribution on our website at http://www.worldviewweekendfoundation.com At the very least, please join us in praying for a great weekend of ministry that will have an eternal impact on the life of these young adults.
Worldview Weekend Foundation
Worldview Weekend Foundation
1016 West Poplar Ave #106-228
Collierville, TN 38017
Testimonials From 2014 Attendees:
Contend was a truly encouraging and edifying conference, where adults and young adults alike were able to hear the Word of God accurately taught and proclaimed to equip the saints in contending for the faith and glorify God. All speakers brought a unique and dynamic contribution to the conference, varying topics with in depth study of God’s Word with available resources to continue learning. I really enjoyed hearing from Brannon about contending against the “ISMS” of the day, which threaten our society as well as true biblical theology.Jesse Johnson contributed a humbling and edifying message on the Christians life from Philippians 1:21. Jared Carlson contended for the validity of the Bible and the infallible Word of God, as well as clarifying the issue of homosexuality in light of the Gospel. And finally Jason Carlson taught on the lie of evolution. These speakers were my favorite and the notes I have taken I will surely share with others. I thank everyone who made it possible for the Contend 2014 conference and I hope that this conference will be able to happen again to continue to equip believers to contend earnestly for the faith.
Taylor, Minnesota, 19College Student
I attended Contend this past weekend and had an absolutely great time! My only complaint would be that it didn’t last long enough! Haha. I loved all of the speakers. The topics from you six were so different that they are kind of hard to compare… It’s uncommon for there to be a event for teens that is full of facts like Contend was. Normally it would be directed more towards having fun and building up self-esteem, which is fine, but getting meaty facts was a really nice change! Thanks again for all that you have done. see you next year!
KaleeHigh school student from Arkansas
The conference has been so important to me because the speakers have directly addressed so many lies that I have been taught during my first semester in college. The worldview that I am being taught and which my professors attempt to convince me are right are not Biblical and it is so important that I and others in my position learn what is right according to God and how to defend truth.
High School student
I enjoyed Jason and Jared Carlson the most. I loved that they talked about the problems that Christian college and high school students have going against them almost every day, such as homosexuality and evolution. This was the best Christian student conference I’ve ever been to. Thank you for bringing this together Brannon Howse.
High school student
I want to thank Brannon Howse for giving a good summary of feminism, mysticism and the other confusing issues of the day. I am looking forward to reading further information. All of the speakers communicated their messages with a degree of frankness and candor that was refreshing and remarkable. Their commitment to truth inspired me to live more truthfully. Also Mr. Johnson’s discussion about the purpose of the church was very compelling…Thanks to everyone who put this together.
Des Moines, Iowa
I can’t thank you enough for hosting the Contend 2014 conference. While I thoroughly enjoyed all of the speakers, I would have to say that my favorite part of the conference was watching my 16 year old daughter take it all in. As she herself may tell you, she did not want to attend.I had to pull out the “Dad” card to get her to attend. But by the end of the first night, she was soaking it all in, taking notes, and asking me questions about the various topics the speakers discussed. She has not shown this much interest in Biblical worldview issues for some time. She is already looking forward to Contend 2015, and plans on inviting some of her friends to join her. Thanks again, and may God continue to bless you, your family, and your ministry.
I have loved my time at Contend 2014! I love the fact that I am treated as a young adult instead of an immature kid. Contend has been a great experience because everything has been focused on Christ, versus keeping us entertained with fluffy messages. I have enjoyed the straight forward facts. Thank you to all of the speakers and behind the scenes workers for all of your time, teaching and work for us youth. Looking forward to Contend 2015!
High School Student
The biggest thing for me that I’ve learned thus far is understanding all the ISMS of today…this is crucial for my generation and being a student in a top public university.
College Student From Georgia
A few of the speakers stuck out to me most. 1. Jesse Johnson: He stuck out to me when he spoke on contending with purpose because my youth pastor always tells us we have a purpose. So this topic always captures my interest. 2. Brannon Howse: He just has a pleasant way about the way he talks. It makes it easy to listen and follow what he is speaking about. 3. The Carlson brothers have humor and some good stories of how God has worked in their lives. 4. Michael Furchert: His story is incredible. It amazes me that he did everything he did for God and his family was the outcast for it…5. Usama Dakdok: You will love his voice! The truth he revealed was amazing.
Student did not put name or state on letter
I liked the way everything was said…It was not like my church. We were treated like the young adults we are. Repentance was taught. My church doesn’t have a pastor, but only an interim. He doesn’t preach much about repentance. This conference was so refreshing to me. I don’t have any real Christian friends outside of church so the only encouragement I get is on Sundays and Wednesdays and whenever I read God’s Word. It was nice to have half a week full of Christ! Thank you!
High school student
This weekend has supplied me with evidence that has bolstered my faith. I feel more confident in my beliefs and I have gained an insight into the scriptures that I previously did not have.
Student did not put name or state on letter
One thing I have always struggled with is wanting to conform. The testimony of Michael Furchert was a big encouragement to me in my stand not to conform to society and its norms.
High School Student
This is a really life changing experience. A growing experience so we grow in our faith in God and learn not to be fooled by Satan and false prophets.
This was my first Worldview Weekend conference. I’ve been to many conferences over the years and I must say this is by far the most informative Biblical conference I’ve been to. I appreciate the sound Biblical teaching. Every speaker had me on the edge of my seat. Contend 2014 has given me more confidence to bodly stand up for Christ and the gospel.