And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” Like never before, the words of Jesus strike a chord in the heart of any believer who contemplates the morning headlines. The message of the gospel, the grace Jesus offers through His death, burial, and resurrection, has always been needed by the hurting people of this world, but never in any of our lifetimes has the world seemed so needy as it does today. With fresh weekly reports of American Christians being bullied and foreign Christians being beheaded, it is vital that churches and Christians stay sober and vigilant to the changing world-views around them. Even more, it is essential that each of us grows in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Only through Him can we do the “all things” we love to quote in Philippians 4:13.
It is the duty of each believer to consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works. Instead of forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, we must all learn how better to exhort one another: and so much the more, as we see the day approaching. One of the best ways to accomplish this, aside from energetic involvement in the local church, is to attend conferences. By getting away from the daily grind, we make time for the main thing: strengthening our walk with God and continuing our education so we can better impact the world with the gospel of Christ. After all, serving God is the greatest business in all the world, and He deserves the best we have. Here are nine top conferences to help you maximize your effectiveness as a good servant of Jesus Christ.
January 16-17, 2015
Peachtree Corners Baptist Church, Atlanta Georgia
Even in secular circles, the violent spread of radical Islam is raising questions that cannot be ignored for the sake of political correctness much longer. In Austria, government leaders have gone so far as to forbid the funding of Islamic religious groups to avoid arming militant factions within its borders. Elsewhere, the blood-soaked streets of jihadist-struck cities cry out for justice.
The justice these bloodthirsty jihadists deserve was inflicted on Jesus Christ at the cross: this is the message of the gospel. In order to reach both moderate and militant Muslims with this good news, it is crucial that Christians understand how to approach this encroaching Muslim influence. The Ravi Zacharias International Ministries Summit on Islam is designed to equip you to understand the perspectives of the Muslims you meet and enable you to answer them without fear, but with power, love, and a sound mind.
For more information on the RZIM conference click here.
June 12-14, 2015
Ellerslie Campus, Windsor, Colo.
With the feminization of modern society, it has become difficult for many men in the church to figure out where they belong. The Bravehearted Man conference sponsored by the Ellerslie ministry is designed to prepare men for the battles of life that must be fought bravely, equipping attendees to contribute fortitude, tenacity, and passion to the church. Pastor Eric Ludy presents simulcast online for those unable to make the trip to Colorado, so it’s easy to put this conference on your list.
For more information on The Bravehearted Man conference click here.
June 5-6, 2015
Ellerslie Campus, Windsor, Colo.
The feminine companion to the Bravehearted Man conference, Set Apart Girl is designed to strengthen young women to influence the world for good by challenging them to forsake the trivial and embrace the call of sacrificial love. This conference will inspire women to draw nearer to God in an earnest, wholehearted way without pretense or compromise. This conference is also available on simulcast.
For more information on the Set Apart Girl conference click here.
January 27-28, 2015
Overlake Christian Church, Redmond, Wash.
One of the greatest opportunities Christians have to impact the world for eternity is by adopting and fostering children. Not an endeavor to be entered lightly, adoptive and foster parents need a supportive community to help them navigate these sometimes difficult waters. This purpose of this conference is to provide such support, as well as offer a time of rest and refreshment for these everyday heroes. Training credits can also be obtained for those entering the adoptive/foster care arena, as well as grandparents and other support individuals.
For more information on the Refresh Conference click here.
August 19-21, 2015
The Cove, Asheville, N.C.
Presented by former atheist and editor of the Chicago Tribune, Lee Strobel presents attendees with the case for how to use your individual uniqueness to present Christ to others. Why mimic someone else’s methods when God has created you perfectly with a custom-designed plan that only you can fulfill? If you struggle with how best to use your gifts to reach others with the gospel, this conference is for you.
For more information on The Unexpected Adventure conference click here.
June 22-26, 2015
Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion, Florence, Ky.
A conference designed for the whole family, the Answers Mega conference aims to strengthen your Biblical worldview while deepening your understanding of science, increasing your logical reasoning ability, and teaching you to stand firm in your belief of the inspired books from Genesis to Revelation.
For more information on the Answers Mega conference click here.
April 13-15, 2015
Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Fla.
A mega-conference jam-packed with passion, 79 great speakers like Tim Keller, John Piper, and Voddie Baucham, and a huge selection of workshops and focus gatherings, this is a great opportunity to grab some great ideas and make some new friends and contacts. Topics include evangelism, sexual abuse, faith and work, and many other important issues.
For more information on the Coming Home conference click here.
June 24-27, 2015
If you are interested in producing quality Christian films that will make a difference, make your plans to attend this conference. It will provide networking opportunities with the right people to get your project underway in a big way. Previous speakers include Alex Kendrick, Tony Campolo, Karen Kingsbury, Joni Eareckson Tada, Jerry Jenkins, and Tim LaHaye.
For more information on the International Christian Visual Media Conference click here.
July 13-14, 2015
With increased ferocity, anti-Semitism has reared its ugly head in the past year unlike anything the world has seen for decades. It’s important for Christians to remember and stand with Israel in these troubling days, and the Christians United for Israel Summit is an opportunity to show our support even in a world gone mad.
For more information on the Christians United for Israel conference click here.