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Summit Conference Coming to CU

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Summit Conference Coming to CU

by Public Relations Office

April 20, 2005

Cedarville, Ohio—It's not enough to simply believe. You have to know why you believe what you believe. You'll meet plenty of people who share your views, but you'll also meet many who will question them. How do you deal with that? How do you make a difference? That`s what Summit is all about. Coming to Cedarville University June 19-July 1, 2005, Summit is a conference aimed at helping young adults like you develop your leadership skills, learn about key issues in our world, and address major challenges to Christianity. Summit's mission is to: - Ground Christians in their faith - Equip them to defend a biblical worldview - Prepare tomorrow`s servant leaders Summit participants are encouraged to make decisions based on an integrated biblical worldview and actively seek to engage and transform the culture. At Summit you will be challenged to view Christianity as an intelligent and defensible position in the marketplace of ideas. Summit exists as a response to our current post-Christian culture. Many Christians, and especially Christian youth, are renouncing their faith, and countless more are adopting the false humanistic philosophies of our day. More college freshmen today describe themselves as liberal than at any time since the Vietnam War, according to a nationwide survey taken during the fall of 2001. Of college freshman taking the survey, 57.9% thought gay couples should have the legal right to marry, and 29.9% described themselves as "far left" — the highest figure since 1975. Summit intends to change that statistic. Life-changing is how Christopher Abels, a Summit 2000 participant, described his experience. "Summit taught me how to use my mind to critically think through contemporary ideas and issues and compare them with the truth of God`s Word," he said. "I never gave much thought to critically evaluating any ideas on the level that Summit teaches." In a national survey, 64% of Americans adults and 83% of American teens denied moral absolutes. Only 34% of adults and 8% of teens held to an absolute standard of morality. The same national survey found that 55% of Christian adults and 76% of Christian teens denied moral absolutes. Only 32% of Christian adults and 9% of Christian teens held to an absolute standard of morality. Summit views its role in God`s Kingdom as a catalyst to counteract this alarming trend. As Christians are challenged to stand strong in their faith and defend truth, they will also be equipped to have a positive influence on the society in which they live. Taught by some of the top teachers and speakers in the nation, Summit explores the Christian worldview and gives you a grasp of the key issues. Dedicated staff members provide a mentoring experience through small-group interaction and discussion. Dr. Bill Brown, president of Cedarville University, said, "Of all the programs I have been involved with over the last 25 years, the Summit Ministries program has resulted in more changed lives. I have rarely seen such an incredible mixture of fun, challenge, education, and creativity packaged so well. Summit is a winner!" During free time, Summit participants will have access to a variety of on-campus activities like ping pong, pool, foosball, tennis, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and softball. You can also enjoy Cedarville's indoor climbing wall, hike in a beautiful state park, or take a day trip to a local amusement park. For registration information visit the Summit Web site at www.summit.org. -30-