CONYC 2018 Seminars
Making Sense of the Stereotypes
In today’s culture, do you find yourself hesitant to identify as a Christian? A landmark book exploring the dominant cultural perceptions of Christianity began with these five provocative words: “Christianity has an image problem”. The reality is that these cultural stereotypes impact us all in some form or fashion. Have you ever taken the time to face the stereotypes and untangle what is truth and what is fiction? This seminar will help you to make sense of the stereotypes and then send you out with compassion and confidence to engage the world we live in.
One Nation Under God? Jesus, Justice, Political Chaos, and Life as a Disciple of Christ
"Politics" has invaded seemingly every area of American life, even NFL Sundays. Political issues are important... and divisive! Can Scripture inform us about what is happening these days? And what might it look like to live as a Christian in a world full of injustice, polarization, and division? This seminar won’t answer all of your questions but will give you some critical tools for navigating some of the issues that keep you up at night.
Purposeful Pain: How much do you want it?!
What comes to mind when you think about discipline? Is God lying when he says “the way is hard” or that “all discipline is painful rather than pleasant”? We are surrounded by a cultural obsession with convenience and life hacks to obtain rewards. Come engage with us as we discover the weight and worth of walking with God on a daily basis!
Living When Life Feels Like Death: The Madness (and Mercy?) of Mental Illness
I want to share my struggle with you. Nervous breakdown, multiple panic attacks, uncontrollable anxiety, depression, obsessive thoughts, counseling, medication, and the road to recovery. If you're expecting to hear from someone who has it together, this one isn't for you. Come hear a seminar that is raw, uncut, and full of hope.
Have you ever thought about what does the world need most? Is it better education, wealth redistribution, better technology? Or is it something else? At the center of most problems in the world today is a lack of leadership. What the world needs more than anything else is spiritual leaders. Do you have what it takes? Is God calling you to be a spiritual leader? Come find out what the Bible has to say about what it takes to be a spiritual leader.
The Power of Life-on-Life Discipleship
Lots of people talk about changing the world through programs, but in the Scriptures, God talks about changing the world through people. God's method for building his kingdom has always been multiplication - one person investing their life in another. In this seminar, we'll talk about the biblical basis for discipleship and how God can use you to change the world - one person at a time.
What is God's Will For My Life?
What is God's will for my life? What does He want me to do? What do I study? Where does He want me to live? Who should I marry? Chances are you've asked questions like this before. Luckily, God has given us clear direction from Scripture. Come and consider what he has to say!
The Spirit-filled Life
The Bible promises that every Christian possesses the Spirit of Jesus; yet how come so many of our days lack the same power Jesus showed when he walked on earth? Do you want something more for your walk with Jesus? Could there be more to Christianity than what you’re currently experiencing? Come hear how God wants to give you more! Come hear how you can have a Spirit-filled life!
“The world is not in your books and maps… It’s out there!” -J.R.R. Tolkien. So are millions of people with little or no access to the gospel. Do you feel God stirring up a desire in your own heart to go? We will discuss what international missions actually looks like. Come discover for yourself, from first hand testimony, not only the dangers but the deep, deep joys of giving your life towards global missions!
The Church: Community of the Redeemed
Is God’s work in the world primarily an individual one between me and God or is it something bigger? In a world that values independence and freedom, God calls us to love and depend on each other as we love and depend on Him. Our commitment to the local church is essential to a deep, rich, life-long walk with God, as we reflect the joy of heaven to come.
Who Am I, Really?
Whether we realize it or not, we all are on a search for a secure Identity. So when was the last time you asked the question, "Who am I, really?" Come join us as we dive in to some crazy claims the Bible makes about who we are, if we are Christians. They may not be what you expect! And who knows, maybe you will find out who you really are.
One Story: Understanding the Plotline of the Bible
The Bible can be intimidating. With sixty six books written by forty people over nearly 2,000 years, it’s difficult to understand how it relates to itself and to us, and many give up on reading it altogether. But like a giant puzzle stretching across all of history, the Bible is a single story composed of thousands of necessary parts. This one story—of the One True God, creating, redeeming, and keeping one people all for his glory—is not simply a story; the Bible is the story. By understanding it, and by choosing to live within the grain of its storyline, we find not only the tools with which to interpret the events of our lives but also the very purpose of our existence.