The Defense Never Rests

Southern Evangelical Seminary’s 23rd Annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics

About SES National Conference

At a time when even the most basic facts about reality are challenged, it is more important than ever for Christians to be able to articulately and persuasively proclaim and defend the Gospel. Learn from some of the leading Christian thinkers in the world about the evidence for the historic Christian faith,

navigating controversial social issues, and articulating truth in a secular culture. Now is not the time to disengage. It’s time to get off the sidelines and into the game. Join us for the 23rd Annual SES National Conference on Christian Apologetics, the largest and longest-running apologetics conference in the country.

Dr. J. Thomas Bridges

Dr. Norman Geisler

Dr. Gary Habermas

Dr. Richard Howe

Dr. Richard Land

Josh McDowell

Dr. Sean McDowell

Dr. Hugh Ross

Jay Sekulow

Lee Strobel

Dr. Frank Turek

J. Warner Wallace

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Women’s NCCA

Women’s-Only Event to Kickoff National Conference on Thursday, Oct 13

Last year’s women’s conference was extremely successful, and this year our desire is to have an even greater impact on the hearts and minds of women for the glory of Jesus Christ. How do you defend the faith when talking about some of the issues that are most valuable to you?

Learn from many of the female alumnae and students of SES. The Women’s event is included in the overall conference ticket price. Stay Tuned for more details to come!


Prospective SES Student VIP Luncheon

If you are seriously exploring the possibility of becoming an SES student, please join us for a special VIP luncheon with Josh McDowell and other conference speakers.

In addition to a great meal, you will have opportunities to interact with conference speakers, learn about the ways SES can help you be equipped for any level of ministry, and ask any questions about SES you may have. You will also receive a special gift bag for attending.

Please complete the conference registration form and someone will contact you regarding the VIP luncheon.

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Church/School Partnership

For the last 22 years the SES National Conference on Christian Apologetics has been a great resource for the local church. We want to partner with your church and school to get the word out about this year’s 23rd annual national conference, The Defense Never Rests. If you are interested in helping promote the conference, please email us at The deadline for partnering with us is July 15, 2016.

Here are some easy ways we would like you to help us promote the conference in your church:

  • Place announcements in your bulletin and/or prominently display posters
  • Give a church-wide announcement using the PP slide and/or promo video (from the link in the top image)
  • Hand out flyers to your congregation
  • Send out an email blast to your congregation
  • Place an announcement on your church website
  • Use our conference as a youth group event
Able to help? We would like to give you:


  • A spot for your church name in our conference booklet
  • Complimentary ticket for two of your church leaders
  • 1 set of Conference Mp3s
  • 10% off the SES Lay Institute Church Package (when you bring a group of 10 or more)
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*Hotels will honor group rate after cutoff date, depending on availability.

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Cut Off  October 1
National Conference on Christian Apologetics
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Best Western Independence



Cut Off  October 1
National Conference on Christian Apologetics
Ask for Linda
(Cancel 2 days prior by 3 p.m.)

*Full Buffet Breakfast

7.8 miles, 13 minutes


  • Where is the conference going to be held?
  • Charlotte, NC, at Calvary Church (same location as last year)

    5801 Pineville-Matthews Rd
    Charlotte, NC 28226

  • When is the conference?
  • 2016 NCCA is on October 13th-15th (9:00am-9:30pm). The final day will go from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m

  • What is the cost to attend the conference? The workshops?
  • Prior to August 1, ticket price for adults is $75 and for $45 for students. After that date, adult tickets are $85, and $55 for students. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Contact for details.

    Note that tickets are not pro-rated if you cannot come to the entire conference. All attendees will be free to enjoy the speakers and presentations in the auditorium area of their choice. Registration cost includes attendance at all sessions, giveaway bag, and commemorative conference workbook containing articles by our plenary speakers.

    Important! Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. In past years the event has been near capacity, as attendees have come from all 50 US states and as many as 17 countries. Walk-ins are accepted, but due to space limitations, pre-registration is strongly encouraged!

  • Will you send me a confirmation number or tickets?
  • You will receive an e-mail confirmation which will include a link to your printable ticket. Be sure to either print your ticket prior to arrival or have it ready to display from your smartphone.

  • Will I be able to get a refund if needed?
  • The cut off date for requesting refunds is September 27, which is two weeks prior to the event. Please allow up to four weeks to receive your refund.

  • What specific topics will be covered at The National Conference on Christian Apologetics?
  • We will have a variety of plenary and breakout sessions throughout the conference designed to deepen your understanding of subjects such as science, culture, and other religions. A detailed schedule will be available soon.

  • Will there be presentations in Spanish?
  • Not this year.

  • Are Continuing Education Units (CEU's) available for school teachers and administrators who attend the conference.
  • Yes. We are pleased to announce that Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for attending the 2015 National Conference on Christian Apologetic. No extra cost beyond normal conference registration is required to obtain CEU credits through ACSI. Make sure to check in at the information desk upon arrival and let them know you want to obtain CEUs. If you have further questions, please contact

  • Will I be able to meet the speakers? Can I get a certain speaker to sign my book?
  • Maybe. Many renowned speakers come to participate in this unique conference. Most of the speakers will be on the premises throughout the event. We cannot promise that you will get to personally meet the speaker of your choice. But chances are strong that you will see the speakers in and around the facility. If the speakers happen to be headed to the platform for their presentation, or is going to an appointment with a journalist in the media room, please be considerate of their time. Southern Evangelical Seminary is blessed to annually assemble a list of presenters who are godly, gifted, and gracious.

  • Should I bring my unsaved relative, friend, neighbor, coworker, etc.?
  • Absolutely! Apologetics and the wealth of data that affirms Christianity has a wonderful, two-fold benefit: Apologetics "reaches and teaches." It "equips and deepens the believer," but it can also "persuade the lost." At previous events, skeptics, searchers, agnostics, and unbelievers with various objections have found a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This is an event that God can use to enrich believers and evangelize non-believers. You will want to invite your friends to the Post-Conference Event too.

  • Does my church need advance permission to come by bus or large van?
  • ​ No. There is plenty of parking available.

  • Will there be a charge for parking?
  • No, parking is free.

  • Can I park my RV overnight at the church?
  • Our insurance does not permit overnight parking on the church campus. There is ample daily parking for your visit to the facility. Charlotte, NC offers several conveniently located located parks for overnight RV parking

  • What age groups should attend the National Conference on Christian Apologetics?
  • ​The conference is appropriate for all ages, with the exception of small children. Surveys from past attendees routinely include statements like, "This is the best Christian conference I have ever attended," and "I was more inspired by this event than by anything else I’ve ever attended." We give God the glory for using these events to touch teens through senior adults. The event has been prayerfully organized with all ages in mind. All are strongly encouraged to attend.You know your young person best and the interest in apologetics and evangelism. The summaries of workshops and plenaries will aid you in determining the appropriateness for younger students.

  • I am from out of town and would like to volunteer. What may I do?
  • ​At this time, we do not have a specific area to which we are able to direct you. We suggest you communicate your interest to us by sending an e-mail to: We will contact you if we identify a need. Thank you very much for your willingness to assist.

  • What hotels are near the church?
  • For a list of national chain and local hotels located near the venues, go to the link on the conference home page. We have negotiated special group rates. Be sure to mention SES and the National Conference on Christian Apologetics.

  • May I financially support the ministry of Southern Evangelical Seminary?
  • Yes, and thank you for asking. We need your help! Southern Evangelical Seminary [SES] has hosted the NCCA annually since 1993. We are celebrating our 23rd year. God is using SES to equip a generation of men and women to evangelize the world and defend the historic Christian faith. Your prayers and tax-deductible contributions are much needed, deeply appreciated, and will be faithfully handled. The seminary’s development office may be reached at 1-704-847-5600 x207 or

  • I'd like to visit the Southern Evangelical Seminary campus while I am in town (Charlotte).
  • To schedule a campus tour, please contact the Director of Admissions, Dianna Newman, at or 704-847-5600 ext. 216. You might also be interested in our Prospective Student Luncheon on Friday October 14. There will be conference speakers in attendance along with SES staff to answer your questions.

  • Are people permitted to tailgate in the parking lots during the conference?
  • Barbecues and tailgating are not permitted on the church property.

  • Will there be concessions available at the event?
  • Food trucks will be available on the premises Friday and Saturday. Meals and Snacks will be reasonably priced. Please note that the church has asked that absolutely no food or drink (including water) be brought into the church’s sanctuary.

    Also, there are many good restaurants nearby.

  • I want to invite some of the speakers to my church. Will you please give me their phone numbers?
  • Most of the speakers have personal or ministry websites that should provide contact info. Some of the speakers will have exhibit booths at 2013.

  • I have been in church for years, but I had not heard of apologetics until recently. What is it? Are you saying that Christians should apologize about something?
  • Christian apologetics is the discipline which deals with a rational defense of Christianity. Our term, "apologetics" comes from the Greek word apologia, which means, "to give a reason or defense." It has nothing to do with saying, "I’m sorry." For the Christian, apologetics may include effectively explaining why we believe that God is real, the Bible is true, or that Jesus is authentic.

    I Peter 3:15 contains the admonition, ". . . be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason for the hope that is in you. . . ." The same wording is found in Philippians 1:7 and 1:17, where Paul said that he is "set for the defense of the Gospel." The principle is echoed in Jude 3, as believers are encouraged to "earnestly contend for the faith." The Bible contains examples of using evidence and sound reasoning to minister to individuals (see Luke 21:14; Acts 25:16, 26:23-24; I Corinthians 9:3).

    Apologetics deals with support for (and defense of) the core beliefs of Christianity. Examples are such topics as defending the authority and trustworthiness of scripture; presenting evidence in defense of Jesus Christ, His resurrection, and the Christian faith in general; and exposing the flawed reasoning behind many of the popular arguments against Christianity.

    Ironically, many people today think that they have legitimate reasons for rejecting Jesus Christ and that God does not have justifiable claim on their life. Man feels that he has an apologetic, but God does not. In reality, it is God Who does have an apologetic, while man does not. The Bible says that those who suppressed God’s truth in favor of their own sinful desires have no apologetic (or defense) for what they have done (see Romans 2:1).