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About the 2017 NCCA

For 25 years, Southern Evangelical Seminary has stood on the joint pillars of apologetics and evangelism. In focusing on equipping men and women to pursue a faith that thinks, the SES National Conference on Christian Apologetics was born with the purpose of equipping the church with some of the wonderful training that occurs at the seminary. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of SES,

we acknowledge the continued need for Christ followers to be prepared to both proclaim and defend the Gospel. Spiritual warfare is by and large a war of ideas (2 Cor. 10:3-5), and believers cannot afford to be ill-equipped. Join us this October to learn from some of the world’s leading Christian thinkers, and experience some of the new and exciting things we have planned for the 2017 NCCA.


Michael Brown

Norman Geisler

Gary Habermas

Ken Ham

Richard G. Howe

Greg Koukl

Richard Land

J.P. Moreland

Jay Richards

Hugh Ross

Frank Turek

J. Warner Wallace

  • Last year I attended the NCCA for the first time and I was blown away by the wealth of knowledge presented and have continued to be strengthened in my walk with God because of the challenging sessions that I attended.

    -NCCA Attendee
  • Amazing experience. The speakers were well prepared and spoke on relevant topics facing Christians today and provided helpful information on defending our faith.

    -NCCA Attendee
  • Changed my life and fine tuned my thinking!

    -NCCA Attendee
  • Amazing! I already want to go next year. Churches should try to take groups, especially youth groups to discover apologetics, cultivate new interest in using apologetic reasoning in evangelism, and strengthen their own faith to withstand the onslaught of our culture.

    -NCCA Attendee
  • This is a fantastic conference! If you don't leave this conference equipped to defend the faith, then you didn't pay attention or must have slept in. I strongly recommend this conference to both church leaders and laypersons alike.

    -NCCA Attendee


DEBATE: Is There a God Who Speaks?

The 2017 NCCA will feature a formal debate on the existence of God between Dr. Richard Howe, SES Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Apologetics, and Dan Barker, Co-President of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Thanks to the American Family Association for sponsoring this debate. (Oct. 13 / 6:30pm / Sanctuary)

FILM PREMIERE: The God Who Speaks

Join us for the world premiere of the American Family Association film The God Who Speaks, a feature-length documentary that explores the evidence of the Bible’s inspiration and authority through some of the most highly respected voices within evangelicalism. (Oct. 13 / 2:45pm / Crown Room)

IN-HOUSE DIALOG: God’s Word or Man’s Word: From Where Must Apologetics Begin?

Dr. Richard Howe will again take the stage in a friendly dialog with Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham. While both agree on the age of the earth and their understanding of the Genesis narrative, these two formidable minds will discuss particular methods of apologetics and the implications one’s method can have upon theology and evangelism. (Oct. 14 / 2:45pm / Sanctuary)


We are also offering a number of sessions in Spanish from well qualified apologists. Those attending the Spanish track will register via the regular conference registration (no additional ticket is required). (See the schedule for details)

Add-On Ticket Options at checkout


Would you like to learn more about enrolling at SES? Join us for a FREE luncheon with SES faculty and other conference speakers. In addition to fellowship and a great meal, you will have the opportunity to learn about the ways SES can help you be equipped for any level of ministry. Space is limited. You will be contacted by SES upon registration to clarify your specific interests. (Oct. 14 / 12:00pm / Register by Oct. 4)


High School/College students are invited to make your NCCA experience a complete apologetics weekend by adding on the Ratio Christi Student Apologetics Weekend package. For an additional $65 or $75 (depending on when you register), you will receive admission to the Saturday night Ratio Christi banquet and the Sunday Ratio Christi Student Retreat featuring training on various issues of campus apologetics (both at a separate venue), as well as breakfast and lunch on Sunday. (Lodging reservations, if needed, should be made through Ratio Christi).


Reasons to Believe will once again host a VIP Room at the NCCA! Included in your $35 VIP ticket cost, you’ll have “backstage” access to the following: A designated room to connect with RTB scholars, board members, and staff / Charging stations for mobile devices / A place to relax between sessions / Light refreshments / Photo opportunities / Exclusive RTB product/resources (valued at $66). The VIP Room will be available only for VIP ticket holders throughout the entire conference.

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Church/School/Home School Partnerships

For the last 23 years the SES National Conference on Christian Apologetics has been a great resource for the local church, Christian schools, and home school groups. We want to partner with your church and school to get the word out about this year’s 24th annual National Conference, Pursuing a Faith That Thinks. If you are interested in helping promote the conference, please email us at The deadline for church partnerships is July 15, 2017.


Ways you can promote the conference in your church:

  • Place announcements in your bulletin and/or prominently display posters
  • Give church-wide announcements using the PP slide
  • 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

What you get from SES:

  • A spot for your church name on our conference app
  • Complimentary ticket for two of your church leaders
  • Group discounts are available for 10 or more people (call SES for discount code)
  • 1 set of Conference Mp3s
  • 10% off the SES Lay Institute Church Package (when you bring a group of 10 or more)


We are also trying to make the NCCA as affordable as possible for school groups wishing to bring a significant portion of their students to this exciting event. Schools who wish to bring 50 or more students/adults will receive a very significant per-ticket discount. Schools who wish to bring fewer students/adults are eligible for a special 25% discount. The special ticket prices include admission to both days of the conference. Please call SES for registration details and ticket unlock code: (800) 77-TRUTH x201.

*School groups must purchase all their tickets in one transaction and checkin as a group at the school group checkin desk at the NCCA.



The NCCA is a terrific resource for home school families and home school co-ops. With more than 60 sessions from top Christian thinkers, you will be challenged and encouraged to grow deeper in your walk with God. Therefore, we are offering a 50% discount on conference admission for home school families and home school co-ops. The first 200 families to register will also receive a FREE copy of the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, compliments of B&H Publishing. Please call SES for registration details: (800) 77-TRUTH x201.

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