Pursuing a Faith that Thinks


Celebrating 25 Years of Defending the Faith at Southern Evangelical Seminary

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.

 

Speakers

Michael Brown

Norman Geisler

Gary Habermas

Ken Ham

Richard G. Howe

Greg Koukl

Richard Land

Timothy McGrew

Jay Richards

Hugh Ross

Frank Turek

J. Warner Wallace

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Dan Barker

J. Thomas Bridges

David Geisler

Juan Valdez

SPECIAL SESSIONS AT NCCA 2017

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 proper 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)

SPANISH TRACK

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

PROSPECTIVE SES STUDENT LUNCHEON

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 / Registration Deadline is Oct. 4)

RATIO CHRISTI STUDENT APOLOGETICS WEEKEND

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 VIP EXPERIENCE

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 for VIP ticket holders throughout the entire conference. Each VIP needs an individual ticket for entry.

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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 cwoodside@ses.edu. The deadline for church partnerships is July 15, 2017.

CHURCH PARTNERS


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)


CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS


We are also trying to make the NCCA as affordable as possible for Christian schools wishing to bring a significant portion of their students to this exciting event. Please see the price breakdown below for flat-rate pricing for Christian schools. The special ticket prices include admission to both days of the conference. Please call SES for registration details: (800) 77-TRUTH.
50-100 Students/Adults – $750
101-200 Students/Adults – $1,500
201-350 Students/Adults – $2,750
351-500 Students/Adults – $4,150

HOME SCHOOLERS


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.

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Hotels

*Hotels will honor group rate after cutoff date, depending on availability.

Best Western, Independence

 

704-845-2810

 

$71.99/night

Cut Off: October 10
Group Rate Info: National Conference on Christian Apologetics
Ask for Linda (Cancel by Oct. 10)

Full Buffet Breakfast

7.8 miles, 13 minutes

Best Western, Independence

 

704-845-2810

 

$71.99/night

Cut Off: October 10
Group Rate Info: National Conference on Christian Apologetics
Ask for Linda (Cancel by Oct. 10)

Full Buffet Breakfast

7.8 miles, 13 minutes

Quality Inn, Carolina Place Mall

 

704-889-7095

$89.00/night

Cut Off: September 28

Group Rate Info: SES National Group

(Cancel by 4:00pm, 5 days prior)

Free Breakfast

3.44 miles, 5 minutes

Quality Inn, Carolina Place Mall

 

704-889-7095

$89.00/night

Cut Off: September 28

Group Rate Info: SES National Group

(Cancel by 4:00pm, 5 days prior)

Free Breakfast

3.44 miles, 5 minutes

Four Points by Sheraton

 

704-540-8500

$95/night

Cut Off: October 5

Group Rate Info: National Conference on Christian Apologetics

(7 day cancellation policy)

Breakfast

4.3 miles, 7 minutes

Four Points by Sheraton

 

704-540-8500

$95/night

Cut Off: October 5

Group Rate Info: National Conference on Christian Apologetics

(7 day cancellation policy)

Breakfast

4.3 miles, 7 minutes

Holiday Inn Express

 

704-341-1190

$99/night

Cut Off: September 12

Group Rate Info: SES – National Conference on Christian Apologetics

Free breakfast bar

4.34 miles, 7 minutes

Holiday Inn Express

 

704-341-1190

$99/night

Cut Off: September 12

Group Rate Info: SES – National Conference on Christian Apologetics

Free breakfast bar

4.34 miles, 7 minutes

Springhill Suites by Marriott, Ballantyne

 

704-817-1500

(K)$104/night; (2Qs)$114/night

Cut Off: September 22

Group Rate Info: National Conference on Christian Apologetics (Code NCAN)

Hot breakfast buffet

3.9 miles, 5 minutes

Springhill Suites by Marriott, Ballantyne

 

704-817-1500

(K)$104/night; (2Qs)$114/night

Cut Off: September 22

Group Rate Info: National Conference on Christian Apologetics (Code NCAN)

Hot breakfast buffet

3.9 miles, 5 minutes

Residence Inn by Marriott, Piper Glen

 

704-319-3900

(Studio K, Q sofa) $104/night; (BR Suite K, Q sofa) $114/night

Cut Off: September 22

Group Rate Info: National Conference on Christian Apologetics (Code NCAN)

Hot breakfast buffet

2.6 miles, 6 minutes

Residence Inn by Marriott, Piper Glen

 

704-319-3900

(Studio K, Q sofa) $104/night; (BR Suite K, Q sofa) $114/night

Cut Off: September 22

Group Rate Info: National Conference on Christian Apologetics (Code NCAN)

Hot breakfast buffet

2.6 miles, 6 minutes

Courtyard by Marriott, Ballantyne

 

704-341-0041

(K)$104/night, (2Qs)$109/night

Cut Off September 21

Group Rate Info: NCCA

Does not include breakfast

4.4 miles, 8 minutes

Courtyard by Marriott, Ballantyne

 

704-341-0041

(K)$104/night, (2Qs)$109/night

Cut Off September 21

Group Rate Info: NCCA

Does not include breakfast

4.4 miles, 8 minutes

Hampton Inn

 

704-889-2700

$119/night

Cut Off: September 28

Group Rate Info: National Conference on Christian Apologetics

Breakfast / Newly Renovated

5.1 miles, 12 minutes

Hampton Inn

 

704-889-2700

$119/night

Cut Off: September 28

Group Rate Info: National Conference on Christian Apologetics

Breakfast / Newly Renovated

5.1 miles, 12 minutes

FAQS

  • When is the conference?
  • The 2017 NCCA will be October 13-14 (8:30am-9:00pm). The final day will go from 8:300am-5:00pm.

  • What is the cost to attend the conference? The workshops?
  • Adult tickets are $75 and $45 for students through Aug. 1. After that date, adult tickets are $85 and $55 for students. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Contact cwoodside@ses.edu 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 to all sessions, including the debate. Note that the Ratio Christi Symposium and Student Apologetics Weekend take place at a different venue.

    Walk-ins are accepted, but due to space limitations, 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.

  • 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 Oct. 1, 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 main-stage 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?
  • Yes! There will be one stage dedicated entirely to presentations in Spanish. See the schedule for details.

  • 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 2017 SES 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 SES Registrar Doug Potter, dpotter@ses.edu.

  • 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! In fact, skeptics can attend the 2017 NCCA for 50% off by using the code: "SKEPTIC2017". 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 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: jjoyner@ses.edu. 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 x232 or egustafson@ses.edu.

  • 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 Williams, at dnewman@ses.edu or 704-847-5600 ext. 216. You might also be interested in our FREE Prospective Student Luncheon on Saturday, October 14. There will be conference speakers in attendance along with SES staff to answer your questions. This add-on ticket option will display upon checkout.

  • 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 also have exhibit booths at the NCCA.

  • I have been in church for years, but I had not heard of apologetics until recently. What is it?
  • 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).