FAQS

When is the conference?

The 2017 NCCA will be October 13-14 (8:30am-9:00pm). The final day will go from 8:30am-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. Children 10 and under are free, but please note that we are unable to offer childcare. Homeschool family discounts are available, as well as discounts for school groups and skeptics. Generic group discounts are also 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.

Why should I download the SES NCCA 2017 mobile app?

The SES NCCA 2017 mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones will be the main means of navigating the conference and receiving updated information. Other than a simple printed schedule, we will not have a printed conference program available. The FREE app will allow you to create a personalized schedule, view speaker and exhibitor details, receive important information and updates, navigate the venue using the interactive maps, view food truck vendors, locate area restaurants, and more. In addition, the app contains an activity feed that allows users to post photos and messages for other conference attendees to see. In a great session or hear a great quote from a speaker? Post it to the activity feed. We're also working on some exciting giveaways for those who interact the most with the app.

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 for attending the 2017 SES National Conference on Christian Apologetics. No extra cost beyond normal conference registration is required to obtain CEU credits through SES. Make sure to check in at the information desk or the SES table to complete a CEU application. CEUs cannot be issued if the application is not completed and returned at the conference. 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.

Does my church need advance permission to come by bus or large van?

​ No. There is plenty of parking available.

Where should I park, and is there a charge?

Parking is free. Please enter the campus off of Rae Road and park in lots A and B.

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).