Christian Youth Summit
Empowering the younger generation in the Pacific Northwest.Visit www.ChristianYouthSummit.org for all the details. See awesome testimonies below.
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of previous Summits.
Equip Christian young adults and parents in a solid biblical worldview and empower them to be leaders in transforming our culture for Christ.
• We are losing our youth at a higher rate than ever before in our nation’s history. The Barna Group has found that only 5% of Christian teenagers and 19% of Christian adults have a biblical worldview.
• LifeWay Research did a study in 2007 and found that 70% of 18-22 year old Christians drop out of church.
• Studies consistently show that 60% or more of teens raised in Bible-believing homes will walk away from the church when they leave home.
• Speakers include nationally & locally known authors, professors, pastors and apologists.
• Speaking Topics include: The Reliability of the Bible, The Historicity of Jesus, Science and Christianity, Godly Sexuality, Discipleship, Influencing Our Culture for Christ, and other biblical worldview and apologetic talks.
2.5 min. Overview of Christian Youth Summit from previous events:
Testimonies from previous Youth Summits:
"I have NEVER been to a conference where I walked away with such great confidence that the kids I brought both gleaned truth and had fun. I have been to many many different conferences and youth events, some of them big name ones, some smaller; this was by far the most useful, spiritually uplifting youth event that I have ever been to. EVER!!!! No conference has ever (until now) provided to me or to the young kids that I minster to, the historical, scientific, logical reasons to believe in Christ. The kids I brought were blessed..." - Youth pastor
"The first year I attended the Summit in 8th grade I had no idea about the challenges I would face concerning my faith in the next four years as I entered high school...because of the Youth Summit I was prepared for challenges to my faith that came along. Having been going to the Youth Summit for the past four years, I am now more equipped than ever to stand firm in my faith as I enter into our world with a Christian worldview that has been built on a firm foundation..." - 16 year old
"My daughter and her youth group friend really enjoyed this event. They are a youth group that has just recently went on a mission trip...the Youth Summit provided exactly what they needed to keep that fire going." - Parent
"The CYS was a great resource to me because it prepared me to really, truly explain my faith in concrete terms to a non-believer. It gave me evidence, truths, and facts that can help me explain things outside of 'because the Bible said so'." - 15 year old
"The CYS reignited my fire for Christ- it's given me a new drive to experience Christ in the world and to share him with others..." -15 year old
"...wow this made such a difference in the way I pray and read the word ... I was so scared before the summit, I was totally living in fear, I was scared of dying and I was scared if not being a good enough Christian...This made me realize that no matter what happens He will always be there!! So thank you so much!!! (And I didn't write this just because I wanted a gift card, I wrote it because I felt I needed to thank you guys for all you've done in my life over just 'one' weekend!)" - 13 year old
"I had never been to a "christian convention" or any thing like the Youth Summit before. I was very inspired in how many teens there were and how like-minded and understanding my table group was. The speakers, my favorite being Sean McDowell, answered intriguing, critical, and controversial questions that left me thinking and digging deeper into scripture a week after the Youth Summit was over." - 18 year old
"I was impacted by the Summit a lot and my faith has changed in a positive way. I learned a lot about standing firm in my faith and I left the Summit knowing way more about how to handle persecutions. I feel like I have more faith knowing the truth and background of the bible. I feel confident because I was falling away from Christ a little bit considering how the bible could be all truthful. My eyes opened up more to possibilities of sharing my faith...Thank you so much Youth Summit for giving me a positive new insight in God." - Teen
"I decided to be a table leader this year because I knew from previous years how beneficial the youth summit can be. It was great to see the kids at my table start to grasp the evidence supporting the Bible. They shared that they felt more prepared to share the gospel with people after this experience. I think God was working in great ways this weekend, and I am excited to do this all again next year!" - 17 year old
"... this is the year it's really started to sink in and become pillar that has helped keep my faith solid." - 18 year old
"Now, more than ever, I want my children to have as much information as possible to support their faith in God and His Word. And for the first time in my 46 years, I feel confident in defending my faith as well." - Parent
"Many people have said that 'Christians have no proof behind their faith.' Up until the Youth Summit, I didn't know how to argue my case for Christianity. Now I do. The Youth Summit has equipped me in ways that I would never have imagined up until now. Now I'm ready." - 16 year old
"We were able to see seeds planted in a couple of my son's friends. One of his friends that has attended church with us a couple times had told my son he no longer wanted to come because he had athiest views [but ended up coming anyway]. We were not aware of the topic on Friday evening but the speaker nailed it... he wants to know more and possible attend youth group with him.... I believe they left with life changing seeds planted in their hearts." - Parent
"Thank you again for a weekend that planted so many seeds in so many lives, and that provided foundations that my kids and others can pull from their whole lives." - Parent
"My son was in your worship band and I cannot tell you what a blessing this was to him. As a mother it was great to see such a positive and great enviroment for him to help lead others into worship, while doing something he loves to do." - Parent
"Over the past four years of attending the Youth Summit I have learned so much about my faith. From the first year of being amazed and inspired, through the next four years where I was able to take what I had learned at the Summit and and us it as launching point to learn more about my Christian faith, I have grown immensely." - 16 year old
I was really struggling with my faith in God before this conference... I couldn't seem to find facts that backed up the Bible so it was hard for me. The topic of the reliability of the Bible really drew me to this conference. I loved all the evidence I was given for my faith and I thank God I was able to come.
– 14 year old
The Youth Summit truly encouraged and equipped me as a believer to stand up for my Christian faith. Through the course of the weekend, I felt an overwhelming sense of confidence and peace with God and his love for me. I left this weekend ecstatic, ready to share my faith with so many kinds of people.
– 15 year old
Let me just say, I genuinely thought nothing could top last year’s Youth Summit. But it seems that I was wrong, because I was utterly blown away once again this year! I was amazed and convicted by Jim Wallace’s incredible testimony and unique way of presenting things, and in turn was truly inspired by Nathan Hansen’s lecture as well. Once again, my faith has been greatly impacted and strengthened, and I am completely fired up for next year! I know without a doubt that God is working through the Christian Youth Summit, and that He has great plans for the future.
- 17 year old
The Christian Youth Summit has always been a great experience for me! I have learned facts, seen evidence, and experienced God's presence at each one of the four Summits that I have attended. It has equipped me with tools to always be prepared to give an answer for the hope that I have.
– 18 year old
The speakers were incredible! Learning how to defend your faith with hard cold facts is such an invaluable tool for me and my children.
– 39 year old parent
The youth summit helped me become a leader and taught me how to stand firm in my faith. Especially in a place with so many people around you, and being a group leader there it, made me put my faith out there. I had to completely trust and rely on God the entire time, and it really showed me where God is in my life, and that's everywhere.
–17 year old
The Summit gave me courage to feel confident enough to share my faith with others that are not of my worldview. With the new knowledge that I received during the conference, I now can have a confidence in what I believe and know why I believe that way. I can be open about my faith and not be offended when people reject the Gospel. Christ is the only person in history that will change people.
– 16 year old
Jim Wallace's teachings as an Evidentialist were great as they gave me more insight of logical truths within the Bible and Christianity. Doing this every year is great for the community and for each person that attends- youth or adult.
– 18 year old
I loved the fact that we were in small groups at a table. I was a group facilitator this year, and I was truly blessed by the fact that I was able to get to know and encourage the girls at my table. I was encouraged by them in turn, and we had many interesting discussions during the question times.
– 17 year old
"I came to the Youth Summit as a leader--confident that I would pass on my life experiences to those who are broken. I thought I had come strong, but I realized how very broken I was. The Youth Summit gave me a new perspective on Christianity and revealed many problems I had "swept under the rug." This was a memorable weekend for me, one that I will remember by the friendships I built with people and with God."
– 15 year old
"Wow, what an incredible eye-opener this weekend was! The combination of informative lectures, encouraging fellowship, and the presence of God has left me on fire for the Lord . . . . and with a much stronger faith then when I walked in. From the soul searching talk by Stephen Williams to the hilarious but still inspiring lectures by Brett Kunkle and Craig Hazen, every minute offered a wealth of new information and material that can directly apply to my life and faith. I will be returning next year for another incredible two days of this amazing conference, Thank you!"
– 16 year old
"When I came to the Youth Summit, I thought I was pretty strong in the faith, I knew what I was doing, how to defend my faith. Honestly, I didn't really want to go in the first place, but my mom dragged me along. I couldn't believe how much I didn't know, how poorly prepared I was to stick up for what I believe in. But the speakers were phenomenal, they showed me just the basics of apologetics, and I am so grateful that they took their time for me and everyone else who attended. Craig Hazen's Q and A session was awesome, and the worship was downright amazing. I didn't believe there was anything I needed to know when I came, but afterwards, I realize that I don't, in fact, know everything, and the Summit prepared me to tell others why I believe what I believe, and has allowed me to convince myself even more of the truth of Christ."
- 13 year old
"I had been living the lie that faith is a blind leap. My father is a atheist. He is always trying to shake my faith. He was starting to get through to me. I was losing my faith. I am glad that the Summit was able to provide me with skills to defend and trust in my faith. Now I may even be able to convert him to Christianity..."
– 13 year old
"I was excited about the Summit coming into it, but left the Summit absolutely ignited with a passion to dig deeper, search further and discover more! I've always been one who has stood happily on faith alone. The amazing speakers and breakout sessions I attended put my faith into overdrive! I no longer just have to say 'I just know it' but now have some historical information to back it up. As a one who disciples, I was challenged to go even further in my studies that I might equip students better than I ever have in the past. Very exciting!"
– 44 year old youth leader