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Conference to cultivate ‘Faith that Sticks’

Chap Clark

Dr. Chap Clark


Dr. John Caldwell

To register, visit www.fcc-jc.org/faiththatsticks.

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Aug. 29, 2013) — Faith that Sticks, a conference offering insight for parents and those who work with youth and children, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 pm. at First Christian Church in Johnson City, Tenn.

The conference is co-sponsored by First Christian and Milligan College’s Youth in Ministry (YiM). The event features two tracks—children and youth—with guest speakers, workshops and experts in both areas.

“With over 50 percent of students leaving the church after high school, it’s crucial that we answer the question, ‘How do we get faith to stick in our students’ lives?’” said Josh Little, Milligan alumnus and student minister at First Christian. “We have conviction that parents and youth workers are searching for ways to instill a lifelong faith in their students. This one-day conference is an attempt to bring together parents, church leaders and denominations to engage in this discussion together as the body of Christ.”

The keynote speaker in the youth track is Dr. Chap Clark, a well-known speaker, writer and founder of ParenTeen and HURT seminars. Clark has written 21 books including “Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers” and “Hurt 2.0.” He is associate provost of regional campuses and special projects and professor of youth, family and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, Calif.). He also serves as senior editor of Youthworker Journal.

Dr. John Caldwell, author of “Raising ‘G-Rated’ Kids in an ‘R-Rated’ World,” “Intimacy with God”and other titles, is the keynote speaker for the children’s track sessions. Caldwell was the 2012 president of the International Conference on Missions and is the retired senior minister of 36 years at Kingsway Christian Church in Avon, Ind.

In addition to the main speakers, a variety of workshops will be offered to address some of the most challenging spiritual topics for parents and children’s workers. Topics include spiritual development at home, children and the media, answering tough questions when violence and disaster strike, shepherding children through service, and stewardship.

“I believe that it is critical that churches find creative ways to connect as a community, share their stories and discover fresh ways to impact the Kingdom with the love of Christ,” said Phyllis Fox, director of YiM and church relations at Milligan. “The Faith that Sticks conference will challenge our churches to make a deeper investment in their children, students and their parents.”

Registration is $10 per person and includes lunch. Childcare is available for $3 (half day) and $5 (full day, includes lunch).

To register, visit www.fcc-jc.org/faiththatsticks.



MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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