ACU Summit puts Christians "On the Mountain with God"
Posted September 20, 2009
New York Times bestselling authors Donald Miller and Kathleen Norris will be among several featured speakers at ACU's 92nd annual Summit Sept. 20-23 with the theme "On the Mountain with God: Exodus Expedition." Several thousand students, church leaders, faculty and visitors will gather on ACU's campus for the event, and this year, for the first time, featured and theme speakers will be streamed live online as well.
This year’s theme is "On the Mountain with God: Exodus Expedition." Several thousand students, church leaders, faculty and visitors will gather on ACU's campus for conversation about real-world issues discussed from the perspective of faith. All events are open to the community, and this year, for the first time, featured and theme speakers will be streamed live online.
The live streaming at acu.edu/livewill allow participation from around the world, even for those who can’t travel to Abilene.
"Whether watching online, attending the event here in Abilene, or listening to recordings afterward, my prayer is that people will catch a vision of the future summit that God has in store for them," said Brady Bryce, director of Ministry Events. "I pray that families, workplaces, churches, communities and neighborhoods will be influenced by what people experience at Summit."
Summit participants will explore the book of Exodus in seven theme conversations at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day. The theme speakers are preachers from across the nation, including Fate Hagood, Mike Cope, Joshua Graves, Bert Reynolds, Glenn Pemberton, David Holmes and Chris Smith. Additionally, hundreds of class conversations exploring real-life ministry will be led by experts, lay people, scholars, ministers and students.
Three featured guest presenters will bring distinctive viewpoints from their life journeys.
• On Monday, Sept. 21, Carlos Sepulveda, CEO and president of Interstate Battery System International, will share practical advice on being “in the world but not of the world” from his business experience.
• Kathleen Norris, award-winning poet, speaker and author of several New York Times bestsellers, will speak on her newest book, Acedia & Me: A Marriage, Monks and a Writer’s Life, Tuesday, Sept. 22.
• Donald Miller, author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Blue Like Jazz, will be on ACU campus Wednesday, Sept. 23, to talk about his experience as documented in his new book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.
This year's Summit also will include performances by a number of musical groups, including the Southwestern Christian College Choir, New Reign from Oklahoma Christian University, the South African Outreach Project, the OC Summer Singers band, Abilene's own The Rocketboys and the ACU Music Department.
"Summit stands in this tradition of bringing the world together in community including neighbors, students, faculty, Christians and church leaders in the name of Jesus Christ," said Bryce. "The youthful vitality of all ages of people passionate about serving Christ has returned."
To learn more about Summit or to register for this year’s event, visit acu.edu/summit.