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U.S. Summer Projects
GO!Let's Be Honest...we know that you have lots of options for your 2014 summer. Hopefully, as you consider how to invest your time, you desire to challenged in your faith, to serve others, to grow in your relationship with the Lord, etc. That's why we offer Summer Projects. You'll hear a lot about the fun, community, and friendships that happen there--but deep down, our desire is that as a result of project, you would fall more in love with Jesus. Please pray about applying to join us in 2014 on Summer Project.
Apply at gosummerproject.comMidSouth Summer Project Stateside Locations:
- Smoky Mountain
- Santa Cruz
- NYC Tribeca
- Historic Charleston
- Clearwater Beach
- Daytona Beach
- Greek Summit
Global Missions OpportunitiesDid you know there are about 120 million university students outside the borders of the U.S. and most of them have never heard about Christ? Here in the MidSouth, we have many opportunities to send staff, students, faculty, and others to help launch and build Christ-centered movements on campuses in our partnership locations... Vision Trips (1 week) Usually sent in the fall or during spring break, these trips give you a taste of a foreign location and some hands on experience with the ongoing ministry in our partnership location. TREKs (2 weeks) A shorter mission trip for those that can't attend a full Summer Project. TREKs fly in with the Summer Project team and join them in ministry for two weeks. Summer Projects (5-6 weeks) Join a team of 10-30 students on a faith-stretching and exciting adventure in order to help launch a movement for Christ on foreign soil. STINT (1-2 years) Become more of a cultural insider as you learn the language and cultivate long-term relationships as you launch and build a movement overseas. For more information, check out ugoglobal.com
Be on the lookout for times and locations for the following breakouts offered at Encounter 2013:
New York Metro
Ethnic Field Ministry
Staff InterviewsSeniors, if you are considering applying for full-time staff with Cru in the next 12 months you must take an interview. Encounter is a great time to do that! Times vary, sign up during on site registration or at the Info Desk. Please bring business casual attire for your interview.
Come Help Change the World
In 1970 Bill Bright, wrote a book called, Come Help Change the World. Dr. Bright and his wife, Vonette, had started a ministry to college students in 1951 called Campus Crusade for Christ. It was very fruitful and was spreading around the world. The lives of thousands of college students were being changed. Those changed lives were impacting the world.
The previous decade of the 60's was a time of turmoil in America. There was social and moral upheaval taking place. It was a time of free sex and loosened morals. Drug use among young people was rampant. The country was immersed in the Vietnam war. We witnessed the landing on the moon. We mourned the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. It was also the decade of the birth of the Jesus Movement. Today, the church continues to feel the ripple effect of that movement of God's Spirit in the midst of great decadence.
Our present world and this generation continues to be desperately in need of change. Change of character. Change of morality. Change of behavior. Change of heart. This type of radical change can only happen through the gospel of Jesus Christ. One person at a time can make a difference.
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12 verse 2, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." The transformed life of the believer will change the world.
May it be said of us what was said of the believers in the early church in Acts 17 verse 6, "These men who have upset the world have come here also."
Thomas Chalmers, a famous Scottish preacher said this, "Live for something. Do good, and leave behind you a monument of virtue that the storm of time can never destroy. Write your name in kindness, love, and mercy, on the hearts of thousands you come in contact with year by year; you will never be forgotten. No, your name, your deeds, will be as legible on the hearts you leave behind as the stars on the brow of evening. Good deeds will shine as the stars of heaven." He is talking about living for a cause that is greater than yourself. Living for a cause that will change the world.
More recently, John Piper challenges us with these words from his book, Don't waste your life: “But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.” Unfortunately, many believers today are wasting their lives. But you and I can make a difference.
As believers in Christ, we can all make a difference that can last for eternity. We can bring change to our world through our own changed lives. As Christ-followers rise up all over the world as transformed believers that are fully devoted followers of Christ, the world can be changed.
Let me close with these words from Mother Teresa, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”
I challenge you to consider casting a stone across the waters to make many ripples in this world. Come help change the world!
Encounter Conference Director
September 23, 2013
Main Meeting TalksClick HERE to watch our livestream channel to watch all of the main meetings from Encounter 2013.
Encounter 2013 will be held at Sheraton Greensboro @ Four Seasons in Greensboro, NC
Address: 3121 High Point Road @ I-40 Greensboro, NC 27407
Phone: 336.292.9161 | SheratonGreensboro.com
The Full Price for Encounter 2013 is $239.00 (includes housing, all sessions, seminars, New Year's Eve Party, etc)
All deposits are due by Dec. 6, 2013. All deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable.
If you register after December 6, 2013, the price will increase to $269.00
The following are a breakdown of prices for partial conference attendance:
Housed in the Hotel:1 Day: $59.002 Days: $118.003 Days: $177.00
Commuters (not staying in the hotel):1/2 Day: $201 Day: $402 Days: $803 Days: $1204 Days: $159 **The New Year's Eve party costs $25.00 and does not include housing costs. For more info go HERE**
$239 Registration Deadline: 11:59pm December 6, 2013 at 11:59pm. The price increases to $269.00 at midnight on the 7th.
Online Registration ends December 25, 2013 at 11:59pm. All other registrants will need to sign up on site in Greensboro, NC.
FireseedsFireseeds are designated students who have been asked to help recruit for Encounter 2013 on their own campuses. Much like a "Street Team" for your local Justin Beiber Fan Club, their job is to promote, recruit, and answer questions others may have. Cru staff challenge individuals to be Fireseeds on their campus. Please do not sign up as a "Fireseed" if you have not first been challenged by a staff member of Cru to do so. For any questions about Fireseeds, please EMAIL us or call us at 919-290-1050.
AboutEncounter is Cru’s MidSouth winter conference in Greensboro, NC. It’s a fun filled four days over winter break where you will encounter the living God with over 1,000 other students and staff from across the MidSouth region. Deepen your walk with God through daily corporate worship music, inspiring messages by special guests, breakout sessions and a day of faith in the local community.
Browse hundreds of popular spiritual book titles and find resources about things God shows you during Encounter 2013.
The Prayer Journey
A unique prayer experience where people walk slowly as an aid to contemplative prayer and reflection. The Prayer Journey has been designed as a contemporary pilgrimage and includes activities at intervals along the path.
The Global Gateway
Come see where Cru in the MidSouth is going into the world. And find out how you can come help change the world.
The Connection Lodge
Your hang-out spot for the conference. Play games that are provided. Relax. Connect with friends.
Art Expression Room
God is the Creator of all things and we are His image bearers. If you feel closer to the Creator through painting/sketching/creating, seek out this room as a way to react to what He is showing you this week. Encounter God through art as an act of worship.
Each day at Encounter, you will attend different sessions and seminars. More details about speakers and topics to come!
Tenth Avenue North
We will have designated times where you get to spend time as campuses/teams where you'll be able to further process what you're learning, have a campus dinner together, and apply what you're learning to bring it back to your campus in 2014!
Day of Faith: Encounter Compassion 2013
Monday, December 30 will be a day where the entire conference goes out to city of Greensboro for an afternoon of outreach, service, and sharing the love of God with the community.
Pray in the New Year
One of the best experiences that Encounter offers is praying in the New Year. Everyone will gather after campus times for prayer, worship, and a count down that recaps the week, leading everyone to the big New Year's Bash!
New Years Eve Bash
Get your dance on. Encounter rings in the new year like no one else. If you have never experienced the party--just ask someone who has...they will agree that it is one of the biggest dance parties you will ever experience. Ever.
Encounter 2013 Speakers
Tyler Jones and his wife Kimberly moved to Raleigh in 1997 after graduating from the UNC Chapel Hill. After working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at North Carolina State University for 5 years, they felt called to plant a church in downtown Raleigh. Vintage 21 Church was planted in the fall of 2002 with a small group of people and currently has 3 locations in the Triangle that meet every Sunday. He serves as Southeast Regional Director for the Acts29 church-planting network, and founded Advance the Church, a cooperative nondenominational movement to help plant and revitalize local churches. Aside from pastoring and leading, he is currently studying for an MDiv at Gordon Conwell. Tyler and Kimberly have three little ones: Ellia, Lyla, and Lincoln. Follow @PastorTyler
Shannon Compere has been on staff with Cru for 22 years. She started her staff career in the MidSouth at the University of South Carolina and then at East Tennessee State University. Shannon met and married her husband in Austin Texas, 11 years ago and they have been to 11 different countries together since. They love being a part of reaching the world together. The Comperes currently live in Orlando, FL where Shannon serves as the Executive Director of Leadership Development for Cru. When she isn't working on her masters in Leadership Development, Shannon enjoys water skiing, running marathons, and doing triathlons.Matt Mikalatos lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and three daughters. His cats were all eaten by a coyote. He's been on staff with Cru for fifteen years, and has served in the States and overseas. He's the author of three books, the first of which was "My Imaginary Jesus." You can hang out with Matt online at http://www.mikalatos.com or follow him on twitter (@mattmikalatos).Matt Papa is a minister & recording artist based out of Raleigh, North Carolina where he lives with his wife, Lauren, & their three daughters, Paisley, Stella, & Sofi. He serves as an Artist-In-Residence & Worship Leader at The Summit Church in Durham. For over a decade, Matt has been writing & recording songs that are saturated with God's Truth. To Papa, a song is more than just lyrics & melody—it's a sermon people remember. His latest studio release, "Look & Live", is a loud & liberating call to people everywhere to break the chains of boredom, addiction, & idolatry...not ultimately by trying harder but by experiencing a greater thrill—the beauty & glory of God. At the heart of Papa's ministry is a vision to see the nations worship the One True God; & to that end, Matt radically leverages his life, his ministry, & his music. Follow @Matt_Papa
Tenth Avenue North have come a long way from sharing the gospel with students at Palm Beach Atlantic in West Palm Beach, Florida, to playing for more than half a million in concert last year. Music can provide a healing balm to those breaking hearts and through its music, Tenth Avenue North continues to shine a light not only on the struggle, but the hope that changes lives forever. Follow @tenthavenorth
Click on the Links Below to see different opportunities at Encounter 2013 and with Cru throughout the year:
U.S. Summer Projects
International Summer Projects & STINT
Non-Slide Home Page
FAQClick the + to the right of a question to reveal the answerEach ministry team/campus will submit a housing list prior to Encounter 2013. You will be responsible to communicate with your staff to request roommates, etc. Most teams have opportunities to sign up for housing plans at their weekly meetings before Encounter 2013. Please email or call your staff if you have more questions. If you're not sure who to contact, please contact us.Encounter 2013 does not offer any financial assistance or scholarships, except for staff-assigned recruiters known as "Fireseeds". If you are in need of financial assistance, please contact your local staff team. Many teams will help as much as they can to get you to join everyone at Encounter!You can pay on the registration site with debit/credit cards, staff/campus scholarships, and we also accept checks made out to "Cru". You can send any checks to:
c/o Bobby Sherard
2186 North Salem Street Suite 103
Apex, NC 27523
non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of $99.00.Absolutely not. If you are a student from another region or are wanting to see friends, summer project pals, or family in the MidSouth Region, feel free to register and come to Greensboro! For more information about the other winter conferences around the country, click HERE.Parking is free for all participants at Encounter 2013.Meals are not included at Encounter 2013; However, most teams/campuses will have a campus dinner one night during the conference. There are various places to eat within the hotel and within walking distances of the hotel. There is a mall food court adjacent to the hotel with various food options. There is also a WalMart 2 exits from the hotel where you can buy basic food for breakfast/lunch. Also, there is an option during registration to have a refrigerator in your hotel room to store perishable foods. (Hint: A lot of students do the whole poptart/bagel breakfast and PB&J lunch when they aren't eating out).On site registration starts approximately 4pm on December 28th so that everyone will have time to arrive at the hotel and get settled before the first evening session at 8pm. Late registration will be held after the evening events of the 28th.For information concerning staff interviews, click HERE.Because we don't print up many extra shirts, your best bet to secure a conference t-shirt in your size is to order it online during registration. There will be a limited amount of shirts for sale in the conference bookstore while supplies last.Please go to the Information Desk outside of the main meeting ballroom to pay and receive a name tag for access.
The following are a breakdown of prices for partial conference attendance:
Housed in the Hotel:1 Day: $59.002 Days: $118.003 Days: $177.00
Commuters (not staying in the hotel):1/2 Day: $201 Day: $402 Days: $803 Days: $1204 Days: $159If you only attend the final session and the New Year's Eve Bash, it costs $25.00. You will not be allowed in the party without a name tag that can be purchased at the Information Desk outside of the main meeting ballroom. (This does not include housing costs. Those simply paying for the final session and the party will not be allowed to stay with conference attendees after the party. In other words: no crashing on the floor in your friends' room after the party. This is against hotel policy.) You will be responsible for your own housing at the hotel if you were to stay that night. Please contact the hotel HERE to reserve a room for that night. Thank you.