Encounter 2012 will be held at Sheraton Greensboro @ Four Seasons in Greensboro, NC
Address: 3121 High Point Road @ I-40 Greensboro, NC 27407
The Full Price for Encounter 2012 is $249.00 (includes housing, all sessions, seminars, New Year's Eve Party, etc)
If you register and pay the $99.00 deposit by December 7, 2012 you will receive a $20.00 early registration discount.
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**
Early Registration Deadline: 11:59pm December 7, 2012
Online Registration ends December 25, 2012 at 11:59pm. All other registrants will need to sign up on site in Greensboro, NC.
Online T-Shirt order deadline: December 1, 2012
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Vision & Experience
Our conference leadership team is very excited about Encounter 2012! We have been praying for you and planning for this time together for several months. We have been asking the Lord to meet with us in a very special way. Our heart's desire is that each of us will encounter Jesus Christ in a fresh way. We are praying that our hearts would be open to the Lord's working and direction for our lives. We are praying that the Lord will use Encounter 2012 to bring greater glory to Him as we worship, grow, and spend time in His presence and with His people.
There will be a number of different opportunities to take part in at Encounter 2012. Below are a few to look forward to:
Browse hundreds of popular spiritual book titles and find resources about things God shows you during Encounter 2012.
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 Village
Your hang-out spot for the conference and a place to find out more about Cru's ministries overseas and here in the U.S.
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!
Day of Faith: Encounter Compassion 2012
Sunday, 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.
Swing/Shag Dancing, Brooks Ritter Band Concert, New Years Eve Bash
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 2012 Speakers & Special Guests
Executive Director of Faculty Commons since 2005, Rick Hove has also directed the student ministries of Cru at Rice University and Duke University. He is a summa cum laude graduate from both Georgia Tech and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Rick, his wife Sonya, and their three children live in Durham, NC.
Heather Holleman serves with Cru (Faculty Commons) at Penn State. She's a wife, a mother of two girls, a writer, and a college professor. As part of her role on staff, Dr. Holleman teaches advanced writing in the English Department. She authored How to Write With Flair and blogs daily at Live With Flair. When she's not teaching or writing novels, you can find her teaching the neighborhood children how to jump double-dutch or practicing her photography in the woods.
Jay Thomas is the Lead Pastor of Chapel Hill Bible Church. Prior to serving there, Jay was a college pastor in Wheaton, IL for 8 years and was in college ministry over 14 years. He is married to Rebecca and they have four children – Peter, Ellie, Ethan and Reid. Jay is a sinner saved by grace and he knows it. Therefore he loves the gospel and wants to make the gospel known with all his heart.
Claude Hickman is the Executive Director for The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement. After marrying his wife Rebecca they embarked on journey together in 2000, traveling ten months of the year, speaking to over two-hundred and fifty thousand students at universities, conferences, and churches, casting vision for the evangelization of the world. Claude is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary where he has also spoken many times, and he is the author of Live Life On Purpose. He now lives with his family in Southern California, and continues to travel, speak and awaken believers to God’s global purposes.
Emily FreemanChattingAttheSky.com. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their twin daughters, twinless son, and crazy dog, Finn.
Mark Liederbach began his career as a campus minister with Campus Crusade for Christ where he served for 4 years at Virginia Tech and later as the campus director of the Campus Crusade for Christ ministry at West Virginia University. He taught Business Ethics at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. After completing his Ph.D. he served as a Visiting Professor of Religious Studies at James Madison University where he taught World Religions, Philosophy and Ethics related courses. Since 2000 he has been teaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary as an Associate Professor of Christian Ethics.Liederbach is also in demand to be the keynote speaker for campus events, marriage seminar’s and retreats, men’s conferences and ethics related conferences, panel discussions, and video presentations. He is married to Harriette and they have three children: Daniel, Hannah, and Katherine.
Mark graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Industrial Technology. He and his wife, Kristi, joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) in 1986 and were assigned to Harvard University. In 1991, while Mark was directing the ministry at Harvard, he began to feel burdened for the students throughout the metro area. At the time Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) had ministry on three campuses in Boston, a city that is home to some 70 Campuses and 300,000 students. It was out of this burden and direction from the Lord that he led a team of staff to come together and reach the whole city. Within five years there was ministry present on 27 campuses.
In 1996, Mark was asked to join the national leadership team which provides direction and oversight for the Campus Ministry. After giving leadership to field strategies and human resources for several years, Mark now serves as the Executive Director of US Campus Ministry. When asked what motivates them to continue working with the students of the world, Mark and Kristi share the convictions God has given them, “We truly believe that fulfilling the Great Commission in this generation is possible, and a key piece to seeing this happen is reaching the students of the world. If we reach the campus today, we can win the world tomorrow!”
Mark and Kristi live in Orlando, Florida, with their three children, Abby, Ben, and Will.
Brooks Ritter Band
Brooks Ritter helps lead Louisville, Kentucky's Sojourn Church in musical worship each week and is an independent artist in his own right. Brooks' music has been described as being "capable of communicating a wide range of human emotion and illuminating our hopeful, fallen, love-sick, grasping condition." He is married to Lauren, and they have a baby boy named Samuel. Check out www.brooksrittermusic.com for more info and for iTunes links to all of his music.
U.S. Summer Projects
GO!Let's Be Honest...we know that you have lots of options for your 2013 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 2013 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
International Summer Projects & STINTDid 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? Global Missions is the U.S. Campus Ministry's initiative and commitment to reach students and faculty through Christ-centered movements overseas. Here in the MidSouth, our part in this endeavor is sending staff, students, faculty, and others to help launch and build spiritual movements on campuses in our partnership locations... East Asia Lebanon Central Asia Senegal
International Summer ProjectsJoin a team of 10-30 students and staff spending six weeks of your summer helping launch a movement for Christ on foreign soil.
STINT (Short Term International)Invest a year of your life taking God's life-changing message to those furthest from the Gospel.
For more information, check out ugoglobal.com
Be on the lookout for times and locations for the following breakouts offered at Encounter 2012:
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.
(you will be taken to Cru's conference registration system)
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. Explore more in these sections. Vision Experience Program
Non-Slide Home Page
Click HERE for all of the Main Meeting Sessions from Encounter 2012
Any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us:
Twitter: @CruEncounter (Talk about it: #encounter12)
3121 High Point Road @ I-40
Greensboro, NC 27407
FAQClick the + to the right of a question to reveal the answerEach ministry team/campus will submit a housing list prior to Encounter 2012. 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 2012. Please email or call your staff if you have more questions. If you're not sure who to contact, please contact us.Encounter 2012 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" or "Campus Crusade for Christ". Please make sure you pay online or send your checks in prior to the early registration deadline (December 7, 2012) in order to receive the $20.00 discount. You can send any checks to:
c/o Bobby Sherard
2186 North Salem Street Suite 103
Apex, NC 27523Yes! If you pay at least your deposit of $99.00 before December 7, 2012 at 11:59pm, you will receive a $20.00 discount. You pay via online with debit/credit card or by check.Yes. In order to receive the $20.00 discount and to secure your housing at the hotel, you are required to pay a non-refundable and non-transferabledeposit 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 2012.Meals are not included at Encounter 2012; 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.