Past conference archives: 2018 Conference / 2016 Conference
Think Well is a one-week worldview and apologetics training conference for young adults (ages 14 to 22) sponsored and hosted by CrossLife Community Church in Charlottesville, Virginia (more about CrossLife here). Leaders will cover topics related to biblical worldview, apologetics, biblical stewardship, personal discipleship, evangelism, and missions.
Why Think Well?
Christianity is a faith of the heart and the mind. Part of the Greatest Commandment is to love the Lord with all our minds; Romans 12:2 says we are to be "transformed by the renewing of our minds." Despite this emphasis on the mind and reason, some have called our age the most anti-intellectual in church history. Teens in particular face a dual challenge as they enter some of their most formative years.
As they prepare for high school, college, and adulthood, Christian teens need to be prepared to "contend for the faith," first in their own hearts, and then in their families, peer circles, schools, workplaces, and the public square. We need a revival of both hearts and minds within the next generation. We need today's teens to be able to think well and deeply about their faith, to know what they believe, why they believe it, and how to integrate their faith with every aspect of their lives.
History of the Conference
CrossLife Community Church hosted its first Think Well Conference in July 2016, with 67 students attending from Charlottesville and nearby cities. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Del Tackett (author of The Truth Project). Additional nationally known speakers included Jennifer Marshall (vice president, the Heritage Foundation) and Axis (a traveling apologetics group and spin-off of Summit Ministries).
Our second Think Well Conference was held in June 2018. We had 82 students attend, and Colson Center President John Stonestreet began the event as our keynote speaker Sunday night and Monday. Author and speaker Trillia Newbell and Family Foundation (of Virginia) President Victoria Cobb also spoke during the week.
At both conferences, CrossLife Pastor Todd Cothran, along with multiple other local ministry leaders and believers with expertise in specific areas also spoke.
Goals of the Conference
Aims of the conference are to help students ...
Understand the content of the Christian faith and how it stands apart from other religions and worldviews;
Grow in confidence and personal application of biblical truth; and
Be equipped and motivated to engage the world around them so that more will come to know and follow Jesus Christ.