On September 24, BJU will host its third STAND (Sound Teaching About Navigating Decisions) Education Conference. This year’s subject is how to view the biblical creation account in light of science.
The conference is free and open to the public. General sessions will be held at Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium. Afternoon workshops for registered students in grades 7–12, parents, teachers and school administrators are also scheduled. BJU students, faculty and staff are invited to attend as their schedules allow.
Ken Ham Returns to BJU
BJU has invited Ken Ham—the founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter—to contribute to the conference. Ham previously participated in BJU’s Christian Education, CoRE and Bible Conferences in 2017. Pam Cushman, the director of events management, said, “Dr. Ham has great content, (crucial) for building a solid foundation for decision-making. … His session on Trends in Christian Higher Education will be key to the conference, (and) the evening session has new content on today’s issues.”
Christianity faces pressure from the world, especially on the subject of creation. This conference stresses the importance of being rooted in what the Bible says despite what science claims. Ham, in his enthusiasm for the conference, said, “I’m thrilled to be speaking at a school that doesn’t compromise the truth of God’s Word and is excited to share the message of biblical authority with teenagers.”
What’s New for the STAND Conference
The conference was previously held during the week of Bible Conference. However, because of the challenges that accompany multiple conferences in one week, BJU moved the STAND Conference to the fall. The Bible Conference and CoRE Conference will be held in separate weeks during the 2020 spring semester.
Workshops are part of the conference, making it an 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. event. “We added workshops to provide more educational opportunities for all attendees,” Cushman explained. BJU faculty will lead the workshops, applying the conference theme to their individual fields.