We live in a culture of blurry religious distinctions and do-it-yourself spirituality. Youth, especially, need solid ground that will nurture lasting Christian faith. Rather than treating youth as an adolescent subculture and confusing them with experiences that cannot be replicated at home, Higher Things believes in challenging youth to learn the pure doctrine of the Christian faith. By teaching them the same message that they should be hearing at home, youth grow in the fullness of the Christian faith as they come to appreciate historic liturgical practice and its unique focus on God’s gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation for us delivered in Word and Sacrament.
Twelve. The Lord does twelves. He had twelve tribes in Israel. He chose twelve men to be His disciples. Twelve is His Church’s number. His Church was created from His side – from the Blood and Water that flowed on Good Friday when He gave His life for His Bride, the Church. In the Blood and Water, in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, is born the Church. On the Last Day, when the Lord speaks about His Church, there is His Twelve once again – a thousand times over. Standing with the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world in the Book of Revelation are the baptized, His “old” Twelve and His “new” Twelve through all eternity.
This makes 2012 the perfect year for the theme of Higher Things’ Conferences to be “Twelve,” centered upon His Church in the Last Days. Twelve is the Church’s number because it was the Lord’s number first.
Registration opens on November 1, 2011 and closes on February 29, 2012, or when a conference location reaches capacity—whichever happens first. We work very diligently to keep costs as low as possible while providing the best conferences we can every year! Here’s how it works out this year:
|Nov. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011||Jan. 1, 2012 to Feb. 29, 2012||After March 1, 2012|
|Winston-Salem, NC (June 26-29, 2012)||$300||$325||$350|
|Maryville, MO (July 3-6, 2012)||$300||$325||$350|
|Irvine, CA (July 10-13, 2012)||$300||$325||$350|
|St. Catharines, ON (July 17-20, 2012)||$335||$360||$375|
Non-refundable deposits of $100 per person may be made at any point during Registration to ensure your group admission to a conference should it reach capacity. However, the per-person rates above are based on the date your group’s registration fees are PAID IN FULL. Partial payments (including non-refundable deposits) do not “lock-in” your registration rates. Additional fees may apply for additions, substitutions, and other changes made after March 1, 2012. All payments must be made in U.S. funds.
Not only can you register your group online, you can pay deposits and your balance securely online! All you need is a valid HT Account. If you don’t have a free HT Account yet, you can sign up for one at www.higherthings.org. See REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS for more details.
Your Registration Fee covers:
Higher Things conferences are generally planned for high school aged youth, but registrants may be any young person who has been confirmed before the date of the conference, including college students and other young adults. We recognize that the age for confirmation may vary from congregation to congregation and just ask that if a group is bringing youth who are not yet in high school that the group leaders be prepared to provide any additional supervision accordingly.
Higher Things requires that each group must have at least one (1) male adult for every seven (7) male youth and/or at least one (1) female adult for every seven (7) female youth in your group. Chaperones must be at least 21 years old at the time of registration and approved by the group’s pastor for their role. All chaperones and any other adults attending the conference must also complete the registration process. If you are unable to recruit the necessary number of chaperones from your church for your youth to attend a conference, Higher Things is happy to help you find other groups from your area who might be willing to share their chaperones with you.