Why It Exists
The culture around us is constantly shifting, from new technology to changing views and norms, yet God is still at work in his mission to renew all things. Blue exists to empower the people sitting in the blue seats to view difficult conversations as great opportunities. This year we’ll examine how we interact theologically with technology, artificial intelligence, sexuality and racial reconciliation.
What To Expect
At Blue you will experience several curated talks (think TED Talks), featuring the state of our culture and ways Christians can navigate the complexity of our changing society. Speakers are nationally recognized thought leaders and change-makers who will present a variety of perspectives that are sure to challenge you and stimulate your thinking.
The Heroics of Weakness
Dr. Almarie Munley
Debunking Myths About the Racial Divide
Intimacy, Sexuality and Singleness
Let Their Be Light
Dr. Hongda Chen
The Science of Feeding the World
New Testament Sexual Ethics in a Rainbow World
Dr. Michael Waters
Race, Faith and Hope for America
An Evolving Position on Evolution
Rediscovering God: Reconciling Faith and Science
Dr. Richard Smith
Race: Recognizing, Understanding, and Moving Forward
Dr. Steven Argue
Parenting in a Digital Age
Sexual Brokenness and the Hope of the Gospel
"I was inspired by the passion and integrity of the speakers. I especially enjoyed hearing how believers in other spheres of influence put their faith into practice. The depth and range of topics was awesome!"− Clark Lindgren
"I took detailed notes that I have actually referenced over the past year for both business and personal purposes. I really liked the diversity of the speakers–all of them proved to be engaging and insightful."− Paul Woodford
"The best part of BLUE was the ability to hear how so many individuals have integrated their spiritual and professional lives and done so in very practical ways. Inspirational yet doable!"− Susan Sampsell
The schedule is subject to change.
- Let There Be Light, Heather Zempel
- Sexual Brokenness and the Hope of the Gospel, Steve Arterburn
- Race, Faith and Hope for America, Dr. Michael Waters
- Rediscovering God: Reconciling Faith and Science, Mike McHargue
9:00am – 12:30pm
- New Testament Sexual Ethics in a Rainbow World, Jim Lyon
- Intimacy, Sexuality and Singleness, Connally Gilliam
- Race: Recognizing, Understanding, and Moving Forward, Dr. Richard Smith
- Debunking Myths About the Racial Divide, Dr. Almarie Munley
- An Evolving Position on Evolution, Mike Beidler
- The Science of Feeding the World, Dr. Hongda Chen
- Parenting in a Digital Age, Dr. Steven Argue
LUNCH Q&A BREAKOUT SESSION
12:30pm – 2:00pm
2:00pm – 4:00pm
- Panel Discussion on Race with Waters, Smith and Munley
- Panel Discussion on Sexuality with Arterburn and Lyon
- Q & A – Refugees and Politics
- The Heroics of Weakness, Aaron Welty
The final session will take place at all weekend services:
Saturday, March 25, 5:00pm
Sunday, March 26, 9:30am, 11:15am, or 5:00pm
LUNCH Q&A BREAKOUT SESSION
12:30pm – 2:00pm
- Steve Arterburn & Jim Lyon
- Connally Gilliam
- Michael Waters, Almarie Munley & Richard Smith
- Mike McHargue, Mike Beidler & Hongda Chen
- Steven Argue
BREAKFAST & LUNCH
Included in the cost of your ticket is a light breakfast and lunch on Saturday. Dinner available for purchase on Friday (Chick-Fil-A) and Saturday (pizza).
Want to hear more from one of the speakers? At Blue, you’ll choose a lunch breakout session with the speaker of your choice.
We want to hear from you throughout the conference and social media is the perfect way to do that. Plus, we love giveaways, but to be entered, you have to be social. #blueconf
Anyone who is interested in learning how to navigate our changing culture should attend Blue!
Yes! Blue is advertised to the general public, so you may invite anyone you know to register for Blue.
You can check in as early as 6:30pm on Friday and 8:30am on Saturday.
The conference notebook, break food and lunch on Saturday are included in the registration fee.
You can register the day of Blue if there are tickets available.
Blue registration fees are for both days. One day tickets are not available.
Refunds are available until March 3, 2017 and will incur a $10 processing/materials fee. No refunds will be issued after March 4.
Conference attire is casual
The Great Room Coffee Shop will be open during Blue and we will provide snack food and lunch on Saturday.
While children are important to us, Blue is an adult event and children and infants, including nursing infants, are not permitted in any of the sessions. Childcare is not available and there are no open rooms for parents to stay with their children. Mothers can nurse infants in the Nursing Mother’s Room where they can see/hear the sessions. However, infants cannot be brought into the sanctuary for Blue.
Blue will be shown in the Great Room for people that need to stretch their legs or need a break. However, children will not be permitted in the Great Room during Blue.
There will be select speaker books available for purchase at Blue.