Explore how faith and life connect over seven days in the beautiful Waikato with 100 students, young professionals, and creatives from around Aotearoa, New Zealand.
The Christian faith is deep and alive.
Lived well, it is marked by wonder, imagination, deep thought, humour, insight, rich feeling, service, and love. It has transformed the lives of men and woman for generations: given new energy and meaning to the student at her desk, the worker in his office, the athlete with her team, the writer with his pen, the scientist in her lab.
Venn Summer Conference is an opportunity to unpack this vision for human flourishing and see how it can affect all parts of life. Over seven days of learning, conversation, good food, and fun, you’ll come to see the truth, beauty, and challenge of the Christian life.
The week-long conference is challenging, life-giving, and creative; it’s for young adults 18-30 years old, is fully residential, and is held in the beautiful Waikato. The conference is dynamic and creative. Across the week, you will be immersed in rich teaching, creative responses, local field trips, and group discussions. You’ll also have plenty of time in the afternoons to soak up the sun and to cool off in Lake Karapiro.
During the week you can expect to:
At Summer Conference we’re privileged to host an exceptional group of speakers from across New Zealand. The speaker lineup for Summer Conference 2019 is:
During the week, we’ll explore what the gospel means for all of our lives. We’ll do this by asking what does the Bible say about God and his purposes in the world, about what it means to be human, and about the nature of the world we live in?
We’ll also ask how our answers to these questions relate to other stories about life that we find embedded in current NZ culture, such as consumerism, individualism, and collectivism.
The week isn’t just about gaining knowledge. Our prayer is that you’ll encounter God, and through that encounter, you’ll come to know him, yourself, and others better.
The conference is designed with a particular flow. Each day will address a major theme or question. These themes follow the arc of the biblical story.
God: Who is God? And what are his purposes for the world he created?
Humanity: What does it mean to be human?
The Fall: What’s gone wrong with the world?
Jesus: Who is Jesus? And what does he mean for us today?
Holy Spirit and Church: Who is the Spirit? What is the Church?
Redemption: What is the end of our story?
Culture: How should we engage culture faithfully in 21st century Aotearoa, New Zealand?
Each morning, you’ll get to participate in a mixture of creative workshops, lectures, and learning groups, as we explore the key theme and questions of the day. Each evening, there’ll be an opportunity to reflect on what we’ve been learning and to consider what it means for our lives. Our hope is you’ll come to a deeper understanding of the gospel and what it means for your life.
The week will be full, but there is also plenty of time each afternoon to relax, to enjoy the local area, to pray, to worship, and to have fun.
Prices include all meals, accommodation, and conference materials.
*Earlybird pricing closed on 31 October 2018. All prices are NZD. Student prices are only applicable to New Zealand full-time students. Registration priority will be given to people living in New Zealand. If you live internationally and would like to register, please email Michelle Young.
We encourage you to first seek support from your church, family, and friends.
A small amount of sponsorship money is available from year to year. When applying for sponsorship, we’ll ask you how much you can contribute and a little bit about your situation. Sponsorship is not guaranteed.
Worldclass, engaging, experienced communicators who love God. Here’s a brief intro to our 2019 lineup.