Higher Things announces 2011 Conferences

We at Steadfast Lutherans strongly recommend these Higher Things conferences for your youth groups, or even for you to attend if you are in the area.

This announcement just came across the webosphere. Talk to your Youth Group leaders and see if any of these events will work for the youth of your church!

Check their website or use the contact information below for more information.



Dear Friends,

It’s time to officially introduce Coram Deo, the 2011 Higher Things conferences!

Coram Deo is a Latin phrase that means “to stand before God,” in His presence, under His reign. But what does it mean that we live Coram Deo? Under the Law, life Coram Deo is terrifying because we’re living under God’s judgment and wrath. But under the Gospel, life Coram Deo is beautiful – a restoration of what God intended when He made Man in the beginning.

“Can mortal man be righteous before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?” (Job 4:17) This is the core religious question: How can a sinner destined to die stand before a righteous and holy God? Only by grace through faith for Christ’s sake! Join us this summer as we learn what it means to stand Coram Deo from this year’s plenary teachers: Rev. William Cwirla (Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Hacienda Heights, CA) and Rev. Brent Kuhlman (Trinity Lutheran Church, Murdock, NE).

Higher Things holds multiple conferences each summer, hosting anywhere from 350–1200 young Lutherans at each conference. We’ve visited both costs and a bunch of cities in-between and taken them by storm! Our all-inclusive conferences are very reasonably priced for groups to attend annually, and they provide a great opportunity for youth to learn more about what Christ’s death on the Cross means for them while meeting other Lutherans their age from all over the United States (and beyond). At Higher Things conferences, the worship is worshipful, the study is studious, and the fun is, well, fun!

This summer, we will be holding three (yes, that’s 3) Coram Deo conferences:

July 5-8, 2011 – Las Vegas, Nevada
at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

July 12-15, 2011 – Bloomington/Normal, Illinois
at Illinois State University

July 19-22, 2011- Atlanta, Georgia
at Emory University

Registration for the conferences will open on November 1, 2010 and close on February 28, 2011 – or whenever a site reaches capacity, whichever happens first. Conferences are generally planned for high school youth, but any confirmed youth is welcome with appropriate supervision by their group’s chaperone(s).

Detailed information including Registration instructions, checklists, forms, bulletin inserts, fliers, and a long list of Frequently Asked Questions are available at . Please feel free to contact us with any questions about this year’s Coram Deo conferences.

In Christ,

Sandra Ostapowich
Higher Things Conference & Retreat Coordinator
conferences @ higherthings.org

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.


Higher Things announces 2011 Conferences — 3 Comments

  1. This is good! Encourage your congregation’s youth to go. They will be taught by Lutheran Pastors, experience worship services they may not have done at home (all LSB) and enjoy recreational activities as well as getting to know others like themselves from across the country.

    As an “unattached adult”, if you are close enough to a site you may attend ‘HT for a day’ and sample the worship, the major session and your choice of the break out sectionals, (subject to space in the room). It is well worth it.

    [It’s one day only, so that the adults don’t overwhelm the kids. And you are invited to listen, not participate, for that reason also.]

  2. I second helen’s comment. My daughter attended 5 HT conferences and participated as a musician in all 5. She has formed lifelong friendships and forged strong bonds with members of the high school youth group at our church, Bethany Lutheran/Naperville. The experience of worshipping and singing with hundreds high school youth at HT is really something. And most important, they receive God’s gifts that He has freely offered to all. HT believes in worshipping hard, working hard and playing hard. And when they play, they have fun. The conference sites are at college/university campuses and the kids usually have access to the host school’s facilities. My daughter especially enjoyed the HT conference at the University of Minnesota, Colorado University in Colorado Springs and this year’s conference at Vanderbilt University. While there are folks who struggle with the cost to attend, it’s really a great value for what you get. I would encourage all to go if the opportunity is there. And next year’s sites are awesome.

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