1. How did the Faithwalkers conference come into being?
The Faithwalkers conference came from the desire to give young men and women the opportunity to hear pastors who have been devoted to Jesus Christ and the Great Commission. At Faithwalkers, people get to hear stories from these men of faith and to learn and benefit from their experiences.
The conference provides a way to continue to pass on the core beliefs of the Great Commission church movement. It is a rallying conference for everyone: young people, couples, parents, and families, to inspire them to be devoted to Jesus Christ and the Great Commission.
The name Faithwalkers was inspired by the Scripture: "We walk by faith and not by sight," (II Cor. 5:7). Also the name Faithwalkers makes a connection to the Native American culture where they would sit around the campfire with the "old ones" listening to them tell stories of the great hunt and deeds of the past. As Christians, older believers are to proclaim the deeds of God to younger believers, as is written in Psalm 78:4: "We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord."
2. When and where is the next Faithwalkers-East conference?
On December 28, 2017 – December 30, 2017, Faithwalkers-East will be held at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Use of Ridgecrest, a LifeWay Conference Center, for this conference does not imply alignment with or endorsement by any Southern Baptist group.
3. What is the theme at the 2017 Faithwalkers-East conference?
This year, the theme is Between Two Worlds.
“For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.” – Hebrews 13:14
As followers of Jesus Christ, we live as aliens and strangers in a foreign land. This world is not our home. We look to the heavenly kingdom which is to come.
As heirs of eternal life we are to defy this world's values. As G. K. Chesterton wrote, “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”
At the same time we live as residents of this world, called to love and serve our earthly neighbors and neighborhoods. We are called to be fully present in this world as we partner in God's redemptive plans and proclaim the good news of our King.
How do we as Christians practically live between these two worlds?