Higher Things Conference 2018

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When: July 10-13, 2018

Where: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL


The mission of Higher Things is to assist parents, pastors, and congregations in cultivating a distinctively Lutheran identity among their youth and young adults. The most direct way we do this is through our annual youth Conferences. Since the year 2000, Higher Things has held a total of 38 Lutheran youth Conferences! In 2018, we will add four more to that list. We hold multiple Conferences each year, in different areas of the country. While the HT Conferences are essentially the same in schedule, programming, and worship services, each has its own unique “personality” and dynamics.

We do all this because we are convinced that youth need solid teaching and experiences that will nurture lasting Christian faith. Rather than treating youth as an adolescent subculture and confusing them with once-in-a-lifetime “mountaintop” experiences that cannot be replicated outside the Conference events, Higher Things believes in challenging youth to learn the pure doctrine of the Christian faith. By teaching them the same message that they are already hearing at home and at church, 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.

What does the 2018 conference theme, “Sanctified,” mean?

“I’m the Lord God, Who brought you out of Egypt. I have saved you. I’ve saved you from slavery in Egypt. I’ve saved you from your sins. You will be holy to me. You are Holy to me because I’m holy.

You’ll have no other gods before my face. You will not misuse my Name or despise My Word. You’ll keep my Sabbath Day holy. You will honor your father and your mother. You will not murder. You will not commit adultery. You will no steal. You will no bear false testimony against your neighbor. You will not covet—not your neighbor’s house, nor his neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Higher Things is pleased to announced the 2018 Conferences: “Sanctified.” Join us this summer as we look at the Ten Commandments and how God has called us to be His own people in Christ.

“You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine.” (Lev. 20:26)