Nov 092012

2 gigantic Christian conferences are scheduled this Winter break 2012-2013, ramping up for tens of thousands of college students converging from everywhere. 1 is called Urbana 12. 1 is called Passion 2013. Here’s the data on these 2 Christian mega-conferences, a side-by-side comparison to sort things out (or scroll down for the #infographic) ::

Urbana 12

Passion 2013
dates December 27-31, 2012 January 1-4, 2013
location America’s Center Convention Complex @ St. Louis, Missouri Georgia Dome @ Atlanta, Georgia
cost $449 students 17-29 years old /
$549 non-students
($50 off before 11/12)
$219 students 18-25 years old
($20 off before 12/1)
size 18,000 71,000
speakers Calisto Odede
Geri Rodman
Ziel Machado
Chai Ling
David Platt
Daniel Bourdanné
Ram Sridharan
Sandra Van Opstal
Terry LeBlanc
Tom Lin
Louie Giglio
Chris Tomlin
Francis Chan
Kristian Stanfill
Beth Moore
Matt Redman
John Piper
Christy Nockels
Charlie Hall
seminars 150+ with 66+ speakers, covering topics like evangelism, missions, global issues, poverty and justice, healthcare, world religions n/a
exhibitors 250+ 0
organizers InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada, and Groupes Bilbiques Universitaires et Collégiaux du Canada Passion Conferences / Choice Ministries, Inc. / 268 Generation / sixstepsrecords
started in 1946 1997
purpose Urbana 12’s mission is to compel this generation to give their whole lives for God’s global mission. Passion exists to glorify God by uniting students in worship, prayer and justice for spiritual awakening in this generation
distinctives Over 250 missions agencies, working in over 150 countries will exhibit… choose from over 200 seminars… Urbana is geared for college students and anyone age 17-29, though anyone over 17 is welcome to attend…” “exposure to global issues and realities; multicultural worship, dance and drama; specialized tracks on issues such as leadership, poverty and justice, and international ministry Attendees at Passion 2012 participated in a campaign, 72 Days For Freedom, raising more than $3.5 Million to fight modern day slavery and human trafficking

And here’s an Urbana 12 vs. Passion 2013 infographic (courtesy of Ben Sorber) –

Both Urbana and Passion have changed thousands of lives throughout their respective big events. Both Urbana 12 and Passion 2013 will undoubtedly be powerful experiences that will spiritually inspire its eager attendees, the next generation seeking to discern God’s will in their lives.

Decision-making is never easy. You could opt-out, and miss out. Which will you choose? Let us know on this poll and add a comment about how you decided

Dec 022009

As your children become teenagers, not only do you have the new adventures of her/his growing into adulthood and all that comes with that, for many it is also the financial challenge of affording college. It’s a question that’s surfaced in my own family as a parent of a teenager.

Recently I recorded this video with John Tung, who shared how his 3 kids went through college without a 529 savings plan. His kids were all born within a 38-month span, which meant he had 3 kids in college at the same time with 2 of them going to private colleges at that.

John Tung is the English Pastor at Chinese Bible Church of Maryland, so it’s not like he had the kind of salary to afford college costs. (aside: although I did overhear an unnamed source speak of an English Pastor in an ethnic Asian church with a 6-digit compensation package — a rumor yet to be confirmed)