Dave Van Bebber, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Buffalo, will be a speaker at Apolocon 2018, an Apologetics Conference in Springfield on Nov. 2 and 3.

For the past 11 years Springfield has served as the host city for the largest free Atheists Conference in the world. During this time the conference has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and hosted tens of thousands of atheists from all over the world. The conference, known as Skepticon, has featured some of the most famous atheist speakers and atheist evangelists in the world such as: PZ Myers, Richard Carrier, Dan Barker, Rebecca Watson, Matt Dillahunty, and numerous others. 

Skepticon has been sponsored by notable atheist organizations such as:  American Atheists, American Humanist Association, Atheist Alliance International, Atheists on Air, Foundation Beyond Belief, Kansas City Atheist Coalition, and other organizations. 

Dr. Phil Roberts, past President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, notes, “These groups have chosen Springfield as the host city of their conference for a reason. It is the buckle of the Bible belt, and they know that and want to disturb that. They want to get a strong hold here.” 

With a desire to defend the gospel and to prepare others to do the same T.A.G. You’re It! Ministries along with Immanuel Baptist Church are excited to announce Apolocon 2018. This free Christian Apologetics conference is the response to Skepticon that Dr. Roberts has called for. Apolocon 2018 will be hosted for two days at Immanuel Baptist Church in Springfield.

Apolocon 2018 will feature Dr. Phil Roberts and Rob Phillips (Director of the Missouri Baptist Apologetics Network and author) as the primary speakers. They will be joined by Missouri Baptist Apologetics Network members Tim Carter, Jonathan Hayashi and Wil Hoffman, as well as the host of T.A.G. You’re It! the podcast Adam “Ray ray” Cochrun, Dave Van Bebber (pastor of First Baptist Church in Buffalo, and Steve Roast, pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church. 

Numerous topics will be covered at the two- day conference where the theme is “Our Multiperspectival Mission.” Apolocon 2018 will be useful to those who are new to the concept of apologetics (i.e. defending the faith) and to those with a vast knowledge of apologetics. Session will range in topics related to introductory information to more specific apologetic methodology related areas. This is the first free Christians Apologetics conference of this size offered in the Springfield area.

Roast notes, “Scripture tells us in Philippians 2:15 that believers are to be an influence in the world. Today the church is faced with the ominous task of engaging the culture in the public square of ideas. For over a decade Springfield has been the focal point of a secular movement that is seeking to change the culture of the city, influencing it to become more secularized. In response, the Christian community has the opportunity to offer counterpoints to secular ideas, and this conference coming in November is the beginning of what will become a yearly event. I encourage pastors to inform their members of this event and encourage them to attend, especially youth groups and college students.”

The conference begins on Friday, Nov. 2 and the doors will open at 6 p.m. with the event starting at 7 p.m. That night there will be an apologetics roundtable where select apologists will discuss “What is the churches’ role in cultural engagement?”  

The apologists will dialogue with one another and the audience about how to present a consistent Christian worldview approach to issues such as: The Re-voice Conference, The Gun Debate, Politics, Family, Social Issues and Community Issues. The first night is sponsored by Kyle Insurance and Be Civil Be Heard of Springfield. 

On Saturday, Nov. 3 the doors open at 7:30 a.m. and Rob Phillips will open Apolocon 2018 by speaking about Three Markers of False Teachers. This will be followed up by Dr. Roberts presenting and two rounds of break-out sessions. Following a lunch break Dr. Roberts will speak again, and finally the event will conclude with an open question-and answer-session between the audience and the apologists.  

The conference is free to all, but there will be a freewill offering collected to help offset the Apologist’s travel fees. A key focus of the conference is to provide ample access to the apologists who are speaking at the conference. There will be a great deal of resources available to those wanting to expand their knowledge of apologetics, and there will be many opportunities for one to learn how to bring an apologists to their church. 

Pastors, youth pastors, lay leaders, and all church members are invited to attend; there will be information for everyone wanting to learn how to share their faith more confidently. One does not need to stay for the entirety of the conference, but can drop in and drop out. There will be meals and refreshments available on location on Saturday. There will also be a mission mall available to individuals who might be interested in other ministries from the surrounding area. Booth space is still available for organizations and ministries who would like to participate in this element of the conference too.

Individuals are encouraged to register for the event on Facebook or on the Eventbrite page. Questions about the event can be directed to Dave Van Bebber by calling (785) 341-9260 or emailing him at tagyoureitpod@gmail.com 

One can also contact Steve Roast at (707) 365-0657 or email him at rostaquinas@yahoo.com.

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