About the Conference

The annual THINK conference seeks to present rich, biblical teaching in clear and understandable ways. This year, we welcome Lead Pastor of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, Bryan Loritts, and Dr. Jarvis Williams from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Together, we will explore the painful reality of ethnic and cultural segregation, and the hopeful opportunity this presents for God's Church to be a leader in biblical unity.

We've designed the THINK weekend as a unique opportunity for the whole family to grow in faith. This means that while the adults are learning, so are the kids! The studentTHINK and kidTHINK curriculum will challenge the younger generations with age-appropriate, faith-building content centered around biblical diversity.

Conference Schedule

6 p.m.                   Conference check-in open/Bookstore open

6:45 p.m.              kidTHINK check-in open

7-8:30 p.m.           SESSION 1: Byan Loritts

8 a.m.                    Conference check-in open/Bookstore open

8:30 a.m.               kidTHINK and child care check-in open

8:45-10 a.m.          SESSION 2: Bryan Loritts

10-10:30 a.m.        Break/Bookstore is open

10:30-11:30 a.m.   SESSION 3: Breakouts

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.  Lunch Break (on your own; visit the Welcome Desk for a list of nearby restaurants. Parents: Children in kidTHINK need to be picked up for the lunch break. Children in child care have on-site lunch provided.)

1-2:30 p.m.            Panel Discussion and Q&A

2:30-2:45 p.m.       Break/Bookstore open

2:45-3:45 p.m.       SESSION 4: Jarvis Williams                             

We encourage you to come back on Sunday morning as we conclude the THINK weekend with a message from Jarvis Williams at 8, 9:30, and 11 a.m. Please note: No registration is required for Sunday morning. All are welcome!

Our Speakers

Bryan Loritts

Pastor Bryan Loritts is the privileged husband of Korie, and the graced father of three sons- Quentin, Myles and Jaden. He serves the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship of Silicon Valley, California, as the Lead Pastor. An award winning author of six books including Saving the Saved: How Jesus Saves us from Try-harder Christianity into Performance-Free Love- which was given the Christianity Today Award of Merit, and his newest release Insider Outsider.

Pastor Bryan Loritts co-founded Fellowship Memphis in 2003, and later founded The Kainos Movement- an organization committed to seeing the multi-ethnic church become the new normal in our world. In addition to his responsibilities as a pastor, Bryan travels extensively throughout the world preaching the good news of Jesus Christ at conferences and events, as well as serving on the board of trustees for Biola University and PineCove Christian Camps. His messages can be heard daily on the Salem Radio Network’s KFAX station. You can follow Pastor Bryan on Twitter @bcloritts.

Dr. Jarvis Williams

Dr. Jarvis J. Williams has served as an Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Southern Seminary since 2013. He’s published numerous academic works. A few are Maccabean Martyr Traditions in Paul’s Theology of Atonement: Did Martyr Theology Shape Paul’s Conception of Jesus’s Death?; For Whom Did Christ Die? The Extent of the Atonement in Paul’s Theology; and Christ Died For Our Sins: Representation and Substitution in Romans and Their Jewish Martyrological Background. He’s published essays on soteriology in Romans and in Second Temple Judaism in Brill Academic and in the Society of Biblical Literature Press. He’s also published numerous popular books and articles on racism and racial reconciliation.

Williams’s research focuses on soteriology (broadly defined) in Second Temple Judaism, the Second Temple Jewish context of Paul’s soteriology in Romans and Galatians, and the intersection of soteriology and race. His many current writing projects include a Galatians commentary for the New Covenant Commentary Series and a T&T Clark monograph on Gal 3:13 for the Library of New Testament Studies Series. He’s interested in supervising Ph.D. students pursuing specialization in the Second Temple Jewish context of Paul’s soteriology in Galatians. He’s a member of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are kidTHINK and studentTHINK?

We have developed age-appropriate THINK programming for children and students (7-12 grade), called kidTHINK and studentTHINK. 

kidTHINK

We believe that theology is not just for adults. At kidTHINK, your child will have the opportunity to work through theological concepts that are related to biblical unity in diversity and taught at a level they can understand.

Registration for kidTHINK is now full.

studentTHINK

All jr. high and high school students are encouraged to register for THINK|19. As supplemental opportunities, the studentTHINK lunch and THINK All Night events will help students further discuss and unpack THINK content.

Register for THINK

Register for studentTHINK

Do I need to bring my registration confirmation to get into THINK|19?

Yes. Please show your registration confirmation by printing it out or showing a digital copy.

If you can't find your registration confirmation, please visit the Registration Check-In Desk for assistance.

Will you provide lunch on Saturday?

We will not provide lunch on Saturday for participants of THINK or kidTHINK. However, we encourage you to visit the Welcome Desk for a list of nearby restaurants.

There will be lunch provided for students registered for the studentTHINK lunch and for children who are in THINK child care.

What if I have a question for one of the THINK speakers?

We're so glad you asked! You can submit questions on this webpage once THINK weekend begins.

What should I do If kidTHINK or child care is full?

There are a few creative ways you can make the most of THINK weekend in the event that kidTHINK and/or child care registration fills up:

  1. Gather with your Small Group or a friend group to throw a “THINK party” and livestream the event as your children are playing in another room
  2. Hire a babysitter to watch all the children in your group while you and your friends go to THINK.
  3. Tag team with your spouse on who comes to each session
  4. Invite grandparents to watch the kids for a fun “grandparents day”
  5. Find a babysitter. 

Contact

Do you want to bring a large group to the conference? Have a question about attending? Let us know below. 

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