Truth in Public is a one-week camp on political engagement for older high school students. We want to invest in the next generation by equipping students to engage our increasingly secular culture with the Gospel. Citizenship in the United States is a privilege that is also a responsibility and a unique opportunity. Given the responsibility, Christians must act on behalf of others and they must do it in a way that honors Christ. Every Christian is called to care for their neighbor and to promote human flourishing. We want to see the next generation raised up to bear the torch of advocating and caring convictionally for those who do not have a voice and cannot speak for themselves: the poor, the unborn, the abused, the trafficked, and so many more. Just as William Wilberforce committed himself to the reformation of society in pre-victorian England, so we want to see high school students commit themselves to seeing the Gospel change the culture.
Should Christians care about politics? At Crossings, we believe God saves people through the work of King Jesus—not through conservative and moral policy. Nevertheless, Christians still bear the opportunity and responsibility to promote human flourishing according to biblical principles and ethics. The mandate to love our neighbor requires that we act on behalf of those who live alongside us in this country. While no one is mandated to enter politics and many will not, we all must know how to act responsibly as citizens within the public sphere. We must bring our Christian worldview to bear on how we vote, who we support, what policies we champion, and the way that we interact with and engage those in our sphere of influence.
Thus, Truth in Public is about equipping high school students to act. Whether they plan to enter politics or simply want to act as informed Christians and citizens, Truth in Public will train high school students to act responsibly and shape the culture around them. Throughout the week, students will learn to understand and articulate a Christian worldview, which will include biblically-based teaching in the areas of ethics, human dignity, sexuality, justice, religious liberty, government, and more. Students will then learn to employ this worldview in personal conversations, local and federal politics, state legislature, and the local church. They will even practice forming a bill into law through mock legislative session in Kentucky’s House chambers on Thursday.
Our commitment to you is that this camp will promote a love for Jesus Christ and the Gospel, foster a strong understanding of evangelical cultural engagement, and equip students to speak and act with integrity, clarity, and conviction as they bring the truths of Christianity to bear on society.
Partnership with Forge Leadership Network
Crossings is proud and thankful to announce that we will be partnering with Forge Leadership Summit. Forge will be running our mock legislation portion of Truth in Public. With their vast expertise and experience, we are excited about the great value they will add to the experience of Truth in Public.
Forge Leadership Network’s mission is to identify the best and brightest conservatives of the next generation and to train, mentor, and connect them to become future leaders in the public square. Forge is an educational nonprofit organization that equips individuals ages 16-24 to engage culture by teaching them the principles, policy, process, and practical skills necessary to impact government and society. For more information, be sure to check out their website.
June 25-29, 2018
Truth in Public will be held at Asbury University in Wilmore, KY. The students will be staying in the dormitory facilities, participating in lectures in the classrooms, and eating in the cafeteria. We will also be spending one day at the capitol in Frankfort, KY running mock legislative sessions.
Is Truth in Public for me?
Truth in Public is for older high school students that are ready to engage, learn, and take a deep dive into critical issues that Christians face in the public square.
Can individuals attend?
Yes, individuals are allowed to attend Truth in Public.
What do I need to bring?
- Linens (Sheets and blankets)
- Alarm Clock
- Laptop /iPad
- At least 1 business outfit for Capitol (suits and ties)
Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. serves as president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary – the flagship school of the Southern Baptist Convention and one of the largest seminaries in the world. He hosts two programs: “The Briefing,” a daily analysis of news and events from a Christian worldview; and “Thinking in Public,” a series of conversations with the day’s leading thinkers. Dr. Mohler also serves as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Seminary. His writings have been published throughout the United States and Europe.
Andrew Walker serves as the Director of Policy Studies for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the denomination’s entity tasked with equipping churches to address moral, social, and ethical issues. Andrew is managing editor of Canon & Culture. His writing and commentary have appeared in such outlets as National Review, Public Discourse, The Daily Caller, First Things, The Federalist, The Gospel Coalition, TIME, The Resurgent, and elsewhere. He also serves as the Director of the ERLC’s Research Institute, and also as an Associate Research Fellow.
Adam Josefczyk is the Executive Director of Forge Leadership Network, an organization that he co-founded with Justin Powell. Forge trains and mentors the next generation of conservative leaders. Prior to launching Forge, Adam served, at the age of 24, as a Vice President of a leading public policy organization in Ohio. In 2013, he also co-founded Ohio Conservative Review, a web platform for conservative ideas to be discussed, debated, and promoted in the Buckeye State.
Dr. Owen Strachan is the Associate Professor of Christian Theology, Director of the Center for Theological and Cultural Engagement at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Strachan is Senior Fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood & Womanhood and was formerly President of CBMW. He is also a contributing writer for The Gospel Coalition, a research fellow of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the SBC, and a fellow of the Center for Pastor-Theologians.
Kent Ostrander attended Lafayette High School in Lexington and then studied at Vanderbilt University, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in mathematics. He was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society as a junior. Kent began work on The Family Foundation in 1988, establishing a Board and incorporating the organization in 1989. Kent and his wife, Joyce, have seven adult children.
Hershael York has served as senior pastor at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY since 2003. He is also the Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Tanya, have raised two sons.