Summit, an event that has been a part of ACU since it’s establishment, will be adopt the theme of “Earthed” this year. Several speakers will be focus- ing on Genesis and on the origins of mankind.
Director Brady Bryce has guided the course of Summit as part of the Ministry Events since 2007. Summit 2014 will be his eighth year. Bryce said he intends for the Summit to help people return to their normal lives able to live for God.
He said work on this year’s Summit began before last year’s had even begun. Bryce said it takes about eighteen months to set up a Summit conference. In fact, he said he is currently working on Summit 2015. Bryce also said he has themes selected for the next five years.
As for this year’s conference, there is an expected 10 speakers as part of the four days long fall event with the list of speakers is to be released on March 6.
Some of the speakers are expected to focus on the theme while others might speak on books they have written.
The Summit is expected to attract students, the local community and an international audience, because of online streaming, which occurred for the first time seven years ago.
He said sessions were set up to be interactive with participants, enabling them to send in questions through emails and texts. At the end of several sessions, there will be a ten-minute window when Summit would answer as many as the questions as possible. Bryce said the idea behind the interaction is to allow people watching the event to be a part of it.
As for students, they will be able to listen the speakers during regular chapel meetings, which last anywhere between 30 to 40 minutes. However, students will be able to earn two chapel credits for longer services. In the evening, there will be a sessions at 7 p.m. that will last about one hour. Most sessions will be held in Moody Coliseum.
And for new students unfamiliar with the event, Bryce said they can go to Brown Library and pull up records on CDs and tapes. Bryce himself has held onto a brochure from a 1923 Summit.
Bryce said shuttles will be available to the nearby hotel for any visitors.
“Parking is always a problem,” he said.
He said ACU had an understanding with the Church of Christ and Hillcrest for the use of their parking lots. Bryce also said students are gracious during this time, car-pooling or accepting that they’ll have to park further away during Summit.
Summit 2014 will be taking place September 21 – 24.