In my humble opinion there are 3 of the best  Christian conferences created just for college students in these winter months. I still have a keen interest in college kids that dates back to my roots with Cru back in the 70’s. College kids are the future. My own kids were affected by these conferences.

There is nothing like challenging a college kid to give his/her life to something big. God uses these getaways to transform lives and He has great things for these kids to do in this world. I’m sure we all know students who we can encourage to attend or even check out the wealth of incredible talks given at these conferences, either by attending or listening online.


Urbana (over this post-Christmas break, which just concluded in St. Louis) and Passion (happening right now) ( one that you can watch Jan. 2nd and 3rd), which is streamed live and then a conference in February called  Jubilee in Pittsburg. Each one speaks to college kids in its own style. These three are my favorites.

Check out what’s happening with these conferences in the lives of thousands of our university and liberal arts college kids online. Don’t take it from me….check out their websites.

Urbana – InterVarsity’s tri-ennial Conference begun at Champaign/Urbana U of IL campus and now held in St. Louis…a place where students were and are challenged to commit everything to the Lord and follow Jesus anywhere. Exploring hundreds of mission organizations’ opportunities is a highlight. It was my first conference in 1967 and God used it mightily. Check out the speakers. 

Passion – is described like this, “20 million college students across the globe awaken to the reality of an omnipotent and glorious Creator. For the past 19 years, Passion (begun by Lou Giglio in Atlanta) has hosted over 50 gatherings in more than 16 countries, and millions of students have united across ministry and denominational lines to seek the face of God in worship and prayer. Passion’s core Bible verse, Isaiah 26:8 states, “Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your truth, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our souls.”

Jubilee – a Pittsburg linked conference put on by the Coalition for Christian Outreach (CCO). This ministry reaches particularly mid-Atlantic campuses and this conference challenges students to consider their marketplace futures as a place of great potential ministry. Jim and I have done a workshop a few years ago at Jubilee when our daughter and son-in-law were on their staff. The roster of speakers was exceptional.