Largest Worldwide Gathering of Christian Higher Education Leaders to Be Held in Dallas

The largest gathering of leaders in Christian higher education from around the world “will address and explore the most critical issues and tremendous prospects before us” this coming spring, according to the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.

The CCCU 2006 International Forum on Christian Higher Education, to be held in Dallas Mar. 30 – Apr. 1, 2006, will blend intellectual investigation, professional development, Christian fellowship and worship, and team-building and personal interaction. The forum also celebrates the CCCU’s 30th year of advancing the cause of Christ-centered higher education.

The theme for the event, “Significant Conversations,” captures the desire of the CCCU to provide the moment and opportunity for purposeful dialogue around challenging issues and creative ideas in Christian higher education.

“The ‘significant conversations’ will focus on trends that are shaping institutions NOW, best practices reflecting NEW approaches to common concerns, and goals and strategies to prepare for the future—the NEXT steps for Christian higher education around the world,” according to the CCCU.

At the gathering, attendants will convene with global leaders and experts in current Christian higher education issues; dialogue with Christian colleagues for counsel, encouragement, and fellowship; and gather as institutional teams to assess important issues—the NOW.

Attendants will also learn about significant trends and ideas shaping campuses across the globe; engage in conversations about workable solutions from other professionals; and encourage their team by interaction focused on new ideas and opportunities—the NEW.

In addition they will gain perspective on the future of Christian higher education; share their ideas and strategies with colleagues from around the world; and define strategies for using the themes and ideas of the Forum on their respective campuses—the NEXT.

A full schedule, including all breakout sessions and many pre-Forum event offerings, is now available on the FORUM Web site. Speakers and presenters include:

• Rick and Kay Warren, founders of Saddleback Valley Community Church
• Alister McGrath, author, professor of historical theology at Oxford University and director of the Oxford Centre for Evangelism and Apologetics
• Abuna Elias Chacour, founder of Mar Elias Educational Institutions (MEEI), located in the Galilee area of Israel
• Craig Detweiler, screenwriter, author and associate professor and chair of mass communications at Biola University (CA)
• Brenda Salter McNeil, speaker and founder/president of Salter McNeil & Associates, LLC
• Dallas Willard, author, speaker and professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles

The registration deadline for discounted rates for the 2006 International Forum on Christian Higher Education is Dec. 31, 2005. Each participant will save $25 on the registration fee and $10 per night at the Gaylord Texan Resort by registering and making the hotel reservation by Dec. 31.

For more information, and to register for the FORUM, visit

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