Fall Conference attracts 550 students

By Brett Yohn
For the last 45 years, BSU/Christian Challenge collegians have gathered in the fall for a weekend retreat or conference. This year more than 550 gathered at Webster Conference Center outside of Salina, Kan. Webster has been home to this event since the mid-1980s.

Everything has changed—the buildings are now heated and air conditioned. There is an indoor sports building and outdoor lakes.

Students gather to hear loud praise-band worship, attend small-group seminars and hear motivational Bible teaching.

This year’s theme was “Sons and Daughters of God.” Mark Vance, campus director at Iowa State University, gave four messages on our identity in Christ as adopted children.

Nate Sapp and the Kansas State University Christian Challenge band led worship. Students were able to attend two different seminars led by various pastors, missionaries and lay people.

Did I mention camping? Despite a huge rainstorm on Friday night, students camped. Some hammocked. Ever heard of that? It’s a college fad.

Several older students reflected on what attending Fall Conference has meant to them during their college years.

Jim Smerchek, Kansas State University:
“Being at the Fall Conference for the seventh time, I know a lot of people from other campuses and feel family with them. The workshop speakers have played an integral role in my life through the years.”

David Schneider, Fort Hays State University:
“I’m a senior in biology. As a freshman during the Fall Conference, I turned my Lutheran head knowledge into a relationship with God.”

Lives are changed in a weekend. New understandings of God and His Word are gained. Lifelong friendships are made. KNCSB makes moments like these possible by helping fund collegiate workers on the various campuses.