WHAT IS ARISE?
ARISE is our yearly uplifting conference for all aged adults. Often times we may find it difficult to cultivate those all important relationships across age barriers but our goal is to bring tools to the lives of all generations to help bind us together in rearing our children, maneuvering our education years, finding our place in the workforce, and in stepping into our golden years. May we all learn to be of one Spirit and to help each other grow closer to Christ.
WHAT ARE THE ELEPHANTS?
The times and cultures continue to change, but the one thing that can always be relied upon is the love that God has for His people. He loves all eternally, unconditionally, and immeasurably. Throughout this conference, Robert will give us biblical direction on how to apply that kind of love to all people, for all times, in all situations. He will teach us about God’s design for sex and give encouragement to all of us to live a life of sexual integrity. Some topics to be addressed include God's original design for sex, dealing with pornography, different perspectives on sex (from monogamous to casual to adulterous to abstinence), truths about the LGBTQ community, and so much more. He will also give suggestions about how to best love our neighbors - even when we disagree with them.
Robert Oglesby is the Director of Abilene Christian University’s Center for Youth and Family Ministry. He likes viewing life from the seat of a fast moving Harley or from atop a 14,000-foot mountain peak. He is a risk-taker; which makes him a perfect fit for his chosen vocation -- youth ministry! Mentoring, guiding and developing young people is definitely a high-risk undertaking, but Robert is so good at it that he helps youth ministers across the country become the best they can be. Robert was the full-time youth and family minister at his home church of Southern Hills Church of Christ from 1984-1999. He then became staff full-time at ACU. He is now director of the youth and family center at ACU, he teaches courses in ministry, and he continues to maintain his involvement in youth ministry.