Discipleship University is a youth conference hosted by the Dripping Springs Church of Christ in Dripping Springs, TX every summer. This year's event will be August 4-6 and our theme for this year is "Exiles: Holy Faith in a Hostile World." As our culture progresses, American society has grown increasingly hostile toward Christian thought and practice. While previous generations could count on a culture which accepted, and even encouraged Christian values, it is unlikely that current and future generations can expect the same. How do we maintain our holy faith while living in a hostile culture? As we wait for the return of Jesus, how are we to live? These are the questions we hope to answer at this years Discipleship University. The Three Keynote Lessons which will be presented by Chris McCurley are: The Exiles Call, The Exiles Conduct, and the Exiles Commission. These lessons will be the hub of the entire weekend.
Discipleship University is more than an annual event. DU is about cultivating a mentality of lifetime discipleship that guides our young people their entire lives. Our annual youth conference is simply a springboard for further spiritual formation throughout the rest of the year. We hope that both the young people and our adult attendees take something from DU back to their home congregation where they will implement it for the glory of God.
But, we recognize the struggle of staying focused on the goals set at DU for the entire year. School, work, and life itself create distractions that keep us from reaching maturity in Jesus. This is why we created www.discipleshiputexas.com. We hope that this website will be a constant encouragment throughout the year leading up to the next DU conference. We will be posting blog articles, podcast, as well as other spiritual tools to help encourage elements of DU. We pray that the Lord will bless this avenue for His glory and that our young people will grow and flourish in the knowledge and grace of our Lord.
Our theme for DU 2017 is "Exiles: Holy Faith in a Hostile World." Our desire is for our young people to walk away with a deeper faith in Jesus Christ. In our increasingly secularized culture a greater knowledge of the identity, work, and teaching of our Lord and Savior is paramount. The faith of the church, especially our young people, must be grounded in the knowledge of the Son of God. This knowledge isn't simply factual but relational; through discovering more about him they come to know him fully. Keeping that focus in mind, we have crafted an assortment of lessons that are meant to complement each other.
We pray that these lessons will be uplifting and an encouragement to our young people, as they navigate their way in this sometimes hostile world.