Months in the making, we are happy to release the 2014 AreaOne promo video. Created by filmmaker Dan Baker, this video is expressly created to be show to youth groups and in church services. The video can be streamed directly from AreaOne or from our page on Vimeo. Other options include downloading the video from AreaOne for use in video presentation systems. Call 888.GOAREA1 ext. 1 if you need additional video downloading or playback options.
The students at AreaOne 2013 were treated to surprise guest Abigail Smith. Abigail's video "Terminal Cancer Wasn't In My Plans" has inspired many and we were so honored that she was able to speak at AreaOne. The audio file below is her message to the students and the video below is her story. Abigail continues to fight this disease and we continue to stand with her in prayer.
Abigail Speaking At AreaOne 2013
Terminal Cancer Wasn't In My Plans
We are excited to announce that the next generation of AreaOne conferences is about to take off and we have an amazing lineup to start this new era. Nabeel Qureshi and Cameron McCallister from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries will carry the keynote speaker positions. Grammy nominated progressive worship group "Leeland" will lead worship for the entire week. Kiley and Rachel Butler will return as hosts and Danny Sartin from Deeper Still Missions will head up the youth worker sessions. The 2014 AreaOne Student Conference is designed to inspire and challenge the faith of teens and adults alike. Join us on Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri this coming summer for a truly unforgettable student ministry experience!
For close to a decade and a half AreaOne has been hosting summer camps for youth groups. This year, however, we are changing the name and concept from camp to conference. The original vision of AreaOne was to train students to be able to defend their faith and live out a Christ-centered worldview. Over the years we drifted from that approach and became burdened by the high numbers of students leaving the faith and the church. We knew it was time to do something more effective and God has led us to return to our roots in 2014! Fun remains on the menu, but we will now be much more intentional with the content of our teaching. Come prepared for in-depth worldview training and vertical worship that is designed to transform and strengthen a student's faith. The schedule this year will reflect some of the changes we are making. You will also notice that we are shifting away from the rock concert style environment of most camps and will instead create a more intimate "in-the-round" setting. This new design will help students better engage with the speakers and the training they will receive.
As we began to plan for this shift a couple of years ago we researched other event options available to youth leaders. On one hand, you have the traditional camp (which is what we've been doing) that focuses on teaching, but also puts a high priority on fun and entertainment. The purpose is to make sure that each person in the youth group has a great time and leaves with at least one new truth. On the other hand, you have specialized conferences that cater to the top tier of teen leaders. These events focus primarily on apologetical and theological teaching and are marketed to the more academic students. Our vision is to create an event that is in the middle of these two extremes: a conference for the entire youth group that presents apologetic and worldview teaching that is clear, understandable, and relatable to all of the students in your group. Supporting this vision are Nabeel Qureshi and Cameron McCallister from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Both of these men are dynamic speakers and are known for connecting to audiences of all ages. We are excited they will be at AreaOne 2014. Join us! You can register your group or request information online by clicking the buttons below. Feel free to call us for more information at 888.GOAREA1.
After a decade and a half of life changing camps and conferences we are embarking on an entirely new chapter of AreaOne. Watch for the announcement in August to see where we are going and how these changes will impact your students for the Kingdom. Excitement does not begin to describe where we think God is taking us. Registration for the new AreaOne opens 9.1.13.
Todd Agnew is a veteran of AreaOne camps and over the last ten years he has been both worship leader and main speaker. Now joining the AreaOne 2013 teaching team, Todd will be leading the morning student breakout after Jason Petty/Propaganda's morning teaching session. We are also excited that Todd will join Propaganda and Rend Collective Experiment in concert during AreaOne.
You can sign up your students for AreaOne easily by registering online.
For the first time youth leaders can register for AreaOne camps entirely online. As part of the website revamp, online registration has been made a priority. Churches may still register by mail or fax if they prefer. In addition, an option to pay deposits via PayPal has been added to the http://areaone.org/registration page.
The online registration capability is the latest enhancement following the release of the all new areaone.org and a number of new informational and promotional videos.
We are excited to release the latest video to promote AreaOne 2013 camps. This video can be streamed or downloaded by youth pastors to prepare their groups for AreaOne camps.
For the first time in several years, AreaOne now has a new website. Returning are pages dedicated to AreaOne camps and registration. Added is a new blog featuring AreaOne news and a new store featuring all of the varieties of AreaOne shirts. Check back often as we continue to add features and make announcements on where we're going next with the ministry. www.areaone.org
Also announced are brand new websites for the three AreaOne subsidiaries: