Lead-Defend Conference

Immanuel Baptist Church
Little Rock 4 March 2023

Lead>Defend Personalities

Bobby Conway

One-minute apologist

Seating is Limited! 1200 at Lead>Defend

& 750 at LD Foundations!

PLEASE NOTE: LEAD>DEFEND is designed for 10th grade+ while LEAD>DEFEND FOUNDATIONS is designed for 6-9th grade.  We leave it to the adult leaders’ discernment on which conference they want their students to attend. 

SAMPLE Schedules

These schedules will but updated soon to reflect our exciting changes for 2023

Foundations

This will be in the main foyer as you enter the City Center.  This is a much quicker process if you bring a device with, or a printed copy of, the QR code you receive the day before the conference. 

Speaker: Brett Kunkle

Room: City Center Auditorium 

Why I Am a Christian: An Introduction to Apologetics

We will look at the most common reasons Christians give for why they embrace Christianity and show how a skeptical world often shoots those reasons down. Then we’ll discuss the primary reason why we ought to embrace Christianity: because it’s true. We’ll clarify this controversial claim and show how the truth of religious claims must be grounded in reality, not wishful thinking. Of course, such a claim is followed by questions of how we can know Christianity is true, so we’ll look at the importance of apologetics for Christians living in the 21st century.

Doubting Your Doubts: How to Deal with Doubt

Speaker: Bret Kunkle

Room: City Center Auditorium

Everyone doubts—it’s part of being human. But doubt regarding God must be dealt with before it becomes destructive. To face the issue of our doubt head on, first we must identify the three different causes of doubt—intellectual, emotional and moral—and then we’ll be able to deal with it in helpful ways. Ultimately we’ll see how doubt can actually be a tool God uses to lead us into a deeper faith. 

The Truth about Truth

Speaker: Kolby King

Room: 167

Don’t get tricked. There’s a lot of deception in the world but when you know the truth you won’t fall for a lie. Using tricks and illusions, we’ll answer the following: Are all religions true? What’s different about Christianity? Is Christianity intolerant? How can I share what I believe?

Navigating Gender: What Does it Mean to Be Male & Female?

Speaker: Erin Kunkle
Room: 168

Description: Can a boy be “trapped” in a girl’s body or vice versa? The vast majority of people in our culture do not know how to answer this question. This talk will help unravel the bad ideas about gender that our culture has embraced and then provide a true and biblical picture of masculinity and femininity that honors our God-given design.

More than a Myth

Speaker: Brock Caldwell
Room: 166

Truth has to have a standard. For the Christian worldview, that standard is scripture. Yet many want to claim that the Bible is out dated, a collection of good stories, of just a bunch of made up myths. This breakout will explore the facts behind why the Bible can not only be trusted but can be trusted as inspired by God.

Great Teams!

Speaker: Adam Venters
Room: South Corner

Description: What the 96 Bulls, 2000 Lakers, the US Women’s National Soccer Team and the Book of Proverbs teach us about Biblical Wisdom and how to see it in the world and apply it to our lives.

Evolution: Do You Come From Goo???

Speaker: Bill Newton
Room: 123

Description: Evolution is often presented in science class (& popular media) as scientific fact. But is it based in actual science or just a theory? What is the truth? What does actual science show us? This breakout will explore the truth behind evolution in an easy to understand way that will help you understand what’s true and what not.

Chick-fila for all!  Feed your face and visit!

A great time of questions and answers from experts in their fields.

Visit the potty and run laps around the auditorium if that is your thing… 

Doubting Your Doubts: How to Deal with Doubt

Speaker: Bret Kunkle

Room: City Center Auditorium

Everyone doubts—it’s part of being human. But doubt regarding God must be dealt with before it becomes destructive. To face the issue of our doubt head on, first we must identify the three different causes of doubt—intellectual, emotional and moral—and then we’ll be able to deal with it in helpful ways. Ultimately we’ll see how doubt can actually be a tool God uses to lead us into a deeper faith. 

The Truth about Truth

Speaker: Kolby King
Room: 167

Don’t get tricked. There’s a lot of deception in the world but when you know the truth you won’t fall for a lie. Using tricks and illusions, we’ll answer the following: Are all religions true? What’s different about Christianity? Is Christianity intolerant? How can I share what I believe?

Navigating Gender: What Does it Mean to Be Male & Female?

Speaker: Erin Kunkle
Room: 168

Description: Can a boy be “trapped” in a girl’s body or vice versa? The vast majority of people in our culture do not know how to answer this question. This talk will help unravel the bad ideas about gender that our culture has embraced and then provide a true and biblical picture of masculinity and femininity that honors our God-given design.

More than a Myth

Speaker: Brock Caldwell
Room: 166

Truth has to have a standard. For the Christian worldview, that standard is scripture. Yet many want to claim that the Bible is out dated, a collection of good stories, of just a bunch of made up myths. This breakout will explore the facts behind why the Bible can not only be trusted but can be trusted as inspired by God.

Great Teams!

Speaker: Adam Venters
Room: South Corner

Description: What the 96 Bulls, 2000 Lakers, the US Women’s National Soccer Team and the Book of Proverbs teach us about Biblical Wisdom and how to see it in the world and apply it to our lives.

Evolution: Do You Come From Goo???

Speaker: Bill Newton
Room: 123

Description: Evolution is often presented in science class (& popular media) as scientific fact. But is it based in actual science or just a theory? What is the truth? What does actual science show us? This breakout will explore the truth behind evolution in an easy to understand way that will help you understand what’s true and what not.

If God Is Good, Why Is There Evil & Suffering?

Speaker: Bret Kunkle

The reality of evil and human suffering poses the most difficult question anyone can ask about a God who is both loving and all-powerful. Is He too weak to do something about evil? Does He not care? Or does He just not exist? We’ll see how God’s existence actually provides a powerful explanation for the existence of evil and how only He provides hope in the midst of suffering.

You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here!  Be safe traveling!

Lead>Defend

This will be in the North entrance to the church.  This is a much quicker process if you bring a device with, or a printed copy of, the QR code you receive the day before the conference. 

A quick Q&A panel with our speakers on the topics they will cover.  Then you will hear from J. Warner Wallace for our main session.

Location: Main Auditorium

Eat, drink and be merry as you visit. (in the most church-friendly ways possible please…) 

Option 1 – J. Warner Wallace – Auditorium

Option 2 – Rhyne PutmanKissing Jesus Goodbye – The Spot

Option 3 – Jamar AndrewsThe Person of Jesus – Horne Hall

Option 4 – Andrea LennonReflecting His Glory – Vaught

Chick-fila for all!  Feed your face and visit!

Option 1 – J. Warner Wallace – Auditorium

Option 2 – Rhyne PutmanKissing Jesus Goodbye – The Spot

Option 3 – Jamar AndrewsThe Person of Jesus – Horne Hall

Option 4 – Andrea LennonReflecting His Glory – Vaught

Visit the potty and run laps around the auditorium if that is your thing..

Option 1 – J. Warner Wallace – Auditorium

Option 2 – Neal ScogginsBrave Faith – The Spot

Option 3 – Derek BrownIs Stress the New Norm?  – Horne Hall

Option 4 – Buck OrtegaWho’s Looking at You?  – Vaught

Speaker: J. Warner Wallace

Jesus the One and Only 

We will look at the most significant person in history, Jesus. You will understand how Jesus changed the world. 

You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here!  Be safe traveling!

Lead>Defend Foundations Personalities

Bill Newton

Generations Pastor

Brock Caldwell

Olive Street Campus Pastor, FBC Rogers

Kasey Earl Band

Minister of Music and Worship

Gene “Bubba” Wright

The Bubba Adventure

Bobby Conway

One-minute apologist

The Lead>Defend Podcast

Don’t simply defend your faith, be a leader! This podcast is designed to help students and young professionals grow in faith and leadership as they navigate the stages of young adulthood. We address important faith topics and provide practical life tips to help build your faith as you engage in a changing culture.

Questions & Contacts

Bruce Venable

Program/Personalities

501-295-5750
bvenable@absc.org

Chris Kohlman

Registration/Check-in

479-430-0753
ckohlman@absc.org

Chris Larmoyeux

Venue/Facilites

501-412-3501
clarmoyeux@absc.org

Exhibits/Booths

  • Ouchita Baptist University
  • Williams Baptist University
  • Impact 360 Fellows
  • Camp Siloam
  • Midwestern
  • Gateway
  • ABSC DR
  • Arkansas Go 2
  • Southwestern
  • New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
  • IMB
  • Spurgeon College Fusion
  • Southeastern
  • APRC