One-Day Workshop Motivates Young Christians to Serve Peers

Jan. 27, 2010 By Jenna Bartlo

“Turn Your Campus,” the annual one-day workshop at Biola University on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, will equip students to serve their peers on their junior high and high school campuses. Currently, nearly 1,600 students, youth workers and educators are registered for the event. Themed “All I Want,” this year’s conference inspires students to think more about what God wants for them rather than the usual teen desires – money, friends, an iPhone, concerts and the list continues. Featuring a full day of seminars, break-out sessions and music led by Christian hip hop artist DJ Promote, spoken word by Propaganda and worship led by the Biola Youth worship band, young Christians will learn how to minister to their schools and have fun.

New to this year’s event are Super Seminars held in the larger venues on Biola’s campus that will add to more than 40 regular workshops and two main sessions. Two of the seminars will be led by Biola alumni Ray Causely and LaNej Garrison, the first African American woman to receive an M.A. in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from Talbot School of Theology. Invisible Children and World Vision will lead two other Super Seminars.

The thought-provoking schedule designed for the next generation includes workshops such as “Helping Friends with Depression, Cutting or Other Self Destructive Behaviors,” “Jesus, Me, and um.....(*gulp) Gossip?!?!,”  and “God where are you in THIS?”

There is also a new Christian Educator’s panel discussion hosted by Forrest Turpen of Christian Educator's Association International (CEAI) on the influences of education from a Christian perspective that impacts public schools and builds the Kingdom of God. Dean of School of Education at Biola, June Hetzel, will be involved with the panel that will interest youth leaders in education. A luncheon lecture on legal rights of educators, youth workers and students facilitated by Kevin Snider, ESQ from Pacific Justice Institute is also a new addition this year.

This not-to-missed event will fuel young Christians to serve others in their everyday lives with friends and peers at school.

View Turn Your Campus ’10 video.

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Biola University is a private Christian university located in Southern California on the border of Los Angeles and Orange counties in the city of La Mirada. For over 100 years, Biola has remained committed to its biblical foundation, integrating biblical principles with every academic program. U.S. News & World Report recognizes Biola as a “National University,” which is considered the “major leagues” of higher education. In addition to its focus on intentional spiritual development and career preparation, Biola offers a unique academic environment where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians. With over 145 academic programs in seven schools, Biola offers degrees ranging from B.A. to Ph.D. For more information, visit or call (562) 777 – 4061.

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