2019 Annual Meeting

The 9th Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Christian Study Centers will be held this summer at beautiful Techny Towers Conference & Retreat Center in Techny, Illinois. Located on Chicago’s North Shore only 30 minutes from both downtown Chicago and from O’Hare airport, Techny Towers’ spacious grounds provide a perfect place for the combination of reflective thought and communal work that characterizes our Annual Meeting. As we have for a number of years, we will begin at 1:30 pm on Monday and conclude at noon on Wednesday. The dates for this year’s meeting are August 5-7, 2019.

As always we will be considering what it means to answer the call of Christ in a university environment. Our speakers are Drs. Ken Elzinga and Elizabeth Corey.  You can find their full biographies below.  Check back on this page in the coming months as we add more details about the workshops we will have this year, and a full schedule of the meeting.


∼ Speakers ∼



Dr. Kenneth G. Elzinga is the Robert C. Taylor Chair in Economics at the University of Virginia. He was the first recipient of the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship at the University, a recipient of the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Professor Award, the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award, as well as awards in education from the Kenan and Templeton foundations. In 1992, he was given the Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest honor the University of Virginia accords its faculty.

Mr. Elzinga’s major research interest is antitrust economics, especially pricing strategy and market definition. He has testified in several precedent-setting antitrust cases.  The author of more than seventy academic publications, he also is known for three mystery novels, co-authored with William Breit (under the pen name Marshall Jevons) where the protagonist employs economic analysis to solve the crime.


Dr. Elizabeth Corey joined the Honors Program’s faculty in 2007 and has served as Director since 2015. She earned a B.A. in classics from Oberlin College, an M.A. in art history from Louisiana State University (LSU) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from LSU. She has taught courses at Baylor on political science, great texts and in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. She has earned several awards for research and teaching, and was a 2016-2017 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow. Her book, Michael Oakeshott on Religion, Aesthetics, and Politics, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2006. She writes for First Things and serves on the board of the Institute on Religion and Public Life. She has also published in The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, National Affairs and in a variety of scholarly journals. During the 2018-19 academic year she is the American Enterprise Institute’s Values and Capitalism Visiting Professor.


∼ Schedule ∼


MONDAY, August 5


Opening Session:  1:30 – 5:00 pm

          1:30 pm: Welcome and Introductions – Drew Trotter, Executive Director, CCSC


Each person will get a chance to introduce themselves in one sentence: name, study center or partner organization, and what they do there.

The EDs of each study center will briefly describe one event from the past year that they would like to share with everyone.

One representative of each partner organization will describe a program they think would be of interest to the work of study centers.

2:45 pm: Break

3:15 pm: Continue introductions

Dinner: 6:00 – 6:45 pm

Evening Session: 7:15 – 9:00 pm 

7:15 pm: Ken Elzinga Lecture #1 – “Study Centers: Following and Sending”

For people who believe in the Christian Gospel, life involves following Jesus Christ and of being sent out for His purposes in the world. Study Centers should understand how their resources are devoted to both equipping students to follow Jesus and to sending them out in His name.


TUESDAY, August 6


Devotions & Prayer: 7:30 – 8:00 am

Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:45 am

Morning Session: 9:00 – 12 noon

9:00 am: Ken Elzinga Lecture #2 – “Study Centers: Asking and Receiving”

Study Centers need donors.  We less often recognize, however, that donors also need the recipients of their funds – like study centers – that are in the trenches ministering to the world in unique ways.  For both fundraisers and donors, Jesus’ teaching about giving money away shows us that the donor-recipient relationship is one of mutual benefit and equal need.                  

10:30 am: Break

11:00 am: Regional/Vocational Discussions

Board Leadership – Led by: Edward Dixon (Director, Center for Christianity and Scholarship) & Bill Wilder (Center for Christian Study)

How can Boards best see to the flourishing of their study centers? And how can staff Directors best relate to their boards? This session will focus on the working relationship between Directors and their boards.

Christian Hospitality: Incarnational Presence in the Study Center Context – Led by: Richard Horner (Christian Study Center of Gainesville) & Lauren Babb (Assistant Manager, Pascal’s Coffeehouse)

In this workshop we will offer theological reflection on the biblical notion of hospitality, consider ways in which Jesus embodied this way of being in the world, and argue that biblical hospitality should play a central role in the work of our study centers. We will also think together about how hospitality can find practical expression in our ministries.

A Relational Approach to Major Gifts – Led by: Madison Perry (NC Study Center) & Tom MacAdam (The Focus Group)

A relational major gift program can provide the foundation for successful annual funds and capital campaigns. Tom MacAdam (a fund-raising professional from the Focus Group) and Madison Perry (a newbie) will offer a framework for understanding major giving and talk about how it has played out in the study center context.

Study Center Communications – Led by: Rachel Korhonen (Anselm House) & MaryRachel Bulkeley (NC Study Center)

Study Center communications are both educational (telling campus who we are) and invitational (encouraging participation). This session will provide space for thinking about goals and methods for outward-facing communication and explore strategies for effective internal/staff communication.

Lunch Discussions: 12:00 noon – 12:45 pm

Continuation of Regional/Vocational Discussions

Free Time: 12:45 – 6:00 pm

Dinner: 6:00 – 6:45 pm

Group Photo: 6:45 – 7:00 pm

Evening Session: 7:00 – 8:30 pm                            

7:00 pm: Elizabeth Corey Lecture – “Love, Friendship and Liberal Learning”

Liberal learning is a deeply “affective” endeavor. At its best, it transforms the whole person—not just our intellectual faculties. Elizabeth Corey will speak about her experiences as both a student and a teacher, emphasizing the deeply meaningful relationships that may sometimes arise between teacher and student, and between students themselves.




Devotions & Prayer: 7:30 – 8:00 am

Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:45 am

Morning Session: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon 

9:00 am:   Plenary Discussion – The future of the study center movement

10:30 am:  Break

11:00 am:  Continue Plenary Discussion

11:30 am:  Closing – Drew Trotter, Executive Director , CCSC

  Prayer Time, Fill out surveys



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This year we added a new option to our registration fee “Off-Site Lodging,” if you choose to lodge at another location and attend the conference.  All registration fees are non-refundable after June 30Registration ended on July 15, 2019.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elaine at [email protected]sonline.org or 434-296-3333.


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