"[Apologetics] is opening the door, clearing the rubble, and getting rid of the hurdles so that people can come to Christ."

SES Steadfast Apologetics and Evangelism National Conference

Emceed by Comedian Brad Stine

Oct 13-14, 2023 • FBC Rock Hill, SC

Oct 13-14, 2023
FBC Rock Hill, SC

Celebrating 29 Years   •   Formerly known as the SES National Conference on Christian Apologetics

Brad Stine

Join More than 50 talented Christian Thinkers for

A Weekend of Learning & Connection

Did you know that 54% of Americans believe that all truth is subjective with no moral absolutes? Would you believe that almost one quarter of American adults are “nones” (atheist, agnostic, or “nothing in particular”)? Unsurprisingly, close to 3 in 4 U.S. Millennials agree that whatever is right for your life or works best for you is the only truth you can know? Our post-Christian culture is lost in subjective confusion that is disassociated with reality. Apologetics-focused evangelism and discipleship are a must.

The state of the church is not much better. Recent surveys show only 41% of Senior Pastors have a biblical worldview (i.e., making sure our understanding and choices are consistent with God’s principles and commands). Even worse, only 12% of Children’s & Youth Pastors have a biblical worldview, and 54% of American churchgoers agree that religious belief is a matter of personal opinion rather than objective truth. Are you equipped to penetrate the culture with the Gospel and help the church remain steadfast?

Spend two days with top Christian thinkers and like-minded believers as you become better equipped to be steadfast in the truth

Student Ticket

$ 55
  • On or before 9/1/23
Early Bird

Regular Ticket

$ 85
  • On or before 9/1/23
Early Bird

Student Ticket

$ 65
  • After 9/1/23

Regular Ticket

$ 95
  • After 9/1/23

Live-Stream Ticket

$ 50
  • Worship Center Sessions

At-the-door tickets are available for $75 (students) and $105 (regular). 

Credit or debit card payment only. No discounts are available at the door. Any student, regardless of age, enrolled in for-credit courses qualifies for the student ticket rate. Applicable taxes and fees will apply to all ticket types.

Contact SES for more information about discounts: (704) 847-5600 x201
*Space is limited. All seating is first-come-first-served. Any student, regardless of age, enrolled in for-credit courses qualifies for the student ticket rate. Applicable taxes and fees will apply to all ticket types.

Apologetics & Evangelism

Special Conference Add-Ons


Thursday night pre-event

God, Christianity, & Artificial Intelligence

Join Reasons to Believe and SES for a Thursday night pre-event that will tackle issues related to the advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) and how AI impacts our apologetic task in this post-Christian culture.

pre-event speakers

Sponsored by: Reasons to Believe

Bible on pew

Friday pastor's luncheon

Integrating Apologetics into Your Church

How can you, as a pastor, begin integrating apologetics training into the life of your church? Come join the conversation with other pastors as we explore some ideas to help you equip the saints to be steadfast.

Sponsored by: Harvest House Publishers

Apologetics Discussion

Saturday Luncheon

Free Prospective SES Student Luncheon

If you are considering an apologetics-focused degree or certificate, SES is the place for you. Come learn more about SES from SES alum Dr. Frank Turek, SES Provost Dr. Richard Howe, and other SES students and alumni.

student luncheon speakers

Sponsored by: Spot Available

Speakers, Schedule, & Details

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Download our Steadfast National Conference Partner Guide for more information about partnering with us.

Local Hotel Accommodations

Comfort Inn

Comfort Inn & Suites Rock Hill

973 Corporate Blvd., Rock Hill, SC 29730

Fairfield Inn

Fairfield Inn & Suites Rock Hill

578 Galleria Blvd, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn Rock Hill

2111 Tabor Dr, Rock Hill, SC 29730
(803) 325-1100

Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn Rock Hill

650 Tinsley Way, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Holiday Inn

Holiday Inn Rock Hill

503 Galleria Blvd, Rock Hill, SC 29730


Home2 Suites by Hilton Rock Hill

1285 Old Springdale Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Best Western Rock Hill

888 Riverview Road Rock Hill, SC

LaQuinta Rock Hill

1235 Springdale Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29730

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