71st Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting Overview

The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) Annual Meeting serves as the rallying point and official gathering for some 200 institutions of biblical higher education in North America. It is the annual occasion where leaders of our movement—presidents, trustees, and other educational leaders--connect, confer and sharpen their leadership gifts and abilities. In addition to an extensive and rich array of networking and professional development opportunities, the meeting also promises inspiration as together we worship God and seek Christ’s favor and direction. It is an occasion for refreshing our spirits, renewing our mutual calling, and reminding us that together, by the grace of God, we aspire to be a spiritually robust, culturally relevant, and professionally respected 21st century movement whose collective contributions to global gospel impact are multiplying in their scale, scope and significance. 

These … bear witness about me. (John 5:39) 

It is well known that some of Jesus Christ’s most chilling indictments are addressed to zealous advocates of the Bible and scrupulous practitioners of personal piety. John’s Gospel testifies the animus was so acute that the religious elite were seeking to assassinate the long-awaited but misapprehended Christ of biblical promise (John 5).

How could this be? If it happened then, could it happen today? Could the Bible’s most ardent advocates become indifferent or even opposed to the very One the Bible seeks to reveal? In what ways might this be evident?

Those of us who are zealous to place the Bible at the center of biblical higher education and weave its faithful instruction into the fabric of every student encounter need reminding that it is Christ, not the Bible itself, concerning whom we study and to whom we submit. “Nothing could be more vital for Christian higher education,” writes Duane Litfin, “than that we continue to revel in our allegiance to Jesus Christ, and in the fact that the education we offer is both Christ-centered and Christ-centered. … We must insist on keeping Jesus Christ at the core of all we do.” [Conceiving the Christian College, 2004, p. 83].

Plenary speakers Crawford Loritts and Bob Russell are distinguished alumni, senior statesmen, advocates of our Bible college movement. We are confident these anointed servant-spokesmen will expound the glory of Christ with exceptional eloquence and thereby help re-center our imagination and affection upon Christ, about whom the Scriptures “bear witness about me”.

Join hundreds of your colleagues—new friends and old—as we gather once again to reflect upon and renew our Spirit-enlightened and Spirit-energized commitment to Bible engagement and Bible-centered leader development for our glocalized reality.

Ralph Enlow

Ralph E. Enlow, Jr., President 
Association for Biblical Higher Education

When & Where

  • When

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - Friday, February 23, 2018

  • Where

  • Rosen Plaza Hotel
    9700 International Drive
    Orlando, Florida 32819

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