Basic Information

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Why Higher Things?

We live in a culture of blurry religious distinctions and do-it-yourself spirituality. Youth, especially, need solid ground that will nurture lasting Christian faith. Rather than treating youth as an adolescent subculture and confusing them with religious experiences that cannot be replicated at home, Higher Things believes in challenging youth to learn the pure doctrine of the Christian faith. By teaching them the same message that they hear at home, youth grow in the fullness of the Christian faith as they come to appreciate historic liturgical practice and its unique focus on God’s gifts of forgiveness, life and salvation for us delivered in Word and Sacrament.

The Theme

Coram Deo? What exactly does "Coram Deo" mean? Well, it’s Latin for "before God," as in His presence, under His reign, etc. Think a bit about living Coram Deo, before God. What does it mean that you live Coram Deo? Under the Law, life before God is terrifying. It is living under His judgment and wrath. But under the Gospel, life before God is beautiful, a restoration of what God intended when He made Man in the beginning.

"Can mortal man be righteous before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?" (Job 4:17) This is the core religious question: How can a sinner destined to die stand before a righteous and holy God? Only by grace through faith for Christ’s sake!


Registration will open on November 1, 2010 and close on February 28, 2011 – or when a site reaches capacity, whichever happens first. We work very diligently to keep costs as low as possible while providing the best conferences we can – every year! Here’s how it works out this year:

Nov. 1, 2010 to Dec. 31, 2010 Jan. 1, 2011 to Feb. 28, 2011 After March 1, 2011
Las Vegas, NV (July 5-8, 2011) $335 $350 $365
Bloomington, IL (July 12-15, 2011) $300 $325 $350
Atlanta, GA (July 19-22, 2011) $300 $325 $350


The per-person rates above are based on the date your group’s registration balance is PAID IN FULL.  Additional fees may apply for registrations and changes made after March 1, 2011.

Not only can you register your group online, you can pay your deposits and your balance directly through our secure website. All you need is a valid Higher Things account.  If you don’t have a free HT Account yet, you can sign up for one here.

Your Registration Fee covers:

  • Conference Programming 
    • Planning
    • Catechesis
    • Worship
    • Entertainment
  • Three (3) Nights of Housing
  • Nine (9) Meals
  • Conference Handbook
  • Daily Services Book
  • Conference T-Shirt

Are there age requirements for youth?

Higher Things conferences are generally planned for high-school-aged youth, but registrants may be any youth who have been confirmed prior to the conference, including college students. We recognize that the ages of confirmed youth vary from congregation to congregation, and just ask that if a group is bringing young people who are not yet in high school, the group leaders be prepared to provide additional supervision accordingly.


Higher Things requires that each group must have at least one (1) male adult for every seven (7) male youth and/or at least one (1) female adult for every seven (7) female youth in your group. Chaperones must be at least 21 years old at the time of registration and approved by the group’s pastor for their role.  All chaperones and other adults in a group must also complete the registration process.

If you are unable to recruit the necessary number of chaperones from your church for your youth to attend a conference, Higher Things is happy to help you find other groups from your area who might be willing to share their chaperones with you.