Light in the Darkness – RZIM Summer Institute 2013
June 9 – 14, 2013
Registration for the RZIM Summer Institute 2013 is currently full. If you’d like to be put on our wait list for this event please click on the link below.
The key to effective and holistic apologetics is to properly understand the nature, life, and work of Jesus Christ over and against competing worldviews and popular distortions, Christian or otherwise. Although, many are familiar with the depiction of Christ as the light of the world in John’s first epistle, few have given serious thought to what John means when he equates Christ with light. There are numerous well-meaning but insufficient treatments of Jesus on the part of his believers, epitomized by the phrase “Jesus is the answer.” There is a real need for a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and why he is the “light of men.”
The goal of the RZIM Summer Institute 2013 is to foster a more robust understanding of the nature, life, and work of Jesus Christ, and to motivate and equip its participants to make comprehensible to others why Christ is the light of the world.
What is the RZIM Summer Institute?
The RZIM Summer Institute is a concentrated week of study conducted by RZIM speakers and multiple adjunct lecturers. The week is a series of five sessions broken out by topic and emphasis, as well as daily corporate worship and devotions. The Summer Institute also provides a special elective track based on one’s interest of the following: church, university, marketplace, or arts. It aims to address the most pressing needs of the church in America today. It also provides an answer to the often stated request for an in-depth training program within the United States. Capacity is limited to approximately 200 attendees.
During the worship, devotions, fellowship time, we will share how the RZIM team gains critical insights into our culture and how they engage an increasingly secular world both on a popular and an academic level. But we also hope to invest personally in you.
One of the greatest rewards of the RZIM Summer Institute is the availability of the speakers. This is a place where one-on-one interaction is not only possible but also encouraged. These speakers are interested in your journey and the calling God has placed on your own life.
The RZIM Summer Institute is held at Wheaton College, located in Wheaton, Illinois. Situated 25 miles west of culturally rich Chicago, Wheaton College offers a convenient site for the Summer Institute with its close proximity to both O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Midway Field (MDW). Founded in 1860 by visionary Jonathan Blanchard, Wheaton College exists today as a stronghold of Christian higher learning. Since the college’s founding, Wheaton remains true to its motto,“For Christ and His Kingdom.”
One of the many highlights of the college is the Billy Graham Center, which houses the Billy Graham Center Museum. Visitors to the museum will enjoy a unique visual overview of the history of Christian evangelism and its influence on American society. With rare artifacts and interactive displays that begin with the early history of America and climax with a powerful walk-through presentation of the gospel message, the museum offers a unique depiction of missions, evangelism, and contemporary Christian art.
Another unique feature of Wheaton College’s campus is The Marion E. Wade Center. The Wade Center houses a major research collection of the books and papers of seven British authors: Owen Barfield, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Dorothy L. Sayers, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. In addition, the Wade Center has a museum where such pieces as C.S. Lewis’s family wardrobe and writing desk, J.R.R. Tolkien’s desk, Pauline Baynes’s original map of Narnia, and many other memorabilia, photographs, books, and manuscripts are on display.
More information on Wheaton College and the surrounding area can be found at www.wheaton.edu.
The RZIM Summer Institute is not a function of Wheaton College.
|$400 early bird discount||Standard Cost|
|Type||By April 30||May 1 – June 1|
|Standard Room (2 per room; 4 per bathroom)||
|Private Room (1 per room; 2 per bathroom)||
|Married Couple (2 per room; 2 per bathroom)||
|Commuter (no accommodations)||
The standard cost of the RZIM Summer Institute is $1800 per person ($1400 by April 30). The standard room is double occupancy. There are a limited number of private rooms available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $2000 ($1600 by April 30).
Married couples may be accommodated in the same room for $3000 ($2600 by April 30). All rooms are located in Wheaton residence halls and have a suite-style room/bath.
The RZIM Summer Institute is intended to be a residential week. However, for those who do not need accommodations, the price is $1600 ($1200 by April 30).
Prices include all meals, refreshments, tuition and materials. Attendees are responsible for all travel arrangements to and from Wheaton College.
We regret that we are unable to offer any scholarships.
Registration closes once capacity is reached or on June 1. No refunds will be given after June 1.
To secure a place at the RZIM Summer Institute you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 upon registration and to pay the balance by May 1.
This year’s speakers:
Summer Institute 2013 Schedule
The flow of the 2013 Program is intentional in its movement from a time of worship to the final session as it seeks to embody the notion that an apologetic life flows from a heart of worship and is deeply rooted in the biblical narrative, the life and work of Jesus Christ, and the followers who have made his ways the most comprehensible to the lost among us.
The person under discussion in each of the morning sessions (Lewis, Sayers, Chesterton, Keller, Plantinga) will be integrated into all of the talks that follow on that day, lending further unity and cohesion to the joint efforts of the various speakers.
Additionally, we have taken the valuable feedback from SI 2012 into account, and incorporated a fourth elective track (Arts) to help participants identify which realm (church, university, marketplace, arts) most intersects their day-to-day lives, careers, and vocations.
The electives allow for a more conversational dynamic surrounding the topic at hand, and provide participants with another opportunity to interact with the speakers.
To hear the audio for the sessions of the year that you were enrolled in the Summer Institute click on the appropriate link below: