Truth for Youth Camp (August 2021)

About this Camp:

Our Worldview Camps are for young people who have a desire to know more about God and to strengthen their Christian faith. These camps explore the Christianity in a deeper way than CYC Waihola’s regular camps.

Campers will learn reasons to be confident in what they believe as Christians. They will be equipped to explain the Christian faith to non-Christians.  They will see that God is the most reasonable explanation as the origin of everything we see and experience in the world.

Join us as we explore tough questions, develop a more confident faith, and get equipped to be ambassadors for Jesus in our world today.

Our internationally recognised speakers, Dr. Steve Kumar and Todd Funk, along with our camp director, Jeff Coleman, will dive into worldview topics like atheism, Darwinian evolution, and the reliability of the Bible over 12 sessions.

There will also be time for food, fellowship, and fun over the weekend!

Camp Speakers:

Dr Steve Kumar
Dr Steve Kumar is an author, teacher, speaker, and apologist committed to answering the tough questions of the skeptics and equipping believers with the tools to think more clearly about their faith.

For almost thirty years Dr Kumar has been actively involved in speaking and writing about apologetics, philosophy and faith. As a prominent New Zealand Christian apologist, he is a sought-after speaker in academic and church settings around the world. He is a frequent guest on television, radio, and news media programs and is an influential voice on issues that relate to the credibility of the Christian truth claims.

As well as acting as the apologetics lecturer at the Excel School of Performing Arts for over 13 years, Dr Kumar has been a regular guest speaker at more than twelve colleges and campuses around New Zealand and throughout the world. He has debated several notable skeptics and atheists.

He co-founded and was president of the New Zealand Evangelical Apologetics Society and since then has been involved in working alongside christian thinkers, activists, church-planters, and pastors. With a passion for communicating ideas in a way that is accessible and lively.

He has authored a number of books including Think Why You Believe, Answering the Counterfeit, and Christianity for the Skeptics, which particularly has been recognised as an approachable and even-handed defense of the Christian faith and recently won the ‘Angel Award’ for excellence in media.
Todd Funk

Unique, inspiring, helpful…awesome, have been words used by many in describing Todd’s presentations. Because Todd has somewhat of an eclectic mix of gifts, interests and experience, his delivery is quite unique…especially in the “apologetics world”. He has a science background (BS. Biological Science University of California Irvine) and a love for knowledge and truth. Ten years as a public high school science teacher coupled with his years of experience doing youth camps, preaching and even weekly Bible-in-School programs has forged Todd into sought after communicator who knows how to engage diverse audiences.

In 2004, Todd, along with his wife Donna of 26 years and their two children, Alixx and Nikki, lay down the safety and security of their teaching careers and immigrated to New Zealand from the United States. In response to his obedience to fulfil God’s ministry call on his life, God has opened doors of opportunity for teaching, preaching and training throughout the USA, New Zealand, Ukraine, Australia, the Pacific Islands and beyond.

Todd‘s messages, teaching and ministry have powerfully impacted people of all ages on several continents. He has spoken for Thinking Matters at our Confident Christianity conferences and Unshaken Youth & Young Adult Conference and has been involved in men’s ministries and accountability groups for over 15 years.

Jeff Coleman

Jeff grew up in Salina, Kansas, USA, and trusted in Jesus at a youth camp as a boy. After university, he met and married Averil, a Kiwi, in 2008. He and Averil now have five children.

Jeff served as a lawyer with the U.S. Air Force from 2007-2014, and then studied theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 2016.

He and Averil moved to Timaru in 2017 to found Firm Foundation New Zealand. In 2019, the family moved further south to Dunedin with the support of Cornerstone International Bible Church.

Jeff is passionate about disciple making, the Bible, evangelism, and developing young Christian leaders.

Jeff now serves as an elder at Caversham Community Church and continues to serve as a reservist in the U.S. Air Force.

Camp Schedule:

Thursday August 19 – Free Opening Session at Grace House, Dunedin (26 St David Street, Dunedin)
7pm – Steve Kumar: The Battle for the Mind
8pm – Todd Funk: Worldviews

Friday, August 20 – CYC Waihola
7pm – Steve Kumar: The Illusions of Our Culture
8pm – Todd Funk: U R W I S E (Theism vs. Atheism)

Saturday, August 21 – CYC Waihola
9am – Steve Kumar: The Crisis of Secular Man
10am – Todd Funk: The Darwin Delusion, Part 1
11am – Breakouts:

  • Steve Kumar: Academia Practicum
  • Todd Funk: Public Speaking Practicum
  • Jeff Coleman: Evangelism Practicum

7pm – Steve Kumar: What About Other Religions?
8pm – Todd Funk: The Darwin Delusion, Part 2

Sunday, August 22 – CYC Waihola (local churches invited)
10am – Steve Kumar: Is the Bible the Word of God?
11am – Todd Funk: Loving God with All Your Mind
2pm – Steve Kumar: 20 Reasons Why Christianity Makes Sense
3pm – Todd Funk: 10 E’s of New Testament Reliability
3.45pm – Conference ends

Camp Features:

Camp Games

Give ArcheryTag a go or try out the famous Zipline during the weekend

Good Food

We'll be eating some awesome food over the weekend

Meet the Camp Director:

MEET JEFF

Jeff grew up in Salina, Kansas, USA, and trusted in Jesus at a youth camp as a boy. After university, he met and married Averil, a Kiwi, in 2008. He and Averil now have five children. Jeff served as a lawyer with the U.S. Air Force from 2007-2014, and then studied theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, from which he graduated in 2016. He and Averil moved to Timaru in 2017 to found Firm Foundation New Zealand. In 2019, the family moved further south to Dunedin with the support of Cornerstone International Bible Church. Jeff is passionate about disciple making, the Bible, evangelism, and developing young Christian leaders. Jeff now serves as an elder at Caversham Community Church and continues to serve as a reservist in the U.S. Air Force.