Christian Leaders Trip
Since 1995, Canyon Ministries has provided Christ-centered trips through the Grand Canyon and has been blessed to lead trips for some of the top creation scientists from around the world. Through our Scholarship Fund, the Lord has allowed us to meet one of the desires of my heart by putting together a special week-long trip through the canyon for Christian leaders. Friends of our ministry make it possible for us to offer this unique opportunity with substantial scholarships so that every invitee can go on the trip at greatly reduced personal expense.
Many Christians believe that since the scientific arguments about origins are outside their own area of expertise, they are compelled to accept the scientific community’s standard interpretation the earth is billions of years old. I held this view well into my adult life before coming to faith in Christ. For about half of my more than 30 years of experience in the canyon, I taught people this old-earth, evolutionary interpretation of the canyon. But thanks to the work of many creation geologists, I am now persuaded the physical evidence we observe in the canyon (like the geology in the rest of the world) truly does support a literal interpretation of God’s Word.
Partnering with The Master’s Seminary (TMS) and Answers in Genesis (AiG), Canyon Ministries exposes Christian leaders to the geological evidence in the Grand Canyon that we believe powerfully confirms the literal history in Genesis about Noah’s Flood and the age of the earth. The Christian Leaders Trip is aimed at presidents, deans, and professors from seminaries and Bible colleges who have direct influence over the teaching of the Old Testament, specifically Genesis 1-11; leaders of large ministries with an emphasis in apologetics; and senior teaching pastors from large churches.
The 2013 Christian Leaders Trip (CLT) will be our sixth trip. We have shared the canyon with 120 Christian leaders and professors from 8 nations, representing over 100 different institutions, organizations, and churches. To view a distribution map of the CLT attendees, click on CLT Map.
Click on the image above to view Dr. Del Tackett's comments on his 2008 CLT. Also, here is what Dr. Tim Tomlinson, President, Bethlehem College and Seminary, said about the trip:
“This trip is remarkable. Not only does it provide a close-up look at one of the amazing marvels of God’s creation, it challenges your way of thinking about the importance of the biblical account of creation. For those who are uncertain about the origins debate or for those who have already determined what they believe about it, this trip is strategic. Don’t be afraid to go on this trip no matter what perspective you have. It is always good to be challenged to be as biblical as possible and this trip will do that. Be prepared to worship, learn, be blessed with sweet fellowship and camaraderie, and experience the Grand Canyon like never before. The importance of this issue is not going to go away and this trip can help you become better equipped to address it from a more informed perspective than just about anything thing else you can do. I thank the Lord for opportunity to go on this trip.”
A list of past participants, along with their comments about the trip, can be found at CLT Participants & Recommendations. (Note that the positions/institution listed represents the individual's position at the time of the trip.)
The by-invitation-only Christian Leaders Trip is 8 days long (7 of which are in the Grand Canyon), and covers 187 miles of the Colorado River. The trip length is dictated by the entry and exit points to the canyon, set by the National Park Service. This is the most interesting and scenic stretch of the Grand Canyon and provides up-close access to the geological evidence we believe confirms the account of the Flood and the biblical timescale.
Explanation of the geological evidence is provided by AiG’s Director of Research, Andrew Snelling. Dr. Snelling is a PhD geologist who has been doing research in the Grand Canyon for over 20 years. Dr. Terry Mortenson, AiG speaker with a PhD in the history of geology, and Dr. William Barrick, Professor of Old Testament at TMS, provide historical and biblical input related to our understanding of the canyon and the controversy over the age of the earth.
God has called Canyon Ministries to a unique, very effective mission: to reveal evidence in the Grand Canyon to influential Christian leaders in order to affirm the authority of God’s Word, with an emphasis on the first 11 chapters of Genesis. The intensive teaching on the trip conforms to the Foundational Beliefs of Canyon Ministries. Will you partner with us financially in this important mission? Canyon Ministries is a non-profit ministry able to accept your corporate or personal tax-deductible investment* in the Christian Leaders Trip.
Special Donation Offer
Renee Yelton, an accomplished photographer who accompanied Canyon Ministries on several trips, has made a very generous offer to provide anyone who contributes $250 or more to Canyon Ministries with a choice of one of her 16” X 20” matted pictures.
To learn more about this special offer, go to the Special Donation Offer page.
To partner with us in making the CLT a reality every year, simply make your check payable to Canyon Ministries and send it to:
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Being part of the Lord's work is exciting and we welcome your partnership. If you would like to know more about specific needs or have any questions, please contact us at (602) 254-5798.
*Tax-deductible gifts may be made to Canyon Ministries under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.