Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What age group do you target?

A. We aim at professing Christian students 16 - 18 years of age. However, younger high school age students can benefit from our programs if they are willing and able to digest the content. 

Q. Is Faith Ascent affiliated with a particular Christian denomination?
A. No. Our board of directorsstaff, volunteer staff, and teachers come from diverse Christian backgrounds. As a rule, we are all unified in essential Christian 

Q. What age group do you target?

A. We aim at professing Christian students 16 - 18 years of age. However, younger high school age students can benefit from our programs if they are willing and able to digest the content. 

Q. Is Faith Ascent affiliated with a particular Christian denomination?
A. No. Our board of directorsstaff, volunteer staff, and teachers come from diverse Christian backgrounds. However, our respective Christian backgrounds would be considered orthodox or theologically conservative by most (if not all). As a rule, we are all unified in terms of essential Christian doctrines.

Q. What topics do you address?
A. We mix presuppositional, evidential, and classical Christian apologetics. Topics include but are not limited to: Faith & Science, The Reliability of The Bible, Biblical Hermeneutics, The Historical Jesus, The Validity of Jesus’ Resurrection, The Problem of Evil, Faith & Reason, Dealing With Doubts, Christian Sexual Ethics, Conversational Evangelism, World Religions, Film & Music, Relevant Cultural Topics, Etc.

Q. What is Faith Ascent's stance on the details of creation?
A. We present strong theological and philosophical reasons for reading Genesis 1 - 3 through the lens of Christian orthodoxy and viewing scientific theories through the lens of Christian orthodoxy. We strongly affirm that the transition from nothing to something, from something to life, and from life to a literal Adam & Eve is God ordered, God sustained, and nothing short of miraculous. However, we encourage healthy debate and discourage unhealthy division by inviting diverse speakers to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the varying positions within YEC, OEC, ID, and TE camps. While we acknowledge important theological and scientific concerns that arise, we recognize that thoughtful Christians, committed to the authority of Scripture, come to different conclusions on these matters.  

NOTE: When encountering ideas at college level, this exposure to diversity of opinion fosters confident curiosity and thoughtfulness as students work out their own positions. The word "university" is derived from the Latin universitas magistrorum et scholarium, which roughly means "community of teachers and scholars." Best practices and common sense suggest that students are better prepared for a university setting after being exposed to a range of positions on "debatable matters" while emphasizing sound Biblical hermeneutics, sound Biblical exegesis, and, most importantly, the centrality of Jesus to the Christian faith. 

Q. What is Faith Ascent's stance on Christian sexual ethics?
A. Faith Ascent affirms the fact that humans tend to flourish when sexual desire and sexual activity is kept between one man and one woman in the context of a covenant relationship. This is consistent with God's original design for human flourishing as revealed to us in The Bible (Genesis 2, Matt 19, 1 Corinth 6, Rom 1). Furthermore, this is consistent with the available sociological, biological, and psychological evidence currently available to us. However, we also affirm the fact that, because of the fall and because of our sinful choices, sexual imperfection impacts everyone. 

Q. What is Faith Ascent's stance on LGBTQ... desires, marriage, and celibacy as it relates to Christian sexual ethics?
A. We affirm the fact that, because of the fall and because of our sinful choices, sexual imperfection impacts everyone and, in some cases, LBGTQ*** desires and attractions result. We affirm the fact that reparative therapy has been helpful to some and harmful to others. We affirm the Christian hope in healing and, at the same time, we absolutely affirm the slowness of sanctification and the possible reality of lifelong "thorns in the flesh." Beyond that, we affirm the Biblical precedent for Christian celibacy (1 Corinth 7). Furthermore, we believe obedience to the call of singleness in no way disqualifies Christians from ministry. With regard to marriage, Faith Ascent affirms the fact that humans tend to flourish when sexual desire and sexual activity is kept between one man and one woman in the context of a covenant relationship. This is consistent with God's original design for human flourishing as revealed to us in The Bible (Genesis 2, Matt 19, 1 Corinth 6, Rom 1).   

Q. Are you just like Summit Ministries?
A. No. While we are fans of Summit and though there may be some speaker overlap, Faith Ascent is very different. For example, our camp is designed to simulate a challenging college experience. Our students stay in college dorms, attend lectures in college classrooms, and can receive college credits. Also, our camp is capped at 100 students. This offers our students a unique opportunity to have their individual questions answered by nationally known authors and speakers. Here's what one of our students said: "I went to an apologetics camp [Summit] last summer. I needed a smaller group. This camp [Base Camp] was great and less expensive." - Laurel B. Furthermore, if you are unable to send your student(s) to our camp we will bring our camp to your student(s) through our seminars

Q. How is Faith Ascent Funded?
A. We are not funded by a single church or denomination. We rely on the faithful support of individual parents, pastors, and concerned Christians just like you. While we firmly believe your first charitable responsibility is to your local church, we ask that you would prayerfully consider, in addition to your tuition payment, supporting us on a monthly basis or with a one time gift. You can give here.

Q. My student does not plan to attend a “secular” college. Will he or she still benefit from the programs?
A. Yes. Though our topics are geared toward college bound high-school Juniors and Seniors, all age appropriate students interested in learning how to better defend and articulate their Christian beliefs will benefit.

Q. My student has been educated in worldview studies. Will he or she still benefit from the programs?
A. Yes. Though there may be some overlap, all age appropriate students interested in learning how to better defend and articulate their Christian beliefs will benefit.

Q. I'm pretty sure my student is not a Christian. Will he or she still benefit from the programs?
A. Yes and no. Our seminars are beneficial to anyone interested in the topics. Our summer camp, however, is designed to equip professing Christian teenagers only. If your student is not a professing Christian, our friends at Young Life and K-Life are better equipped to serve your needs. Tell them we sent you!

Q. My student has behavioral and/or mental challenges. Will he or she still benefit from the programs?
A. Maybe. Can your student refrain from distracting others? Will your student be able to engage with and understand the lecture content? If you answered "no" to one or both of these questions, our programs probably aren't a good fit. 

Please contact us with other questions or concerns.

 

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Office Phone: 314-587-3696
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Faith Ascent Ministries
11737 Administration Drive, Suite 1
St. Louis, Missouri 63146