Want to present at the El Paso Creation Network?
Updated: Sep 30, 2021
If you would like to give a presentation or lead a discussion group at one of our upcoming El Paso Creation Network (EPCN) conferences, please read the requirements below:
You must watch and generally agree with the movie Is Genesis History? prior to presenting. This movie gives an excellent overview and defense of the Biblical Creation Worldview and will prepare you well to understand the perspective our Network holds to.
No, we are not saying that you are not a Christian if you don’t agree with all points laid out in the movie; however, in order to have consistency and integrity as a Creation Network, we believe it’s important that we are all on the same page on our views on Genesis.
Furthermore, the foundation for the gospel and key creation doctrine depends on Genesis 1-11 being true history. Nonetheless, it should be noted that denial of faith alone, by Christ alone and by grace alone is a rejection of the gospel and we will not allow the promotion of any other gospel except what has been “once for all been delivered to the saints” (Galatians 1; Jude 3).
If you want to present at an EPCN meeting, we ask that you follow these guidelines below for your background research and preparation:
Beginner to Intermediate level presenters: At least 3 sources with a works cited page in MLA format.
Advanced Presenter: You will need at least 5 sources.
Besides Scripture as the framework for approaching every topic ( unless your topic is only on Biblical interpretation of Genesis) one of these sources needs to be a theological focused source and another needs to be a science focused source.
See this page for a list of recommended Creation Science sources.
Also, please check out this page for a list of “arguments that we think creationists should not use.”
At least 3 people to peer-review your paper and/or presentation (beg-intermediate):
1 needs to be someone with theological training and/or training in Creation Apologetics.
1 needs to be someone with formal science training.
Advanced Presenters should aim for at least 5 peer reviewed sources.
Please list who your reviewers are after your works cited page.
A handout is not required for Intermediate-Advanced levels, but would be greatly appreciated. Also, a PowerPoint slide is not required, but highly recommended for presenters for breakouts.
Question: "I don’t know who can review my paper/presentation, who should I send it to?"
You can email me your paper or slide presentation at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can help review your work and send it to more people for review.
Question: "Who can present?"
Children, teens and adults are encouraged to present.
Question: "How long should the presentation be?"
Children: around 5 minutes or less.
Beginner-Intermediate (teens or adults): 15-30 minutes.
Advanced: 30-60 minutes.
After each breakout presentation, be prepared to answer a few questions from the audience.
Note on Adult leader for children breakout groups:
Adults that help lead the children breakouts will be using approved curriculum and don’t need to provide background research before they lead the children group. They will only need to watch and agree with “Is Genesis History?” and be able to pass a background check.
Question: “I would like to present, but I’m not sure where to begin. What should I do?”
Recommendations for beginner/intermediate level:
Look at our Creation resource list, choose a topic that is of interest to you and present on that.
Summarize or highlight a key point from a Creation Science book, movie or YouTube video.
Feel free to email me if you need more suggestions for ideas.
Recommendations for Advanced presenters:
See list above
Consider doing your own research from a creation perspective related to something around our own area in El Paso-Las Cruces.
Question: “Why are you having presenters go through a peer review process? Isn’t that a little excessive?”
High Integrity demands it: We believe that creation science lovers should be given the opportunity to practice sharing the truth with others and we believe we should have the highest integrity with Biblical interpretation and the presentation of scientific data. If we do not have high integrity in this area, it will unnecessarily hinder our mission and credibility. We want others to be able to invite other believers & their evolutionists friends to these conferences and it will not do anyone a favor if we promote bad science or bad exegesis in the name of defending the truth.
Growth in the Lord and our mind: We believe that both young and old presenters will grow as a result of honest and gracious feedback before they present. In fact, Proverbs 27:17 affirms that “as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” and Ephesians 4:15 affirms that we grow when we “[speak] the truth in love.” Growing in our walk with Jesus and worshipping him more as a result of our studies of Scripture and science is one of the key goals of the Creation Network!
Question: “Will there be an opportunity for local presenters at every single EPCN events?”
For the majority of our EPCN events, yes, but not all of them. Some events we hope to bring in leading Creation Scientists (starting in 2022) to present and in order to make the most of their time, they will be speaking for the whole event.
Question: “What if I disagree with your view of Genesis, Origins and Flood Geology but want to have a public dialogue or debate with someone or present another view on this topic at your events?”
You are welcome to attend any of our events and respectfully ask questions after presentations and in a group discussion, but we are not, as a network, planning to platform speakers that disagree with our statement of faith, as that would go against our mission. Sometimes, however, our speakers will engage with the ideas from opposing positions (I.e. human evolution, Walton’s ‘lost world of Genesis’, Day Age, Gap theory, theistic evolution, etc.) and seek to represent them accurately and fairly and offer up objective critiques. In the future, we may look at hosting debates on these topics with representatives from both sides.
We can’t wait to see how God will use this Network Glorify Himself. In the meantime, check out our promo video for our network and stay tuned for the posting of our review video from our Network launch and promo for our first fall Creation Network Conference.
Our fall conference will take place on Nov. 6th at Scotsdale Baptist from 9am-3pm (see below). Admittance is free for this conference but please email us if you plan to attend so we can plan plan accordingly.