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    Encounter is Cru’s MidSouth winter conference in Greensboro, NC. It’s a fun-filled four days over winter break where you will encounter the living God with over 1,000 other students and staff from across the MidSouth region. Deepen your walk with God through daily corporate worship music, inspiring messages by special guests, breakout sessions and a day of faith in the local community.


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  • U.S. Summer Project


    Let's Be Honest...we know that you have lots of options for your 2015 summer. Hopefully, as you consider how to invest your time, you desire to challenged in your faith, to serve others, to grow in your relationship with the Lord, etc. That's why we offer Summer Projects. You'll hear a lot about the fun, community, and friendships that happen there--but deep down, our desire is that as a result of project, you would fall more in love with Jesus. Please pray about applying to join us in 2015 on Summer Project.

    Apply at gosummerproject.com

    MidSouth Summer Project Stateside Locations:
    • Smoky Mountain
    • Santa Cruz
    • NYC Tribeca
    • Historic Charleston
    • Clearwater Beach
    • Daytona Beach
    • Greek Summit
  • Opportunities

    Hover over the word "Opportunities" in the menu bar to see various opportunities at Encounter 2014.
  • Details


    Encounter 2014 will be held at Sheraton Greensboro @ Four Seasons in Greensboro, NC

    Address: 3121 High Point Road @ I-40 Greensboro, NC 27407

    Phone: 336.292.9161 | SheratonGreensboro.com



    April 1, 2014 through May 10, 2014 the full-price is $149. (w/ required $100 deposit)

    May 11, 2014 through October 31, 2014 the full-price is $199. (w/ required $100 deposit)

    November 1, 2014 through December 12, 2014 the full-price is $239. (w/ required $100 deposit)

    December 13, 2014 through December 28, 2014 the full-price is $269. (w/ required $100 deposit to secure housing)


    The following are a breakdown of prices for partial conference attendance:

    Housed in the Hotel:

    1 Night: $60.00

    2 Nights: $120.00

    3 Nights: $180.00

    Commuters (not staying in the hotel):

    1/2 Day: $20

    1 Day: $40

    2 Days: $80

    3 Days: $120

    4 Days: $160

    **The New Year's Eve party costs $25.00 and does not include housing costs.**

  • Global Missions Opportunities

    Did you know there are about 120 million university students outside the borders of the U.S. and most of them have never heard about Christ? Here in the MidSouth, we have many opportunities to send staff, students, faculty, and others to help launch and build Christ-centered movements on campuses in our partnership locations...  

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    For more information, check out ugoglobal.com

  • Contact Us

    Any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us:

    Call: 919.290.1050

    Email: MidSouth@cru.org

    Twitter: @CruEncounter (Talk about it: #CruEncounter14)

    Facebook: facebook.com/CruEncounter


    Hotel Information:


    3121 High Point Road @ I-40

    Greensboro, NC 27407


  • Experience

    Conference Bookstore

    Browse hundreds of popular spiritual book titles and find resources about things God shows you during Encounter 2014.

    The Prayer Journey

    A unique prayer experience where people walk slowly as an aid to contemplative prayer and reflection. The Prayer Journey has been designed as a contemporary pilgrimage and includes activities at intervals along the path.

    The Global Gateway

    Come see where Cru in the MidSouth is going into the world. And find out how you can come help change the world.

    The Connection Lodge

    Your hang-out spot for the conference. Play games that are provided. Relax. Connect with friends.

    Art Expression Room

    God is the Creator of all things and we are His image bearers. If you feel closer to the Creator through painting/sketching/creating, seek out this room as a way to react to what He is showing you this week. Encounter God through art as an act of worship.


    Each day at Encounter, you will attend different sessions and seminars. More details about speakers and topics to come!

    Men's & Women's Sessions

    Men with Crawford Loritts and Women with Marian Jordan Ellis

    Matt Papa

    Matt Papa and his band are joining us again to lead us in worship. You can check out more about Matt Papa Ministries HERE at his website or take a listen on iTunes.

    Campus Times

    We will have designated times where you get to spend time as campuses/teams where you'll be able to further process what you're learning, have a campus dinner together, and apply what you're learning to bring it back to your campus in 2015!

    Pray in the New Year

    One of the best experiences that Encounter offers is praying in the New Year. Everyone will gather after campus times for prayer, worship, and a count down that recaps the week, leading everyone to the big New Year's Bash!

    New Years Eve Bash

    Get your dance on. Encounter rings in the new year like no one else. If you have never experienced the party--just ask someone who has...they will agree that it is one of the biggest dance parties you will ever experience. Ever.

  • Breakouts


    Be on the lookout for times and locations for the following breakouts offered at Encounter 2014:

    U.S. Internships

    MidSouth Operations

    National Operations

    New York Metro

    Greek Reception

    Ethnic Field Ministry

    Evangelism Training

  • FAQ

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    How are roommates assigned? Do I get to choose who I room with?

    Each ministry team/campus will submit a housing list prior to Encounter 2014. You will be responsible to communicate with your staff to request roommates, etc. Most teams have opportunities to sign up for housing plans at their weekly meetings before Encounter 2014. Please email or call your staff if you have more questions. If you're not sure who to contact, please contact us.

    Does Encounter 2014 offer any financial assistance or scholarships?

    Encounter 2014 does not offer any financial assistance or scholarships; however, this year we are offering discounted prices depending on when you register. April 1-May 10 is $149, May 11-October 31 is $199, November 1-December 12 is $239, and December 13-December 28 is $269. All prices require a $100 deposit that is non-refundable and non-transferable.

    Are deposits required? Are they refundable or transferable?

    Yes. You are required to pay a non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of $100.00. Failing to pay your deposit within the noted dates will cause your payment to increase accordingly (example: if you fail to pay your $100 deposit by Dec 12, your total price will increase from $239 to $269 regardless of when you begin your online registration.) If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.

    How much does it cost to attend the NYE Party?

    If you only attend the final session and the New Year's Eve Bash, it costs $25.00. You will not be allowed in the party without a name tag that can be purchased at the Information Desk outside of the main meeting ballroom. (This does not include housing costs. Those simply paying for the final session and the party will not be allowed to stay with conference attendees after the party. In other words: no crashing on the floor in your friends' room after the party. This is against hotel policy.) You will be responsible for your own housing at the hotel if you were to stay that night. Please contact the hotel HERE to reserve a room for that night. Thank you.

    What forms of payment do you accept?

    You can pay on the registration site with debit/credit cards, staff/campus scholarships, and we also accept checks made out to "Cru". You can send any checks to:

    MidSouth Cru

    c/o Operations

    2186 North Salem Street Suite 103

    Apex, NC 27523

    Absolutely not. If you are a student from another region or are wanting to see friends, summer project pals, or family in the MidSouth Region, feel free to register and come to Greensboro!

    Do I have to pay for parking at the hotel?

    Parking is free for all participants at Encounter 2014.

    Are meals included?

    Meals are not included at Encounter 2014; However, most teams/campuses will have a campus dinner one night during the conference. There are various places to eat within the hotel and within walking distances of the hotel. There is a mall food court adjacent to the hotel with various food options. There is also a WalMart 2 exits from the hotel where you can buy basic food for breakfast/lunch. Also, there is an option during registration to have a refrigerator in your hotel room to store perishable foods. (Hint: A lot of students do the whole poptart/bagel breakfast and PB&J lunch when they aren't eating out).

    When does on site registration start on December 28th?

    On site registration starts approximately 4pm on December 28th so that everyone will have time to arrive at the hotel and get settled before the first evening session at 8pm. Late registration will be held after the evening events of the 28th.

    Do I have to order a t-shirt online during registration or can I buy one when I get there?

    Because we don't print up many extra shirts, your best bet to secure a conference t-shirt in your size is to order it online during registration. There will be a limited amount of shirts for sale in the conference bookstore while supplies last.

    What if I only come for part of the conference? How much does it cost?

    Please go to the Information Desk outside of the main meeting ballroom to pay and receive a name tag for access.

    The following are a breakdown of prices for partial conference attendance:

    Housed in the Hotel:

    1 Day: $59.00
    2 Days: $118.00
    3 Days: $177.00

    Commuters (not staying in the hotel):

    1/2 Day: $20
    1 Day: $40
    2 Days: $80
    3 Days: $120
    4 Days: $159
  • Speakers


    Encounter 2014 Speakers

    Tyler-Jones-1Tyler Jones

    Tyler Jones and his wife Kimberly moved to Raleigh in 1997 after graduating from the UNC Chapel Hill. After working with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at North Carolina State University for 5 years, they felt called to plant a church in downtown Raleigh. Vintage 21 Church was planted in the fall of 2002 with a small group of people and currently has 3 locations in the Triangle that meet every Sunday. He serves as Southeast Regional Director for the Acts29 church-planting network, and founded Advance the Church, a cooperative nondenominational movement to help plant and revitalize local churches. Aside from pastoring and leading, he is currently studying for an MDiv at Gordon Conwell. Tyler and Kimberly have three little ones: Ellia, Lyla, and Lincoln. Follow @PastorTyler

    Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 4.08.21 PMMarian Jordan Ellis

    Marian Jordan Ellis is the founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries. She is an active Bible study teacher, conference speaker and published author. She is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Marian lives in San Antonio with her husband Justin and their two boys, Andrew and Brenden. Marian's powerful testimony of coming to brokenness and emptiness and her dynamic account of the gentle mercy and forceful grace of Christ who called her into his love permeate all of her writings and speaking engagements. Who in Christ and ready to tell any ear that will listen, Marian has a passion for leading others to her Redeemer.

    Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 4.03.00 PMCrawford Loritts

     Dr. Crawford Loritts served on staff with Cru for 27 years as a speaker, writer, and Associate Director of the US Campus Ministry.  He is currently the Sr. Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, GA.  He and his wife Karen have been married for 43 years and have four grown children, two of whom are also pastors.  Crawford's speaking engagements have included evangelistic outreaches, conferences, conventions, churches, colleges and seminaries. He is a frequent speaker for professional sports teams, including three Super Bowls and the NCAA Final Four Chapel. He has spoken to gatherings of senior military officers at the Pentagon. He is a featured speaker at Promise Keepers men's conferences. He and his wife, Karen, are featured speakers at Family Life's marriage and parenting conferences. Crawford is also a visiting professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.


    Screen Shot 2014-03-27 at 4.07.37 PMMiles O'Neill

    Miles O'Neill has been on staff with Cru for 20 years. He is originally from Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington. He has lived in East Asia and recently has served at UNC-Chapel Hill for the past 12 years. He and his wife Emme have 3 children. Miles enjoys coffee, reading, running and fly-fishing.


    papaMatt Papa Band

    Matt Papa is a minister & recording artist based out of Raleigh, North Carolina where he lives with his wife, Lauren, & their three daughters, Paisley, Stella, & Sofi. He serves as an Artist-In-Residence & Worship Leader at The Summit Church in Durham. For over a decade, Matt has been writing & recording songs that are saturated with God's Truth. To Papa, a song is more than just lyrics & melody—it's a sermon people remember. His latest studio release, "Look & Live", is a loud & liberating call to people everywhere to break the chains of boredom, addiction, & idolatry...not ultimately by trying harder but by experiencing a greater thrill—the beauty & glory of God. At the heart of Papa's ministry is a vision to see the nations worship the One True God; & to that end, Matt radically leverages his life, his ministry, & his music. Follow @Matt_Papa


    Rend CollectiveRend Collective

    Irish worshippers and Dove Award-nominated band Rend Collective are known for pushing artistic boundaries, daring the faithful to re-imagine worship and community. A group of friends collectively wondering how to make sense of the conundrum of life, God and community, the band’s name is a nod to the places in Scripture where it says to “rend your hearts” and not your garments. A bold call to be genuine. A call that shows through in songs like “Come On My Soul,” “Alabaster,” “Praise Like Fireworks” and their radio and Youtube video hit “Build Your Kingdom Here.” With a rootsy, folk style and lyrics that are scriptural and both fresh and ancient, Rend Collective have recorded three critically acclaimed projects: Organic Family Hymnal, Homemade Worship By Handmade People and Campfire. In the spring of 2014, Rend releases The Art of Celebration, an album that focuses on the spiritual discipline of joy with the same raucous energy that has won fans the world over.


  • Staff Interviews

    Juniors, Seniors, & Grad Students: if you are considering applying for full-time staff with Cru in the next 12 months you must take an interview. Encounter is a great time to do that! Times vary, sign up during on site registration or at the Info Desk. Please bring business casual attire for your interview. Note: A staff interview is not required for internships or part-time field staff.
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