What are the hours of the convention?
We are still fine-tuning the specifics of the schedule, but the general outline is:
Thursday 5:00pm – 9:00pm Keynote Speakers & Sessions
Friday 9:00am – 9:00pm Keynote Speakers & Sessions, Children's & Teen Programs
Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm Keynote Speakers & Sessions, Children's & Teen Programs
What time does the convention start?
The convention will begin on Thursday with Ken Ham speaking at 5pm and conclude Saturday at 6pm.
Can I get recordings of all the speaking sessions?
Yes. We will have recordings for almost every speaking session available at the 2013 Conventions. If you want recordings from the 2012 Teach Them Diligently Convention in Spartanburg, please purchase them here.
How do I modify my registration after it has been processed?
You can modify your registration by logging in to your account with your username and password. You are able to change your email address, names and other information. You can also add options such as Men's Breakfast, Battle for Truth children's program, Four-12 teen program or the Four-12 Servant Leadership teen program. However, we do not offer refunds once your registration has been processed.
To modify your registration, please follow the instructions below:
In the upper right hand corner of the Teach Them Diligently website, click My Account.
On the right hand side of the page, click My Registration.
Click the Edit icon to add your choice of options. (Men's Breakfast, Battle for Truth Children's Program, 4:12 Teen Program or Servant Leadership)
Are grandparents included in the Family Registration?
Yes, they are! You can request additional credentials for them on site. You do not need to add their details to your registration.
What is the one main goal and purpose of Teach Them Diligently Convention?
Teach Them Diligently hopes to encourage families and parents in the discipleship of their children. Homeschool is not the Gospel, and just because parents homeschool their children does not mean their children will honor God with their talents when they leave the home. We homeschool to disciple our children and to equip them to glorify God when they leave the home. Christian parents do understand this, but they need constant encouragement, because discipleship is hard work.
Teach Them Diligently is a tool to refresh the vision of parents and to encourage them to disciple—to not lose focus of the Center of our homeschool, which is Jesus Christ. The entire event is soaked in prayer, and the gospel is prevalent throughout the event. This is what sets us apart and why the fans that know us are so enthusiastic. We encourage you to read the testimonials. Teach Them Diligently is distinctive, and you can see this through the families that have experienced our events.
Will there be curriculum providers or speakers that do not believe young earth creationism at Teach Them Diligently?
We require all curriculum companies and speakers who provide a Bible, History, or Science Curriculum that touches on Beginnings or the Trustworthiness of the Bible to sign a statement of faith; however, if a curriculum provider or speaker is outside those three areas, we do not insist on a signature. As a result, it is possible that companies focused on grammar, handwriting, math, etc., do not all necessarily believe in young earth creationism and may even be non-Christian.
We also ask curriculum re-sellers to not bring books supporting evolution as fact.
Why does Teach Them Diligently focus so heavily on Young Earth Creationism and the inerrancy of the Bible?
We connect these two views directly to the Gospel. The Gospel literally means news. It is news of the most amazing redemption story ever told. It is news of the Grace and Mercy of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the One foretold to sit on the throne of David and preside over an ever increasing kingdom (Is. 9:7) Jesus Christ commands before His ascension into heaven, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:” (Mt 28:18-20).
To summarize, because Christ has authority, He is commanding us to make disciples and to disciple. To do what He did during His earthly ministry. Where does His authority come from? Well, the Father gave it to Him, and beyond that, He created us, and His Word is true and unwavering. In Romans 5, Paul directly connects the Gospel or News of Jesus Christ to Genesis by saying that through one man sin came into the human race and through one man we are redeemed. This directly connects the creation of man to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To undermine, the first three chapters of Genesis is to undermine the Gospel.
Don’t get me wrong: God does not need us to tell Him Who He is. And, the story is true whether we believe it or not, “...For I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham” (Lk. 3:8). However, we believe that to undermine the creation account found in Genesis is to attack the Gospel. Any description by man of how the world came to be must be based on the account found in Genesis-include a first Adam and second Adam-or they are undermining the Good News of Jesus Christ. If you do not believe in a Young Earth as fact, you are still welcomed to come; however, we do ask you to respect our views on this issue. As you can see, we believe it is quite important!
What is the overall purpose of Worldwide Tentmakers?
Worldwide Tentmakers exists to promote, prepare, and place self-supporting witnesses worldwide. We believe that business has great potential as a conduit to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. We use Paul as an example, just as most mission agencies do. Paul was a tentmaker in Corinth, Ephesus, Thessalonica, and other places while planting churches in those cities.
So, in a sense, one of the purposes of Teach Them Diligently is to introduce the ministries of Worldwide Tentmakers to homeschool families.
Is Teach Them Diligently organized by a for-profit or non-profit organization?
Teach Them Diligently is organized by a non-profit mission-board called Worldwide Tentmakers. All net-revenue or profit from Teach Them Diligently flows directly to ministries that we support overseas. Currently, Worldwide Tentmakers supports ministries in the Far East, Poland, and Scotland. We are involved in education in some level overseas, because of the opportunity it provides to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Because we are a mission board, the Gospel is central to everything that we do.
Are children and nursing babies allowed in the speaking sessions?
You are welcome to bring your children into the speaking sessions; however, we do ask that you be considerate of others by having your children sit on the floor when possible, so adults can take the seats. Also, we have comfortable rooms for nursing and fussy children with closed-circuit audio and video for parents that need to remove children from speaking sessions. Our goal is to be as family-friendly as possible, and we do not want parents to miss any sessions, if possible. The nursing rooms and fussy toddler rooms have only the large keynote sessions from the large auditorium piped in.
Do you offer refunds?
Just as is customary with any ticketed event, we are not able to offer refunds or cancelations once a registration has been processed. Though we regret that this is the case, we are not able to accommodate massive changes or transfers of registrations. All registrations are considered final.
Do you offer any volunteer subsidies (scholarships) for the Convention?
Yes. We have a limited number of voluteer subsidies available. These subsidies involve working several hours at the Teach Them Diligently Convention. You can follow the volunteer tab on the main menu for more information about volunteering at one of our sites.
Can I buy tickets for individual days or for just the exhibit hall?
No, we offer one reasonable price per family for the entire Convention; however, our family price is competitive with most conventions' single day or exhibit hall only passes.
What about on-site parking and lodging?
In Spartanburg, on-site parking will be free. In Omaha and Nashville, there will be a charge for parking, if you park in the Convention Center parking lots. In Nashville, free parking is available at the Opry Mills Mall near the Convention Center.
At all sites, if you stay at the local hotels, you will be eligible for reduced rate ($5 per day at Gaylord Opryland) or free parking on the hotel’s lot. Make sure to ask your hotel about parking and shuttles to the convention site. A list of partnering hotels and special room rates are found on our hotels page.
What is included in the family registration?
The family registration at each site includes all of the keynote and featured speaking sessions (nearly 200), the exhibit hall for all three days, plus a special tote bag.
Children's Program, Four-12 Teen Program and Men's Breakfasts are offered at an additional charge. Any sessions not included in the family registration fee will be marked in the descriptions.
Are there programs and options for children?
Absolutely! There are several optional programs for children and young adults.
The children's program, Battle for Truth, will run Friday and Saturday. It is geared to ages 4 to 12. This is a wide age range, and young people will be split into age-appropriate groups for more specific instruction.
For young people 8 to 12, we have optional classes for film making, etc., that are offered in addition to the Battle for Truth program (Children are welcome to participate in both Battle for Truth and the optional classes).
The Four-12 Teen Program is aimed at 12 to 18 year olds and is an apologetics program themed Stand Strong in the Lord.
For young men and women in their teens, we also offer a Servant Leadership Certificate program on Thursday that teaches attendees the meaning of Biblical servant leadership. Participants are then given them the opportunity to put into action what they have just learned by serving as leaders in the Battle for Truth program. This program is limited to 50 and will come with a certificate of completion.
For 12 year olds, parents have the freedom to chose whether they want their young person in the Four-12 program or the Battle for Truth program or in the numerous classes we will offer.