2018 CROSS+GEN LIFE CONFERENCE Q&A

Q: How can I get the best price for the conference?

A: There are several ways to reduce your cost for the event:

  • Register for the conference sooner rather than later to take advantage of reduced pricing. Conference registration fees increase on June 1 and again on September 1.
     
  • Reserve your room & board before September 1 to take advantage of lower prices. You may reserve your room now and delay payment until September 5. (You must be ready to include the names of your roommates when you reserve your room.)
     
  • Share a room. All rooms have the same bed configuration of two queen beds and one single futon floor mattress. The more people per room (up to five total), the lower the per-person cost.
     
  • Be a Faith Inkubators member! If your church is a current Faith Inkubators member for Head to the Heart confirmation, Bible Song Cross+Gen, Faith Stepping Stones, Cross+Gen Catechism or Cross+Gen Seasonals, you can take advantage of a reduced Conference Registration Fee. 

Q: How can I get from the Denver airport to the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park?

A: You have two easy options for transportation from the airport to the YMCA of the Rockies:

·      There is a shuttle service that provides transportation between the Denver airport and the YMCA of the Rockies. Follow this link for pricing and reservations:  http://www.estesparkshuttle.com/. Please note: The Estes Park Shuttle’s schedule changes on October 2 with reduced pickups for the off-season. If you plan to use the Estes Park Shuttle, we suggest booking your reservation sooner rather than later. The company has a limited number of spots open for each pickup time.

·      Rent a car. A Facebook Event Page has been set up to help you connect with others attending the conference who might be looking to share lodging and/or transportation.

Q: Can I register now and pay later?

A: Registration for the conference requires payment of the Conference Registration Fee online with a credit card. However, when you reserve your room & board package you have the option of being charged at the time of the reservation OR on September 5. 

Q: What are the payment options?

A: Payment can be made online with MasterCard, Visa or Discover.

Q: How do I make my room & board reservation?

A: To make your room & board reservations, click here. The YMCA of the Rockies provides conference attendees a room & board package. Your room & board reservation is administered by Faith Inkubators, not by the YMCA of the Rockies. Please note: When you make your room & board reservation you must provide credit card information. However, you have the option for your credit card to be charged at the time of the reservation or on September 5.

Each person staying at the YMCA of the Rockies must have their own room & board reservation. For instance, if two people are staying in the same room, they EACH need their own room & board package reservation.

Q: Can you help me find a roommate?

A: Yes! A Facebook Event Page has been set up to help folks connect for sharing rooms and transportation. 

Q: Can I attend the conference without staying at the YMCA of the Rockies?

A: Yes . . . but you will have to pay an additional $100 per person to cover the four-day site-pass wristband that is already included in the YMCA room & board costs. This is a mandatory fee from the YMCA of the Rockies. Without the wristband you are not allowed on the YMCA of the Rockies property.

The room & board package pricing makes lodging and meals very affordable. This package pricing includes:

  • 3 nights lodging in rooms that have all the amenities of a hotel, without the distraction of a television. Linens and towels are included. Each room has a full bath.
     
  • 1 four-day site-pass wristband
     
  • 5 all-you-can-eat buffet-style meals (see the Schedule for which meals are included)
     
  • Complimentary wifi

We also look forward to the multiple benefits of conference attendees, Case Study Presenters and Workshop Presenters all staying and eating onsite, such as relaxed fellowship, meeting friends old and new, time for in-depth discussions and no need to drive to a hotel at the end of the day!

Q: I see that some meals on the schedule are “On Your Own.” What are my options?

A: You have several options for meals “On Your Own."

1.    Purchase an all-you-can eat cafeteria meal in the Aspen Dining Room.

2.    Purchase food in the Rustic Café (snacks, espresso and light meals) located in the Administration Building.

3.    Purchase snacks and beverages in the YMCA of the Rockies store, located in the Administration Building.

4.    Go into Estes Park and choose from the many cafés and restaurants.   

Q: Can I arrive at the YMCA of the Rockies a day or two early or stay a day or two after the conference?

A: Certainly! If you want to stay at the YMCA of the Rockies outside the conference contract dates you will need to make a special reservation. Please contact info@faithink.com with your requested dates of arrival and departure along with the number of people in your party and how many meals you want included. Please note: The YMCA of the Rockies cannot guarantee you will get to stay in the same room for your dates outside of the conference contract. Also, the price of the additional nights will not be at the group rate.

Q: What is a Case Study?

A: In the social and life sciences, a case study is a research method involving an up-close, in-depth, and detailed examination of a subject of study (the case), as well as its related contextual conditions. Case study research has long held a prominent place in many disciplines and professions, ranging from psychology, anthropology, sociology, and political science to education, clinical science, and social work. The Harvard Business School has possibly been the most prominent developer and user of teaching case studies.

For our purposes at the Cross+Gen Conference, the Case Studies are the sharing of real-world, boots-on-the-ground, in-the-trenches techniques, stories and strategies as they relate to Cross+Gen faith formation. Our Case Study presenters are pastors, Christian Educators and youth workers who will share with you their experiences in their own ministry settings. You will hear what worked and what didn’t work. What challenges did they face? How did they deal with those challenges? What are the rewards of their Cross+Gen ministries? What are the outcomes? This isn’t just theory, my friend! This is as real as it gets!

Q: Where can I get a full list of the Case Studies that will be available?

A: Follow this link to the page of the website giving a description of the Case Studies. 

Q: Where can I get a full list of the Workshops that will be available?

A: Follow this link to the page of the website giving a description of the Workshops. 

Q: What is the difference between a Case Study and a Workshop?

A: As described above, a Case Study is the sharing of one person’s experience in their unique ministry setting.

Workshops are new in 2018 and were added in response to feedback from the past three Cross+Gen Conferences. Workshops are more of an implementation presentation by previous Case Study Presenters. You will learn what the Workshop Presenter now knows from their experiences. Workshops are intended to be more widely applicable to all shapes and sizes of ministry settings. 

Q: I have questions not addressed here. Whom should I contact?

A: Please do not hesitate to email your questions to info@faithink.com or call 888-55FAITH.