325-674-3750 summit@acu.edu



Are you discouraged by what is happening in the world today, and the endless stream of brokenness that seems to prevail in all walks of life? Do you wonder what our response should be to these real-world issues and how we can make a difference amidst the chaos?
We invite you to campus Sept. 16-19 for Summit 2018, when we will explore “Wholeness in a Broken World: Together Through the Power of the Spirit,” a study of contemporary issues through the book of Ephesians.

General Information - Forging New Pathways to Summit

In the past, Summit has offered various independent classes providing different lessons and experiences for attendees.  This year, the Summit team has focused classes into “Pathways” of interest.  Each spotlights an area in which the Christian community is invited to seek wholeness in our broken world.

The Pathways on Monday and Tuesday will include four to five individual classes addressing specific aspects of each subject area, culminating with a panel discussion and Q&A session between the presenters and audience.  Wednesday morning will consist of several mini-Pathways.

No classes will be repeated and the majority are recorded for free download shortly following the event.  They are will also be available to be streamed from the ACU Digital Commons Website.

There are Keynote speakers each day at 11 a.m. and with the new Pathways, you should have a wealth of knowledge and scriptural and spiritual education available in one event on the beautiful campus of Abilene Christian University.

“Together, we can form a community seeking wholeness, we can change our lives and we make an impact on the lives of those around us,” said Leah Andrews, assistant director of the Siburt Institute for Church Ministry.   The Summit team hopes you will find a Pathway affecting your daily life and join with others who feel the same.

Welcome to Summit - Message from David Wray, Summit Director

I am pleased to invite you to Abilene Christian University’s Summit 2018 this coming September 16-19. The theme, drawn from the Book of Ephesians, is “Wholeness in a Broken World: Together Through the Power of the Spirit.” Since Summit’s modest beginnings in 1906, ACU has been devoted to provide programs and experiences that foster spiritual formation and renewal among students, faculty, staff and congregational leaders.

The ways in which we carry out this divine mission have evolved through the years. Summit 2018 will feature new approaches and vital topics. Instead of the many stand-alone presentations as in the past, this year’s gathering will consist of  all-day or half-day tracks, entitled “Pathways.” These Pathways will consider spiritual wholeness in such diverse areas as worship, preaching, congregation leadership, sexuality, racial unity, biblical studies, and discipleship. We hope you will carefully review the array of offerings listed in the Summit magazine and online at blogs.acu.edu/summit.

A special feature of this year’s Summit will be the formal launching of the Carl Spain Center for Race Studies and Spiritual Action. At the 1960 ACU Lectureship, Dr. Spain delivered his memorable address that urged the institution to open its doors to students of all ethnicities. We invite you to join us on an historic occasion–Tuesday, September 18–as Dr. Jerry Taylor, director of this new center, hosts various events that will honor Dr. Spain’s courage and challenge all us to love more inclusively.

Theme speakers will guide our hearts and minds to examine ways in which themes from Ephesians can lead us toward wholeness in today’s broken world. Keynote speaker Randy Harris and a combined chorus composed of the ACU Acappella Chorus and the ACU Alumni Acappella Chorus will lead us in a stirring hour of worship Sunday evening. In addition, we are honored to welcome Jerry Taylor, Don McLaughlin, along with Matt and Jordan Dooley, as theme presenters each morning.

Blessing upon blessing awaits all of us at Summit 2018 as we celebrate our heritage, praise God for the present, and look with hope to the future. With great expectations we look forward to welcoming you to the ACU campus for the 112th Summit of spiritual renewal and formation.

Where to Stay

Because Summit occurs during the fall semester, our campus housing is not available for Summit attendees.  We have arranged to obtain special rates with the following hotels.  Just be sure and mention that you’re with ACU Summit when making your reservation inquiries or utilize the website link provided for the hotel when booking your stay.  We appreciate the hospitality of these providers and know that they’ll be happy to welcome you to Abilene.


    Courtyard by Marriott NE
    2101 Scottish Dr. | 325-673-0400


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    Restaurant Lounge Outdoor pool Shares lobby with TownePlace Suites NE

    Book your group rate for ACU Summit

    Courtyard by Marriott Southwest/Abilene Mall South
    4350 Ridgemont Dr. | 325-695-9600
    $129/Flat Rate
    Plus Tax
    Restaurant Lounge Outdoor pool Five wheelchair accessible rooms, two with roll-in showers

    Fairfield Inn & Suites Abilene

    3902 Turner Plaza Drive | 325.695.2448




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    Complimentary deluxe hot breakfast Indoor pool & hot tub Two wheelchair accessible rooms
    Reserve a room!
    Hilton Garden Inn
    4449 Ridgemont Dr. | 325-690-6432
    $114/Flat Rate
    Plus Tax
    Restaurant Lounge Indoor pool Four wheelchair accessible rooms, one with a roll-in shower
    Holiday Inn Abilene – North College Area
    3525 West Lake Road | 325-673-1400

    $109/Flat Rate

    Plus Tax

    Restaurant Lounge Outdoor pool 18 wheelchair accessible rooms
    Reserve a room!
    MCM Eleganté Suites
    4250 Ridgemont Dr. | 325-698-1234




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    Indoor pool Hot breakfast with cooked-to-order eggs Free manager’s reception nightly Two wheelchair accessible rooms, both with roll-in showers
    Reserve a room!
    TownePlace Suites NE
    2101 Scottish Dr. | 325-673-0400


    Plus Tax

    Restaurant Lounge Hot breakfast Outdoor pool Shares lobby with Courtyard by Marriott NE

    Book your group rate for ACU Summit


Stay tuned for more information on transportation!


Please contact the Summit Office directly at 325-674-3750 to inquire about Childcare.

Where to Eat

Quick Bites:

World Famous Bean – McGlothlin Campus Center, $, All You Can Eat

Einstein Bros. Bagels – McGlothlin Campus Center, $, Bagel Shop

Steak ‘n Shake – McGlothlin Campus Center, $, Steak Burgers & Milkshakes

Chick-Fil-A – McGlothlin Campus Center, $, Chicken

Starbucks – Brown Library, $, Coffee & Cafe

Panda Express – 1749 TX-351, Abilene, TX 79601, $, Chinese

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers – 1602 E Overland Trail, Abilene, TX 79601, $, Chicken

Chicken Express – 1034 E N 10th St, Abilene, TX 79601, $, Chicken

McDonald’s – 1201 N Judge Ely Blvd, Abilene, TX 79601, $, Fast Food

Subway – 1117 N Judge Ely Blvd, Abilene, TX 79601, $, Sandwiches

Dairy Queen – 1626 TX-351, Abilene, TX 79601, $, Fast Food

Pizza by Design – 1811 TX-351, Abilene, TX 79606, $$, Pizza

Whataburger – 893 US Highway 80 E, Abilene, TX 79601, $, Fast Food


Cracker Barrel Old Country Store – 1602 TX-351, Abilene, TX 79601, $$, Comfort Food

Pizza Hut – 550 E Ambler Ave, Abilene, TX 79601, $, Pizza

Little Panda – 1035 N Judge Ely Blvd, Abilene, TX 79601, $, Chinese

Chili’s – 1702 TX-351, Abilene, TX 79601, $$, Tex-Mex & American

Rosa’s Cafe & Tortilla Factory – 1026 N Judge Ely Blvd, Abilene, TX 79601, $, Mexican

Sharon’s BBQ & Catering – 849 E Hwy 80, Abilene, TX 79601, $$, Barbecue

Jason’s Deli – 1772 TX-351, Abilene, TX 79601, $$, Deli

Sharky’s Burrito Company – 1095 N Judge Ely Blvd, Abilene, TX 79601, $, Burritos

McAlister’s Deli – 849 N Judge Ely Blvd, Abilene, TX 79601, $$, Deli

Hashi Teppan Grill – 1158 E N 10th St, Abilene, TX 79601, $, Asian

Heff’s Burgers – 2642 E Lake Rd, Abilene, TX 79601, $$, Burgers

Wingstop – 1813 TX-351, Abilene, TX 79601, $$, Wings

Extra Dinners and Receptions

Stay tuned for more information on extra dinners and receptions!

Register to Hold an Exhibit

We would love to have your organization as an exhibitor during Summit 2018!

Click Here for information and to register.

Thank you!

Previous Recordings

Recordings of Summit and Lecturship past classes are held within the Digital Commons at ACU.


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