ABOUT THINK BIG
Our “Kalamazoo Christian Schools Presents” speaker series began with the simple idea that we can serve our community by not only providing exceptional Christian education, but also by bringing nationally recognized inspirational speakers to Kalamazoo, Michigan and beyond.
Our “THINK BIG” theme is taken directly from one of Dr. Ben Carson’s best-selling books, and exemplifies the message we hope to give our families and students as part of this speaker series. It is our hope that our young people in particular will be able to see by example that there are no limits to their potential, and that to serve others is their finest calling.
Our first speaker, Dr. Ben Carson, joined us in November 2014 for “THINK BIG in Leadership and Education” to deliver his message of leadership and faith to a sold-out crowd of 1400 friends and family of KCSA at Valley Family Church. This event was preceded by a VIP dinner for 250 guests and sponsors. Dr. Carson’s personal story of the value of family, education, faith and hard work is something many of us won’t forget as he rose from an inner city school to become one of the world’s leading pediatric neurosurgeons is an amazing testimony to his faith and dedication.
This message continued in September 2015 with our guest and internationally renowned speaker Andy Andrews. This unique evening included a VIP meet and greet, formal dinner for 450 guests to see an entertaining presentation at the Radisson Plaza Hotel. The following morning, Kalamazoo Christian, Heritage Academy and other Christian high schools students were able to hear his presentation just for teens. Mr. Andrews has been called the finest speaker of our generation and is a best-selling author who has spoken at the request of four of our presidents. His books have sold millions of copies and three national best-sellers. He notices the little things that can make a BIG difference in your life.
The third event in our series was unique because THINK BIG grew to become our Outreach. Bethany Hamilton, her husband and son excited and inspired our largest group yet, 2500 seats, at Wings Event Center. Additionally, before she spoke, we had a christian rock band open for the large crowd. The event was preceded by a VIP dinner for sponsors and special guests of 250 in March, 2016. The event drew in guests from more then a hundred miles away and joined unlikely groups to learn how to appreciate her THINK BIG message of faith, health, determination, hope and family.
By the grace of God, we continued our THINK BIG journey with a special guest in a multi-event setting over two days. Former pastor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee came in October, 2016 to speak about living out your faith. First, in an intimate setting of special donors, followed by a larger VIP dinner and his main speech was at 6pm at Valley Family Church. The next day, he did a second speech to the community's young people encouraging all to live out their faith!
In November of 2017, we are pleased to invite Gretchen Carlson to speak to a small group of special donors at a VIP dinner. Gretchen is expected to share her testimony of how her faith has carried her through blessings and challenges of her life.
November of 2018, THINK BIG is a speaker series that brings inspirational and faith-filled speakers to our community. We were excited to host Lee Strobel. We hope that you appreciate his THINK BIG message of Seeking Truth. Finding God. Telling Everyone.
More events will be announced as the plans are finalized. Check back often to see what exciting THINK BIG plans are coming soon.
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