Our world longs for people who don’t just talk about Jesus but actually do what he said. But how do you make the long trek from thoughts to actions? Unfortunately, many of us know more scripture than we actually live, and talk is cheap. We might know that forgiveness is a good thing, procrastination is hurting us, or that we should finally quit that bad habit, but we can’t seem to make like Nike and “Just do it.” This seminar will help us to move forward in the things that we know we should do in order to fulfill our God-given potential.
Jonathan Almonte • When “They” Become “Us”: How the Church is Ending Global Poverty
Did Christ intend for His followers to simply accept poverty around the world? A recent study by Barna research says there has been a reduction in poverty of 74.1% since 1990. Come learn about the tremendous accomplishments being made to eradicate extreme poverty and what’s to come!
It can be difficult hanging on to your joy when you encounter life’s problems and stressors. It can be challenging to be full of joy when dealing with irritating, moody and difficult people. Together we’ll learn from God’s Word practical ways to have MORE JOY 7 days a week!
After 16 years of full-time ministry, 21 years of marriage and raising five boys that are entering their teen years, we have come to discover this distinct truth — balance is a myth. What’s true is that the Holy Spirit completes what we lack. We want to offer some practical ways to find His leading through the labyrinth of communication, intimacy, budget and unmet expectations. Join us in the journey and find the message in the mess.
Jim Burns • Partnering with Parents: Developing a Vibrant Family Ministry for Your Church
One of the purposes of the church is to mentor parents; parents mentor their kids and the legacy of faith continues from generation to generation. How do we partner with parents when enthusiasm is sometimes lacking? Jim will provide practical ideas on how to encourage, involve, assist and inform parents to make a difference in their kids’ spiritual lives as well as how to draw closer as a family. There is a fresh movement of family ministry where partnering with parents involves: Building Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. We will investigate all these areas of partnering with parents. Jim will provide over 20 practical ideas that you can implement immediately in your church.
Carol Hart • Working With Heaven to Combat Child Trafficking
16 years ago, we started in South East Asia to help eradicate the human trafficking of children. In 2002, we had limited knowledge, limited finances, and we didn’t know anyone in this foreign country with only 1% Christians. We were unqualified for the job! But God came every day and everywhere…His Kingdom come, His will be done on earth as it is in heaven! Learning to work with heaven is quite the learning curve: it’s where miracles come from, where unknown strategy is revealed; it’s how impossibilities are made possible; it’s where supernatural provision comes from. No God = No Success.
The Problem of Porn is a seminar offering hope and freedom from addiction to pornography. We explore the biblical roots of sexual sin and examine how Jesus and the New Testament writers trained early believers to deal with it. You will also hear testimonies from people who have gained freedom from porn addiction through this teaching. You will learn how temptation works and practical methods on how to let God be your strength in the struggle. Having laid a foundation for gaining freedom, we provide a framework for developing healthy, ongoing support. Included are prayers that help the learner pray effectively when the temptation comes. Whether you are struggling yourself or you are walking with someone else through their struggle, we invite you to join us on this journey into victory over sexual temptation.
You know His promises, but some days you can’t shake your problems. You feel hopeless, hurt, anxious, angry, or alone. You pray and even plead with God, but nothing seems to change. If you’re longing to learn the keys to breaking free when you’ve been duped and deceived, this session is where you want to be. Come and experience a taste of God’s transforming Truth!
Scott Lindsey • More and Better Bible Study in the Digital Age
Real change happens when the truth of God’s Word transforms our lives. In this digital age we must be prepared to study and share truth in new ways. This interactive class demonstrates the use of cutting-edge technology for in-depth Bible study, preaching/teaching and Christian counseling. What normally takes 5 to 10 hours of flipping through books or filtering through thousands of Google hits can be done in seconds. Matt Chandler says, “Like no one else, Scott will get you pumped about Bible study!”
Undivided: The path to trust, healing and reconciliation. Come and learn:
(1) How to renew, refresh, reclaim or reframe relationships with those you care about most (2) What to do when reconciliation is unreconcilable (3) Know the distinction between forgiveness, trust, healing and reconciliation
Nancy Ortberg • The Intersection of Spiritual Formation & Leadership
Primarily, leadership is about creating a way for people to contribute to make something extraordinary happen. But this journey is not just about using our talents to make this happen, but is connected to our journey with Christ. Learn how everything that makes a good leader has a deep intersection with spiritual health and identity in Christ.
Steve Peich • The Way of Wisdom (A Life Well-Lived in Christ)
Proverbs 4 declares that ‘Wisdom is supreme…though it cost all you have, get understanding.’ What is biblical wisdom and why is it given such a passionate priority in scripture? Why does it seem in such short supply today? As one sage put it: “We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.” Join us for an in-depth discussion about this crucial issue and learn what it means to live wisely in the challenges of everyday life so that you can thrive personally and deeply impact your world for Jesus’ sake.
George Rhoades • Freedom From the Past: Forgiveness and Responsibility
The past can become a barrier, blocking a person from moving on to the future and more fully serving Jesus Christ. This seminar will show how to identify these barriers for yourself and others and practical ways to deal with those traumas from the past. Forgiving yourself and others and taking responsibility for your future are key elements.
In the Bible, God spoke to all sorts of people by means of prophecies, visions and dreams. Often, God spoke mysteriously or symbolically. In this seminar, we will explore the different supernatural ways we hear from God today, with particular emphasis on interpreting his more symbolic messages. Ultimately, the point of hearing God is to apply prophecies in ways that people can receive and use. This session will give you strategies for growth in hearing the supernatural voice of God as well as suggestions for creating a safe and truly helpful prophetic ministry in your church. A portion of this seminar will be spent ministering prophetically over those in attendance.
Throughout our lives we experience lots of what can be described as intersections, exit ramps, road closures and detours that will require us to make decisions about what to do, and which way to go. How do we go forward? Do we take the detour, or do we decide to pull over and seek more information? It matters how we make our way through all these intersections, whether those intersection points are small and simple or big and complex. Let’s explore the ways we can make decisions at these crossroads that can have an impact for good in our lives.
Jenny Sung • Life Changing Conversations Through Alpha: A Tool for Evangelism
When engaging with friends, family and neighbors who wouldn’t call themselves Christian or go to church, it can sometimes be hard having conversations about faith, life and Jesus. But it doesn’t have to be. Launched in a small group format, Alpha creates a space where friends, family and neighbors can be invited to explore the Christian faith and the meaning of life, in a way that’s relaxed and respectful. Alpha is an evangelistic tool your church, small groups, and ministries can use to vitalize the heart of evangelism and broaden the reach of ministry. Come and learn the big picture overview, foundational principles, common mistakes and practicalities of implementing Alpha in your business, church, small group communities and more.
We live in a divided culture where anger, disdain and contempt damage our relationships. Sadly, this has bled into the church. In this breakout we will look at the biblical concept of honor and how to create a culture that sees the value and beauty of others.
Chaz Umamoto • A Healthy Spiritual Perspective for Art-Related Vocations
We know that we are all created in the image of our creator. As Christ-followers, we should exercise creativity as a part of our design. Those who pursue the arts full-time, part-time, in or out of the church, can face numerous practical and spiritual challenges. You may feel that those around you don’t understand you, but want to support you. You don’t know how to best communicate what it is you do and how you fit into God’s economy. This is about pastoral care for artisans, debunking labels, and being good shepherds of our platforms.
Ken Yeung • Finding Success & Significance in Life & Business
In 1985, Ken and his wife started a tea company with their savings of $50,000. Today, POP is a global company with revenue of about $70 million. Ken uses light-hearted personal stories, practical wisdom and hands-on tools to share with you the secrets to his business success. Topics covered include:
(1) The calling to start a business overcoming doubts, struggles, fears (2) A miracle of growth and success-testimonies of God’s faithfulness (3) Social impact on local & international communities; using a business as a platform for mission