This seminar is a discussion of what it looks like to be followers of Jesus — being strange but not weird; standing on the promises of God; relying on wisdom and revelation; developing a capacity to think and feel — for the purpose of engaging with culture while at the same time maintaining a counter-cultural mindset.
Rick Bundschuh • Designing a Path Through Church Minefields
Parenting doesn’t stop when a child reaches the age of 18. In many ways, it gets more complicated. Dealing with boundaries, finances, and changing values are all a part of parenting your adult child. Jim Burns has just published, “Doing Life with Your Adult Children”. He will offer practical advice and hopeful encouragement for one of the richest and most challenging seasons of parenting. He will look at topics like:
(1) What’s the difference between enabling and helping? (2) What boundaries should I have if my child moves back home? (3) What do I do when my child doesn’t seem to be maturing into adulthood? (4) How can I help support my grown children when I don’t support their values? (5) And many more issues that are specific to this changing role in a calling that never ends.
Tony Campolo • What’s Happening to the Red Letter Revolution?
A new movement called “Red Letter Christians” has been initiated that has a great attraction to people who want to take the teachings of Jesus seriously. In many of the old Bibles, the words of Jesus are highlighted with red letters; those who are part of this movement are saying that the time has come to live out the teachings of Christ. The Apostle Paul gave us a good theology – Jesus spelled out a lifestyle. We have had long arguments about the theology of Paul, but we haven’t paid much attention to the lifestyle prescribed by Jesus. It is radical! In this seminar, we will be talking about the way this movement has spread across the United Kingdom and is breaking loose in Germany. We will also talk about what the Red Letter Christians movement has been about here in the United States. We will address the question, “What if Jesus really meant those radical things He said?” Generally, the Church has watered down Jesus in order to make him socially acceptable to those of us who have embraced the American middle-class morality.
Josh Chumley • Leading Your Church in a Divided Culture
Churches are experiencing increasing legal threats as the culture changes. These changes can hinder your church’s religious freedom and ability to minister. Deputy Director Josh Chumley with Alliance Defending Freedom will share at this workshop about proactive measures churches can take to reduce their legal risk – for the good of local churches and the Church at large. He will also share about a new initiative, ADF Church Alliance, which provides religious liberty legal help to churches across the country.
Today’s high divorce rates clearly show that we can get fooled in marriage. The selection of the right spouse is critically important. Pastor Dan formerly headed up one of the largest singles ministries in the country; now, some 20 years later, only 25 of the 261 who married back then are divorced — a rate way below the national average. Learn some of Dan’s tried and true principles of choosing a spouse which still apply today. Dan’s book, How to Pick A Spouse, has been endorsed by eHarmony CEO and founder Neil Clark Warren as one of the best on the subject. Come discover why.
Mary Hulst • Preaching & Worship for Millennials and Gen Z
What do preachers, teachers and worship planners need to know about connecting with the next generations? What helps? What doesn’t? Mary Hulst has preached weekly to young adults at Calvin College for 10 years and oversees 6 different worship services each week. In this workshop, she’ll share some of the things she’s learned— and continues to learn — about preaching and leading worship for the next generations.
Mark Kirchgestner • The Good News About Your Church and Global Poverty
Daunting statistics from the World Bank report that up to 1 billion children around the world live in poverty, with 400 million living in extreme poverty. However, a recent report by the Barna Group reveals that global poverty is declining, although 70% of Americans assume things are deteriorating. Compassion International believes the church is the key to ongoing transformation in the world — and also believes this is not only good news for children, but is an essential discipleship strategy for our churches. Together we will explore how we can grow as followers of Jesus, impact our churches, and end global poverty.
Jason Lehfeldt • Finding Peace in the Midst of Life’s Stresses and Messes
Would you like to experience quicker and more consistent breakthroughs as you pray through the stresses and messes in your life? We all lose our peace of mind at times, but turning the tide and finding God’s supernatural peace is possible in any situation. Join me in this session where you’ll learn how to more effectively partner with the Holy Spirit to tap into God’s transforming love and power and tackle life’s problems that are tackling you!
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!”
This seminar offers spiritual and practical insights into discerning God’s voice, intensifying clarity, and building the necessary faith to sense his guidance more frequently. We’ll also look at the importance of obedience in the face of trying opposition and apparent contradiction.
Loving hurting teens can sometimes feel like hugging a porcupine! Many teenagers and college students today are stressed, anxious, and depressed — and some are addicted to alcohol, drugs and social media. How do you reach your hurting teen when they won’t talk to you or refuse going to church? This session is for parents, youth pastors, teachers, counselors and anyone with a heart for hurting teens.
George Rhoades • Pornography: “Everyman’s” Struggle, “No” Man’s Excuse
Pornography is seen as a sexual impurity that all men struggle with. The prevalence of the internet has made porn available for free to anyone with a smart phone or wifi enabled device. In addition to exploring practical ways men can gain control over this painful addiction, we’ll explore principles which can help both men and women break other addictions.
Jeff Schulte • Inside Out: Learning to Give Voice to Your Heart
Many of us have been taught that “feelings are the enemy of our faith” or we’ve not known what our feelings have to do with walking with God and others in intimate relationships. Sadly, we have confused what happens when we don’t tell the truth about our feelings with the feelings themselves. When we lose touch with our feelings, we lose touch with the depth and recognition of the very need that opens the door to all intimate relationships. This session is about traveling the longest twelve inches on the planet — the path between your head and your heart.
Jordan Seng • How to Find God’s Calling on Your Life
When Jesus calls a person, he always calls that person to a purpose. But often Christians feel confused about how to live and work. “What should I really be doing?” they ask. “What am I called to do in life?” We’re all called to be salt and light in the world, but that mission is expressed differently in each life. How do you find your life calling, and, more importantly, how do you build a life of follow-through? This seminar is about identifying your specific life calling, with God’s help, and about how to move forward with confidence and power.
How can we apply a lifestyle of worship to our everyday? How can we bring a reality to the words we sing? Whether you’re a worship leader, musician, or simply passionate about worship, we’re called live a life of worship: “Shout for joy to God, sing the glory of His name, give Him glorious praise.” (Psalm 66) Join us as we start at the heart of worship and journey into what it means to follow His Spirit in worship.
Jenny Sung • Why the Public Reading of Scripture Will Build Up Your Church
We all want our people to have read the whole Bible, but many actually have a hard time regularly reading the Bible. Most hear Scripture on a Sunday morning, but that may be all they get all week, which is like seeing the trailer to a movie rather than seeing the whole film. 1 Timothy 1:14 says we should devote ourselves to the public reading of scripture, teaching and preaching. Churches focus on great teaching and preaching but expect people to read the Bible on their own. This session will show new innovative ways to get ourselves and the church to read the Bible. This is critically important because we need the Bible to ground us, and if we don’t know the Bible, we will get pulled into the culture of the world.
Michelle Tolentino • Faces and Facets of Human Trafficking (An Awareness-Raising Workshop on Human Trafficking)
This seminar will bring awareness and a deeper understanding of human-trafficking in the Asia Pacific and offer helpful tools and resources that will equip the Body of Christ to advocate for those who are still enslaved. It will also present a model on how faith/church communities can practically come alongside and train former trafficked/prostituted women to become effective “multipliers” of the work against human trafficking and prostitution.
How does the church go about engaging the world today? How do we love without compromise, influence without coercion, and really be a people of good news? This session will discuss the posture and practice of a winsome, missional church.