God rewards those who take risks. When we talk about taking risks that are honorable, we are referring to risks that bless the people who God is trying to reach. These are risks worth taking. In addition, risk has the ability to draw us to God. The question in life is not, “Are you taking risks?” — the real question is, “Have you found anything you are willingly to risk everything for?”
Harvey Appleton • Ten Tips to Improve Worship Sound
Help! Why is it so hard to get the band to sound right at church? Is it always too loud? How can the band and the sound team work better together? In this seminar, Harvey will share 10 top tips he’s picked up along the way from his years of experience in the industry to help encourage your sound team to take it to the next level.
Bill Barley • Spirit and Truth: Avoiding Dumb Dichotomies
Having a concern for both sound biblical doctrine and an ongoing pursuit of the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit is seen by some as an oxymoron. But there’s nothing weird about it. Word and Spirit are to be pursued together in order for the church to fulfill its mission and for individuals to fulfill their call to extend the Kingdom of God.
Even in the best of marriages, couples can put up walls that block intimacy and cause a rift in the relationship. IN this session, we will look at the various walls couples build up in their relationship and learn practical communication tools to help make positive course corrections. A few of the walls we will consider are the Wall of Withdrawal, the Wall of Isolation, the Wall of Invalidation, the Wall of Fantasy, the Wall of Passive/Aggressiveness, and more. Jim believes that healthy communication in a marriage is a “learned trait.” He will offer tools that not only saved his marriage, but will help you with your marriage. Jim is the author of several books on marriage and has been married to Cathy for 44 years.
Tony Campolo • Christian Lessons from Secular Literature
In this seminar, we will be examining the ways that literature commonly circulated in the popular culture can be employed by Christians in a way that will enable them to explore their own faith, as well as enhance their ability to communicate with the young people who are currently reading these books in their everyday education. We will be looking at books like Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, as well as some anti-Christian authors, such as Frederick Nietzsche and Ayn Rand. It is hoped that this seminar will stimulate those who attend to read some of the books that are discussed and be able to see how they contribute to the Christian faith and how they are a danger to the Christian faith.
Carol Hart • The Church Has the Answer to Take Back Our Cities!
In the pews of our churches are the solutions to every crisis on earth. We must learn how to activate the potential of the greatest army that has ever lived on this planet — the BODY OF CHRIST — by learning to work with heaven. We are designed to do with God what can NEVER be accomplished without Him. If we are living for this life only, we have greatly misunderstood and will never know the miraculous potential we have been given to change the world.
Mary Hulst • Practical Discipleship for Millennials & Gen Z
We know the challenges — decreasing biblical literacy, decreasing church attendance, increasing mental health challenges, increasing laziness & isolation — but how can we respond? What are practical ideas for discipling rising generations (and the rest of us!)? In this workshop, Mary will give ideas for discipleship that connects with younger members.
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!”
Carl Jones • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
A traumatic event in a person’s life can change their brain functioning and give life and energy to PTSD. Discussion will include a definition of PTSD, symptoms, who and how people are affected and PTSD treatment.
Midlife encompasses a broad age range; anywhere from 35 to 65 years of age! More important than age, it is important to notice whether the constructs you inherited or built are proving insufficient and whether you feel invited to more simplicity and expansiveness of heart in this season of your life. If you do, you might enjoy this exploration. What is Midlife Spirituality? What are the major shifts, challenges, and joys of this season, and their implications for our spiritual journey? What spiritual practices and tools can companion us as we cross the threshold into becoming wise elders?
Karen Makishima • Ohana Ministry: Aligning Our Strategies From the Cradle Through Graduation
Imagine your Children’s Ministry, Middle School Ministry & High School Ministry moving together towards a common goal — launching into the world a young adult who has a love for the Creator and for His creation (including His people). Come and discover the process of becoming aligned.
Do you struggle with anxiety? Does it feel crippling at times? Please join us for this seminar about anxiety. What is it? Where does it come from? What are some tools you can use to decrease it? How can you use the Word of God to fight against it? Join us to learn more and to equip yourself with practical strategies to break free of anxiety’s grip.
Christy Pierce • Supernatural Faith in Stormy Seas
How do you hold onto your faith when you face relentless storms in life? Painful life circumstances can feel like wave after wave of hardship until your faith feels battered and fragile. During these times, we need the Spirit of God to breathe supernatural faith into our lives and the Body of Christ to have faith for us when we are too tired to pray. In this session, you will learn how to hold onto God during suffering and walk by faith in the dark times. Following the session, Christy and her ministry team will offer healing prayer to anyone in need.
Escape. Medicate. Passion. Lust. Wanting. Guilt. Powerful. Belonging. Integrity. Pornography. Electronics. Purity. Alcohol. Drugs. Anxiety. Depression. Needing. Discouragement. Shame. Raging. Longing. Food. Religion. Drink. Desire. Helpless. Hopeless. Pressure. Secrecy. Dangerous. Scared. Lonely. Hopeful. This session is for the individual who wants to be the same person in private as in public… who wants to be the same on Friday and Saturday as on Sunday. This session is for anyone who wants to understand the issue of addiction from a godly perspective.
Supernatural healings played a big role in the outreach of Jesus and the early church, but just how does one go about healing people? Do you need to be specially gifted to heal the sick? If you pray for a person to get better and nothing happens, what should you do then? What should Christian leaders do to establish fruitful and safe healing ministries in their churches? Drawing on a biblical model and years of experience in healing ministry, Jordan will discuss the practical matters of healing the sick and getting more power in your healing prayers. A portion of this seminar will be spent praying for the sick and injured in attendance.
Jenny Sung • A Book Club that Can Improve Your Ministry
Most of us want to read good literature. When we read, we learn new things, expand our horizons, and reignite our imaginations. Learning is not a question of priority; it’s a question of strategy. In a JSU Book Club, participants simply show up at their chosen location and receive a lengthy text as it is – no homework, no official interpretations, no right or wrong answers. The group listens to an audio book while following along in a print copy, then takes a few minutes for reflection and discussion.
Phyllis Unebasami • The Power of Play in Team-Building
The act of collaborative play is a universal language that builds teams in Christ-honoring ways. In this seminar, we will learn design principles that invite the power of play into team building activities and conversations. We will try out some examples, and also consider how to connect and enrich teams across multiple generations and diverse cultures. Given who we are and how God made us, how can we partner and build capacity in serving on God's team?