WORKSHOPS

Friday, May 10

 

9:00 A.M.

1. Josh SaboThe Hopeful Future of the Small Church (Small Church Track) Josh Sabo will share how his congregation has helped a sister congregation, without a pastor, thrive despite declining attendance and budget restrictions.

2. Linda Owens—Faith and Finances (Church Management Track) Through a Lilly Endowment grant, Northern Seminary offers training for pastoral leaders on Kingdom Finances. Rev. Linda Owens, Northern’s Executive Director of Student Services, will share stories about how a commitment to Kingdom Finances can impact a church’s mission and ministry.

3. Jolene Erlacher—Understanding Millennials and Gen Z: Values and Views (Missional Church Track) This session will consider generational trends and values and their effects on our ministry contexts. Work ethic, communication and stylistic preferences often become sources of misunderstanding and frustration. We will explore best practices to adopt as we engage and mentor young believers and developing leaders.

4. Greg Mamula - Table Talk (Church Management Track) Dr. Greg Mamula, Associate Regional Minister of ABC Nebraska, shares the five spiritual disciplines of Table Life: table fellowship, scripture readings, listening, storytelling, and communion.

5. Dave and Debbie Sanders - Spiritual Disciplines (Faithful Conversations Track)  Dr. Dave Sanders is the Director of the Master of Leadership in Ministry Program at Judson University.  Dr. Dave brings 30 years of youth ministry field experience to the classroom.  Dave and Debbie Sanders bring a dynamic teaching element together as a husband and wife duo.  

10:30AM

1. Gary Hayles—Preaching in the Small Church (Small Church Track) Bishop Gary Hayles, an accomplished preacher in Cincinatti, OH and Director of Northern’s New Kind of Preacher program, offers insights on how pastors in small church settings can become better preachers through peer-learning groups.

2. Greg Mamula—Conflict Management (Church Management Track) As a member of Dr. Scot McKnight’s D.Min in New Testament, Dr. Greg Mamula and his fellow classmates wrote a book titled Conflict Management and the Apostle Paul. If your church is experiencing conflict, come learn how to effectively manage situations with a Biblical approach.

3. Cana Roth—Women’s Leadership in the Church (Faithful Conversations Track) Rev. Cana Roth is the pastor of Elliot Avenue Baptist Church in Springfield, IL. Rev. Roth shares the importance of women leaders in the church and the specific challenges women face in ministry.

4. Dave Fitch—Church Planting and the Practices of the Missional Church (Missional Church Track) Dr. Dave Fitch has published numerous books on the Missional Church. During this session, you will learn the Seven Practices for the Missional Church.

5. Darryl Jenkins - A Lead Learner's Commission: Discipleship (Faithful Conversations Track) Rev. Dr. Darryl T. Jenkins is the pastor of Faith Community Church in Itasca, IL.  Rev. Jenkins shares the importance of discipleship in the church and the commitment required for productive cross-cultural ministry. 

6. Jolene Erlacher - A Daniel Generation: The Unique Ministry Role of a New Generation (Missional Church Track) We know there are fewer young people attending our churches, numbers of students pursuing ministry/theology degrees are decreasing, and many young leaders who do engage in ministry feel disillusioned. This session will look at the future of ministry and church leadership. Lessons from Daniel’s life will offer encouragement and guidance for Christian leaders of all ages as we engage the future together! 

7. Open for Spiritual Direction conversations with Debbie Sanders  Selah certified in Spiritual Direction

2:00 P.M.

1. Karl Vaters—Thinking Like a Great Small Church (Small Church Track) Small churches are different than big churches. It’s not a matter of scale. Many big church principles just don’t translate well to a small church context. In this session, Karl will share some of those universal small church principles, including how to discover and leverage what is different about your congregation. 

2. Sally Wagenmaker/Paul Winters—Legal Hotspots for Nonprofits (Church Management Track) Topics to be covered include data privacy/security/GDPR; changing gears through corporate transitions; politically-related activity; real estate usage; employment (including #metoo/sexual harassment); overarching governance matters; violence/risk management in churches; and mandated reporters/child protection.

3. Sam Hamstra—Worship Leadership for the Small Church (Faithful Conversations Track) Worship in the small church can be a challenge, but it can also be an asset to your church. Join this session as Dr. Sam Hamstra shares helpful tools that you can implement in your church next week!

4. Travis Collins—Fresh Expressions (Missional Church Track) Learning Communities dig into the theological foundations of Fresh Expressions, the practices that lead to contextually appropriate ministry, attentiveness to authentic discipleship, tools for developing teams and leaders, and the steps to forming meaningful expressions of church within a particular mission context.

Learning Communities equip you to live into these principles of mission:

·       Incarnational—Entering deeply into the life of the neighborhood or the network

·       Missional—Looking for what God is doing and joining in

·       Contextual—Living out communal life with Jesus that fits the context

·       Formational—Walking with people in a discipleship journey

·       Ecclesial—Fostering maturing church that honors God and makes sense for the context

5. Keith Krispin - Effective Youth Ministry in the Small Church, or any church for that matter! (Small Church Track) Every church is different! Size is but one factor that impacts how seeks to reach and minister to teenagers today. In this discussion based seminar, we’ll examine principles and research underlying effective youth ministry and then talk about how churches can begin to build healthy ministry. So come ready to contribute to the discussion as we learn from each other.

6. Open for Spiritual Direction conversations with Debbie Sanders Selah certified in Spiritual Direction

3:30 P.M.

1. Karl Vaters—Becoming A Heathy Church, No Matter Your Size (Small Church Track) In this session, Karl will help pastors discover and feature what your church does well, including how to update ideas and methods without compromising your message, costing a ton of money or abandoning the current faithful congregation.

2. Continuation of Legal Conversations with Sally Wagenmaker/Paul Winters (Church Management Track)

3. Wade Allen and Jim Kent—Teaching Church Initiative (Faithful Conversations Track) Wade Allen and Jim Kent have been integral in the implementation of the Teaching Church Initiative, a partnership between ABC IN/KY and Northern Seminary. Dr. Allen and Dr. Kent will share information about how the TCI has impacted churches and students involved. They will also share information about how to become a TCI church.

4. Travis Collins—Fresh Expressions (Missional Church Track) Learning Communities dig into the theological foundations of Fresh Expressions, the practices that lead to contextually appropriate ministry, attentiveness to authentic discipleship, tools for developing teams and leaders, and the steps to forming meaningful expressions of church within a particular mission context. 

Learning Communities equip you to live into these principles of mission:

·       Incarnational—Entering deeply into the life of the neighborhood or the network

·       Missional—Looking for what God is doing and joining in

·       Contextual—Living out communal life with Jesus that fits the context

·       Formational—Walking with people in a discipleship journey

·       Ecclesial—Fostering maturing church that honors God and makes sense for the context

5. Open for Spiritual Direction conversations with Debbie Sanders Selah certified in Spiritual Direction

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