Brandon Ahu • Give It Away: How to Love Annoying People Mo’ Bettah
Are there people in your life who are hard to love? Do you ever pray for God to give you patience to tolerate others who you wish you didn’t have to put up with? Most of us have people in our lives who simply rub us the wrong way. It’s especially hard when we know we should love them like God loves them, but we just don’t have the capacity to do it. It’s much easier to be judgmental than to show mercy and grace. This session will help us understand God’s heart toward us so that we can give his love away to others.
Rick Bundschuh • Daring Ideas for Church Leaders
This is a highly interactive think-tank experience that can turn ideas into opportunities to further the Kingdom. The session will include: daring ideas on how to deliver the goods on Sunday morning; daring ideas on leading and team building; daring ideas on innovative church practices. Warning: not suitable for the faint of heart.
Jim Burns • Key Ingredients That Make Up a Successful Relationship
Although there are no secret formulas or magic wands to create a successful relationship, three traits shine above the rest. In this session, Jim will share his latest research on building a healthy relationship. This practical and enjoyable session will help you develop more positive and healthy relationships with your spouse, your kids, friends, and even your co-workers.
Tony Campolo • Jesus Takes Up Our Fears
The words, “Fear not” appear 365 times in the Bible — one for every day of the year. In this seminar, we will consider the ways fear drains the joy out of our lives: fear of failure; fear about the spiritual well being and destiny of loved ones; fear about health; and finally, the one we don’t like to talk about, the fear of death.
Dan Chun • How to Pick a Spouse
Today’s high divorce rates clearly show we can get fooled in marriage. Selecting one’s spouse is critical. Pastor Dan ran one of the largest singles ministries in the country, and 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 for choosing a spouse that 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. Discover why.
Julie Daubenspeck • Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence and the Church
Today’s news is filled with reports of sexual abuse and domestic violence. How can the church navigate these turbulent waters? How can leaders support and assist victims in need? Learn more about how to recognize and address these situations, and become familiar with community resources for helping church leaders and victims alike.
Kaye Lawrence • The Ghost From the Past: Dealing with Non-Military and Military PTSD
When a physical danger threatens our control, we enact a natural instinct for survival. Many people experiencing traumatic events may find that it takes time to readjust and cope. You can become a survivor by learning how the neural pathways can, without a doubt, be shifted, rerouted and rewired, stomping out PTSD.
Jason Lehfeldt • Finding Freedom
Would you like to experience quicker and more consistent breakthroughs as you pray through the stresses and messes in your life? At times we all encounter situations which trigger feelings of anger, fear, hopelessness, discouragement, or rejection. Most people don’t know how to effectively pray through these issues in a manner that taps into God’s love and power to transform their lives. In this session, you’ll be equipped with a simple scriptural prayer model that empowers you to tackle life’s problems that are tackling you!
Fred Hartsook • Life Changing Bible Study in the Digital Age
Real change happens when the truth of God’s Word transforms our lives. Today, we must be prepared to study and share the truth of Scripture in the digital age. This interactive workshop demonstrates practical ways that integrating Logos Bible Software can equip you to deliver key insights from scripture. Discover how, with an entire biblical library at your fingertips, you can do in seconds what would normally take hours of reading or research.
Richard Liverance • Land of Creation
As the Land of Creation, Israel connects us to the origin of all things and inspires us with creative hope for the future. It is the place where heaven reached down to touch the earth and faith and redemption were born. Israel’s strategic location, history, and stories have changed people and nations and inspired the countless works of art, music, literature, speech, science, and valor. Today Israel’s technological innovation, diverse culture, and adventure captivate millions of visitors every year. We invite you to come join the adventure.
Carl Moore • Just Preach Jesus
Jesus calls us to be the “light of the world.” But let’s be honest. Sharing faith with others can be daunting. The fear of rejection or the lack of confidence in knowing the Bible can keep us from being bold for Jesus. Let’s stop being undercover Christians. Jesus isn’t a secret to be kept, He’s the solution. Learn how to overcome your fears and effectively share Jesus.
Carey Nieuwhof • How to Break Church Growth Barriers
Believe or not, the reasons most churches never break attendance barriers aren’t spiritual reasons, they’re practical reasons. Strategic reasons. Imagine you and your team having the skills and insight needed to reach more and guiding your church to gladly embrace the mission. Imagine your church learning to care for one another and relying on you to do only what you can do best. Imagine having the skills and insight to be able to build teams of leaders, not just teams of doers, as you grow.
Christy Pierce • Helping Hurting Teens
If you are a parent, youth pastor or adult trying to help a hurting teenager, you are not alone. Jesus has great compassion for hurting teens and for parents who feel scared and helpless watching their teen suffering. This seminar will help participants recognize depression, anxiety, eating disorders, cutting and other common problems among teens today, and suggest practical resources to help bring healing and hope. After the seminar, Christy and her prayer team will be available to pray for parents and those serving hurting teens.
Mike Pilavachi • Lessons from the Life of Samuel
Samuel was the last judge of Israel and one of her great prophets. Samuel’s life speaks to us today. Some of the lessons we will be looking at will be how we worship and honor God in our worship, the importance of listening to the voice of God, and how to end well. This seminar aims to be both biblical and practical and includes the story of how Matt Redman’s song “Heart of Worship” came to be written.
Kara Powell • Growing Young (Part 2): The Programs and Teaching that Help Millennials Discover and Love Your Church
What is the “secret sauce” of churches that are effective with today’s young people, and how can any church implement those same strategies? This seminar identifies 3 core commitments shared by churches who are not aging or shrinking but are “growing young.” Parents, youth leaders, and church leaders will gain practical principles and everyday ideas from the Fuller Youth Institute to help young people discover and love your church. (Note: Please attend Part 2 even if you missed Part 1. We will get you caught up in just a few minutes.)
Todd Proctor • Culture Shifts for the Future Church
Culture is changing. Only 2 in 10 Americans under 30 believe attending church is important or worthwhile (an all-time low). 59% of millennials raised in a church have dropped out. 35% of millennials have an anti-church stance, believing the church does more harm than good. As churches struggle to reach or keep the next generation, pastors and leaders must rethink our approach to evangelism…and have fresh eyes on the church cultures we have created. Join us as we explore unique, powerful ways that the Alpha Course helps catalyze needed “culture shifts” — preparing churches for the rising post-Christian reality.
Thomas Rausch • Pope Francis on Care for Our Common Home
Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si on what he calls “our Sister, Mother Earth” is a beautiful plea to reverse the ruination and abuse of our planet, filling it with waste and filth, poisoning her atmosphere, cutting down the forests that purify her air, and polluting her life-giving streams and the oceans rich with living creatures. Throughout this often poetic letter, he asks that we hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
Jordan Seng • How to Cast Out Demons
Jesus and his apostles delivered many people from demons. It was a huge and immensely valuable part of their ministries — and occasionally, a very strange and dramatic part! The potential drama and supernatural strangeness of deliverance ministry can intimidate Christians from trying it. But sometimes it has to be done. Drawing on biblical wisdom and 30 years of deliverance ministry experience, Jordan will offer practical guidance for building effective deliverance ministry into churches and ministries.
Paul Sheppard • There’s a Reason for Every Season
Besides salvation, time is the most valuable gift God has given to us. Making the best use of our time is essential to effective living and fruitful ministry. We will examine various “seasons of time” and discuss how to use them effectively in order to fulfill God’s calling on our lives and ministries.
Tony Traughber & Cindy Gaskins • Living in the Fifth Act of God’s Story
God’s Story is one story from Genesis to Revelation. One way to see the whole picture is found in what theologian N.T. Wright describes as “The Five-Act Play.” Whether teaching Bible at home, in school, in your church or with a friend or co-worker, this seminar will give you practical ways to investigate, rethink, and remember we are in God’s Story, which hasn’t yet been finished.