Many churches and pastors desperately want to reach the lost and hurting people of their community but constantly struggle with the “inward focus” of the church people. In this session, we will look at practical ways to move a congregation to an “outward” view of church so that we can better reach those outside our walls.
Rachel Koubsky & Jeff Olson
As a team, God has given each person unique giftings. When people understand and know with clarity their roles, it helps the whole church function. How has God called you to come alongside your lead pastor and position them to lead with the vision and direction? As churches grow, so does the demand on the lead pastor and your entire staff. We will discuss how to free your lead pastor up to focus on the things that only they can do.
Pastoral teaching is one of the last learning environments relentlessly clinging to the idea that monologue works. This session will give you a framework to do pastoral teaching that incorporates dialogue. Through intentional dialogue, your community can have greater retention and application of what you share.
MCM Lead Team
When God places a call on your heart to plant a church, knowing where to start can be overwhelming. Minnesota Church Multiplication (MCM) wants to guide you in the process of planting a healthy faith community.
Adam and Amber Haugen
The best form of worship is becoming the best version of who God has created you to be. Excellence is more than just getting the job done, but rather it is a pursuit of doing it with your absolute best.
Having an introverted personality can create unique challenges to ministry and leadership considering the heavily relational nature of what is required. Pastor Mike will share personal experiences and strategies for living a ministry life with an introverted personality.
Every ministry position fits the description as one of the “impossible professions”. Your passion and commitment to your ministry can easily drain you of your time, joy, and peace. Your church is not the problem; your church only reveals the problem to you. We will explore your personal areas of self-care, self-sacrifice, and self-neglect. You will be able to clarify relationships that are truly safe and better understand how you lead yourself in relation to your ministry. You’ll be encouraged to take a fresh look at your relationship to ministry.
Small groups are not necessarily the fresh “new thing” to do within YTH ministry; odds are that most of us are already doing them! So what allows you to take small groups to another level so that they become the fresh new thing? In this session, we will walk through how to take your small groups to another level so that community grows, biblical competency increases, and leaders step into greater commitment.
A part of finishing strong in life is to remain active both physically and socially. Seniors are a vital part of our churches, possessing gifts and skills that often are overlooked. They need to be recognized, re-discovered, and re-engaged. Being engaged is essential for an enjoyable and healthy life, thus avoiding social isolation. Research suggests that pairing older and younger people together helps both age groups perform better. Our session will discuss how we can recognize and re-engage those enjoying the second half of life.
One of the overlooked challenges a presenter in kids’ ministry faces is the task of engaging a 6-year-old to a 12-year-old...in the same room! It’s a daunting expectation and can lead some to shy away from the platform. It doesn’t have to be though. Come chat and hang with Aaron who has 13 years of kids’ ministry experience along with over 20 years in theater and performance.
In order to grow your ministry, you have to empower leaders. One of the hindrances of growth is micromanagement. In this session, learn how to grow your ministry through teams and systems so that you can do what you do best…Lead!
Everyone knows we have a man issue in our nation and our churches. Reaching men is perplexing. But what if there was a simple, straightforward, timesaving solution that would empower men and get them going? Hear more from Vince Miller and the methodology Resolute has used to empower men as leaders across the nation. Discover practical thinking that will mobilize your great men to build teams of men.
Challenges are inevitable. No one is immune from them. It's not about trying to figure out ways to avoid them, but how to navigate through them that matters. By applying God's truth and allowing His voice to be the loudest in our lives, we will then be able to turn down the volume of our feelings and press on!
Titus 2 gives us a framework for discipleship in the church. Older men are to train up the younger men, and older women are to speak into the lives of the girls in their world. These connections are powerful in the life of a child. Boys need to be inspired by godly men. And girls need to have women who love Jesus consistently loving and supporting them. This breakout will focus on the importance of mentoring and give creative ideas and resources to make connections between the generations.
Unlike previous generations that were consumers, Generation “Z” is a publishing generation! They are constantly publishing their story through relationships and social media. This session will explore how the church can captivate young people with “story” and how to teach students the difference between an authentic story and a polished one.
You have stepped up in obedience to answer the call that has been assigned to you. But what happens when things get tough? What do you do when distractions come? Whatever challenge or circumstance you encounter, remember circumstances are subject to change; when we are obedient to what God has called us to do, we can trust Him for the results. This session is designed to encourage you to allow the voice of God to speak loudest in your ear.
Do you have a passion for kids, but don't feel adequate or qualified? Me too, but here I am anyway; right where God wants me to be! So don't run from it, embrace it!
One of the most rapidly growing movements today is young adult ministry within churches. If you have a heart for college students, young professionals, and young couples, this session is for YOU. We will discuss the challenges and opportunities that lie within reaching 18 to 30-year-old’s and talk about practical ways to reach sinners, raise believers, and release leaders within young adults. You will walk away with practical resources and 10 building block principles to apply in your setting whether you are just starting or wanting to go further.
Well-meaning ministers frequently direct Christians to various sources to help them find their calling in life. Many of these sources emphasize the need for believers to gravitate toward their strengths as demonstrated by their personality, passions, or experiences. But my hypothesis, which I offer by sharing my own testimony interspersed with scriptural support, might suggest that we should, instead, recognize the possibility – even the likelihood – that God tends to assign us in the very places where we feel most weak and least prepared.
Looking for a new perspective on reaching the next generation? In this session we will discuss five characteristics of reaching the next generation and six strategies for growing your church young.
There are many voices (parents, communities, culture, and peers) that speak into the formation of the average student. Your youth ministry is not the primary voice, but that doesn’t mean it’s powerless. This session will identify the primary voices that speak into a student’s life and how your youth ministry has power, potential, and a role in being at best, the 4th most influential voice in their life.
Learn more about how to create a stronger culture of Kingdom generosity. This session is for lead pastors, executive pastors, missions pastors, and key leaders interested in developing a stronger model of greater involvement and generosity towards missions and beyond.
We will look at current statistics of the growing immigrant community (one million first- and second-generation immigrants) in Minnesota. We will then look at the unique needs this community has and strategies for practically and spiritually ministering to them.
(Proverbs 9:10) The culture around us seems to be swirling out of control. Add to the mix our own daily battles and you realize that it only takes a moment for us to lose our footing, our joy, and our perspective. Yet wisdom tells us that we are heirs, that we’re made for another world, and that we have the power of the risen Lord alive and at work in us. How do we hold fast to who we are and what we possess? We embrace a right view of God. It will impact every aspect of our lives.
Learn more about how to mobilize 10-20% of your church each year and be a blessing to both those going and those you are going to serve alongside. This session is for lead pastors, missions pastors, and key leaders interested in sending healthy mission teams and engaging more of your church in the Great Commission.
This session will equip you with five dynamics to become a church that looks more like your community. Whether you are located in a racially or ethnically diverse community, these factors promote an atmosphere inviting to all people. ``Love your neighbor`` is a command of Christ for leaders to address racial and ethnic bias within our discipleship strategies. This is true even in communities that are not ethnically or racially diverse.
This session will give real life stories to both inspire and encourage the practices of day-to-day church leadership. Over the last 25 years, Rob Ketterling has made many mistakes and had many struggles in church leadership, but he has come to the realization that the struggle truly does make you stronger.
This workshop will help you discover and embrace God’s next purpose for your life.
• God has given you unique personality, skills, talents, abilities, passions, strengths, gifts, and life experiences to make a difference in the world.
• God has uniquely created you to fulfill a special purpose.
• “For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
Las Iglesias y los ministerios a menudo tienen problemas con la asistencia. No importa si su iglesia tiene 50, 100, 250 o 500 miembros – todos tienen potencial de crecimiento. Venga y descubra cómo desbloquear el potencial de crecimiento de su iglesia o ministerio.
Churches and ministries often have trouble with attendance. It doesn’t matter if your church is 50, 100, 250 or 500 – we all have growth potential. Come discover how to unlock the potential for growth in your church or ministry.
Kyle Peterson & Dave Oler
It is often difficult in the local church to keep missions the main thing. Come hear the stories of three different churches and their journey to create a sustainable and generous missions’ culture.
In this presentation Janet shares her testimony of a childhood filled with both physical and sexual abuse, and how this impacted her choices as a teenager, and then later on as an adult. She further shares on how the lure of homosexuality was so strong, that it caused her to walk away from God into a lifestyle that was only meant to destroy her. But Almighty God never left her side and eventually rescued her.
¿Qué estamos predicando en nuestras iglesias en estos últimos días? ¿Qué temas contiene el discipulado en nuestras congregaciones? ¿Estamos preparándonos nosotros mismos, a nuestros líderes y a los miembros de nuestras congregaciones para ser la iglesia de los últimos días? ¿Cómo podemos ser una iglesia preparada y no una novia ofendida?
What are we preaching in our churches in these last days? How are we disciplining our congregations? Are we preparing ourselves, our leaders, and our church members to be the church of the last days? How can we be a prepared church and not an offended bride?
How are you Pastoring your COMMUNITY? What’s the Heartbeat of your COMMUNITY? If God has called you to your Community, then He is going to teach you how to Love it. We are called to “Add Value” to our communities. Join us in this session to talk through creative, fun, and different ways to connect with your community. It’s not about impressing our community but impacting our community. Let’s impact our communities together.
Michael & Nicole Karnowski
According to the Harvard Business Review the number one criteria for advancement and promotion is our ability to communicate effectively. Another study by the Carnegie Institute of Technology says, ``85% of our financial success is due to our personality and ability to communicate, negotiate and lead. Shockingly, only 15% is due to technical knowledge.” If communicating and connecting are so important why are these skills often one of the things nobody gets trained on? In this interactive presentation learn tried and true principles and practices to improve your effectiveness in communicating and connecting.
We will be discussing the following topics: probate, wills, trusts, guardianships, conservatorships, life estates, quit claim deeds, power of attorney, health care directives, funeral trusts, and nursing homes.
Gain practical insight and tools for developing and implementing a social media strategy for your church or the ministry you lead. From finding your voice to choosing your platforms to producing content, this session is optimal for those beginning their strategic social media journey or as a refresher for the experienced.
Regardless of an official position within an organization, followers of Jesus are called to be leaders in every area of their life; to be people who make disciples and continually point others toward Christ. This session will examine character traits the best informal leaders develop to influence the lives around them inside and outside their organizations. Are you in a formal leadership position? Join us. This conversation is just as important for those of us with formal leadership roles.
This session will cover the significance of marketing and the most popular strategies for 2018 among small businesses. We will do some hands-on work creating a marketing plan and strategy (based around any budget) that will help the community around you discover WHO and WHAT your church is all about.
For most people conflict causes the blood to race, cold sweats, or shortness of breath. Others believe they have been given the gift of confrontation by the way it surrounds them wherever they go. So how can use conflict to create a healthy life and organization? This session will equip you with the necessary tools to address conflict by identifying your conflict style and the style of those around you.
Chris & Jen Hickle
Technology is changing so quickly that it's hard to keep up. And yet, to effectively reach people, we must be where the people are – online. Today we'll cover the top five tips every church needs to know about their website and their online presence. Pastors and leaders will go away with actionable steps to implement themselves or bring back to their web person. Topics we will explore: homepage essentials, Facebook do’s and don'ts, and how churches can be found online when people are searching.
Due to the growing violence aimed toward churches of all sizes, all churches should have some sort of security in place. This security can consist of either paid personnel, volunteers, or a combination of both. I believe that proper training and proper procedures are of utmost importance.
The Lord’s Table (communion) has historically been seen as a place of feasting, thanksgiving, remembrance, anticipation, and community. For many of us, communion has been reduced to a time of personal introspection and repentance. While maintaining the importance of this self-evaluation, we will seek to explore a more robust approach to worship at the Lord’s Table.
Caleb Ballew & Stephanie MacDonald
In this workshop, we will define what it means to be a keyboardist/pianist in a worship team setting.
We will discover our musical role within our team, learn how to play certain keyboard sounds to their best, and dive in to the creative process when playing worship songs.
We will take a hands-on approach to learning some basic audio mixing skills with a focus on equalization and compression. Come ready to learn and catch some passion for sound ministry.
If you’re looking for a list of start up tools to producing your own video announcements, then check out this breakout. Chances are, if you scroll through your newsfeed, you’ll see more videos than anything else. But I know the thought of getting into video can be overwhelming and intimidating. I’ll show you how to start up everything on $139 budget! From the ground up, you’ll learn the basics on equipment and training to keeping announcements effective.
It can be easy to think it’s all about you when you’re playing or singing in a group. In reality, you couldn’t pull it off on your own, so you rely on others to play or sing with you. It is important to learn how to function with others musically, so you don’t play like it’s a solo act. The Percentage Principle is a simple way of learning how to play, so you don’t over step your boundaries as a musician.
Everybody's testimony is different, but you can use the same approach to tell their stories and keep the audience interested. We will look at the fundamentals of making a video testimony from start to finish and creating a process that helps you consistently tell an engaging story.
Is your ministry team lacking? Need volunteers? Learn how the Holy Spirit wants to help you activate others into ministry. Discover four key values to look for when building your ministry team.
Prayer is more than asking things from God. Besides making requests, we can pray in ways that are in harmony with what the Lord is wanting to do in the world today and see things shift. Learn how to expand your prayer prophetically and how to make even more of an impact through your prayer life.
A visitor’s first impression of your church sets the tone for the rest of their experience. We’ll explore how the church can know God’s heart for welcoming guests and care for those who walk into His house.
Joe & Peggy Martin
Alpha is a proven, biblically-based evangelism process that any size church—and even individuals—can use to share the story of Jesus. In an age of cataclysmic change, Alpha is continuing to help churches reach lost and broken people with the gospel, especially among Millennials.
Before I can lead my family...it starts with Me First. Before I can lead my company...it starts with Me First. Before I can lead my neighbor to Jesus...it starts with Me First.
Becky Meyerson & Kristin Fink
A volcano erupts just like events flare up in your life. These events may be big or small, public or private. They may involve your own fears and dysfunction, or they may involve other people. When a volcano erupts, the lava begins flowing. The lava represents your thoughts, and for a short time you have choices to make in your thinking patterns before those thoughts harden and are ingrained in your life.
Come and find out what it means to “TNRPLA” (te-ner-pa-la) on a daily basis. You will learn a practical, useful routine you can use to stop unhealthy thinking, tackle anxiety, deal with fear, and live in your true God given identity. This Biblical tool based on Philippians 4:8 is also effective for working with children and those that you mentor and coach.
Josiah Van Ravenhorst
Small groups are incredibly important yet seemingly impossible to master. We have all tried something new or done something different and struggled to find success. Whether you are just starting, sustaining, or rapidly growing the small groups at your church, we will discuss principles to help you gain traction in building the community and growth that small groups are designed to create. From developing leaders to analyzing the numbers, there is a lot you can do to see success in your small group community.
Do you have questions about a particular area of ministry? Come dialogue with and gain insight from leaders with proven experience in that area.
MCM Lead Team
Church plants have a better rate of success when they have the involvement of a parent church. A parent church does not have to be large, and/or overflowing with money and volunteers, but simply a healthy church that wants to see God’s Kingdom grow. Join us for a discussion on how your church can be a part of church multiplication.
Greg Barber, Scott Woller & Zach Yerrick
Why would anyone ever do sermon preparation alone? Pride, exclusivity, ease, embarrassment, procrastination...See the value and learn the process of team sermon preparation.
God has dreams for your life that He wants you to pursue. Come discuss the “why” as well as the “how” to go about moving forward in your God-ordained dreams.
Mike & Tranette Stevens
Pastor Mike and Tranette will lead a conversation discussing the challenges of married couples serving in ministry together. Let’s explore the issues of taking work home and taking home to work. Bring your questions, problems, and solutions, and we’ll talk it out.
Pam Lund & Annette Junak
Have you felt the call of God to ministry in your life but not sure exactly what that means for you or how you’ll even start? You’re in good company. Sometimes the Lord starts the process by just saying, “follow me”. This workshop is designed to help you understand the process toward obtaining Ministerial Credentials with the Assemblies of God. We want you to be encouraged to start fulfilling the call that God has for your life. You will be presented with an overview of the entire process, given options on how you can take classes to fulfill the required academic requirements and given paperwork if you want to start the process.
Zach & Michelle McNeil
Rural ministry is its own mission field. Zach and Michelle are passionate about rural ministry and making a difference in small communities. They are crazy enough to pastor a multi-campus rural church with two services each Sunday 12 miles apart. They will be leading a discussion on rural ministry and multi-campus rural ministry: exploring the unique challenges it brings to ministry, leadership, and family dynamics.
In this discussion, we will focus on what it looks like to love our cross-cultural neighbors. The conversation will specifically focus on reaching Muslims whose religious and cultural backgrounds are vastly different than ours. On a more broad scale, we will address practical ways to disciple our neighbors--no matter who they might be.