Pastoral Leadership Breakouts

Equipping our pastors to become quality Christian leaders of healthy faith communities

Carolyn Tennant

Carolyn Tennant

CATCH THE WIND OF THE SPIRIT: MINISTRY GIFTS (Part 1) - Friday 3:30

This session will cover overall contextual information from Ephesians 4:11 and then focus on challenging aspects of the evangelism, teaching, and pastoral gifts. This is for those called to full-time ministry as well as for lay people to discover where and how their leadership gifts can operate in the church.
Both sessions are taught on Dr. Tennant’s book ``Catch the Wind of the Spirit: How the Five Ministry Gifts Can Impact Your Church.``

Carolyn Tennant

Carolyn Tennant

CATCH THE WIND OF THE SPIRIT: MINISTRY GIFTS (Part 2) - Friday 4:45

This session will focus on the ministry gifts of the prophetic and the apostolic as mentioned in Ephesians 4:11, providing biblical background and practical perspectives on how these can function properly in the church. “Sticky Situations” will be discussed.
Both sessions are taught on Dr. Tennant’s book ``Catch the Wind of the Spirit: How the Five Ministry Gifts Can Impact Your Church.``

Jim Robberstad

Jim Robberstad

Longevity and Enjoyment in Rural Ministry - Friday 4:45

Pastoring a small church in a rural community provides many challenges and opportunities, which can lead to making a powerful impact for the Kingdom.

A.R. Bernard

A.R. Bernard

WHAT WOMEN WANT FROM MEN - Saturday 10:00

Dr. Bernard has developed a simple system for understanding how couples relate to each other. Maturity, decisiveness, consistency, and strength—these are the four things women want and need most from a man. Dr. Bernard will show how to identify and cultivate these traits toward a happy and long-lasting relationship—one built to weather any storm.

Keith Kerstetter

Keith Kerstetter

HIS SWEET SPOT - Saturday 11:15

The rural church has a unique opportunity to pastor the community in a different way than churches in larger cities. Let’s talk about creative ways that has happened and what could happen in the future. The goal is to leave full of encouragement and ideas.

Chris Pruett

Chris Pruett

HOW TO CREATE AND CELEBRATE WINS! - Saturday 11:15

Pastor Chris is thrilled to be a part of a pastoral team at New Life Church in Princeton that empowers people to do incredible things for God. Come and discover some practical ways to create and celebrate wins at your church.

Generational Ministry Breakouts

Equipping leaders to reach children, youth and adults

Justyn Smith

Justyn Smith

CREATING A CODE - Friday 3:30

It’s easy to get lost in all the hustle and bustle of children’s ministry. There is always work to be done, fires to put out, administration to be completed, and ministry to execute. How do you know if you’re winning? Join Justyn as he walks through The Go Kids Code and how it has brought focus and intentionality to staff and volunteers.

Rod Whitlock

Rod Whitlock

HELPING STUDENTS MAKE SENSE OF THE LGBTQIA COMMUNITY - Friday 3:30

Our students are constantly bombarded with messages regarding their sexual orientation and identity. No longer is a series on dating enough in today’s highly volatile, sexually charged world. Students need biblically sound teaching to understand the issue and then compassionately share hope with them.

Rod Whitlock

Rod Whitlock

CAPTURING, EQUIPPING, AND CELEBRATING VOLUNTEERS - Friday 4:45

To grow your youth ministry you need equipped and passionate volunteer youth leaders. Let’s take a look at the process for securing, training, and applauding our volunteers. We’ll walk from the application process to how to celebrate volunteers for a job well done.

Matt Anderson

Matt Anderson

THE VALUE OF A STRONG PRE-TEEN MINISTRY - Friday 4:45

Everything changes during the preteen years - physical changes (hello, new smells!), mental changes, social changes, even spiritual changes. In this breakout, you will be challenged to approach ministry to students in 5th and 6th grade with intentionality and purpose, regardless of your church size.

Bruce Talso

Bruce Talso

60 IS THE NEW 40: RELEVANT SENIOR ADULT MINISTRIES - Friday 4:45

Our churches are being challenged to provide viable activities for both younger and older seniors, whether the seniors are socially involved or lonely. There is a vital need to provide appealing programs that will meet the physical, social, and spiritual needs of these people who are now identified as the fastest growing people group in our country. This workshop will be a practical attempt to assist you in beginning a relevant senior ministry in your church or in revitalizing one that may already be in existence.

Rod Whitlock

Rod Whitlock

WHAT NUMBERS REALLY MATTER? - Saturday 10:00

We often measure our youth ministries by the number of students who attend our youth service. Is this the best way to measure growth? Are there other numbers that matter as much…or more? If so, what are those numbers, and what do they tell us?

Ed Werneke

Ed Werneke

318: MENTALITY FOR MEN - Saturday 10:00

A story of Abram in Genesis 14 gives pastors and men’s leadership a great example of how and why they should lead their men. It gives leaders a starting point in building a men’s ministry. No movement of God without men of God.

Ginger Olson & Amy Steiner

Ginger Olson & Amy Steiner

RECRUITING AND MAINTAINING AWESOME LEADERS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD MINISTRY - Saturday 10:00

This breakout is designed to help you create a plan of action to recruit and keep the best leaders in early childhood.

Karsten Olson

Karsten Olson

CAPTURING ATTENTION & CREATIVE COMMUNICATION - Saturday 10:00

Kids today are known for having short attention spans. But instead of complaining about it, let's ask what we can do to capture their attention and engage them with God’s Word. What can you do to present God’s Word in a way that makes kids WANT to listen?

Rod Whitlock

Rod Whitlock

SYNERGIZING YOUR MESSAGES AND EVENTS FOR GREATER IMPACT - Saturday 11:15

Get ready to build your youth calendar, sermon series, and social media strategy all in one session. You’ll leave this session with a clear design for your youth ministry for the next year. Having this strategy in hand ensures taking students on a more meaningful journey on their walk with Christ.

Aaron Topp

Aaron Topp

THE KEY FOR MEN’S DISCIPLESHIP - Saturday 11:15

There’s a key to discipling men. It’s found in learning to identify God’s voice, trusting Him, and obeying His direction. This key is all through Scripture and a main point in Jesus and the Apostles’ teaching. There’s a way to read God’s word together, learn to hear His voice, and keep each other accountable for what God is speaking and directing us to do.

Wendy Cunningham, Cindy Hendrick, Susan Vandenheuval, & Satise Roddy

Wendy Cunningham, Cindy Hendrick, Susan Vandenheuval, & Satise Roddy

HOW TO BALANCE MARRIAGE AND MINISTRY - Saturday 11:15

Finding the time and energy to balance ministry and family is an ongoing, real life issue for every paid and unpaid church worker. How can we do it well? This panel of experts will share their wisdom and life experience to help us.

Missional Living Breakouts

Focusing on how we can live out our faith in our community, our nation and our world

Bryan Jarrett

Bryan Jarrett

DEVELOPING CULTURE AND LEADING CHANGE IN A RURAL CONTEXT (PART 1) - Friday 3:30

Leading organization change is a tall order in any context but doing so in the “tribal” settings of many small towns can bring its own set of challenges. However, there is a way to successfully create a gospel-centered culture in a rural church.

Denny Curran

Denny Curran

TRIUMPH THROUGH TRAGEDY - Friday 4:45

Tragedy happens. It’s a part of life. How the church responds is critical. Hear how the church can become a place of refuge and healing for those who have been overwhelmed with a tragedy too difficult to face.

Malcolm Burleigh

Malcolm Burleigh

UNDERSTANDING RACIAL TENSION AND CULTURE - Friday 4:45

Racial tension is omnipresent. We are so immersed in our own culture that we are not aware of the impact racial tension has on us, our societies, and on the church. Culture shapes our perspective and our behavior. We see the impact of that across the globe. Understanding culture is the first step in lessening racial tension.

Teng Vu

Teng Vu

THE LOST ART OF SERVING GOD FAITHFULLY - Saturday 10:00

It doesn’t matter if you just planted a brand new church, you serve in an older church, or you serve in a megachurch, Jesus calls every Christian to serve Him faithfully. To discover the art of serving God faithfully in the church we must first go back to the teachings of Jesus. You’ll learn that faithfulness, a biblical and required trait of all believers in Christ, boils down to two key questions you need to ask yourself.

Jessica Rothmeyer

Jessica Rothmeyer

THE LIE BEHIND VALIDATION - Saturday 10:00

God designed women to have a loving and relational nature; from this comes a deep desire for women to have approval and feel acknowledged by others, especially our spouses. The world emphasizes the need for verbal and emotional validation in order to have effective communication and conflict resolution. Learn God’s truth about how to have peace and healthy relationships with or without the validation you deserve.

Bryan Jarrett

Bryan Jarrett

DEVELOPING CULTURE AND LEADING CHANGE IN A RURAL CONTEXT (PART 2) - Saturday 11:15

Leading organization change is a tall order in any context but doing so in the “tribal” settings of many small towns can bring its own set of challenges. However, there is a way to successfully create a gospel-centered culture in a rural church.

Adrian Falgatelli

Adrian Falgatelli

PESCADORES DE HOMBRES/FISHERS OF MEN (IN SPANISH) - Saturday 11:15

Dios nos ha llamado a que seamos Pescadores de hombres. Dios te ha equipado de tal manera para que puedas hacer el trabajo de alcanzar a todos aquellos que están lejos de Él. Dios es muy creativa, y quiere usar su creatividad en ti. Venga para aprender cómo Dios quiere usar esta creatividad de alcanzar al mundo alrededor de ti.

God calls us to be fishers of men. He has equipped you so that you can do the work of reaching those who are far from Him. God is very creative and wants to use His creativity in you. Learn how God wants to use this creativity to reach the world around you.

Rick Johnson

Rick Johnson

CALLED TO GO? WE CAN HELP! - Saturday 11:15

Be introduced to the AGWM Pipeline, which is the process of getting involved in missions as early as high school or even after retirement. If you are interested in missions abroad (career or short term), young or old, come and learn more.

Operations/Communications Breakouts

Focusing on organizational and communicative processes of the church

Richard Hammar

Richard Hammar

LEGAL AND TAX DEVELOPMENTS FOR CHURCH LEADERS - Friday 3:30

This presentation will address the most important legal, tax, and risk management issues for churches and church leadership. Issues covered include a review of church litigation trends, legal status of same-sex marriage and gender identity, child abuse reporting, current issues involving references, responding to the threat of armed assailants, short-term missions trips, and the status of the housing allowance.

Bob Bauman

Bob Bauman

CHURCH FINANCING THAT WORKS - Friday 4:45

This presentation will give you an “inside look” of what lenders are looking for to approve a loan to your church. From the basic financial review to understanding church membership and leadership, the team at Financial Security Bank is committed to providing sound and appropriate financing to area churches and often helps lay the groundwork far in advance of a lending “event”.

Matt Reed

Matt Reed

GRAPHIC DESIGN ON A DIME - Friday 4:45

How can the church effectively use visual communication with little or no budget? We’ll explore how you can leverage access to thousands of creative tools online to take your church to the next level of graphic design without breaking the bank.

Steve Nylin

Steve Nylin

SOCIAL MEDIA - IT'S NOT THE WHAT, BUT THE WHY - Saturday 10:00

We live in a world that is saturated with social media feeds, opinions and images. How can your church compete? Join us for a discussion of WHY rather than WHAT when it comes to your church’s social media platform. Come for the discussion and leave with some creative tips on how to maximize your voice on social media.

Darrel Amiot

Darrel Amiot

PREVENTIVE MEDICINE - Saturday 10:00

Do you have a will? Do you need a will? What is the difference between a will, a trust, an irrevocable trust, and a revocable trust? What is a funeral trust? How do you protect your property? Do you use a life estate, a quit claim deed, or is a TOD good enough? These questions and several others will be discussed during our session.

Cheryl Curran

Cheryl Curran

EVENT PLANNING 101 - Saturday 11:15

Big events are a good way to introduce new people to your church. Done well they can be a great tool for evangelism. Come hear simple steps toward planning fun and exciting events for your women’s groups.

Gene Thomsen

Gene Thomsen

CPR AND BASIC FIRST AID FOR YOUR CHURCH - Saturday 11:15

Training and preparing people with the correct knowledge and supplies in case of emergency will give your church an added sense of security for their families.

Worship/Creative Arts Breakouts

Focusing on the spiritual, audio and visual aspects in a worship gathering

Todd Marshall

Todd Marshall

BIBLICAL WORSHIP: THE PATTERN, THE PURPOSE, THE PURSUIT - Friday 3:30

We all desire to see the church strengthened in order to touch the world and help people connect their relationship with God to their relationship with life. Todd’s approach to fulfill this burden and call is to focus on emphasizing, expounding, and encouraging the picture and pattern of biblical worship. This discussion-oriented session will facilitate how to do that.

mulitple presenters

mulitple presenters

SONG WRITING - Friday 4:45

Collaboration is a powerful element in song writing, so we have three gifted presenters: Mark Alan Schoolmeesters from Emmanuel Christian Center, Derrick Benoit from River of Life AG in Cold Spring, and Ben Ady, recent NCU graduate and itinerant worship arts leader.

Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

URBAN, SUBURBAN, AND RURAL WORSHIP LEADERS - Saturday 10:00

This breakout is designed for you to bring your questions and concerns. Our panel members are Nhia Vu from Christ Community Church, Ryan Williams from River Valley Church, Apple Valley Campus, and Darla Thompson from Living Hope AG in Little Falls.

Jimmy Leasure

Jimmy Leasure

$139 VIDEO ANNOUNCEMNET SETUP - Saturday 10:00

If you’re looking for a list of start-up tools to produce 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. The thought of getting into video can be overwhelming and intimidating, but I’ll show you how to start everything on a $139 budget. From the ground up, you’ll learn the basics of equipment and training to keep announcements effective.

Ben Johnson & Taylor Lewin

Ben Johnson & Taylor Lewin

PLANNING TECHNICAL PRODUCTION FOR CORPORATE WORSHIP - Saturday 11:15

It is possible to improve your audio and visual production without a huge budget. This session is designed to give you practical strategies for how to build your volunteer team and avoid technical difficulties.

Jimmy Leasure

Jimmy Leasure

LIVESTREAMING: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW - Saturday 11:15

Your church has more access to people in your community than any other point in history. This breakout will teach you the essentials on equipment and strategy for launching your church’s livestream. Video is no longer an emerging idea, it’s here and now. Every church needs someone like you to learn these skills and reach your community.

Discipleship Process Breakouts

Engaging visitors, new believers and regular attendees to be a community of devoted followers of Christ

Bruce Schoeman

Bruce Schoeman

GOD HAS A PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE! - Friday 3:30

Do you know God’s next purpose for your life? This workshop reviews the GPS Life Journey process that can help you discover and embrace God’s next purpose for your life. God has uniquely created you to fulfill a special purpose on earth at this time. He has given you unique skills, talents, abilities, passions, personality, strengths, gifts, and life experiences that He wants you to use to make a difference in the world. You will have opportunity to attend the eight session process following the workshop.

Jolene Erlacher

Jolene Erlacher

A DANIEL GENERATION: MILLENNIALS AND GEN Z AS GODLY LEADERS TODAY - Friday 4:45

Daniel and his friends found themselves living and leading in their own season of crisis in an environment foreign to their leaders and mentors in Jerusalem. Their’s is an experience similar to that of young leaders today. Millennials and Generation Z need Spirit-breathed leadership models, faith practices, and ministry perspectives for a new context. There are critical lessons in the life of Daniel that can inform and encourage Christian leaders of all generations as we work together to navigate the landscape ahead with grace and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Carl Lindelien

Carl Lindelien

DISCIPLESHIP OR DIE! - Friday 4:45

Every Christian group in history has seen the miraculous, grown beyond their boundaries, and reached many with the Gospel, only to die within two or three generations. Today our churches are facing the same battle, “Disciple or Die.” We will discover new and creative ways to “go and make disciples.”

Steph Peterson

Steph Peterson

GREATNESS AMONG US: DEVELOPING A TEAM OF WORLD CHANGERS WITH THOSE RIGHT IN FRONT OF US - Friday 4:45

Do you look at other organizations and think, “If only I had THOSE people and a structure like THAT organization…” Learn how to see the potential in the people God has given you, take a risk, and train up a team of world changers using a leadership structure that works for everyone. This includes everyone being met with one-on-one for accountability and life coaching twice a month, and the team meeting together regularly for training, brainstorming, and strategizing.

Carolyn Tennant

Carolyn Tennant

PRAY! - Saturday 10:00

We know we should pray. Why don’t we do it more? Why bother to go to one more session on it and not change? Come and see... Come and learn... Come and be challenged.

Abby Olson & Peggy Vagle

Abby Olson & Peggy Vagle

MENTORING: WHY & WHAT (Part 1) - Saturday 10:00

Abby and Peggy work with women’s ministry at The Waters Church. Seeing the need for women within their church to find good, healthy, and biblical relationships, they developed a simple, authentic way for women to grow and be challenged through mentorship.

Join them for “Part 1” to learn why mentoring is needed and what are the key elements to organically connecting and empowering women to encourage each other on their journeys with Christ.

Abby Olson & Peggy Vagle

Abby Olson & Peggy Vagle

MENTORING: HOW (Part 2) - Saturday 11:15

Abby and Peggy work with women’s ministry at The Waters Church. Seeing the need for women within their church to find good, healthy, and biblical relationships, they developed a simple, authentic way for women to grow and be challenged through mentorship.

Join them for “Part 2” as they reveal steps for how to develop a flourishing, inviting, organic mentorship structure for women.

Jolene Erlacher

Jolene Erlacher

STUDENTS AND TECHNOLOGY: EFFECTS ON GODLY IDENTITY, RELATIONSHIPS, AND COMMUNICATION - Saturday 11:15

Technology is developing faster than research can analyze and report its effects. We are introducing technology into the lives of students, often before we can know the long-term effects. This workshop will look at important facts we do know and present ideas for navigating the integration of technology and social media into the lives of godly young people.

Conversation Rooms

Do you have questions about a particular area of ministry? Come dialogue with and gain insight from leaders with proven experience in that area.

Steve Larson

Steve Larson

HABITS OF HEALTHY PASTORS - Friday 4:45

In 2002 Steve Larson went through a deep depression where he almost quit the ministry. After a three month break, he came back and asked the questions: How do I minister without going back there again? How do I care for others…and myself? Steve will lead a discussion concerning things he has learned about staying healthy in the ministry: mentally, spiritual, physically, and relationally.

Jim & Tina Von Wald

Jim & Tina Von Wald

COURTING YOUR COMMUNITY - Friday 4:45

What does it look like to fall in love with your town? How do you keep the romance alive? Do you need to renew your vows? Do you have another lover?

Jose Perez

Jose Perez

POR QUE DIOS NO ES LANTINO?/WHY ISN'T GOD LATINO? (IN SPANISH) - Saturday 10:00

En esta conversación vamos a hablar sobre la cultura de Dios en comparación a nuestras culutras y nuestra tendancia de traer dicha cultura y expectativas a nuestros servicios en la iglesia. Vamos a discutir como superar las diferencias culturales para alcanzar un grupo de personas mas diversa para Jesus.

In this conversation room we will talk about God’s culture in comparison to our cultures and our tendency to bring those cultures and expectations to our church services. We will discuss how to overcome cultural differences to reach a broader group of people for Jesus.

Carol Lund

Carol Lund

WORKING WITH YOUR GREATEST COMMODITY -- VOLUNTEERS! - Saturday 10:00am

How do you work well with your greatest commodity? Join the conversation as we discuss where to begin and how to create wins, longevity, and lead each volunteer to finish well.

Evan Fortunato, Lindsey Book, Aaron Broberg & Sara Wille

Evan Fortunato, Lindsey Book, Aaron Broberg & Sara Wille

GENDER-SPECIFIC DISCIPLESHIP - Saturday 11:15

The Bible gives us a clear mandate to pass on what we have learned to the next generation. Unfortunately, many churches have no mechanism for mentoring and modeling to occur between men and boys and women and girls. We believe churches need to be leading the way in championing gender and the unique design God has for boys and girls. This panel discussion will discuss the importance of gender-specific environments in your discipleship process and give you a variety of ideas how to implement mentoring moments into your church.

Keith & Darla Thompson/Jeff & Kristie Kerr

Keith & Darla Thompson/Jeff & Kristie Kerr

RAISING GODLY CHILDREN - Saturday 11:15am

How do we raise godly kids today? How can we help our kids navigate this world with its ever-increasing pressure and influence? This breakout session will be an open and honest conversation for parents to share struggles, ideas, and tools in order to help us raise our kids well.