Pastoral Leadership Breakouts

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

Bryan and Trena Boone

SMALL MOMENTS, BIG IMPACT - Friday 4:30

When resources seem limited, how do you fulfill your call to reach a city? Come hear from the hearts of Bryan and Trena Boone and be encouraged to dream big, walk in humble obedience to Christ, and view every interaction as an opportunity for ministry.

Andrew Sheldon

YOU DON'T SMELL THAT? - Saturday 10:00

Would you love to create spaces that are creative, functional, and inexpensive with the church building you have? You can! We'll also share how to get your church and your board to catch the vision.

Doug Clay

ASKING YOURSELF - Saturday 10:00

We will reflect on 10 questions as it relates to growing your leadership productivity.

James Biffert

HOLY SPIRIT: Presence, Power, Position - Saturday 11:15

Over the last 100 years the Assemblies of God has flourished around the world for many reasons, but the distinctive of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is arguably the greatest reason for our success. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells us that even though He is leaving, He promised to send ``Another`` to take His place. The ``Another`` is the Holy Spirit. It is essential for every believer to experience the Person of the Holy Spirit in a way that will give us access into the Kingdom of God to possess Presence, Power, and Position.

Karl Vaters

3 WAYS A SMALL CHURCH CAN BE AN EFFECTIVE CHURCH - Saturday 11:15

Yes, small churches can be strong, healthy, and effective. We’ll look at the three main issues we need to do that: 1) Realize you can be effective, 2) Discover how small churches function differently from big churches, and 3) Understand and use the unique DNA of your small church for God’s glory.

Generational Ministry Breakouts

Equipping leaders to reach children, youth and adults

Dan Parotti

YOUR POTENTIAL IS NOW! - Friday 4:30

Opportunities abound to make a difference. Some opportunities are more accessible for those over 50. God's call and design are still exciting in the later years of life. Renew your purpose and energize your passion for ministry in this session.

Lon Flippo

FIRST PRINCIPLES OF FAMILY MINISTRIES - Friday 4:30

The Christian world is buzzing with the newest ministry idea of family ministries. Church leaders are uncertain what the word or concept means or how to implement it properly in the context of current church models. This session will explore family ministries in depth and answer the question, “What does family ministries look like in our church?”

Jeff Grenell

5 DANGEROUS QUESTIONS - Friday 4:30

Analytics is the new organizational buzzword. From Fortune 500 companies to NCAA athletic programs, analytics have become the new assessment. If we did analytics in youth ministry, what would that look like? Here are 5 questions to ask yourself personally as a youth leader.

Mike Stehr

MOBILIZING MEN TO MINISTRY - Saturday 10:00

Have you ever tried to mobilize men? Ever been frustrated by the results or lack thereof? Don’t be. Even Jesus had a difficult time mobilizing 12 men! Yet within Jesus’ interaction with his disciples we see three keys that will help us engage and mobilize the men around us into life-changing ministry.

Jeff Grenell

TRENDS IN YOUTH LEADERSHIP - Saturday 10:00

It can be easy to fall into a rut or hit default in our work. Perspective is a great teacher. If we take a broad sample of youth leadership in America, we will see small, medium, and large settings. The advantage of perspective teaches us lessons from those urban, suburban, and rural settings. What are the leading trends in youth ministry today?

Vicki Graham

PARENTING WITH THE END IN MIND - Saturday 10:00 pt 1 & 11:15 pt 2

Today's Christian parents are challenged in many ways as our culture pulls us in so many different directions. It is often no different for ministry families. We will encourage credentialed women to set goals of character qualities and Christian values for their kids. It is never too late to course-correct, no matter the age of your children.

Josh Holdeman

DEVELOPING A HEART FOR YOUR COMMUNITY - Saturday 11:15

God has called each one of us where we are for a purpose. If we aren’t careful, ministry can become all about our church and not about the community. We will look into how to develop a heart for the lost and practical steps to make outreach more than just something you do once or twice a year.

Jeff Grenell

THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION AND YOUTH LEADERSHIP - Saturday 11:15

If youth leaders do not address the sexual revolution, we will not have a voice to this generation. In this session we will learn some of the new terms that every youth leader should be familiar with. We will look at both a cultural and a scriptural perspective on what is the leading issue in the Millennial and Gen Z set.

Mark Lerom and Roger Thompson

DEEP AND WIDE: A Vision for Your Ministry to Men - Saturday 1:15

No ministry will yield more long-term fruit than your investment in men. Yet, it is the hardest and least invested ministry in most churches. Catch a vision, matched with proven strategies that will help you build a sustainable ministry to men, and leave no man behind. Any size church can implement these disciple-making principles.

Jeff Grenell

STUDENT LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT - Saturday 1:15

Much of the discussion on leadership development in youth ministry is done at the adult leadership level. But, if we want to have a comprehensive youth ministry, we must build a student ministry team. This must be done for several reasons – involving the gifts of our students, preparing them for future leadership opportunities, shared ownership of the youth ministry, etc. Here are ways to create a student leadership team in every setting.

Josh Holdeman

LEADING VS. DOING - Saturday 1:15

We strive to make a difference and improve each week but can be too busy doing tasks that we aren’t accomplishing the RIGHT things. This session will focus on finding the balance between knocking out your to-do list and spending time doing what really matters.

Missional Living Breakouts

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

Doug Clay

CHALLENGES FACING THE AMERICAN CHURCH - Friday 4:30

There has always been a tension between cultural issues and biblical values. We explore these challenges and discuss ways the church can effectively address them.

Alan Pastian

MY FRIEND IS GAY SO HOW DO I RELATE AS A CHRISTIAN? - Friday 4:30

Sexual identity is one of the most formative processes in a young person’s life. How they process their emotions, identify their feelings, and construct their mindsets is a critical trajectory piece to who they become and where they go in life. Because of this, we as spiritual leaders, families, friends, and lovers of Jesus must pay special attention to how we react to our family and friends who are living with same-sex attraction.

Carl Nelson

BIBLICAL PURSUIT OF RACIAL JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION - Saturday 10:00

Drawing upon scripture and examples of New Testament churches, this seminar offers a biblical approach to contemporary issues of multiethnic ministry and racial reconciliation. We will discuss the importance of proximity, perspective, history, and relationships, and hear about Transform Minnesota's journey as they have pursued these values throughout their network.

Dareth Ly

OVERCOMING DISAPPOINTMENT AND AVOIDING BITTERNESS: My Journey - Saturday 10:00

It is an understatement to say that disappointment and pain are part of life. Whether the disappointment comes through one’s own failure or others, the pain is the same. The question is, how does one move from hurting to healing, and then become God’s extension of love to the broken world? I’m convinced, through my own life journey, that pain can be a great vehicle for God to display His power.

Jay Perske and Lew Anderson

MUSLIMS, CHRISTIANS, AND JESUS - Saturday 11:15

Minnesota is home to approximately 200,000 Muslims, with 10 recently elected to political office. Many questions have risen within the Christian community: Do Muslims want Sharia law in MN? Do Muslims and Christians worship the same God? Is Islam a religion of peace? What do Muslims think about Jesus? Does the Quran really teach that Muslims should kill the infidels? And most important, how should we as Christians engage and respond? In this workshop you will discover the answers to these questions and more.

Moises Gomez

IMPORTANCIA DE LAS RELACIONES PUBLICAS - Saturday 11:15 pt 1 & 1:15 pt 2

¿Cuántos de ustedes han experimentado la falta de apoyo o incluso el rechazo por parte de pastores, líderes o iglesias a la hora de realizar eventos? ¿Por qué pasa esto? Puede ser en parte por la falta de relaciones públicas. El periodista Moisés Gómez nos llevará en un viaje sobre la importancia de salir de nuestra zona de confort para establecer las relaciones que le ayudarán a conseguir sus objetivos fuera de sus áreas de influencia regulares. Él lo presentará en dos partes durante las sesiones Breakouts.

Carl Nelson

MISSION ON OUR DOORSTEPS: Am I thinking about Immigration as a Christian? - Saturday 1:15

God is using immigrants to renew America’s spiritual vitality. We will share insights on immigration trends, principles for immigration reform, and examples of how churches are engaging with immigrants to expand the Kingdom of God throughout Minnesota.

Lois Breit

THE MISSING DEMOGRAPHIC IN CHURCH GROWTH - Saturday 1:15

You can quickly grow your church by 75-100 adults if you reach only 10% of this missing, forgotten, and unreached demographic. Who are they? Single parents—specifically single mothers. They comprise 30-45% of families in many MN communities, including rural areas. This breakout will show you how to find your local demographics, give you practical ways to navigate the world of ministry to single mothers (yes, they can be messy), and encourage you to grow your church by intentionally including this “Missing Family Demographic”.

Operations/Communications Breakouts

Focusing on organizational and communicative processes of the church

Timothy Gassmann

CHURCHES AND COMPLIANCE - Friday 4:30

Churches and Compliance is intended to re-inform clergy and church leadership on the very important topics related to church finances and operations where they intersect with federal and state tax and employment law. We'll discuss these issues in a fun and interactive dialogue.

Amber & Adam Haugen

VALUING VOLUNTEERS: The Investment You Never Lose - Friday 4:30

If you were given a box full of money to spend how you wanted, what would you do? You may not have a box full of money, but you have a church full of volunteers (even if they don’t know it yet). Jesus understood the power of investing in those that he was equipping for ministry. Come and get practical ideas of how to honor and value volunteers, which makes recruitment and retention easier!

Kevin Ihrke

CHILD ABUSE: Mandated Reporting and an Overview of the CPS System - Saturday 10:00

Everyone who works with minors needs to know the laws regarding child abuse reporting. Identifying CPS (Child Protective Services) issues, what constitutes a report, what information is needed prior to reporting to CPS, what happens after a report is made, and the progression of how a case moves through the CPS system will be addressed.

Ben Johnson

LIVESTREAMING - Saturday 10:00

In 2019, any church can start a live stream ministry. In this breakout, we will discuss live stream technology and walk through the steps of building an effective live stream rig. We will also discuss ways to interact with a live stream audience and create live content outside of Sunday morning services.

Matt Reed

COMMUNICATION IS TRANSFORMATION - Saturday 11:15

Effective communication is both intentional and imperfect. Imperfect? Yep! We are human after all. There is no one-size-fits-all method, but with a little intentionality we can not only inform, but transform. Let’s discover the essentials to a communications strategy that will inform, inspire, and enrich your church family.

Brenda Bunnell

HR and Best Practices for the Church - Saturday 11:15

Human Resources is not a subject most churches want to address. However, employee issues do arise from time to time. When this happens, who is equipped to handle these issues – especially when most churches do not have a HR representative? This class will help you navigate these concerns by preparing you with the best practices to apply in your church.

Mike McDevitt & Brittni Palke

CHURCH SECURITY: Steps to Protect Your Flock - Saturday 1:15

Pastor Mike started a church security team in 2016 with 52 members. He has since evolved the security team not only for Willmar Assembly of God but also the community. Hear ways you can enable your own congregation to be vigilant in the world we live in.

Tina Smith

CHURCH MARKETING: Why Your Online Presence Matters - Saturday 1:15

Algorithms. SEO. Social Media Strategies? Things are changing fast, and it’s hard to keep up. In this breakout, we will equip you with research and resources that will help you improve your online presence in two areas: your website, and social media. If you focus on these online platforms, we believe more people will come to know Jesus. The truth is, Marketing IS Your Ministry, and when we use every available tool, our churches can continue to be effective!

Worship/Creative Arts Breakouts

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

Jeff Deyo

AWAKENING PURE WORSHIP - Friday 4:30

Why do so many people encounter songs, artists, and atmospheres in our services yet still miss encountering God? Why are so many of us tempted to put ministry for God above intimacy with God? We will seek to awaken true and Biblical worship in our hearts and in the hearts of those we serve. Each attendee will receive a complimentary copy of Jeff’s new book by the same title.

Mac Dwyer, Paul Ericson, & Heidi Kottke

TECH HACKS - Saturday 10:00

This breakout will provide resources for tech areas such as audio, lighting, video, and tracking. You will have the opportunity to ask questions of our panel of presenters.

Amy Anderson & Todd Marshall

THE LANGUAGE OF WORSHIP - Saturday 11:15

The tendency of humanity is to turn relationship into religion. This discussion style breakout will examine some of our most often used words through the lens of relationship vs. religion.

Teresa Olson & Richie Lopez

NEW SONGS - Saturday 1:15

This breakout will provide resources for new songs and discuss what to look for in songs as well as the implementation of new songs for your congregation.

Discipleship Process Breakouts

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

Valerie Saviano

MENTAL HEALTH & MINISTRY - Friday 4:30

Mental health awareness is a growing need and concern in our culture. Unfortunately, this is a topic often avoided in church discussions due to misunderstanding and misinformation, yet one of the most common challenges faced among ministers is depression and discouragement. We will share some biblical and practical approaches to mental health and give a brief overview of the Mental Health First Aid Course.

Karl Vaters

FINDING AND MENTORING VOLUNTEERS IN TODAY’S (AND TOMORROW’S) CHURCH, NO MATTER YOUR SIZE - Friday 4:30

We’ll look at some practical steps to find volunteers, turn them into leaders, mentor disciples by leveraging the relational power of small churches, and see how small churches are uniquely situated to reach new generations with the gospel.

Josh Weikal

HOW TO GET A DISCIPLESHIP SCHOOL STARTED IN YOUR CHURCH - Saturday 11:15

Do you believe the Church is lacking in discipleship? Do you want to see Christians continue the growth process from converts to Spirit-led, disciple-makers? We will discuss what discipleship is and how to pioneer a movement in your church. We will also discuss what key elements should be included and why.

Dolores Smith

MANAGING CONFLICT - Saturday 11:15

Every day of our lives we face conflict. In this breakout, we will look at the positive side of conflict and how to handle it effectively.

Karl Vaters

EQUIPPING THE PEOPLE YOU HAVE TO REACH THE PEOPLE YOU DON’T HAVE - Saturday 1:15

It can be hard for a pastor to know where to best spend our very limited time and energy. Do we emphasize pastoring the people God has given us or reaching the people who are unchurched and unreached? The key, from Ephesians 4:11-12, is to equip the people we have to reach the people we don’t have.

Logan Ketterling

CREATING AND LEADING TEAMS FOR YOUNG ADULT & COLLEGE MINISTRY - Saturday 1:15

This breakout is designed for pastors and leaders who oversee young adult ministry at their church, school, or community. Knowing that many young adult leaders are bi-vocational or have dual roles in the church, building teams is a vital aspect of building a young adult ministry. Learn how to empower your ministry team and see more young adults in your church.

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.

Micah & Josiah Kennealy

SO YOU WANT TO START A YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY? - Friday 4:30

In 2019, Lifeway Research shows that 2/3 of students who grow up in our churches and youth ministries walk away from being involved in a faith community by the time they are 20. It doesn’t need to be that way! Every church can be a part of the solution to effectively reach young adults for Christ. We will be unpacking the fundamentals of starting a young adult ministry in any setting from rural, suburban, urban, or even a multisite model.

Pam Lund & Annette Junak

FOLLOWING GOD’S CALL INTO MINISTRY - Saturday 10:00

Have you felt the call of God to ministry in your life but not known 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 of obtaining Ministerial Credentials with the Assemblies of God. We want you to fulfill the call 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.

Trent Redmann, Earnest Jeyaraja, & Doug Vagle

MICRO CHURCH - STARTING THE CONVERSATION - Saturday 10:00

Welcome home. We have a massive vision for the micro church: a church that converges in homes across the region to strengthen neighborhoods led by volunteer leaders who love Jesus and love people. We love church in all its expressions. There are many people in our community who are looking for something different. John Maxwell said 53% of people will never enter a church building no matter what we do. What are we doing to reach them?

Denny Curran & Kyle Curran

STRATEGIC FOUNDATIONS FOR MISSIONS GIVING - Saturday 11:15

When Denny planted River of Life in Cold Spring, he received a letter from General Council that his church was 11,701 out of 12,000 churches for their missions giving. He vowed to increase the amount his church gave to missions. Currently, River of Life is #67 in the nation, and Denny’s goal is to be in the top 50 missions giving churches. Join the discussion on how to build strategic foundations for giving to missions in every generation of your church.

Todd & Sara Wille

GENDER SPECIFIC MINISTRY IN YOUR WORLD - Saturday 1:15

What does discipleship to boys/girls look like in your sphere of influence? Come share your experiences and ideas in this open forum as we explore options for impacting the next generation.