Legacy Schedule

Friday, January 18 to Monday, January 21

Friday                        

4:00    Learning Experiences

Creative Teaching and Learning | Director’s Row I
Diane Borden, Chicago, IL

Imagine…Looking into a window in your church and seeing joy-filled children who know they are loved by God and others. As they interact with God’s Word, you notice that they are…Engaged in community, Enthusiastic about learning, Light-hearted yet thoughtful, Empowered to try anything, Compassionate and aware of others, Bold to use their voices, Inquisitive as they exercise curiosity. Using the “Adventures with God” curriculum as our starting point, we will engage our own creativity as we discover how to use imagination to transform our ministry contexts.

Three "Must Haves" For Empowering Families to Grow Together in Jesus | Director’s Row H
Sara Sosa, Plymouth, MN

Family faith formation is less about the best ministry program than it is about understanding God's design for faith and families. We will look at God's plan for both to find where and how the two intersect. Here's the good news: God's blueprint is discernable and worth putting into action! The best news? You don't need to start a new ministry program or buy more stuff! Discover the three must have ministry components for empowering your families to grow together in their faith in Jesus.

Best Practices for Child Safety and Protection | Director’s Row J
Kara Stromberg, Northwest Conference, MN

Explore all the non-glamorous but critical risk management responsibilities that come with ministry – background checks, abuse prevention, mandated reporting, policies and procedures, and people management. The goal is not to become overwhelmed or fearful, but rather, strategic and thoughtful about how you develop policies and train your teams. You’ll walk away with resources and ideas galore, so you can be equipped in your ministry with vulnerable populations.

5:15    Dinner break

7:30    Plenary Session 1 | Director’s Row H

Integrating Counseling in Family Ministry: Taking a Look at the Whole Picture

Often clergy are the first ones to listen to, and care for individuals and families in crisis, or needing mental health care. We will explore through a Family Systems approach, pastoral care and counseling, and how to care well for individuals, children and families in the church. We will also explore how a person-centered model of counseling gives us tools to see and help families in the church. And, also how to know when/whom to refer to professional counseling.

Speaker: Kari Jacott, associate pastor to Families and Congregational Care, Linwood Covenant Church, Wyoming, MN

8:45   Reception | Director’s Row H

 

Saturday

8:00    Learning Experiences

Best Intergnerational Practices for Including Children | Director’s Row J
Steve Burger, ECC Offices Chicago, IL

“Let the children come to me and do not hinder them.” But how exactly do we keep from hindering them? And what are the best ways of including them into the mission and ministry of the church?

Building a Diverse Children and Family Ministry of Inclusion and Belonging Katey Hage Quest Seattle, WA Examine the way we lead and teach. Discover potential unintentional barriers to belonging in our ministry environments. Explore ways we can work toward more just, equitable and inclusive children and family ministries environments where children and families from all diverse backgrounds can experience full belonging.

Becoming a Bridge | Majestic Ballroom (Tower)
Paula Frost, Faith Manistee, MI

Bridge: a structure providing passage over a chasm connecting 2 elements.

Can church ministries serve to connect the immense love of Jesus to the children in our communities? We will explore the transformational process along with practical ideas churches can implement to become just such a bridge to reach children and their families.

Building a Diverse Children and Family Ministry of Inclusion and Belonging | Plaza Court 8
Katey Hage, Quest Seattle, WA

Examine the way we lead and teach. Discover potential unintentional barriers to belonging in our ministry environments. Explore ways we can work toward more just, equitable and inclusive children and family ministries environments where children and families from all diverse backgrounds can experience full belonging.

9:15    Break

9:30    Learning Experiences

Special Needs Ministry…doesn't have to be scary | Majestic Ballroom (Tower)
Pam Christensen, Quest Seattle, WA

Explore a variety of special needs ministry models and receive resources and tools that will help your church make the Gospel accessible to all children. Whether you are a long-time veteran of special needs ministry or don't even know where to start, we can create a positive environment to put ministry workers at ease and reach, nurture and empower special needs children.

Three "Must Haves" For Empowering Families to Grow Together in Jesus | Plaza Court 8
Sara Sosa, Plymouth, MN

Family faith formation is less about the best ministry program than it is about understanding God's design for faith and families. We will look at God's plan for both to find where and how the two intersect. Here's the good news: God's blueprint is discernable and worth putting into action! The best news? You don't need to start a new ministry program or buy more stuff! Discover the three must have ministry components for empowering your families to grow together in their faith in Jesus.

Recruiting and Building a Children’s Ministry Team | Director’s Row J
Ed Jenkins, Excelsior Covenant Church, Excelsior MN

Recruiting volunteers for children’s ministry is a full contact sport! Having committed, kid friendly Christ followers serving in the ministry is the dream…so why do we often struggle to just fill spots? Whether you have led children’s ministry for years or just a few days, in this session you will explore volunteer culture and learn practical tools to plan, recruit, and build a children’s ministry team.

10:45   Head to Worship

11:15   Worship | Majestic Ballroom (Tower)

            Speaker: Dominique Gillard: Justice Journey for Children

12:30   Lunch Break

2:30   Learning Experiences

Creative Teaching and Learning | Majestic Ballroom (Tower)
Diane Borden, Chicago, IL

Imagine…Looking into a window in your church and seeing joy-filled children who know they are loved by God and others. As they interact with God’s Word, you notice that they are…Engaged in community, Enthusiastic about learning, Light-hearted yet thoughtful, Empowered to try anything, Compassionate and aware of others, Bold to use their voices, Inquisitive as they exercise curiosity. Using the “Adventures with God” curriculum as our starting point, we will engage our own creativity as we discover how to use imagination to transform our ministry contexts.

Building a Diverse Children and Family Ministry of Inclusion and Belonging | Plaza Court  8
Katey Hage Quest Seattle, WA

Examine the way we lead and teach. Discover potential unintentional barriers to belonging in our ministry environments. Explore ways we can work toward more just, equitable and inclusive children and family ministries environments where children and families from all diverse backgrounds can experience full belonging.

3:45   Break

4:15   Worship | Majestic Ballroom (Tower)

Spiritual Practices for Spiritual Health
Diana Shiflett, pastor of spiritual formation, Naperville Covenant Church, Naperville, IL

Three highlights of leading spiritual practices, including how to discern your own thoughts verses God's thoughts, and engaging in three kid friendly spiritual practices you can use across generations.

5:30   Dinner Break

7:30   Learning Experiences

Becoming a Bridge| Director’s Row H
Paula Frost, Faith Manistee, MI

Bridge: a structure providing passage over a chasm connecting 2 elements.

Can church ministries serve to connect the immense love of Jesus to the children in our communities? We will explore the transformational process along with practical ideas churches can implement to become just such a bridge to reach children and their families.

Special Needs Ministry…doesn't have to be scary | Director’s Row I
Pam Christensen, Quest Seattle, WA

Explore a variety of special needs ministry models and receive resources and tools that will help your church make the Gospel accessible to all children. Whether you are a long-time veteran of special needs ministry or don't even know where to start, we can create a positive environment to put ministry workers at ease and reach, nurture and empower special needs children.

Best Practices for Child Safety and Protection | Director’s Row J
Kara Stromberg, Northwest Conference, MN

Explore all the non-glamorous but critical risk management responsibilities that come with ministry – background checks, abuse prevention, mandated reporting, policies and procedures, and people management. The goal is not to become overwhelmed or fearful, but rather, strategic and thoughtful about how you develop policies and train your teams. You’ll walk away with resources and ideas galore, so you can be equipped in your ministry with vulnerable populations.

8:45   Plenary Session 2

             Best practices

 

Sunday

  9:30   Worship with YWC | Majestic Ballroom (Tower)

Beyond Colorblind: Communicating the Kingdom to All
Sarah Shin, Associate National Director of Evangelism at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF)

If we can’t see our neighbors, we can’t know them and thus we can’t love them. Seeing our neighbors in their ethnic stories, the beauty and broken, allows us to be better neighbors, friends, and communicators of the gospel in a divided and hurting world.

11:30   Free time / Coaching / Lunch

2:00   Learning Experiences

Best Intergnerational Practices for Including Children | Director’s Row H
Steve Burger, ECC Offices Chicago, IL

“Let the children come to me and do not hinder them.” But how exactly do we keep from hindering them? And what are the best ways of including them into the mission and ministry of the church?

Recruiting and Building a Children’s Ministry Team | Director’s Row I 
Ed Jenkins, Excelsior Covenant Church, Excelsior MN

Recruiting volunteers for children’s ministry is a full contact sport! Having committed, kid friendly Christ followers serving in the ministry is the dream…so why do we often struggle to just fill spots? Whether you have led children’s ministry for years or just a few days, in this session you will explore volunteer culture and learn practical tools to plan, recruit, and build a children’s ministry team.

3:15   Break

3:45   Plenary Session 3 | Director’s Row H

LEGACY, Embrace, Best Practices

5:00   Open Evening

Monday

9:00 am - Noon

Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones | Majestic Ballroom (Tower)
Bill Henson, director of Lead Them Home, and author of Posture Shift, and Guiding Families

Join us for training and conversation with Bill Henson on his fully updated resource: Guiding Families of LGBT+ Loved Ones: Second Edition. This 140-page illustrated guide provides practical insights on how to honor God and deeply love LGBT+ people in your life. An accompanying book to the seminar will be for sale at a discounted price of $10 prior to the seminar. Please arrive by 8:30 am to purchase your book. Credit Card payments accepted.