A TRANSFORMATIONAL FAMILY MINISTRY EVENT

The Gathering is a unique, three-day event designed to connect you with God, empower you for the daily work of family ministry, and bring you into a like-minded community for ongoing encouragement.

We feature dynamic keynote speakers, spiritually formative experiences, and compelling breakouts on family ministry, children's ministry, student ministry, leadership, marriage, parenting and more.

Save the date-seats fill up fast!

WHO SHOULD COME?

Pastors, directors, volunteers, and parents involved in:

  • Family Ministry
  • Children's Ministry
  • Youth/Student Ministry
  • Executive Leadership

Basically anyone impassioned about making God known to the next generation.


Our Speakers

Dr. Michelle Anthony

Dr. Michelle Anthony is the Executive Pastor of Families at New Life Church and Dean of Youthmin Academy. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting,The Big God Story, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family, A Theology of Familiy Ministry and her newest book, 7 Family Ministry Essentials. Michelle has over 30 years of church ministry and leadership experience in children’s and family ministries and graduate degrees in Christian Education, Bible and Theology from Talbot School of Theology and and her doctorate of Education from Southern Seminary. In her free time, Michelle enjoys being with her family, reading a good book, and the beach while drinking a strong cup of coffee.

Dr. Michelle Anthony

Megan Fate Marshman

Megan Fate Marshman has devoted her life to loving and listening to God and overflowing His love to others. In addition to speaking internationally to a wide variety of audiences, Megan empowers women as the Director of Women’s Ministries at Hume Lake Christian Camps, leads young adults into a deeper relationship with Jesus at Arbor Road Church, and equips youth leaders as the Associate Dean of Youthmin Academy. She co-wrote the book 7 Family Ministry Essentials and served as the director of student resources for David C Cook as she led a team in creating TruIdentity: a spiritually forming, Christ centered and family empowered youth ministry curriculum line. Megan lives in Long Beach, California with her husband and son.

Megan Fate Marshman

Brady Boyd

Brady is the Senior Pastor of New Life Church. He's married to his college sweetheart, Pam and is the dad to great kids named Abram and Callie. He has written several books, including: Addicted to BusyFear No Evil, Sons & Daughters, Let Her Lead, and Speak Life. He's also really serious about caring for the people of Colorado Springs by opening numerous Dream Centers. He has a degree in Journalism from Louisiana Tech and has been a radio announcer for professional baseball and basketball teams. Before coming to New Life in 2007, he served Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas for almost seven years.

Brady Boyd

Glenn Packiam

Glenn Packiam is the lead pastor of New life Downtown, a congregation of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is the author of Discover the Mystery of Faith (David C. Cook, 2013), LUCKY: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely People (Cook, 2011), Secondhand Jesus: Trading Rumors of God for a Firsthand Faith (Cook, 2009), and Butterfly in Brazil: How Your Life Can Make a World of Difference (Tyndale, 2007). Glenn holds a BA in Theological/Historical Studies, a Masters in Management, and, after doing two years of graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary, is now a postgraduate researcher at St. John's College at Durham University in the UK, where he is in the process of earning a doctorate in theology. Glenn, his wife, Holly, their four children are enjoying life in the shadow of the mighty Rocky Mountains.

Glenn Packiam

Angelina Pavone

Angelina Pavone is the Children’s Pastor at ROCKHARBOR Church in Costa Mesa, CA. She was part of the team that developed the Tru curriculum and has been in children’s ministry for over 10 years. Angelina loves being a wife to her husband Alex, and a mama to her two boys, Micah and Seth.

Angelina Pavone

Courtney Wilson

Courtney Wilson is the Elementary Pastor at Christ Community Church in St Charles, IL. She has been serving in children's ministry for 18 years in churches of various sizes and locations. A regular contributor to Homefront magazine, she is passionate about encouraging and equipping parents to find joy in raising kids to know and love God and have faith in Jesus. Courtney's favorite role is being mom to three amazing sons and an awesome daughter, and can often be heard as the loudest mom during their cross country races.

Courtney Wilson

Cristi Thomas

Cristi Thomas is currently the Associate Director of Children’s Ministry at the McLean Bible Church Montgomery County campus in the Washington DC Metro area. Prior to joining the staff at McLean, Cristi was a writer/editor and team lead in the development of the Tru curriculum. She has been in children’s ministry for over 20 years and considers it a privilege to see kids grow in faith from childhood to adulthood.

Cristi Thomas

Dr. Jim Burns

Jim Burns is the President of HomeWord and the Executive Director of the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim speaks to thousands of people around the world each year. He has close to 2 million resources in print in 30 languages. He primarily writes and speaks on the values of HomeWord which are: Strong Marriages, Confident Parents, Empowered Kids, and Healthy Leaders. Some of his most popular books are: Confident Parenting, The Purity Code, Creating an Intimate Marriage and Closer. Jim and his wife, Cathy live Southern California and have three grown daughters, Christy, Rebecca and Heidi.

Dr. Jim Burns

Dr. Michael Anthony

Dr. Michael Anthony served as a professor of Christian education and nonprofit management at Biola University/Talbot School of Theology for 27 years. He is currently the chief operations officer and chief financial officer at Dream Centers here in Colorado Springs. In addition, he is also president of Calibrate Global Consulting, a firm dedicated to helping ministry leaders thrive.

Dr. Michael Anthony

Stephanie Henderson

Stephanie Henderson serves as an Executive Pastor of Women, Creative Arts and Section Community at New Life Church. She is the author of “Unforgettable – God’s Relentless Heart for His Daughters” and “Her Heart Is Torn.” Stephanie brings over 30 years of passionate ministry and leadership experience including 12 years as a women’s conference speaker. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, she enjoys spending time cooking southern food with her husband George. Their family includes their daughter Jessica, sons, John Mark and his wife Lisa, James and his wife, Rebecca. They recently celebrated the arrival of their first grandchild, Haven Faith.

Stephanie Henderson

Holly Newman

Holly Newman is the Children’s Elementary Director at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Jared Newman, for 18 years. They have four children: two girls and two boys. Holly has a passion for family ministry that leads others to create influential, faith- building moments with their children.

Holly Newman

Jeff Bachman

Jeff Bachman has been in youth ministry for 24 years and is currently working at Mariners in Mission Viejo, CA as the High School Pastor. He is passionate about getting a glimpse of the eternal though the lives of the people he works with that passionately seek out Christ in their life on a daily basis. He and his wife of 16 years, Shara, have three children, Jackson (11), Isabella (9), and Charlotte (7). Jeff loves music, cooking, traveling, comic books, and sitting over conversation with a beverage.

Jeff Bachman

Tim Shepard

Tim Shepard was born and raised in Colorado Springs. He has been at New Life Church since childhood, which is where he met his beautiful wife Mariah. His passion is to disciple students in their relationship with Jesus, and to see the Word made alive on a personal level. He loves the mountains, and will never turn down an opportunity to hit the slopes.

Tim Shepard

Jill Lewolt

Jill is the Children’s Ministry Pastor at Journey of Faith in Manhattan Beach, CA. She has a strong desire to help parents understand their calling as the primary nurturers of their child's faith. Her favorite thing about children's ministry is seeing faith develop in the life of a young child as the reality of God's great love transforms their heart. Jill graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and has a Bachelors degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma. Jill married her husband Brian in 2011 and they have a beautiful daughter named Corinne. Jill is an avid reader who loves to play games, go on dates with her husband, play with her daughter, and laugh with friends.

Jill Lewolt

Jeff Fernandez

Jeff Fernandez is the worship director at Beachcities Community Church in Huntington Beach, CA. He is passionate about empowering volunteers to become leaders and ministers of the gospel. He’s been married for three years to his wife Heidi and enjoys cooking.

Jeff Fernandez

Jared Newman

Jared Newman has a passion for middle school ministry, and has been working with these students and their families for the past 17 years. Jared is a film producer and ministry consultant at New Life Church in the Junior High Ministry.  He and his wife, Holly, have four children and have enjoyed living in Colorado since 2005.

Jared Newman

Josh Caldwell

Josh is a proud Hoosier that hails from the suburbs of Indianapolis and is currently the Young Adults pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Josh is passionate about seeing young adults grow in their faith and integrate into the local church body. He and his wife, Jacey, have an 18-month-old baby boy named Rush and love the Rocky Mountains, camping, The Office, and yes, a good cup of coffee.

Josh Caldwell

Dr. Mark Mayfield

Mark is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a nationally certified counselor (NCC), and President and CEO of Mayfield Counseling Centers. Mark has over 14 years of professional counseling experience in clinical, judicial, and faith-based counseling settings. He conducts therapy with families, couples, individuals, and groups and has a passion to provide exceptional care for military service members and their families. I also train other clinicians through LPCC supervision. Mark has lived in Colorado for almost 24 years, is married to an amazing woman of faith, and they have raised two beautiful daughters.

Dr. Mark Mayfield

Matt Guevara

Matt is the Executive Director of the International Network of Children’s Ministry (INCM). Having spent 11 years as a Children’s Pastor and Campus Pastor, Matt also holds a Master’s Degree in Children’s and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary. Matt is the co-author of the soon to be released, First Steps Together Family Devotional: For Families with Babies and Toddlers Ages 0-2 (RoseKidz, with Noel Guevara) and Journeying Together: Family Devotional For Families with Preschool and Elementary Kids (RoseKidz with Noel Guevara). Matt and his wife Noel live in Rockford, Illinois and they often laugh about life with their four loud and adorable kids, Isabel, Sofia, Zion, and Josie.

Matt Guevara

Matt Richards

Matt is the Children’s Pastor at Crossroads Christian Church in Shawnee, KS and has been in children’s and family ministry for 9 years. Previous to family ministry Matt was an upper elementary and middle school teacher. Matt has a beautiful wife named Stephanie and 4 boys, ages 12, 7, 5, and 2. The entire Richards family loves sports but especially soccer and basketball.

Matt Richards

Michael Covington

Michael Covington is a Team Leader for Disciplr. His role and his passions combine to provide a unique perspective on how churches and ministries can (and should) do discipleship digitally. Michael, his wife, and two boys live in Colorado Springs, CO.

Michael Covington

Nancy Thompson

Nancy Thompson is Pastor to Children and Families at Pine Lake Covenant Church in Sammamish, Washington and has been serving in ministry for over twelve years. Nancy loves to help others discover the joy of family ministry and is passionate about helping kids find their place in the Big God Story as they fall in love with Jesus. Nancy has three children, two teens and an almost college graduate, who make her laugh daily.

Nancy Thompson

Noah Hutchinson

Before the last year, Noah spent 10 years in Waco, Texas overseeing a kids ministry of 750+ kids at Antioch Community Church. He coached churches throughout the Antioch movement and with David C Cook and moved to Colorado to be the Executive Pastor at Antioch Fort Collins. A Tru user since the beginning, he is passionate about the kids, the family, the nations, and all things Jesus. He and his wife Allison have three kids and are passionate about the local church being the hope of the world.

Noah Hutchinson

Samantha Fugate

Samantha is the Special Needs Coordinator at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. She grew up in East Texas but is loving the mountain life. She and her husband, Joseph, are former elementary teachers turned foster parents. Some of their favorite things to do with the kids include playing outside, taking the dogs for a walk, and exploring the local hiking trails.

Samantha Fugate

Debbie Guinn

Debbie is the Editor in Chief of HomeFront magazine. She has more than 25 years experience working in children’s and family ministries. She is passionate about equipping parents to become leaders of God’s truth in their own households. She is a recent transplant to Austin, Tx where she spends her free time with her four grandchildren and perusing antique stores.

Debbie Guinn

Jason Jackson

Jason Jackson is the executive pastor of New Life Downtown. He has previously served churches in Oklahoma and Kentucky as a youth pastor, a teaching pastor, and a lead director of discipleship ministries. He coauthored “Echo: A Catechism for Discipleship in the Ancient Christian Tradition”, and he’s currently writing a Bible study on Amos. Jason holds a BA in Pastoral Ministry from Oral Roberts University and MAs in Biblical Studies and Theological Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. Jason and his wife Sarah have been married for 12 years and they are taking a crash course in parenting with their three daughters.

Jason Jackson

Patti Fenton

Patti Fenton is the Pastor to Parents and Families at New Life Church and is passionate about ministry to children and their families. With a Masters in Organizational Leadership, Patti’s favorite thing about ministry is helping parents to catch the vision of their God-given role as the primary influencer of their children’s faith. In her free time, Patti likes to travel to see her children (and her grand-daughter, Bella) or you might find her on an outdoor adventure with Bob, her hubby of 33 years.

Patti Fenton

Laurie Bennett

Laurie Bennett has been involved in Children’s Ministry for over 20 years. She is the Director of Early Childhood at New Life Church in lovely Colorado Springs, Colorado. She loves the long days of summer, hiking, camping and each moment spent with her family.

Laurie Bennett

Brad Baker

Brad lives in Colorado Springs with his Wife (Carrie) and their four children (ages 5, 9, 11 and 13). He serves as an Executive Pastor at New Life Church overseeing the Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Brad gets outdoors as often as possible to fish, hike, bike, ski and find adventure with his family. He holds a masters degree in ministry leadership and thoroughly enjoys the varied opportunities he gets to write, speak, and invest in young leaders.

Brad Baker

Kwan Porter

Kwan enjoys life with his beautiful wife Beth and their 3 kids. He is a graduate of Calvary Bible College with a degree in Biblical Counseling. He believes in families and the role God has placed on them to display His glory.

Kwan Porter

Jeff McCullough

Jeff McCullough has been in the music industry for over 28 years and has created education songs used by Disney to teach over 500,000 kids each year. He created JumpStart3 to help his own family learn God's word through music and motion to create resources used in over 100 countries.

Jeff McCullough

Mark Entzminger

As the Senior Director of Children's Ministries for the Assemblies of God, Mark Entzminger is driven to help children understand and experiencing a Spirit-empowered life. He works to equip local church in discipling children to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and respond to His call.

Mark Entzminger

Lindsay Barker

Lindsay Barker is an Assistant Director of Woodmen Kids, and leads the Kid’s Ministry at Woodmen Valley Chapel’s third campus, which meets in an elementary school near Gleneagle, a neighborhood in Colorado Springs. Lindsay has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and has over 15 years of combined experience teaching in public schools, and involvement in multiple areas of ministry. Lindsay and her husband, Ryan, are the parents of four beautiful children, ranging in ages from 11-4.

Lindsay Barker

Jon Plotner

Jon is the Executive Pastor of Community at New Life Church. He's married to Charlene, a high school math teacher, and has two beautiful teenage daughters — Selah and Samara. He has a master's degree in Leadership from Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University, is a PROSCI certified change management practitioner, and a facilitator for The Leadership Challenge. Jon is passionate about local church leadership and believes strongly in empowering and developing healthy, high functioning leaders. Prior to joining the staff at New Life, Jon was a coach of church leaders at Church Community Builder and served in pastoral ministry in Indiana for over 20 years.

Jon Plotner

Daniel Grothe

Daniel grew up as a pastor's kid in Tulsa, Oklahoma and loved his upbringing in the church. After playing a little bit of Division I basketball and a lot of music at Oral Roberts University, he received his degree in Theology in 2005. That same summer, Daniel married his bride, Lisa, and a week after their wedding they moved to Colorado Springs to join the staff of New Life Church. They have three children--Lillian, Wilson, and Wakley--and they love to get outside to enjoy the rugged beauty of Colorado. Daniel serves as the lead pastor of the New Life Friday Night congregation.

Daniel Grothe

Cavin Harper

Founder and Executive Director of the Christian Grandparenting Network. Cavin writes a weekly blog called Courageous Grandparenting, serves as Assistant Resource Director for the Legacy Coalition, hosts a monthly online GrandChat Live! for grandparents, is an author and speaker. Cavin and Diane were married in 1969, have two daughters and nine grandchildren. Their home is in Colorado Springs.

Mark Entzminger

Melissa Galban

Melissa Galban is the Director of Children & Youth at Forest Home and a graduate of Chapman University, where she studied Public Relations. Melissa has served at Forest Home Christian Camp for the last 3 years and enjoys coaching up the next generation of leaders within the ministry. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors in the sunshine with her family (preferably next to a lake!), reading, and creating & crafting. Melissa and her husband, Dave, reside in California with their teenage son.

Melissa Galban

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Schedule

Day 1: Tuesday

1:30pm - Registration Opens:
Well, Hello! Let’s have coffee together!

3:00pm - The Gathering Session #1:
Everlasting God with Glenn Packiam

5:00pm - Dinner
Onsite options available for purchase

7:00pm - Prayer Experience
A Centered Life

Day 2: Wednesday

9:00am - The Gathering Session #2:
God Speaks with Michelle Anthony

10:45am - Break
Time for a break… because coffee.

11:00am - Breakout/Workshop #1

12:00am - Lunch
Onsite options available for purchase

1:30pm - Breakout/Workshop #2

2:30pm - Break
Take a break, you deserve it!

2:45pm - Breakout/Workshop #3

3:45pm - Break! Break! Break!
Be brave and meet someone new

4:00pm - The Gathering Session #3:
God Sustains with Megan Fate Marshman

5:45pm - Dinner and night on the town!

Day 3: Thursday

9:00am - The Gathering Session #4:
God Is Faithful with Brady Boyd

10:15am - Coffee Break!
Maybe don’t overdo it on the coffee, though.

10:30am - Breakout/Workshop #4

11:15am - Final break:
Make the most of it.

11:30am - Closing Experience
Storytelling and Blessing.

12:30pm - Lunch
Onsite options available for purchase

2:00pm - Breakout/Workshop #5

 


Breakouts/Workshops

Check back soon for Breakout/Workshop Session Speakers and Descriptions.

Breakouts

Avoiding Insecure Leadership in yourself and Those You Lead
Brady Boyd
Nehemiah faced three enormous personal challenges as he attempted to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. Every leader who is attempting anything significant is facing the same three challenges today. We will take a fresh look at this ancient story and discover God’s plan to help us overcome these leadership roadblocks.

Re-imagining Child Dedications
Angelina Pavone
Do you ever wish for more for your child dedications? More intentionality. More time. More family involvement. More prayer. Join me as I share how our church re-imagined child dedications and the fruit we’ve seen flow out of these gatherings.

Releasing Parents for Ministry
Courtney Wilson
We my be planning programs for parents, but do we really know what they need to be the primary spiritual nurturers of their own children's faith? In this breakout, we will explore ways to inspire, equip, and support parents to encourage and release them for ministry in their own homes!

The Art of Balancing Ministry, Marriage, and Family
Dr. Jim Burns
Let's face it, juggling marriage, family, and ministry isn't always easy and when you combine these issues, you have the often frustrating problem of keeping your marriage intimate as well as dealing with your kids being raised in a unique environment of ministry. In this session, Jim Burns will share practical suggestions on being "overcommitted and under connected," energizing your own family's spiritual lives, communication and conflict and more. Jim is the author of Creating an Intimate Marriage. Jim and Cathy co-authored Closer: 52 Devotions to Draw Couples Closer Together. Jim is also the co-author with Doug Fields of Getting Ready for Marriage.

Understanding Your EQ and How It Impacts Your Leadership Success
Dr. Michael Anthony Ever wonder why some leaders rise to a level of incompetence? Maybe it's because the skill set it took for them to perform at the middle-management level is not the same one needed to perform well at the top. IQ will get you into the C-Suite of offices but it is EQ that allows you to stay there. Without it, you won't last long! This seminar explores the components of emotional intelligence and how to develop it as a ministry leader.

Cultivating a Vibrant Mentor Ministry
Dr. Michael Anthony
Part of your job as an executive is to train and equip your team. This professional mentoring requires clearly defined processes. This seminar will explore steps to effectively develop and coach leaders. Mentoring and coaching are two different activities and both will be defined and explored.

Designing a Vibrant Ministry for Women
Stephanie Henderson
In our culture, it can feel overwhelming to meet the plethora of needs within the hearts and lives of today’s woman. How can we address both the needs of those who are hurting, challenge those who are thriving while ministering to the variety of needs within this spectrum? This seminar gives practical team-building solutions and problem-solving techniques to both build and achieve the goal of calling women to His presence and a life of true transformation.

Navigating a World of Texts, Tech, and Social Media
Jeff Bachman
Parents are raising a generation of children & students into a form of communication that they don't totally understand. It is fast-moving and there are no signs it is slowing down. Join Jeff as he helps to equip you on how to support your families in this ever-changing world of personal technology and social media.

Building a Student Worship Culture in Your Ministry
Jeff Fernandez
This breakout will explore both the philosophies and practicals of starting and running student led worship in your ministry. We will also be discussing how to maximize student musicians and build them up as worship leaders.

Creating a Spiritual Parenting Culture
Jill Lewolt
As church leaders, we seek to empower and equip parents not to be perfect, but instead to put the spiritual life above all things temporal - or better yet, to infuse the spiritual into the temporal. This task can seem daunting as the starting line can seem so far away from the finish line. "When will I see results in my parent community?” “How do I get them to see that my role is to equip them?" Come hear some practical answers to these and other questions and learn of some of steps you can take to get started in this journey of awakening parents and hear some of the benefits and success stories other ministry leaders are experiencing.

Isolation or Integration? Ministry to and with 20 something's
Josh Caldwell
What does effective ministry to today's 20-somethings entail? Some would say big events, others small groups, and still others a high impact weekly service. Whatever one's methodology of ministry to 20-somethings may be, it is becoming clearer than ever that the key ingredient to effective 20-somethings ministry may in fact be the one that we've been missing the most – integration into the local church body. Join us as we nuance the crucial practice of integrating the young adults under our care into all that God's doing in his local church.

Turning Small Groups into Truth Seekers
Megan Marshman
Knowing the right answers isn't enough! In order to compel a generation of consumers from a me-centered, knowledge based faith, we must transform our small group time. Through small groups, we have the opportunity to lead our young people to become God-centered, truth seekers who can discover and then own their faith. Join Megan and discover the art of leading effective small group discussions.

Intergenerational Ministry That Leads To Multi-generational Faithfulness
Nancy Thompson
If we desire our faith community to become a family of families, how are we engaging all ages to all be growing, together? How do we utilize our existing programming to build relationships between the generations so that we are growing multiple generations of faith? Come hear stories of how families are engaging differently and gain some insights into intergenerational ministry you can put into practice now.

Making the Tru Philosophy Come Alive in Your Ministry
Noah Hutchinson
There is a difference between your ministry printing the Tru Curriculum and letting the Tru Curriculum imprint your ministry. Using Tru since the beginning, Noah has used a variety of methods to see Tru's fullest potential released in small and large churches. Come hear methods, modifications, and magic you can do so the Tru philosophy can make it's greatest impact on your ministry.

Creating a Special Needs Ministry that Truly Meets Specialized Needs
Samantha Fugate
Do you have children with specialized needs in your ministry? This breakout highlights how to integrate these students into classrooms and learn alongside their peers. Discover how God intends for these children to worship, connect, and grow inside of your ministry.

Cultivating and Empowering Student Leadership in Pre-Teens
Timothy Shepard
Cultivating and Empowering Student Leadership in Pre-Teens is an opportunity to hear why it is important to disciple and instill leadership into the young people of your Church. It will address the value in investing in your students, while confronting the challenges a leader might face in the process.

Discipling Jr. High Students and their Families: You Matter
Jared Newman
Join Jared in this discussion on pastoring middle school students and their families. Middle school years can be tricky to navigate as a student, a parent, and a pastor. Students are actively searching for their identities during this time. As the church, let’s stand in the gap, and remind them how much they matter to God, to their families, and to the church body.

Receiving & Giving Sabbath
Jason Jackson
From the beginning, God set apart the seventh day as a day rest. Jesus said that God made the Sabbath for us, but we often miss or misunderstand this gift. In this breakout, we’ll explore how we receive Sabbath for ourselves and give Sabbath to others.

Spirit Led Ministry in the Midst of Programs
Kwan Porter
How to approach ministry with a fresh hunger for the Spirit while honoring the need for programs. We will also share our journey to revolutionize our family ministry and the development process of our new family ministry model.

What’s Your Legacy?
Mark Entzminger
Everyone wants to be remembered for making a difference. When we stop to think about how we want to be remembered we create and opportunity to correct areas where we may have gotten a little off course. Discover practical ways parents and leaders can live their life to the influence the next generation.

Empowering Fathers as Spiritual Leaders
Daniel Grothe
Fathers play a vital role in the spiritual development and health of their children. The role of fatherhood not only shapes our children's young years developmentally, but also shapes their entire lives…especially their view and relationship with their heavenly Father. This breakout will investigate Scripture as well as give practical ways to engage fathers in the lives of their children and cultivate the meaning of family for a lifetime.

Developing a Vibrant Grandparenting Ministry in Your Church
Cavin Harper Twenty five percent of our US population is dominated by grandparents. Why has the church so long ignored this huge army of Kingdom warriors and servants on behalf of the next generations? In this breakout we will examine why grandparents matter to God and our families, and how the church can effectively equip them to fulfill their biblical roles well.

7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change
Megan Marshman & Michelle Anthony
Are you looking for a family ministry strategy? Come explore the 7 Family Ministry Essentials that will include such things as: empowering families to take spiritual leadership in the home, teaching Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth and understanding the role of the Holy Spirit's power to teach and transform. Get prepared to take a strategy and turn it into "culture" at your church!

The Emotionally Healthy Leader
Brad Baker We live in a world obsessed with appearance. If we're not careful, we'll forget that what supports and sustains a healthy and fruitful leader is the unseen vitality of the inner life. All too often leaders with incredible gifting and passion find themselves in crisis because they failed to attend to the health of their own soul. Come explore what is means to pursue emotional health as a leader and ensure that your inner life is strong enough to sustain you on the road ahead.

Discipling and Empowering High Schoolers
David Martin
Join David in this discussion on pastoring high school students and their families. You will take away tools and practical ways to engage students in leadership opportunities and empower them to make big decisions in their faith. Learn how to create a culture where students feel safe to share, grow, and experience God’s love for them.

How to Lead vs. Merely Managing Your Teams
Jon Plotner
If you're like me, you've worked for managers that are often more focused on getting work done rather than genuinely caring for the people under their care. No matter what your current role is...employee, manager, leader, or follower ... you have the opportunity to lead differently. You have the opportunity to lead people in a way that is both life-giving and empowering. In our time together, we will unpack what it means to lead people vs. simply managing tasks. You'll leave practically equipped to make the mental shift in your leadership that will create a culture where people matter most; resulting in a dynamic, healthy, thriving team.

Extraordinary Productivity: Sane Leadership for the Person with a Million Ideas
Melissa Galban
Have you ever felt like you have more great ideas than you do time to actually bring them to life? Come to this breakout and learn practical tips for how to get started on your journey of innovation implementation without losing focus of what drives your ministry on a day to day basis.

Workshops

Tru Blessings: Understanding 3's Tru Curriculum
Angelina Pavone
Join me as we unpack the Tru Blessings curriculum piece by piece and talk about the philosophy behind the curriculum as well as the significance of each section. We will go through an entire lesson and you will have a chance to ask questions.

TruWonder: Understanding Pre-K/Kindergarten Tru Curriculum
Cristi Thomas
What makes fireflies glow? Who gives the stars their light? Do colors have a smell? Curiosity is the core to these and many more questions young children ask about the world around them. It is no surprise that the same kind of questions arise as they begin to step into the unknown and begin to discover God, His word and His big story. Together we will discuss this unique stage and the great opportunity we have each week to pique kids curiosity as we put them in proximity to God.

Tru Story: Understanding Elementary Tru Curriculum
Matt Richards
At this workshop we will take a look at all the elements of the TruStory curriculum piece by piece. We will also have open discussion on how to better implement each element of the curriculum into your ministry.

Creative Programming for Tru Curriculum
Holly Newman
Do you use Tru Curriculum? Join us for a creative, interactive workshop that will teach you how to implement fun, engaging elements in to your large group teaching while using the Tru Curriculum. You will learn the process of first, initiating an idea, and then implementing it into your weekly teaching. Samples of productions and activities will also be displayed for you to take home to your own ministry.

Worship Response Stations- Pre K and Kindergarten
Laurie Bennett
In a culture that shouts meaningless noise from every direction, is it possible to provide a place for kids in your care to be still and listen for God’s voice? Is singing the only way to worship? How can you bless children in a large or small group? Why is speaking blessing important? Find hands on answers to these questions as you explore practical ways to create different worship response experiences for your PreK-Kinder children. Whether through vibrant singing and hand motions or prayer and quiet contemplation, you can model ways for families in your ministry to experience God’s presence and hear His voice.

Building Collaborative Teams
Glenn Packiam Great teams leverage the strengths of each individual and of the collective, and invest in building trust with one another. We will explore how to develop the right mix of freedom and vision, and discuss ways for building the currency of trust in a team. We will also examine what it takes for new leaders to thrive within an existing team.

Counseling Families with Care
Dr. Mark Mayfield
Mental health is a complex topic for many and can be particularly difficult for pastors, leaders, and the church to navigate. Dr. Mark Mayfield provides a practical overview of how to counsel families well. The session will include practical steps in basic counseling, knowing when you need to find supportive help, and how to find the best resources in your area.

Ministry in a Set up/Tear Down Model
Lindsay Barker
Set-Up/Tear-Down is an "outside of the box" ministry. Combining the challenges of storage space and facility restrictions; come learn, brainstorm, and engage in hands-on tips and tricks for accommodating your curriculum needs in the spaces you have. We will work together in this workshop to face this unique circumstance head-on with creativity and open-mindedness, to make your ministry come alive for your community.

The Importance of Family Blessing
Matt Guevara
God's Story is filled with examples of blessing, yet this practice is not part of the fabric of church culture. In this workshop, learn how to lead your family through a blessing and empower families in your church to embrace this holy and sacred tradition.

Understanding the Disciplr Platform for Your Curriculum Needs
Michael Covington
Disciplr 2.0 is your home for unlimited access to more than 20 curriculum lines—including Tru! Get a sneak peek of the new, time-saving features for customizing your curriculum and schedules and discover how to get all your curriculum in one place for one price. Your 2.0 subscription covers toddler–adult curriculum for Sunday morning, midweek, VBS, and more!

HomeFront Magazine: How to Develop Fun and Equipping Family Nights for Multi-Generations
Debbie Guinn
Have you ever wished your weekend investment with kids would continue on throughout the week? Now it can! HomeFront is a resource that helps equip parents to create spiritually forming times in their own homes. We will discuss creative ways to use this resource as a guide to host Family Nights that will awaken parents to their role of spiritual parenting.

Making the Big God Story Come Alive in Your Ministry to Families
Patti Fenton
Help your Children's or Family Ministry to understand the importance of teaching Bible stories in context to the big picture...making God the main character of the grand redemptive narrative. In this workshop, the actual Big God Story is shared and then it ends with a discussion of how portraying Scripture from this vantage point changes the way we teach and how we help children to find their place in God's Big Story.

Empowering a Scripture Memory Culture that Kids Love
Jeff McCullough
Why do we memorize God's word, Why should we evangelize, Why should we go and make disciples. Once you have a clear understanding of the WHY the what, how and who become very clear. Learn to inspire, excite and equip kids and leaders to find new, fun ways to do what God has called us to. they just need to know WHY!

7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Culture Change
Dr. Michelle Anthony
It's one thing to have Family Ministry programs in your church but quite another to create a Family Ministry Culture. Culture takes place when we ask the right questions and we begin to think differently. What is hindering your church from thinking through families in a holistic way or engaging all generations? What is needed to be successful in offering a ministry to families and not just more activities? This workshop will give you an interactive experience with intentional conversations to walk through the journey you can then walk through with your staff and volunteers.

 


Media

2017 Promo Video 2

The Gathering- An invitation from Pastor Brady Boyd

2017 Promo Video

2016 Conference Wrap Up Video