An event for family ministry and spiritual formation

SCHEDULECOST

In Romans 12:1 we are called to lay down our lives as “a living sacrifice.” Paul goes on to say that “this is your true act of worship.” We were made to live the fullest life possible; one where everything we do is an act of worship. At The Gathering, we’ll have time to worship including the Night of Worship lead by a special guest. Come join us! You’ll be encouraged, refreshed, and inspired.

Early Bird ends April 10, 2015 – $139
Early Bird groups of 6 or more ends April 10, 2015 – $129
Individual – $169
Groups of 6 or more – $159

Sponsored by David C Cook, The Gathering is a unique event focusing on spiritual formation and family ministry… where you will be inspired, refreshed, and renewed. Now you have two locations to choose from—Costa Mesa, CA, and Chicago, IL. Both events will feature the same keynote speakers and many of the same workshop topics. Seating is limited in both locations, so register today! You won’t want to miss this exciting opportunity to network and collaborate with other ministry leaders and gain practical insights for your church.

ROCKHARBOR Church
345 Fischer Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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First Baptist Church
of Geneva West Campus

3435 Keslinger Rd
Geneva, IL 60134

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LOCATIONS

Registration:
Well, hello! Let’s have coffee together!

Inspire: Gathering #1:
God Is Our Source
Mike Erre
(The doors will close and the opener will begin at 3:05pm sharp! Please be in your seats so you don’t miss the excitement!)

Dinner (off site)

Experience #1:
Night of Worship

1:30 PM

Wednesday

3:00 PM

5:45 PM

7:30 PM

The Gathering
3:00pm on Wednesday thru 3:00pm on Friday
(Schedule is the same for both dates)

Equip: Gathering #2:
God Is Provider
Michelle Anthony

Take a break…you deserve it!

Breakouts #1

Lunch (provided)

Breakouts #2

Break…meet someone new!

Experience #2
(pick one):
HomeFront Magazine Or
HomeWord Ministries Or
KidzMatter Magazine Or
Faith@Home

Break…snacks, anyone?

Equip: Gathering #3:
God Is Enough
Albert Tate

Dinner (off site) and night on the town!

9:00 AM

Thursday

11:00 AM

11:15 AM

12:00 PM

1:15 PM

2:00 PM

2:15 PM

3:45 PM

4:00 PM

5:30 PM

Equip: Gathering #4:
God Is Our Peace
Brady Boyd

Break…can someone point me to the coffee bar?

Experience #3:
Support

Lunch (provided)

Breakouts #3

Break…you are on the home stretch!

Breakouts #4
All good things must come to an end. . . Stay connected!

9:00 AM

Friday

10:45 AM

11:00 AM

12:00 PM

1:15 PM

2:00 PM

2:15 PM

SPEAKERS

ALBERT TATE

MIKE ERRE

MICHELLE ANTHONY

BRADY BOYD

DR. JIM BURNS

MEGAN FATE MARSHMAN

TOMMY LARSON

DR. MICHAEL ANTHONY

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RYAN FRANK

PATTI FENTON

KIT RAE

SAM LUCE

MARK HOLMEN

JEFF BACHMAN

BRYAN POGUE

ALEX DOUGLAS

CHERYL WONG

GREG BAIRD

KEITH FERRIN

DAWN HECKERT

NOAH HUTCHISON

RANDY ISOLA

COURTNEY WILSON

GARY WEBB

BREAKOUT #1

  • Being an Organic Leader in a Genetically Modified World
    MIKE ERRE

    How do we lead in an authentic and real way? What does it mean to be real versus fabricated? How do we keep our pride, emotions, fears, and insecurities in check? What is God truly calling us to in the 21st century?

  • Getting Ready for Marriage and Staying Married: A Strategy for Ministering to Marriages in Your Ministry
    JIM BURNS

    One of the most important things we can do as leaders is to uphold the sanctity of marriage. Are we helping young people start well as they select a mate and get married? Is it old-fashioned to think of marriage as a vow? What are we doing to help marriages thrive? What if the church of the 21st century were able to reverse the debilitating pattern of statistics we have seen for the past?

  • 7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Children’s and Youth Leaders
    Michelle Anthony & Megan Marshman

    Come explore topics as empowering families take ownership of spiritual leadership, teaching Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth, and understanding the role of the Holy Spirit’s power to teach and transform.

  • 1+1=4: Inspiring Your Volunteers Toward a Path of Replication
    TOMMY LARSON

    Recruiting volunteers and keeping them can be one of the most challenging aspects of your ministry. Hear some unique ways that you can support your volunteer teams in their journey to a better understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

  • So, What’s the Difference Between Christian Education & Spiritual Formation and How Can I Use Them in My Ministry?
    Michael Anthony

    With all the conversations about spiritual formation happening in today’s ministry setting, how can we be sure that we aren’t throwing away the good that came with a robust Christian education model? Discover the historical and philosophical roots behind each and how a 21st century children’s and family ministry can benefit from having a balance of both.

BREAKOUT #2

  • Helping Your Families Become Spiritually Healthy: Avoiding the 6 Dysfunctions of Parenting
    MICHELLE ANTHONY

    Good behavior and house rules can govern our daily lives more than honest conversations and faith adventures. It is important to equip parents to create a faith future for their children in the midst of family messiness. Explore six common dysfunctional parenting styles and God’s remedy for avoiding them.

  • Leading for the Long Haul: Keeping the Most Important Things … Most Important
    ALBERT TATE

    Do we want to lead for a few months? a few years? a few decades? Or do we want our leadership to leave a legacy for the next generation? Lead for the long haul by discerning between the good and the better, the urgent and the important. And stay connected to the source of our strength. Hear wisdom on how to blend marriage, parenting, and friendship with the demands of ministry life.

  • The Hidden Power of KidMin: Social Networking and Digital Technology
    RYAN FRANK

    We live in a flat world. Social networking and technology make it easier than ever to do things never done before! You’ll learn how to unleash the hidden power of the digital world in your ministry.

  • Exploring the Tru Curriculum for the Children and Youth in Your Family Ministry
    Patti Fenton & Kit Rae

    Come explore how Tru Curriculum can transform your ministry and the families in your church. Focusing on The Big God Story, Tru engages kids, students, and parents in a life of worship response and a goal toward lifelong faith.

  • Spirit-Led, Family-Empowered, & Gospel-Centered Student Ministry
    Megan Marshman

    You want to see students impassioned by the gospel. Your dream is to inspire leaders toward a dependency on the Holy Spirit, equip your students’ parents as the primary influencers, and support students. How do you prioritize your time? Where do you start? Join us as we discuss strategies for student ministry.

BREAKOUT #3

  • Inside the Mind of Your Team
    Sam Luce

    We tend to think of life on the basis of how it impacts us personally: Why should I serve? How does it benefit me? Too often we tell our teams what to do and how to do it without telling them why it matters. As a leader you must lead with vision. Leadership is about seeing where you need to go, then creating small steps your team can take to get there.

  • Beyond Children’s Ministry to a Churchwide Strategy
    Mark Holmen

    Develop a churchwide philosophy and “faith at home” discipleship strategies by establishing the home as the primary place where faith is lived and nurtured. This workshop will also introduce you to the new FaithLife church survey that can help you assess what is truly happening in the homes of your people.

  • Leveraging the Power of Parents in Student Ministries
    Jeff Bachman & Bryan Pogue

    “Family-Based Ministry” What are we doing to leverage the parents in our ministry while supporting them as the primary nurturers of their child’s faith? We will spend our time exploring the biblical idea of your parents’ role as the spiritual authority.

  • The 5-Step Path in Every Tru Lesson: Unpacking the Formation Process
    Alex Douglas & Cheryl Wong

    Tru helps kids and their families connect to God, find their place in His big story, and respond to Him through the power of the Holy Spirit. Unpack the five steps in a Tru lesson that will help you accomplish this mission for children and their families effectively.

  • What Parents of a Special Needs Child Wish They Could Tell YOU
    Ryan Frank

    If you have a special needs ministry in your church or want to start one in the future, this workshop will help you minister to these children and families like never before!

BREAKOUT #4

  • Thinking Global But Acting Local
    Greg Baird

    The world is becoming smaller and smaller on so many levels, including the church. What does it mean for a church leader to have a global perspective? Why is it important? And how do we have a global ministry mindset on a local church level?

  • What’s Really Happening in Homes Today?
    Mark Holmen

    Hear recent findings from the Faith@Home Ministries’ FaithLife church survey that assesses the attitudes, behaviors, and desires of people as it relates to prayer, Bible reading, service, and more. Discover how your church can utilize this survey to establish a “baseline” and evaluate progress.

  • Helping Kids Make the Shift from “Believing” the Bible to “Loving” It!
    Keith Ferrin

    We all want our kids to read and believe the Bible. We also pray that they will carry it with them into adulthood. This will happen when they start to truly love the Bible. Come unpack the principles for passing on a love for God’s Word to the next generation.

  • Spiritual Parenting: Resourcing Your Parents to Be Spiritual Leaders
    Michelle Anthony

    Just because we know it’s the responsibility of parents to be the nurturers of their children’s faith doesn’t mean they have the tools for the job. We will look at some basic tools to equip parents in their role as spiritual leaders. 

  • How to Capture Kids’ Hearts Through Worship Response Stations
    Kit Rae

    We desire to empower our kids to live lives of worship to God. Learn how kids and students respond and worship beyond music, as well as how to offer your families a greater understanding of worship as a sacrificial lifestyle.

BREAKOUT #1

  • Flying in V-Formation: Leading in the Midst of Change
    MichAEL Anthony

    Leaders will gain insight into the obstacles that are common to seasons of transition. Get practical tools to help respond in biblical ways and productive strategies to help your team end up on the other side unified and inspired.

  • Getting Ready for Marriage and Staying Married: A Strategy for Ministering to Marriages in Your Ministry
    JIM BURNS

    One of the most important things we can do as leaders is to uphold the sanctity of marriage. Are we helping young people start well as they select a mate and get married? Is it old-fashioned to think of marriage as a vow? What are we doing to help marriages thrive? What if the church of the 21st century were able to reverse the debilitating pattern of statistics we have seen for the past?

  • 7 Family Ministry Essentials: A Strategy for Children’s and Youth Leaders
    Michelle Anthony & Megan Marshman

    Come explore topics as empowering families take ownership of spiritual leadership, teaching Scripture as the ultimate authority of truth, and understanding the role of the Holy Spirit’s power to teach and transform.

  • 1+1=4: Inspiring Your Volunteers Toward a Path of Replication
    TOMMY LARSON

    Recruiting volunteers and keeping them can be one of the most challenging aspects of your ministry. Hear some unique ways that you can support your volunteer teams in their journey to a better understanding of their roles and responsibilities.

  • Helping Kids Make the Shift from “Believing” the Bible to “Loving” It!
    Keith Ferrin

    We all want our kids to read and believe the Bible. We also pray that they will carry it with them into adulthood. This will happen when they start to truly love the Bible. Come unpack the principles for passing on a love for God’s Word to the next generation.

BREAKOUT #2

  • Beyond Children’s Ministry to a Churchwide Strategy
    Mark Holmen

    Develop a churchwide philosophy and “faith at home” discipleship strategies by establishing the home as the primary place where faith is lived and nurtured. This workshop will also introduce you to the new FaithLife church survey that can help you assess what is truly happening in the homes of your people.

  • So, What’s the Difference Between Christian Education & Spiritual Formation and How Can I Use Them in My Ministry?
    Michael Anthony

    With all the conversations about spiritual formation happening in today’s ministry setting, how can we be sure that we aren’t throwing away the good that came with a robust Christian education model? Discover the historical and philosophical roots behind each and how a 21st century children’s and family ministry can benefit from having a balance of both.

  • Exploring the Tru Curriculum for the Children and Youth in Your Family Ministry
    MICHELLE ANTHONY

    Come explore how Tru Curriculum can transform your ministry and the families in your church! Focusing on The Big God Story, Tru engages kids, students, and parents in a life of worship response and a goal toward lifelong faith. Tru resources were developed and tested by practitioners and parents just like you!

  • Spirit-Led, Family-Empowered, & Gospel-Centered Student Ministry
    Megan Marshman

    You want to see students impassioned by the gospel. Your dream is to inspire leaders toward a dependency on the Holy Spirit, equip your students’ parents as the primary influencers, and support students. How do you prioritize your time? Where do you start? Join us as we discuss strategies for student ministry.

  • The Hidden Power of KidMin: Social Networking and Digital Technology
    RYAN FRANK

    We live in a flat world. Social networking and technology make it easier than ever to do things never done before! You’ll learn how to unleash the hidden power of the digital world in your ministry.

BREAKOUT #3

  • Helping Your Families Become Spiritually Healthy: Avoiding the 6 Dysfunctions of Parenting
    MICHELLE ANTHONY

    Good behavior and house rules can govern our daily lives more than honest conversations and faith adventures. It is important to equip parents to create a faith future for their children in the midst of family messiness. Explore six common dysfunctional parenting styles and God’s remedy for avoiding them.

  • What’s Really Happening in Homes Today?
    Mark Holmen

    This breakout will share recent findings from the Faith@Home Ministries’ FaithLife church survey that assesses the attitudes, behaviors, and desires of people as it relates to prayer, Bible reading, faith talk, service, worship, and more. Come and hear these new findings and discover how your church can utilize this survey to establish a “baseline” and evaluate progress over the years.

  • Leveraging the Power of Parents in Student Ministries
    Jeff Bachman & Bryan Pogue

    “Family-Based Ministry” What are we doing to leverage the parents in our ministry while supporting them as the primary nurturers of their child’s faith? We will spend our time exploring the biblical idea of your parents’ role as the spiritual authority.

  • Cultivating Teamwork Through “Why”
    Dawn Heckert

    Ministry teams are often built around needs brought about by curriculum, numbers, and various immediate demands. But how would it look to build a team whose language inspired a surplus of leaders—a team who defined why they serve, through action that invited new forms of teamwork. Cultivating teamwork in a healthy way can reinvigorate a current team or initiate a new team.

  • The 5-Step Path in Every Tru Lesson: Unpacking the Formation Process
    Patti Fenton & Noah Hutchison

    Tru helps kids and their families connect to God, find their place in His big story, and respond to Him through the power of the Holy Spirit. Unpack the five steps in a Tru lesson that will help you accomplish this mission for children and their families effectively.

BREAKOUT #4

  • What Parents of a Special Needs Child Wish They Could Tell You
    Ryan Frank

    If you have a special needs ministry in your church or want to start one in the future, this workshop will help you minister to these children and families like never before!

  • Creativity for the Rest of Us
    Randy Isola

    When you hear the phrase “creative types,” do you immediately exclude yourself from that group? In this session we will discuss how to embrace and develop your personal and team creativity, especially for those who are not painters, writers, musicians, or any other role traditionally thought of as creative. Traditional “creative types” are welcome to attend to glean some tips on leading those not like themselves.

  • How to Capture Kids’ Hearts Through Worship Response Stations
    TOMMY LARSON

    We desire to empower our kids to live lives of worship to God. Learn how kids and students respond and worship beyond music, as well as how to offer your families a greater understanding of worship as a sacrificial lifestyle.

  • Spiritual Parenting: Resourcing Your Parents to Be Spiritual Leaders
    courtney wilson

    Just because we know it’s the responsibility of parents to be the nurturers of their children’s faith doesn’t mean they have the tools for the job. We will look at some basic tools to equip parents in their role as spiritual leaders. 

  • Three Conversations Every Children’s/Youth or Family Pastor Must Have with the Senior Pastor
    Gary Webb

    As children’s/youth or family ministry leaders, we must have a healthy relationship with our senior pastor. A part of that relationship is having honest and transparent conversations that get us in line with the vision of the church, that captivate our heart for an envisioned future, and that reassure leadership that we are a team player. This workshop will focus on three important conversations that every leader should hold with the senior leader and how to do it with confidence.

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For hotel accommodations go to:

Ayres Hotel & Suites, Costa Mesa, 
325 Bristol Street,
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714-429-9372
www.ayreshotels.com

For hotel accommodations go to:

Pheasant Run Resort
4051 East Main Street,
St. Charles, IL 60174
630-584-6300
www.pheasantrun.com

Courtyard Marriott
700 Courtyard Dr.,
St. Charles, IL 60174
630-377-6370
www.marriott.com

Comfort Inn & Suites
1555 E. Fabyan Pkwy.,
Geneva, IL 60134
844-599-7171
www.reservationcounter.com