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Ministry Leadership in a Messy World

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Fuller Seminary & Christ Church of Oak Brook
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Christ Church of Oak Brook
Open to the public

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Churches and ministries face unprecedented levels of change, complexity, and polarization. Christian leaders report high levels of exhaustion and burnout. While pastors and ministry leaders are as dedicated as ever, too many are drained and ill-equipped for the challenges of this season of leadership.

How can ministry leaders thrive in the midst of this messy reality? Where are signs of hope and possibility for those who are ready to rethink church? What are leading ideas and practical applications for today’s faith communities and ministries?

This one-day training event will equip ministry leaders in Chicagoland to better offer Christ’s hope and healing. You’ll be inspired to navigate challenges with cutting-edge research and practical tools and approaches. In addition to the keynotes, breakouts will explore discipleship and spiritual formation, youth and young adult ministry, marketplace leadership, leading change in ministry, and much more. Invite your whole church or ministry team to attend and find a hopeful way forward together!

Cost

$75 per person for 1-4 people, $60/person for teams of 5-10 people, $50/person for teams of 11-25+ people. Scholarships are available. Lunch is included.

Register Here
Deadline has been extended until May 31, 2024 (you may also register at the door on the day of the event)

Audience

Church and ministry leaders (staff, board members/elders, and volunteers across all ministry areas)

Keynote Speakers & Topics

Messy WOrld Speakers

David Emmanuel Goatley (Fuller Seminary President, pictured upper left) on Christ-Centered Faith
Dan Meyer (Lead Pastor, Christ Church of Oak Brook, pictured upper center) on Hope in a Messy World
David Wang (Psychologist and Chair for the Formation of Emotionally Healthy Leaders, pictured upper right) on Mental and Emotional Health
Alexia Salvatierra (Academic Dean for Centro Latino, pictured lower left) on Churches that Transform Lives and Communities: Learning from the Comunidades de Base
Soong-Chan Rah (Professor of Evangelism, pictured lower center) on Biblical Justice and Biblical Evangelism
Scott Cormode (Professor of Leadership Development, pictured lower right) on Holistic Formation and Leading Change

Morning Breakout Sessions

Alexia SalvatierraBuilding Vibrant Christian Communities: Learning from the Base Christian Community Movement in Latin America and the Philippines
Alexia Salvatierra

Our research at the Centro Latino of Fuller Theological Seminary with emerging generations in the Latina
community has shown that they are longing for models for building vibrant, holistic Christian communities that come out of their own cultural roots. The base christian community movements of the 1970s and 1980s were a network of small-group home Bible studies that were led by the poor, multiplied quickly and became the spine of initiatives for peace and justice throughout Latin America and the Philippines. The keynote will introduce and the workshop will go deeper into the principles that we can learn from this movement that can make a difference in our own church revitalization efforts, sharing empowering stories in the process.

David Emmanuel GoatleyA Strategy for Sustaining Ministry in Messy Spaces: Relief, Recovery, and Resilience
David Emmanuel Goatley

Cultural, social, technological storms and more threaten the church and the world. A Christ-centered faith is essential for Christian leaders and communities to help themselves and others survive and thrive and minister in a messy world. This workshop will be around an arc of relief, recovery, and resiliency – a strategy for ministers who minister in messy spaces.

Mark RobertsReleasing the Third Third Potential of Your Church: How to Get Started
Rev. Dr. Mark Roberts

Increasingly, pastors and church leaders are sensing a great need and opportunity when it comes to their third third members (ages 55 and over). The potential impact of third third folk investing their lives in the kingdom of God is staggering. Plus, we want to help older adults live full, fruitful, and faithful lives as disciples of Jesus. The problem is, we’re not sure how to do this. After offering a vision for third third ministry, this breakout will offer a variety of practical “how-to-get-started” actions that pastors and churches can take in order to begin to release the third third potential in their congregations.

laura MurrayThe Hospitable Leader: Creating Places of Welcome in a Lonely World
Rev. Dr. Laura Murray

The U.S. Surgeon General has described loneliness and isolation as an epidemic in the United States. How can Christian leaders respond to this reality? One such way is through the practice of hospitality that isn’t reserved for only homes or ballrooms but expands to classrooms, boardrooms, and wherever one might go. Come learn how the practice of hospitality meets the loneliness of our world.

Raymond ChangReversing the Trends
Raymond Chang

Gens Z and Alpha are walking away from faith at alarming rates. During our time, we will explore why they are leaving and how we can turn the tide together. TENx10 is a collaborative initiative seeking to effectively reach and disciple youth that are disillusioned by and disconnected from their Christian faith. Gain theological, theoretical and practical frameworks for activating the church to engage with younger generations.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

David C. Wang

The Integration of Science and Faith in the Care of Christian Leaders Who Have Been Wounded in the Ministry Context
David Wang

Most of us who have served in various ministry capacities (e.g., as pastors, missionaries, lay church leaders, etc.) are likely familiar with the potential dark realities of the ministry environment. Empirical research confirms that ministry is often a difficult endeavor, imposing significant stress not only upon our spiritual life, but also upon our marital and family relationships, and our own emotional and physical well-being. This workshop will present practical and conceptual considerations and recommendations in the care of Christian leaders who have been emotionally wounded by the ministry context and who are presently navigating emotionally challenging situations in the ministry context, drawing from both Christian theology and psychological research.

Scott CormodeEmbodying Grace in an Unforgiving World
Scott Cormode

The core of the Christian faith is grace — which means I have received a free gift from God that I did not deserve. Jesus teaches, as well, that those who have received grace must practice grace. What does it mean to live out grace in our fractured and unforgiving world?

Soogn Chan rahPastoral Imagination and a Lived Theology
Soong-Chan Rah

In this workshop, we will examine the academic discipline of practical theology and how we begin to investigate and analyze our context and apply Biblical and Scriptural values and insights into how our theology is authentically and deeply lived out in our church context. Drawing from academic resources, real world examples, and ministry experience, we will focus on how the church can respond to the many challenges that currently face the church.

Cedric WililamsMulticultural Humility for Ministry Leaders: 3 Helpful Considerations and Behaviors when discussing DEI-related topics
Cedric Williams

Participants will learn basic skills when discussing topics that could be adversarial and complex.

 

Mark RobertsReleasing the Third Third Potential of Your Church: How to Get Started
Rev. Dr. Mark Roberts

Increasingly, pastors and church leaders are sensing a great need and opportunity when it comes to their third third members (ages 55 and over). The potential impact of third third folk investing their lives in the kingdom of God is staggering. Plus, we want to help older adults live full, fruitful, and faithful lives as disciples of Jesus. The problem is, we’re not sure how to do this. After offering a vision for third third ministry, this breakout will offer a variety of practical “how-to-get-started” actions that pastors and churches can take in order to begin to release the third third potential in their congregations.

laura MurrayThe Hospitable Leader: Creating Places of Welcome in a Lonely World
Rev. Dr. Laura Murray

The U.S. Surgeon General has described loneliness and isolation as an epidemic in the United States. How can Christian leaders respond to this reality? One such way is through the practice of hospitality that isn’t reserved for only homes or ballrooms but expands to classrooms, boardrooms, and wherever one might go. Come learn how the practice of hospitality meets the loneliness of our world.

Chuck HuntImplementing Growing Young
Rev. Dr. Chuck Hunt

There are churches with energy and excitement, where teenagers are excited about coming to worship services and have relationships with people of all ages—and your church should be one, too. Utilizing the research from Fuller Youth Institute’s ongoing Growing Young project, we will offer tools to implement the Core Commitments in order to help your church thrive. This workshop will give pastors and leaders tools and new vision that will help them lead their churches to a new imagination for building lifelong faith in Jesus.

Meals

On-site lunch is provided in the registration cost.

Event Schedule

8:15 am: Registration Opens
9:00 am: Main Session 1

  • Dan Meyer, Hope in a Messy World
  • Alexia Salvatierra, Churches that Transform Lives and Communities: Learning from the Comunidades de Base
  • David Emmanuel Goatley, Christ-Centered Faith

10:20 am: Break
10:50 am: Morning Breakout Sessions
11:45 am: Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm: Main Session 2

  • Jake Mulder, Understanding & Empowering Younger Leaders
  • David Wang, Mental and Emotional Health

2:10 pm: Break
2:30 pm: Afternoon Breakout Sessions
3:30 pm: Break
3:50 pm: Main Session 3

  • Scott Cormode, Holistic Formation and Leading Change
  • Soong-Chan Rah, Biblical Justice and Biblical Evangelism

5:00 pm: Conclusion

Questions?

Contact [email protected]

FAQs

Can I join electronically?

While the event will be recorded, joining live online will not be an option.

What is the cancellation policy?

Cancellation at least seven days prior to the event is eligible for a full refund. Cancellation within seven days of the event is not refundable.

Will this event be held in other cities?

We are exploring offering this in other cities later in 2024 and 2025. Please contact us if you are interested!

Is this event only for Fuller students or alumni?

No! While we anticipate many Fuller students, prospective students, and alumni will attend, we are offering this as a practical training conference for ministry volunteers, elders, pastors, church and parachurch staff, and any others who are interested in the topics. Those from a wide variety of professional roles and theological backgrounds will find the event relevant and engaging.

Are scholarships available for this event?

Yes! To request a scholarship, please email [email protected].

May 31, 2024
9:00am—5:00pm
Christ Church of Oak Brook
501 Oak Brook Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
$
Online registration is required