Values Conference 2018

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Jesus invites us to walk with him as he shares his “easy yoke” with us. But knowing a lot about Jesus does not necessarily help us know how to recognize his presence, hear his voice, or discern his guidance. So how do we learn to do life with Jesus, instead of just learning about Jesus? While sharing some of her own journey, Pastor Michaele will invite us into new avenues of relationship with Jesus as we explore some of the oldest spiritual disciplines in the Christian Church.

Rev. Michaele LaVigne serves as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at 8th Street Church of the Nazarene, in Oklahoma City, OK.  Born and raised in Ohio, Michaele was 12 when her father planted a church outside his hometown of Youngstown. From that early age she developed a passion and appreciation for church planting, and during college she and her husband, Brent, helped begin West Side Church of the Nazarene in Mount Vernon, Ohio. After graduation, she served there as an associate pastor for four years. In 2009 Brent and Michaele embarked on a year of volunteer missionary service in Swaziland, serving as liaisons between American and Swazi leaders in a number of organizations and compassionate ministry projects. Upon returning to the States, Michaele served for five years on staff at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene as discipleship pastor.   In 2014, she and others from Bethany First Church began work to plant a new congregation in Midtown, Oklahoma City. The church launched in November 2015, and recently finished restoring an old Methodist church in that became their permanent home on Easter of this year. 8th Street Church of the Nazarene is a beautiful, diverse, and passionate congregation in the middle of Oklahoma City.  Michaele has a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Ministries, a Master’s of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  Michaele is also the proud mother of Austin, 4, and Galilee, 1.

Did you know that Wesley believed that the practice of gathering together in small groups was key to Wesleyans continuing to have the “form and power” of godliness? This workshop discusses the central role of small group formation in John Wesley’s theology of discipleship and its crucial role in the contemporary church’s pursuit of revival.

Dr. Kevin M. Watson is Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. His research interests focus on Christian formation and discipleship from a Wesleyan perspective, particularly communal formation, Wesleyan/Methodist Christianity, the history of early Methodism, American Methodism, common misunderstandings of the Wesleyan tradition, and current events in The United Methodist Church. In addition to writing articles for both scholarly and popular publications, Watson is the author of three books: Pursuing Social Holiness: The Band Meeting in Wesley’s Thought and Popular Methodist Practice (Oxford, 2014); The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience (Seedbed, 2014); and A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Model for Christian Living (Discipleship Resources, 2009).

You feel like your life is too complicated to make a difference, your world to unpredictable. But there is a way to make a difference by developing habits that weave love and compassion into everything you do. Learn how to make a big impact by taking small steps together.

Rev. Brooklyn Lindsey is a wife, mom, an international speaker and writer.  She has served as a youth ministry pastor for two decades and recently planted a church with her husband in Lakeland Florida. She is the founder of The Justice Movement, a global youth community that creates educational resources and events to empower churches and youth to do compassionate works of justice together. She is an entrepeneur who loves Jesus, oils, and rose chai lattes. Her family lives in Lakeland, FL where they like being outside as with their neighbors enjoy life together. www.brooklynlindsey.com  @brooklynlindsey @somoschurch @lemonlimeallthethyme @thejustmove

The Deuteronomy 6 life beckons us to pass faith along in all that we do. In this workshop we will think together about what it looks like to nurture a culture of intergenerational philosophy and the ways in which worshippers of all ages (birth to the grave) may participate in and contribute both inside and outside the walls of the Church.

Rev. Margaret Tyler is a wife, mother, teacher and grandma who is also privileged to serve as KC District Children’s Pastor and adjunct professor at Mid-America Nazarene University. Both venues create space for her to participate in resourcing children’s leaders as well as shaping the lives of young ministers who are responding to the call of Christ.

If you aren’t sure then you’re guaranteed to miss. Ministry requires not just action but purposeful and intentional action. Michael will dive into focusing on a vision and being able to succeed.

Pastor Michael Davis is the pastor of Anchored Hope Church in Troy, MO. Pastor Michael planted Anchored Hope four years ago. Their vision is to make disciples by bringing the Kingdom to light in the community of Troy. Pastor Michael leads the multiplication value on the Missouri district. He and his wife Kate were married in 2010 and they have two children, Olivia and Brayden.

NMI President, Kim Purl, shares her heart for Missouri District missions for 2018-19.  Latest info in NMI will be discussed and guidance for your missions ministry setting.  Local NMI leaders are welcome with questions so we can find solutions together.

Rev. Kim Purl is Missouri District NMI President and serves as Associate Pastor at Wright City, MO Church of the Nazarene with her husband, Joe, where they are enjoying a diverse ministry in a rural setting. Joe and Kim have four children.

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What if discipleship didn’t happen in addition to Sunday’s service- but was built into it? This was the question Pastor Michaele and others asked as they began the work of starting a brand new church. She will share about the distinctive and intentional aspects of weekly worship at 8th Street Church, and how the other weekly activities flow from Sunday worship. The workshop is designed to help you and your congregation think creatively and strategically about worship as a formative experience for your people.

Rev. Michaele LaVigne serves as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at 8th Street Church of the Nazarene, in Oklahoma City, OK.  Born and raised in Ohio, Michaele was 12 when her father planted a church outside his hometown of Youngstown. From that early age she developed a passion and appreciation for church planting, and during college she and her husband, Brent, helped begin West Side Church of the Nazarene in Mount Vernon, Ohio. After graduation, she served there as an associate pastor for four years. In 2009 Brent and Michaele embarked on a year of volunteer missionary service in Swaziland, serving as liaisons between American and Swazi leaders in a number of organizations and compassionate ministry projects. Upon returning to the States, Michaele served for five years on staff at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene as discipleship pastor. In 2014, she and others from Bethany First Church began work to plant a new congregation in Midtown, Oklahoma City. The church launched in November 2015, and recently finished restoring an old Methodist church in that became their permanent home on Easter of this year. 8th Street Church of the Nazarene is a beautiful, diverse, and passionate congregation in the middle of Oklahoma City.  Michaele has a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Ministries, a Master’s of Divinity from Ashland Theological Seminary, and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.  Michaele is also the proud mother of Austin, 4, and Galilee, 1.

A critical and often ignored part of making disciples is intentional service to our communities.  Opportunities exist for churches, Sunday school classes or small groups to minister to and serve others through partnerships with local municipal and social service agencies.  In this session, a panel made up of district pastors and their community partners will discuss how to forge connections that glorify the Kingdom and the impact these connections have on the discipleship process.

Ms. Jessica Hill is the Executive Director of the Safe House for Women in Cape Girardeau, Mo., a nonprofit agency serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence.  Jessica holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Oral Roberts University and a bachelor’s degree in communication from Truman State University.  She and her husband Jason, the pastor of Cape Church of the Nazarene, have two children, Jacob and Caitlin.

There’s an art to group talk, come to learn about how to have better conversations with those you lead and those you serve.

Rev. Brooklyn Lindsey is a wife, mom, an international speaker and writer.  She has served as a youth ministry pastor for two decades and recently planted a church with her husband in Lakeland Florida. She is the founder of The Justice Movement, a global youth community that creates educational resources and events to empower churches and youth to do compassionate works of justice together. She is an entrepeneur who loves Jesus, oils, and rose chai lattes. Her family lives in Lakeland, FL where they like being outside as with their neighbors enjoy life together. www.brooklynlindsey.com  @brooklynlindsey @somoschurch @lemonlimeallthethyme @thejustmove

Extreme Nazarene is a dynamic church planting missions ministry focused on young adults and their desire to explore the God-call in a cross cultural, evangelistic context. Discover the meaning of a God-call to ministry and mission, and how to explore your calling through Extreme Nazarene discipleship and church planting ministries.

Ms. Kirby Schuler is the Mobilization and Short Term Coordinator for Extreme Nazarene, a global church planting missions ministry for young adults.  Kirby lives in Nampa, ID.  Follow her blog: https://culturallyadventurousaltruist.wordpress.com/

In our bipartisan world, it can feel like a daunting task to discern how Christians should live in the world but not of it. We have many choices for action or inaction. Become a moral political majority? Bury our heads in the sand? Retreat to the hills? Live in fear or apathy?

Our call as Christians, even our very salvation, may be wrapped up in the least of these and the response of our Lord and the ancient church to their plight. Come explore the basics of the Christian faith and how our lives in Christ, not merely our words, must become good news to the poor and powerless in our midst.

Pastor Jake Austin is a recovering sinner, the lead pastor of All Saints & Sinners Church, and founder of Shower to the People, a nonprofit organization that provides free mobile hygiene services to people experiencing poverty. He lives with his wife Bethany, their three kids, and a Pug, in the Dutchtown Neighborhood of St. Louis, MO.  (allsaintsandsinners.org) (showertothepeople.net)

Every church has leaders who are waiting to be discovered and released to serve in the area of their strengths.  The question is, “How do we discover these leaders and equip them with the tools they need to lead well in their strengths?”  During this session you will receive practical applications and ideas for how to develop an environment within your church that engages and equips leaders towards a shared vision and mission.

Rev. Jeremiah Wood received his call to ministry in the 8th grade. After high school, he continued his education at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe Kansas. He has been in full time ministry for the last 12 years and has served in many roles such as youth pastor, worship leader, High School Bible teacher and associate pastor. Jeremiah lives in Wichita where he is planting PAX City Church. He has assisted in planting and growing nearly a dozen new churches over the last three years. He also regularly participates in training other leaders through DCPI as a Master Trainer and is the co-founder of the Vibrant Network. Jeremiah is the honored husband of his wife Rena and has four beautiful children, Kali, Landi, Zaiden, and LaKota.

In this session we’ll discuss utilizing marriage ministry as a tool to empower the membership to be an influence in community.  Topics covered will include: Overcoming the fear of using broken people to impart healing; Discipling couples through counseling: At the root of all marriage issues is sin; and Building a winning team for an active & consistent marriage ministry.

Pastors Ken and Beverly Jenkins have been married 23 years. They have a beautiful blended family which includes four wonderful children; ages 34, 31, 21, and 12 years old, 3 boys and 1 girl. They were ordained together under the leadership of their Pastor; Pastor Emeritus, Louis Shelton of Union Tabernacle Church, where they served faithfully as Youth pastors and ministers of the church. They now continue their work together as Pastors of Refuge & Restoration Church and founders of BIMR (Building Intimacy Marriage Retreats), a comprehensive marriage ministry. The ministry serves a vast number of married, single, and engaged clients across the globe; through retreats, small groups, conferences, seminars, and workshops on a continual basis. For several years Ken and Beverly have hosted a radio program to help couples and singles address issues they often are afraid to discuss openly. The show, Real Marriage Real Talk airs on demand via iHeart Radio, W4CY.com, KXEN 1010, as well as via the Nation’s leading Christian resource retailer, Family Christian Bookstore’s platform, iDisciple. Ken and Beverly are unconventional in their methods, not unlike shock therapy- Just kidding! In truth, they both believe that getting to the heart of every issue starts and ends with Transparency, Godly Counsel, and Total Investment in the Marriage. They utilize biblical marriage education tools to help strengthen, sustain, and sometimes recreate desirable relationships. They have faith that every marriage can work, and work well. Even the worst cases have a chance if Christ is allowed to get involved. They believe strongly in marriage and have their own personal story to verify this as truth. Both Ken and Beverly are PREP Certified professionals as well as engineers of their very own couples curriculum, MAP (Marriage Accountability Plan).  

This workshop is designed for pastors and church leaders to learn and take action together in mobilizing their churches for greater community impact as well as creating a culture within your congregation that truly makes every person feel welcomed and a part, no matter their background.

Pastor Jesse Quiroz is the founding pastor of Journey Church, who in 2009, opened its church doors to broken and hurting people in need of a relationship with Christ. Today, they have grown to 750 people inside of a community of 12,000. The mission and vision of Journey is to seek powerful and innovative ways to serve the needs of their community. Jesse is a graduate of Valor Christian College in Columbus, Ohio. He, and his wife Missy have three children and reside in Troy, Missouri.

There is more to this world than what is seen by the eye. Join Doug in exploring the world outside of our vision and entering the realm of spiritual warfare. There is a battle for our souls going on all the time and we need to know how be armed and ready for the fight.

Pastor Doug West pastors the First Church of the Nazarene in Dexter, MO. He has served in pastoral ministry in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Missouri. He has taught pastors in M.I.T. (Ministers in Training) modules, and taught rock drum technique to high school students. Doug has written three books and is currently working on two more.

Towards the end of his life, John Wesley wrote that the doctrine of entire sanctification was “the grand depositum” that God had given to the people called Methodists. Wesley believed that preaching and teaching this doctrine was the reason that the Methodist movement was brought to life and continued to be God-breathed. This workshop discusses Wesley’s audacious optimism of God’s grace and its ongoing relevance for the 21st century church.

Dr. Kevin M. Watson is Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. His research interests focus on Christian formation and discipleship from a Wesleyan perspective, particularly communal formation, Wesleyan/Methodist Christianity, the history of early Methodism, American Methodism, common misunderstandings of the Wesleyan tradition, and current events in The United Methodist Church. In addition to writing articles for both scholarly and popular publications, Watson is the author of three books: Pursuing Social Holiness: The Band Meeting in Wesley’s Thought and Popular Methodist Practice (Oxford, 2014); The Class Meeting: Reclaiming a Forgotten (and Essential) Small Group Experience (Seedbed, 2014); and A Blueprint for Discipleship: Wesley’s General Rules as a Model for Christian Living (Discipleship Resources, 2009).

Many leaders and pastors are looking for practical ideas on how to grow a ministry volunteer team from the ground up.  Every ministry of the church, including outreach, youth, children, worship, first impressions, or discipleship has the need for volunteers.  During this session you will learn about recruiting strategies and systems and processes that will help you identify new potential leaders and volunteers in order to uncover their commitment level, strengths and passion for the shared vision and mission of your church.

Rev. Jeremiah Wood received his call to ministry in the 8th grade. After high school, he continued his education at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe Kansas. He has been in full time ministry for the last 12 years and has served in many roles such as youth pastor, worship leader, High School Bible teacher and associate pastor. Jeremiah lives in Wichita where he is planting PAX City Church. He has assisted in planting and growing nearly a dozen new churches over the last three years. He also regularly participates in training other leaders through DCPI as a Master Trainer and is the co-founder of the Vibrant Network. Jeremiah is the honored husband of his wife Rena and has four beautiful children, Kali, Landi, Zaiden, and LaKota.

What is often seen as a crisis of refugees displaced across the Middle East and Europe is seen by the church as a God-given opportunity.

Lindell and Kay Browning have served in the Middle East since 1979.   They have recently moved back to the USA and until Jan. 1, 2015 served as Field Strategy Coordinator of the Eastern Mediterranean field and make frequent trips back.  The have lived in Jerusalem, Israel, in Amman Jordan, Nazareth, and Bethlehem.  Lindell as the Field Strategy Coordinator for the Eastern Mediterranean oversaw the ministry in Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey and some Creative Access countries.    Kay was the administrative assistant, financial manager for the Field Office and also taught English as a Second Language.  They are both graduates of Olivet Nazarene University.  Lindell graduated from Nazarene Theological Seminary with a M.Div. and Kay received her MA from Bethany Nazarene College (now Southern Nazarene University.).   Olivet Nazarene University conferred both with honorary doctorates in May 2014.  They have raised four children in the Middle East and now have ten grandchildren.

Values Conference 2017

This session will address the biblical purpose and goals of corporate worship and then trace some practical implications of those biblical principles to establish a framework for planning worship. We will try to let biblical teaching about the “what” and “why” of corporate worship lead us to practical guidelines for choices about the forms of worship such as what elements to include in a worship service, music for worship, the use of written forms for prayer, the role of various leaders in worship, and role and arrangement of visual symbols. There will be ample time for Q & A to address specific practical questions from the audience, so come ready to engage!

Dr. Mike Farley received an M.Div. from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2000 and his Ph.D. in historical theology at Saint Louis University in 2007 where he did research on the history and theology of Christian worship and also taught as an adjunct professor of Theological Studies until 2012. Mike also designed and taught the core worship courses in an M.A. program in worship and music at Covenant Theological Seminary from 2009-2015. A former worship director at Crossroads Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, Mike is now serving as the Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Central Presbyterian Church where he continues to help plan and lead worship in addition to directing ministries of adult discipleship. Mike and his wife Linda have three children.

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Scripture and the Christian tradition show us that a human heart that is open to God, open to other people, and open to the fullness of human life will know both lamentation and celebration. The experiences of lamentation and celebration are not in opposition to one another, but both stand in contrast to the deadened or insensitive heart that feels neither joy nor sadness. Lamentation and celebration play a role in the biblical Books of Psalms, Ezra, and Nehemiah, and we will explore some possible applications of their teachings to present-day experience.

Dr. Michael J. McClymond is Professor of Modern Christianity at Saint Louis University. He was educated at Northwestern University (B. A. in Chemistry), Yale University (M.Div.), and the University of Chicago (M.A. in Religion, Ph.D. in Theology). Since 2005, he has been Program Coordinator for Global Day of Prayer – St. Louis, which attracted an interracial and interdenominational gathering of some 3000 Christians to Busch Stadium. He is founder and president of the Institute for World Christianity, a nonprofit organization (501c3) that brings together emerging Christian leaders from around the world to explore new forms of collaboration with one another. McClymond’s book, Encounters With God: An Approach to the Theology of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press, 1998), received the 1999 Brewer Prize from the American Society of Church History as the best first book in the history of Christianity.

It’s much easier to build a house on a beautiful, sunny day. The same principle applies in ministry. This seminar introduces participants to the idea that the climate in your church can help or harm your ministry and offers ways to protect a healthy climate.

Ms. Jen DeJong began working in youth ministry in 2002 as the Youth Program Coordinator at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. She currently serves on the Ministry Architects executive team as Vice President of Innovation. Jen graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Cognitive Studies and a minor in Communications. She also earned a M.S. at Vanderbilt in Developmental Psychology with a special emphasis on parental involvement in teenagers’ extracurricular activities. Jen currently resides in Springfield, Illinois with her husband, Marc, and their two daughters, Maria and Rose.

If the church today is experiencing a kind of exile culturally, perhaps the good news is that it is in a position to hear the voice of the prophets anew. In exile, it was the prophetic voices of Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah that gave comfort and direction. The church today, perhaps more than ever, needs leadership that reflects the heart and the vision of the great biblical prophets. But what does prophetic leadership look like?

Dr. T. Scott Daniels is senior pastor at Nampa College Church of the Nazarene. Scott has also pastored in Pasadena, California and Richardson, Texas and until recently served as the dean of School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. He is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at churches, camp meetings, and college campuses. He received his BA from Northwest Nazarene University and his MDiv and PhD in theology and ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary. Scott has taught at several colleges and seminaries, nationally and internationally. He has served as a fulltime professor of theology and ethics at Southern Nazarene University and Azusa Pacific University. A contributor to several books, journals, and magazines, he is the author of The First 100 Days: A Pastor’s Guide; Seven Deadly Spirits: The Message of Revelation’s Letters for Today’s Church; and The Cycle of Victorious Living: Commit, Trust, Delight and Rest in Jesus Christ. His most recent book Embracing Exile: Living Faithfully as God’s Unique People in the World will be released in the Spring of 2017. Scott and Debbie Daniels have been married for 27 years and have four children: Caleb (23), Noah (21), Jonah (18), and Sophie (15).

How do you answer the question, “Where is God taking us?” Can you effectively communicate what your church or company values and determines as success? People need vision in order to move forward. Learn to build an effective vision for your church, company, or ministry and how to effectively communicate your goals to the people investing in your mission.

Pastor Michael Davis is the pastor of Anchored Hope Church in Troy, MO. Pastor Michael planted Anchored Hope four years ago. Their vision is to make disciples by bringing the Kingdom to light in the community of Troy. Pastor Michael leads the multiplication value on the Missouri district. He and his wife Kate were married in 2010 and they have two children, Olivia and Brayden.

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Information for missional leaders in MO District churches with a focus on the latest happenings coming to the NMI Global Convention this summer.

Rev. Kim Purl is Missouri District NMI President and serves as Associate Pastor at Wright City, MO Church of the Nazarene with her husband, Joe, where they are enjoying a diverse ministry in a rural setting. Joe and Kim have four children.

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The narrative around the issue of immigration can create tension within the Church as folks find themselves torn between the kingdom of this world and the kingdom of God. Is there a biblically-based alternative narrative for the North-American church that informs our response to immigrant families? This workshop will explore the biblical possibilities for an alternative narrative that promotes peacemaking within the Church. We will also engage our Wesleyan theology that compels the Church of the Nazarene to respond with compassion to those people in our communities who find themselves as people on the move.

Rev. Lynne Bollinger has a passion to help the Church discover its countercultural and cross-cultural identity. As a contributing author to the recently released, Charitable Discourse II: The Uncomfortable Conversations by Dr. Dan Boone, her chapter titled, “Immigration: The Church as a Place of Belonging,” seeks to help the U.S. Church embrace a biblical vision of the kingdom of God specifically in relation to immigrants. Lynne & her husband are former Asia Pacific Region missionaries. They currently live in Quincy, MA with their three children.

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We will be talking about the establishment and enforcement of grace-based rules in kids ministry. We get on average 40 hours a year with a kid in our ministries, this workshop will be a discussion on how we can try to make every minute count.

Rev. Thomas Casper has been involved in Children’s Ministry for over 10 years and has served as Children & Family Pastor in Pittsburg, KS since 2011. His ministry currently serves over 150 children ages birth to 6th grade and he also leads over 40 volunteers and staff. Thomas serves on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Pittsburg, volunteers in the Friends Helping Friends program at the local schools, and serves as a Den Leader for Cub Scouts and coaches various youth sports programs. Thomas has been married to his awesome wife Heidi for 17 years. They have 5 kids together: Hannah, Sophie, TJ, Sadie, Michael as well as numerous other kids that have come through their household via the Foster care system. His life involves hanging out with family, building Legos, fishing, comic books, video games, listening to music, watching movies on Netflix, dreaming and talking about life and reading books. He loves teaching kids about Jesus. His encouragement comes from reading and listening to books like “Ragamuffin Gospel” by Brennan Manning, “Life Together” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and “Dad is Fat” by Jim Gaffigan.

In the world of youth ministry, there are a handful of constant factors that thrive over the long haul. This seminar introduces participants to those factors and offers a strategic design for instilling these foundational patterns into the fabric of any ministry, regardless of its model.

Ms. Jen DeJong began working in youth ministry in 2002 as the Youth Program Coordinator at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville, TN. She currently serves on the Ministry Architects executive team as Vice President of Innovation. Jen graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.S. in Cognitive Studies and a minor in Communications. She also earned a M.S. at Vanderbilt in Developmental Psychology with a special emphasis on parental involvement in teenagers’ extracurricular activities. Jen currently resides in Springfield, Illinois with her husband, Marc, and their two daughters, Maria and Rose.

Who and what we worship shapes our hearts. We may not realize, however, the ways our hearts are taught to love rival gods instead of the One for whom we were made. While we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware of how culture shapes us. In the practices of preaching and worship the people of God are learning to be counter-formed as a holy people reflecting God’s image to the world. How can we make sure our worship and preaching is forming people toward holiness?

Dr. T. Scott Daniels is senior pastor at Nampa College Church of the Nazarene. Scott has also pastored in Pasadena, California and Richardson, Texas and until recently served as the dean of School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. He is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at churches, camp meetings, and college campuses. He received his BA from Northwest Nazarene University and his MDiv and PhD in theology and ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary. Scott has taught at several colleges and seminaries, nationally and internationally. He has served as a fulltime professor of theology and ethics at Southern Nazarene University and Azusa Pacific University. A contributor to several books, journals, and magazines, he is the author of The First 100 Days: A Pastor’s Guide; Seven Deadly Spirits: The Message of Revelation’s Letters for Today’s Church; and The Cycle of Victorious Living: Commit, Trust, Delight and Rest in Jesus Christ. His most recent book Embracing Exile: Living Faithfully as God’s Unique People in the World will be released in the Spring of 2017. Scott and Debbie Daniels have been married for 27 years and have four children: Caleb (23), Noah (21), Jonah (18), and Sophie (15).

Every believer is called to be a leader in their homes, their workplace and their community. The question is, “How do we do this?” Lynnlee Moser, lead pastor of Harvester Naz, will lead a panel discussion with leaders who are embracing purposeful leadership in their lives both within the church and outside the church. You will walk away from this session with practical ways that you can embrace a life of leadership.

Rev. Lynnlee Moser has been serving in full-time ministry for over 18 years Lynnlee is the founding pastor of Northpoint Community Church in Beaumont, Texas and is currently serving as lead pastor, alongside her husband Chris, of Harvester Church of the Nazarene in St. Charles, MO. Through their leadership, Harvester has a vision of planting multiple churches in St Louis and the surrounding areas. Lynnlee is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and is a master trainer for Dynamic Church Planting International. She has poured her life into training, equipping and mentoring leaders to discover their unique calling in building the kingdom of God. Lynnlee also serves as the director of NexGen for the USA/Canada Region. The vision of NexGen is to create a church planting movement by educating, recruiting, and activating next generation of leaders through the process of training, networking, and mobilizing.

Rev. Chris Moser has been serving in full time ministry for eight years, and prior to this served as a corporate finance administrator and manager for over 10 years. Chris is the lead pastor, alongside his wife Lynnlee, of Harvester Church of the Nazarene in St. Charles, MO and is the founding pastor of Northpoint Community Church in Beaumont, Texas. Through their leadership, Harvester has a vision of planting multiple churches in St. Louis and the surrounding areas. Chris is a master trainer for Dynamic Church Planting International and has a passion for equipping leaders to build the kingdom of God through widespread community impact.

Rev. Jeremiah Wood received his call to ministry in the 8th grade. After high school, he continued his education at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. He has been in full time ministry for the last 12 years and has served in many roles such as youth pastor, worship leader, High School Bible teacher and associate pastor. Jeremiah currently serves as the pastor of church planting and new church development at JCNaz in Junction City, Kansas. He has assisted in planting and growing nearly a dozen new churches over the last three years. He also regularly participates in training other leaders through DCPI as a Master Trainer and is the co-founder of the Vibrant Network. Jeremiah is the honored husband of his wife Rena and has four beautiful children, Kali, Landi, Zaiden, and LaKota.

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Are we practicing #DeadReligion or #VibrantFaith? People are rejecting religion right and left. I say that is a good thing! We have never had a better opportunity in our lifetimes to demonstrate the radical difference between #DeadReligion and #VibrantFaith. And to do so, we must shut down the system (just like a computer) and reBoot our faith. Together we will explore what it means to reBoot our Christian faith and hopefully the church along with it.

Pastor Dave Clark was born in rural and small town America. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. Dave served as a youth pastor at Rochester Trinity Church of the Nazarene and Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene. And then moved to downtown Chicago where he lived with his family for 28 years. His experiences in Chicago included church planting, teaching and coaching in the public schools, starting and leading a community based not-for-profit and for 8 years served as the Operations & Program Director for the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA). A year ago Dave & his wife moved to Attica, IN (back to rural America) where they live in a 125 year old church building and he works at the Badlands Off-Road Park and Complex as a consultant and mentor to the owner. Dave at his core is a “dweller” which simply means hanging with people in order to bridge polarization and bring about the holistic transformation of under resourced communities. Dave has been married for 39 years to Paula (a recently retired Chicago Public School teacher) and has two children and two grandchildren. Music and motorcycle riding are his stress relievers.

Through stories from his personal experiences living, working and pastoring in his community in Chicago, Jonathan draws our attention to the glory and brokenness in the people and places the church has consistently forsaken. We will examine and highlight the ways churches, across various demographics, are finding God alive and active in their neighborhoods and are joining in his work. One-sided perspectives and a deficit of rich relationships cause certain people and places to be viewed negatively and, unfortunately, too often the church unconsciously champions these views. We will expose the discrepancies between the church’s beliefs and its actual practices while being challenged to see the need for a new kind of church. This workshop will help us reconnect with God’s original plan for the church which many local churches have forsaken for our own growth plans.

Rev. Jonathan Brooks – At its peak, Englewood, a Chicago neighborhood had a population of 97,000 people. Due to a crumbling infrastructure and a crime index number among the highest in the country, this neighborhood has declined in population to a mere 30,000. While the trend in this neighborhood has been to get out of poverty and leave the city behind, Jonathan Brooks is one of the exceptions. He serves as Senior Pastor at Canaan Community Church in West Englewood and has taught elementary education and arts in inner city Chicago for over a decade. As a firm believer in investing in the community you grew up in, Jonathan has a deep desire to impress this virtue on the students and young people in his congregation, classroom and community. Through various partnerships, such as a new church plant in the Woodlawn community (Woodlawn Community Church) and Canaan Community Redevelopment Corporation (CCRC), their not-for-profit community development company, Canaan provides youth development, holistic health options, college scholarships, music lessons and continual support to the incarcerated and their families living in Englewood and other Chicago communities. Pastah J is a sought after speaker, writer and artist. Along with numerous blogs and articles he has contributed to two books “Banned Questions for Christians” by Christian Piatt and “Making Neighborhoods Whole” by John Perkins and Wayne Gordon. Canaan just released their debut gospel album called “Recommend Jesus” to be used as an avenue to share faith as an integral component in community transformation. Lastly, Pastah J has also recorded four hip-hop albums with the group Out-World and is currently working on his solo project titled “Can I Get an Amen”. Jonathan has a Bachelor of Architecture from Tuskegee University, Master of Arts in Teaching from National Louis University and Master of Divinity from Northern Seminary in Christian Community Development. He hopes to merge his academic knowledge, practical tools, and ministry training, in order to turn his convictions into tangible solutions which will help change the Greater Englewood neighborhood for future generations. Jonathan and his wife, Micheal, have two beautiful girls, Jasmine and Jade, and reside in West Englewood just a few blocks away from the church campus.

God calls the church to proclaim the good news with passion and authenticity, inviting people to join the mission of God. Today, there are endless creative ways of doing so without compromising truth of the message. Learn to share the story of your ministry, the “must-haves” of effective church websites, harnessing the power of social media, and other helpful resources for engaging your community.

Mr. Josh Veach is the founder and director of Tension Group, a company designed to help do-good organizations thrive through strategic and effective communication. Tension Group works with churches and nonprofit organizations across the United States in the areas of branding/identity development, website design & development, social media strategies, communication campaigns, and video production.

What do you do when conflict hits home? How do you help others struggling with unreconciled relationships? Understanding the basics of biblical peacemaking provides a practical path through painful and difficult conflict.

Ms. Judy Dabler – As founder of Creative Conciliation, Judy works nationally and internationally as a Christian conciliator, trainer, educator, and consultant while working to advance the field of Christian conciliation. She provides reconciliation services to couples, families, churches, and organizations in conflict and crisis. Judy holds a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary and teaches counseling- and conciliation-related courses at the seminary level. Judy is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Missouri and a Certified Christian Conciliator with the Institute for Christian Conciliation.

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Moving out of a biblical and theological foundation of belonging, this workshop will give some practical how-to advice on launching a ministry to the immigrant families in your community as well as connecting with others churches in our denomination who are doing this successfully.

Rev. Lynne Bollinger has a passion to help the Church discover its counter-cultural and cross-cultural identity. As a contributing author to the recently released, Charitable Discourse II: The Uncomfortable Conversations by Dr. Dan Boone, her chapter titled, “Immigration: The Church as a Place of Belonging,” seeks to help the U.S. Church embrace a biblical vision of the kingdom of God specifically in relation to immigrants. Lynne & her husband are former Asia Pacific Region missionaries. They currently live in Quincy, MA with their three children.

Are you looking for practical ways to build healthy and dynamic teams in your church? Every church can build dynamic teams that can effectively accomplish the mission and vision God has given them. Pastor Jeremiah Wood, pastor from Junction City Naz and co-founder of the Vibrant Network will share the practical tools he has learned and practiced as a leader who has planted multiple churches by building teams of leaders and volunteers in his church and community.

Rev. Jeremiah Wood received his call to ministry in the 8th grade. After high school, he continued his education at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. He has been in full time ministry for the last 12 years and has served in many roles such as youth pastor, worship leader, High School Bible teacher and associate pastor. Jeremiah currently serves as the pastor of church planting and new church development at JCNaz in Junction City, Kansas. He has assisted in planting and growing nearly a dozen new churches over the last three years. He also regularly participates in training other leaders through DCPI as a Master Trainer and is the co-founder of the Vibrant Network. Jeremiah is the honored husband of his wife Rena and has four beautiful children, Kali, Landi, Zaiden, and LaKota.

Did John Wesley practice Spiritual Disciplines? Wesley practiced and encouraged the practice of various forms of piety among the Methodists. These ranged from prayer and study of Scripture to receiving the Lord’s Supper and fasting. He characterized these signs, words and actions as a means of grace. This workshop will examine the various means of grace and how these might be practiced rightly in our lives and ministries today.

Dr. Christopher Foster is an adjunct Assistant Professor of Theology at Oral Roberts University, Oklahoma Wesleyan University and Southwestern Christian University. He teaches and researches in the areas of biblical studies, theology and practices of ministry. Foster served for five years (2003-2008) on staff at Family Church, a Nazarene Church plant. He received an MA in Theology (2009) and a PhD in Biblical Studies (2013) from Nazarene Theological College in Manchester, UK, where he also served the Manchester Wesley Research Centre. Foster has been a visiting lecturer at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, and European Nazarene College, Büsingen, Germany, and presents research regularly at academic conferences. He holds membership in the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Wesleyan Theological Society. Currently, he resides with his lovely wife and their three sons, Phineas, Jonas and Gideon, in Tulsa. They are active members of Core Church of the Nazarene.

Dr. Daniels shares on the topic Embracing Exile from his new book “Embracing Exile: Living Faithfully as God’s Unique People in the World.”  Like the Israelites in Babylon, Christians today may feel they are in unfamiliar territory, surrounded by a culture with customs and practices foreign to their faith. In these times of dislocation and loss of power, God wants to help his people experience anew the possibilities of covenantal faithfulness and missional imagination.

Dr. T. Scott Daniels is senior pastor at Nampa College Church of the Nazarene. Scott has also pastored in Pasadena, California and Richardson, Texas and until recently served as the dean of School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. He is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at churches, camp meetings, and college campuses. He received his BA from Northwest Nazarene University and his MDiv and PhD in theology and ethics from Fuller Theological Seminary. Scott has taught at several colleges and seminaries, nationally and internationally. He has served as a fulltime professor of theology and ethics at Southern Nazarene University and Azusa Pacific University. A contributor to several books, journals, and magazines, he is the author of The First 100 Days: A Pastor’s Guide; Seven Deadly Spirits: The Message of Revelation’s Letters for Today’s Church; and The Cycle of Victorious Living: Commit, Trust, Delight and Rest in Jesus Christ. His most recent book Embracing Exile: Living Faithfully as God’s Unique People in the World will be released in the Spring of 2017. Scott and Debbie Daniels have been married for 27 years and have four children: Caleb (23), Noah (21), Jonah (18), and Sophie (15).

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