One of the greatest skills in ministry is taking other people's experience and ideas and making them work in your context.

Stealing and copying is lazy. Stealing and adapting is genius. Learn from Recharge’s workshop presenters–steal their ideas–make it work in your ministry.

A vital part of Recharge is the wide variety of workshops available.  You will be equipped, inspired and energized by these relevant, practical workshops. Experienced ministry leaders will share useful and motivational ideas to help you and your team be ready for the challenges of leadership and working with kids.  Some workshops are designed for a specific area of ministry while others will be applicable whether you work with children, youth or families.

You will have the opportunity to attend 3 workshops during this children’s and youth ministry conference. Here are some of the workshops we’re in the process of putting together for you:

Recharge Conference - workshops facilitated by national, regional and local ministry leaders.

FARGO | 2018

Connecting with Difficult Students (Y)

Connecting with Difficult Students

Kids on the fringes of your ministry who need Jesus. Kids you love who push you away. Hurting teens who look for healing in harmful places. We all have difficult teens we’re trying to connect to. In this workshop we’ll look at the profile of a difficult teen, and how to get them to engage with God’s love and grace.

Nick Frenzen TreeHouse

Nick Frenzen has nearly 14 years of experience working with teenagers, staff, leaders and partners at TreeHouse. He served as a Youth Outreach Associate and Area Director at the New Hope TreeHouse for 10 years and now works as the Partner Training Manager to Partner locations. Frenzen’s work at TreeHouse employs his passion for teens, along with a proven ability to create, execute and rally others around plans for growth. He and his wife Shanna reside in Crystal, MN with their two children, Elijah and Aliyah.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

5 roadblocks to connecting with difficult kids and 5 ways to overcome those roadblocks

Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact (G)

Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact

What does it mean to be fully alive? What does God want to communicate from the Cross? Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact is an eye-opening journey that stresses the importance of living life right in the middle of where God is working. The point of impact of any crash is where the most force and change occurs. It is the same way with our relationship with Christ. Christ’s death on the cross was the point of impact that changed the world. The people he impacted were changed by an inevitable crash course that would change the way man would connect with God forever. If you are tired of just existing and want to be “fully alive”, come along with me on this journey of discovery as we seek to live life at the “point of impact”. The core message of Crash is to equip readers with the tools to live a life that functions at “the point of impact” with a personal Savior who wants to give us an abundant life which in turn impacts the people and communities in which we live.

Randy Brown Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingA veteran youth pastor of 28 years, Randy Brown brings life to the Scripture in such a way that every person attending your event senses his deep desire to live life together. The community he desires to build with your leaders is rivaled only by his heart for delivering God’s message. Randy’s heartbeat is investing his life in the hearts and minds of junior high, high school and college students, but there is no doubt his ability to communicate with parents and youth leaders is equally effective.

Creative Programming for Middle & High School Youth (Y)

Creative Programming for Middle and High School Youth

Get out of the boring church box! Get creative! Come fill your ministry basket with a bunch of crazy, fun, creative, out of the box ideas to create fun, laughter, excitement,adventure and memories for you and your kids. You will get a blitzkrieg of off the wall ideas, events, tips, programs and trips to energize your youth group from 35 years of Rollie’s full time youth ministry career.

Rollie Johnson Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingRollie Johnson has worked with youth of all ages for 35 plus years, having served three churches. He is currently a Lay Pastor at First Lutheran Church where he has worked the past 23 years. His current duties include worship leader, preaching and Men’s ministry. Rollie has many interests and passions including; bow hunting, bow building, sewing, flintknapping, and canoe building. His first book, “Paying Attention:Finding God in the Ordinary” has just been published. His second book, a sequel will be coming out spring of 2018.

Engage Your Heart... (YC)

Engage Your Heart: An Approach to Creating Intentional Relationships

How can we connect and relate to kids, students and families on a deeper level? Ho are you using your moments? Where is your energy? Utilizing the Nurtured Heart Approach®, a relationship focused methodology, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to build stronger relationships with the youth and their families that you come in contact with. You’ll leave this workshop with:

  • inspiration to intentionally stay in the moment and seek out greatness in others
  • understanding the importance of relationships in transforming lives of youth
  • reflection on your intentions and if they are aligned with your actions
  • tips on how to communicate greatness of youth with their families
  • tips on how to build inner wealth in the youth that we minister to and connect with
  • ways to provide youth with evidence of the power that youth have in themselves

Nicole Weisz Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingNicole Weisz is currently the Director of Children’s Ministry at Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo. Nicole is a passionate speaker that is eager to inspire others to intentionally see others through the lens of Christ. Nicole was a co-presenter at the Nurtured Heart Approach® Global Summit in New Mexico and presented in 2014 at the Nurtured Heart® Professional Development Summit in Fargo. She has a degree in Special Education, Elementary Education and Reading. Nicole is also an Advanced Trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach®. She has been given the opportunity to share the love of Jesus with many people through her various life experiences: wife, mother, daughter, specialized teacher for 19 years, Sunday school volunteer, Worship Team Member, NHA trainer, mentor, coach and currently Director of Children’s Minsitry.

Games, Games & Games (Y)

Games, Games and Games

Games an important part of getting your crowd moving around and creating shared experiences within your ministry community. Come to this workshop to receive lots of practical ideas for youth group games. We’ll go over a lot and we’ll play a few.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP? I hope the audience will receive some very tangible and practical ideas for games that they can implement in their church immediately.

Tate RandallTate Randall is the Marketing Director for Adventurous Christians. He has been involved in youth camping ministry for nine years. Working at a youth camp, in churches, and out in the wilderness, he’s led games for a variety of groups in a variety of contexts. Sometimes he’s had a good budget to work with, other times he had no budget at all! Bottom line, he loves playing games with youth.

How to Ask Good Questions (YC)

How to Ask Good Questions: Getting beyond yes/no answers with better questions.

What is 1 + 1? Why does 1+1= 2? What are the Differences between these Questions? Get the point; different questions require us to think on different levels. Come discover Blooms Taxonomy and the different cognitive levels of questions that will help your youth to go deeper in their thinking and learning. Asking questions is a skill that we all can develop. Find out how.

Eric Iverson

Eric Iverson is a Twin Cites native and a product of the urban church where he began his ministry service over 34 years ago.  Eric’s youth and children ministry experience includes  over ten years of both full-time and volunteer service in the local church, and numerous roles in the para-church including a Director at Youth Works and the NYWC program team at Youth Specialties, and most recently as student life staff on a college campus.  He has taught and trained nationally over the past two decades, focusing on equipping the church for effective ministry with youth, on short term missions, and toward organizational culture change.  Eric is currently serving as the Executive Director of Youth Leadership, which has been training, equipping and encouraging children, youth and family leaders for over 50 years, and is the proud husband of Judy, and dad of Hope (13) and Isaiah (10).

How to Be Yourself: A Kid-Friendly Key to How Personality Impacts Life and Ministry (YC)

How to Be Yourself: A Kid-Friendly Key to How Personality Impacts Life and Ministry

Ignorance can be hazardous to our relational and ministry effectiveness. Our uniqueness impacts how we perceive and interact with the world, including how and why we lead and serve. Our personalities affect which spiritual practices naturally connect us to God as well as the type and intensity of impact we have while ministering to kids and teenagers. In certain situations our personalities can either clash with or support kids. Come discuss and learn why you do what you do while gaining empathy and ideas for connecting with the teens, children and other leaders who are different from you.

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry training

Over 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in students and their leaders. As the Director of Training at Youth Leadership, Amy plans and implements training events, conferences and their online certification program. She also works as a retail pharmacy technician and an interim youth / children’s director with InterServe Ministries–currently serving at Christ Episcopal Church. For fun, she volunteers on the Ministry Team at Venite Ministries in Minneapolis as a Spiritual Director providing opportunities to notice and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid learner and traveler, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and Korean television shows.

I'm Fine Might Be Fooling You... (YC)

I’m Fine Might Be Fooling You: A look into anxiety and depression.

I’m fine is often a lie, right? We all say it and don’t always mean it. It’s easy to get to a place where we aren’t honest about what we are really experiencing, even with ourselves. We will look at how DENIAL keeps us stuck and how it may pave the way for anxiety and / or depression. The way to healing and hope is a scary one. Most of us think it’s not worth the price. Together we will work through what that is and how to help students navigate through it most effectively.

Loree VeithLoree is the Counseling Director at Bethel Church in Fargo, ND. She works mainly with women, teens, couples and families, helping them find freedom and hope through Jesus Christ. Many people live trapped, hurt and wounded. Loree provides a safe, compassionate and non-judgmental place for people to share, grow and confront lies that have burdened them for too long. She is passionate for people to come to really know God and grow in Him. Loree has a MA in Professional Counseling and BS in Psychology from Liberty University. Loree and her husband, Andy, have 4 grown children and one sweet grandbaby.

Prayer Lab (G)

Prayer Lab

Experiment. Play. Discover. Pray. Explore. Rest.

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The Prayer Lab is open during all workshops. It’s designed specifically for you to personally spend time in God’s presence and experience Him in fresh ways. This quiet, reflective space offers various stations to welcome and creatively guide you in prayer. The Prayer Lab is also intended to foster ideas and practices you can take back home to use in your own life and ministry.

Lab Designers:

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry training

Over 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in students and their leaders. As the Director of Training at Youth Leadership, Amy plans and implements training events, conferences and their online certification program. She also works as a retail pharmacy technician and an interim youth / children’s director with InterServe Ministries–currently serving at Christ Episcopal Church. For fun, she volunteers on the Ministry Team at Venite Ministries in Minneapolis as a Spiritual Director providing opportunities to notice and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid learner and traveler, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and Korean television shows.

Recharge Conference Anna MartinezAnna Martinez has been involved in youth ministry formally and informally since she was a youth herself. She holds a Master’s degree in social work and is completed her certification to be a Spiritual  Director through Christos Center in Lino Lakes. It is her passion to help people connect personally with the God of the universe who loves them. She also loves traveling and savoring time with her diverse family.

Social Media (Y)

Social Media 

The landscape of social media changes almost daily. This training will help you stay on top of the latest trends, use social media platforms to connect with your teens, and coach students to use, but not abuse, social media.

Tony Ducklow Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingTony Ducklow is a ministry entrepreneur based out of Minneapolis. As Director of Creative Programming, he helps train youth leaders and direct Summer Festival Camp–a four-day summer retreat experience focused on sharing Jesus with teenagers. Tony also runs Excited Hippo Creative a youth ministry event and rental company, DJ’s weddings, freelances web designs and co-manages Lock and Key Escape rooms.  When he’s not entrepreneuring, Tony loves playing batman themed video games, traveling with his wife, and volunteering at his church.

*VIEW / PRINT the SCHEDULE*

To plan out your day, view and print the team facilitator guide that includes the workshop schedule.

CEDAR RAPIDS | 2018

Connecting with Difficult Students (Y)

Connecting with Difficult Students

Kids on the fringes of your ministry who need Jesus. Kids you love who push you away. Hurting teens who look for healing in harmful places. We all have difficult teens we’re trying to connect to. In this workshop we’ll look at the profile of a difficult teen, and how to get them to engage with God’s love and grace.

Tim Cryer TreeHouse

Tim Cryer is the Partner Development Manager for TreeHouse Youth Outreach, a faith-based non-profit whose mission is to bring living hope to hurting youth and families leading to life transformation. His role is to develop a network of church and non-profit partners committed to reaching at risk youth in their community. He has over 15 years of youth ministry experience working in Camps, Young Life, Church, and TreeHouse. He has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and works part time for Teen Challenge, providing therapy for men in recovery. He has been married to his wife, Amy, for over 10 years and has two beautiful kids, Carson (7) and Grace(5).

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

5 roadblocks to connecting with difficult kids and 5 ways to overcome those roadblocks

Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact (G)

Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact

What does it mean to be fully alive? What does God want to communicate from the Cross? Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact is an eye-opening journey that stresses the importance of living life right in the middle of where God is working. The point of impact of any crash is where the most force and change occurs. It is the same way with our relationship with Christ. Christ’s death on the cross was the point of impact that changed the world. The people he impacted were changed by an inevitable crash course that would change the way man would connect with God forever. If you are tired of just existing and want to be “fully alive”, come along with me on this journey of discovery as we seek to live life at the “point of impact”. The core message of Crash is to equip readers with the tools to live a life that functions at “the point of impact” with a personal Savior who wants to give us an abundant life which in turn impacts the people and communities in which we live.

Randy Brown Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingA veteran youth pastor of 28 years, Randy Brown brings life to the Scripture in such a way that every person attending your event senses his deep desire to live life together. The community he desires to build with your leaders is rivaled only by his heart for delivering God’s message. Randy’s heartbeat is investing his life in the hearts and minds of junior high, high school and college students, but there is no doubt his ability to communicate with parents and youth leaders is equally effective.

Game On! (Y)

Game On: Using Mixers and Icebreakers to Foster Environments of Spiritual Growth

Icebreaker and mixer games are an important part of getting your crowd moving around and creating shared experiences within your ministry community. Come learn techniques to help you lead games well and get your students fired up, basic theory on why leading games well is essential to effective youth ministry and walk away with 10 games you can lead in your programming tomorrow!

Tony Ducklow Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingTony Ducklow is a ministry entrepreneur based out of Minneapolis. As Director of Creative Programming, he helps train youth leaders and direct Summer Festival Camp–a four-day summer retreat experience focused on sharing Jesus with teenagers. Tony also runs Excited Hippo Creative a youth ministry event and rental company, DJ’s weddings, freelances web designs and co-manages Lock and Key Escape rooms.  When he’s not entrepreneuring, Tony loves playing batman themed video games, traveling with his wife, and volunteering at his church.

How to Ask Good Questions (YC)

How to Ask Good Questions: Getting beyond yes/no answers with better questions.

What is 1 + 1? Why does 1+1= 2? What are the Differences between these Questions? Get the point; different questions require us to think on different levels. Come discover Blooms Taxonomy and the different cognitive levels of questions that will help your youth to go deeper in their thinking and learning. Asking questions is a skill that we all can develop. Find out how.

Eric Iverson

Eric Iverson is a Twin Cites native and a product of the urban church where he began his ministry service over 34 years ago.  Eric’s youth and children ministry experience includes  over ten years of both full-time and volunteer service in the local church, and numerous roles in the para-church including a Director at Youth Works and the NYWC program team at Youth Specialties, and most recently as student life staff on a college campus.  He has taught and trained nationally over the past two decades, focusing on equipping the church for effective ministry with youth, on short term missions, and toward organizational culture change.  Eric is currently serving as the Executive Director of Youth Leadership, which has been training, equipping and encouraging children, youth and family leaders for over 50 years, and is the proud husband of Judy, and dad of Hope (13) and Isaiah (10).

How to Be Yourself: A Kid-Friendly Key to How Personality Impacts Life and Ministry (YC)

How to Be Yourself: A Kid-Friendly Key to How Personality Impacts Life and Ministry

Ignorance can be hazardous to our ministry effectiveness. Our uniqueness impacts how we perceive and interact with the world–including the type and intensity of impact we have ministering to kids and teenagers. Come learn why you do what you do while gaining empathy and ideas for connecting with the teens, children and other leaders who are different from you.

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry training

Over 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in students and their leaders. As the Director of Training at Youth Leadership, Amy plans and implements training events, conferences and their online certification program. She also works as a retail pharmacy technician and an interim youth / children’s director with InterServe Ministries–currently serving at Christ Episcopal Church. For fun, she volunteers on the Ministry Team at Venite Ministries in Minneapolis as a Spiritual Director providing opportunities to notice and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid learner and traveler, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and Korean television shows.

Not All Mentoring Works (Y)

Not All Mentoring Works

Relationships are the most important part of any ministry, but the lastest research shows that the content of those relationships can have an impact on the effectiveness of the mentoring. Here we take an in-depth look at the effective mentoring practices based on years of experience and scientific findings.

Tim Cryer TreeHouse

Tim Cryer is the Partner Development Manager for TreeHouse Youth Outreach, a faith-based non-profit whose mission is to bring living hope to hurting youth and families leading to life transformation. His role is to develop a network of church and non-profit partners committed to reaching at risk youth in their community. He has over 15 years of youth ministry experience working in Camps, Young Life, Church, and TreeHouse. He has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and works part time for Teen Challenge, providing therapy for men in recovery. He has been married to his wife, Amy, for over 10 years and has two beautiful kids, Carson (7) and Grace(5).

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

The audience will learn the power of mentoring and what research says are the five must have elements of effective mentoring.

Prayer Lab (G)

Prayer Lab

Experiment. Play. Discover. Pray. Explore. Rest.

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The Prayer Lab is open during all workshops. It’s designed specifically for you to personally spend time in God’s presence and experience Him in fresh ways. This quiet, reflective space offers various stations to welcome and creatively guide you in prayer. The Prayer Lab is also intended to foster ideas and practices you can take back home to use in your own life and ministry.

Lab Designers:

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry training

Over 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in students and their leaders. As the Director of Training at Youth Leadership, Amy plans and implements training events, conferences and their online certification program. She also works as a retail pharmacy technician and an interim youth / children’s director with InterServe Ministries–currently serving at Christ Episcopal Church. For fun, she volunteers on the Ministry Team at Venite Ministries in Minneapolis as a Spiritual Director providing opportunities to notice and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid learner and traveler, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and Korean television shows.

Recharge Conference Anna MartinezAnna Martinez has been involved in youth ministry formally and informally since she was a youth herself. She holds a Master’s degree in social work and completed her certification to be a Spiritual  Director through Christos Center in Lino Lakes. It is her passion to help people connect personally with the God of the universe who loves them. She also loves traveling and savoring time with her diverse family.

*VIEW / PRINT the SCHEDULE*

To plan out your day, view and print the team facilitator guide that includes the workshop schedule.

More workshops being finalized. (13 total)

DULUTH | 2018

Connecting with Difficult Students (Y)

Connecting with Difficult Students

Kids on the fringes of your ministry who need Jesus. Kids you love who push you away. Hurting teens who look for healing in harmful places. We all have difficult teens we’re trying to connect to. In this workshop we’ll look at the profile of a difficult teen, and how to get them to engage with God’s love and grace.

Nick Frenzen TreeHouse

Nick Frenzen has nearly 14 years of experience working with teenagers, staff, leaders and partners at TreeHouse. He served as a Youth Outreach Associate and Area Director at the New Hope TreeHouse for 10 years and now works as the Partner Training Manager to Partner locations. Frenzen’s work at TreeHouse employs his passion for teens, along with a proven ability to create, execute and rally others around plans for growth. He and his wife Shanna reside in Crystal, MN with their two children

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

5 roadblocks to connecting with difficult kids and 5 ways to overcome those roadblocks

Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact (G)

Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact

What does it mean to be fully alive? What does God want to communicate from the Cross? Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact is an eye-opening journey that stresses the importance of living life right in the middle of where God is working. The point of impact of any crash is where the most force and change occurs. It is the same way with our relationship with Christ. Christ’s death on the cross was the point of impact that changed the world. The people he impacted were changed by an inevitable crash course that would change the way man would connect with God forever. If you are tired of just existing and want to be “fully alive”, come along with me on this journey of discovery as we seek to live life at the “point of impact”. The core message of Crash is to equip readers with the tools to live a life that functions at “the point of impact” with a personal Savior who wants to give us an abundant life which in turn impacts the people and communities in which we live.

Randy Brown Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingA veteran youth pastor of 28 years, Randy Brown brings life to the Scripture in such a way that every person attending your event senses his deep desire to live life together. The community he desires to build with your leaders is rivaled only by his heart for delivering God’s message. Randy’s heartbeat is investing his life in the hearts and minds of junior high, high school and college students, but there is no doubt his ability to communicate with parents and youth leaders is equally effective.

Creating a Culture Where Darkness Comes to Light (Y)

Creating a Culture Where Darkness Comes to Light

The world is changing. Suicide rates are climbing; relationships are plummeting. Shame runs rampant. More than ever we have to intentionally create a safe environment where teens from all walks of life can be confident in bringing their darkest paint to light to find hope and healing.

Scott Volltrauer TreeHouse

Scott Volltrauer is the Content Managaer at TreeHouse. He has been mentoring and teaching teens, their parents and youth workers since the 1980s.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

What the barriers are to creating a culture of vulnerability and how to implement change to develop honesty and openness in your ministry.

Finding & Keeping Volunteers--Including You! (YC)

Finding & Keeping Volunteers–Including You!

We all know the challenge of finding, inspiring and retaining volunteers. What are some key factors that get people on board, in the right seat, and committed to the destination? The answers might surprise you. If you yourself are a volunteer, how can you feel even more committed to your call? Based on her 15 years of experience in finding, training, and sustaining staff and volunteers who have done exciting things for the Kingdom, Molly will share some key principles that have succeeded. Participants will also share their own ideas and experience.

Molly WeinrichPastor Molly (Juntunen) Weinrich served for seven years as a teaching pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines, Iowa, one of the largest congregations in the Midwest. She oversaw the development, launch, hiring and support for Hope’s satellite congregations, supervised internship programs, trained hundreds of volunteers, taught frequently in West Africa and now speaks and preaches at retreats, conferences, and workshops. Molly and her husband Cory recently moved back to her beloved hometown of Duluth where she is a coffee-drinking homeschool mom to their three young children.

Games, Games & Games (Y)

Games, Games and Games

Games an important part of getting your crowd moving around and creating shared experiences within your ministry community. Come to this workshop to receive lots of practical ideas for youth group games. We’ll go over a lot and we’ll play a few.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP? I hope the audience will receive some very tangible and practical ideas for games that they can implement in their church immediately.

Tate RandallTate Randall is the Marketing Director for Adventurous Christians. He has been involved in youth camping ministry for nine years. Working at a youth camp, in churches, and out in the wilderness, he’s led games for a variety of groups in a variety of contexts. Sometimes he’s had a good budget to work with, other times he had no budget at all! Bottom line, he loves playing games with youth.

How to Ask Good Questions (YC)

How to Ask Good Questions: Getting beyond yes/no answers with better questions.

What is 1 + 1? Why does 1+1= 2? What are the Differences between these Questions? Get the point; different questions require us to think on different levels. Come discover Blooms Taxonomy and the different cognitive levels of questions that will help your youth to go deeper in their thinking and learning. Asking questions is a skill that we all can develop. Find out how.

Eric Iverson

Eric Iverson is a Twin Cites native and a product of the urban church where he began his ministry service over 34 years ago.  Eric’s youth and children ministry experience includes  over ten years of both full-time and volunteer service in the local church, and numerous roles in the para-church including a Director at Youth Works and the NYWC program team at Youth Specialties, and most recently as student life staff on a college campus.  He has taught and trained nationally over the past two decades, focusing on equipping the church for effective ministry with youth, on short term missions, and toward organizational culture change.  Eric is currently serving as the Executive Director of Youth Leadership, which has been training, equipping and encouraging children, youth and family leaders for over 50 years, and is the proud husband of Judy, and dad of Hope (13) and Isaiah (10).

How to Be Yourself: A Kid-Friendly Key to How Personality Impacts Life and Ministry (YC)

How to Be Yourself: A Kid-Friendly Key to How Personality Impacts Life and Ministry

Ignorance can be hazardous to our relational and ministry effectiveness. Our uniqueness impacts how we perceive and interact with the world, including how and why we lead and serve. Our personalities affect which spiritual practices naturally connect us to God as well as the type and intensity of impact we have while ministering to kids and teenagers. In certain situations our personalities can either clash with or support kids. Come discuss and learn why you do what you do while gaining empathy and ideas for connecting with the teens, children and other leaders who are different from you.

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry training

Over 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in students and their leaders. As the Director of Training at Youth Leadership, Amy plans and implements training events, conferences and their online certification program. She also works as a retail pharmacy technician and an interim youth / children’s director with InterServe Ministries–currently serving at Christ Episcopal Church. For fun, she volunteers on the Ministry Team at Venite Ministries in Minneapolis as a Spiritual Director providing opportunities to notice and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid learner and traveler, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and Korean television shows.

Inter-Generational Ministry (YC)

Intergenerational Ministry: The Why and How

Explore the concept of intergenerational ministry, and discover why gathering multiple generations together to learn, worship, serve and build relationships is important for faith development and church growth. Includes time for planning practical ways to become more intergenerational.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP? A broader understanding of why intergenerational ministry is vital to congregations and ways to adapt current ministries in your church and introduce some new ideas as well.

Lisa McPhersonLisa McPherson has been a Training Leader for GenOn Ministries for 16+ years and has served as Children, Youth and Family Director for several congregations for over 20 years. Lisa truly believes that the cross-generational sharing of faith and life-experiences is what nurtures life-long disciples and brings energy and vitality to the whole congregation and she is excited to share ways to make that happen in your congregation!

Prayer Lab (G)

Prayer Lab

Experiment. Play. Discover. Pray. Explore. Rest.

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The Prayer Lab is open during all workshops. It’s designed specifically for you to personally spend time in God’s presence and experience Him in fresh ways. This quiet, reflective space offers various stations to welcome and creatively guide you in prayer. The Prayer Lab is also intended to foster ideas and practices you can take back home to use in your own life and ministry.

Lab Designers:

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry training

Over 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in students and their leaders. As the Director of Training at Youth Leadership, Amy plans and implements training events, conferences and their online certification program. She also works as a retail pharmacy technician and an interim youth / children’s director with InterServe Ministries–currently serving at Christ Episcopal Church. For fun, she volunteers on the Ministry Team at Venite Ministries in Minneapolis as a Spiritual Director providing opportunities to notice and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid learner and traveler, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and Korean television shows.

Recharge Conference Anna MartinezAnna Martinez has been involved in youth ministry formally and informally since she was a youth herself. She holds a Master’s degree in social work and completed her certification to be a Spiritual  Director through Christos Center in Lino Lakes. It is her passion to help people connect personally with the God of the universe who loves them. She also loves traveling and savoring time with her diverse family.

The Power of Surrounding & Blessing Students (Y)

The Power of Surrounding & Blessing Students

In this workshop, youth leaders and volunteers will be given practical ideas and a vision for how to surround their students with a team of people. This team supports and blesses studens in faith, identity and purpose. We will discuss what a “blessing” is, and how you do it in a way that encourages children and youth to be grounded in scripture and their identity found in Christ. The presenter will also share how his program “Encircled” provides opportunity for each of these steps.

Ben Bevis EncircledBen Bevis is a Minnesota native married to wife Sara, and has three amazing kids. He has worked with students for over 24 years through camp ministry, at-risk teen ministry and church ministry. He learned teenagers desire to be surrounded by people who understand, love, support and walk alongside them as they live out their vision for the future. That’s why Ben created the program called Encircled which is designed to help youth discover God’s vision for their life, invite and connect them with their network of support, and launch into the future.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

A renewed vision for how to bless their students in faith, identity and purpose. Practical ideas and tools on how to apply the concepts in their own youth group, Sunday School class or small group.

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FOX CITIES | 2018

Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact (G)

Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact

What does it mean to be fully alive? What does God want to communicate from the Cross? Crash: Living Life at the Point of Impact is an eye-opening journey that stresses the importance of living life right in the middle of where God is working. The point of impact of any crash is where the most force and change occurs. It is the same way with our relationship with Christ. Christ’s death on the cross was the point of impact that changed the world. The people he impacted were changed by an inevitable crash course that would change the way man would connect with God forever. If you are tired of just existing and want to be “fully alive”, come along with me on this journey of discovery as we seek to live life at the “point of impact”. The core message of Crash is to equip readers with the tools to live a life that functions at “the point of impact” with a personal Savior who wants to give us an abundant life which in turn impacts the people and communities in which we live.

Randy Brown Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingA veteran youth pastor of 28 years, Randy Brown brings life to the Scripture in such a way that every person attending your event senses his deep desire to live life together. The community he desires to build with your leaders is rivaled only by his heart for delivering God’s message. Randy’s heartbeat is investing his life in the hearts and minds of junior high, high school and college students, but there is no doubt his ability to communicate with parents and youth leaders is equally effective.

Creating a Culture Where Darkness Comes to Light (Y)

Creating a Culture Where Darkness Comes to Light

The world is changing. Suicide rates are climbing; relationships are plummeting. Shame runs rampant. More than ever we have to intentionally create a safe environment where teens from all walks of life can be confident in bringing their darkest paint to light to find hope and healing.

Tim Cryer TreeHouse

Tim Cryer is the Partner Development Manager for TreeHouse Youth Outreach, a faith-based non-profit whose mission is to bring living hope to hurting youth and families leading to life transformation. His role is to develop a network of church and non-profit partners committed to reaching at risk youth in their community. He has over 15 years of youth ministry experience working in Camps, Young Life, Church, and TreeHouse. He has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and works part time for Teen Challenge, providing therapy for men in recovery. He has been married to his wife, Amy, for over 10 years and has two beautiful kids, Carson (7) and Grace(5).

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

What the barriers are to creating a culture of vulnerability and how to implement change to develop honesty and openness in your ministry.

Discipline that Connects - Improv (C)

Discipline that Connects – IMPROV!

See in real time how to apply four key principles of God’s grace and truth to your youth and children’s ministry behavior challenges. This energizing, entertaining workshop is great for ministry staff who encounter difficult behavior challenges from struggling kids. After a brief review of the Connected Families Framework, insightful solutions come to life (and laughter) in the form of “improv” skits developed from the hot-button discipline challenges that ministry staff bring to the workshop. A great combination of inspiration, practical learning and fun!

Chad Hayenga Recharge conference children's youth ministry training

Chad Hayenga has spent over 20 years ministering to teens and families as a Licensed
Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Life Coach, and speaker. He has also been married for 24 years and has three daughters. Chad loves asking great questions, bringing God’s grace and truth to life, and helping parents and ministry staff have “aha moments” in coaching sessions and workshops. He has helped thousands of parents and ministry staff learn to be more peaceful, purposeful, and confident.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

The audience will receive practical tools they can use immediately for working with struggling, misbehaving kids.

Game On! (Y)

Game On: Using Mixers and Icebreakers to Foster Environments of Spiritual Growth

Icebreaker and mixer games are an important part of getting your crowd moving around and creating shared experiences within your ministry community. Come learn techniques to help you lead games well and get your students fired up, basic theory on why leading games well is essential to effective youth ministry and walk away with 10 games you can lead in your programming tomorrow!

Tony Ducklow Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingTony Ducklow is a ministry entrepreneur based out of Minneapolis. As Director of Creative Programming, he helps train youth leaders and direct Summer Festival Camp–a four-day summer retreat experience focused on sharing Jesus with teenagers. Tony also runs Excited Hippo Creative a youth ministry event and rental company, DJ’s weddings, freelances web designs and co-manages Lock and Key Escape rooms.  When he’s not entrepreneuring, Tony loves playing batman themed video games, traveling with his wife, and volunteering at his church.

How To Ask Good Questions (YC)

How to Ask Good Questions: Getting beyond yes/no answers with better questions.

What is 1 + 1? Why does 1+1= 2? What are the Differences between these Questions? Get the point; different questions require us to think on different levels. Come discover Blooms Taxonomy and the different cognitive levels of questions that will help your youth to go deeper in their thinking and learning. Asking questions is a skill that we all can develop. Find out how.

Eric Iverson

Eric Iverson is a Twin Cites native and a product of the urban church where he began his ministry service over 34 years ago.  Eric’s youth and children ministry experience includes  over ten years of both full-time and volunteer service in the local church, and numerous roles in the para-church including a Director at Youth Works and the NYWC program team at Youth Specialties, and most recently as student life staff on a college campus.  He has taught and trained nationally over the past two decades, focusing on equipping the church for effective ministry with youth, on short term missions, and toward organizational culture change.  Eric is currently serving as the Executive Director of Youth Leadership, which has been training, equipping and encouraging children, youth and family leaders for over 50 years, and is the proud husband of Judy, and dad of Hope (13) and Isaiah (10).

How to Be Yourself: A Kid-Friendly Key to How Personality Impacts Life and Ministry (YC)

How to Be Yourself: A Kid-Friendly Key to How Personality Impacts Life and Ministry

Ignorance can be hazardous to our relational and ministry effectiveness. Our uniqueness impacts how we perceive and interact with the world, including how and why we lead and serve. Our personalities affect which spiritual practices naturally connect us to God as well as the type and intensity of impact we have while ministering to kids and teenagers. In certain situations our personalities can either clash with or support kids. Come discuss and learn why you do what you do while gaining empathy and ideas for connecting with the teens, children and other leaders who are different from you.

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry training

Over 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in students and their leaders. As the Director of Training at Youth Leadership, Amy plans and implements training events, conferences and their online certification program. She also works as a retail pharmacy technician and an interim youth / children’s director with InterServe Ministries–currently serving at Christ Episcopal Church. For fun, she volunteers on the Ministry Team at Venite Ministries in Minneapolis as a Spiritual Director providing opportunities to notice and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid learner and traveler, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and Korean television shows.

How to Clean Up Messy Relationships (YC)

How to Clean Up Messy Relationships

Conflict is a guarantee when working with kids or teenagers. I’m sorry if your relationships are messy. I’m also sorry if you don’t know how to handle conflict. But you won’t be sorry that you attended this workshop that will help you handle conflict in a God honoring way. It will also help you to be able to help others resolve their conflicts.

Nathan Stenholtz Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingNate “N8” Stenholtz is the Family Life Pastor at Oakwood Church in Hartland, WI. For over 20 years Nate has invested his life into encouraging parents, volunteers, staff and students! His heart and passion is to encourage and equip anyone who is willing to energize the next generation to Love God, Love People and make Disciple Makers. Nate is married to Kristin and currently has 2 middle school students living in his home.

How to Read the Bible with Teenagers (Y)

How to Read the Bible with Teenagers

In this seminar Frank will give you very practical examples on how to get the most out of your time when you are studying God’s Word with your teens.

Born and raised in Tampa, FL, Frank Gil is a first generation american from Cuban immigrants. Jesus saved him at 17 while on a mission trip. God is funny like that. He went to Trinity College of Florida and got a degree in Pastoral Ministry. Started doing Youth Ministry at 19 and is currently the Student Ministries Pastor of FUSE Student Ministries at Epikos Church in Milwaukee, WI and it is dope! Frank is married, has zero kids, a dog named Grace, and a beard.

Prayer Lab (G)

Prayer Lab

Experiment. Play. Discover. Pray. Explore. Rest.

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The Prayer Lab is open during all workshops. It’s designed specifically for you to personally spend time in God’s presence and experience Him in fresh ways. This quiet, reflective space offers various stations to welcome and creatively guide you in prayer. The Prayer Lab is also intended to foster ideas and practices you can take back home to use in your own life and ministry.

Lab Designers:

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry training

Over 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in students and their leaders. As the Director of Training at Youth Leadership, Amy plans and implements training events, conferences and their online certification program. She also works as a retail pharmacy technician and an interim youth / children’s director with InterServe Ministries–currently serving at Christ Episcopal Church. For fun, she volunteers on the Ministry Team at Venite Ministries in Minneapolis as a Spiritual Director providing opportunities to notice and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid learner and traveler, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and Korean television shows.

Recharge Conference Anna MartinezAnna Martinez has been involved in youth ministry formally and informally since she was a youth herself. She holds a Master’s degree in social work and completed her certification to be a Spiritual  Director through Christos Center in Lino Lakes. It is her passion to help people connect personally with the God of the universe who loves them. She also loves traveling and savoring time with her diverse family.

The Secret Sauce to being a great Sunday School Teacher or A Small Group Leader (YC)

The Secret Sauce to Being a Great Sunday School Teacher or a Small Group Leader

In this workshop we will discover 5 skills that made Jesus a different kind of communicator.  Anyone who apply these five basic, but critically foundational elements of excellent teaching will energize their (teaching, small group, VBS, discipleship meetings and Bible studies.)

Nathan Stenholtz Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingNate “N8” Stenholtz is the Family Life Pastor at Oakwood Church in Hartland, WI. For over 20 years Nate has invested his life into encouraging parents, volunteers, staff and students! His heart and passion is to encourage and equip anyone who is willing to energize the next generation to Love God, Love People and make Disciple Makers. Nate is married to Kristin and currently has 2 middle school students living in his home.

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TWIN CITIES | 2018

10+ Years in Ministry: Now What? (YC)

10+ Years in Ministry: Now What?

More than just whether to stay or go, what questions can ministry leaders be asking in this more “seasoned” season of ministry? If you’ve been in ministry leadership for 10 years or more, or perhaps this is not your first (or even your 10th) Recharge rodeo, this workshop is for you. Let’s help each other stay on top of our games so that we can stay in ministry for as long as God has us here.

Kara Stromberg Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingKara Stromberg serves as the Director of Children & Family Ministry for the Northwest Conference, working regionally with ministry leaders in Covenant churches. Having served churches in youth, children’s, volunteer, and interim pastor roles, Kara understands the unique challenges of both paid and volunteer ministry staff, and is excited for the opportunity to train and equip ministry leaders here at Recharge.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

Seasoned ministry leaders will be encouraged to think creatively about transitioning into veteran ministry leader status. Participants will leave with spiritual, missional, and practical tips for staying fresh and relevant in ministry.

Anxious Kids, Anxious Families; Helping calm the Anxiety Storm (YC)

Anxious Kids, Anxious Families; Helping calm the Anxiety Storm

Learn how to lead kids, teens and family systems experiencing anxiety by staying in your role, setting good boundaries and avoiding some of the pitfalls that may actually reinforce anxious behaviors.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

  • Participants will understand anxiety symptoms, family systems impact on anxiety, cultural stress, and how to support people in your faith communities.
  • Definition of triangulation and how families and couples seek leaders/friends/others to decrease their own anxiety. Discussion on avoiding triangulation and inviting others to remain in leadership of their own lives.
  • Ways that ministry leaders can serve and help individuals and families struggling with anxiety.

Emilee RodriguezEmilee Rodriguez is a Licensed Associate of Marriage and Family Therapy. She is passionate about healthy churches and pastoral families and specializes in helping individuals and families stuck in conflict see new choices and paths out of suffering.

 

Matt MeyersMathew Meyers is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and co-owner of Traverse Counseling & Consulting. In Matt’s previous vocation he served as a youth minister for 11 years. In addition to being a therapist Matt is also an Associate with Peer Ministry Leadership, training faith communities in “good samraitan leadership”.

Cracking the Code of Youth Substance Use (Y)

Cracking the Code of Youth Substance Use

Education goes beyond the classroom. We want to equip parents and community members with signs to look for and the resources that are available to them if someone they know is in need of help.

Sadie Holland MN Teen ChallengeSadie Holland is the Coordinator of Know the Truth, a substance use prevention program of MN Adult & Teen Challenge. Know the Truth speaks to schools around the state offering prevention presentations to more than 160 schools totaling more than 50,000 students annually. Beyond the classroom, Sadie serves on many coalitions as a Certified Prevention Professional and facilitates large community education events on topics surrounding youth substance use.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION?

After hearing our presentation, the audience members will gain new perspective on youth substance use, hear personal stories of addiction, see statistical data from our program results, and have a new understanding of signs to look for in youth who may be suffering.

Creating a Culture Where Darkness Comes to Light (Y)

Creating a Culture Where Darkness Comes to Light

The world is changing. Suicide rates are climbing; relationships are plummeting. Shame runs rampant. More than ever we have to intentionally create a safe environment where teens from all walks of life can be confident in bringing their darkest paint to light to find hope and healing.

Tim Cryer TreeHouse

Tim Cryer is the Partner Development Manager for TreeHouse Youth Outreach, a faith-based non-profit whose mission is to bring living hope to hurting youth and families leading to life transformation. His role is to develop a network of church and non-profit partners committed to reaching at risk youth in their community. He has over 15 years of youth ministry experience working in Camps, Young Life, Church, and TreeHouse. He has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy and works part time for Teen Challenge, providing therapy for men in recovery. He has been married to his wife, Amy, for over 10 years and has two beautiful kids, Carson (7) and Grace(5).

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

What the barriers are to creating a culture of vulnerability and how to implement change to develop honesty and openness in your ministry.

Creating Ministry ... for Families with Special Needs (YC)

Creating Ministry Opportunities & Space for Families with Special Needs

In this workshop participants will gain understanding in creating safe ministry environments, develop skills to serve families, and learn what stresses and challenges families face as they navigate being impacted by special needs.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

  • Feeling equipped to minister to kids and youth who have special needs
  • Understanding how ministry environments can be modified to help special needs ministry succeed
  • The importance of ministry to the entire family of a kid or youth with special needs

Holly MillerHolly Miller has 20+ years of ministry experience at the local church level as well as in non profit leadership. Her passion is empowering ministry teams, developing ministry leaders, equipping ministry volunteers and shepherding families to grow in Christ together. She is currently the Director of Children’s and Family Ministry at New Hope Church.

Developing Media Best Practices for Kids, Tweens, Teens & Families (YC)

Developing Media Best Practices for Kids, Tweens, Teens, and Families

Phones on or off? Should you text students or just their parents? And just how early do kids get their first tablet? If you’re trying to keep up with the media landscape, this session is for you! Dawn will review current research and walk you through a process to assess your ministry’s current media practices so you can develop a framework for deliberate, meaningful media usage. She’ll share fresh ideas and usable tools throughout the session.

Dawn Rundman Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingDawn Rundman holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and develops faith formation resources for kids, youth, and families at 1517 Media. She just started a new position within the Augsburg Fortress publishing unit as Director of Faith Formation Resources and Assistant Director of ELCA Relations. Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her prom date/husband Jonathan and their two kids.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

Working knowledge of a few media studies they’ll want to follow up on PLUS actionable steps to look more closely at their church’s media practices and to make changes where needed. (benefit most: Youth Ministry staff and volunteers)

Developing a Multi-Ethnic & Reconciling Ministry (G)

Developing a Multi-ethnic and Reconciling Ministry

We are called to equip children, youth, and families in an ever-increasing diverse and divided reality. This workshop explores a practical theology and strategies for a multi-ethnic approach to ministry.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP? Practical principles for a healthy spiritual life and tools for an empowering and transforming ministry.

Efrem SmithEfrem Smith is an internationally recognized speaker and author. He is the Co-lead Pastor of Bayside Church Midtown, an urban and multi-ethnic community in the heart of Sacramento, CA. He has a MA in Theology from Luther Theological Seminary and an honorary Doctor of Ministry degree from Ashland Theological Seminary. Currently he is working on a Doctor of Ministry degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. Efrem is the author of Raising Up Young Heroes, The Hip Hop Church, The Post-Black and Post-White Church, and Killing Us Softly. He is married to Donecia and has two daughters, Jaeda and Mireya.

Effective Programming for Middle School Ministry: Chaos & Structure (Y)

Effective Programming for Middle School Ministry: Celebrating Chaos & Implementing Structure

The stereotype of middle school ministries comes in one phrase: out of control! The label is understandable when you think of the chaotic combination of hormones, drama, and energy. Is it possible to have chaotic fun and structure? Absolutely! We’ll look at creative and effective programming for middle schoolers– activities that will leave your students wanting more. Plus, we’ll introduce simple and essential guidelines that will allow you to retain your volunteers, parents’ respect, and personal sanity!

Heather Flies Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingHeather Flies is in her 21st year as the Junior High Pastor at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie. She LOVES students and people in general! Outside the walls of Wooddale, Heather spends a great deal of time and energy as a communicator. During the school year, she is invited into local Junior High Schools to speak on abstinence, self-esteem, and other current issues. She also encourages women in all seasons of life, trains youth workers, and helps parents understand how to love their teenagers well. In addition, Heather authored I Want to Talk to My Teen About Girl Stuff , a book for parents and her book for teenagers That’s What She Said/That’s What He Said.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

A love for middle schoolers, practical ideas for ministry, encouragement for their ministry

Emerging Adult Ministry 101 (Y)

Emerging Adult Ministry – 101

We have all read the negative statistics about young adults leaving the church. As youth workers, we must understand what happens after our students graduate from youth group, and how we can make our communities safe, welcoming, and attractive to emerging adults. In this workshop, you will gain an understanding of characteristics and challenges of emerging adulthood (18-28 year olds). We will then explore the basics of ministering to the needs of emerging adults, and help you cultivate a vision for what EA ministry could look like in your church setting. My goal is that you will leave this workshop knowing your next steps towards realizing your vision.

Dr. G. David Boyd Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingDr. G. David Boyd is a regular writer, collector of Marvel Comics, an avid gamer, a radical follower of Jesus Christ, a father of three boys, and a husband for 17 years. David is the Managing Director of EA Resources, a faith-based non-profit organization that is dedicated to equipping parents and churches to understand emerging adulthood (18-25 year olds). He is also the Founder of the EA Network, a network that exists to connect those who minister to the needs of emerging adults from a faith perspective. You can connect with David on Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, Instagram, or drop him a note at gdavid@earesources.org.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

My goal is that you will leave this workshop knowing your next steps towards realizing your vision for ministering to Emerging Adults.

Games, Games & Games (Y)

Games, Games and Games

Games an important part of getting your crowd moving around and creating shared experiences within your ministry community. Come to this workshop to receive lots of practical ideas for youth group games. We’ll go over a lot and we’ll play a few.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP? I hope the audience will receive some very tangible and practical ideas for games that they can implement in their church immediately.

Tate RandallTate Randall is the Marketing Director for Adventurous Christians. He has been involved in youth camping ministry for nine years. Working at a youth camp, in churches, and out in the wilderness, he’s led games for a variety of groups in a variety of contexts. Sometimes he’s had a good budget to work with, other times he had no budget at all! Bottom line, he loves playing games with youth.

Heating up Your Spiritual Life (G)

Heating Up Your Spiritual Life 

As leaders in the church there is a certain amount of pressure to have a healthy spiritual life, but even awesome people like YOU sometimes need a little encouragement and support in your relationship with God. In this session, Joelle will share some inspirational and practical ideas for heating up your spiritual life.

Joelle Hassler Recharge ConferenceJoelle Hassler is in her 18th year of youth ministry and has served at a variety of churches in the urban and suburban setting. For the past 4 years she has served as the Teaching Pastor for the middle school students at Eagle Brook Church. Joelle has been married to her husband, Adam for 13 years and has two children, Ryan (8) and Hannah (5).

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

That they will commit to two practices that will heat up their spiritual life.

TWIN CITIES | 2018 continued...

How to Build a Bag of Tricks (Y)

How to Build a Bag of Tricks

Every person who works with youth needs a bag of tricks. It is partly in your head but those who are well versed have an actual physical bag of tricks. It is the props, toys, equipment, books, notes, paraphernalia that help one lead talks, games, activities and all that go into youth ministry. In this workshop you will learn how to build or add to your bag of tricks. Both newbies and veterans are welcome, come learn and share!

Karen McKinney Recharge conference children's youth ministry training

Rev. Dr. Karen McKinney is Associate Professor of Practical Theology at Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota. A native Minnesotan raised in Minneapolis, she is a Bush Fellow. Her education includes a BA in English, from the University of MN,  an M-Div from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MS in Experiential Education from Mankato State University, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She has been a youth pastor, youth leadership training specialist, youth chaplain, training consultant and adult trainer. As experiential educator she has experience in service-learning, crafting simulations, outdoor based programs, and leadership development. Her approach is holistic. She is ordained in the American Baptist and National Baptist Convention Inc., USA Denominations.

 

 

Impact Parenting: Get Parents on Board... (YC)

Impact Parenting: Get Parents on Board For Ministry at Home (But Make Them Think it Was Their Idea)

We all know that parents/caregivers are the most important influencer of faith in the life of a child. Most parents, however, need to be reminded of this influence. Monty will model a short parent “fire up” session that will get parents on board for ministry at home, and will serve as an effective take-away session professional/lay leaders can use back in their own congregations.

Monty LysneMonty Lysne has been knee-deep in Children Youth and Family Ministry for over 25 years and is currently the Coordinator of Middle School Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater, MN. He recently returned to Minnesota after spending three years working as a trainer for the Lutheran Church of Australia and as Director of Discipleship Ministry at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Loxton, South Australia. He spent fifteen years as National Director of Youth and Family Ministries at Faith Inkubators in Stillwater, where he designed materials and trained pastors and lay workers in more effective, parent-involved forms of youth and family ministry. He has been married for 24 years to his wonderful wife Tracy, and has four daughters, Mya, 16, Morgan, 13, Molly, 11 and Mirra, 11. Life at home is usually very loud.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

Parent and caregivers will leave encouraged and equipped for faith talk at home. Professional church staff and lay leaders will leave with a complete session of PowerPoint slides to plug-in to their own setting to encourage parents in their congregations.

Inter-Generational Ministry (YC)

Intergenerational Ministry: The Why and How

Explore the concept of intergenerational ministry, and discover why gathering multiple generations together to learn, worship, serve and build relationships is important for faith development and church growth. Includes time for planning practical ways to become more intergenerational.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP? A broader understanding of why intergenerational ministry is vital to congregations and ways to adapt current ministries in your church and introduce some new ideas as well.

Lisa McPhersonLisa McPherson has been a Training Leader for GenOn Ministries for 16+ years and has served as Children, Youth and Family Director for several congregations for over 20 years. Lisa truly believes that the cross-generational sharing of faith and life-experiences is what nurtures life-long disciples and brings energy and vitality to the whole congregation and she is excited to share ways to make that happen in your congregation!

Masterpiece in the Making (G)

Masterpiece In The Making

We have each been given unique gifts and passions that make us who we are. As a masterpiece, we are created with intention and purpose. The power of our ministry is depleted when we fail to find our unique voice in ministry. When we flourish we are able to help those around us experience the fullness of life. Discover the life God is calling you into by exploring the gifts and passions He has equipped you with.

Cesar CastillejosCesar Castillejos is currently serving students and families in Richfield, MN through a collaboration with Young Life and Hope Church. He serves as the Young Life area director and the Minister for Preaching and Presence at Hope Church. Cesar also owns One of One Clothing Company, a mission-focused business that uses creativity to spotlight the uniqueness of every individual. Cesar lives in Richfield, with his wife Kate and two daughters, Caliah and Cora.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

I hope they will walk away with a greater understanding of themselves and the gifts and talents that they have to offer the kingdom. I want to leave them encouraged, empowered, and motivated to give their whole-selves to their ministry. I hope the walk away with a renewed sense of calling and new ideas to pursue.

Millennial Parent Deep Dive (YC)

Millennial Parent Deep Dive

Studies about millennials are in the news, but not as many researchers are examining the parenting practices of millennials and how they may affect the ways their children are raised in faith. In this session Dawn will present current research on millennial parents, how they view parenting, and ways to align ministry with their needs.

Dawn Rundman Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingDawn Rundman holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and develops faith formation resources for kids, youth, and families at 1517 Media. She just started a new position within the Augsburg Fortress publishing unit as Director of Faith Formation Resources and Assistant Director of ELCA Relations. Dawn lives in the Twin Cities with her prom date/husband Jonathan and their two kids.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

Basic familiarity with a few studies on millennial parents, insights into how they can work more effectively with millennial parents, and a deeper understanding of their needs. (benefit most: children’s ministry staff and volunteers)

Ministering to Middle Schoolers: Waffles or Spaghetti... (Y)

Ministering to Middle Schoolers: Waffles, Spaghetti or both?

It’s said that guys are like waffles and girls are like spaghetti—two elements that don’t seem to go well together. Many youth ministers are overwhelmed as they look out at a room filled with middle school girls and guys. How do you keep the guys engaged without frustrating the girls? How do you talk about feelings without the guys resorting to arm pit noises? How in the world do you honor both genders when they are so different? Drawing from 20 years of experience with middle school only, Heather will offer practical ideas on middle school programming, teaching, activities and relationships.

Heather Flies Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingHeather Flies is in her 21st year as the Junior High Pastor at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie. She LOVES students and people in general! Outside the walls of Wooddale, Heather spends a great deal of time and energy as a communicator. During the school year, she is invited into local Junior High Schools to speak on abstinence, self-esteem, and other current issues. She also encourages women in all seasons of life, trains youth workers, and helps parents understand how to love their teenagers well. In addition, Heather authored I Want to Talk to My Teen About Girl Stuff , a book for parents and her book for teenagers That’s What She Said/That’s What He Said.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

A love for middle schoolers, practical ideas for ministry, encouragement for their ministry

Prayer Lab (G)

Prayer Lab

Experiment. Play. Discover. Pray. Explore. Rest.

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The Prayer Lab is open during all workshops. It’s designed specifically for you to personally spend time in God’s presence and experience Him in fresh ways. This quiet, reflective space offers various stations to welcome and creatively guide you in prayer. The Prayer Lab is also intended to foster ideas and practices you can take back home to use in your own life and ministry.

Lab Designers:

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry training

Over 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in students and their leaders. As the Director of Training at Youth Leadership, Amy plans and implements training events, conferences and their online certification program. In addition, she also works with InterServe Ministries at White Bear Lake UMC as the Interim Director of Youth. In her free time she serves on the Ministry Team at Venite Ministries in Minneapolis as a Spiritual Director providing opportunties to notice and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and Korean television shows.

Recharge Conference Anna MartinezAnna Martinez has been involved in youth ministry formally and informally since she was a youth herself. She holds a Master’s degree in social work and is currently working on certification to be a Spiritual  Director through Christos Center in Lino Lakes. It is her passion to help people connect personally with the God of the universe who loves them. She also loves traveling and savoring time with her diverse family.

Spending One-on-One Time with Students (Y)

How to Drink Coffee: An Expert Beginner’s Guide To Spending One-On-One Time With A Student

We all love the idea of spending time with a student. Sitting down at a local coffee shop and diving deep into issues of faith and life is a youth leader’s dream… until we get there and we’re not sure what to ask and it suddenly feels like a nightmare. How do we make time spent with students friendly, but also productive, without being formulaic? This workshop will give you tools and tips for improving the quality of your quality time with students.

Luke TroutenLuke Trouten has been the Youth Pastor at Northwood church in Maple Grove for over ten years. He spends his time coming up with new ways to invite teens into the satisfying life God offers. He says yes to Jesus-style adventure, enjoying wilderness trips, regular work with refugees in Kenya, and recently completing a solo bike ride across the United States.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

Practical ideas and a boost of confidence for spending one on one time with a student building relationship.

Problem-Based Learning & Faith Formation (Y)

Using Problem-Based Learning in Student Faith Formation

Teenagers want to engage in conversations about faith. Problem-based learning helps leaders tap into the real questions students have.
Problem-based learning takes the pressure off of leaders to have all the answers. Problem-based learning is a unique approach to real, lasting faith formation. Sparkhouse Senior Director of Development and Product Design, Carla Barnhill, shows you how this innovative approach taps into student’s real faith questions and equips them to search for lasting answers.

Carla Barnhill is a former editor at Campus Life magazine, and has written for youth and families for more than 20 years. She is the Senior Director of Development and Product Design at Sparkhouse, and the mother of three really great kids.

Sustainable Ministry Best Practices (C)

Sustainable Ministry Best Practices: Tips and Tools to Work Efficiently and Build a Solid Ministry

Whether you work with youth or children, whether you are full/part-time or volunteer, whether you work with 5, 50 or 500… We all need to learn ways to work efficiently in the time we’ve been given so that we can sustain ourselves in ministry. One of the best gifts we can give a congregation is consistency provided through longevity. From administrative tips, tools, program and apps (including managing your email inbox) to big-picture ministry-building strategies, you will walk away from this workshop with practical ways to make the best use of your time while staying healthy and building a lasting ministry legacy.

Kirsten KellyAfter 12 years of youth ministry, Kirsten Kelly transitioned to the the first stage of life and now directs the Children and Family Ministry at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN, where she has served for over 4 years. With a degree in Youth & Family Ministry from Augsburg College, her passion has always been relational ministry that helps others to know and experience God’s love so they might live and pass that love onto others. Kirsten and her husband, Dave, live in Delano with their 2 boys, Ben and Alex. The strive to not be over-scheduled and love to spend quality time together through camping, playing/listening to music, hiking, cooking, reading, snuggling, star gazing, or doing anything outside.

The Life of an Effective Youth Worker (Y)

The Life of an Effective Youth Worker

Youth ministry seems to get a little easier when we see Jesus being a youth minister in action! In this workshop, we’ll tackle one of the most important keys to effective youth work – discipleship. God has much to say about discipleship and Jesus actively lived out a life of discipleship. We see the fruits of this in the way that His disciples went on to change the world forever with the tools that Christ had given them. Get ready to study key actions of Jesus, cultural contexts of discipleship, and see just how he equipped a group of teenagers to spread the gospel.

Tara HollingsworthTara Hollingsworth is a dynamic, enthusiastic youth worker who is passionate about giving a message of purpose and hope to the next generation. As a graduate at North Central University with a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry, Tara shows continuous devotion to be a student of youth culture. Tara now serves at the Sanctuary Covenant Church as the Director of Youth and Family Ministry. She speaks passionately and enthusiastically about the Word of God and delivers it in relevant form. Tara loves to be around students and understands the value of discipling youth people.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP?

The audience should be able to evaluate their leadership style and point out key students they are discipling. They will be able to repeat the history of discipleship and understand the cultural background of discipleship in Jesus’ time. This will develop an understanding of importance to train up the next generation through relationship. The audience should leave with students in mind that they will actively invest in. They will see examples of poor and excellent discipleship and be empowered to pass down what God has instilled into them.

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