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:

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Adventures in Puberty: Ministry with 5th & 6th Graders (YC)

Adventures in Puberty: Ministry with 5th and 6th Graders

A unique phase requires a unique approach to ministry. Learn about what makes 5th and 6th graders different from both children’s and youth ministry – developmentally, socially, and spiritually. Learn practical tools for ministry with young people who are caught in the middle between elementary and middle school.

Kara Stromberg Recharge conference children's youth ministry training Kara Stromberg has worked with children, youth and families in assorted paid and volunteer roles – all very glamorous. Kara currently serves the Northwest Conference of the Covenant church as the Director of Children and Family Ministry. Kara Stromberg and Megan Percy met at Bethel Seminary. Megan Percy Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingMegan is a rockstar youth pastor at Calvary Lutheran and loves working with middle school kids!

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? We hope the audience will gain an understanding of developmental characteristics and their implications for faith development and ministry. In addition, we will share practical ideas for volunteers and ministry leaders from both large and small churches.

Bullying: Let's Stop It Now! (C)

Bullying: Let’s Stop It Now!

Bullying is ugly, pervasive, destructive, and unworthy of God’s children. It is costly in destroying a child’s identity as a beloved child of God. It shrinks children’s sense of worth and possibility. Sometimes it takes a life. Learn how to recognize bullying, stop it, heal hearts, restore relationships, and build courage to be Jesus’ witnesses in the world. The wellbeing of these precious children and youth depends on you. Come and be equipped to build the next generation of kind, compassionate, and courageous kids!

Marilyn Sharpe Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingMarilyn Sharpe, a woman with a mad passion for faith formation for all generations, works with congregations to pass on a life-transforming faith in Jesus Christ, partnering home and congregation. As principal of Marilyn Sharpe Ministries, she is a congregational coach, speaker, writer, trainer, and retreat leader. As a grandmother, mother, and parent educator, she knows first hand the power of faith grandparents to pass on faith.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? As congregational staff, volunteers, or adults, we will know how to respond immediately when bullying rears its ugly head. We will understand how to intervene, how to heal the bully and the one who is bullied, and we will confidently transform bystanders into witnesses, which is what Jesus has called us to be. We will demonstrate love for all of God’s children and help them restore relationships, grounded deep in Christ.

Children's Ministry Best Practices (C)

Children’s Ministry Best Practices: Tips and Strategies for Building Your Ministry Legacy

Starting out in ministry can be daunting, but you can mark the start of your ministry legacy with intention and purpose. Create a lasting impact for the children and families in your church by discussing and exploring best practices for a professional and purposeful Children’s Ministry. From administrative tips and tools to big-picture legacy building strategies, you will walk away from this workshop with helpful resources to start a healthy and lasting ministry legacy.

Rose Lee-Norman Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingRose Lee-Norman is the Associate Pastor of Family Ministry at Sanctuary Covenant Church. She has specialized experience in developing Children’s Ministries in urban, portable church contexts and has worked in those contexts for over 10 years. Rose finds great joy in ministering to families. She desires to create a legacy of faith within families, which she believes is best supported through a strong church and family partnership. She is ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? Best practices for building a Children’s Ministry, specifically for those starting out new to ministry. Resources to use in their context and connections with others also starting out in ministry.

Dealing with Substance Abuse (Y)

Dealing with Substance Abuse

The speakers will share stories of struggles and addictions, focusing on the factors and choices that led up to their destructive behaviors. Other components in the presentation include teaching of the physical and psychological effects of drug use, realistic refusal skills, recreational use and the available options for help with addictive behaviors.

Adam Pederson Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingAdam Pederson is the Director of Know the Truth, a substance abuse prevention program of Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge. Adam and his team travel to schools around the state offering prevention presentations to more than 160 schools and community organizations, reaching over 155,000 students per year. Adam also speaks to parents and community members, giving them knowledge, resources and tools to deal with youth substance abuse.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? We want the audience to take home knowledge of issues of drug and alcohol abuse among teens, leaving with realistic strategies to use in situations dealing with youth substance abuse.

Directions to Adulthood (Y)

Directions to Adulthood: Addressing the Delayed Development of Adolescents

Why does it seem that adolescents are taking longer to grow up?  Are Millennials selfish, delusional unicorns or are there other factors affecting their development?  The Church can no longer ignore the delayed development of adolescents.  We will examine the causes of delayed development, and solutions being proposed.  We will examine the biblical basis of adulthood, and how parents, teachers, pastors can help adolescents successfully move forward.

Dr. G. David Boyd Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingAfter serving as a youth and young adults pastor for twelve years, Dr. G. David Boyd launched EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip parents and churches to minister to the needs of emerging adults.  He is a collector of Marvel Comics, an avid gamer, a disciplined writer, a forward thinker, a husband to Rachel, and a father of three boys.

Discovering the Missing Link to our Discipleship Strategy (YC)

Discovering the Missing Link to our Discipleship Strategy: How to Practically Create Missional Disiciples

You can’t be what you can’t see. As we build models for discipleship for kids and students, we’re experts at delivering information and teaching them well. But how do we give them access to our lives, to let them see a life that’s following Jesus up close? What does it practically look like to disciple in a way that gives them something tangible to imitate? We’ll take a look at some helpful tools and get incredibly practical about how to disciple using the very techniques Jesus used that took a group of ordinary guys and turned them into missional leaders.

Gina Mueller Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingGina Mueller has over a decade of experience investing in students and their leaders. Gina is zealous to see ordinary people of all ages engaging in Kingdom mission, transforming their families, neighborhoods, schools and everyday places God has planted them with the presence of God. Through her causal demeanor, high energy, and surprisingly real stories, students and leaders are drawn to understand what the Lord is saying to them in this moment and how they are to intentionally live into that. Gina lives with her husband and two kids in Minnesota where she is the Missional Communities pastor at Mission Point Church, a church plant that utilizes a movie theatre and a network of Missional Communites to bring the Good News of Christ to a city that needs to know Him! A pioneer at heart, she has transformed ministries, launched missional communities, and coached leaders around the country in what it looks like for them to live and lead like Jesus. Gina is a national leader with 3dm, training churches, leaders and teams in discipleship and mission.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR WORKSHOP? A practical strategy for life on life discipleship that goes beyond the information we teach them and into the life we show them.

Doing & Being: Soul Care for Servants of the Lord (G)

Doing & Being: Soul Care for Servants of the Lord

How important is attending to our own souls as those who accompany others on the spiritual journey? How seriously do we take Jesus words,”Apart from me you can do nothing?” Is soul care just another “tool” in an effective ministry toolbox? Using Jesus’ life and ministry as inspiration, we’ll think about ways of tending to our own relationship with God that help us lead from a place of integrity and inspiration.

Liz Stewart Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingElizabeth Stewart is the Pastor of Children’s and Family Ministry at Church of the Cross where she serves with a Children’s Leaders Team that directs the ministry and develops children’s volunteers. She has a Masters in Children’s and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary and has been involved in ministry to and with the church’s children for 30 years. Liz and her husband, David have four grown children.
WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? Refreshment from time in God’s presence, an individual plan for soul care and resources for help in following through on that plan.

Essential Leadership (G)

Essential Leadership: 4 Biblical Qualities for Every Ministry Context

Are you a full-time paid children’s pastor, part-time youth ministry director, a volunteer leader in the middle school? Well no matter what your role in ministry might be, there are just certain leadership qualities that are essential when serving the body of Christ. In this interactive and informative session, we’ll explore contemporary, historical and biblical models, have some group discussion and maybe even sing a classic hymn!

Kevin Famer Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingFor over 20 years Kevin Farmer has provided churches, schools and community organizations fun, inspiring and Biblically relevant teaching. He is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church, a graduate of both the University of Pittsburgh and Bethel Theological Seminary, and the founder of Hope Reigns LLC. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Kevin lives in Minneapolis with his wife Lynn, son Noah and daughter Maya, and also serves as Head of Admission and Family Ministry at Hope Academy, a Christ-centered, K-12 school located in South Minneapolis.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? I hope that participants (not audience!) will come away feeling more confident in their ability and calling to lead no matter what their ministry context may be!

Experiential Learning (Y)

Experiential Learning: Making Your Teaching Active!

The preferred learning style of youth is hands-on, active learning. This workshop will give you the basic theory of experiential education and lay out how to do it. You will leave with ideas of how to make your devotions, bible studies, Sunday school classes, small groups, etc. active. Come and learn anew or be refreshed.

Karen McKinney Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingRev. Dr. Karen McKinney, is Associate Professor of Biblical/Theological Studies whose focus is in Missional Ministries. A native Minnesotan, raised in Minneapolis, she is a Bush Fellow. She serves as associate minister at Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis. Her education includes a BA in English, from the Univ. of Minn., an M-Div from Fuller Theological Seminary, an MS in Experiential Education from Mankato State University, and a Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas. She has been a youth pastor, youth leadership- training specialist, youth chaplain, training consultant and adult trainer.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? A basic understanding of the theory, a handful of ideas on how to teach experientially, the confidence to try this method of teaching.

Finding God in the Midst of Storms (G)

Finding God in the Midst of Storms

How do we honestly live with the promises, assurances and clear confidence found in the Scriptures when the reality is that life is messy, confusing and often a struggle? Tiger will share his personal story of living with a chronic disease and will impart some “storm lessons” he has learned. Whether for you or for your ministry, this may help you with confidence in the midst of confusion.

Tiger McLuen Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingWith 40 years of ministry experience including being on church staff, an instructor of youth ministry in a variety of academic settings as well as a national speaker and consultant, Tiger McLuen has a unique perspective on changes in ministry, cultures, families and churches. Tiger is the President of Youth Leadership and the author of a couple of books and some articles – but mostly he’s a leader who loves being in a room full of people who care about transforming the lives of the next generation. Youth Leadership’s mission is to transform the lives of students through equipped, Christ-centered leaders, parents and churches.

Finding Your Fit (G)

Finding Your Fit

Too often, churches promote a culture of “the ministry of the willing” rather than “the ministry of the called.” “Finding Your Fit” is designed to engage unpaid leaders in conversation and process about purpose, call, assessing strengths and aligning values to action. Participants will leave an understanding that “fit” is an equation of enduring strengths, knowledge and skills and passion not just a dutiful response to a felt need. Come and explore your FIT in this session.

Pete Erickson Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingPete Erickson has served and consulted in congregations since 1991. Pete has an undergraduate degree in Communication from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and excels in ministry system design, change management and leadership coaching. He lives in Stillwater, MN with his daughter, Ellie.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? A clearer understanding of how participants strengths, knowledge and skills, and passion can lead them to finding their fit in their community of faith and the world.

Four Powerful Messages All Kids Long to Hear (YC)

Four Powerful Messages All Kids Long to Hear

Misbehaving kids can make it tough to work well with groups. This workshop will equip you with strategies that not only can nip much misbehavior in the bud, but can do it gracefully. You can actually strengthen the relationship with those in your care by disciplining this way.In this workshop you’ll learn how to equip teachers to communicate four grace-filled, powerful messages to their students. Lynne & Jim Jackson, parent educators, authors and founders of Connected Families, will help you learn a new ‘lens’ and practical tools to bring grace and truth to life in the midst of classroom challenges.

Jim Lynne Jackson Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingJim and Lynne Jackson have over 50 combined years of both parenting experience and professional experience as authors, speakers and parent coaches working with families of high ­risk teens and children with behavior challenges. In 2002 they launched the ministry organization Connected Families to give hope and build strength in families. Their books “How to Grow a Connected Family” and “Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart” have helped thousands of parents and ministry leaders learn to be peaceful, purposeful, and confident!

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? Four powerful messages of grace and truth that will bring the gospel alive in their group. Rather than a focus on behavior management, this workshop will guide you in helpful messages which have the power to change even the most discouraged kids.

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From the Trenches: Trends, Failures & Successes (C)

We’re working on bringing you “From the Trenches: Trends, Failures & Successes”

A Panel Discussion: Local ministry experts share lessons learned and emerging thoughts on the top 3 common mistakes to avoid, wisdom for making children’s ministry successful, what they’re seeing emerge (positive and negative) in children’s ministry as well as best ways to support and connect with parents.

More details coming soon!

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 Director of Operations at Youth Forum, developing and executing original and dynamic games and programming for Youth Forum’s summer camp for middle and high school youth, Summer Festival, as well as programming for church groups all over the Twin Cities. With almost 10 years experience leading games and programming, Tony has had the chance to lead and play games with thousands of youth.

How to Effectively Minister to Middle School Parents (Y)

How to Effectively Minister to Middle School Parents

Newsflash: Middle schoolers come equipped with parents! This truth can add challenge and even heartache to ministry, but when parents are respected and ministered to, they can be your greatest partners! Join in on an honest dialogue of how to inform, involve and inspire the parents of your middle schoolers.

Heather Flies Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingHeather Flies is in her 19th 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. 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. Heather loves football, dominating on the tennis court, NASCAR racing, and listening to Christmas music 11 months out of the year. She owns 303 bottles of nail polish and 98 pairs of shorts (which she wears all winter long!) She is the daughter of a long distance truck driver, the youngest of six children, and grew up in southern Minnesota.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? 1) An understanding of the importance of ministering to parents 2) Practical steps to take to minister to parents of JH students

How to Lead Students into Meaningful Mission Trips (Y)

How to Lead Students into Meaningful Mission Trips

There’s plenty of talk about mission trips being life-changing, but what are the factors of an actual life-changing experience? As a leader on a mission trip, you have a huge role in helping teenagers prepare for, process and bring home what happens on the trip. Whether you’re planning the details or just driving the van, come learn how you can create meaningful service experiences for both the students you’re taking and the community you’re entering.

Sam Townsend Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingSam Townsend is the Program & Brand Manager for YouthWorks, where he helps write programming, training and marketing materials. Sam is in his final semester at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul and is a youth leader at Calvary Church in Roseville.

Nachelle Kaughman Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingNachelle Kaughman is the Senior Training & Programming Associate at YouthWorks and has previously served in many positions, including Regional Director and Senior Recruiting Associate. She oversees and helps shape a wide variety of YouthWorks projects.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? By giving them practical ideas for before, during and after the trip, we want youth workers and volunteers to gain a better understanding of how they can effectively lead students through a mission trip experience.

Inter-Generational Ministry (YC)

Inter-Generational Ministry

Youth experience their world primarily through the lens of relationships. A diverse web of relationships is crucial for the spiritual, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of young people. One of the unintended by-products of age-specific programming in churches is a generational segregation that limits the interactions and relationships of multi-generational communities. This workshop will focus on practical ways to intentionally embed intergenerational relationships into ministries, resulting in more connected communities and individual transformation at all ages.

Stefan Van Voorst Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingIn 2009, Stefan Van Voorst developed the Next Gen Mentoring Program at Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, MN. Next Gen was a mentoring model built on intergenerational one-on-one relationships with people between the ages of 13 to 75. In 2011, Stefan adapted the Next Gen model for local schools and founded One2One, a non-profit working with at-risk kids in the Twin Cities. Stefan is currently the Executive Director of One2One and lives in South Minneapolis.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? Participants will leave with adaptable strategies and tools to incorporate, strengthen, and foster inter-generational relationships in ministry settings.

Making Disciples in the World of Action Sports (Y)

Making Disciples in the World of Action Sports

Rolling Stone Mag has said the most influential thing on youth popular culture today besides hip hop is skateboarding. Yet with all this influence the world of action sports is largely unreached by the church. This workshop will focus on how we make disciples IN a secularized and broken culture and more specifically action sports culture.

Jonny Nelson Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingJonny Nelson has been working in action sports ministry since 2004. He has a Bachelor of Science in Youth Social Ministry and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Crown College. Jonny is all about nonprofit leadership and development related to action sports and youth. He also spends quite a bit of time working directly with youth: mentoring and teaching. Jonny, his beautiful wife Brittany and their newborn son Oakley live in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? Simple ways to reach out to the skaters, snowboarders and wakeboarders in your community.

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 trainingOver 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in teenagers and the adults who come alongside them. Currently, Amy brings order to the piles of administrative work at Youth Leadership while planning and implementing training events, conferences and their online certification program. She has an M.A. in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. In her free time she serves as a spiritual director offering individuals and groups the ancient Christian practice of listening—providing space to reflect, notice, discern and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, occasional blogger, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and coffee.

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.

Stages of Faith Development (YC)

Stages of Faith Development

How does faith develop? Come learn how faith emerges over time and see why so many adolescents between 14 and 25 seem to be ‘loosing their faith’ when in reality they are navigating a necessary portion of faith development that should not be cut short. See where you personally are in your faith development and wonder about ways you can minister in stage appropriate ways.

Christine Osgood Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingChristine Osgood has a passion for seeing lives be transformed. She has spent the majority of her career understanding and teaching human development and spiritual formation courses at Bethel University and Seminary. Most recently, she has branched off on her own to start The Urban Retreat – a place where people come to reflect on their life and connect with God in the hopes that transformation would occur deep within.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? An appreciation of the different kinds of faith development occurring at different stages of life and the ability to intentionally address faith development that is age appropriate.

The Power of Stories for Transformation: Using Storytelling with Children & Teenagers (YC)

The Power of Stories for Transformation: Using Storytelling with Children & Teenagers

Storytelling is the way we move from virtual reality to human connection. We all hunger for stories that build relationship and identity within community. In this workshop we will experience the power of storytelling in our own lives and then explore concrete ways we can use storytelling in worship, Christian Education, youth groups, and family life.

Phil GebbenGreen Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingPhil GebbenGreen is a father of three and Co-Pastor with his wife at Edgcumbe Presbyterian Church. He truly believes that the Bible is chock full of good news and loves to talk about it. Phil leads events on storytelling, the Enneagram, Non-Violent Communication, and the Bible. When left to himself, Phil can usually be found reading young adult fiction.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? A renewed sense of the power of personal and biblical storytelling in their own lives, and a desire to share and listen to the stories that surround them every day.

Thinking about Christian Apologetics (G)

Thinking About Christian Apologetics: How to Teach People to Defend the Faith

Before one seeks to *do* Christian apologetics (that is, defend the faith and answer objections to the faith), one should have a decent idea of what apologetics is (and is not) and how it should be done. This workshop discusses how to encourage people to engage in apologetics in helpful, Christ-like ways.

Jim Beilby Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingJim Beilby is a Professor of Theology at Bethel University. He holds a M.A. from Bethel Seminary and a Ph.D. from Marquette University and has written or edited eleven books including Thinking About Christian Apologetics, The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought, and The Historical Jesus: Five Views. He and his wife Michelle have four children and he enjoys golf, disc golf, and carpentry.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? A clear picture of what apologetics is and is not and some practical advice about how to engage in apologetics.

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Creating a Dynamic Culture (G)

Creating a Dynamic Culture (G)

In everything we do, we’re creating a culture. My goal is to create a culture that engages people and helps them flourish as Kingdom people, and to do it on purpose. In the workshop, we’ll talk through noticing, creating, adapting and sustaining a healthy dynamic culture in your ministry and relationships.

Kris Sauter Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingKris Sauter and his wife Nikki have been leading in student and Marriage and Family ministries at the Duluth Vineyard for over a decade. They have recently planted a church in Cloquet, MN. You can find Kris getting body slammed by his 3 kids and running around Jay Cooke State Park.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? Encouraged, valued, celebrated, challenged and envisioned to help the people in their community thrive.

Creating A Foundation for Children's Ministry (C)

Creating a Foundation for Children’s Ministry (C)

Whether you are a volunteer, paid church staff, or pastor, this workshop will give you some direction on how to create a firm foundation with your parents of your Children’s Ministry. This foundation will give your parents tools to equip them to be adult leaders in your congregation, along with continuing the faith conversation with their child.

Wendy Hjelmberg Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingWendy Hjelmberg volunteered with children’s ministries from 1983 to 1999 at Hope Lutheran Church. Feeling called by God, she began working at Hope Lutheran Church in 2000 as their paid youth director. In 2007, she completed her Associate in Ministry degree through the ELCA, specializing in youth and families ministries, and accepted a call to Hope Lutheran as the Director of Family Ministries. Throughout her time at Hope, it has been her passion to create a foundation for Children’s Ministry.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? Practical ideas or tools that church leader can use in their own environment.

Creating Congregations of Secret Pals & Superheros (C)

Creating Congregations of Secret Pals and Superheros: Ideas for Connecting the Ages

God’s people of all ages are blessed by the gift of one another and shared life within a congregation. Dare to strive for more than a congregation where the ages “tolerate” one another. This workshop will strive to provide “in the pew” ideas for connecting the young and old within your congregation. Create a community in which the old delight in the gifts the children bring to the family of God and the children long to encounter and learn from the adults that worship beside them.

Shivon Miller Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingBaptized and raised within the same Duluth congregation where she now serves and raises her children, Shivon Miller has a passion for lifelong, congregational, inter-generational ministry. At the age of 16, Shivon was empowered and employed by her congregation to direct the Children’s Choirs, a position that grew into her first role as part time youth director. Shivon received her undergraduate degree in Kindergarten and Elementary Education. She received her MA from Luther Seminary in Children, Youth and Family Ministry and returned to Trinity Lutheran Church, in 2003 where she continues to serve as the Minister of Congregational Life.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? Concrete ideas for connecting the ages.

Creative Bible Teaching for Elementary Students (C)

Creative Bible Teaching Methods for Elementary Students (or any age that can’t sit still)

Ten proven methods to incorporate into your teaching for elementary students, or any group that struggles to sit still. In this workshop, we will illustrate ten methods of bible teaching, while remembering the core of your role as a teacher of the Bible.

Dr. G. David Boyd Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingAfter serving as a youth and young adults pastor for twelve years, Dr. G. David Boyd launched EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip parents and churches to minister to the needs of emerging adults. He is a collector of Marvel Comics, an avid gamer, a disciplined writer, a forward thinker, a husband to Rachel, and a father of three boys.

Discipleship Beyond High School (Y)

Discipleship beyond High School: The Spiritual Development of Emerging Adults

Emerging adulthood (18-28) is often referred to as the “new fulcrum of human development.” It is a time when decisions are being made, and beliefs are being established. In this seminar, we will discuss the factors affecting the spiritual development and how they affect our mission to make disciples. I hope to challenge your thinking about Millennials, and their role within the church while equipping you to confidently minister to them.

Dr. G. David Boyd Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingAfter serving as a youth and young adults pastor for twelve years, Dr. G. David Boyd launched EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip parents and churches to minister to the needs of emerging adults. He is a collector of Marvel Comics, an avid gamer, a disciplined writer, a forward thinker, a husband to Rachel, and a father of three boys.

Fragmented Youth Culture (Y)

Fragmented Youth Ministry

Context is king of ministry and understanding how young people see the world can significantly impact how we plan and execute our ministry. Learn about millennials, cultural trends, and ways to love to this generation.

Tony Ducklow Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingTony Ducklow is Director of Operations at Youth Forum, developing and executing original and dynamic games and programming for Youth Forum’s summer camp for middle and high school youth, Summer Festival, as well as programming for church groups all over the Twin Cities. With almost 10 years experience leading games and programming, Tony has had the chance to lead and play games with thousands of youth.

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 Director of Operations at Youth Forum, developing and executing original and dynamic games and programming for Youth Forum’s summer camp for middle and high school youth, Summer Festival, as well as programming for church groups all over the Twin Cities. With almost 10 years experience leading games and programming, Tony has had the chance to lead and play games with thousands of youth.

Living a Life That Makes Sense (Y)

Living a Life that Makes Sense (Y)

In this seminar, participants will learn about the state of our world as it relates to students. We will then proceed to see what we can do to apply ancient unchanging principles to our lives in order to make an impact. We will discuss the way God has designed us to function and then look at ways we can function to the max so we can bless other people and make disciples.

Amos Tarfa Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingAmos Tarfa is the Founder and Director of Learning Institute For Excellence (LIFE). Amos grew up in Nigeria. He came to the United States to study Chemistry in 2007. The goal was to become a Pediatrician so he could inspire young people, however he switched to to the education route so he could make an impact there by working more with young people. He is married with 2 children with the third one on the way.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? I hope the audience is able to take principles and teach them to the youth so we have more young people pursuing excellence and reaching out in a world in need.

Mentoring & Middle School Ministry (Y)

Mentoring & Middle School Ministry

You’re on a youth retreat and one of your middle school students decides they want to follow Jesus wholeheartedly or you find out he/she is stuck in their faith. It’s Fall and you have a new group of leaders who are eager, but untrained. In middle school ministry you are shaping young lives. Come hear a practical way to go about mentoring in middle school ministry.

Dave Mergens Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingDave Mergens grew up in the east side of the Saint Paul, MN where he spent his formative years. At 12 years of age, he made a distinct commitment to Jesus and never looked back. Leading his youth group at 17, Dave transitioned into many church leadership roles in various settings. He spent the last 9 years of his career as the Middle School Pastor at Grace Fellowship in Brooklyn Park, MN. Dave currently serves as an associate facilitator with Resolute, who’s mission is to disciple and develop men as leaders who act with conviction.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? I hope that my auidence would walk out of the room with a framework for how to implement strategies for mentoring within their ministry context. They will be given tools and processes. They will leave with an understanding of how to start mentoring both young teens and leaders in a middle school context.

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 trainingOver 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in teenagers and the adults who come alongside them. Currently, Amy brings order to the piles of administrative work at Youth Leadership while planning and implementing training events, conferences and their online certification program. She has an M.A. in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. In her free time she serves as a spiritual director offering individuals and groups the ancient Christian practice of listening—providing space to reflect, notice, discern and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, occasional blogger, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and coffee.

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.

Preparing Teens To Actually “Share Their Faith" (Y)

Preparing Teens To Actually “Share Their Faith”

Preparing students with adult coaches who together, follow Jesus in a way that naturally invites friends to discover Jesus with them. Your students and adult leaders will share, pray and discover how God is challenging them to take risks and invite their lost friends to discover Jesus with them.

Erick Hermanson Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingErick Hermanson is the Executive Director of Head of the Lakes Youth for Christ. The mission of Youth for Christ all about reaching lost teens where-ever they are found–whether it is in the Juvenile Detention Centers, the high schools, at a concert or the skate park. Erick grew up in the program, was mentored, met his wife and is now proud to be leading the charge in empowering adults and other young people to reach this generation.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? A natural and practical way to encourage your leaders build deeper and more meaningful relationships with those whom you are reaching in your youth group.

Qualities of a Leader (G)

Qualities of a Leader

What does it take to be effective as a ministry leader?  Do you have to be young, cool and relevant?  Do you have to be an extrovert?  Grounded in Scripture, this session gets to the heart of what it takes to be a leader who can impact the life of a young person, and will inspire you to be clear about your role in the busy world of ministry. Tiger’s look at some key principles will encourage, equip and inspire you in your important work with students—and give you some practical tools as well.

Tiger McLuen Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingWith 40 years of ministry experience including being on church staff, an instructor of youth ministry in a variety of academic settings as well as a national speaker and consultant, Tiger McLuen has a unique perspective on changes in ministry, cultures, families and churches. Tiger is the President of Youth Leadership and the author of a couple of books and some articles – but mostly he’s a leader who loves being in a room full of people who are care about transforming the lives of the next generation. Youth Leadership’s mission is to transform the lives of students through equipped, Christ-centered leaders, parents and churches.

Soul Care: Ministering Out of Overflow (G)

Soul Care: Ministering Out of Overflow

We can only take others as far as we currently are in our journey with God. We are meant to live with an ongoing awareness of God’s presence and love, yet we are often too busy and distracted to notice. Busyness and exhaustion are the new status symbol. This hurried, tired, and busy mentality overflows into our ministry to youth and children. This workshop creates an unhurried, safe place to reflect, rest and experience a few life-giving spiritual practices to refresh your soul and connect with God. This workshop is ideal for those interested in deepening their relationship with God so that it overflows onto those around them.

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingOver 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in teenagers and the adults who come alongside them. Currently, Amy brings order to the piles of administrative work at Youth Leadership while planning and implementing training events, conferences and their online certification program. She has an M.A. in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. In her free time she serves as a spiritual director offering individuals and groups the ancient Christian practice of listening—providing space to reflect, notice, discern and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, occasional blogger, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and coffee.

FARGO | LAST YEAR

Caring & Counseling Skills for Volunteers (Y)

Caring & Counseling Skills for Volunteers

Every youth leader will be called into situations of grief and loss and crisis. We often have good intentions, but no real plan.  This seminar will give you some specific tools and a framework to increase your caring skills, improve your confidence, and be more intentional when you are trying to help.  Tiger will give you 7 key phrases that will help you focus and actually be more helpful and effective when you are talking to people who are hurting.

Tiger McLuen Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingWith 40 years of ministry experience including being on church staff, an instructor of youth ministry in a variety of academic settings as well as a national speaker and consultant, Tiger McLuen has a unique perspective on changes in ministry, cultures, families and churches. Tiger is the President of Youth Leadership and the author of a couple of books and some articles – but mostly he’s a leader who loves being in a room full of people who are care about transforming the lives of the next generation. Youth Leadership’s mission is to transform the lives of students through equipped, Christ-centered leaders, parents and churches.

Crafting Sticky Messages (Y)

Crafting Sticky Messages

Crafting Sticky Messages

In a world where today’s students are bombarded on a daily basis with thousands of messages demanding their attention, how do we communicate Biblical Truth in a relevant way. In this workshop, we will explore some practical ways to develop “sticky” messages that teach Biblical Truth in a culturally relevant way.

Randy Brown Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingRandy Brown’s heartbeat is to relay Biblical Truth to a generation seeking relevant Christianity in today’s world. With a culturally relevant style, Randy shows the importance of understanding God’s Word so that we may show God’s love to an unbelieving world. A veteran Youth Pastor of 25 years, Randy’s heartbeat is investing his life in the hearts and minds of junior high, high school, college students, and the next generation of youth leaders.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? To develop tools to approach teaching the Bible in creative ways that will cause it to “stick” in the heart of their students.

Dynamics of Discipline (C)

Dynamics of Discipline

Are you a drill sergeant or free spirit when it comes to discipline? Hear how the best approach to discipline is finding a balance between these two extremes by “Speaking the truth in love.” Participants in this workshop will learn how building a relationship, praying for your students, having fun with them while setting good limits is all part of a positive approach to discipline. Tips will be given for both those working directly with students and those who working as an overall administrator.

Doug Sikkink echarge conference children's youth ministry trainingDoug Sikkink has been the local director of CEF since November of 2009. He is passionate about reaching children for Christ and loves communicating the basic truths of the gospel in a way that children can understand. He holds a B.A in Secondary Education for English from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN and is a graduate of the Children’s Ministry Institute (www.cefcmi.com) in Warrenton, MO. Previously, he spent 14 years working as a camp director at Grindstone Lake Bible Camp in Sandstone, MN. He and his wife, Sue, live in Fargo and have three children, Luke (9) and Joey (6), and Bekah (3).

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? To learn that building a relationship with kids/teens is the best way to have good classroom management.

Four Messages All Kids Long To Hear (YC)

Four Powerful Messages All Kids Long to Hear

Misbehaving kids can make it tough to work well with groups. This workshop will equip you with strategies that not only can nip much misbehavior in the bud, but can do it gracefully. You can actually strengthen the relationship with those in your care by disciplining this way.In this workshop you’ll learn how to equip teachers to communicate four grace-filled, powerful messages to their students. Lynne & Jim Jackson, parent educators, authors and founders of Connected Families, will help you learn a new ‘lens’ and practical tools to bring grace and truth to life in the midst of classroom challenges.

Chad Hayenga Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingChad Hayenga has spent 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 over 20 years and has three daughters, ages 21, 18 and 14. 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 minstry staff learn to be more peaceful, purposeful, and confident.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? Four powerful messages of grace and truth that will bring the gospel alive in their group. Rather than a focus on behavior management, this workshop will guide you in helpful messages which have the power to change even the most discouraged kids.

Fragmented Youth Culture (Y)

Fragmented Youth Ministry

Context is king of ministry and understanding how young people see the world can significantly impact how we plan and execute our ministry. Learn about millennials, cultural trends, and ways to love to this generation.

Tony Ducklow Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingTony Ducklow is Director of Operations at Youth Forum, developing and executing original and dynamic games and programming for Youth Forum’s summer camp for middle and high school youth, Summer Festival, as well as programming for church groups all over the Twin Cities. With almost 10 years experience leading games and programming, Tony has had the chance to lead and play games with thousands of youth.

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 Director of Operations at Youth Forum, developing and executing original and dynamic games and programming for Youth Forum’s summer camp for middle and high school youth, Summer Festival, as well as programming for church groups all over the Twin Cities. With almost 10 years experience leading games and programming, Tony has had the chance to lead and play games with thousands of youth.

I'm a Volunteer: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (C)

I’m a Volunteer: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Katie Burrington Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingJoin Katie Burington and Amy Kippen for a lively conversation about what it means to be a volunteer in children’s ministry. We’ll take a look at best practices, and help you know how to be successful and have a ton of fun too. We will laugh together, share our joys, and commiserate over our frustrations! You will leave feeling renewed, excited and passionate about your volunteer role.

Amy Kippen Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingAmy Kippen is the Faith Formation Director at Faith Lutheran in W. Fargo, where they scrapped traditional Sunday school 15 years ago for a family program called GIFT- Generations in Faith Together. In addition, Amy is a trainer and resource writer for Faith Inkubators. In her spare time she sings in a professional choir and enjoys traveling, whether with a busload of teens or with her 5 lovely sisters!

Ministry to the Blended Family (G)

Ministering to the Blended Family (G)

Blended families make up 40% of married couples with children. Despite this prevalence blended families remain one of the most neglected groups in the church today. Blended families often lack resources and tools to integrate the family they so desperately desire. In this session we will examine common barriers to ministering to blended families as well as explore valuable research and practical tools to capitalize on the many opportunities for familial and spiritual growth within blended families.

Lisa Fernelius Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingWorking with youth for over twenty years Lisa Fernelius is passionate about bringing truth and life to teens in a hurting world.  By day Lisa is a registered nurse and by night she is a loyal small group leader. From the adventures of summer time mission trips to the weekly gatherings with her favorite 8th grade girls she is passionate about all things teenager. Lisa first hand recognizes the importance of reaching teens in these all important formidable years. Lisa lives in New Hope, Minnesota with her husband Drew where they raise their blended family of amazing and slightly quirky five children. Hunter (19), Mikaela (18), Ben (18), Faith (15) and Grace (11) make up their real life version of “Yours, Mine & Ours”. Additionally Lisa is almost equally passionate about coffee, dark chocolate and her four legged furry friends.

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 trainingOver 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in teenagers and the adults who come alongside them. Currently, Amy brings order to the piles of administrative work at Youth Leadership while planning and implementing training events, conferences and their online certification program. She has an M.A. in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. In her free time she serves as a spiritual director offering individuals and groups the ancient Christian practice of listening—providing space to reflect, notice, discern and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, occasional blogger, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and coffee.

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.

Play-doh Prayers & Walking Worship (YC)

Play-doh Prayers & Walking Worship: Prayer Practices & Worship Ideas for Preschool through College-Age

Children and teenagers are capable of connecting with God through far deeper and more powerful prayer and worship experiences than we can dream. This workshop addresses developmental issues for what practices work best for which age group—preschool, elementary, middle school, high school and college-age. It provides and inspires ideas for creating prayer and worship spaces out of nothing as well as what you can find, make/buy, or do with a little travel. So come learn and share creative, interactive, and hands-on ways we can invite those in our ministries to meet with and experience God.

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingOver 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in teenagers and the adults who come alongside them. Currently, Amy brings order to the piles of administrative work at Youth Leadership while planning and implementing training events, conferences and their online certification program. She has an M.A. in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. In her free time she serves as a spiritual director offering individuals and groups the ancient Christian practice of listening—providing space to reflect, notice, discern and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, occasional blogger, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and coffee.

Ready, Set, Connect (C)

Ready, Set, Connect (C)

How can we connect and relate to kids, students and families on a deeper level? Utilizing the Nurtured Heart Approach®, a relationship focused methodology, you will gain a deeper understanding of how to build stronger relationships with the youth that you come in contact with. This workshop will inspire you to intentionally seek out greatness in others . You will leave with practical tips and tools on how to be more present in the moments and be ready to see others as Jesus does!

Nicole Weisz Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingNicole Weisz has a degree in Special Education from Moorhead State University, Elementary Education from VCSU and a Master’s Degree from UND with certifications in ELL, Math and Reading. She has been a specialized teacher for 19 years. 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 is currently the Director of Children’s Ministry at Hope Lutheran Church in Fargo and has trained numerous parents, daycare staff, and adults that work with children in the NHA®. Nicole is a passionate speaker that is eager to inspire others, children and adults, to build meaningful relationships.

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

  • stay in the moment and always be ready to see greatness in youth
    understand the importance of relationships in transforming lives of youth
  • 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
  • learn how to tap into our own greatness in order to energize ourselves and the staff that we work with

Reflections on Leadership (G)

Reflections on Leadership

A few years ago, Tiger hit some milestones: 60 years old, 40 years in youth ministry, and 25 years at Youth Leadership.  With that, he has reflected on leadership, and offers some random ideas in this seminar. We will discuss a variety of issues to consider if you are involved in any area of ministry leadership. There won’t be any easy answers or youth group games, but you might get a new perspective on the role God has called you to.

Tiger McLuen Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingWith 40 years of ministry experience including being on church staff, an instructor of youth ministry in a variety of academic settings as well as a national speaker and consultant, Tiger McLuen has a unique perspective on changes in ministry, cultures, families and churches. Tiger is the President of Youth Leadership and the author of a couple of books and some articles – but mostly he’s a leader who loves being in a room full of people who are care about transforming the lives of the next generation. Youth Leadership’s mission is to transform the lives of students through equipped, Christ-centered leaders, parents and churches.

Staying Spiritually Healthy for Long-Term, Life-Long Ministry (G)

Staying Spiritually Healthy for Long-term, Life-long Ministry (G)

Ministry can be exciting, rewarding and fulfilling. It can also chew you up and beat the life out of you, wreaking havoc on your self-esteem, relationships and faith life. Join us as we explore practical tips, ideas and biblical principles to keep you vibrant, healthy and growing in your personal life and ministry. Silence, solitude, quiet times, devotions, spiritual direction, fitness, and hobbies as foundations for lasting life and ministry.

Rollie Johnson echarge conference children's youth ministry trainingRollie Johnson has served First Lutheran Church since 1995. He is currently a Lay Pastor and Director of Mission and Outreach. His current duties include overseeing and leading Celebration worship, preaching and Men’s ministry. Rollie is also a motivational speaker, and is frequently hired by organizations, schools, and businesses for his high energy and inspirational messages. Rollie is an accomplished writer and has had dozens of articles published in national outdoor and hunting magazines. His first book, “Paying Attention” is due fall of ’16.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? Participants will leave with practical concepts and practices to deepen their spiritual life and lead a more holistic life of balance, passion and purpose.

Systems Theory: Cradle to Graduation (C)

Systems Theory: Cradle to Graduation

What might happen if our children, youth and family ministries actually worked together on one overall plan, and we had intentional bridges from one program to the next?

Katie Burrington Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingJoin Katie Burington and Amy Kippen as they share with you their experience of unintentionally creating an integrated system of church programs, then being totally surprised by the benefits of said integration! Come and be inspired.

Amy Kippen Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingAmy Kippen is the Faith Formation Director at Faith Lutheran in W. Fargo, where they scrapped traditional Sunday school 15 years ago for a family program called GIFT- Generations in Faith Together. In addition, Amy is a trainer and resource writer for Faith Inkubators. In her spare time she sings in a professional choir and enjoys traveling, whether with a busload of teens or with her 5 lovely sisters!

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? A new understanding of the power of integrated programs, and a new vision for their own congregation. Ideas and tips and passion for intentionally connecting currently siloed programs and working together as a church staff with one shared vision for CYF ministry.

Understanding Brain Development (YC)

Understanding Brain Development (or “God Must Have Read Some of the Brain Books”)

With advances in brain scan technology, we have learned more about how the human brain learns in the last 5 years than we have in the last 5000 years. What does the latest in neurology teach us about teaching? Basically, you’ve got to “open the kid before you open the book” if you are going to have attention, retention and long-term learning. What are the best ways to do this? In an hour with Dr. Rich, you’ll learn how to engage hearts through the arts and Recognize, Identify, Comprehend and Harness (RICH Learning… get it?) and engage parents every night in every home in the faith formation process.

Dr. Rich Melheim is the Founder and CEO of Faith Inkubators. Rich is a slightly dyslexic,Rich Melheim Recharge conference children's youth ministry training curious student of the human brain. An entrepreneur, author, pastor, semiotician, cartoonist, publisher, record producer, comedian, and amateur complexity theorist, Melheim has appeared on 50 network television shows from WNBC-NY to KTLA to CNN consulting on family issues. His latest book, “RICH Learning: Brain-based learning on Arts-based Platforms” outlines his early learning experiments in Asia and Africa using music, dance, theater and art at the core. (see www.richlearning.com).

Walking Together in Solidarity: The Theory of Accompaniment (G)

Walking Together in Solidarity: The Theory of Accompaniment

Theology is defined as the study of God. Accompaniment is the process of walking alongside someone and joining with him or her in solidarity. A Theology of Accompaniment refers to how individuals and communities enter into relationship with one another for the sake of fulfilling Christ’s message of reconciliation. The ministry of accompaniment is a holy act of being in authentic relationship with others. The purpose of this ministry is to allow individuals, groups and organizations to grow in love and compassion towards each other.

Kristina Johnson serves as the Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) Advisor and Synod Gathering Coordinator. Kris began her role in May 2010, in partnership with Glyndon Lutheran Church. She also serves as Glyndon Lutheran’s Family Minister, since July 2007. As Family Minister, Kris focuses on the whole family, seeing faith development and nurturing as a life- long process. She brings these beliefs and talents to her work as being a role model and advisor to the youth and adults on the synod LYO Board, as well as planning and overseeing our annual Middle School and Senior High Youth Gatherings. Kris is a fan of Jesus, music, coffee, football
and is passionate about justice.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? To realize the importance of authentic relationships.The importance of genuine relationships in ministry. That everyone can walk beside others and be God bearers.

GREEN BAY | LAST YEAR

Being A Difference Maker (C)

Being A Difference Maker

What does crazy elementary camp boys that made me lose my cool, being turned into a human pancake and a church mascot have in common? They all led into amazing stories of how God uses us to make a difference in kid’s lives! In this session, we will talk about learning from failures and mistakes. Using your resources and thinking outside the box to make an impact. Recognizing how big of a role we play in the lives of kids that we minister to.

Mike Ott Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingMike Ott has been a children and student pastor in Green Bay, WI. for the last 5 years. He is one of three National Youth Ministry Coordinators in Green Bay. Also works with the youth, teen and family department of the YMCA. He has a Bachelors in Youth Ministry and a Masters in Church Ministry from Liberty University. Mike met his wife, Amber in Green Bay and they just had their first child, Nathaniel.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? You matter! God has you in the lives of kids that look up to you and the investment you put in matters in each of those kid’s life. Let’s be creative and look for those opportunities to continue being a difference maker.

Caring & Counseling Skills for Volunteers (Y)

Caring & Counseling Skills for Volunteers

Every youth leader will be called into situations of grief and loss and crisis. We often have good intentions, but no real plan.  This seminar will give you some specific tools and a framework to increase your caring skills, improve your confidence, and be more intentional when you are trying to help.  Tiger will give you 7 key phrases that will help you focus and actually be more helpful and effective when you are talking to people who are hurting.

Tiger McLuen Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingWith 40 years of ministry experience including being on church staff, an instructor of youth ministry in a variety of academic settings as well as a national speaker and consultant, Tiger McLuen has a unique perspective on changes in ministry, cultures, families and churches. Tiger is the President of Youth Leadership and the author of a couple of books and some articles – but mostly he’s a leader who loves being in a room full of people who are care about transforming the lives of the next generation. Youth Leadership’s mission is to transform the lives of students through equipped, Christ-centered leaders, parents and churches.

Creative Bible Teaching for Elementary Kids (C)

Creative Bible Teaching Methods for Elementary Students (or any age that can’t sit still)

Ten proven methods to incorporate into your teaching for elementary students, or any group that struggles to sit still. In this workshop, we will illustrate ten methods of bible teaching, while remembering the core of your role as a teacher of the Bible.

Dr. G. David Boyd Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingAfter serving as a youth and young adults pastor for twelve years, Dr. G. David Boyd launched EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip parents and churches to minister to the needs of emerging adults. He is a collector of Marvel Comics, an avid gamer, a disciplined writer, a forward thinker, a husband to Rachel, and a father of three boys.

From "Bleh" to "Wow" (YC)

From “Bleh” to “Wow”

Unlock the power of quality brainstorming to take your next youth event from “meh?” to “WOW!” Learn how to implement techniques that Disney, Apple, Summer Festival, and other top creative agencies use to create dynamic programing for your ministry.

Tony Ducklow Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingTony Ducklow is Director of Operations at Youth Forum, developing and executing original and dynamic games and programming for Youth Forum’s summer camp for middle and high school youth, Summer Festival, as well as programming for church groups all over the Twin Cities. With almost 10 years experience leading games and programming, Tony has had the chance to lead and play games with thousands of youth.

Game On! (G)

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 Director of Operations at Youth Forum, developing and executing original and dynamic games and programming for Youth Forum’s summer camp for middle and high school youth, Summer Festival, as well as programming for church groups all over the Twin Cities. With almost 10 years experience leading games and programming, Tony has had the chance to lead and play games with thousands of youth.

Leadership Essentials: Character vs Talent (G)

Leadership Essentials: Character vs. Talent

What role does character play in your leadership??? Character is a quality that often gets overlooked or overshadowed by the bright, attractive light of talent. In this workshop, you will learn some valuable tools to help develop your inner character so that once your talent burns out you are not left with the burnt shell of a life and ministry void of character.

Randy Brown Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingRandy Brown’s heartbeat is to relay Biblical Truth to a generation seeking relevant Christianity in today’s world. With a culturally relevant style, Randy shows the importance of understanding God’s Word so that we may show God’s love to an unbelieving world. A veteran Youth Pastor of 25 years, Randy’s heartbeat is investing his life in the hearts and minds of junior high, high school, college students, and the next generation of youth leaders

WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? To develop an inner character that hold firm in the changing tide of life and 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 trainingOver 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in teenagers and the adults who come alongside them. Currently, Amy brings order to the piles of administrative work at Youth Leadership while planning and implementing training events, conferences and their online certification program. She has an M.A. in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. In her free time she serves as a spiritual director offering individuals and groups the ancient Christian practice of listening—providing space to reflect, notice, discern and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, occasional blogger, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and coffee.

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.

Harnessing the Power of Technology (G)

Harnessing the Power of Technology for Youth Ministry

Our students are growing up in a world where the dominant language is technology. In the same way that Christ entered our world, using technology allows us to enter the world of our students. This workshop will explore practical ways that we have used technology in our youth ministry at First Presbyterian Oostburg. We will speak from our experience using technology and we will refer to technology resources that have aided us.

Bill Ver Velde Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingBill Ver Velde has served as the Youth Director of First Presbyterian Oostburg for the past 7 years. Watching students conform to the image of Christ is one of Bill’s greatest joys. Using technology, humor, and creativity in ministry are all pursuits that Bill enjoys. Bill lives with his wife Morgan and daughter Brynn in Oostburg, Wisconsin where they avidly root for the Green Bay Packers.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? The audience will receive practical ideas for implementing technology in their own ministry context. They will also receive referrals to technological resources that they can explore and use in their ministry context.

Meaningful Ministry with the Intellectually Disabled Community (YC)

Meaningful Ministry with the Intellectually Disabled Community

Because the message is so important, the heart of every religious education teacher is to leave the classroom knowing the students “get it.” This workshop will help you clarify what constitutes Meaningful Ministry to students with intellectual disabilities, assisting them with their grasp of Biblical principles. It will also explore the unique Characteristics of this target group that, when understood, will increase the effectiveness of your ministry with them.

Charlie Chivers  Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingCharlie Chivers is the Founder and Director of Special Touch Ministry, Inc. serving the concerns of people with disabilities in the church for 35 years. Special Touch Ministry is a recognized “Compassion Ministry” committed to bringing Christ into the center of the individual human struggle of disability with the help of Churches and hundreds of volunteers across the Nation. Charlie serves on the “Compassionate Missionary Council” established to facilitate “Ministries of Compassion” in churches nationwide.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? A heightend understanding of the Intellectually Disabled student and why they respond the way they do. This understanding increases your ministry effectiveness with them and delivers your message in a way they can grasp and apply.

Sharing the Gospel in a Post-Christian Postmodern Society (Y)

Sharing the Gospel in a Post-Christian, Postmodern Era

In this seminar, we will examine what it means to live in a post-Christian, Postmodern Era, and what that means for evangelism among children and teens. We will explore how our world has changed, and how our methods and tools should change in order to remain relevant and effective in our ministries. This seminar will challenge your mind, and provide practical examples for effective evangelism.

Dr. G. David Boyd Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingAfter serving as a youth and young adults pastor for twelve years, Dr. G. David Boyd launched EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip parents and churches to minister to the needs of emerging adults. He is a collector of Marvel Comics, an avid gamer, a disciplined writer, a forward thinker, a husband to Rachel, and a father of three boys.

Play-doh Prayers & Walking Worship (YC)

Play-doh Prayers & Walking Worship: Prayer Practices & Worship Ideas for Preschool through Middle School

Children and teenagers are capable of connecting with God through far deeper and more powerful prayer and worship experiences than we can dream. This workshop addresses developmental issues for what practices work best for which age group—preschool, elementary, and middle school (vs high school and college-age). It provides and inspires ideas for creating prayer and worship spaces out of nothing as well as what you can find, make/buy, or do with a little travel. So come learn and share creative, interactive, and hands-on ways we can invite those in our ministries to meet with and experience God.

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingOver 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in teenagers and the adults who come alongside them. Currently, Amy brings order to the piles of administrative work at Youth Leadership while planning and implementing training events, conferences and their online certification program. She has an M.A. in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. In her free time she serves as a spiritual director offering individuals and groups the ancient Christian practice of listening—providing space to reflect, notice, discern and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, occasional blogger, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and coffee.

Talkin' with Tweens & Teens (Y)

Talkin’with Tweens & Teens

Breaking the proverbial ice with tween and teen students. Ideas, resources, and easy tools to start conversations with kids and keep the conversation going.

Andy Moscinski Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingAndrew “Mo” Moscinski is a good Samaritan, washed-­‐up athlete, married way out of his league, and considers himself an especially gifted napper. He always learn from mistakes of others who take his advice. Lastly, if there is no bacon in heaven, “I will go but I am bringing the crunchy goodness with me.”

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? Tools and strategies to start conversations with tweens and teens that go deeper than “what’s up?”

Working With Kids Below The Poverty Line (YC)

Working With Kids Below The Poverty Line: When Free or Reduced Lunch Means a Lot More Than Just Lunch

This workshop is for those that 1.) are currently working with students below the poverty line or 2.) desire to expand their ministry to include students below the poverty line. We’ll talk about how poverty effects individuals, families, schools, and communities and how we can better serve and lead kids in their spiritual journeys.

Kirk Foote is in his 20th year working with Young Life. He and his family have called Green Bay home since 2005. One of Kirk’s core values is that Jesus Christ should be programmatically accessible to every kid in his community regardless of their socio-economic status. Young Life in Green Bay reflects this value in the kids they connect with, the volunteers that serve, their staff, and the board that advises them.

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Being a Kid Friendly Church (C)

Being a Kid Friendly Congregation

Do you wonder what families are looking for in a church? This workshop will look at what kid friendly congregations do and how we can make our own congregations more kid friendly. We will look at culture, programing, volunteers, communication, building space, and more. You will leave with practical ideas you can use in your congregation.

Lisa Kammerer Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingLisa Kammerer is the Associate in Ministry at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She’s a wife, mom of 5 kids, Associate in Ministry, avid writer, creative thinker, 20 crazy years in youth & family ministry, eater of too much chocolate, nerdy player of board games, deep thinker, and asker of too many whys. She loves a handful of really important things: “I love God, I love God’s people, I love home and I love helping others. I love, I laugh, I work, I fail, I share my fails, and rejoice in that Jesus loves me for the crazy imperfect person that I am.”

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? The audience will look at why we do things, how to accomplish them, and take home practical ideas they can easily implement in their congregations.

Caring & Counseling Skills for Volunteers (Y)

Caring & Counseling Skills for Volunteers

Every youth leader will be called into situations of grief and loss and crisis. We often have good intentions, but no real plan.  This seminar will give you some specific tools and a framework to increase your caring skills, improve your confidence, and be more intentional when you are trying to help.  Tiger will give you 7 key phrases that will help you focus and actually be more helpful and effective when you are talking to people who are hurting.

Tiger McLuen Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingWith 40 years of ministry experience including being on church staff, an instructor of youth ministry in a variety of academic settings as well as a national speaker and consultant, Tiger McLuen has a unique perspective on changes in ministry, cultures, families and churches. Tiger is the President of Youth Leadership and the author of a couple of books and some articles – but mostly he’s a leader who loves being in a room full of people who are care about transforming the lives of the next generation. Youth Leadership’s mission is to transform the lives of students through equipped, Christ-centered leaders, parents and churches.

Celebrating Seasons of the Church Year (C)

Celebrating Seasons of the Church Year

Ever wonder what Advent, Epiphany, Lent or Pentecost are all about? This workshop will go through all the seasons of the church year. We will look at how the seasons of the church year can provide meaning and growth in our faith life. You will learn what each season is about, how we celebrate it at church and home, and programming ideas your congregation can use.

Lisa Kammerer Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingLisa Kammerer is the Associate in Ministry at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She’s a wife, mom of 5 kids, Associate in Ministry, avid writer, creative thinker, 20 crazy years in youth & family ministry, eater of too much chocolate, nerdy player of board games, deep thinker, and asker of too many whys. She loves a handful of really important things: “I love God, I love God’s people, I love home and I love helping others. I love, I laugh, I work, I fail, I share my fails, and rejoice in that Jesus loves me for the crazy imperfect person that I am.”

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? The audience will look at why we do things, how to accomplish them, and take home practical ideas they can easily implement in their congregations.

Discipleship Beyond High School (Y)

Discipleship Beyond High School: The Spiritual Development of Emerging Adults

Emerging adulthood (18-28) is often referred to as the “new fulcrum of human development.” It is a time when decisions are being made, and beliefs are being established. In this seminar, we will discuss the factors affecting the spiritual development and how they affect our mission to make disciples. I hope to challenge your thinking about Millennials, and their role within the church while equipping you to confidently minister to them.

Dr. G. David Boyd Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingAfter serving as a youth and young adults pastor for twelve years, Dr. G. David Boyd launched EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip parents and churches to minister to the needs of emerging adults. He is a collector of Marvel Comics, an avid gamer, a disciplined writer, a forward thinker, a husband to Rachel, and a father of three boys.

From "Bleh" to "Wow" (G)

From “Bleh” to “Wow”

Unlock the power of quality brainstorming to take your next youth event from “meh?” to “WOW!” Learn how to implement techniques that Disney, Apple, Summer Festival, and other top creative agencies use to create dynamic programing for your ministry.

Tony Ducklow Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingTony Ducklow is Director of Operations at Youth Forum, developing and executing original and dynamic games and programming for Youth Forum’s summer camp for middle and high school youth, Summer Festival, as well as programming for church groups all over the Twin Cities. With almost 10 years experience leading games and programming, Tony has had the chance to lead and play games with thousands of youth.

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 Director of Operations at Youth Forum, developing and executing original and dynamic games and programming for Youth Forum’s summer camp for middle and high school youth, Summer Festival, as well as programming for church groups all over the Twin Cities. With almost 10 years experience leading games and programming, Tony has had the chance to lead and play games with thousands of youth.

Grief & Loss: It Happens (G)

Grief and Loss: It Happens (G)

Grief and loss are universal experiences. There is a high probability that you – or someone you care about – is dealing with a shattered heart. Whether dealing with the loss of a loved one, a divorce, a change of job, moving to a new town, diminished status, broken trust, etc – GRIEF is a normal reaction to significant loss and change. Unfortunately, we don’t talk much about how to deal with powerful grief in our churches, schools and homes. This workshop will address ministry principles to help individuals and groups journey through significant seasons of grief and loss.

Enrique Ochoa Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingEnrique Ochoa (“Q”) is the Leadership Development Director and Student Ministry Coordinator at Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church in Cedar falls, IA. He is a “local church” ministry veteran of 29 years. He is married to Martha since ‘92 – and together they have 4 children: Josh (21), Becky (19), Joel (16) and Lydia (14). Q loves Chicago Cubs baseball (THIS is the year!!), running ½ marathons, indoor plants – and he plays lead guitar in a local “middle-aged cover band”.

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

This workshop will provide practical ministry resources – in both spiritual and emotional health areas – to help you or someone else journey through difficult seasons of grief and loss.

How to Identify & Equip Student Leaders (Y)

How to Identify and Equip Student Leaders

Do you wish you had an unlimited supply of student leaders who are passionate about reaching their friends and community for Christ??? I think that we all would like to have those leaders in our Student Ministries, but how do we go about finding those leaders??? In this workshop, we will explore some practical ways to begin to identify those leaders that God has already given us. You will learn how to tap into the gifts and abilities that God has placed in that student and how you as a leader can tease it out of them.

Randy Brown Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingRandy Brown’s heartbeat is to relay Biblical Truth to a generation seeking relevant Christianity in today’s world. With a culturally relevant style, Randy shows the importance of understanding God’s Word so that we may show God’s love to an unbelieving world. A veteran Youth Pastor of 25 years, Randy’s heartbeat is investing his life in the hearts and minds of junior high, high school, college students, and the next generation of youth leaders

WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? To be able identify, equip, keep Student Leaders.

Ministry to the Blended Family (G)

Ministering to the Blended Family (G)

Blended families make up 40% of married couples with children. Despite this prevalence blended families remain one of the most neglected groups in the church today. Blended families often lack resources and tools to integrate the family they so desperately desire. In this session we will examine common barriers to ministering to blended families as well as explore valuable research and practical tools to capitalize on the many opportunities for familial and spiritual growth within blended families.

Lisa Fernelius Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingWorking with youth for over twenty years Lisa Fernelius is passionate about bringing truth and life to teens in a hurting world.  By day Lisa is a registered nurse and by night she is a loyal small group leader. From the adventures of summer time mission trips to the weekly gatherings with her favorite 8th grade girls she is passionate about all things teenager. Lisa first hand recognizes the importance of reaching teens in these all important formidable years. Lisa lives in New Hope, Minnesota with her husband Drew where they raise their blended family of amazing and slightly quirky five children. Hunter (19), Mikaela (18), Ben (18), Faith (15) and Grace (11) make up their real life version of “Yours, Mine & Ours”. Additionally Lisa is almost equally passionate about coffee, dark chocolate and her four legged furry friends.

Ministry to Tweens (YC)

Ministry to Tweens

We will examine the developmental characteristics of tweens (5th-7th grade), and discuss how to effectively minister to their hurts and needs while preparing them for adolescence and adulthood. You will walk away with a top ten list of Do’s and Don’ts to make your ministry to Tweens healthy and thriving.

Dr. G. David Boyd Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingAfter serving as a youth and young adults pastor for twelve years, Dr. G. David Boyd launched EA Resources, a non-profit designed to equip parents and churches to minister to the needs of emerging adults. He is a collector of Marvel Comics, an avid gamer, a disciplined writer, a forward thinker, a husband to Rachel, and a father of three boys.

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 trainingOver 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in teenagers and the adults who come alongside them. Currently, Amy brings order to the piles of administrative work at Youth Leadership while planning and implementing training events, conferences and their online certification program. She has an M.A. in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. In her free time she serves as a spiritual director offering individuals and groups the ancient Christian practice of listening—providing space to reflect, notice, discern and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, occasional blogger, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and coffee.

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.

Soul Care: Ministering out of Overflow (G)

Soul Care: Ministering Out of Overflow

 

We can only take others as far as we currently are in our journey with God. We are meant to live with an ongoing awareness of God’s presence and love, yet we are often too busy and distracted to notice. Busyness and exhaustion are the new status symbol. This hurried, tired, and busy mentality overflows into our ministry to youth and children. This workshop creates an unhurried, safe place to reflect, rest and experience a few life-giving spiritual practices to refresh your soul and connect with God. This workshop is ideal for those interested in deepening their relationship with God so that it overflows onto those around them.

Amy McGrew Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingOver 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in teenagers and the adults who come alongside them. Currently, Amy brings order to the piles of administrative work at Youth Leadership while planning and implementing training events, conferences and their online certification program. She has an M.A. in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. In her free time she serves as a spiritual director offering individuals and groups the ancient Christian practice of listening—providing space to reflect, notice, discern and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, occasional blogger, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and coffee.

When Church & Family Collide (YC)

When Church & Family Collide

Families and church sometimes seem to be at odds with each other. Church events and family events fill the calendar and everyone is “busy”. It can sometimes feel like pulling teeth to get people to commit to “church stuff”. Families are the root of discipleship and the church should equip them, not run them tired. What if there was a better way to build disciples and bring up the next generation of Christ followers?

Eric Szymanksi Recharge conference children's youth ministry trainingEric Szymanski is the youth pastor at Decorah Covenant Church. He’s been in youth ministry for about 14 years as a volunteer, intern, and full time youth pastor. He has been married for 11.5 years and has three biological children with two more coming in the process of adoption from Haiti.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE THE AUDIENCE WILL TAKE HOME FROM YOUR SESSION? That the church needs to be a resource for families to be the spiritual influence in their own family and the community around them.