— stage one
Stage One is back!
Same question. New speakers. Different perspectives.
“What is one thing every Christ-follower should know?”
Throughout Saturday, pick Stage One for a Class block and listen to some of the most respected and influential Christian leaders in the world answer that question. These men and women have launched ministries and movements, written hundreds of books, mentored world leaders, shared Christ and inspired thousands around the globe. But on this stage they answer only one question. And they only have 15 minutes to do it!
Look for the Stage One Speakers in class block A, B and C below.
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Click on an elective title below to view its description.
1. Can She Lead?
2. The Church as Field Hospital: Evangelism, Mercy and the Sexualized Culture
3. The Digital Doorway
4. Does God Endorse Violence and Genocide in the Old Testament?
5. Efficient and Effective Bible Study and Teaching Preparation: Logos Bible Software
6. Empowered to Love
7. Margaret Feinberg’s Secret Sauce to Writing and Publishing
8. Renewing the Leader’s Heart
9. The Songwriting Worship Leader
10. Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married
11. Viewing the Cultural Landscape: Quest for Life Session 1
12. Curiosity as a Spiritual Practice
13. Worship Skills: Drums
14. Worship Tech: Sound
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15. Avoiding Colonialism: Serving, Giving, Sharing and Loving People in International Contexts
16. Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart
17. Engaging the Cultural Landscape: Quest for Life Session 2
18. Experience a “Freedom Session”: The Ministry Your Church Needs Most
19. The Five Signs of a Healthy Family
20. Four Paradigm Shifts on Hell
21. He Makes Me Lie Down: The Need for Sabbath
22. Passionate Sexuality
23. Redemptive Suffering: From the “gospel of suck” to the Joy of the Gospel
24. Seeing Beautiful Through the Journey of Life
25. Under Siege: Religious Freedom and the Church in Canada at 150
26. We Should All Be Jesus Feminists
27. Worship Skills: Acoustic Guitar
28. Worship Tech: Video
29. The Book of Revelation and the End of the World
30. Godly Parents & Prodigals
31. Introduction to Mastering the Craft of Creativity
32. It Takes a Village - Marriage Mentoring Initiative
33. Leading Worship: The Lessons I’ve Learned
34. Leaving Nothing Behind: Memory & Spiritual Formation
35. Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith
36. Real Questions. Real Answers
37. Singleness: What Do You Think About It?
38. Transforming the Cultural Landscape: Quest for Life Session 3
39. Under Fire: The Global Church in a Multi-Religious World
40. Until All Are Free
41. Worship Skills: Electric Guitar
42. Worship Tech: Live Production
43. Becoming Stepfamily Smart
44. Bible Journaling 101
45. Biblical Themes of Renewal & Revival
46. Compassion Generation: Discovering Our Role in God’s Redeeming Story
47. Cosmic Conflict and the Book of Revelation
48. He Restores My Soul: The Fruits of Sabbath
49. Learning to Hear God’s Voice and Respond: Session 1
50. Making Meaning: Crafting Lyrics that Engage and Inspire
51. The Power of Truth in an ‘Anything Goes’ Age
52. Transformational Leadership
53. We Need to Talk!
54. When Digital Porn Hits Home
55. Worship Skills: Vocals
56. Worship Tech: Design
57. Building Team: 7 Questions to Answer Before You Hire a New Staff Member
58. Charitable Giving for Greater Impact
59. The Canadian Church Circa 2030
60. Compelled by Love: Being an Effective Ambassador for Jesus
61. Conversation with a Saint
62. Creating Powerful Personal Story Illustrations
63. Getting Inside the Head of Generation Z
64. Learning to Hear God’s Voice and Respond: Session 2
65. Living Single in a Sex-Saturated World
66. Winning at Conflict: Fight Your Way to a Better Relationship
67. What would it take to say “Yes”?: Stepping out Regardless of Your Circumstances
68. Wrestling with Angels: Adventures in Faith and Doubt
69. Worship Skills: Keys
70. Worship Tech: Recording
71. Closer to the Fire (Stories from the Persecuted Church)
— class a
Saturday // 11:30 AM
Can She Lead?
Helen Burns // Cathie Ostapchuk // Gather Women Panel
As the debate goes on about what women can and cannot do in the church, many women in Canada are struggling to find their place to serve, to lead, to answer God’s call on their lives. We’ll look at the current stats and hear from women who have searched the scriptures and their hearts, and humbly asked the question: Can I lead?
The Church as Field Hospital: Evangelism, Mercy and the Sexualized Culture
Fr. Sean speaks with a firm, quiet authority about pornography. It’s not just because he’s a priest, nor that he’s the theological advisor to Integrity Restored, he also draws from his own experience and hundreds of others he has counselled. In this class, Fr. Sean will share stories of hope, lessons learned and best practices for addressing the problem of pornography in local churches.
The Digital Doorway
With 3.5 billion people connected to the Internet we have an unprecedented opportunity to reach individuals for Christ. Using the tested model of The Life Project, learn how you and your church can be equipped to share your faith and help people know Jesus online—one conversation at a time.
Does God Endorse Violence and Genocide in the Old Testament?
Many people struggle with the violence of the Old Testament and particularly the apparent genocide in Canaan. We’ll take a closer look at these passages to confront some popular caricatures, revealing not only that these passages do not depict genocide, they are surprisingly a great source of hope.
Efficient and Effective Bible Study and Teaching Preparation: Logos Bible Software
This workshop will demonstrate the use of Logos Bible Software for effective teaching, counselling and personal Bible study. What normally takes 5 to 10 hours of flipping through paper books for theological answers and Bible study can be done in seconds—and the depth of study is unparalleled.
Empowered to Love
You love each other a lot. So, why do you sometimes find yourselves at odds? And why do you react the way you do, even though you don’t want to? This session will help you map what goes wrong and learn how the humility of Christ can empower you to love each other. A laugh and learn opportunity for couples in first marriages and blended families.
Margaret Feinberg’s Secret Sauce to Writing and Publishing
Your voice matters. Deep in your bones, you know this is true. The ability to tell your story in a way that transforms is one of the most important skills you can master. Increase your influence and impact, be recognized as a thought-leader, amplify your message and experience breakthrough in publishing.
Renewing the Leader’s Heart
At some point, everyone’s faith, character and hope are tested. Not one of us is immune. When faced with significant disappointments in life and leadership, how do you keep your head and heart engaged when you’re ready to do the opposite?
The Songwriting Worship Leader
How does serving as a songwriter aid in spiritual awakening and provide roots for a local congregation? Evangelical, charismatic, traditional and liturgical churches can all benefit from a songwriter that writes fresh melodies and musical settings for the words that are precious and integral to our expression of faith. Explore this vital opportunity and calling with Brian and hear some of the stories behind his songs.
Things I Wish I’d Known Before We Got Married
Most people spend far more time preparing for their vocation than they do preparing for marriage. Dr. Chapman reflects on his own experience and shares twelve things he knows now that, had he known earlier, would have made marriage much easier. This session will be helpful to singles and young marrieds.
Viewing the Cultural Landscape: Quest for Life Session 1
How much do we allow popular culture and social media to inform our thinking? This session will review the Christian understanding of our reality—how we know things to be true and the implications that follow for how we live. Discover the framework for a resilient Biblical worldview in order to better interpret our cultural sphere, including current hot button issues. (Quest for Life is a series of classes developed for young adults. They are designed as a 3-part series but each class stands on its own.)
Curiosity as a Spiritual Practice
What if asking the challenging and difficult questions of our life with God is actually a healthy spiritual practice? What if Jesus is interested in increasing our curiosity, not resolving it? Dr. Casey Tygrett will lead us through both ideas and practices to help us rediscover curiosity as a healthy and fruitful spiritual practice.
Worship Skills: Drums
Drums are the engine of the band. Learn the essentials to play your best and bring life to your worship team. Covering everything from setup, maintenance, stick technique and control to building arrangements, practicing and flowing with any leader, this class welcomes drummers of all skill levels.
Worship Tech: Sound
This session provides an overview of all the practical basics to get better sound in your house of worship. Understand speakers and acoustics. Learn microphone types, selection and placement to get the best out of what you have. Get your sound checks up and running quickly and most importantly, learn best practices for less stress on your team.
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Saturday // 2:00 PM
Avoiding Colonialism: Serving, Giving, Sharing and Loving People in International Contexts
Ministry in an international context is a complex task. Often our Kingdom work takes place in countries where the long shadow of a colonial past shapes the current context. It is possible for ministry to become yet another form of unsustainable colonialism when not carefully thought through. Explore best practices for 21st century Christian engagement around the world.
Discipline that Connects with Your Child’s Heart
What kids learn when they are disciplined will last a lifetime. But well-intentioned parents can miss their kids’ hearts during discipline. It happens all the time. Instead of building the wisdom and respect they hope for, parents inadvertently build discouragement and resentment which drives their kids to misbehave more. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Engaging the Cultural Landscape: Quest for Life Session 2
How do we share the Gospel message with a hostile secular culture? Learn to effectively build bridges in evangelism with those who reject the Gospel message. Using illustrative practical examples, participants will be shown how the Christian worldview can best make sense of our experiences and speak to the brokenness of our world.
Experience a “Freedom Session”: The Ministry Your Church Needs Most
We learn best by experience. This personal interaction with the Holy Spirit may expose an unhealthy heart or motivations within you and convince you experientially why your church (and likely you) could use Freedom Session. Healing-discipleship is one of the next moves of God in North America. Find out why!
The Five Signs of a Healthy Family
We have talked about dysfunctional families, but what does a functional family look like? In this session, Dr. Chapman will give Five Signs of a Healthy Family. You will discover not only the characteristics of a healthy family, but practical ideas on how to build such a family.
Four Paradigm Shifts on Hell
Many of us fear hell as an “underground torture chamber” that makes God look like a cruel, vindictive tyrant. Confront the caricature to reveal the beauty and power of God’s story, with a healthier Biblical understanding arising from the goodness of God. Walk away with practical ways to help those who wrestle with this difficult topic.
Every couple has sex, but very few have passionate sex. This seminar boldly but respectfully addresses the spiritual nature of sexuality and how couples can strengthen their sexual relationship. Thankfully, humour is used throughout this frank and practical presentation so you can sit through it! Caution: Not for the faint of heart or easily embarrassed :)
Redemptive Suffering: From the “gospel of suck” to the Joy of the Gospel
How do we talk about suffering in the church? Is all suffering redemptive? Why does God allow us to suffer? What does it really mean to suffer as Christ suffered? Move beyond the platitudes and discover the gift of fortitude.
Seeing Beautiful Through the Journey of Life
In spite of having only 8% of normal vision, Tim Chambers creates beautiful art. Listen to his story, shared with passion and humour, of living in response to God’s grace. Learn the wonderful intricacies of the creative process and how we can all experience the same joy—despite our personal obstacles—as we imitate and respond to the true Artist.
Under Siege: Religious Freedom and the Church in Canada at 150
One key to living for Christ in Canada today is engaging our commitment to Him, His Church, and His Word (the Bible). A second key is knowing how Canadian courts have defined our freedom of religion under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Don Hutchinson literally wrote the book on both and will embolden you for sharing your faith.
We Should All Be Jesus Feminists
Sarah Bessey explores why we should all be Jesus Feminists. Through Scripture, you will learn why the Church should be the number one place for women to flourish and why that matters for the world today. Learn how to empower and equip more women to lead in your church and community.
Worship Tech: Video
Go beyond presentation software—explore the multitude of possibilities available to you by unlocking the potential of video. Learn the basics of video streaming and recording and how to maximize the effectiveness of these new video channels for your church. Whether a pro or new to the task, this class is for everyone.
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Saturday // 3:30 PM
Godly Parents & Prodigals
Every congregation has parents who are silently grieving as one or more of their kids have walked away from church or faith. Explore contributing factors and focus on reconnecting to prodigals and restoring relationships. Learn how to establish a prodigal ministry in your church. Family ministry must address the generations who have walked away from the church.
Introduction to Mastering the Craft of Creativity
Have you ever wondered why some people are so creative when you feel as if you couldn’t create something to save your life? In this class, Bob Stromberg shares 1 Surprising Truth and 3 Life Changing Disciplines that open your world to the wonder of creativity.
It Takes a Village - Marriage Mentoring Initiative
This may be the class that unlocks a marriage ministry in your church! Marriage mentoring strengthens marriages, reduces divorce and activates a whole new army of volunteers. It helps couples long before they crash. Find out how a passion for marriages, two couples and a 3-hour orientation can launch a powerful ministry to couples in all seasons of life.
Leading Worship: The Lessons I’ve Learned
Join Ben as he shares key insights from his journey—leading the worship ministry at Holy Trinity Brompton, recording multiple albums with Worship Central as well as on his own and working with other writers to pen some of the most loved and sung songs around the world. You won’t want to miss this class.
Leaving Nothing Behind: Memory & Spiritual Formation
We are all walking stories – made up of experiences and memories that make us who we are. How do we engage those memories in a healthy way so that we can become more like Jesus? Dr. Casey Tygrett will lead us in an interactive practice of remembering as a spiritual practice.
Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith
Using beautiful storytelling and Biblical teaching, Sarah shares her wrestlings with core issues—who Jesus is, what place the Church has in our lives, how to disagree yet remain within a community and how to love the Bible for what it is rather than what we want it to be—and teaches us how to walk courageously through our own tough questions.
Real Questions. Real Answers
One of the beautiful aspects of Jesus Christ is that He never discouraged questions. This workshop is going to explore three of the most common objections raised against the Christian faith. We are going to look at the problem of evil, whether science is against faith, and if we can trust and know that Jesus Christ actually lived. Nathan will present the Christian response to these objections and then open the time up for questions and answers.
Singleness: What Do You Think About It?
Whether you are single by chance, change, circumstance or choice, singleness can either be a blessing or a burden. Consider five myths of singleness and discover why and how God can help us be a whole person as a single adult. Make the best of this season in your life!
Transforming the Cultural Landscape: Quest for Life Session 3
Rev. Dr. Joe Boot // Daniel Mol // Dr. Theodore Fenske // Theresa Ng
With the cultural challenges that face Christians today, how can we possibly make a difference? Where should we start? This expert panel comprised of a theologian, lawyer, physician and political activist will provide practical ways in which we can be meaningfully involved in Kingdom work, family life, our social network and politics to transform our culture.
Under Fire: The Global Church in a Multi-Religious World
Christianity is the largest religion on earth by population. Christians also face the most persecution in all its stages: stereotyping, harassment, marginalization, criminalization and outright persecution (including torture and martyrdom). Take this opportunity to grow in relationship with the Body of Christ, across denominations and around the world.
Until All Are Free
International Justice Mission seeks to protect the poor from violence throughout the developing world. We partner with local authorities to rescue victims of violence, bring criminals to justice, restore survivors, and strengthen justice systems. Come learn how God’s invitation to push beyond your comfort zone can help change the world.
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Sunday // 9:00 AM
Becoming Stepfamily Smart
Healthy stepfamily living can be rewarding, even redemptive, but you have to be smart and trust God with the journey. Join one of North America’s leading experts on blended families to learn key qualities of Godly, healthy stepfamilies. Appropriate for single parents, stepfamily couples, step-grandparents and those who love them.
Bible Journaling 101
Bible journaling isn’t just another trend, it’s a personal record of your relationship with Christ! Hear the story that took Shanna from viewing the Bible as a place of confusion and guilt to a place of freedom and beauty. Learn where to start, what to use and most of all the heart behind the art of Bible journaling.
Biblical Themes of Renewal & Revival
Starting with the Exodus, we will examine the Biblical themes of Renewal and Revival. The cry of God’s people for “freedom” has ebbed and flowed over the centuries, and today Canada stands in great need of a national awakening. Oh how we need to cry out with ONE voice—Bring It On Lord!
Compassion Generation: Discovering Our Role in God’s Redeeming Story
For a generation that has a full and instant view of all the poverty, injustice and brokenness in the world through the screens in our pockets, it can be hard to believe God has a plan. But He is writing a beautiful story of redemption. Discover how God is uniquely calling and equipping each of us—as part of this one Church with one, unifying mission—to spread His love, hope and good news in the midst of it all.
Learning to Hear God’s Voice and Respond: Session 1
Learn how to hear, recognize and respond to the rhema word of God in your daily quiet time. This is the foundation of Ken’s recently published Authentic Living workbook and Authentic Life Journal and may be the most significant 60 minutes of your 2018. Come with a pen. This session is experiential.
Making Meaning: Crafting Lyrics that Engage and Inspire
Every writer loves the rush of song creation—those times when the lyrics finally come and a song begins to take shape. But song renovation—a system of evaluation and revision—can be an equally inspired process. In this session, we’ll go over fifteen refining questions you can ask of your lyrics as you co-operate with the Holy Spirit to craft something beautiful.
The Power of Truth in an ‘Anything Goes’ Age
It has been said that we live in a post-truth culture. Yet at the same time, we long for truth and look to people who can be trusted. This class is going to explore this tension we find in our culture today and look at what Christianity has to say to a culture that seems to have devalued truth yet still hungers for it.
Leadership principles are often discussed, debated, and debunked. How do some leaders consistently develop emerging talent to be effective servants in ministry, the corporate world and the community? Explore your own leadership style and learn to identify and uncover the hidden superpower in others.
We Need to Talk!
Communication breakdown is the #1 reason couples give for their drifting or disintegrating marriage. Often the desire is there, but couples lack the skills to really understand each other. They’re stuck in communication patterns that keep them from thriving. In this fun and interactive workshop, Neil and Sharol share principles that have helped couples at FamilyLife Weekend Getaways across Canada get ‘unstuck’ and reconnect.
When Digital Porn Hits Home
Traditional relationship norms of teens have been turned inside out by pervasive sexting, the coarseness of social media and a constant barrage of digital porn. These shifting roles will affect how we communicate God’s truth about our true identity. Our effectiveness in ministry is strengthened when we teach parents to respond with grace, understanding and appropriate boundaries.
Worship Skills: Vocals
It’s time to unlock the door to your full vocal potential. Find out why your voice does what it does and how you can create more opportunities to express yourself as an artist. Increase your understanding of your voice as an instrument.
How can we internalize the love and life of Jesus so that people can genuinely see Jesus within us? Jesus offers us a pathway that forms in us new mental, emotional, and relational disposition and cultivates an intimate relationship with God that transforms our life and sense of personal mission. In this session we will discuss this pathway and how God guides us through the process of this inner transformation.
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Sunday // 10:30 AM
Charitable Giving for Greater Impact
As Christians we are called to be stewards of our resources. Giving is good, but giving on its own isn’t good enough. This session will give tips and ideas on how you can be a generous and strategic giver—and how you can challenge others to give with head and heart—for God’s Kingdom.
The Canadian Church Circa 2030
Panel: Mark Clark // Shaila Visser // Mark Burch // Tim Day
The year is 2030. What does the Church in Canada look like? Hanging on or thriving? The same basic approach or a radically new model? These national leaders have a heart for the Kingdom, an eye on the future and deep connections across Canada. In this session they will discuss how we as the Church interact with and impact the ever changing Canadian cultural landscape for decades to come.
Compelled by Love: Being an Effective Ambassador for Jesus
Why is living as an ambassador of Jesus so difficult? Certainly there are external pressures that keep us from engaging in conversation about Jesus, but often the biggest preventative pressures well up from within us. Walk through 2 Corinthians 5 as we look at how to overcome those internal roadblocks and learn to live out our daily calling to be ambassadors of the King.
Conversation with a Saint
Nicky Gumbel // Jean Vanier (Digital interview)
Nicky Gumbel interviews Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche. Vanier talks about the joy of community, the key to happiness, leadership and what it means to be human. Break Forth One has been given special permission to use this powerful interview. We hope this humble saint can show us how to bring the Kingdom of God to the ‘least of these’ in our country.
Creating Powerful Personal Story Illustrations
Think of the best story illustration you’ve ever heard. Had you been the main character in the story it may never have been told. In this class Bob Stromberg explains why this is true and then shares the secret to discovering and developing your own powerful, personal story illustrations.
Getting Inside the Head of Generation Z
Technology is not only changing how we live, it’s changing how we love. Youth ministry lifer Randy Carter and author Donna Carter explore adolescent brain development and how their use of technology is hitting where it hurts most: their relationships. This class offers practical strategies for parents and youth ministry leaders.
Learning to Hear God’s Voice and Respond: Session 2
Take your interaction with God to the next level. Here God will show you where you get stuck in your spiritual growth and how Satan uses fear and unbelief to keep you stuck. Learn the surest way to change your good intentions into life-changing action steps. Life is too short to learn everything by mistake!
Living Single in a Sex-Saturated World
Sexuality is a huge issue in the lives of single adults of all ages. The challenge to remain pure in today’s world can be tough! We’ll look at 15 reasons single adults are having sex today, 11 ideas for managing your sex drive and other aspects of sexuality from a single adult perspective.
Winning at Conflict: Fight Your Way to a Better Relationship
We all fight and have disagreements! So great conflict resolution skills are essential for a marriage/family/church to survive and thrive. Learn practical, tested strategies from these popular relationship coaches on how to start a difficult conversation, how to apologize and move on.
What Would It Take to Say “Yes”?: Stepping out Regardless of Your Circumstances
Hear how Carrielynn’s journey has taken her from prison, to the streets, to Parliament Hill and back onto the streets again—but this time to care for the marginalized and vulnerable. Learn how she experiences unspeakable joy and peace in spite of death, disability and disease. With wit and wisdom, Carrielynn shares some of the lessons learned and the fulfilment of God’s promises in her life.
Wrestling with Angels: Adventures in Faith and Doubt
For many devout Christians throughout history, doubt has been a normal and even necessary part of vibrant faith. And yet it’s easy to panic when doubts arise. We’ll look at the difference between healthy and unhealthy doubt and explore life-giving strategies for allowing our doubts to deepen our faith.
Worship Tech: Recording
Hear from a panel of experts on how a long term approach to recording can help build the best results for you and your team. Join a group of producers, engineers and worship leaders from GMA Canada and explore what successful recording looks like.
Closer to the Fire (Stories from the Persecuted Church)
Millions of followers of Jesus around the world are suffering for their faith. In over 60 countries Christians are being severely persecuted. Greg Musselman will share stories of persecution and God’s power in the midst of extremely challenging situations. You will be challenged and encouraged to hear what God is doing around the world.