Fill each class block (A, B, C, D, E) with one of the following classes.
Saturday | 11:30am
Working Together in a Divided World—how can I work with people I don’t agree with? The world is getting more and more polarized and divided. How can we as followers of Jesus rise above this, reconcile our relationships and ultimately work together while we still work out our disagreements? Join Jon Tyson and Tim Day as they have an in depth conversation around these realities and the church’s response—now and in the future.
We admire the faithfulness of Ruth, the courage of Esther and the humility of Mary. Yet when we look in our hearts, we may find the selfishness of Sapphira, the deception of Delilah or Jezebel’s take-charge pride. Listen to Liz Curtis Higgs retell these Biblical stories with “rollicking humor and deep insight as she teaches about the nature of sin and goodness” —Publishers Weekly.
Powerful stories move people to action. Many people have great stories to tell but they lack the resources, time and expertise to share them. In this hands-on workshop, professional videographer Britney Berrner will teach you how to capture and share great stories without a huge budget or extensive training. Learn storytelling techniques and the basics of lighting, audio, editing and delivery—using only your phone. Effectively communicate the God stories from your life and ministry.
For the first time in Canadian history single households are the majority but churches are still overwhelmingly programmed for families. Where's the disconnect? Is it possible to understand, attract, serve and mobilize single adults without making them feel like a project or an afterthought? And what about the church's role in helping marriage-minded singles make good matches? Join Focus on the Family's Lisa Anderson for a look at the unique needs and radical potential of single adults.
Thirty-two years ago John Burns—a dentist with a thriving practice and a new Christian—was asked a poignant question: “John, you can do anything you want with your life—but what is the best?” That question changed his life. He knew without hesitation that God was calling him to plant Relate Church in Surrey, BC. Drawing from his own story, from his work as president of ARC Canada and from church planters around the world, John offers strategies, resources and guidance to leaders called to launch and grow life-giving churches.
Every day Canadian youth are being lured into the sex trade by traffickers who gain their trust. The average age of entry into prostitution is 12-14 years of age, a terrifying statistic for every parent. Fueled by her faith, former MP Joy Smith has helped change Canada’s criminal code and works tirelessly to combat human trafficking by educating and equipping Canadian families. Learn how to protect your kids and recognize and report traffickers in your community.
What does the Bible say about marriage and same-sex relationships? Dr. Sprinkle wrestles with the theological arguments from both sides of the debate with thoughtfulness, honesty and grace and never loses sight of one crucial point: we’re talking about people, not just issues.
Pursue a life of achievement, not out of an anxious need to validate ourselves but out of a deep sense of gratitude in knowing we are already accepted by God. Pastor and author Ken Shigematsu introduces three spiritual practices—meditation, gratitude and Sabbath—that can help us live from a place of our belovedness.
Christians are often confused about depression, anxiety and mood swings. They are misinformed about the nature and treatment of mental illnesses and often suspicious of psychiatric treatments. The net result is that many Christians are suffering needlessly from correctable conditions. Dr. Mullen explains what depression and mood disorders are, how to assess yourself and how medical treatment works.
Religious nones—those who say they have no religion—represent one-quarter of adults and one-third of teens and young adults in Canada. Drawing on recent Canadian data, explore who they are, why they have grown, how they view the world and religion, and where they are going.
We all want a happy, peaceful, fun relationship that we enjoy every day. So why do we sometimes land in confusion, conflict and heartache instead? After a three year investigative study of people in the happiest relationships, Shaunti Feldhahn has identified several surprisingly simple actions and habits that make a huge difference. Whether you want to make a great relationship even better or are trying to breathe new life into a struggling one, this encouraging talk will leave you saying, “I can do that!”
Drums and bass are the ‘meat and potatoes’ of the band. This class will explore the role of drums in guiding and leading the energy and progression of a song, walking through specific songs to demonstrate different beats, fills, builds and spontaneous moments. As well we’ll look at how to tighten up the rhythm section and band by syncing up the bass and kick, highlighting how the bass acts as a foundational instrument for a full band setting.
Real change happens when the truth of God’s Word transforms our lives. In this digital age we must be prepared to study and share truth in new ways. This interactive class demonstrates the use of cutting-edge technology for in-depth Bible study, preaching/teaching and Christian counselling. What normally takes 5 to 10 hours of flipping through books or filtering through thousands of Google hits can be done in seconds! Compatible with Mac®, PC, iPhone®, and Android™Plus, Logos allows you to take your Biblical library with you.
Why do some teenagers rebel while others stay strong in their faith? Every parent's biggest hope for their kids is that they grow up to love God. But does the typical parenting advice actually work? Rebecca Gregoire Lindenbach dives into the stories of 25 young adults, as well as modern psychology research, to find the answer to the question on every parent's mind: what is it that helps kids actually develop a personal and lasting relationship with God?
Saturday | 2:00pm
In a culture where truth adapts to trends, Lisa Bevere calls on Christ-followers to be adamant. Adamant about truth. Adamant about love. Sometimes the most loving thing we can do is speak the truth - but speaking truth requires living it. "Lisa Bevere is relentless in her conviction to stand on and for the Truth…If you're longing for an unshakable place to anchor your life (and all of us are), Adamant will help lead you to the only unchanging Rock—Jesus.” —Louie and Shelley Giglio
Is it possible for those who hold to a traditional theology of marriage to truly love and honour LGBTQ+ people without changing their theology? If so, what does this look like in the life of the church? In this class Dr. Sprinkle focuses on relationships and answers your practical ministry-related questions.
Are you plagued with memories of past failures? Do you ever feel like everything that goes badly is your fault? Do words like worthless and unacceptable describe how you feel about yourself? You're not alone. These thoughts and feelings cause people to put on a variety of masks to cover up the dark and hidden places inside. Comedian, author and pastor Steve Geyer takes you on a personal and poignant journey to learn for yourself—or for those you love—how to be set free.
As a leader, learning to care for your own emotional and spiritual well-being is critical—for your team, for your family and for sustainable ministry—but it’s often at the bottom of the priority list. Rosemary Flaaten presents tools for a variety of soul care practices to fit your life and personal style. Once you learn how to nurture and care for your own soul you will also be able to lead others into life-giving soul care.
We learn best by experience. In this class, you’ll be guided into a personal interaction with the Holy Spirit that may expose an unhealthy heart or harmful motivations. You’ll experience firsthand how 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!
With so much controversy surrounding the use of land, water protection and other environmental issues, some important voices are being lost in the noise. In this class Cheryl Bear shares the Indigenous perspective of land and the environmental and spiritual importance of stewarding God’s good Earth.
The Bible has so much good news about love, sex, and marriage. John and Helen Burns have been speaking boldly about it for over 30 years. As pastors and hosts of the Hillsong Channel’s Sex, Love and Relationships they teach around the world, raising up Godly relationships that are vital to building the foundations of our churches and communities. If your heart is moved by the relationship pain in this world you are called to serve, if you are married or hope to be married...this class is for you.
Today’s skeptical world views the Bible with suspicion and even derision. The Bible, many think, is an outdated book with arbitrary and even bigoted rules. But is this really the case? Abdu Murray, himself once highly critical of the Bible, explores how the Bible proves to be historically true and philosophically relevant in a way that speaks to our contemporary culture and touches the mind and the heart.
Are you tired of living in the past? Would you like to be free from the painful memories, faces, voices and actions of people who hurt you? Join Kathy Mullen and set yourself free through the power of forgiveness.
Explore the fascinating, jaw-dropping content of Daniel 9: 24-27, sometimes referred to as the most complex prophecy in all of the Bible. The famous Jewish rabbi Maimonides considered it so startling and profound that he recommended it be read only by adults! Join Hans Weichbrodt in unpacking this intriguing prophecy.
Ever been confused or worried over your child’s behavior (“You Googled what on the internet?!”) or wondered “What is going on in that head of yours”? Then this class is for you. Parents will leave this talk—based on interview and surveys with more than 3,000 teens and tweens for Shaunti Feldhahn’s book For Parents Only—with a much greater understanding of what is going on in those heads! Get practical answers to guide your child into healthy, Godly adulthood even in a challenging culture.
This class explores how guitars are used effectively to enhance the worship experience. The emphasis is on the acoustic guitar in different contexts as both a lead instrument and rhythm instrument, but we will also explore how the lead electric and rhythm electric fit together and offer practical, hands-on instruction on playing style, tone, pedals and amplification options as well as demonstrating how to use guitar for different moments in a set.
Based on research from her award-winning book, The Good Girl’s Guide to Great Sex, Sheila describes what is actually happening in marriage today. Sometimes called the “Christian Dr. Ruth”, she challenges women across North America to change their attitude—to realize that sex was not created for men, but for women too. God wants sex to be something that binds us together, not tears us apart!
We are called to make disciples who make disciples. In this class with Lifeway’s small group and discipleship specialist Chris Surratt, discover how your church can better create disciples through a healthy small groups ministry.
Saturday | 3:30pm
This class will examine three key areas of calling:
+ The need to recapture ‘calling’ as the grounding of longterm ministry and building a common script among leaders so we do not dismiss each other or over-spiritualize calling.
+ The key to long-term serving through tough times and the authority to lead.
+ Knowing when to leave and praying over your successor.
44% of people will go through a faith transition at least once in their life. Mike McHargue (Science Mike) tells of his experience transitioning from evangelical-to-atheist and then from atheist-to-mystic in love with Christ.
Join Worship Central, Brian Doerksen and several GMA Artists as they share insights into the songwriting process. This is a panel format—multiple voices speaking to their own perspective and process of crafting a song.
Come experience this fun and uplifting way to celebrate our differences. In this session discover your ‘Pooh’ personality and explore new ways to finally feel at home in your own skin. At the same time, learn to accept and appreciate others in your family and in your life who are simply…different.
How does the church respond to one of the most defining issues of our time? Navigating the complexities of truth and love alongside people within the LGBTQ+ community is a significant challenge facing denominations, institutions and local churches across Canada. This panel of pastors and educators, as well as Christians with same sex attraction, launch the conversation by sharing the challenges, failures and joy of loving as Jesus does.
Enter into a safe, sacred space with Cheryl Bear to discover the depth and beauty of Indigenous ways of life. In this class you will learn to celebrate differences in healthy ways and explore what it looks like to walk together—for God’s glory.
Many of us have big questions that the Christian faith seems to leave unanswered. So we push them to the back of our minds for fear of destabilizing our beliefs. But leaving these questions unexamined is neither healthy for us nor honouring to God. In this class, Krish looks at why the paradoxes that seem like they ought to undermine belief are actually the heart of our vibrant faith.
In an increasingly secular world human beings are being reduced to mere products of evolution. At the same time there is an increased awareness about racial bigotry, sexism and mistreatment of people. Naturalistic evolution doesn’t explain the moral value of caring for our fellow human beings. But the gospel does. Abdu Murray unpacks how the gospel equips us to better answer the moral challenges we face today.
History teaches us that people are capable of truly terrible acts when we do not recognize one another’s humanity. But how are we meant to see each other? To see ourselves? In this session, Andy Steiger from Apologetics Canada challenges dehumanizing perspectives and explores how Jesus humanizes.
Join Shanna Noel of Illustrated Faith for this hands-on workshop documenting your testimony in a fresh new way! Shanna introduces you to everything you need to immerse yourself in this beautiful and inspirational world of spiritual creativity. Learn where to start, what to use and the heart behind the art of Bible journaling. Breathe new life into your walk with Jesus.
Take a walk with Ruth as she travels from Moab to Bethlehem, certain of her calling yet uncertain of her future. Hold Naomi’s hand and watch God's love put the pieces of her broken life back together. And hang out with Boaz, their kinsman-redeemer, who blesses both women and honours God, big time. Liz Curtis offers “a perfect blend of humor, extensive research, descriptive language, and insightful commentary” —Publishers Weekly.
In this class the focus will be on keys as an essential element in setting the mood for worship, unpacking various sounds (pianos, pads, lead synths, arps), and tone/eq as well as how keys support a worship set through playing style, chord shapes, sound choices and good practice for spirit-led/spontaneous moments. There will be a specific focus on MainStage as an accessible option for any church to get that worship sound.
What’s wrong with me? Why did I react that way…again? Why do some encounters with others leave me exhausted? How can I better understand people who are utterly unlike me? The Enneagram provides ancient yet surprisingly relevant insight into the answers to those questions. When rooted in Biblical teaching, this personality tool awakens us to nine typical ways (and whys) humans wander from God as well as His gracious provision to find our way home. Catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror of the Enneagram.
Have your life experiences given you a story to share, but you're not sure how to best share it? Author, speaker and writing coach Ginny Yttrup offers an overview of options for both writing your story and sharing it aloud. She'll cover written forms—articles, social media posts, memoirs and even using your story as a foundation for a fiction project—along with ideas on how to share your story from the speaker’s platform.
The Bible is a story. One beautiful, powerful, true story of God's plan to rescue people from sin through Jesus Christ. One story of the gospel. As kids ministry leaders and as parents, the goal is to point kids to this truth and help them see Jesus in every passage they read, experience transformation through Jesus and join in His story and His mission. This class uses Luke 24 as a framework to understand what it looks like to centre our kids ministry on the gospel.
Sunday | 8:30am
Culture has been made out to be the enemy of the church but, in fact, ‘culture’ is people—the same people we are trying to invite into the Kingdom of God. Understanding, embracing and focusing on culture—more than focusing on theology, strategy or models of ministry—can catalyze your church's experience of the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven. In this class learn six actionable takeaways for every leader.
Listen in as Ken Dyck, creator of Freedom Session, describes his personal journey as a conservative, Biblically-based pastor coming to know—and be filled with—the Holy Spirit. Discover the real, day-to-day difference this can make in your life. Explore the practical aspects of prayer, spiritual promptings, ministry, spiritual warfare, prophetic guidance and daily empowerment.
Words have the power to create, to heal and to change perspective. Throughout history poetry has been at the forefront of speaking fresh life into culture. Greg Denie teaches a basic understanding of spoken word poetry, how to think creatively and how to write and perform spoken word poems. At the end of the workshop you will be given a chance to perform your own spoken word piece!
Luke Hellenbronth (Worship Central)
Come and explore the biggest question we should be asking as worship leaders. There is a lot of emphasis placed on how you become the best but who we are becoming is the deeper issue and has the potential to release so much more.
For many of us "Our Father" begins a string of sentences we have learned to repeat at light-speed. But does the most famous prayer of all time mean anything more for us than that? This study opens our eyes to the immense riches and incredible wisdom this classic prayer holds for our daily lives.
Tim Day takes a detailed look at the emerging digital global culture and the impact of technology, rapid innovation and change on individuals. How can the church adapt and thrive in the complexity and chaos? Find out how Jesus equipped His followers to wisely navigate change and live out His mission in the world.
“If every couple was mentored in the first five years of marriage, the divorce rate in our country could be cut in half.” Neil and Sharol will introduce you to FamilyLife Canada's marriage mentoring initiative that is transforming marriage ministry in churches across Canada. Are you willing to invest 90 minutes a month in another couple? Find out how your marriage story—with all its ups and downs—can bring help and hope to others.
Great youth groups include fun, friendships and a bit of silliness—but most of us dream for more than that. We want to see students encounter God in a personal way and experience His love and power. This session teaches you how to create space for students to encounter the Holy Spirit, engage in prayer and be transformed by God's love.
Some families and congregations are more effective than others at passing on the faith from one generation to the next. Why? Joel Thiessen looks at religious trends among Canadian millennials and uses empirical research to highlight the central role parents and congregations play in their spiritual direction.
“Blessed are the peacemakers.” So Jesus taught 2,000 years ago. But how does one go about creating understanding and reconciliation today? Science Mike goes to the intersection of neuroscience, sociology and faith to find the answer.
Vocals are often the most underrated on a worship team but in reality are one of the most essential elements in releasing a spirit of worship within the congregation. This vocal class will focus on worship leading tone and style, harmonies and the necessity for background vocalists to create freedom in congregational worship.
Porn is not harmless. But do we know how to explain the negative effects of porn? With porn use rampant among teen and adult males and growing fast among young women, we must confront the problem head on. Take a closer look at the effects of porn use on marriage, sexuality and the relationship between genders and explore a game plan for churches to combat the problem.
Together we’ll de-construct and re-construct common and modern production elements and their impact on our worship. Humans are a meaning-seeking species—so it’s time to get to the root of our concerns and inspiration for production in worship.
Women in ministry. Is this still a relevant issue for today’s church? In her own journey towards vocational ministry Carol Henders finds the debate is alive and well and still challenging to many faithful Christ followers. Healthy dialogue within the body of Christ calls for consideration of different scriptural interpretations. Carol shares her own process of answering God’s call into ministry and carefully outlines the Biblical perspective for women in leadership—from both sides of the conversation.
Sunday | 10:00am
Our homes and churches are meant to be hospitals—welcoming the broken, the needy, the fatherless, the oppressed and the poor. Krish Kandiah, founder of the adoption and fostering charity Home for Good, explores how radical hospitality can transform your life, church, city and nation.
Unresolved conflict is the #1 reason most people become divorced, the #1 reason people leave churches and the #2 reason people leave their jobs. Conflict is an inevitable part of life—even for Christians. It’s the price we pay for intimacy. Learn how to address and resolve conflict in personal and group relationships and be empowered to live authentically, even when life gets tough.
It’s an all too common phenomenon: Christian leaders walking away, or being forced to walk away, from their ministry because of personal or moral failure. Learning to avoid and escape the traps that often hijack Christian leaders is critical to your growth and success. In this class, Sean outlines the three major traps of performance, comparison and competition and shares the path to freedom: a deeper grounding in your God-given identity.
We proclaim the Gospel in our preaching, but what about the rest of the service? A Gospel shaped liturgy walks us through the grand story of creation, fall, redemption and restoration each time we gather as God’s people. When the Gospel shapes our worship, we rehearse the Gospel story together in a way that shapes us. If you are a worship leader or planner, don't miss this class!
Everyone has been there. Busyness. Stress. Anxiety. Exhaustion. Some days it feels like we’re managing everything well; others, it feels like everything is managing us. But that is NOT the life Jesus wants for us! Shaunti Feldhahn, renowned social researcher, has been studying both the scientific and Biblical secrets to finding rest. Come soak in the promise of Matthew 11:28-30 (“Take my yoke upon you . . . and you will find rest for your souls”) and discover how to have real rest on this crazy, wonderful journey called life.
Charities and churches are dependent on the generosity of donors but it’s a complicated relationship. Some see fundraising as an unpleasant necessity in order to support spiritual enterprise, others see it as a failure to plan or a lack of faith in God’s provision. Fundraisers can be viewed with disdain; on the other side, donors can be hurt by those asking for funds. But there is a better way. Ray offers his personal experience and explores the theology and best practices for fundraising in the Kingdom of God.
Our culture seems to have embraced confusion—about sex, identity, religion, morality—as a virtue and shunned clarity as a sin. How do we offer the clarity of God’s majestic purposes to a world that shuns it, yet needs it so desperately?
The Biblical narrative shines a light on brave women who stood up to power, acted against culture and took bold risks. Many made choices that changed the trajectory of history. Are there lessons in their stories that would propel us to be brave and move boldly to impact our churches and our nation? What do we need to believe about ourselves and our place in the church? In culture? In history? Men and women will come away from this session with greater clarity, confidence and courage to take bold moves and choose faith over fear.
Talking about faith and truth has always been a challenge, but in this post-modern generation it’s harder than ever. Learn the basics of what it means to be Christ’s ambassadors and tactics for speaking to a culture openly hostile to faith.
Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? An adulteress? The wife of Jesus? An ancient goddess? Ancient myths and modern misconceptions are swept aside to unveil the real Mary Magdalene of the Bible, verse by verse. “While Jesus no doubt redeemed Mary Magdalene’s soul, Higgs has nobly rehabilitated her reputation” —Publishers Weekly.
“Help! I’m a parent of an athlete.” Parent and National Director of Athletes in Action Dave Klassen coaches parents on how to balance faith and sport, deal with difficult coaches and help their kids with time management, nutrition and travel. He demonstrates how sport can be a prime opportunity for Godly influence—on your child, their teammates and their coaches.
To understand the Bible means to literally “stand under” the searchlight of its divine author, to allow God to have His way with us through what is written. By taking this posture, rather than dissecting the Bible as a suspicious object or plucking out bits and pieces to suit our needs, Bible readers embark on a thrilling, transformative journey. Utilizing the best tools of Biblical scholarship, learn how to read and respond to the Bible the way Jesus did.
#MeToo. In these days when every newscast seems to include another report of someone wounded by sexual abuse, we are—often unknowingly—surrounded by survivors of sexual trauma. Ginny shares her own story of sexual abuse and healing while offering insight and practical steps for survivors and those who walk alongside them.
They live all around you—in correctional institutions, nursing homes, the inner city or maybe even on your street: vulnerable and overlooked people that no one seems to care about. You want to do something—develop a team, launch a ministry, make a difference—but you don’t know how to start. Learn some key steps from the team of staff and volunteers with Connecting Streams, a ministry reaching marginalized people across Canada.