Training Ground Conference
Training Ground Conference
Training Ground Conference
Training Ground Conference

Conference Sessions

General Session 1


We are the wealthiest, most resourced Christians in the history of the Church. So why is the church’s mission failing in so many parts of the West? We’ll look at how fear, superstition, and captivity to mere human religion has enslaved the American church, and how a proper vision of Christ and His world can begin the process of renewal.

General Session 2

SKYE JETHANI: Redefining ‘Radical’

Everyone wants to be “radical” today—including church leaders. We’ll look at how our culture defines the “radical” life, and how the church’s definition is often no better. Finally, we’ll discover how Christ defines the radical life and why it’s good news for leaders and laity alike


Break Out Session 1: SKYE JETHANI

Millennials & the Future of Ministry

Every church wants to know how to engage more young adults. The research on the topic is both surprising and challenging. We’ll look at what we’re learning about millennials, why they engage the church, and why they often leave.

Break Out Session 2: SKYE JETHANI

Discipleship with Monday in Mind

People spend more of their lives at work than anything else. So why do most churches completely ignore peoples’ vocations as part of their discipleship? We’ll explore pastoral practices that can transform your approach to discipleship and bring surprising rejuvenation to your church members’ lives with Christ.

Break Out Session 3: Panel Discussion

Learning To Juggle

With Bill Church, Dave Murphy, PJ Bogoniewski, and Kristin Swan regarding the real life challenges of ministry.  Topics include balancing the demands of ministry and life, self-care and sacrifice, processing the changes of ministry over the last 30 years, and processing the transitions of life.


Break Out Session 1: Dan Boal

5 Critical Connections

5 critical connections every youth ministry must have to help teenagers love the Church.

Break Out Session 2: Dan Boal

Launching the Next generation

Understanding the culture necessary to unleash the next generation into their God given vocation.

Break Out Session 3: Dan Boal

6 Values Great Youth Workers Embrace


Break Out Session 1

Abby Burg: Building Blocks

Tangible Steps toward Disciple-Making in Kids

In the Great Commission, Jesus commands us to "go and make disciples" (Matthew 28:19). We want to follow His command, but we sometimes struggle to know where to start with kids. How do we break down concepts like omniscience or stewardship or faith with seven-year-olds? Is it even possible? When we build a solid foundation, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Join us as we explore some of the building blocks that can be used at every age level to fulfill Jesus' call to make disciples.

Shaun Sass: Extending Faith formation Into the Home

The Church is uniquely gifted to instill faith in kids and be a catalyst for spiritual growth, but the reality is our exposure to kids is limited. We need to extend our reach by activating families to become aware of their responsibility to disciple their kids. Partnering with parents can sometimes seem like an elusive ideal but with intentional investment in your strategy, this can become one of the most important investments you will make in your ministry. In this interactive session we will talk about the need for this partnership with parents, the difficulties you may face and consider some ideas to help you develop an approach.

Break Out Session 2

Abby Burg: Creative Worship for Kids

Connecting Kids with the Divine

Discover how to help kids express their faith and encounter God through in creative and active avenues.  Launching from a framework of how to hear and discern the voice of God, you'll have the opportunity to try out a number of worship stations that engage multisensory learning and help Christ-followers of all ages enter into meaningful worship and prayer.  You'll leave energized with new ideas and refreshed by time with your Savior!

SHAUN SASS: Extending Capacity Through Leadership Development

I've never heard anyone in ministry say, "We have enough volunteers.” Maybe we're approaching the volunteer issue from a needs basis vs. an equipping and retention approach. I've never heard a leader say, I have more than enough time to do what I need to do. In this session we will look at volunteer recruitment and development from a leadership development perspective. In addition we will consider some key strategies as a leader that will help you build and develop your team. We'll consider how you can maximize your bandwidth as a leader and at the same time grow and retain a world class team.

Break Out Session 3: Panel Discussion

Kidmin Focus

With Abby Burg, Shaun Sass, our District Kidmin Connectors Lisa Vogan and Kristin Swan, and Julie Hillis, director of Haven Camp at Delta Lake.

This is a chance to ask your questions about anything Kidmin related! Our desire as your district leaders is to strengthen our connections within the district so we can have a greater base of encouragement and equipping as we work toward greater Kingdom Impact. We appreciate the ministry you are doing and want to hear from you!.