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

Conference Break Out Sessions

General Session 1

LEAD LIKE A SHEPHERD: THE SECRET TO LEADING WELL

Keynote Presenter: Larry Osborne

The Bible nowhere calls us to lead like a CEO, a business owner, or entrepreneur. It calls us to lead like a “shepherd.” In this session pastor Larry will unpack what that looks like in a modern-day ministry context.  

General Session 2

HOW TO GROW A CHURCH AND STILL HAVE A LIFE

Keynote Presenter: Larry Osborne

It’s no secret that ministry can take a toll on our spiritual, emotional, and emotional health. But it doesn’t have to be that way. And it shouldn’t be that way. In this session pastor Larry will explore from scripture and his decades of ministry how to Grow a Church and still have a healthy family and emotional equilibrium.

Break Out Session 1

BUILDING HEALTHY TEAMS: WHY SOME WIN & MOST DON’T

Adult Disciplemaking        Presenter: Larry Osborne

Discover the key traits to look for and avoid when building a ministry team, be it volunteers or paid staff.

DISCIPLING STUDENTS THROUGH WORSHIP MINISTRY

Youth Disciplemaking        Presenter: Reid Walsh

In this session, we will discuss methods of utilizing worship ministry as a means of discipling students (and adults).  We will discuss song selections, themes, practical applications, and empowering students. Even the non-musical will find this helpful for implementing in your ministry.  

MINISTERING TO PRE-TEENS

Children Disciplemaking        Presenter: Melissa MacDonald

They’re unique and challenging and oh so fun! This seminar explores reaching and keeping those preteens in your ministries. Using interviews with preteens you’ll learn what they want, what they’re looking for, and what keeps them coming back for more.

PATHWAYS TO BELONGING: CREATING INCLUSIVE MINISTRY ENVIRONMENTS FOR ALL AGES

Special NeedsDisciplemaking    Presenter: Chad Mitchell

In this session we will discuss strategies to create a culture that welcomes people of all abilities and their families, that shares the gospel with them in a way that is sensitive to their learning styles and physical needs, and that helps them to discover and practice the gifts God has given them.

Break Out Session 2

FREEDOM FROM ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Adult Disciplemaking        Presenter: Eric Quinn

According to the statistics, 1 out of 4 people are suffering from clinical levels of Anxiety or Depression. Maybe even you! Eric tells his story of what it means to go through depression and anxiety as a faithful Christian and church leader. Here you will learn what those who suffer really feel and think; how the church can sometimes make it worse; and learn simply how we can bring hope and even begin our own personal journey to complete freedom from anxiety and depression.

DISCIPLING STUDENT LEADERS

Youth Disciplemaking        Presenter: Justin Fischer

Many churches and youth ministries are good at teaching teens about Jesus, but struggle with showing students how to be disciples and giving them opportunities to serve and lead. This seminar is an opportunity to learn methods for showing discipleship with student leaders, and to share ideas that work!

EMPOWERING KIDS TO HEAR AND RESPOND TO GOD

Children Disciplemaking        Presenter: Melissa MacDonald

Kids don’t receive a miniature Holy Spirit, they receive all of Him and He loves to speak to them. Using real life examples and practical tools this seminar will equip you to help kids hear and respond to God. Prepare to be amazed!

UNDERSTANDING KEY MOTIVATORS OF BEHAVIOR AND HOW TO BUILD AND PROMOTE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR IN YOUR CLASSROOM, GROUP OR HOME

Special Needs Disciplemaking        Presenter: Juliane Hillis

In this session we will explore the top motivators for why people chose to do what they do and how to foster and promote positive behavioral choices! It's as easy as A-B-C and you won't want to miss it!

Break Out Session 3

FREEDOM FROM ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION  (repeated)

Adult Disciplemaking        Presenter: Eric Quinn

According to the statistics, 1 out of 4 people are suffering from clinical levels of Anxiety or Depression. Maybe even you! Eric tells his story of what it means to go through depression and anxiety as a faithful Christian and church leader. Here you will learn what those who suffer really feel and think; how the church can sometimes make it worse; and learn simply how we can bring hope and even begin our own personal journey to complete freedom from anxiety and depression.

DISCIPLING STUDENTS THROUGH TRANSITIONS

Youth Disciplemaking        Presenters: Reid Walsh and Justin Fischer

Too many students reach the end of high school, or maybe college, and then struggle with integrating into the ‘big’ church.  In this session, we will see what our role as the church is to help students find their place, help them transition to the next stage of life, and how we can prepare them for, and help them walk through, these exciting and difficult phases in life.  

POWER SESSION WITH MELISSA

Children Disciplemaking        Presenter: Melissa MacDonald

Ever wish you had more time to process what you heard from a leader in a breakout session, and hear input from others on how they handle a challenge you face in Children’s Ministry? This session will give space to process together, go deeper in discussion from what we heard from Melissa, and hear ideas from others who share the Children’s Ministry journey.  Led by Melissa and District Disciplemaking Team Members Lisa Vogan and Kristin Swan.

MAKING DISCIPLES: HOW TO MAKE EVERYONE A FULL EQUAL MINISTRY PARTNER

Special Needs Disciplemaking    Presenters: Chad Mitchell and Juliane Hillis

In this session we will explore ways that people who are differently-abled can join in the ministry by being discipled and fully engaged in sharing the Gospel. There will also be a brief time for Q & A with Chad and Julie.