Learning Environments

September 2019

Forming Young Adults for Faith in the Workplace (Twin Cities)

Presenter: Elaine Howard Ecklund
September 17 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am CDT
Station 19, East Bank Campus, UMN, 2001 University Ave SE, Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN United States

For many, work is the single largest time commitment in life. And for many, faith and church community are the most meaningful commitments in life. Elaine Howard Ecklund, professor of sociology and director of the Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) at Rice University, is currently leading a national study to understand how people integrate these two facets of life.

Elaine says about the project: “Our goal is that detailed data collection and carefully designed outreach efforts will put easy-to-understand data into the hands of as many U.S. clergy as possible and create networks of clergy who are trained to meet the spiritual needs of working men and women.”

Please join us for a conversation with Elaine aimed at helping campus ministers and pastors understand what she’s discovering about faith and work through this research, and what it means for our efforts to help students and young adults prepare for a lifetime of Christian faithfulness in the workplace.

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Engaging Generations Through Generosity (Denver)

September 19 @ 8:30 am - 11:30 am MDT
Denver Seminary, 6399 South Santa Fe Drive
Littleton, CO 80120 United States

“Engaging Generations through Generosity” is an interactive workshop for church leaders, during which participants explore different expressions of generosity and develop ideas to engage with all generations (including millennials and Gen Z) in their church and community. Made to Flourish is partnering with Thrivent to facilitate this workshop based on new, in-depth Barna Group research on Christians’ attitudes and behaviors around generosity.

This three hour experience offers you the opportunity to:

Use Barna research to understand how Christians really feel about generosity. Hint: It may not be what you think!
Learn what generosity means to different generations – And why it matters.
Collaborate with and learn from other church leaders in the Denver Metro area
Join an ongoing local learning community of church leaders if desired

The price of the workshop is $50. What you will get:

Admission for you and one additional attendee from your church/staff
A transformational half-day session filled with research, reflection, and insight-driven exercises
Participant workbook, tools, and resources to guide your learning
The opportunity to join a no-cost learning community to help put what you learn into action

Breakfast and snacks will be served.

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Fundraising and Grant Writing 201 (Cleveland)

Presenter: Jameika Holloway
September 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Front Porch Cafe, 798 Grant St.
Akron, OH 44311 United States

Don't miss this opportunity to grow as a fundraiser and grant writer. You'll learn how to search for relevant grants, how to increase your grant success rate, how to more effectively build partnerships with donors, and how to stay encouraged along the way.

Workshops are FREE and open to the public

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October 2019

The Biblical Story and the Western Story (Phoenix)

Presenter: Michael Goheen
October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm MDT
Redemption Church, 2150 E Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ 85282

The Bible isn't a set of separate books or disjointed principals: it's a compelling drama that narrates the true story of the world. It gives meaning to all of life and a vision for the flourishing of creation. In these lectures, Michael Goheen will show how the Bible unfolds in six "acts"--from creation to restoration -- and tells the story of how God is on a mission to renew all things through Christ.

Goheen will show how the Biblical Story provides a life-giving contrast to the false stories of our time and the idols of culture. He will argue that we need to see the Bible as a unified, authoritative, story if we are going to be disciples, and make disciples, who contribute to the flourishing of God’s world.

This event will be held in partnership with the Surge Network.

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Common Good Conference

October 5
KS United States

A Church for Monday... Exists as a counterculture for the common good Embraces God’s calling in all of life Seeks to expand economic opportunity How can the church more effectively equip women and men for their scattered mission in the workplace? In what ways can churches expand opportunity and promote economic well-being in their city? Join us for Common Good Conference 2019 as we gather across the country to explore what it would look like to be a church for…

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Common Good Conference 2019 (Chicago)

October 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
Christian Life Center, 2552 135th St.
Blue Island, IL 60608 United States

We will host a nationally broadcasted conference, Common Good 2019: A Church for Monday. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Christian Life Center (2552 135th st. Blue Island IL)

This is a great event to help you build momentum and vision for faith and work integration at your church. We encourage you to bring others from your church to be inspired by these national speakers, as well to hear from other Chicagoland church leaders to learn how they are leading their congregations toward becoming a church for Monday
The conference will address themes like:
* How are other Chicagoland churches equipping for faith and work integration?
* How can I understand a sense of God’s calling wherever I work?
* How do I follow Jesus at work in a post-Christian culture?
* How can we as the church multiply opportunity for all (especially the vulnerable)?
* How do we be champions of human dignity in our work?
* How can the church be a faithful presence in our communities?

The speakers include a mix of pastors and local speakers (Bryan Loritts, Larry Osborne, Tom Nelson), business leaders and entrepreneurs (Helen Hayes, Thomas Kim, Winnette Mcintosh, Robin John), and scholars (Karen Ellis). 

Stayed tuned for the list of local speakers and faith & work expos who will be present at the conference.

Tickets are $39 until September 15 and increase to $59 after this date. You can register here at the link below.
I hope you’ll join us!

$39 – $59
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Faith and Work Unleashed (Twin Cities)

Presenters: Dr. Luke Bobo (Made To Flourish), Dr. Patrick Lai (Open USA), Dr. Bill Tibbetts (North Central University)
October 14 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Cedar Valley Churrch, 8600 Bloomington Avenue S
Bloomington, MO 55425 United States

In order to see transformation in our communities and in our world, churches, marketplace professionals and students must begin to think about work and faith in strategic new ways. The interconnection of the two is a Biblical idea that holds the key to powerful and innovative expressions of the Kingdom of God at work in our world. To find out more about Faith and Work Unleashed, join us on Monday, October 14 at Cedar Valley Church in Bloomington.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to hear from thought leaders in the Business as Mission space and have the chance to interact in breakout sessions and panel discussions. Workshops and speakers for the evening include:

From the 925 Window to the 1040 Window - Dr. Patrick Lai, Open USA
This workshop will look at the practical ways to utilize your 9-to-5 expertise (job skills and experiences) in order to make a kingdom impact on those parts of the world where there is no church and no known believers (the 1040 window) without ever leaving your home. Whether you are a student, professional, or church leader, everyone has a part to play.
A Faith and Work Unleashed Church: An Inside Look - Dr. Luke Bobo, Made To Flourish
At Made to Flourish, we contend that a church that has truly unleashed a robust theology of faith and work will travel in four lanes or four integration areas. Those four integration areas are: the worship gathering, pastoral practice, spiritual formation/discipleship, and outreach/missions. We will explore these four integration areas together in this workshop.

The 4 Lies We Believe - Dr. Bill Tibbetts, North Central University
Together, lets unshackle the bondage that many Christian professionals experience when wrestling with understanding their kingdom purpose at work. An unapologetic approach to expose the lies that many Christians have about work will be countered by the clear truth that God communicates to us through His word. Whether you work as a barista, the owner of a company, a stay at home mother, or a pastor, you will find this workshop paramount.
Event Schedule and Details

6:00-7:00 pm - Guest Speaker Presentations

7:00-8:00 pm - Breakout Workshops

8:00-8:30 pm - Panel Discussion with Guests

8:30-9:00 pm - Networking and Connection

Location: Cedar Valley Church, 8600 Bloomington Avenue S., Bloomington, (Enter through Door 10)

Questions: Contact Devin Dickel, devind@openusa.net or Jon Kuert, jonk@cvchurch.org

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Impediments To A Flourishing Church and Community

Presenters: Cindy Aegerter, Shay Bethea, Ismael Hernandez, Ava Steaffens, Chris Robertson, Andrew Vanderput, Jessica Young Brown
October 18 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Williamsburg Baptist Church, 227 Richmond Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185 United States

As we continue to express our collective belief to integrate faith, work, and economic wisdom for the flourishing of our churches and communities, the Hampton Roads and the Richmond Made To Flourish networks are hosting a conference where we will explore how pastors and leaders can begin and continue to bring these ideas alive in our communities.

During this conference, attendees will explore topics related to pastoral isolation, the root of work problems in our communities, compassion and poverty, and more. Speakers from around the country will join us to gather and equip pastors and leaders in our network.

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Developing Servant Leaders in Your Congregation (Twin Cities)

Presenters: Dr. Justin Irving, Dr. Mark Strauss
October 22 @ 12:15 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
Bethel Seminary – Anderson Center, 2 Pine Tree Drive
Arden Hills, Minnesota 55112

What does it mean to engage in the work of leadership, in any sector, in a manner that is influenced and informed by biblical foundations and best-practice wisdom? Join us for the deeper dive for pastors to be equipped as servant leaders and empowered to develop servant leaders in their churches who lead not just in church settings but in all areas of their life and work in a manner consistent with biblical wisdom.

This seminar will include teaching as well as shared discussion and problem solving led by Dr. Justin Irving and Dr. Mark Strauss from Bethel Seminary will present and guide discussion.

This event is co-sponsored with Thrivent & Work With Purpose.

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November 2019

Healthy Teams, Healthy Churches: A Journey to 2020 (Silicon Valley)

Presenter: Patrick Lencioni
November 14 @ 7:45 am - 12:45 pm PST
Abundant Life Christian Fellowship, 2440 Leghorn St
Mountain View, 94043 United States

What it's All About:

The ability to build a healthy team is fast becoming an advantage, especially in the region that we live in. Too often dysfunction, confusion and politics prevent even the most brilliant strategies from realizing their full potential. Organizational effectiveness and team dynamics are at the root of many problems and it’s time that the Church step up to be one of the leaders in Organizational Health.

This is a rare opportunity for you and your team to be immersed in organizational health. You’ll spend an energizing and thought-provoking morning with Pat Lencioni who has spent the past 20 years shaping the organizational health movement. Participants will learn new concepts and tools to lead their teams towards increased health and effectiveness.

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