Workshops

Friday morning is devoted to workshops. There will be three sessions, each 45 minutes long.

Workshops: Friday 9:00 – 9:45

1. How I Got to the Mission Field

Michelle Harris
Associate Director of UB Global
Anchor Community Church
Fort Wayne, Ind.

A panel of both new and veteran missionaries will share how God led them into missionary service. They will tell what they expected, what actually happened, and why they stayed. There will also be time for questions and dialogue with attendees.

2. Using Missionary Methodology to Reach a Community

Curtis Carnes (top)
Pastor of Missional Discipleship
Renew Communities (Berea, Ohio).

David Kline
Associate Director of UB Global

In this workshop you’ll learn about some of the most common methods used in missions, globally and locally, to connect with a community, build relationships of trust, and guide people toward a relationship with Christ. You will hear stories and receive practical tools to help your church engage your local community and the world.

Repeated at 10:00

3. Blueprint for Renewal: Strengthening Your Church

Mike Dittman
UB Director of National Ministries

Every church has unique challenges that must be prayerfully discussed and strategically re-envisioned. But where do you start? Mike Dittman will present a blueprint that provides a customized pathway for renewing healthy churches that are spiritually alive, relationally connected, and missionally engaged, along with guidance for reproducing fruitful churches within our neighborhoods and among the nations.

Repeated at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00

4. Security as Ministry

Brotherhood Mutual Representative

As safety and security becomes a heightened topic for churches, more and more ministry leaders are taking steps to protect their people. During this workshop, we’ll share Brotherhood Mutual’s safety and security best practices, via pre-recorded videos of speakers, along with practical, ministry-focused resources to help ministry leaders address the various issues they face today.

5. Understanding the Art of The Ask by Matching Mission with Means

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton
President of Huntington University
Huntington, Ind.

This session provides a practical approach to fundraising exploration—how to identify projects, how to strategize, where to look for resources, and how to create a compelling vision.  The Advancement Office staff  and President of Huntington University will lead this discussion on visioning a small capital campaign or ministry project for your church.

6. From Cooperation to Conviction: Starting a Culture of Prayer

 Sam Ward
Pastor of Worship
Emmanuel Community Church
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Emmanuel Community Church went through a year of coaching with Daniel Henderson and has learned a lot along the way.  Sam Ward will walk through a prayer experience and then lay out the lessons their church learned along the way.

7. Expectations: Ministry Wives

Lisa Fetters (left)
Huntington, Ind.

Pam Dittman
Commerce, Mich.

Each of us has a way we expect our lives to turn out: our family, job, health and ministry. How do we handle life when our expectations don’t turn out the way we hope? We believe these successes and/or disappointments are all part of what God uses to form us into exactly who He wants us to be. When our lives are most out of our control, this is precisely the time our loving heavenly father uses to show us his way is best. Our time will begin with a short devotional, we will discuss some questions in smaller groups and end in prayer for each other. Please join us as we begin to learn to give our expectations to the one who knows and wants his best for us!

8. The UB Church During the Civil War

Steve Dennie
Director of Communications
UB National Office
Huntington, Ind.

UBs were totally behind the Union effort against what we called “the slaveholder’s rebellion.” This workshop will be filled with stories. About the nearly 900 UB men who died in uniform, including nearly 40 UB ministers and a Medal of Honor winner. About our mission among freed slaves in Mississippi, for which President Lincoln gave his blessing. About the UBs in Virginia, who spent the war in rebel territory. About what was happening among UBs on the homefront, on the western pioneer, and abroad. It was a fascinating, and tragic, period.

Repeated at 10:00

9. Can I Start A Church? How to Plant a Simple Church with Friends and Neighbors

Andy Sikora
Founding pastor of ReNew Communities
Berea, Ohio

Have you ever walked around your neighborhood and wished you could have a greater impact for God’s Kingdom where you live? Have you ever wondered what it would take to see your neighbors, street, or community transformed by Jesus? You may just be the one God is calling to get things moving. Join us for this workshop to hear real stories and get information on how you could start the simplest form of church.

11. Face to Face & Heart to Heart: An Open Forum with the Bishop

Todd Fetters
Bishop
Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA

Do you have a question rolling around in your mind that you would like to ask Bishop Todd. Fetters? Then this “workshop” is for you. No question is off limit. Well…maybe. But, pretty much any question can be asked, and some sort of answer will be provided. Perhaps you have a question about the assignment process, common trends in UB churches, a point of doctrine, ministerial training, or the bishop’s general observations of the denomination. Now’s your chance. Limited to 20-25 people because of the size of the room.

Repeated at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00

12. Praying Like the Saints: Ancient Prayer Practices for 21st Century Christians

Dr. Tony Blair
President, Evangelical Seminary
Myerstown, Pa.

We all believe at some level in the efficacy of prayer. Yet every survey reveals that many Christians don’t pray much, or don’t feel either intimacy or power when they do. Many think it’s boring. But others are rediscovering with joy some of the ways that long-ago saints of the Church prayed. This workshop will look at the Jesus Prayer, the Examen, and other ancient ways of praying that may be encouraging to United Brethren prayer warriors in the 21st century.

Workshops: Friday 10:00 – 10:45

13. Church and Parachurch: Living with the Tensions

Dave Datema
UB Endorsed Missionary
Frontier Ventures

Pasadena, Calif.

This workshop explores the debate surrounding how churches and parachurch organizations should relate to each other. Is the parachurch guilty of draining the church of its best people and much of its money? Are parachurches doing what churches should be doing, but aren’t? Should the parachurch even exist? This workshop looks at the debate theologically and historically, but also seeks to locate the current status of the issue within the UB world.

14. Using Missionary Methodology to Reach a Community

Curtis Carnes (top)
Pastor of Missional Discipleship
Renew Communities (Berea, Ohio).

David Kline
Associate Director of UB Global

In this workshop you’ll learn about some of the most common methods used in missions, globally and locally, to connect with a community, build relationships of trust, and guide people toward a relationship with Christ. You will hear stories and receive practical tools to help your church engage your local community and the world.

Repeated at 9:00 and 10:00

15. Blueprint for Renewal: Strengthening Your Church

Mike Dittman
UB Director of National Ministries

Every church has unique challenges that must be prayerfully discussed and strategically re-envisioned. But where do you start? Mike Dittman will present a blueprint that provides a customized pathway for renewing healthy churches that are spiritually alive, relationally connected, and missionally engaged, along with guidance for reproducing fruitful churches within our neighborhoods and among the nations.

Repeated at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00

16. Prayer as Spiritual Discipline

Dr. Sherilyn Emberton
President of Huntington University
Huntington, Ind.

Prayer is conversation. A quality conversation makes room for all parties, requires equal periods of listening, and awkward pauses are welcomed. Join this session to explore three practices that build the discipline of prayer in your personal spiritual growth and in your relationships to others. Learn to be the prayer warrior for your church, your family, and your neighbor.

17. Building a Rhythm of Prayer in Children’s Ministry

Shandra Hathaway
Pastor of Children’s Ministries
Emmanuel Community Church
Fort Wayne, Ind.

This workshop will focus on the daily prayer life for children’s pastors and how to engage a children’s ministry team through intentional prayer. We can either try to fit prayer into our children’s ministry, or we can build our ministry around times of prayer. A rhythm of daily prayer for children’s pastors helps to establish a framework for ministry to become a meaningful reality, keeping us (and our ministry team) mindful of the Lord’s presence with us throughout the day. It is the pulse of life that shapes our ministry.

18. Am I a Church Planter? Vision, Calling and Skills for Potential Church Planters

Andy Sikora
Lead pastor
Renew Communities
Berea, Ohio

Have you ever had the sense that God might be calling you to start a church, but you pushed the idea away because it just seemed too crazy? Join us for this workshop where we’ll encourage you to believe, even if it’s only for one hour, that it might be possible. We’ll share stories of calling, talk through the planting process from start to finish, and try to answer all the questions you have about how to move forward if this is what God’s calling you to do.

19. Can We Talk about Money & Generosity?

Gary Dilley
Emmanuel Community Church
Fort Wayne, Ind.

There are subjects that are hard for us to talk about in the church, and one of those is money. Many of us in our churches would love to bless and care for our pastors more than just through what we can offer him with his salary. The UB church’s partnership with the National Association of Evangelicals has provided ideas and tools on how to accomplish that, along with tools on how to strengthen the financial picture of pastor’s and lay people’s homes, as well as our churches. Unless you, your pastor, and your church have more money than you know what to do with, join us for our session.

Repeated at 10:00 and 11:00

20. The UB Church During the Civil War

Steve Dennie
Director of Communications
UB National Office
Huntington, Ind.

UBs were totally behind the Union effort against what we called “the slaveholder’s rebellion.” This workshop will be filled with stories. About the nearly 900 UB men who died in uniform, including nearly 40 UB ministers and a Medal of Honor winner. About our mission among freed slaves in Mississippi, for which President Lincoln gave his blessing. About the UBs in Virginia, who spent the war in rebel territory. About what was happening among UBs on the homefront, on the western pioneer, and abroad. It was a fascinating, and tragic, period.

Repeated at 9:00 and 10:00

21. Creating a Warm and Welcoming Church

Craig Mickey
Pastor of Assimilation & Sports Ministries
Emmanuel Community Church
Fort Wayne, Ind.

From first impressions to follow-up, learn how to foster an inviting church environment that will encourage guests to return. We’ll discuss tried-and-true strategies as well as cutting-edge approaches for converting guests into attenders.

22. Helping Teenagers Toward Spiritual Vitality

Brian Kramer (left)
Pastor of Middle School Ministries
Emmanuel Community Church
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Matt Stemen
Pastor of High School Ministries
Emmanuel Community Church
Fort Wayne, Ind.

For parents of teenagers, soon to be teens, and anyone who works with teenagers in a church setting. Learn what spiritual vitality looks like in a teenager and how to practically coach a teenager toward it by examining and applying an instrumental passage in the New Testament.

23. Face to Face & Heart to Heart: An Open Forum with the Bishop

Todd Fetters
Bishop
Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA

Do you have a question rolling around in your mind that you would like to ask Bishop Todd. Fetters? Then this “workshop” is for you. No question is off limit. Well…maybe. But, pretty much any question can be asked, and some sort of answer will be provided. Perhaps you have a question about the assignment process, common trends in UB churches, a point of doctrine, ministerial training, or the bishop’s general observations of the denomination. Now’s your chance. Limited to 20-25 people because of the size of the room.

Repeated at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00

Workshops: Friday 11:00 – 11:45

24. Responding to the Refugee Crisis: Challenges of Syrian Refugee Youth in Lebanon

Maher El Hajj
Youth for Christ, Lebanon

Many Syrian refugee youth in Lebanon don’t go to school, some never felt safe and others thought of committing suicide. How do we respond as followers of Jesus to the needs of a hopeless generation of refugee youth?

25. More than Money: Empowering Business People in Your Church

Frank Y
Associate Director, UB Global

Business people can be your church’s greatest champions and assets. But they can feel lost in how they can meaningfully engage beyond giving. How can we empower entrepreneurs and others in business to live out their full potential in your local church? Come and let’s learn together.

26. Blueprint for Renewal: Strengthening Your Church

Mike Dittman
UB Director of National Ministries

Every church has unique challenges that must be prayerfully discussed and strategically re-envisioned. But where do you start? Mike Dittman will present a blueprint that provides a customized pathway for renewing healthy churches that are spiritually alive, relationally connected, and missionally engaged, along with guidance for reproducing fruitful churches within our neighborhoods and among the nations.

Repeated at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00

27. Creative Approaches to Corporate Prayer

Sarah Jo Fairchild
Author and pastor’s wife
Banner of Christ UB church
Byron Center, Mich.

The typical prayer meeting I grew up with went like this: we came, we sat, we prayed, we left. Prayer is important and powerful. But what if it can also be fun? And stimulating? Even interactive? Let’s design prayer nights as diverse as our people–the naturalist who feels closest to God outdoors, the activist who prays best while doing rather than sitting, the intellect, the enthusiast, the artist. This workshop will get you started with practical tips and creative possibilities.

28. A Reproductive Church: How Your Church Can Start Birthing New Churches

Andy Sikora
Lead pastor
Renew Communities
Berea, Ohio

There are two things I know about reproduction. First, living things reproduce. Second, you can’t outsource reproduction (or at least you shouldn’t!). If you are a key leader in your church, you should join us for a look at how every UB church can participate in starting new churches, how we can work together, and what steps you can take to help make this idea a reality for your church this year!

29. Can We Talk about Money & Generosity?

Gary Dilley
Emmanuel Community Church
Fort Wayne, Ind.

There are subjects that are hard for us to talk about in the church, and one of those is money. Many of us in our churches would love to bless and care for our pastors more than just through what we can offer him with his salary. The UB church’s partnership with the National Association of Evangelicals has provided ideas and tools on how to accomplish that, along with tools on how to strengthen the financial picture of pastor’s and lay people’s homes, as well as our churches. Unless you, your pastor, and your church have more money than you know what to do with, join us for our session.

30. What’s New at Huntington University?

Dr. Luke Fetters
Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs
Huntington University
Huntington, Ind.

Huntington University is the preferred education partner of the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. It has long been a great choice for high school graduates who are looking for a high quality, Christ-centered, undergraduate education. But did you know that Huntington University also offers online undergraduate and graduate degrees? Wherever you live, you and your church members may benefit from quality HU educational programs. Huntington University is moving forward with exciting initiatives in health sciences, agriculture, business, and ministry. Come hear about what Huntington University has to offer you and the families of your church – degree programs, seminars, consulting services, interns, tuition discounts, and more.

31. Up, In & Out: A Blueprint for Spiritual Transformation

Greg Reed (senior pastor)
Lissa Litka (Spiritual Journey Director)
Morning Star Church
Kokomo, Ind.

This workshop will show how we can open ourselves up to God’s transforming presence through the use of spiritual disciplines in personal, midsize, and large group environments.

32. Face to Face & Heart to Heart: An Open Forum with the Bishop

Todd Fetters
Bishop
Church of the United Brethren in Christ, USA

Do you have a question rolling around in your mind that you would like to ask Bishop Todd. Fetters? Then this “workshop” is for you. No question is off limit. Well…maybe. But, pretty much any question can be asked, and some sort of answer will be provided. Perhaps you have a question about the assignment process, common trends in UB churches, a point of doctrine, ministerial training, or the bishop’s general observations of the denomination. Now’s your chance. Limited to 20-25 people because of the size of the room.

Repeated at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00

33. Pursuing the Third Option

Mark Vincenti
Youth Minister
College Park UB Church
Huntington, Ind.

Following Jesus in a polarized world can be difficult, as each side tries to convince us that their own extreme and problem-laden approach to an issue is superior to all others. Do you wonder if the choices typically presented to you are the only real options? Or is there a third option? Mark Vincenti will touch on issues which the world often sees in black and white, but for which Christians need a more thoughtful, nuanced, and biblical approach.

10. The Key to Powerful Praying Families

(The number is not a mistake. This workshop was moved from the 9:00 time slot.)

Shandra Hathaway
Pastor of Children’s Ministries
Emmanuel Community Church
Fort Wayne, Ind.

Whether you are a pastor in children’s ministry partnering with parents, or you are a parent/grandparent that is seeking more powerful prayer for your family, this workshop is for you! Deuteronomy 6:4-7 says parents are to teach their children about God. Although this passage doesn’t speak about prayer, the Bible explicitly shares that parents are to be spiritual leaders of their children. Parents have the most significant influence over a child’s life and development. When parents make prayer a priority, children learn to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, and mind.

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