There are great learning opportunities provided during the Extravaganza the workshops, prayer stations, and main stage. And some folks want more...more time and more in-depth. So “Intensive Care Courses,” two day in depth learning sessions, give participants the chance to go deeper on a single subject with an expert teacher. These learning opportunities have an additional cost of $115 per person.
Holy Disruption: What it Means to be an Outlaw Christian
Dr. Jacqueline Bussie
In this course, Jacqueline will encourage participants to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and to courageously share their ‘scars’ with one another. More >
Faith Formation in Religious Diversity:
L.E.A.D. - Living Every Day as Disciples
Peggy Hahn, Executive Director
David Hansen—Director of Communication and Innovation
Are you a busy leader who knows there’s more to ministry than just numbers and money? Are those metrics actually keeping you from doing what you know matters most? More >
In this highly interactive course, Dr. Jacqueline Bussie--award-winning author, public speaker, professor, and theologian of the church—will help participants discover “Outlaw Christianity” and explore love, hope, and lament as holy disruptions. This course will use both of Jacqueline’s latest books, Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the Rules (winner of the 2017 Illumination Gold-Medal Award for Christian Living) and Love Without Limits: Jesus’ Radical Vision for a Love With No Exceptions as workshop guides. Jacqueline will invite participants into conversation around the following questions: What does it mean to be an Outlaw Christian and participate in holy disruptions? What “rules” should Christians break? How can we cultivate hope in our everyday lives? What is lament, and how might we best practice it as church? How do we best love across difference and follow in the footsteps of Jesus during such polarized times? How can we disrupt the “single stories” that are being told today about immigrants/refugees, our neighbors of other faiths, and folks of the opposing political party?
In this course, Jacqueline will encourage participants to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and to courageously share their ‘scars’ with one another. After discussing the biblical command to ‘teach one another how to lament,”(Jeremiah 9:20), participants will write and share their own short laments. Jacqueline will also invite participants to “give an accounting of the hope that is within them” (1Peter 3:15) and participate in a hope-giving story exchange. Jacqueline’s books will be on sale at the event, and are also available prior to the event on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever books are sold.
Dr. Jacqueline Bussie is an award-winning author, professor, theologian, and student of life in all its messy beauty. Jacqueline is a much sought after speaker and workshop facilitator. Her first book, The Laughter of the Oppressed (2007), won the national Trinity Prize. Her 2nd book, Outlaw Christian: Finding Authentic Faith by Breaking the Rules (2016) won the 2017 Gold Medal Illumination Award for Christian Living. Her 3rd and latest book, Love Without Limits: Jesus’ Radical Vision for a Love with No Exceptions (2018) was named by Publisher’s Weekly as “a must-read for all Christians (interested in inclusivity for their communities).” An active servant-leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Dr. Bussie teaches religion, theology, and interfaith studies classes at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she also serves as the Director of the Forum on Faith and Life. Though Jacqueline hails from Jacksonville, Florida, she now lives in Fargo, North Dakota—which is all the proof she needs that God’s sense of humor is alive and well.
Instructor: Dr. Colleen Windham-Hughes
Website: Cal Lutheran Faculty Profile
Let’s explore the space for specific faith commitments in a diverse world together. This Intensive Care Course helps congregational leaders think about faith formation by taking young people’s questions seriously as well as the experiences of our neighbors. It will include site visits to local communities of faith and walks through how to include site visits as part of faith formation in your congregation.
Today all development in identity and faith occurs in a context of religious diversity. People who are formed according to different faiths and none at all meet each other every day—in school, at the grocery store, on the field. People of every age have questions about religious differences alongside questions about their own faith identity. We can accompany people in their questions even when we don’t have all the answers.
Fear of young people’s questions has kept wonderful and wise adults from everyday conversation with young people. The worries are many: What if I don’t know the answer? What if they get confused? What if it threatens my faith or blasphemes? What if they subsequently leave our community and reject what they’ve learned? How do I know what’s true?
It takes effort to articulate a good question. Usually the way a good question takes shape is by having the space to voice it, chew on it, and work on it with someone else. The most valuable thing you can give to someone with a question is not an answer; it’s their own question back, clarified through your listening. You do not need to share the faith of another to accompany them in their questions. In fact, it is a great gift when someone who is different from you trusts you with their preoccupations—whether they be in the form of passions or questions. You can show trust in them, too, as you narrate your faith journey.
We will spend time together talking about faith formation and make room to consider how it takes shape in our different contexts. We will visit communities of faith different from ours and reflect on our experiences. We will commit to a modest plan to explore further and/or include intentional engagement of religious diversity as part of faith formation.
Dr. Colleen Windham-Hughes is Associate Professor at California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, CA where she teaches in the areas of Religion and Public Life and Practical Theology. Colleen is also the Director of the program in Theology and Christian Leadership, where she works with students, congregations, and community organizations to develop internship experiences and the principle investigator of the Teagle Grant to develop Interfaith Studies at California Lutheran University.
Passionate about Interfaith relationships and faith formation across the lifespan, Colleen’s scholarship and church leadership focuses in these areas. An ordained Deacon, Colleen is active in both Lutheran and Methodist contexts and has written various curriculum and provided leadership for the ELCA’s Practice Discipleship initiative, spoke at various synod gatherings, and continues to partner with congregations through her work with students.
Colleen has a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, a M.Div. from Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA, and B.A. from Whittier College, CA. She is married with two boys and lives in southern California.
Instructors: Peggy Hahn and Pastor David Hansen
Are you a busy leader who knows there’s more to ministry than just numbers and money? Are those metrics actually keeping you from doing what you know matters most?
This Intensive lets you do something about it. Every leader sets goals – intentionally, unintentionally – or relies on goals from the past. In this session, we’ll be creating new, faithful metrics, metrics that matter and that open up space for imagination and creativity.
What do the future metrics of faith formation look like? By paying attention to hot spots, setting different types of goals and metrics and changing the stories used to interpret metrics, the future can look very different.
This course will be a sacred space for ministry leaders who want to walk away with a new framework for measuring what matters. It is a hands-on learning experience that will include developing personal awareness about the ways we are judging success as well as what it takes to move ourselves and others into a learner mindset. You will be introduced to a new, digital dashboard, to tools that can help you fast track your path forward and to new friends for the pilgrimage. Leave with a concrete plan for reshaping your personal and congregational metrics.
Peggy Hahn—Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peggy Hahn serves as the Executive Director for LEAD, aligning passionate leaders, resources, and practices to grow Christian leaders who grow faith communities in our world. Peggy is a frequent speaker and author who is never without a pile of books to read and seeks coaches and mentors for herself in an ongoing quest to learn and grow. Peggy is committed to listening to pastors, youth ministers and leaders of all ages for insight into the ways they are growing in their own faith and learning together, and what LEAD can do to support them in their development as leaders.
Peggy has served as a volunteer with the ELCA Youth Ministry Network for over 24 years in various roles and has served as the team leader or on the team for the servant events for the 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2018 ELCA Youth Gatherings. As the innovator of Camp Hope Day Camp Ministry, she is committed to growing student leaders and believes congregations can be leadership incubators.
David Hansen—Director of Communication and Innovation, email@example.com
First and foremost, David is a congregational pastor. This is his passion and the calling he gives his time and energy to. He believes the church is more than congregation and when we can help each other to share the Good News and grow God’s Kingdom, we should. This conviction has brought him across the country as he helps congregations and organizations communicate more effectively and pass the faith on from generation to generation.
David has served as a volunteer on the communications team of the Gulf Coast Synod for many years, as well as on the Social Media Team of the 2015 and 2018 ELCA Youth Gatherings. He is passionate about helping the church use digital tools to share the Gospel.