WORKSHOPS AT AWAKENINGS

Workshop (or Encounter) sessions are designed to give 1-2 presenters an opportunity to delve into a very specific, on-the-ground, dimension of the conference theme. These sessions are meant to provide sufficient space for presenters to share their experienced learning on a highly relevant topic as well as to field questions (or lead experiences) that will help attendees understand how the topic might apply to them and their context.


Friday 3:15-4:15 & 4:30-5:30


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WORKSHOP 1

In order to companion and form leaders who survive and thrive in the wild and chaotic frontier of ministry today, we need pathways to deepening their faithfulness and resilience. This workshop will suggest a fresh way rooted in proven and timeless practices for nourishing leaders. Drs. Loyd and Morse, experienced church planters and authors, will demonstrate a model that works for churches committed to engaging the world in the ways of Jesus.

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WORKSHOP 2

We know the religious landscape in North America has changed. We know it when we see the statistics and feel it when our churches struggle. For those of us tasked with leading in this post-christian context, how often do we stop and pay attention to our hearts? In this new ministry frontier we must find ways of keeping our hearts from despair and ensuring our lives are Jesus-centred and receptive to the Spirit. To do this, we believe we need to cultivate intentional habits and postures as we lead.

Join us for an interactive workshop as we share stories from practitioners, consider perspectives from various ages and stages on the journey, and offer postures for practicing the ways of Jesus with a non-anxious presence and a renewed joy for the work ahead. If you're feeling weary come rest and be reminded, you're not alone and God is still on the move.

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WORKSHOP 3

In a time when one’s sense of personal identity, purpose and place of belonging feel increasingly fragmented, how does the church equip young adults to live fully integrated lives? During this session we will explore what it looks like for our communities to engage and equip young adults to navigate complex conversations and create practices of theological reflection that shape the integration of their many different spheres of life and influence.

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WORKSHOP 4

Sometimes discussions of power and privilege imply that those on the margins cannot exercise power until the dominant culture gives it to them. Power to the People is designed for those on the margins who, as Howard Thurman (Jesus and the Disinherited) puts it, are people whose “backs are against the wall.” Christians who appear powerless in the world have power that comes from the Gospel of Jesus. This workshop will explore:

The power problem (why some forms of Christianity are toxic)

The power of God (embracing a wholistic gospel)

The power of the apparent powerless (e.g., diaspora people, women)

The power of community (posing a way forward)

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WORKSHOP 5

Today, it's no longer enough to be spiritually competent: increasingly, ministry leaders must develop cross-cultural competence to advance the gospel and the church in a rapidly changing society. Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is the capability to function effectively across various cultural contexts. Join Santes to consider why improving your CQ is not just an issue of leadership or diversity, but one of discipleship and multiplication.

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WORKSHOP 6

The Church is in a state of crisis. We feel it, we know it, the writing is on the wall. All of our previously held tactics and tools: great preaching, great worship, great programs, even great websites are not strong enough to carry us into the our precarious future. Can we move beyond the Church Industrial Complex? Can we recover the Church as a Movement? Join us for a plunge into the raging waters of movement and discover the necessary competencies for swimming in the current of God’s in-breaking Kingdom.

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WORKSHOP 7

This is for teams, couples, and male/female partnerships across a variety of ministry contexts. Whether you work in a husband and wife team or in the context of an APEST team, these five principles will shift everything you knew about leadership, servanthood, and church leadership. Join Pastors Dele & Oneya Okuwobi, as they reveal five time less principals needed to build the Kingdom of God in the 21st Century Church. in the context of husband & wife APEST teams.

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WORKSHOP 8

The Apostolic Era used the dinner table as their primary form of church for the first three centuries. That historic sociology of church is making a strong comeback in the past decade. Interestingly, secularized populations are again flocking to these Agape’ dinner tables to eat & talk about Jesus.

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WORKSHOP 9

Rethinking the Enneagram—not as an end—but as a means to discipleship, we will briefly explore the Types, and then pair them with spiritual practices and biblical narratives based on personality. This session is a sample of a workshop meant to help you discern whether bringing this cost-effective workshop to your community might partner with your vision to make disciples while also creating new conversations with those in your region who do not follow Jesus but are interested in the Enneagram.

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WORKSHOP 10

The blended ecology way is about vintage and fresh modes of church working together in life-giving synergy. Existing congregations planting fresh expressions of church are experiencing forms of revitalization. This workshop will offer practical tools for re-missioning congregations for the new missional frontier.

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WORKSHOP 11

Everyone knows transitions are hard. Child to adult, separation to divorce, employed to unemployed, wife to mother—these are just some of the transitions that pepper our existence. When people transition from single to married and from life to death, even nonmembers ask for the church’s liturgical help. What if we offered help in other transitions? Transitional (liminal) states are characterized by vulnerability, grief, anticipation, anxiety, confusion, joy, and fear. Liminal people need community and help in their varied transitions. Liminality presents great pastoral opportunity to invite God to nurture and seal the transition through liturgy or ritual.

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WORKSHOP 12

Lessons Learned from Mobilizing Over 200 Microchurches in Ten Years: Come hear and interact around the story of Tampa Underground, an organic network of over 200 microchurches in Tampa Bay, interweaved with an organizational structure designed to launch and serve microchurches. We’ll explore how to help cultivate a calling-driven culture, the complexity of flipping an organization so the big exists to serve the small, and how to allow both the organic and the structural coexist toward a wild ecosystem of apostolic energy.

 
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What does worship look like for a church that is economically, educationally, and culturally diverse? In this workshop, we will explore the guiding principles of worship for communities that facilitate reconciliation across dividing lines.