Pastors’ Conference Workshops

The Pastors’ Conference workshops have been completely revised for the 2018 conference. The Conference Team has worked closely with Moody's faculty to craft workshop tracks that will equip church leaders to face the unique challenges that arise in their church.


Tracks:

Communicating God's Word

 

We live in a postmodern and post-Christian culture, but biblical preaching is necessary and still matters. Our preaching track this year takes into consideration the 21st-century preaching context. We will have workshops on preaching biblical poetry, preaching that speaks to millennial and Generation Z women, how to move from text to sermon in 15 hours, style and imagination in biblical preaching, and more. 

Church Management

 

A pastor's job of managing the church is no easy task. The myriad details can include conflict resolution, selecting board members, and providing healthcare for your staff, which can be overwhelming. These sessions offer practical advice for dealing with these tasks to keep your church running smoothly.

 

Evangelism and Discipleship

 

Many in the church today are losing hope. It feels like the church is losing ground in an increasingly secular, diverse, and polarized environment. Questions abound regarding how we can redemptively engage people in this culturally confusing and constantly shifting ministry environment. In the midst of this uncertainty, there is hope. Moving disciple-making back to the center of the church’s activities remains the best way for the church to fulfill this role.

 

Women's Ministry Leaders

 

The women’s track this year is about going deeper in our understanding of Scripture and how to apply it in speaking and teaching. The three parts of the track will include: proclamation preparation, building a theological foundation, and engaging in pastoral care and growth. 

Youth Ministry

 

The youth ministry track is designed for those who work with youth or oversee those who do.  The varied sessions presented by veteran youth workers will look at strategies for adolescent ministry as well as specific challenges youth workers and students face.  

Media and Technology

 

The average American actively consumes 10+ hours of media each day. That’s precisely why the Church should not only understand media from a biblical perspective, but have theology and practices in place to use it for Christ’s Kingdom.

 

Urban Ministry 

 

How do you minister in the inner city? In particular, how do you minister to a city as complicated and diverse as Chicago? This track will explore that.

 

Spiritual Formation and Self-Care

 

True ministry flows from the inner person (John 7:3–39), and genuine growth involves a strengthening of our spirits (Luke 1:80; Eph. 3:16). This track is designed to allow God to do a work in you that He may freely work through you in your ministry.

 

Small Church Leadership

 

This track is designed for the individual who is pastoring a small to medium-sized church and wants to develop additional skills and insights to pastor well. Most small churches operate with a limited budget, limited volunteers, and limited resources. Small church pastors are normally too busy to think about how to do ministry better. This track will help you develop a strategy that will do just that. 

 

En Español

 

Una iglesia vibrante y eficaz es el sueño de todo pastor. ¿Pero cómo alcanzar este sueño con todas las demandas y retos diarios del ministerio? En los talleres de La Conferencia de Moody Para Pastores, usted aprenderá cómo fortalecer su ministerio de enseñanza, cómo alcanzar a futuras generaciones, y aun cómo ayudar a su congregación a navegar temas sociales claves como la inmigración. Regístrese ya y prepárese a obtener herramientas para un ministerio poderoso y eficaz. ¡No se lo pierda!

 


Bonus Workshop

10 Ways God Provides When the Paycheck Isn’t Big Enough.”  This Bible-based, God-centered message has been well received.  At five Free Methodist conferences, this message was the #1 rated message out of seven keynote messages. Includes six free months of post-conference training online on pastoral finances. Hosted by Brian Kluth, national director of the National Association of Evangelicals.


Communicating God's Word

Pending Topic
Winfred Neely

 

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Pending Topic
Winfred Neely

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

From Passage to Pulpit in 12 Hours (or less)
David Giese

 

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

Biblical Preaching that speaks to Millennial and Generation Z Women
Bex Rowlands

 

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

Watch the Preacher Sing and Dance: How Poetic Preaching Moves Us
Kerwin Rodriguez and Emmanuel Padilla

 

Thursday, May 24 2:00 p.m.

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Church management

Top Legal Issues Impacting Ministries Today: What You Need to Know
Janet Stiven

 

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Administrative Systems in a Small Church
Eric Moore
 

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

Relationships with Difficult People
Mike Milco

 

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

 

 

 

Evangelism And Discipleship

From Foreign to Familiar: Chuches Reaching Millenials
Beth Seversen, director of evangelism at Evangelical Covenant Church 

Learn the pathways young adults are following to faith in Christ. We will discuss the approaches effective churches are using that are reaching and keeping millennials to serve young adults' pre-conversion process.

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Optimizing Missional Impact in the Local Church
Mark Seversen, director of missional congregations at Evangelical Covenant Church

While it may be true that God gives the church mission so that we might join him in transforming the world, it is also true that God gave the church mission to transform the church. Regretfully, "mission" easily becomes a ubiquitous word or marginalized endeavor. This seminar will address the challenges currently facing our churches and highlight five practical steps churches are taking to optimize the impact of mission for the good of the whole church. Brunner was right when he said, "Mission is the church's cause and life. The church exists by mission, just as fire exists by burning."

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

Beyond Our Borders (and Walls)
Peter Hong, founder and pastor of New Community Covenant Church in Logan Square

We live in a world that is becoming increasingly secular, post-Christian, and multiethnic. How do we reach such a world with the gospel? The challenge for the Church to lead the way in being a kingdom agent is urgent in such a time as this. This workshop will aim to give a broad biblical perspetive to the overall theme of God's heartbeat for the world and how we can practically disciple the nations for God's glory and the common good.

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

"If Jesus is the Answer, What's the Question?" Evangelism in an Age of Skepticism
Jonathan Brooks, senior pastor at Canaan Community Church in West Englewood

We often find ourselves trying to convice people of their need for God. If we are honest, we are often trying to give them a solution to a problem they don't even know they have! What would happen if we began to think differently about our responsibility to our neighbors, so they would begin to ask us questions? By looking at the first three times the gospel message is shared in the book of Acts, we will discuss the evangelistic strategy used by the early church and adapt it for our current context. 

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

Equipping Young Leaders to Live Missionally and Moving Disciple Making to the Center of Church Life
Craig Hendrickson, assistant professor of Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute; program head of the Evangelism and Discipleship Major

Almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus unleashed a movement by making disciples. Yet often we move disciple-making to the periphery of church life. Reaching, equipping, and sending followers of Christ gets replaced with programs and services focused on meeting the needs of the already converted. In this workshop, we will learn how to unleash a movement by moving disciple-making back to the center of our communal life. We will learn some practical tips as we explore Jesus' approach to disciple-making in the Gospels.

Thursday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.

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Women's Ministry Leaders

How to Prepare a Message or Devotional Part 1
Rosalie de Rosset, professor of literature, preaching, and english at Moody Bible Institute

 

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

How to Prepare a Message or Devotional Part 2
Rosalie de Rosset, professor of literature, preaching and english at Moody Bible Institute

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

Me—A Theologian?
Laurie Norris, professor of Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute

 

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

The Power of Story—Biblical and Personal—in Mentoring Women
Jen Underwood, Greenhouse Movement with the Anglical Church in North America

 

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

 

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youth ministry 

How to Develop a Teenager Spiritually
Greg Speck, speaker with Family Life

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Equipping or Entertaining?
Bob MacRae, professor at Moody Bible Institute and Program Head of Youth Ministry

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

Mistakes that Youth Pastors Make
Greg Speck, speaker with Family Life 

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

 Walking with a Student Through Pain and Addiction
Tim Downey, associate professor at Moody Bible Institute
Bobby Jackson, student ministry staff at Christ Community Church
 

Thursday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.

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Media and Technology

Reaching Millennials (and Gen Z): A Panel Discussion on the Needs of a New Generation
Elizabeth Doogan

Ten years ago David Crowder Band’s latest hit and a lock-in were the recipe for success in connecting with younger generations. Now? Between Buzzfeed, dabbing, and snapchat, it’s hard to keep up. You want to reach twentysomethings, and they long for connection. This session will help equip you to minister to younger generations.

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Social Media and the Church: It's Complicated
Elizabeth Doogan

So your church has a Facebook page. Now what? Should you stay on track with trending topics, or stick to using it for your chili cook-off? There’s a method to the madness of social media, and can be a great tool for your ministry. Learn to use it to reach your community and care for your congregation.

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

Rethinking Sunday Morning Media
David MacKay

Join me as I explore the intersection of technology and worship, seeking to understand a biblical methodology for the practices we've taken for granted.

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

 

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Urban ministry

Surviving in Hurting Communities—PTSD
Nathan Strand

 

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

White Awake
Daniel Hill

 

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

Panel Discussion on Churches in the City
Pending

 

Thursday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.

 

 

Spiritual formation/ self-care

How to Resurrect a Dead Prayer Life
William Thrasher, professor and program head of Spiritual Formation and Discipleship at Moody Theological Seminary

Sooner or later, seeking to develop the discipline of prayer leads to failure, which leads to lack of expectancy in prayer. This workshop gives hope and direction to transform this failure into victorious praying. Come and believe God for this to happen in your life and to work through your weakness to revive many others as well.

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Finishing Strong in Your Life and Ministry 
Harry Shields

 

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

The Most Neglected Spiritual Discipline in the Church
Karl Clauson, WMBI Morning Show host and pastor of 180 Chicago

 Unlocking the key to loving Christ and the world. The essential discipline: how hating sin blows life into our lives.

Wednesday, May 23, 9:45 a.m.

Understanding and Connecting to the Emerging Generation of Millennials in their Spiritual Life
To Be Determined

 

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

Guard Yourself and Others in Living a Life of Purity in a Polluted Culture
James Elwell, director of international publishing at Tyndale House Publishers

 

Thursday, May 24 2:00 p.m.

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Small Church Leadership

Closing the Back Door: Practices that Will Make it Hard for Your Guests Not to Stick Around
Richard Tatina, pastor at New Life Community Church 

 

Tuesday, May 22, 9:45 a.m.

Leaving the Large Church's Shadow: Ordinary Means and Realistic Expectations
Eric Redmond, assistant professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute

This workshop will address issues of church maturity within the context of the expectations of congregation generated by comparisons of small churches to larger churches.

Tuesday, May 22, 2:00 p.m.

Pending Topic
Will Parjea

 

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

Conflict: Cover it Up or Bring it Up?
Tim Downey, associate professor at Moody Bible Institute

Daily life is filled with conflict. From the benign to the destructive, our lives and ministries are continually faced with difficult conversations, attitudes, and decisions. Sometimes we resolve it and all is well, other times we ignore it hoping it will go away. How we as leaders address conflict in our homes and churches ultimately impacts the trajectory of both. This workshop will discuss a biblical approach to godly, redemptive conflict management. 

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

 

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En Espanol

Pending
Kerwin Rodriguez

 

Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

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Thursday, May 24, 9:45 a.m.

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Thursday, May 24 2:00 a.m.

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Thursday, May 24, 2:00 p.m.

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Super Session

Pending
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Thursday, May 24, 3:30 p.m.

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Sponsored Workshops 

Transforming Presence
Daniel Hendersen, president of Strategic Renewal

An accessible look at the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives and how instead of trying to transform our lives from the outside in, we are being renewed from the inside out through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Tuesday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.

To Be Determined
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Tuesday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.

To Be Determined
Pending

 

Tuesday, May 22, 3:30 p.m.

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