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2018 Extravaganza Workshops

We are so excited to offer nearly 70 workshops at this year's Extravaganza. We are offering workshops on leadership, youth ministry, children's ministry, ministry with young adults. 

We especially pleased to offer a number of worships focused on diversity. 

We will be publishing the exact schedule closer to the event, but you can begin to prayerfully consider how you might participate in workshops at the E! this year.

Leadership and Administration

Title Description Presenter
It takes a village … but where the @!&#$% are they? This workshop is for people who struggle to find and keep adult leaders. We will talk about creating an atmosphere that finds quality leaders and supports them as they minister with youth. We tackle recruiting, training, and supporting leaders in any youth program regardless of church size or leader role. Chris St.Clair
Not just Volun "told" I'd rather be asked than voluntold to do something. We need to move from volunteer to adult leader. How can we do that? Join me for best practices in this area and we'll develop plans to ignite your adult leaders for the sake of our young people. Tammy Jones West
Having the Hard Talk: When It’s Time For A Difficult Conversation This workshop will focus on the importance of engaging in difficult conversations and the considerations to be aware of along the way. We will also spend time in conversation with one another, putting these principles into practice for practical applications at home. Ed Kay
Faithful values Start with Clear Values Measuring success starts by defining your values. Be ready for a fun, fast-paced hour, focused on value-driven leadership. Create your own dashboard. Imagine knowing what matters most to you AND using that to influence your decision-making, time management, and metrics both in your personal life and in your ministry. Peggy Hahn and David Hansen
The Leadership Mindset: Asking Powerful Questions Based upon the work of Marilee Adams (Inquiry Institute), this workshop explores question thinking as a way to transform results in both personal and professional settings. Leaders with a learner's mindset produce extraordinary results in relationships and work. Participants will practice mindset-shifting strategies that will transform their leadership results. Jim Merhaut
Adaptive Leadership in Uncertain Times Are you adapting to the changing ministry landscape around you? Let's face it folks, you are called to be a leader in a time when the future of the church is, at times, uncertain. Come and learn how we can navigate the horizon together as an adaptive leader. Tom Schwolert

Tools for Ministry

Title Description Presenter
The Infinite Value of Getting out of your Head and into your Heart: Improv Workshop Tom Booker will use his more than 30 years of experience in improv to lead you through a series of fun and challenging group improv exercises and theater games in a safe environment that will show you ways to find joy, live in the moment and let the world see the true inner you! Ear to ear smiles, gut busting laughter and personal revelations are guaranteed! Tom Booker
Confirmation @ Home Ministry Confirmation @ Home helps parents and family keep their baptismal promises for their children and learn with their children. They learn to practice the faith as they learn: heart, mind, action/service. They are surrounded with a prayer team and an adult faith mentor. Richard Hardell
Cross+Gen at the Core The wisdom of the elder and the wonder of the child are two priceless gifts you can't buy in a workbook. Join Dr. Rich Melheim, curator of the Cross+Gen movement, to explore killing Sunday school, canceling the "class" mentality and rebuilding the church one Cross+Gen GIFT family at a time. Rich Melheim
Teaching the Way to Brain Learns Best Recent advances in brain-scan technology shows ys how to blend attention, retention and fun into learning environments that kids can't get enough of. Invest an hour with Dr. Rich Melheim, founder of www.richlearning.com, and learn how to be a more fun and effective teacher for the rest of your life. Rich Melheim
Rejoicing Spirits: A faith community for ALL! We say the Church is for everyone. But do we live it? People with disabilities are often marginalized, condescended to, and, simply invisible in our churches. We offer insight and substantial tools to embrace, involve, and invite leadership to people of all abilities so that the Church might be whole. Dave deFreese and Jim Fields
Real Strategies for Parents as Partners We know parents are primary faith teachers. I worked at a church that had immense success involving parents at church and at home, and have discerned some solid helpful strategies and practices. I long to share them so the blessings can flow to more children, families, and churches. Amy Kippen
Faith at Home in 5 Simple Steps There's a simple 5-step nightly ritual that churches around the world are embracing as a way to help families practice faith every night at home. FAITH5 is the most impactful way to help families grow closer to God while growing in communication with each other, even through adolescence! Amy Kippen
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering - A Crash Course in Bringing Youth to a Large Event The workshop will focus on equipping adult leaders with the information and tools necessary to bring young people to large events, focusing on the ELCA Youth Gathering. Participants will lead with practical tools and resources for engaging youth in large events as well as basic information related to Houston. Liz Fisher and Emily Norris
2018 ELCA Youth Gathering News You Can UseGathering Director, Molly Beck Dean, will present the most up-to-date information available to help you learn about the program and plans for this summer in Houston. Even if you’ve been to several ELCA Youth Gatherings, there are always things that are done in new ways. Be ready for This Changes Everything by getting the latest updates and pro tips from Gathering leadership and other youth workers.
Gathering Director, Molly Beck Dean
Soul Shop: Ministering to Those Impacted by Suicidal Desperation Soul Shop is a national movement that trains youth workers to equip their youth group to minister to those impacted by suicidal desperation. Using a equal parts teaching and practice, leaders will be equipped with information, skills, and tools to create cultures of hope and social connection for the hurting. Michelle Snyder
Peace not Walls: Engaging Young People in the Pursuit of Justice The ELCA is working for justice and peace in Palestine and Israel through our campaign, Peace Not Walls. Through accompaniment, advocacy and awareness-raising, Peace Not Walls promotes dignity, full respect for human rights, healing and reconciliation. Learn how to connect young people, who are critical partners, with the campaign. Karin Brown and Rozella White

Children's Ministry

Title Description Presenter
Faith Forward then Two Step Back? Ever notice that as children grow and learn new things they also have times of regression? Children are not always growing on a linear path moving forward, even if we want them to! So what do we do? Come share in some tools for the daily practice of faith. Janelle Hoopers
Engage Children and Youth on Hunger and Poverty In this workshop with ELCA World Hunger, participants will learn about three new resources - a new VBS program for 2018, Act 2Day 4 Tomorrow, and a "Hunger Catechism" lesson series. Participants will have a chance to try out activities you can take back to your congregation. Ryan Cumming and Phil LaDeur
Talking with Children About Racism In today’s culture, it's becoming more and more pressing to give children and youth the tools to acknowledge and fight individual and institutional racism. We will discuss our own experiences with racism, and will gather tools and resources for holding powerful, but age-appropriate conversations with the children in our lives. Stephanie Luedtke and Rhonda Hill
Responding to Mental Health Challenges in Youth This workshop will provide a theological grounding for understanding mental illness, offer an overview of mental illness in children and youth, share resources, and provide opportunities for questions, role-playing, and conversation around this topi Emily Schmidlin and Hollie Holt-Woehl
Youth-Created VBS! Transforming VBS into a leadership and faith development lab for Teens Youth are the key volunteers for Vacation Bible School. And they are full of passion and creativity! So let’s develop them to lead. We did a holy experiment to have a group of youth who chose the theme, the Bible story for each day, and even wrote their own curriculum! Rachel James
Parents as Faith Formers Martin Luther believed strongly that it was the job of parents to teach the basic tenets of the faith to their children. What does this mean to us today? Together we will explore approaches to equipping and empowering parents to be the primary faith role models for their children. Stephanie Luedtke

Youth Ministry

Title Description Presenter
Not All Mentoring Works Relationships are the most important part of any ministry, but the latest research shows that the content of those relationships can have an impact on the effectiveness of the mentoring. Here we take an in-depth look at effective mentoring practices based on years of experience and scientific findings. Tim Cyer
Connecting with Difficult Teens Kids on the fringes. Kids you love who push you away. Hurting teens that look for healing in harmful places. We all have difficult teens we’re trying to connect with. In this seminar we’ll look at the profile of difficult teens, what the roadblocks are and how to dismantle them. Tim Cyer
13 Reasons Why a Sex Educator Believes You Should Watch 13 Reasons Why This was a highly controversial show watched by many youth that involved suicide. As a Sex Educator, it was clear why I believe every adult working with youth should watch the show. This workshop will highlight those reason and together we will remedy how we can work through them. Kara Haug
Grace: For Those Who Think They Don’t Measure Up 64% of Americans still think you can earn your way into heaven. Bob will recapture the Gospel, along with skills for the here and now-not just for heaven and how to grow in grace. Learn to fight decision theology and still call youth into relationship with Jesus. Bob Lenz
<18> Faith for the Next Generation In an age where our churches are dwindling, less than 18% of youth are in church on Sunday. Bob has teamed up with Dr. Rich Melheim and Jenica Halula to share with you how to reverse this trend and pass faith on to the next generation. Bob Lenz
Meeting our youth where they are: Teaching Ministry outside the Box To create a space where our youth can engages in uncomfortable conversations and incorporate the scriptures. To spark interest in our youth to understand God and apply it to their every day lives; Making ministry something interactive, engaging, offering different ways of teaching by meeting our youth where they are. Vianney Blomgren
It can't be happening here, right? A realistic look at how human trafficking can be addressed in your community Kristen Theile
GTS/Growth Through Service A practical guide for a youth group of any size to grow in their spiritual understanding by serving the real felt needs of your community. Kristen Theile
Engage Children and Youth on Hunger and Poverty In this workshop with ELCA World Hunger, participants will learn about three new resources - a new VBS program for 2018, Act 2Day 4 Tomorrow, and a "Hunger Catechism" lesson series. Participants will have a chance to try out activities you can take back to your congregation. Ryan Cumming and Phil LaDeur
Responding to Mental Health Challenges in Youth This workshop will provide a theological grounding for understanding mental illness, offer an overview of mental illness in children and youth, share resources, and provide opportunities for questions, role-playing, and conversation around this topi Emily Schmidlin and Hollie Holt-Woehl
Providing Care for your LGBTQIA+ Youth As more and more youth come out as a part of the LGBTQIA+ community how can you make sure they feel safe, welcome, included, and celebrated as a member of your community? Come and get some answers to your questions around, housing/room arrangements, bathrooms, and welcome for your LGBTQIA+ youth. Aubrey Thonvold
HOLY Movies! Do you love movies? Are your youth into movies? Do you know families in your congregation that have movie nights? Does your youth group have movie nights? Movies are great ways to help youth discern how God can and is working through the world, whether fictional or not. Join me to learn how almost any movie can be turned into a fun Bible study! Movies from Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts, Finding Nemo, and Transformers to many others! I hope to have you walk away from this workshop with your "God lenses" to see each movie as a great discussion about God! Kelsey Hlavac
Taking Camp Home Evidence is building that camp experiences continue affecting young people long after the last tearful good-bye. Camp is more than fun and games, and we can build on the success of these experiences in our ministry contexts by knowing the potential impacts and forging connections between camp, congregation, and home. Jacob Sorenson
Living Baptismal Promises thru Conformation and Congregational Learning Do you desire inter-generational learning that doesn't feel "forced"? Do you want your students' confirmation experience to stick with them long term? In this workshop Ill share how we moved away from the way its always been done, to a catalytic model driven by flexibility, vocation, and hands on learning. Dannica Olson
Early Teens as Leadership Teens How can early teens be front-line ministers instead of mere learners? We’ll review some models, experience some skills you can use, and learn about Peer Ministry Leaderships training called The EveryDay Samaritan. Including: Making a Friend, Welcoming a Friend, Understanding a Friend, Helping a Friend, Walking Beside A Friend. Josh Carlson and Lyle Griner
Are your youth talking to others who are considering suicide? It is scary to watch most youth raise their hands! NetFelix most watched series, 13 REASONS WHY graphically highlighted unpleasant teen issues. In response, learn how to help your youth be the front-lines ministers knowing how to talk to others, and know who and why to turn to for help. Lyle Griner
Youth-Created VBS! Transforming VBS into a leadership and faith development lab for Teens Youth are the key volunteers for Vacation Bible School. And they are full of passion and creativity! So let’s develop them to lead. We did a holy experiment to have a group of youth who chose the theme, the Bible story for each day, and even wrote their own curriculum! Rachel James

Young Adult Ministry

Title Description Presenter
Connecting your Youth with College Ministries: The How, Why, and So What? Lutheran Campus Ministry is one of the largest young adult ministries in the Lutheran Church, but we often have trouble connecting our youth with them. We'll discuss the challenges and exciting potential in this unique ministry, explore avenues of connection, and look at brand new research on Lutheran young adults. Jacob Sorenson
Exploring Innovative Ministry with Young Adults  The Riverside Innovation Hub at Augsburg University has just begun a 5-year project designed to learn from those doing innovative ministry with young adults. We will share some of our early findings, our most pressing questions, and most exciting resources. Come ready to contribute to the exploration. Jeremy Myers and Kristina Fruge

Diversity

Title Description Presenter
Dignity Revolution  Come and see Bob look into scripture to search for Biblical Dignity, the worth and value of every person. Because every person has value to God, they should matter to us too, whether we agree with them or not. Bob Lenz
Disability Ministry: every church has the ability Disability ministry -- the kind that is done WITH, not only FOR, is intentional and inclusive for youth of all abilities within the church. Different abilities of young people are becoming more main-stream, we have to adapt our teaching, language, activities, and our congregational outreach. Antic-dotes, best practices, and encouragement! Sarah Mayer-Flatt and Rebecca Grate
Rejoicing Spirits: A faith community for ALL! We say the Church is for everyone. But do we live it? People with disabilities are often marginalized, condescended to, and, simply invisible in our churches. We offer insight and substantial tools to embrace, involve, and invite leadership to people of all abilities so that the Church might be whole. Dave deFreese and Jim Fields
Talking with Children About Racism In today’s culture, it's becoming more and more pressing to give children and youth the tools to acknowledge and fight individual and institutional racism. We will discuss our own experiences with racism, and will gather tools and resources for holding powerful, but age-appropriate conversations with the children in our lives. Stephanie Luedtke and Rhonda Hill
Life together After attending this workshop, participants will be equipped with tools and strategies to engage youth and families from their communities through the church. The workshop focuses on taking a non-traditional approach to this engagement by changing the way we conduct youth and family ministry. Moses Kavishe
How do we say "All Are Welcome" and actually mean it? What do we mean when we say "All Are Welcome"? How do we extend a gospel welcome to youth so their diverse gifts and identities are valued? Poet Joe Davis and "edutainer" David Scherer use a tool called the Intercultural Development Inventory to assess your youth ministry's intercultural competence. David Scherer and Joe Davis
Ending hunger in YOUR county I would like to encourage leaders to engage their whole community for the sake of the community. It has lead to ridiculous growth in our little mission start church. Matthew Martin
Work Out of the Echo Chamber How can you and your congregation engage a diverse world, stepping out of your comfort zone to show up for human rights? Reflect on current tensions in the world in context with our history. Start this important conversation in small trusted groups, encouraging an open worldview and faith with empathy. Rozella White and Peggy Hahn
Building Leaders for a Diverse Church With issues of privilege and white supremacy at the forefront of culture, we need to develop leaders with cultural and theological competency. In this workshop we will show how to create experiences that create strong leaders with a heart for a diverse church and the skills to lead. Tim Tahitinen and Rhonda Hill
Love & Courage in a Time of Hate & Fear It’s a troubling world out there. What tools are available for us to prepare young leaders for the realities of our time? Attend this workshop to engage in an interactive experience straight out of our award winning Bridge Builders program (a week of camp focused on leadership development and anti-racism training for high school youth). C.J. Clark
A Case Study in Overcoming the Monochromatic Membership of the ELCA The ELCA is the least racially diverse denomination in the United States despite goals for diversity. Why is this so difficult to overcome? How can we take actions that match our words? Attend this workshop to hear a case study that highlights Living Water Ministries’ approach to sharing the gospel. C.J. Clark

Social Media/ Technology

Title Description Presenter
Searching for God  The search for answers to all questions including faith questions begins at Google.com. You will learn how you can add a digital component to your ministry by repurposing and digitally distributing your content online. Thus allowing you to be reaching out at the moment young people are searching for God. Christopher Harris
Creating a Community for Youth Ministry in the Digital Age 500 years ago, Gutenberg’s press revolutionized how we communicate—and made possible the spread of Martin Luther’s reformation ideas. Once again we find ourselves in the middle of a communications revolution—Participants will looks at new ways to share the good news and facilitate a deeper sense of community. David Hansen
Telling Your Stoey in a Digital World - Better Ways to Use Social Media to Get the Word out about your Children's Programs  Using Vacation Bible School as an example, we will learn the basic principles of digital storytelling, as well as practical examples and suggestions to use digital tools to tell your congregation’s story, particularly in outreach to your unchurched neighbors. Joelle Colville-Hanson
Grief and Social Media: How do we minister to youth during times of loss? This workshop focuses on the impact of social media on grief. Social media diminishes adolescents’ desire to have a face-to- face conversation, creating an urgent need for grief ministry for adolescents that creates community and addresses the journey of grief and lament that they might experience at this young age Kate Knutson

Collective-Wisdom

Title Description Presenter
How to engage Thrivent programs to help youth make wise money choices and spark generosity This interactive session will provide a brief overview of what is "new" at Thrivent to help member be wise with money and live generously. We will use this time to share best practices utilizing programs such as educational workshops, actions teams, and CU Learn. Sue Madigan
How to Talk with Kids about Race This session supports adults with tools and skills for talking and responding to children and youth about race and racism.Participants willbe able to practice conversations that will help children and youth navigate the world in which they live,and support adults towards a deeper understanding of their own racial justice journey Kelly Sherman-Conroy
Disability is a justice issue! The Journal of Religion, Disability and Health found that one-third of parents with children who have a disability have left a church because their child was not welcomed. Let's talk about hidden attitudinal barriers that damage people and the Church, and focus on HOW to be a church for all. David deFreese and Jim Fields
MYLE 2018 The Multicultural Youth Leadership Event is a pre-event to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. It empowers young people of color and those whose primary language is other than English to claim their story as a part of God’s story. The theme for MYLE 2018 is ONE and this workshop will continue conversations around ONE body with different parts and gifts, ONE household with many rooms and that we are ONE in Christ. Part of this workshop will include a ride on the light rail to the University of Houston where MYLE will be held. MYLE Leadership: Kinda Makini & Branden Hunt
The Secret Sauce of Adaptive Youth Ministry Innovative, strategic leadership is more than a heart-felt call to serve or job title. Lead with courage, think differently about the challenges, and be introduced to new language and practices. No easy answers. Leadership has the capacity to leverage these changes for a very interesting and hopeful future. Peggy Hahn
Youth & Young Adult Mentorship,Trust and Leadership in the World I will do a short intro around several scriptures where God has trusted, mentored youth and young Adult into leadership, and how we need that more than ever from our elders. Then it will turn into a sharing session of thoughts and ideas on how to utilize that going forward. Kendrick Hall
Ministry with Youth with Disabilities According to the 2010 Census, 20% of us have a disability. Yet, folks with disabilities feel left out of churches. Disability Ministry is more than just having a ramp. We will chat about what effective youth ministry looks like when all are welcomed. Come with your questions and ideas. Anita Smallin
Exploring Innovative Ministry with Young Adults The Riverside Innovation Hub at Augsburg University has just begun a 5-year project designed to learn from those doing innovative ministry with young adults. We will share some of our early findings, our most pressing questions, and most exciting resources. Come ready to contribute to the exploration. Jeremy Myers and Kristina Fruge

Wellness

Title Description Presenter
Living Well in Ministry: Modeling and Teaching Through active learning designs and resources participants will learn that wellness is not the lack of illness, but to have Christ centered in 8 areas of wellness: Intellectual. Emotional, Social/Relational, Spiritual, Financial, Environmental, Physical, and Occupational/Vocational. This is to be modeled/practiced by the leader as well as taught to others. Richard Hardel
The Gratitude Workshop  Gratitude creates transformation. It was the spiritual disposition Jesus took upon himself as he prepared for the cross. He took the cup and gave THANKS! Christians are gratitude people at their core. Learn the essentials and experience the benefits of the simple and powerful practice of gratitude spirituality. Jim Merhaut
Coaching as Soul Care: Creating the Leadership Life You Want A coach's job is to partner with clients in thought provoking, creative processes that bring about meaningful change. If you've ever felt stuck or wondered how to achieve your goals; if you've ever had a dream that you want to make a reality, then this workshop is for you. Rozella White
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