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Intensive Care Courses 2023

Sign up for an Intensive Care Course when you register for Extravaganza 2023

Interested in going deeper in an area of interest? Consider attending one of the Intensive Care Courses prior to the Extravaganza.
Courses run Thursday, February 2, from 1:00-6:00pm and Friday, February 3, 9:00am-4:00pm.

The cost is $180 per person.

If you've already registered and would like to add an ICC to your Extravaganza experience, email registrar@elcaymnet.org.

The Curiosity Tour

Leader: C. McNair Wilson

Everyone has a factory-installed creative spirit, used everyday as children. Time to "Recapture Your Creative Spirit" (one of my TED Talks.) Learn the five habits we all share with the most "actively creative" people; demolish roadblocks to creativity; practice the “7 Agreements of Brainstorming” taught through Disney University while I was a Disney lmagineer.  More >

Groups with Gravity

Leaders: Jeff Fairfax, Cole Hemmah, Mir Youngquist-Thurow, Rev. Andy Twiton  

Ministry leaders who have been associated with Lutheran Outdoor Ministry camps are recognized for their ability to gather individuals who don’t know each other or have drifted apart and spearheading the formation of new or renewed groups. This Intensive Care Course prior to the ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza will offer a rare opportunity to benefit from some of the most renowned of these leaders sharing their “secrets” of group-development.  
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3 Big Questions

Leaders: Brad M. Griffin & Jen Bradbury

Young people struggle to find satisfying and life-giving answers to these questions on their own. They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and gently point them in the direction of better answers: that they are enough because of Jesus, they belong with God’s people, and they are invited into God’s greater story.
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The Curiosity Tour

Leader: C. McNair Wilson           

This interactive adventure into imagination-infused living and working. This is the same material I have taught from Abu Dhabi to Disney World and Minneapolis to Manila. Everyone has a factory-installed creative spirit, used everyday as children. Time to "Recapture Your Creative Spirit" (one of my TED Talks.) Learn the five habits we all share with the most "actively creative" people; demolish roadblocks to creativity; practice the “7 Agreements of Brainstorming” taught through Disney University while I was a Disney lmagineer. It was a key tool designing five new Disney theme parks and employed to lead the team creating a haunted hotel with an elevator with a mind of its own. Clients such as Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Apple, NASA, Salvation Army, Sony, GM, and Chick-fil-A, as well as gatherings of medical, educational, engineering professionals, small nonprofits, and mega-churches have engaged in "The Curiosity Tour." It's time to let your curiosity get the best of you.

C. McNair Wilson - Unlike many who spend their entire life wishing upon a star, McNair Wilson grabbed one and climbed aboard. Having spent ten years making dreams a reality as a Disney Imagineer (on design teams for seven new theme parks) and Artistic Director of a multi-million dollar theatre company, McNair has become a master at working with individuals and corporate teams to unleash their creative spirit. Using tools developed over a thirty-year life in the theatre, he engages audiences and inspires professionals to recapture their creativity.

As founder of the Assume Brilliance Group (Consulting + Training), Wilson offers a variety of presentations and workshops designed to re-ignite personal creativity. As a fully certified trainer for Ken Davis's Dynamic Communicators Workshop, McNair trains individuals, corporate teams, ministry professionals and business leaders to communicate with focus, clarity and power.

Groups with Gravity

in partnership with Lutheran Outdoor Ministries

Leaders: Jeff Fairfax, Cole Hemmah, Mir Youngquist-Thurow, Rev. Andy Twiton 

Groups that pull us in because they are groups we love to be with. Groups that love us. Groups that have love to share. Groups that grow. Groups that want to be together again and again and again and…again!

Ministry leaders who have been associated with Lutheran Outdoor Ministry camps are recognized for their ability to gather individuals who don’t know each other or have drifted apart and spearheading the formation of new or renewed groups. This Intensive Care Course prior to the ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza will offer a rare opportunity to benefit from some of the most renowned of these leaders sharing their “secrets” of group-development.

During this Intensive, the principles of these scriptural references will come alive –

    • "All the believers…continued to meet together…praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people…And the Lord added to their number daily…" Acts 2:43-47
    • "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and people." Luke 2:52
    • "For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed." Romans 8:19

This ICC promises to be a valuable experience for even the most experienced of ministry leaders, especially youth ministry leaders and outdoor ministry leaders. There are three components to this ICC:

  1. Purposeful Activities that Lead to Extraordinary Groups – how to facilitate interactions that lead to deepening and growing relationships.
  2. The Beautiful Impact of Natural, Outdoor Settings on the Formation of Extraordinary Groups – why the “outdoors” of Outdoor ministries is so important.
  3. Extraordinary Groups Learn Together from the Experiences They have Together – how to plan activities that matter.

This ICC is open to all ministry leaders. If your organization is a current Outdoor Ministry level partner of the Network, this ICC registration is included with your partnership enrollment fees. 

3 Big Questions

Leaders: Brad M. Griffin  and Jen Bradbury

Every teenager is a walking bundle of questions. But at the core live these three:

    • Who am I?
    • Where do I fit?
    • What difference can I make?

Young people struggle to find satisfying and life-giving answers to these questions on their own. They need caring adults willing to lean in with empathy, practice listening, and gently point them in the direction of better answers: that they are enough because of Jesus, they belong with God’s people, and they are invited into God’s greater story.

Based on new landmark research from the Fuller Youth Institute and in-depth interviews with data from 2,200 diverse teenagers, pastors, youth leaders, mentors, and parents can gain insight for practical and proven conversations and connections that help teenagers answer their three biggest questions and reach their full potential.

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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