Leading and developing students and young leaders in your church or ministry? Seeking to engage different generations more effectively? Working to raise godly children?
Check out these faith-filled topics!
Check out these faith-filled topics!
I have spoken with several conference attendees and everyone felt the material shared was excellent and relevant in so many areas. Thanks again for sacrificing your time and sharing your experience with us. It was powerful, challenging and should cause each person to have God’s perspective on Millennials and Gen Zers. Without a doubt one of the best conferences I’ve attended." --James C., Area Director, World Team
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Topics for Leaders
Understanding, Training and Leading Millennials and Gen Z in Ministry Contexts
This seminar provides an overview of the core characteristics, needs and desires of the Millennial generation (ages 23-37), and a look ahead at Generation Z (ages 7-22). It delves into the societal, educational, and technological trends that have significantly influenced these cohorts. Differences in learning styles, work ethic, communication expectations, and measurements of success often result in frustration and misunderstanding on inter-generational ministry teams. We will look at key strategies for effectively engaging those we are training and working with across generations. Millennials, who have now surpassed Baby Boomers as the majority of the workforce in America, also bring new perspectives on leadership. We will conclude with a look at inter-generational leadership, with unique implications for the church or ministry context.
The Inner Garden: Essential Leadership Practices in a Connected World
When was the last time you experienced true rest, the kind that restores your soul and kindles fresh vision and creativity? As leaders, we necessarily find ourselves responding to many needs, opportunities and expectations. Often we feel "on call" at all times, but we must also learn to hide and rest. This inner garden of our lives is where God's deep work often occurs, and where we find strength for the challenges of life! The pressures of life often drive us to deceptive rest, leisure and amusement, which have a place, but do not leave us restored. In this session, we will explore the deep meaning of godly rest, and discuss some practical tools to help us as busy leaders in a connected world experience that rest that equips and energizes our hearts and minds!
Leading with Purpose (in a World of Distraction!)
Our world is becoming increasingly complex. As leaders, it is easy to find ourselves becoming reactive, responding to the latest relationship crisis, client complaint, family need, or staff dispute. While those things are important, we can find ourselves caught up in dizzying schedules and endless demands, drifting from a deep understanding of our true purpose. Purpose makes us proactive. It allows us to wade through the turmoil of distraction and choose to live and lead intentionally, with meaning and peace! Attendees will be given practical strategies for leading lives of purpose.
Navigating the 3 Cs: Competition, Comparison & Criticism
Technology and social media have amplified the effects of office politics, gossip, and sizing up the lifestyles and choices of coworkers and friends. The overwhelming wealth of information at our fingertips, along with the plethora of options we enjoy, can lead to paralyzing indecision or nagging doubt regarding our choices. How do we navigate these dynamics and find deep contentment that empowers us to live and lead from a place of joy and strength? Attendees will gain practical strategies for living with contentment and focus in a world of comparison and competition.
Daniel Generation: The Challenges for Young, Godly Leaders
This seminar will look at how and why leadership in ministry contexts is changing. We will consider lessons from Daniel, a young leader who found himself in Nebuchadnezzar’s palace, a long way from the temple courts of Jerusalem. While his mentors and leaders in Judah given him a foundation in the law of His God, they would never have to lead where he was destined to go. Young leaders today face similar circumstances. As Millennials and Generation Z prepare for a future of godly leadership, what are their biggest challenges and opportunities? How do inter-generational leaders and teams recognize and respond to these?
Building a Team (The Kind People Don't Want to Leave!)
We have all been there...doing something we love, but feeling miserable with the relationships and team dynamics around us. This presentation discusses the foundation of a healthy team, as well as the natural stages of development on any team. How does a leader navigate these factors and develop a team that not only enjoys working together, but makes things happen? This session will discuss practical strategies for any team context.
Thank you so much for coming to share with us. My husband and I have walked away from your conference feeling reconnected with other parents with a common purpose in raising our children in this age. Thank you for being obedient to what God has called you to do, we are so thankful! --Jessica O.
Jolene Erlacher brings a unique perspective to the discussion of generational characteristics. She approaches each generation as a missionary approaches a new culture. This lead to practical applications for how to communicate better and work together more effectively. Our church leaders were very challenged and inspired by our time with Jolene."
I attended your seminar. God really used you in my prayers for wisdom on the changes I see in my young adult son when he is immersed in his screen. After your presentation, he agreed to completely step away so we could assess before and after behaviors. He extended his 21 day fast from tech for two days to pray over a smarter solution for his life. Thanks so much for all of the research, time and awareness on this." --Taylor P.
Topics for Everyone:
Mentoring Across Generations
Today, Google searches and online forums provide easy ways to get answers to our questions and input on our dilemmas. These resources can quickly replace conversations with trusted friends, family members, and mentors. In this context, meaningful conversations and relationships occur less naturally and must be developed intentionally. This session will discuss why mentoring is essential in our society today, and present practical strategies for engaging in intentional mentoring regardless of our age, personality, schedule, or experience.
Understanding Generational Differences
This presentation helps leaders of all ages understand how those younger or older than them view the world. We will discuss underlying values, views, and behaviors that often create inter-generational conflict in leadership and work teams, in the classroom, and even in families. Practical tools will be presented for engaging effectively across generations in any context.
Daniel Generation: Understanding the Call of a New Generation
Today, fewer young people in America attend church, believe in God, or understand the Bible than ever before. Unique challenges and opportunities exist for kids, teens and young adults who love and follow God, and those seeking to encourage the young people in their lives. This message will present a hope-filled perspective on what God is doing in the midst of the trends we see. Strategies and lessons from the prophet Daniel’s life will offer encouragement and guidance for Christian believers of all ages as we engage God’s purposes and the future together!
Topics for Parents:
Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly Culture
Parenting in a technologically-driven, globalized, relativistic society presents challenges different from those encountered by our parents a few decades ago. Nonetheless, on-going research affirms biblical principles that we can embrace and implement as we seek to raise godly children in today’s unique contexts. This seminar will explore essential principles for equipping our kids and teens with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that can help them not just survive, but thrive in the moment of history to which God has called them to serve Him and His purposes!
While the impact of technology is seen everywhere in society, its influence is perhaps most significant in our homes and families. As parents, we are navigating new terrain as we seek to guide our children in their use of devices, manage our own screen time, and respond effectively to the prevalence of technology in our workplaces, schools, social circles and beyond. This program will present essential practices for parents in developing a healthy family culture as it relates to technology, managing our own use of devices, and setting effective guidelines to keep our children safe, healthy, and connected.
Topics for Youth/Young Adults
Essential Leadership Skills for Generation Z
Generation Z (b. 1996-2012) is one of the most empowered and connected generations in history. While many teenagers and college students use technology to run their own businesses, create amazing content, and connect with people globally, there are some skills that can get overlooked in the busy, connected lives of students. This engaging and interactive presentation discusses essential leadership skills including emotional intelligence, face-to-face communication and listening, time management, and critical thinking that is needed in the lives of young leaders. Practical tips and examples make the material immediately relevant and applicable!
3 Keys to Thriving in College and Beyond
The average student today interacts consistently across five screens and engages with people and activities around the world. These trends provide opportunities, but if not managed well in our lives can also have a negative impact on our relationships, time management, and health. In this presentation, we discuss key strategies for students to consider in managing technology use, increasing emotional intelligence, and creating space for silence and reflection.
Technology in the Life of a Leader
Most students today spend 8-12 hours a day on screens. While useful for connecting with friends, completing school assignments, communicating with clients, and creating ideas and businesses, technology can sometimes hinder our effectiveness as leaders. This presentation will consider the benefits and dangers of technology in the life of a leader. It will present practical tips for managing the many screens in our lives in a healthy way for success in life and leadership!
A Daniel Generation: A New Season of Ministry and Leadership
American culture is experiencing significant change. As a result, young people who desire to serve God often face challenges and decisions unfamiliar to their teachers, mentors and pastors. Not unlike Daniel and his friends, who served God in the dazzling surroundings of Babylon, younger generations today must prepare to be effective in new and changing environments. What leadership lessons and skills are most critical? What characteristics will be essential? Attendees will be encouraged with practical principles to help them prepare effectively for successful leadership and ministry in the days ahead.