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A TRANSFORMATIONAL FAMILY MINISTRY EVENT

Sponsored by David C Cook, The Gathering is a unique, three-day event designed to connect you with God, empower you for the daily work of family ministry, and bring you into a like-minded community for ongoing encouragement.

Our two locations will feature dynamic keynote speakers, spiritually formative experiences, and compelling breakouts on family ministry, children’s ministry, student ministry, leadership, marriage, parenting and more.

Save the date—seats fill up fast!

WHO SHOULD COME?

Pastor, directors, volunteers involved in:

  • Family Ministry
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Youth/Student Ministry
  • Executive Leadership

Basically anyone impassioned about making God known to the next generation.

ORANGE COUNTY

CALIFORNIA

MAY 4–6, 2016

ROCKHARBOR Church
345 Fischer Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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CHICAGO

ILLINOIS

May 18–20, 2016

Christ Community Church
37W100 Bolcum Rd.
St. Charles, IL 60175

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KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

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Michelle Anthony

Tru Curriculum Architect Author/Speaker

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Steve Carter

Teaching Pastor Willow Creek Church (Chicago only)

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Eugene Cho

Lead Pastor of Quest Church Author/Speaker

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Levi Lusko

Pastor of Fresh Life Church, Author/Speaker (Orange County only)

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Megan Fate Marshman

Student Ministries TruIdentity

BREAKOUT SPEAKERS

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Dr. Michael Anthony

Calibrate Global Consulting

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Jeff Bachman

Student Ministries

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Jim Burns

HomeWord & Family Ministry

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Aaron Cole

Children’s Ministry

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Michael Covington

Disciplr

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Catherine DeVries

Action Bible Curriculum

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Dana Dill

Student Ministry & Parent Resources

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Alex Douglas

Children’s & Family Ministry

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Mark Entzminger

TruFire/Children’s Ministry

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Eric Ferris

Teaching Pastor & Student Ministries

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Matt Guevara

International Network of Children’s Ministry

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Debbie Guinn

Homefront Magazine

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Dawn Heckert

Children’s & Family Ministry

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Charley Hellmuth

Student & Family Ministries

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Alycia Horn

Discipleship Strategist for Children’s Ministries

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Craig Jutila

Author & Speaker / Family Ministry

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Tommy Larson

Worship Pastor

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Melissa MacDonald

Author & Speaker / Children’s Ministry

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Jeff McCullough

Music & Family Ministry

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Bryan Pogue

Family Ministry

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Kwan Porter

Family Ministry

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David Robles

Children’s & Family Ministries

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Patty Santos

Children’s & Family Ministry

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Caleb Smagacz

Children’s Ministry

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Pete Sutton

Student Ministry

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Brodie Swanson

Executive Pastor & Leadership

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Gary Webb

Leadership & Family Ministry

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Courtney Wilson

Children’s Ministry & Author

Breakouts vary by location. View the schedule for complete details.

SCHEDULE

Registration

1hr 30min

The Gathering Session #1

2hrs

Dinner (offsite)

2hrs

Experience #1 Night of Worship & Prayer Experience

1hr

The Gathering Session #2

1hr 45mins

Break

15mins

Breakout #1

ORANGE COUNTY
  • The Art of Balancing Ministry, Marriage and Family (Dr. Jim Burns)
  • The Heart of a Teacher (Mark Entzminger)
  • 7 Choices That Will Change Your Leadership Life (Craig Jutila)
  • Do Your Parents Know the Truth? (Bryan Pogue)
  • Spirit-led Ministry in the Midst of Programs (Kwan Porter)
CHICAGO
  • TRU’s still TRUE: The TRU Philosophy lived out in Middle School and High School Ministries (Jeff Bachman/Bryan Pogue)
  • The Art of Balancing Ministry, Marriage and Family (Dr. Jim Burns)
  • Ministry in the Face of the Zombie Apocalypse (Caleb Smagacz)
  • Equipping and Empowering Volunteer Teams (Pete Sutton)
  • What Senior Leaders Want from their Staff (Gary Webb)

45mins

Lunch (offsite)

1hr 45mins

Breakout #2

ORANGE COUNTY
  • Christian Education and Spiritual Formation (Dr. Michael Anthony)
  • The Power of Texts, Tech and Social Media (Jeff Bachman)
  • Being Courageous (Alex Douglas)
  • 5 Years of TRU: Now What?(Dawn Heckert)
  • Creating a Spiritual Parenting Culture in Your Church (Tommy Larson)
CHICAGO
  • Getting the Most from Disciplr (Michael Covington)
  • The Heart of a Teacher (Mark Entzminger)
  • Discipleship First (Matt Guevara)
  • Partnerships that Multiply Eternal Impact (Charlie Hellmuth)
  • Spiritual Parenting: Resourcing your Parents to Be Spiritual Leaders (Courtney Wilson)

45mins

Break

15mins

Breakout #3

ORANGE COUNTY
  • Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family (Dr. Michelle Anthony)
  • Getting the Most From Disciplr (Michael Covington)
  • Spirit-led, Family-empowered and Gospel-centered Youth Ministry (Dana Dill)
  • Homefront – A Spiritual Parenting Resource (Debbie Guinn)
  • Who Am I? Helping Our Students and Children Find Their Identity in Christ (Patty Santos)
CHICAGO
  • Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family (Dr. Michelle Anthony)
  • Leadership Structure for your Kidmin (Aaron Cole)
  • Blessing Your Volunteers—Unleashing the Power of Clarity (Eric Ferris)
  • Homefront: A Spiritual Parenting Resource (Debbie Guinn)
  • Executive Leadership's Role in the Spiritual Formation of the Next Generation (Brodie Swanson)

45mins

Break

30mins

The Gathering Session #3

1hr 15mins

Experience #2 Blessing Experience

1hr 15mins

Dinner (off-site) and night on the town!

The Gathering Session #4

1hr 15min

Break

15min

Breakout #4

ORANGE COUNTY
  • Action Bible Curriculum (Catherine DeVries/Gail Rohlfing)
  • Spiritual Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child (Alycia Horn)
  • 7 Family Ministry Essentials (Megan Marshman)
  • "Why should I?" Turn Their Why? Into WHY! (Jeff McCullough)
  • Am I a Shepherd or Just a Project Manager? (David Robles)
CHICAGO
  • Clarity, Unity, Joy: The Secret to Leading (Steve Carter)
  • Spiritual Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child (Alycia Horn)
  • 7 Family Ministry Essentials (Megan Marshman)
  • Kids Experience the Same God You Do (Melissa McDonald)

45min

Break

15min

Closing Session

Storytelling, worship response, blessing

1hr

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