Pastors' Continuing Education: Crisis Pastoring

Date: July 30, 2014 (Note: this is before the convention)
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 PM

Kevin Foss and Ed Nugent

Tragedies are a sad fact of life and ministry, and they are unavoidable. If you spend enough time in professional ministry eventually you will find yourself working with someone in crisis. Ministry during these times can be difficult and overwhelming.  Pastors know the anxiety of trying to say appropriate things from God’s Word that will comfort and strengthen people when emotions and faith are stretched thin.

Crisis Pastoring will cover the need for pastoral care during and after a crisis, and the importance of preaching the Word with sensitivity and care while your parishioners and community deal with pain and loss. 

Session 1: “Crisis Pastoring in the Aftermath of a Natural Disaster” led by Pastor Kevin Foss (Pastor of Peace Christian Church in Bohemia, NY on Long Island). He will also be joined by Pastor Brad Hoganson (Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Hillside Church in Succasunna, NJ) and Scott Skones (Technlogy Director and Lay Pastor at Our Redeemer’s LBC in Minot, ND)

Session 2:  “Ministry When You’re Part of the Crisis” led by Pastor Ed Nugent (Senior Pastor at Word of Life LB Church in LeSueur, Minnesota).

Session 3:  "Grief & Faith: Walking With People In Crisis" led by Pastor Dan Borsheim, CEO, Pastoral Counselor at Valley Christian Counseling Center in Fargo, ND.

Session 4:  Panel Discussion with Dr. Gaylan Mathiesen (Professor of Mission and Evangelism at the Lutheran Brethren Seminary), Pastor Dan Borsheim, Pastor Ed Nugent, Pastor Brad Hoganson, Scott Skones, and moderated by Pastor Kevin Foss

Youth Workers' Continuing Education

(Along with the registration form at the top of this page.)

Chap Clark / "Sticky Faith"

July 30, 2014 (Note: this is before convention)

8:30-12:30 - Chap Clark's presentation on “Sticky Faith”

Sticky Faith is a book that came out five years ago that speaks to the question of retaining students in the life of the church and their faith after high school. The statistics suggest that up to 70% of graduates leave their faith or the church after high school. Chap Clark has been a part of the Fuller Youth Institute’s work addressing this.

Following the release of “Sticky Faith” came several follow up resources. This fall, they added the “Launch Kit.” It is a resource for churches to strengthen their stickiness and includes the book “Can I ask that?” which deals with the hard questions students have but churches have not dealt with well.

12:30-1:30 - Youth Workers Lunch *
(Stay for lunch / Network with other youth workers / Hear about YC15)
  * Must register for Youth Workers Lunch
   Contact Carol Aase at

1:30-4:00 - Open Forum with Chap Clark

Chap Clark

Chap Clark

About Chap Clark, Ph.D

Chap is Associate Provost for Strategic Projects and professor of youth, family, and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary and President of ParenTeen. His responsibilities at Fuller include overseeing Fuller’s Regional Campuses and Extension Sites; speaking, writing and consulting on behalf of the institution; and is chair of department and director of masters, Doctor of Ministry and Ph.D. programs in Youth, Family, and Culture in the School of Theology. Until recently, Chap was Senior Editor of YouthWorker Journal, and has been a leader in organizations such as Young Life and Youth Specialties for more than 30 years. Chap has authored or co-authored more than 21 books, including the award-winning Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers, Hurt 2.0, and Sticky Faith. Chap and Dee live in Gig Harbor, WA and have three children, 32, 29, and 26.

Lay-leadership Training: The Key to Understanding the Bible

Presented by Lutheran Brethren Seminary

Date: July 30, 2014 (Note: this is before the convention)
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 PM

Professor Mark Erickson and Professor Brad Pribbenow

“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me…” John 5:39 (NIV)
Jesus affirmed that the Jewish leaders had the right source for having eternal life – the Scriptures.  However, they did not have the key to access that truth and life: Jesus. We cannot understand Scripture or have eternal life unless and until we realize that all of Scripture is about Christ!  
As a result of this 2-hour seminar, attendees will learn the importance of a Christ-centered focus in both Old and New Testament and learn basic principles for understanding the Bible correctly.

Basics of Biblical Interpretation – General Principles and New Testament
Presenter: Professor Mark Erickson
This session will consider the basics of understanding the Bible correctly and apply these basics to the New Testament. 
Basics of Biblical Interpretation – Old Testament
Presenter: Professor Brad Pribbenow
This session will seek to apply the basics learned in the previous session to texts in the Old Testament.

Bibliography (Not required books! For further reading and to prepare for preaching and teaching.)
Sidney Greidanus. Preaching Christ from the Old Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.
Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament: A Guide for the Church. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003.

About the Presenters:

Professor Mark Erickson is the Professor of New Testament and Practical Theology and the Director of Student Life and Congregational Ministries at Lutheran Brethren Seminary. In 2013, Mark received the Master of Sacred Theology (STM) from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. He has finished all coursework for the Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Preaching and Teaching (DMin) from Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale and anticipates a graduation in May 2015.

Professor Brad Pribbenow is the Professor of Old Testament at Lutheran Brethren Seminary. Brad is currently in the dissertation stage of his PhD, writing on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's interpretation of the Psalms. He anticipates a graduation in May 2016.