Schedule

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  •  Pre-Conferences

    (Mon, Jan 31)

  • Day 1

    (Tue, Feb 1)

  • Day 2

    (Wed, Feb 2)

  • Day 3

    (Thurs, Feb 3)

  • The Global Engagement pre-conference will include learning from Brian Hebert who teaches at Fuller Seminary Texas and leads diaspora mission in Houston, TX. This will be followed by a panel of global perspectives on the topic from ECO’s mission partner organizations: Sasan Tavasoli (The Outreach Foundation), Sinte and Austin (The Antioch Partners), Uchenna Anyanwu (Frontier Fellowship), and Rolando Pinzón (World Renew). Mid-afternoon we will break into groups to go see and experience the opportunities we have to bless the nations in our own communities with opportunities in Dallas. This guest speaker for this pre-conference is Brian Hébert. Brian grew up overseas and has traveled to more than 40 countries. He uses his love of the world to try to understand the most diverse city in the country: Houston. He currently lives in the international district, is on staff at a multi-ethnic church, and hosts a podcast called “Nations Reaching Nations.” He studies and writes about global migration and its impact on the church and mission.
    Where
    Cost $40 (inclues lunch)

  • Join us for an intentional and interactive training for children/family leaders and pastors as well as those in senior leadership who are passionate about discipling the next generation and their families towards a vibrant relationship with Christ. Sessions include: Exploring the New Landscape of Family Ministry, Creating a Culture and Climate of Discipleship for Families, Implementation and Integration Strategies along with a panel discussion/table discussion, an optional lunch beforehand and a fun night out after! Dr. Michelle Anthony is the Executive Pastor of Families at New Life Church, Dean of Familymin Academy and co-creator of HomeFront Magazine. She is the author of Spiritual Parenting, The Big God Story, Becoming a Spiritually Healthy Family and her newest book, 7 Family Ministry Essentials. Michelle has over 30 years of church ministry and leadership experience in children's and family ministries and graduate degrees in Christian Education, Bible and Theology from Talbot School of Theology and her doctorate of Education from Southern Seminary. In her free time, Michelle enjoys being with her family, reading a good book, and the beach while drinking a strong cup of coffee.
    Where
    Base Cost $55 (+$10 optional lunch) (+$15 optional bowling)

  • Healing the Divide: Bringing unity in life and mission. Join us to learn how to listen, appreciate/trust, actually civilly talk together, and communally expand perspective(s) so we ultimately can walk hand in hand in serving the Lord together, even if we stilll disagree. This pre-conference is hosted by Chap Clark, Pastor (retired), St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, CA
    Where
    Cost $40

  • Taking your church plant to the next stage. This pre-conference is by invitation for current ECO church planters only. Please email Luke Parker at churchplanting@eco-pres.org for details. This pre-conference is hosted by Luke Parker. Luke is a Phoenix native and has been in ministry in a variety of contexts for upwards of 15 years, and he began The Spring Midtown in March of 2017 in his family's living room. He has a lovely wife, Jessica, and two boys. Luke recently became the National Director of Church Planting for ECO.

  • What Even is The Church? Conversations about ecclesiology, rooted in Scripture, applicable to the future. This pre-conference is hosted by ECO's Standing Theological Committee.
    Where
    Cost $40

  • What if instead of the topic of race only creating intensely heated or shamefully hushed conversations, there was an environment where those conversations could be doused in grace and become catalysts for the kind of growth that bridges racial divides? LivingUNDIVIDED is the manifestation of that hope. The primary activity of LivingUNDIVIDED is a six-week multi-racial experiential journey in pursuit of racial solidarity and justice. Each week includes faith grounding, teaching, small group conversations, activities, and assignments that engage multiple learning styles. The journey fosters belonging, hope, and deep community engagement, inspiring participants to be active change-agents within their communities. In this pre-conference session, participants will experience segments of the six-week experience described above. This pre-conference is hosted by LivingUNDIVIDED.
    Where
    Cost $40

  • Youth Ministry in an Era of Over-Parenting: Moving from the Thing to the Story Youth workers know what it is to watch parents and youth participate in multiple other activities. Most families have limited time and space for youth ministry activities or youth group. Often parent(s) (and youth) express desire to participate, but say they have no time. Some respond by contending that youth ministry needs to up the commitment level and move higher up the ranking of things. In this presentation we’ll explore how this approach can’t work, because the decisions parents and young people make exist inside very deep conceptions of what makes for a good life. In a time of limited time and unlimited options, youth ministry can’t—and shouldn’t—compete in ranking of important activities. Youth ministry should not be just another thing (like basketball, violin, or debate club). Instead, we should turn toward story to reimagine what youth ministry can truly be. This pre-conference is hosted by Andrew Root. Andrew, PhD (Princeton Theological Seminary) is the Carrie Olson Baalson Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary. He is most recently the author of three volume Ministry in a Secular Age series (The Congregation in a Secular Age, The Pastor in a Secular Age, and Faith Formation in a Secular Age), and The End of Youth Ministry?. He has also authored Christopraxis: A Practical Theology of the Cross (Fortress, 2014) and Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker (Baker, 2014). Root puts together theology and storytelling to explore how ministry leads us into encounter with divine action. His book The Relational Pastor (IVP, 2013) as well as a four book series with Zondervan called A Theological Journey Through Youth Ministry (titles include Taking Theology to Youth Ministry, Taking the Cross to Youth Ministry, Unpacking Scripture in Youth Ministry, and Unlocking Mission and Eschatology in Youth Ministry) break new ground in this direction. In 2012 his book The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry (with Kenda Creasy Dean, IVP, 2011) was Christianity Today Book of Merit. He has written a number of other books on ministry and theology such as The Children of Divorce: The Loss of Family as the Loss of Being(Baker Academic, 2010), The Promise of Despair (Abingdon, 2010), Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry: From a Strategy of Influence to a Theology of Incarnation (IVP, 2007) and Relationships Unfiltered (Zondervan/YS, 2009). Andy has worked in congregations, parachurch ministries, and social service programs. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Kara, two children, Owen and Maisy, and their dog. When not reading, writing, or teaching, Andy spends far too much time watching TV and movies.
    Where
    Cost $40

  • Cost: $20 - Limited space available. Forgiveness and Grace in the Kingdom. Hear first-hand stories of God's faithfulness from Austin and Sinte, who have served long-term in Southeast Asia with The Antioch Partners until recent events brought them back to the United States. The Global Engagement Dinner is sponsored by ECO’s mission partner organizations. Select Global Engagement Dinner on your registration to be added to this RSPV-only event.
    Meals

  • Business-as-Mission (BAM) - No Cost, advance registration required. Limited space available. Hear stories from the BAM team at Highland Park Presbyterian Church, and learn how you can use your business and legal expertise to participate in God's mission. Breakfast sponsored by The Antioch Partners and ECO Global Engagement.
    Meals