DAY OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Overview

February 6, 2016

A Day To Inspire, Encourage, and Equip God's People for Ministry

Fellowship and workshops for every person of the church: students, mothers, deacons, musicians, shepherds, fathers, volunteers, leaders, helpers, worshipers, broken people, and more.

Keynote

Aaron Baart is serving in his fifth year as dean of chapel at Dordt College. Aaron previously served as a pastor in two CRCNA church plants: Chilliwack, British Columbia, and Sioux Center. He co-founded One Body One Hope, a church planting and community development organization working in Liberia, West Africa.

Morning Keynote: "No Fear Here." Our lives produce more than enough reasons to heighten our fears and question the certainties of our future. National politics, terrorist attacks, medical test results, church conflicts­­—all churn up plenty of anxiety. There has, however, never been a better or more exciting time in history to be alive! Here’s why . . .

Afternoon Keynote: "Where the Bible Has Yet to Take Me." So often we read the Bible merely in a reactionary way, seeking answers to big questions in life. But what happens when the Bible becomes so instructive in our lives that it not only answers our questions but actually helps shape the questions we are asking in the first place? Cultivate a renewed excitement in your approach to Scripture.

Full Schedule of Events

7:45 a.m. Registration opens for walk-ins. B.J. Haan Auditorium

8:15 a.m. Pre-conference worship. B.J. Haan Auditorium

8:30 a.m. Welcome. B.J. Haan Auditorium

8:45 a.m. Keynote. B.J. Haan Auditorium

10–10:50 a.m. Breakout Session I

SB 1603: Practicing the art of lament - Shirley Folkerts

SB 1604: Utilizing the Psalms in contemporary worship - Jon De Groot and John MacInnis

SB 1606: Engaging young adults - Jill Ver Steeg

CL 1144/48: Loving my homosexual neighbor - Syd Hielema

SB 1641: Rural church - Leaning in - Joel De Boer

11–11:50 a.m. Breakout Session II

SB 1606: Go tell it on the mountain...and the plain: a Reformed look at evangelism - John Lee

SB 1641: Home: reexamining biblical hospitality - Justin and Ang Schuiteman

CL 1144/48: Healthy congregation/healthy youth ministry - Syd Hielema

SB 1603: Reading the Bible for all you’re worth - Jackie Smallbones

Noon Lunch. Lower level of the Campus Center

1–1:50 p.m. Breakout Session III

SB 1604: Bridging the community: seeing your youth beyond the walls of church - Jason Jackson

SB 1606: Leadership: is this what I signed up for? - Jill Ver Steeg

SB 1641: John Calvin and spiritual formation: prayer, election, and dealing with God - Jason Lief

SB 1603: The missional church and the call to missional living - Rick Droog

2:10 p.m. Keynote. B.J. Haan Auditorium

3 p.m. Closing. B.J. Haan Auditorium