Lab 1: Wise Up

Speaker:

Vijay Krishnan, Lead Pastor of Upper Room Community Church

Location:

Main Theatre

Lab Synopsis:

Most of the decisions we need to make in life – and there are a million of them – require more than just knowing the facts, being a smart person, being a good person or having “good instincts”. We need Wisdom. We actually need Wisdom to know how to handle everything else in life that we have – money, time, relationships, power, opportunity. Which is why the Scriptures tell us to get it; to do whatever we have to do to find it. Because it’s as valuable as gold, worth more than the world’s greatest treasures. The good news is that God freely gives it to us. This lab will explore what true Wisdom is, how to get it and how to use it.

Lab 2: Worship Ministry: Keeping the Main Thing, the Main Thing

Speaker:

Mat & Nicole Crisp, Worship Leaders at C4 Worship

Location:

Annex

Lab Synopsis:

Mat & Nicole have been involved with Worship Ministries for almost 20 years. They are recording artists and have served in churches leading worship and speaking at events and conferences across Canada. Their heart is to equip and resource the local church. Come hear, learn and engage with them as they talk all things Worship Ministry. Topics will include; How to prepare well for leading a congregation and a team, How to steward your craft and Why we need to “keep the main thing, the main thing.” Also, there will be time for some Q&A.

Lab 3: Clarity For Your Calling

Speaker:

Sam Picken, Lead Pastor at C3 Church Toronto

Location:

Rec Room

Lab Synopsis:

The single most asked question in church life is how do I discover my purpose? People constantly want to know if they’re on the right track? Are they doing what they’re meant to be doing? In this session Sam will give you a key that bring focus and clarity to your calling from God.

Lab 4: The Walking Wounded

Speaker:

Brett Ullman , Executive Director at Worlds Apart

Location:

Auditorium

Lab Synopsis:

Life is good … until its not. Dark clouds come in all shapes and sizes and leave us asking where do we turn? Some of us struggle with mental health: anxiety, depression etc. Some of our struggles come from coping with tough situations in life by Self Injuring: eating disorders, suicide, self harm and drug and alcohol use. How do we begin our journey towards hope, healing, redemption, rescue, and a restoration to wholeness? What about our faith? How does our faith fit into our healing journey?

This lab has no cliches, no Christianese and does not put forward promises of false hope. We will begin to address how to walk back towards healing and away from our emotions, feelings and thoughts and that are keeping us paralyzed in life.

Lab 5: Developing B.R.A.V.E. Leaders

Speaker:

Ellen Duffield, Executive Director at The Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods

Location:

Room 17

Lab Synopsis:

Come join the dialogue around developing Bridge building, Resilient leaders who use their Actions, Voice, and Expanded perspective to make our churches, organizations and communities stronger and more transformational.

Lab 6: What Is Love?

Speaker:

Brett McBride, Lead Pastor at The People’s Church

Location:

Room 8

Lab Synopsis:

The bible speaks of and describes “love” in a vastly different way than what Western culture has interpreted it to be. This lab will take a close look at Biblical love and how it challenges our modern definitions and how we actually live out our lives as people who love.

Lab 7: Living and Sharing The Good News

Speaker:

Dwayne Cline, Lead Pastor at Hughson St. Baptist Church

Location:

Room 9

Lab Synopsis:

Most of us show up at church, join a small group, serve occasionally and even read our Bible from time to time but are intimidated and even inept when it comes to sharing our faith. We’re worried about what others think or are terrified they may ask a question we don’t know the answer to. Many of us have had a bad experience when we’ve shared our faith so it’s one of the areas of the Christian life we avoid. And yet, God delights in saving and He uses us in the process. We’re thankful He’s saved us and we know our friends and family desperately need a living and vibrant relationship with Jesus. They are lost without Him and destined to spend eternity apart from Him. This lab will focus on what the gospel is and how we share the gospel with others while being dependent on the Holy Spirit.

Lab 8: Jesus, the Church & Poverty: Responding to a World in Need in Christ-like Ways

Speaker:

Alyssa Esparaz, Advocacy Associate, Compassion Canada

Location:

Room 10

Lab Synopsis:

There are so many differing opinions on the best way to “help the poor”-it can get overwhelming and, if we’re honest, paralyze us from doing anything at all. But throughout scripture, we see that God has a heart for those who are suffering and desires for His people to respond compassionately to a world in need. The Church has a long history of bringing hope and healing to our broken world through both missions and social action… What does it look like the Church today to continue that work in ways that are compassionate, sustainable and Christ-like?

Lab 9: Overcoming Invisibility

Speaker:

Michael Krause, Professor of Leadership & Ministry Director at Tyndale University College & Seminary

Location:

Room 11

Lab Synopsis:

We have the world in our hands but the world beside us is often invisible. Where does your church live? Do you know who lives next door? Do you even know who lives in your neighbourhood? Does it even matter? In this lab we will learn how to see invisible people: the people living beside us, or sitting on the street next to us, people who need help and people we can help. We will learn to see the needs of disenfranchised and often invisible people around us, how to find help for those in need and how to give practical help – as individuals and as a church.

Lab 10: Christ in All Things

Speaker:

Kaarina Hsieh, Campus Pastor at ParkwayForest.Church

Location:

Reflection Room

Lab Synopsis:

How do we draw closer to the heart of God and deepen our faith for everyday living? Spiritual formation happens each and every moment of life. Does it often feel like finding time to spend with Jesus is an impossible task among the too many tasks in your life? I believe that there is a way to “un-busy” our minds and “un-hurry” ourselves even in the midst of the demands of life. Let’s discover together how we can lean into ancient rhythms for our modern times and make room for God in our busy lives. When we learn to weave spiritual practices into the daily rhythms of our relationships, our work, study and play we can live in greater joy and freedom and be far more effective for the Kingdom. If you long for a deeper spirituality but often feel that life gets in the way, this is a conversation for you.