Faithful Innovation Summit

July 24-26, 2019
Minneapolis, MN

The church is changing.
What is God calling us to do about it?


We believe God is at work. We believe the Holy Spirit is calling the church into a new future. We believe now is the time to discover and embody innovative ways to lead the church more deeply into God's life and love for the world. If you want to join us on the journey, don't miss the Faithful Innovation Summit.

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What's the Faithful Innovation Summit?


We live in a time of disruptive change--and many of us are unsure where to start or how to lead through uncertainty. The Faithful Innovation Summit is designed to help you define and address the challenges you're facing. Gather with fellow Christian leaders and consider what God is calling you to do. See what others have done as you listen to real-world stories of innovative experiments in a variety of ministry settings. Spend time in conversation with leaders as passionate as you as we work together to equip, encourage, and prepare one another for this journey.

Who Should Attend?


Tracing God’s Movement in Our Lives and Neighborhoods

Learn by Doing: Using Action Learning to Discover God’s Leading

Sharing Our Learning: Intentional Reflections on Our Actions

  • Pastors and clergy from all denominations

  • Judicatory, synodical, and denominational leaders

  • Lay Christians and ministry leaders

  • Any Christ-follower interested in innovation work


What Will I Learn?

Get clarity on what the core work actually is and what it means in your ministry context. Come away with meaningful connections and a realistic plan for transformational change.

SEPT. 10 - OCT. 15, 2018

Worship Forming Community

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Prayer and Music Leadership
OCT. 1-3, 2018

Working Preacher Presents

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The Craft of Preaching

OCT. 4, 2018

Emotional Intelligence

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OCT. 12, 2018

Soul Shop™
Youth Focus

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WORSHIP

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PREACHING

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LEADERSHIP

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CONGREGATIONAL CARE

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SEPT. 10 - OCT. 15, 2018

Worship Forming Community

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Prayer and Music Leadership
OCT. 1-3, 2018

Working Preacher Presents

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The Craft of Preaching

OCT. 4, 2018

Emotional Intelligence

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OCT. 12, 2018

Soul Shop™
Youth Focus

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WORSHIP

REGISTER

PREACHING

REGISTER

LEADERSHIP

REGISTER

CONGREGATIONAL CARE

REGISTER

SEPT. 10 - OCT. 15, 2018

Worship Forming Community

Image
Prayer and Music Leadership
OCT. 1-3, 2018

Working Preacher Presents

Image
The Craft of Preaching

OCT. 4, 2018

Emotional Intelligence

Image
OCT. 12, 2018

Soul Shop™
Youth Focus

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WORSHIP

REGISTER

PREACHING

REGISTER

LEADERSHIP

REGISTER

CONGREGATIONAL CARE

REGISTER

Key Questions


Explore these questions (and more) during the Summit:

  • How might we trust God's leadership?

  • Where is God already at work to transform the church?

  • What does it mean to foster innovation for the sake of the Gospel?

  • What does faith formation look like in the 21st century?

  • How do we get from where we are now to a more hopeful future?


Faithful Innovation Showcase

Have you experimented with change? Some of it probably worked. Some of it probably didn't. No matter what happened, teach others through your experience. Share your ideas visually at the Faithful Innovation Showcase during lunch on Thursday. We'll provide a table and any additional resources you need to tell your story. Interested? Register for the event, then apply using the link below. If you're accepted as a Showcase presenter, you'll receive $40 back on your registration.

APPLY TO BE A SHOWCASE PRESENTER

Agenda at a Glance

9:30 AM | WELCOME AND BEGINNING EXPERIMENT

10 AM | OPENING WORSHIP

11 AM | KEYNOTE 
What's Really Causing Church Decline and What We Can Do about it (Dwight Zscheile and Michael Binder)

11:45 AM | LUNCH

1 PM | IN BRIEF CASE STORIES
20-Minute Talks from Real-World Christian Leaders about What's Working Now and Why

2:45 PM | IN BRIEF BREAKOUTS
Go Deep with Presenters to Apply Their Learning to Your Context

3:45 PM | IN BRIEF BREAKOUTS

5:30 PM | SOCIAL HOUR
Impact Hub MSP in downtown Minneapolis

Meet the Presenters

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Author, scholar, teacher, faith formation pastor

Terri Elton
Associate Professor,
Luther Seminary
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Activist, preacher, NGO leader, public servant

Don Samuels
CEO,
MicroGrants
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Pastor, church planter, teacher, coach

Michael Binder
Founder & Co-Pastor,
Mill City Church
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Pastor, church planter, innovator, organizer

Sheryl Kinder-Pyle
Executive Presbyter,
Presbytery of the Inland NW
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Educator, trainer,
social entrepreneur

Ramon Pastrano
President & CEO,
ImpactLives
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Church planter, coach, movement maker

Nick Warnes
Founder & Director,
Cyclical LA
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Priest, author,
scholar, consultant

Dwight Zscheile
VP of Innovation,
Luther Seminary
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Coach, organizer, cross-generational minister

Dawn Alitz
Director of Faith+Lead,
Luther Seminary
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Missional leader, priest, formation developer

BLAIR POGUE
Rector,
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
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Transformational leaders, trainers, facilitators

Amy Engebose &
Jean Devoll-Donaldson
Bishop's Associates,
East Central Synod of WI (ELCA)
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Registration includes meals and materials. Attendees are responsible for evening meals, travel costs, and overnight accommodations, if needed.

Hotel Accommodations


Reserve an overnight guest room during your stay in Minneapolis. A limited number of discounted rooms have been set aside for attendees. Choose between two hotel properties near the conference facility.

DoubleTree Suites

$175 per night, plus tax
Across the street

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Hampton Inn and Suites

$129 per night, plus tax
5-minute walk via skyway

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