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Speaker Team

Post a Comment » Written on September 2nd, 2013     
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Are you planning a retreat?

If you are planning a retreat for the youth you serve or for the youth leaders you work with, then you need to know about the Speaker Team. This team grew out of a desire to assist the youth ministries of local Covenant churches by providing quality speakers for conference retreats, leadership training, or gatherings of two or more Covenant churches.

The speaker team consists of Covenant leaders who are ready and willing to serve by being a part of your event! There are several seminars and topics that are available: Adventures in Leadership, All-9 Enneagram Seminar, A Time to Breathe, Emerge, Global Student Leadership, Hurt Seminar, ParenTeen Seminar, and other weekend events.

Our goal is to challenge and assist the Evangelical Covenant Church to reach, disciple, and equip youth and families for growth toward spiritual maturity and to serve the community and the world for Christ.

You can find descriptions about each event/seminar here. You can also click on each speaker’s name to learn more about them.

Get to know the speaker team; they are here to serve you. Click here to request a Speaker TODAY!



According to Kyle…

Post a Comment » Written on May 22nd, 2013     
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Kyle Thomsen serves as Junior High Director and College Pastor at University Covenant Church in Davis, CA. He is a valued member of our speaker team who truly inspires with stories, educates with content, and makes you feel positive.

According to Kyle:

I just turned 30! I don’t feel old, but I’m told “I’m over the the first hill.”  Whatever that means.

I’ve lived the majority of my life with a call to youth ministry and engaged in a preaching ministry (I preached my first sermon in junior high and preached weekly in high school — crazy… I know.  Who thought it was a good idea to let a 13-year old preach?  Obviously, my youth pastor was crazy. But I digress).

After preaching for this many years, I’ve learned that I’m insecure and crave people’s affirmation more than God’s affirmation. In this season of life, I’m striving to please God in my preaching more than I please people.  My temptation is that I’ve become such a “polished, engaging, dynamic” communicator that I don’t need Jesus.  That is scary and wrong!

In this season of my ministry and time on the speaker team, I’m trying to spend more time with Jesus — listening to Jesus, following the Holy Spirit, and trust our Heavenly Father.  I want to listen to God and share what I hear.  In this season of ministry, I’m re-learning who my audience really is.

 

To learn more about Kyle Click here.

 



a word from Tom…

Tom Dierenfeld of LifeSpring Covenant Church serves as Director of Youth Ministry and is a valued member of an experienced team that is recognized for its diverse and complementary skills that provide quality speaking for conference retreats, leadership training, and gatherings of Covenant churches.

And now a word from Tom:

“The Covenant speaker team has been a blessing to many people, including myself, in many ways, and it is an honor and a privilege to serve in this capacity.

Perhaps the most rewarding part of the experience for me has been to meet people from around the country and realize that I’m serving those who are very similar to me, in similar ministry contexts, dealing with similar issues, even though we’re not all the same.  In our diversity, there is a great sense of unity because we’re all trying to follow Jesus.  There’s nothing really flashy about it.  I’m a youth pastor, just like the youth pastors I meet.  I’ve got some quiet, and some rowdy middle school students, just like the students I meet.  I’m trying to lead others and follow Jesus the best that I can, just like the communities of Jesus followers that I meet.  What a great gift it is, to know in times of loneliness, that I’m not alone!  It’s my hope that this is the same realization of every student and leader I meet; that our common bond is in Christ, the One who never leaves us or forsakes us, even when the retreat is over.”

To learn more about Tom Click here and listen to his sermons.

 



Why women value Triennial

Watch this video to learn why women value Triennial!

Special appearances by our very own Marti Burger and Aune Carlson!

August 15-18, 2013

San Diego, California

 When women gather, incredible things happen— especially when the gathering involves the diverse and dynamic women of the Covenant! Triennial is a four day conference that offers fellowship, worship, active learning, and fun for all women (ages 18+). Get ready to be equipped, motivated, and encouraged!

For more information on Triennial, check out CovChurch.org/triennial.



CHIC2012

Post a Comment » Written on June 27th, 2011     
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Check out the updated CHIC2012 Website!

www.CHIC2012.org



The Feast 2011

June 25-28, 2011 Estes Park, YMCA of the Rockies, CO
We would like to have as many people as possible experience the Feast, a spiritual life experience for the whole intergenerational, multi- ethnic Covenant Family (www.covchurch.org/feast).
Consider this: we invest in things all the time. We invest in the latest technology, education, causes we believe in, relationships, learning and mastering new challenges. As a church we invest in our community, missions, compassion, mercy, and justice. We invest in discipleship by mentoring, teaching, and caring for others. We invest in the spiritual walks of children, youth and adults.

As a church, please consider investing in a child, a youth, a young adult, a couple, a young family or a retiree. Invest in their faith walk and encourage them in their journey by sending them to the Feast. The Feast is a unique opportunity to do life together and experience the best of who God has made us to be… and embody the Kingdom of God!

In an effort to make these gatherings more accessible, we’ve made some adjustments to registration costs; keep reading! Continue Reading »



Planning a Retreat?

Post a Comment » Written on March 14th, 2011     
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If you are planning a retreat for the youth you serve or for the youth leaders you work with, then you need to know about the Speaker Team. The Speaker Team grew out of a desire to assist the youth ministries of local Covenant churches by providing quality speakers for conference retreats, leadership training, or gatherings of two or more Covenant churches. Our goal is to challenge and assist the Evangelical Covenant Church to reach, disciple, and equip youth and families for growth toward spiritual maturity and to serve the community and the world for Christ.

Request any of the speakers below by contacting us (youth(at)covchurch.org). Click here to request more information about retreats, workshops, and seminars that are available.

All-9 Enneagram Seminar: Benjamin Kerns & Reid Olson

A Time to Breathe: CV Hartline, Heather Monkmeyer, Ben Pease, & Melissa Wall

ParenTeen & Hurt Seminars: Bill MacPhee

We’re Here to Serve: Kris Causton, Tim Ciccone, Carlos DeVitis , Tom Dierenfeld, Kevin Farmer, Lloyd Gilbert, Whitney Hall, Benjamin Kerns, Jeff Mazzariello, Denise McKinney, Reid Olson, Nate Severson, Kara Stromberg, Kyle Thomsen, & Melissa Wall



Reload – Not In Vain

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aburkhardt@northpark.edu
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NexGen Leadership

Post a Comment » Written on February 21st, 2011     
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“Never separate doctrine from duty – we must never separate what we believe from how we behave.”
Tom Allen, Professor – Philadelphia Biblical University

NexGen Leadership is dedicated to reaching teens with the above message along with messages of leadership, character, and community action.

As a missionary living in Sofia, Bulgaria, Darren Ford worked with Bulgarian and American teens as both a church youth leader and headmaster of Sofia Christian Academy, a small school for missionary kids.  Darren recently returned to Texas as Founder and President of NexGen Leadership, a nonprofit organization that partners with churches and private Christian schools.

Darren is passionate about seeing teens live a radical life in Christ.  He works with teens in a variety of ways including speaking at weekly youth groups and retreats and preparing high school seniors for life in college.  Darren also works with youth leaders and parents, challenging them to see and nurture the incredible potential in today’s teens.

To help students be more successful in high school, college, and beyond, NexGen also offers leadership courses for teens, teaching skills such as goal setting, time management, and effective communication.

Darren is available to work with church youth workers in a variety of ways.  For more information about Darren and NexGen Leadership, visit their website at http://nexgenleadership.org/church_programs.htm or contact Darren directly at Darren@nexgenleadership.org.

Finally, keep your eyes open for Darren’s upcoming book, Running Out, challenging teens to raise the bar and be a light in this dark world.

NexGen Leadership Foundation
Darren K. Ford
P.O. Box 118046
Carrollton, TX  75011
214-724-4689  *  darren@nexgenleadership.org



YWC 2011

Weren’t sure you’d hear about it again, were you? Well, if you’d like to see pieces of what you missed if you weren’t able to join us downtown last month, or if you’d like to prove to people that we had Chicago’s Giordano’s Pizza in the Preston Bradley Room at the Chicago Cultural Center with a GORGEOUS dome ceiling…why don’t you check out the photos we’ve loaded for these specific purposes…well, not totally. I like to look at the photos because it was a fantastic weekend and we’re already thinking about what YWC 2012 will look like.

Check it out, the photos on the right sidebar will take you to the “ECC Chicago” flickr account and you’ll even be able to find photos from other events. Enjoy!