Learning Ops

These are seminars or workshops with a purpose. They are designed to begin the discussion on how a youth can make an impact on the world around them. Youth will hear stories of how God is at work all around the world, how finding their identity is directly connected to their mission on this earth and more.

Saturday, April 11 

  9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Learning Ops Set 1
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Learning Ops Set 2

*Sets and rooms are subject to change.

 


 

Who We Are & Why We Worship
by For All Seasons (NAMED2015 Worship Band)
We are all created as worshippers.  But, what do we choose to worship?
Join For All Seasons as they talk through their journey of discovering what it means to worship, and why we should all choose to worship God above all else.
Room 601 - Set 1 

  


   

  

 



Renamed: Breaking The Silence About Sexual Sin With Biblical Truth
by The Silence Breakers (Courtney Erwin, Jeremy Johnson, Ryan Jorgenson, Marissa Vix, & Logan Whitney) 
Come and engage with a panel of five Tabor College students known as The Silence Breakers as they share their personal stories of addiction to pornography and/or masturbation. All guys and girls are welcome to attend to learn more about this issue of sexual sin and how to address it from a Biblical perspective. Everyone who attends will gain resources so they can be a help to others as well.
Room 601 - Set 2

 

 

  

 

  


 


Being a Witness Among Bikers and Golfers and Other Sinners
by Ed Boschman (USMB Coaching & Consulting)
Jesus names his followers “witnesses”. Come and see how you can confidently share your lives and the Jesus story without fear or failure.
Let’s explore how you can be your authentic self in your relationships, and end up having high impact spiritual influence in people's lives.
Room 602 - Set 1 & 2 
 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 


Who me?  A Leader?  #leadership
by Rick Bartlett (Director of Theological Education at Tabor College Wichita)
What makes a leader?  A person with charisma, poise, and confidence? Someone who always knows exactly what to do in every situation?  
In this Learning Op we'll talk about how leadership is an activity, not a position; and ways in which anyone can lead.  Participants will come away with a better understanding of how to add "leader" to the "name".
Room 603 - Set 1 & 2
 

 

 


 

 

  

 



Loving Strangers As Ourselves
by Saulo Padilla (MCC Staff)
Students will explore stories of migration in the bible and discuss what the bible teaches us about why people migrate and how we should treat immigrants in our  midst today. Students will also hear briefly how MCC works to implement these principles, both through direct service and advocacy.
Students will have the opportunity to understand the scriptural mandate and call for compassion, love, and biblical justice. Saulo is the Coordinator for Immigration Education for Mennonite Central Committee U.S.
Room 604 - Set 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Soldier's Journey Toward Peace
by Titus Peachey (Peace Education Coordinator for MCC)
This seminar will introduce youth to Benjamin Peters, who enlisted in the Marines, served two tours of duty in Iraq, then chose to follow his conscience on a journey of faith toward peace.
The seminar will prepare youth to better understand the many ways their identities are being shaped by our militarized culture and consider how to respond to military recruitment messages from a faith perspective.  Titus is the Peace Educator for Mennonite Central Committee U.S., Vietnam War-era conscientious objector and current counselor on the GI Rights Hotline.
Room 604 - Set 2

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 


Is Christianity Really True?  #Doubts
by Michael Suderman (Christian Evangelist & Apologist with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries)
How can we share confidently that Christianity is really true? How do we stay strong in our faith even when faced with difficult questions, objections, or doubts? In this Learning Op I will explore these questions and share how my own search for truth--which led me from a small town in Kansas to adventures in India and studies at Oxford University--helped me to discover the powerful truth of Christianity, my true identity in Christ, and God's calling on my life.
Room 605 - Set 1 & 2

 

  

 

 

 

 


Named on a Green Vinyl Couch
by Wendell Loewen (Professor of Youth, Church & Culture and Ministry Quest Director at Tabor College)
Hear how a quirky Canadian jock, pastor, mentor and prof found God’s call on his life.  And find out how you can hear, love and live your call!  Wendell Loewen is a professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Tabor College and is the director of Ministry Quest, a leadership program for high schoolers.
Room 606 - Set 1 & 2


  


 

 

 

  

 


 


Risk Taking Obedience
by Ricky Sanchez (S.E. Regional Mobilizer with MB Mission in Thailand)
Do you ever wonder if there is more to life than just the status quo? Are you interested in being used by God to your full potential? Have you considered what it might look like to live for Christ using your unique gifts overseas?
Come hear how sports, breakdancing, and fiestas are changing lives for eternity in Thailand!
Room 607 - Set 1 & 2

 

 

 

  

 



Violence, Jesus, Peace, and Us: Can Christians Use Violence When Necessary?
by Trent Voth (Associate Pastor at College Community Church MB & Adjunct Faculty at FPU)
We’re asking, who do we (as Mennonite Brethren and as Christians) say Jesus is? Come join this conversation! It’s been going on for 2,000 years! It has included everyone from Jesus, Peter, and Paul to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, throughout history to our parents and grandparents…and now to you!
What does it mean to follow Jesus’ call to peace and reconciliation in our culture and generation!?
Room 608 - Set 1 & 2

 

   


 

  

 

 


 


The Impact Our Values Have In Knowing Ourselves and Understanding Our Purpose
by Chandelle Claassen (Life Coach, Homemaker & Ministry Partner)
"Who do you say I am?" Our values (both spoken and unspoken) say a lot about who we are. Engage with us in a conversation that challenges and equips us to explore and identify core values, and align our lives with them.
Attendees will work through a values identification exercise to assist us in knowing who we are and understanding our purpose in the world we live in.
Room 610 - Set 1 & 2

 

 

 

  

 

  

  




Consumer or Steward - Which Path Will You Choose?
by Jon Wiebe (MB Foundation President & CEO)
Our culture is doing its best to name us Consumer.  Does God's word have anything to say about this?  How we utilize financial resources can have a tremendous impact on the difference we make in the world and is directly connected to our mission on this earth.
Together, we will unpack two competing world views as it relates to our financial responsibilities.  
Room 612 - Set 1


  

 

  


 

 

  

 



Won't You Be My Neighbor?
by Rhonda Dueck (Micah Project Director & Adjunct Faculty at FPU)
Come walk the streets of Fresno with me. It is easy to think that I know my neighbors, but do I really know them more than the car they drive or the bus route they take? Do I know their names? Have I listened to their story, celebrated their joy, heard their pain, and walked alongside them? Micah 6:8 calls us to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with our God but what does that really look like in my neighborhood? Living in real community means embracing the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful. Do you know your neighbors?
Room 612 - Set 2

 

 

Who We Are & Why We Worship
by For All Seasons (NAMED2015 Worship Band)
We are all created as worshippers.  But, what do we choose to worship? Join For All Seasons as they talk through their journey of discovering what it means to worship, and why we should all choose to worship God above all else.

Who We Are & Why We Worship
by For All Seasons (NAMED2015 Worship Band)
We are all created as worshippers.  But, what do we choose to worship? Join For All Seasons as they talk through their journey of discovering what it means to worship, and why we should all choose to worship God above all else.