Darrell Johnson has been preaching Jesus Christ and His gospel for over 46 years. He has served a number of Presbyterian congregations in California, Union Church of Manila in the Philippines, and the historic First Baptist Church in the heart of Vancouver, Canada.
In addition to writing a major work on preaching, “The Glory of Preaching: Participating in God’s Transformation of the World,” many of his sermon series have been published in book form, including “Fifty-Seven Words That Change the Word: A Journey Through the Lord’s Prayer,” “The Beatitudes: Living in Sync with the Reign of God,” “Who is Jesus?” and “Discipleship on the Edge: An Expository Journey through the Book of Revelation.” Darrell has also taught preaching for Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, now serving as Teaching Fellow for Regent and Professor of Preaching and Director of the Centre for Preaching at Carey Theological College in Vancouver.
Bruxy Cavey is the senior pastor at The Meeting House, a church for people who aren’t into church. The Meeting House is a multisite Anabaptist congregation in Ontario, Canada where thousands of people connect to God and each other through Sunday services, online interaction, and a widespread house church network. (You can learn more about The Meeting House at themeetinghouse.com.) Bruxy is also author of the bestselling book, The End of Religion and his new book, (re)union, is an overview of “The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners.”
Jennie Lee Riddle & Sean Carter will lead a 7 hr Songwriting Intensive with inspirational and practical tips! Space is limited, so register today! $50 fee includes lunch, and this session will run on Friday March 1 during the day.
WORSHIP & INSTRUMENTS TRACK
SHAR WARKENTIN - STAGE PRESENCE
After almost 20 years as a worship pastor in Coquitlam, BC, Shar now mentors, coaches and trains musicians and aspiring worship leaders at Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, BC. She loves God, the church & the beauty of Christ followers finding & using their gifts. Whether you are a part of a worship team or leading as a solo musician, being on stage creates both a physical and psychological barrier between the worship leader(s) and the congregation. Through the lens of hospitality, we are going to unpack our role as worship leaders and band members in helping to close that gap. What are some of the key principals to keep in mind when leading people in worship? How is it different than entertaining? Be ready to learn and apply some new skills and get involved.
STACEY GLEDDIESMITH - APPLIED THEOLOGY OF WORSHIP
STACEY GLEDDIESMITH - EFFECTIVE SCRIPTURE READING
WORSHIP LEADER PANEL
Shar Warkentin will moderate a panel of worship leaders representing a variety of environments and experience. They will discuss the challenges they’ve faced and relevant issues in the church today, and will take questions from the audience.
julie pearson - FOUNDATIONS OF SINGING
Julie is a vocal coach, singer and worship leader. She has been teaching voice lessons for 15 years and performing for over 25 years. Her focus is teaching functional technique for contemporary singers (pop, rock, folk, musical theatre, gospel), and assisting singers in reaching their vocal potential. Julie has a Master of Music Studies in Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy (2011) from the Queensland Conservatory, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry from Briercrest College and has served in several ministry positions, including Music Director and Pastor of Worship Arts. This session will cover breathing and body alignment, vocal warm ups and vocal registration.
julie pearson - ADVANCED VOCAL TECHNIQUES
Julie is a vocal coach, singer and worship leader. She has been teaching voice lessons for 15 years and performing for over 25 years. Her focus is teaching functional technique for contemporary singers (pop, rock, folk, musical theatre, gospel), and assisting singers in reaching their vocal potential. Julie has a Master of Music Studies in Contemporary Vocal Pedagogy (2011) from the Queensland Conservatory, Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Worship Ministry from Briercrest College and has served in several ministry positions, including Music Director and Pastor of Worship Arts. This session will cover advanced vocal techniques for singers looking for a master clas
Steve cogbill + pete davyduck - bass & drums
tba - electric guitar
tba - acoustic guitar
tba - keys
SOUL CARE TRACK
JEREMY KINNIBURGH - FEAR & ANXIETY
MICHELLE DERKSEN - NAVIGATING CONFLICT
Murray & Michelle currently reside in Kelowna, BC. Their day job is serving as the regional developers for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Canada (they do a lot of commuting back and forth). They have four adult children who also live in the Okanagan. They have raised their family in Canada, USA, Mexico, Egypt, and Costa Rica. They both have extensive experience in leadership, worship, soul care, church ministries, and missions. Michelle is a graduate of, and certified with, the Justice Institute of BC as a Third Party Mediator and Conflict Resolution Coach. She has given a number of seminars in various contexts, and used her skills to help individuals and teams.
CHRIS THRONESS - CULTIVATING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE
DAN TAYLOR - HUMOUR in public speaking
For those who are called to speak or perform publically, humour is an essential tool. But like any tool, humour can be wielded incorrectly and unsafely in ways that are dangerous for both the speaker and the audience. In this session, nationally recognized comic and pastor Dan Taylor will lead the participants through the ingredients of why things are funny, why we're all trying to laugh, and why it matters to humour in a healthy way. Dan Taylor talks to people and makes them feel things. He does it on comedy stages all over North America. He does it on television on CBC, CTV, YESTV and others. He does it for corporations and universities and churches and clubs. He does it weekly as the Pastor of Disciples Church in Edmonton. Drawing on his experience as a husband, father, social worker, pastor, and barista, Dan's unique background enables him to connect with a diverse audience.
DARRELL JOHNSON - EXPOSITIONAL PREACHING
BRUXY CAVEY - JESUS CENTERED THEOLOGY
CHRIS THRONESS - LEAD PASTOR AS COACH
MURRAY DERKSEN - BURNOUT & LONGEVITY
Murray & Michelle currently reside in Kelowna, BC. Their day job is serving as the regional developers for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Christian & Missionary Alliance in Canada (they do a lot of commuting back and forth). They have four adult children who also live in the Okanagan. They have raised their family in Canada, USA, Mexico, Egypt, and Costa Rica. They both have extensive experience in leadership, worship, soul care, church ministries, and missions. Murray has been a worship pastor and worship leader for 30+ years. He has an MBA in Leadership and is an ongoing student of leaders and the issues that that they face.
MINDI OATEN - PROPHETIC ART
Mindi will share her testimony of how the Lord brought her back into the arts after a 14 year absence. She shares her journey being a creative in the Kingdom; her struggles and self doubt studying Art in University all the way to her encounter with the Lord and how he brought her back into the arts to paint for His purposes. Mindi lives in Cochrane, AB and travels internationally with a ministry based out of Dallas as a prophetic artist, she shares her experiences on stage and how God has taught her by stepping outside her comfort zone and simply relying on Him. She shares how the Lord has taught her to hear his voice, how she expresses it in her own unique way, and how she believes we are in a time and season for creatives to arise to redefine how the world sees the arts. She prays her testimony will touch and inspire others to believe in the power of art inspired by Holy Spirit. “We must declare God’s beauty to a dying world and touch the hearts of those who need to experience Him through ways beyond words.” ~Mindi
MARLENE MCPHERSON - art technique
Marlene McPherson lives in Lake Country, BC, and is a professional visual artist. She is also an educator and has taught through her studio, M.G.M. Fine Art Studios, since 1993. Marlene is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artist and exhibits her artwork in both commercial and public art galleries. Marlene loves to share the Joy of Creativity with others and is convinced that everyone has some creativity within them. She believes the Lord can teach us through our creativity in unique and unexpected ways. Workshop participants will follow a guided painting demonstration and learn skills and techniques used by professional artists, while working on their individual paintings. Marlene looks forward to encouraging you in your creativity and welcomes all to attend, no matter their art experience or skill level. Supplies will be provided on site.
val lieske - drama storytelling
jason armstrong - drama
curtis allen - video storytelling
His passion for Audio/Video, acoustics, and music started when he was young; inspired by a vivid memory of sitting cross-legged with the original Star Wars Vinyl in 1977/1978 and listening, in awe, to the beautiful John Williams compositions. With beginnings as a musician together with Darrell Smith he won the Roland National Songwriting Competition Grand Prize in Canada. Since then, Christian has been part of large scale studio and stage builds, installations, and acoustic consulting. His resume is distinguished and includes time in Detroit working for world-renowned and award winning Yessian Music, on many film and TV projects. He's become quite established through many years of recording and mixing studio albums from artists all across North America including Bachman Turner Overdrive, among others, and is well known and respected in his field. Most recently, he spent 5 years as an on call Tech Specialist for a large Church in Calgary, Alberta. The adventure continues as he has taken his love for music, recording, acoustics, and tech to the field of high end vintage instrument sales. The journey continues with many more in the works including a brand new studio space in downtown Calgary called Block 1109.
DAVE SIVERNS - foundation of creative identity
We all love to be creative, believe that justice is essential, and want to live lives of worship, but how are they all connected? We’ll explore the foundation of what it is to be made in God’s image, what we see in Isaiah’s vision of the new Jerusalem, and our calling here and now to creatively engage with the world and to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God.
DAVE SIVERNS - the balance of hope & lament
We have a hope that should inspire and underpin everything that we do, but it can be hard to figure out exactly how to live in the fullness of it. Come explore how our hope in the Good News of Jesus empowers us to be a people who live lives of worship in a world that so desperately needs it, and how we can point people to Jesus by creatively communicating this great hope. The world is broken and we all know it – so why do we so rarely talk (or sing) about it? The people of God have always been a people who hold lament and hope together, and engaging the brokenness of our lives and the world around us can help us better define poverty as something that we all wrestle with. Join for interactive teaching and discussion on the importance of lament in our worship and how it can help us build bridges and break down our cultural differences.
social justice panel
Dave Siverns will moderate a panel of local experts to discuss how Compassion and social justice are effecting change in the local and international church.
JORIN GREEN - SERVING BEYOND YOUR TALENT
Serving with your gifts, whether it’s the arts, music or tech, is about more than just using your talent. This workshop will help youth identify and improve on the skills necessary to be an effective and valuable member of a team. Areas of focus will include personal preparation, spiritual self-care, honouring your leader, and caring for others. A discussion of using the worship team experience as a foundation for broader service and leadership will challenge young people to do more in their ministry for Christ in the Church and in the world.