What Do You Do When God is Silent?

Tonya Melody

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We all go through seasons when God seems silent and we often keep that struggle to ourselves. Let’s talk about those hard seasons of spiritual dryness and how to find encouragement during those times.

Tonya Melody is a wife, mother of four, teacher, speaker, chiropractor, and natural health enthusiast. With a doctorate in chiropractic care and being a certified facilitator with Entrust Ministries, her passion for health is all-encompassing as she teaches about spiritual heart-care so we can reflect the image of God more clearly. She is a Minnesota native, lives in the Twin Cities area, and is busy making kale chips, reading, working out at her favorite gym, teaching Bible studies, and serving her church through teaching and prayer ministries.

Managing Conflict: Practical Steps to Stop Avoiding It

Dolores Smith

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Every day of our lives we face conflict. In this session, you will learn to see the positive side of conflict and how to handle it effectively.

Dolores Smith is a business professional with experience and education in Learning & Development, Change Management, and Human Resources.  She attended Metropolitan State University and received a B.S. in Business Management and a minor in Human Resources. With experience in multiple industries, she is passionate about helping people succeed and feel God’s love. She has facilitated the Strength Finders course as well as leadership development and strategic communication skills classes that have helped hundreds of people succeed.

God’s Invitation

Colette Campbell

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Have there been times in your life when you recount events or moments and think, could of, should of, or would have?

In this break out session, Colette recounts experiences of people of faith from the Bible who have passed up or missed opportunities that were clearly invitations from God for something more. This is a common part of the human experience, but our stories don’t have to end there. Colette shares times when she has gotten stuck. She also shares inspirational stories when, instead of passing up opportunities or what she calls “invitations from God”- Remarkable shifts have occurred for herself and others.

Colette Campbell serves as Talent and Diversity executive in the financial services sector. Prior to that role, she has served as faculty in the disciplines of Business, Human Resources and Human Development. She was raised in Canada by Jamaican-born parents, and has lived and/or taught on almost every continent in the world, providing her with a rich world perspective. In 2015, her family moved to Guatemala for a year and if you are a fan of HGTV, she was on an episode of House Hunters International.

Colette believes God’s call on her life is to help people make better connections with their skills, passions and service in the workplace and ministry. She has served on her church board and other leadership roles in Christian ministry. Colette and her husband Jonathan taught together at Bethel University for four years and continue to lead workshops on topics including: Marriage enrichment and Diversity and Inclusion topics. They live with their three children, dog and pet bird in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Communication Highway

Angie Neisinger

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Get your hardhats on and your tool belts out because you’re heading into the construction zone. How many detours have you had to take, road blocks have you hit and traffic jams have you sat it when trying to communicate. Whether at work, at home or with friends and neighbors, we all could use some tools in our tool belts to assist us in communicating. Sit back and let Angie drive, just make sure you pick up some tools along the way!

Angie Neisinger is a gal who is determined to change the world one prayer, one song and one laugh at a time. She is a lover of her Harley-ridin’ husband, their kiddos, their church, loud music, the theater, authentic people and having a good time. She is passionate about serving others, listening for God’s whisper amongst the noise and going wherever He calls her. With years of human resources and people-focused work, she is driven to shine light in the darkness

Living Fearlessly

Nancy Aleksuk

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God created us to live fearless yet many marketplace leaders, church leaders and Christians find themselves ineffective or even paralyzed in areas by a wide variety of different fears.  The enemy’s strategy with fear is to stop the children of God from reaching their full potential.  Join Pastor Nancy as she takes the mask off fear and provides practical Biblical principals in becoming the champion and over-comer God created all of us to be.

Pastors Steve and Nancy Aleksuk have overseen the ministries of 3 Degrees Church, formerly known as The New Union, since 1992. She spent 18 years in full time ministry alongside her husband, running a high-profile concert ministry as an outreach of a larger church as well as starting a church downtown Minneapolis. As that ministry transitioned, Pastor Nancy went back into the work place full time. She currently works for a commercial real estate developer in Minneapolis as the lead interior designer, renovating many historic properties in the Twin Cities. She also works in leasing, oversees Tenant Relations, and represents the Warehouse District property owners on several committees. Pastor Nancy is passionate about reaching people with the Gospel message, and along with marketplace roles, she speaks at Stillwater Prison in a monthly chapel service, heads the women’s ministry for 3 Degrees, and leads a weekly prayer group. Pastors Steve and Nancy have 6 grandchildren, one of whom lives with them full time.

Priscilla & Aquila: Empowered, Working Together

Katja Zarns

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We will be exploring the Biblical example of Priscilla and Aquila, a married couple who worked with Paul in the early church. How do we, as men and women, work together in mutual submission in life, ministry and marriage? How do we empower each other?

Katja and Phil have been married for 20 years, they have three funny, beautiful, and wonderfully strong willed children. Katja and Phil have enjoyed an egalitarian marriage while ministering together leading youth ministries, co-planting churches and co-pioneering a national student movement in Sweden, while raising their kids together.

Mindful Movement (Healthy Mind, Body, & Spirit)

Ashley Darkenwald

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God desires each one of us to live our most abundant lives here and now.
Join award-winning author & speaker Ashley Darkenwald in a workshop that includes breathing, stretching, movement, and mediation in God’s Good Word!

We will explore nutrition and abundant wellness together in a practical way— and walk out of the workshop feeling refreshed and ready to make simple but lasting changes in our health journeys.

Join Ashley in the life changing workshop, Mindful Movement. *Come as you are! No change of clothes required.

Ashley Darkenwald, MS, CPT, PES, loves pizza! And ice cream with peanut butter, and chocolate chip cookies. Years ago, Ashley realized that she was addicted to sugar and junk food nearly her whole life . . . and has paid  the price with weight struggles, allergies, adult acne, and joint pain. Ashley started a journey to discover what it means to live a balanced, abundant life full of colorful nutrition, functional fitness, and deep spirituality. Ashley is passionate to share her health secrets with everyone! With more than ten years as a certified personal trainer and as an award-winning author, business owner, and mother of three, Ashley continues her journey of lifelong learning with her newest award-winning book Living Wellness for Growth Groups! Learn more at www.lwgg.org.

Effectively Managing Your Time: Find Your Focus and More Hours in the Day

Lisa Wadsen

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We all have the same 24 hours in a day; let’s talk about time management strategies to work smarter, more efficiently, and avoid common mistakes in managing our time.

Lisa Wadsen is the Vice President of Real Estate and Development for Xperience Fitness. With more than 30 years of experience teaching, managing, consulting and advising in the fitness industry, Lisa has held many different leadership positions at every level in multiple large fitness organizations. She recently graduated from University of Northwestern with an MBA in August of 2016. Her experience of several life obstacles fuels her passion to see other women become all that God wants them to be.

Chase Your Dreams God's Way

Lindsay May

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God has dreams for your life that He wants you to pursue! Come discuss the “why” as well as the “how” to go about moving forward in your God-ordained dreams.

Lindsay is a lifestyle photographer and entrepreneur with a mission to showcase the beauty of our world through her lens and writing. She gets fired up about helping women lead in the church and marketplace and holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. Also a mom, Lindsay’s days are filled with toddler-chasing and exploring the world from new perspectives. Learn more about Lindsay at lindsaymayphotography.com.

When is it My Turn? Mentorship in the Lives of Moses & Joshua

Pam Lund

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Joshua had one of the longest internships in history. For over 40 years, he was at the side of Moses, one of the greatest leaders of all times. How could Joshua even begin to shine and break out as a leader while living in the shadow of a man who shined so brightly?

Isn’t that the way we look at our own situation sometimes? How did Joshua wait it out so long? How, or even why, didn’t he just give up hope of being a leader? Let’s look the lessons that can be gleaned through the journey he embarked upon as he moved from out of the shadows and into the bright spotlight as one of Israel’s most fearless leaders.

After being called to the ministry from a successful corporate career of training and instructional design, Pam Lund currently serves as the Dean and Internship Director for the Minnesota School of Ministry. She as an ordained minister, holding credentials with the Assemblies of God since 2000. Additionally, she is the founder and Executive Director of Princess Pals Ministries; a non-denominational ministry devoted to developing and delivering “out of the box” evangelism programs for girls ages 10-14 years old. Her passion is also for training leaders who wish to mentor, lead and evangelize girls in this age group. Pam resides in Maple Grove, MN, and attends Emmanuel Christian Center.

Unconscious Bias: Why Leaders Should Bother

Shiloh Gideon-Sjostrom

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#unconsciousbias is more than just a politically correct trending hashtag; it has the ability to inhibit your potential as a leader. This session will unpack the definition of bias, look at root causes, and offer skills to counter unconscious bias.

Shiloh Gideon-Sjostrom has taught communication courses to college students for more than 15 years. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Intercultural Studies at Biola University.

5 Steps to Creating a Personal Brand on Social Media

Macy Maxson

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With so much of our lives on social media, it’s hard to really define what we want to convey much less what we’re already conveying! Macy will show you 5 practical steps to creating and defining a personal brand via social media.

Macy Maxson currently works as a digital communications manager for the nonprofit corporation, Venture. She manages marketing for multiple Minneapolis-based companies in the travel industry; each with an incredible social mission—every sale provides a meal to a child in need. Macy enjoys all things marketing, but is an entrepreneur at heart! Macy is an extreme multi-tasker and she’s not proud of it, her to-do lists could outrun the Twin Cities Marathon runners, and it would take a miracle to get any color other than black into her wardrobe.

Sharing Your Faith in the Everyday

Dawn Zimmerman

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We all want to share our faith. What if it wasn’t so hard? What if we could do it wherever we are – at work, at church, in our neighborhood? Discover how to turn everyday conversations into meaningful moments that illuminate God and draw people to Him.

A childlike curiosity led Dawn Zimmerman to pursue journalism and serve as a reporter and editor before founding her own strategic communications company in 2007. An award-winning journalist turn communications strategist and speaker, Dawn is a natural storyteller known for her ability to help individuals and organizations shape and share their stories in meaningful ways. She lives in St. Cloud with her husband and two life-loving children who she strives to give her best to each day.

How to Build a Healthy Leadership Team

Steph Peterson

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Join Steph as she shares her philosophy and process of developing a team of leaders from the ground-up through involving people who have varying backgrounds, personalities, and giftings.

Steph Peterson is the Lead Pastor/Director of Chi Alpha – a campus ministry at Winona State University. She arrived in Winona ten years ago not knowing one student. Over the next ten years she has empowered and equipped over 350 students to lead small groups and ministry teams. The majority of those leaders had found a true faith and relationship in Christ after they arrived at college. Steph has a passion for “seeing things in people that they don’t see in themselves” and equipping the next generation of disciplers.

Leading Intersecting Generations

Micah Kennealy

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Do you understand teens, their friends, their world, or GenZ? We will take a look at how we can lead, impact, and spiritually influence the next generation. We will briefly unpack NextGen and discuss some helpful tools that can hopefully change the world around us.

Micah Kennealy is a lover of Christ, a wife, pastor, author, teacher, and preacher. She loves adventure, nature, coffee, travel, and having fun with friends and family. Her passion is young adult ministry and reaching the next generation for Christ.

Who is the Lady in the Mirror: Overcoming the Distorted Lens of Rejection

D'Wana Carroll

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After the devastating experience of rejection, which cuts to the core of ones being, a lady may look in the mirror and see a distorted reflection of the person God created. The figure she sees staring back at her is someone she doesn’t want to be—empty, depressed, lonely and feeling worthless. But because of Christ and his redemptive work, the woman in the mirror is invited to receive a restored image of herself.

D’Wana Carroll has a passion for studying the Word of God and allowing its power to change and make a difference in her own life and in the lives of others, especially women. She enjoys, reading, music, cooking and entertaining, growing beautiful flowers, traveling, and going on boat rides with her husband and daughter.

Projecting a Professional Image

Faith Fitzgerald

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Have you ever heard the saying, you never have a second chance to make a first impression? Many of us have, but we don’t know how to become the best version of ourselves. Whether you are a seasoned professional or newcomer to the business world, projecting the right brand/image is key to success. Over 90% of what is believed about people is based on visual messages, such as body language and dress, not on credentials.

Faith Fitzgerald is very passionate about helping others find careers that utilize their gifts and interests. She has over 20 years experience in Recruiting Management and Consulting, working in large corporations and recruiting firms, providing search services to a broad range of industries. Faith is currently CEO of Fitzgerald Recruiting, a professional search and contract staffing firm. She has a BSBA in Management from the University of ND.