Palcon 2014-2016

Pastors and Leaders Conference (PALCON) is a gathering designed for clergy, both assigned and unassigned, serving on the front lines of ministry.  It is the vision of PALCON to participate in a fresh move of God upon the Church of the Nazarene in the United States and Canada. We minister in days with a unique opportunity to impact our world. Each PALCON has tremendous potential to shape and mold us more clearly into the people and church God envisions.To encourage, challenge and equip those who minister.

Soul Searching: The Art of Incarnational Evangelism

It's as simple as going to the grocery store or the bank - well almost. Hearing the word "evangelism" strikes fear inside some, but it can be as natural as sharing life with people. Learn ways to live alongside people, and through prayer, presence, and persistence, to point them toward Christ.

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Is Fundamentalism Altering Our DNA?

The position of the Church of the Nazarene on women in ministry is very clear, yet the reality looks so different from the Manual statement. How do we maintain Scriptural, historical, and denominational integrity in regard to creating a welcoming atmosphere for women in ministry? This workshop looks at the Bible record concerning women in ministry with special attention to biblical texts often used by fundamentalists to exclude women from ministry. We will look at our unique place as a Wesleyan-Holiness church in relation to women in ministry.

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The Abolitionist Movement and Human Trafficking

The Church has identified the abolitionist movement as a new ministry area both internationally and at home. Gain insight through this workshop and identify practical resources for your church to provide leadership in your community. Be inspired and encouraged to join in this realistic ministry that likely will help rescue and restore someone in your community.

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Transformational Online Experience for Discipleship

Discover a discipleship process that can result in the development of ministry leaders in any local church through a free interactive website. You will see why thousands of laity have utilized this website to help them grow in their walk with Christ and how it can be tailored for any local church context. Learn about the new coaching initiative as well as a mobile app that is going to be made available to every local church.

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Leading Effective Ministry to Single Parents

What do single parents really look for in a church? Their answers may surprise you - it's not what you think! Learn what singles are looking for and how your church can be single-adult and single-parent friendly so that these persons and parents feel welcome and included.

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Managing Stress in Ministry

What are the primary stressors for the men and women who serve in pastoral ministry? Which of these stressors are unique to the pastoral vocation? How can we adjust to the working conditions of the pastorate so that we strive and succeed instead of stressing out or burning out?

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Marriage Ministry in the 21st Century

Marriage has never been more challenging than it is today. Social media, changing values, and more adults living together without being married combine to put new pressures on marriage. How can your church create a world-class marriage ministry that will nurture and equip your couples to "go the distance"?

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Ministry with Families with Youth: What's a Church to Do?

The trajectory of youth ministry has taken a decided turn. We must reconnect "the church" intergenerationally. It is vital that parents, teenagers, children, and grandparents consistently interact with one another in worship, service, ministry, and friendship. (For small and large congregations.)

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The Teenage Brain and the Church

Neuroscience is at the forefront as we are learning about the psychosocial and spiritual development of adolescents (age 10 1/2 to 24). What does this mean for youth ministry? What does this mean for the Church?

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Rewire Your Church for Growth

Jesus said, "I will build my church." Our task is to "Go and make disciples." According to the Master, adults must "become like children" to enter His kingdom. The beauty of children's ministries is that they are already standing at the gates and ready to enter! Discover how restoring this ministry can open doors to the most productive mission field on planet Earth!

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Theology of the City

This conversation looks at the biblical basis for ministry in the city. The focus of the workshop is on the uniqueness of ministry in the city and on ways our biblical foundations shape our approach to city ministry.

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El Método Planificado de la P.I

El enfoque de cada fase de la plantación de iglesias y el ejemplo bíblico de ello. Ver como cada fase de la iglesia necesitará desarrollarse apropiadamente. La falta de planeacióny el nacimiento prematuro puede ser fatal para la nueva iglesia.

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Marriage Ministry as Outreach

Learn how to utilize couples in your congregation to become marriage mentors, equipped to impact the lives of couples all around them and take a load off the senior pastor. See how this relational marriage ministry becomes kingdom-building for your community. Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of The Good News About Marriage by Shaunti Feldhahn.

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The Church's New Front Door

Today’s media landscape has completely changed. How does this affect the local church? This workshop looks at ways to implement a simple media strategy to impact your community

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Our Theological Identity: The God Plot

How do we go beyond familiar cliches, popular proof texts, or even clever propositional statements to preach and teach God’s call to wholeness or holiness in the life of the church? Based upon the recently published Beacon Hill book, The God Plot: Living with Holy
Imagination, this seminar will explore how Christian Scripture consists of “connected dots” to form a single grand “plot” of the shared life between God and His people in the world.

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The Architecture of our Theological Identity

The presenter uses architecture as a metaphor for reflecting on our Nazarene identity over the last 100 years and offers suggestions for coming to grips with our Nazarene identity in the future.

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Incarnational Leadership

The skills and practices of leadership are an essential part of the duties of a pastor. But, is there a difference between leadership practices in the church and those in the business environment? This workshop will address the distinguishing characteristic so necessary to leadership in the Church.

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Mentoring the Next Generation

Younger pastors crave the wise and careful attentiveness of more seasoned ministers in their lives. This workshop presents basic guidelines for finding or becoming a mentor, suggested topics/resources for your meetings, and a discussion about the variety of ways mentoring relationships can happen.

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Conflict, Conflict, Conflict: Will it Always Be in the Church?

We will always experience conflict, but the Word of God gives us clear guidelines on conflict resolution. In most cases we ignore the guidelines and create more discord. Conflict gives us a great opportunity to grow in spiritual maturity and demonstrate the attitude of Christ.

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The Local Church: The Answer to Ending Modern Slavery

This workshop moves beyond the topic of awareness to explore the practical reality of a Church mobilized to end the issue of modern slavery: sexual trafficking, illegal labor, and organ harvesting. You will encounter a discussion that draws upon Wesleyan theology as the impetus for a practical and a hopeful response from the Church. From prevention to rehabilitation to re-entry, the workshop offers a broad context and history for effective and practical mobilization of the local church.

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Youth Ministry Track: Cultural Clash

This workshop explores the culture our students find themselves in each day. No matter what we do, shield them from, or offer them, they are affected by culture. It is our responsibility to know and understand this setting in order to challenge them to chase Christ, not culture.

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Now I Lay Me Down: Sabbath-Keeping as Discipleship

All our busyness is not making us more fruitful – indeed, sometimes the opposite. This workshop explores why Sabbath-keeping is a foundational spiritual practice and will look at ways to receive the day.

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One-Winged Angels: Appreciating Community in Our Spiritual Formation

This workshop highlights the importance of community in spiritual development and how our individualistic tendencies often short circuit what God wants to do in the life of His people. The doctrine of Trinity reminds us that God is in constant community and calls God’s people to enter that fellowship. In that relationship, God’s Spirit works to conform God’s people to the image of Christ. This is the heart of holiness, for all this can be summed up in the simple truth: God is teaching us what it means to love.

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Risking For Jesus: When ‘Playing it Safe’ is Wrong

Many people are puzzled by lagging church numbers and a seeming unresponsiveness to the gospel. Others feel that Canadian society is uninterested in Christianity. Some leaders think their churches or they themselves are too old or too young or too set in ministry patterns to break through this societal indifference. And yet, realizing that God specializes in new creation, this hands-on, experiential workshop focuses on starting new missional communities and churches.

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A Canadian Conversation

This workshop brings together Canadian youth leaders to hear updates from each other about events and strategies in youth ministry.

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Passing the Faith: ‘From Generation to Generation’

Nearly 50 percent of Canadian teens never attend religious services, and one-third say they have “no religion” – both all-time highs in Canada. What cultural, social, familial, and congregational influences shape and reflect young people’s approach to Christianity? What implications might these trends have for the current and future state of Christian denominations and congregations? What sociological, theological, and practical implications arise from this data?

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The Contemporary Need and Desire for Holiness

In spite of the common belief that an interest in holiness is, at best, in significant decline, this presentation suggests there exists today a great desire as well as a great need for holiness, outlining various ways in which this need and desire are manifest by those both inside the Church and even by those beyond it. The challenge, then, is not how to kindle such a desire, but is to recognize, direct, and fan it into flame.

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Follow Jesus? What Non-Christians Think of Evangelism

Followers of Christ desire to share the hope they have with others, but don’t always know where to begin. While certain evangelistic methods may prove helpful, we may learn the most about evangelism by asking people who are not Christ–followers about their
experience with it. This workshop will explore the perspectives of people from other faith traditions, non-believers, and new converts to uncover the good, the bad, and the ugly - how did evangelism factor into their decision to follow (or not follow) Christ?

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Leading and Growing the Church in Cultural Diversity

The culture is in significant transition, a reality many congregations find a bewildering challenge. This workshop explores some common hurdles and opportunities on the way to becoming a culturally diverse congregation that not only looks like its “neighborhood” but shares a common, Christ-centered vision.

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Making Disciples on a College Campus Near You

We know that college students are a strategic mission field. Having invested so much into our own children and teenagers, if they choose to attend a non-Nazarene college or university surely we’d want to provide some resources for them to continue to be discipled. Plus, we have a tremendous opportunity to reach thousands of students who may never visit our churches. If your church has a passion to reach and disciple students on a college/university campus near you, come and find out a few simple ways to engage students on that campus.

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Recapturing a Vision for Your Community

Sometimes (and for reasons we may not be able to identify) a church gives up on the transforming mission of God in its community. How can a leader help restore vision and courage to such a congregation? Discover ways to reconnect and refurbish a congregation’s identity as the very people of God, uniquely positioned as an outpost of the Kingdom.

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Pastoring for the Long Haul: What I’ve Done, What I’d Do Again, What I’d Do Differently

What does it take to serve in a pastorate long term? This pastor has done it for 21 years, so far! But what does it mean to serve well over those years? Hear this self-critique – what he did right and what he would do differently. Glean insights and gain perspective for a long and fruitful ministry of your own.

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Leading from the Second Chair

Not every minister is a lead pastor. Yet, as a key member of the pastoral staff, what you bring to the table can significantly influence the missional direction of the church. Discover how to connect with and contribute to the lead pastor’s vision in ways that build trust and maximizes your strengths, experience, and calling.

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Principios de Jesús en el Cumplimiento de la Misión

Analizar algunos de los principios que Jesús uso y enseñó a sus discípulos en el cumplimiento de la misión del reino de Dios y como estos principios pueden ser aplicado en la iglesia de hoy para el cumplimiento de la Gran Comisión.

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Understanding Generational Giving Trends

Previous generations were satisfied with simply giving, but newer generations require a deeper understanding of the organizations they give to. Learn about the need of different generations and how you can ensure their faithful gifts.

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Pastor as Resident Theologian

God created the church as a primary resource in fulfilling His mission in our world. The goal of that mission is to tell everyone about God’s love, mercy, and grace and invite them into a relationship with Him. God appointed all local church pastors of every age group as the leader of “God talk” (theology) in each community of faith. The sermons, small group studies, and conversations pastors lead shape the theological understanding of their hearers. This workshop will explore some best practices for forming a Wesleyan-holiness understanding of the Christian faith.

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The Mission of a Church Planting Movement: Opening the Eyes of the Church to “The People Jesus Misses Most”

It is almost universally accepted that the fastest way to grow the kingdom of Christ is through the planting of new churches. But what if we are doing evangelism the “hard way?” Traditional evangelism seems to be too hard for many Christians. What if winning “the lost” can be done without scripts, talking points or memorized “leading questions?” Explore something that has been there all along, but seemingly unnoticed by most Christians.

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Human Sexuality

Can we build and teach a theology of sexuality that will allow us to address the questions of culture? What does it look like and what is the pastor’s role in forming congregational discussion?

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When the Pastor Is Angry

Could it be that the octane of our anger is rich fuel for ministry? Let’s take a trip to the shadow side and see what gifts are there.

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Sustainable Sobriety and Christian Community: Overcoming Addiction with Connection

This session will examine the phenomenon of addiction as an expression of disconnection with God, self, and others, as well as the role of community in fostering sustainable sobriety. The neurobiology of addiction and interpersonal connection will be examined within a Wesleyan theological framework.

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Preventative Maintenance: A Guide to Ethical Christian Ministry

Based upon his forthcoming book, Charles Christian will present an overview of Christian ethics in a manner that informs theologically sound practices in Christian ministry. This workshop seeks to create an environment that fosters long-term mentoring relationships in Christian ministry by looking at best practices from a scripturally-based perspective. Ministry practice in areas such as communication, conflict, worship/preaching, finances, and time management are addressed.

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Congregational and Cultural Exegesis

How do you determine where to start ministry to another cultural group — whether it is a group that is ethnically or racially different from yourself or a congregation whose cultural world is radically different from yours? This NTS-sponsored workshop offers a pattern of asking questions and listening beneath the surface to understand the people to whom and with whom you minister.

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The Sanctifying Work of Silence: The Holiness Pastor at Prayer

When we pray that paradoxical line in the Wesleyan covenant renewal service — “Let me be full, let me be empty; let me have all things, let me have nothing” — what are we asking of God? In a theological and experiential tradition that emphasizes the “full” and “all things” dimensions of holiness, silence provides the necessary counterpart for a prayer practice that sanctifies entirely. This workshop is sponsored by NTS.

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Improving my Pastoral Counseling Toolbox

One of the key roles of the pastor is that of counselor. Whether working with families, couples, or individuals, pastoral counseling takes an increasing amount of energy, time, and training. This workshop will explore this vital function within the pastoral arena.

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Working with Strong Laity: Implications for Leadership and Sociology

God has gifted many congregations with strong lay leaders, but pastors and staff don’t always understand how to best equip and use such lay leaders. This workshop, sponsored by the NTS Center for Pastoral Leadership, will identify patterns of lay leadership in churches of differing sizes and cultures and offer best practices in utilizing the gifts of strong lay leaders.

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Self-Awareness and the Discipleship Process

Learn how to empower your people to better serve and live in community through the discovery and development of their strengths and personality. The presenter will relate recent research as well as practical experience to the development of disciples through self-awareness. Finally, application will be made for the use of self-awareness assessment tools to facilitate the denominational mission of making Christlike disciples in the nations.

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Pastoral Theology Essentials

Sustained and healthy pastoral ministries are rooted in a biblical, pastoral theology. What are the essential components of this kind of pastoral theology? How do these core components connect to the everyday pressures and priorities of congregational care and formation? Exploring these questions will form the content of this workshop.

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Preaching That Connects

This workshop combines good exegetical methods with communication skills that enable the preacher not only to preach with clarity, but to connect genuinely and relationally with the congregation in a way that keeps the listeners engaged from the introduction to life application to the benediction.

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Wesleyan Spiritual Practices as a Resource for Missional Ministry

The life of a minister is demanding and can drain a person emotionally, spiritually, and even physically. This NTS-sponsored workshop identifies some of the resources of the Wesleyan tradition that provide spiritual sustenance for the minister and emotional health for long-term missional ministry.

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Top Legal Issues Every Church Leader Should Understand

These days it seems as if being a church leader requires you to carry the Bible in one hand and a law treatise in the other. This workshop will answer your questions and provide helpful advice about how to stay ahead of some of the most challenging legal issues
for churches.

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Care for the Dying: Involving Congregations in End-of-Life Care

What does it mean to die well? How may we care for those within the community of faith that often find themselves in the margins at the end of life? How can the church minister to those in their fellowship who are dealing with family members who are dying and how can they support them after the death of their loved ones occurs? These related topics will be covered in this important workshop.

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Sabbath: Lifeline for Spiritual Leadership

Rest, remember, trust. These are among the most foundational elements of Sabbath, yet Sabbath observance may be one of the most challenging – and neglected – practices for Christian leaders. Rather than guilt leaders about Sabbath observance, this workshop explores biblical, theological, and practical considerations of Sabbath observance grounded in rest, remembrance, and trust as an encouragement to healthy habits for lifelong discipleship and leadership.

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Loving Life in the Fish Bowl

Learning to take care of herself and family while “everyone” in the congregation and community are watching has been “life in a fishbowl.” Debbie will share her story and tips on how to love your life and not swim in circles. A panel of seasoned pastors’ wives will close the session with a question and answer time.

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Ministry to Blended Families

Gleaning from more than two decades of working with blended families and stepfamilies, this workshop explores ways churches and congregations can minister to today’s fractured families. Discover strategies to reach and include these families in your church fellowship.

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Healthy Churches, Healthy Family, Healthy Pastors: Exploring the Relationship of Holiness and Health in Every Area of Our Lives

Too many of us put the needs of others above our own legitimate needs for adequate rest, healthy food, regular exercise, or life-giving hobbies. As a result, we find ourselves without the mental, physical, emotional, or spiritual energy to fulfill God’s purposes for us. This affects our health and our relationship with God and others. This seminar seeks to nurture healthy churches, healthy families, and healthy pastors. Healthy churches grow healthy families who are pastored by healthy pastors. It is all interconnected.

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Compassionate Ministry through Your Church

It has been said that every local church must be a center of compassionate ministry. This workshop focuses on how every church congregation can engage their community and the importance of a proper theology of compassionate ministry.

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Intergenerational Ministry: What Scripture, Research, and Experience Re veal

This interactive seminar will present two foundational biblical anchors for the practice of intergenerational ministry. Recent research will be shared indicating the critical importance of engaging parents, youth, and the entire church body in preparing young people for faithful lives as followers of Jesus Christ.

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Starting a Multi-Cultural Ministry in Your Local Church

This workshop is intended to help English-speaking congregations as they reach out to the Hispanic and multicultural families near them. We will discuss starting a new work, side-by-side congregations, and cooperating ministries.

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Worship and Sacraments: The Rhythm of the Church in Communion and Mission

This workshop will explore how communal worship and the sacraments form and shape the church as the Body of Christ in communion sent out for mission. This workshop will also explore the theology and practice of the sacraments, providing liturgical and practical resources for local churches.

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Evangelismo y Discipulado I & II

El taller esta enfocado en presentar principios biblicos y metotodos practicos para la evangelizacion y el discipulado en la mision de “Hacer Discipulos Semejantes a Cristo en las Naciones.”

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Transforming Leadership: A Self-Discovery Process Based on Recent Nazarene Growth Data

Two essential characteristics of authentic Christian leadership are followers and change. If our leadership is to be transforming, we must create the environment, use appropriate enquiry, and set appropriate examples. As leaders, we should be using tools that enable followers to discover God’s plan for them, use their unique gifts, expose their passions, and enable them to develop their potential. This session will elucidate the leadership behaviors necessary in the 21st century church to create followers and change.

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Self-Awareness: The Leader’s Edge

Good leaders come in all sizes and shapes, as well as a diverse range of personal gifts. Yet, current research convincingly shows that effective leaders all share one compelling factor in common. In this workshop, we will explore ways to cultivate this leadership essential.

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A Blueprint for Church Finance

REFRESH your approach to church finance! Financing that is planned for and used wisely can facilitate and reignite growth. Financing can be a critical tool for churches as they plan for growth and expansion. This workshop is designed to help churches strategize the interface between their ministry plans and future financing needs. Church financing needs to be well-planned, and NCCU is privileged to share important principles that will help churches get the most out of their financial resources.

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In All Our Ways Acknowledging God: An Entertaining and Practical Approach to Teaching, Preaching, and Learning

Just because we’re all working toward furthering the kingdom of God doesn’t mean there won’t be a little personal friction along the way. This dynamic presentation uses Learning Styles (inborn strengths and preferences “pre-wired” into each person) to give you quick and memorable ways to turn conflict into cooperation and bring out the best in everyone. You’ll walk away with immediately useful information and strategies for all kinds and all ages of learners.

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