Workshop Descriptions



[M-PO] Pastors Only with Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton, Fuller Theological Seminary President and our keynote speaker this year, has agreed to lead an additional break-out session in addition to our 10 workshops.   If you are a pastor you have a great opportunity to spend an hour with Mark as he discusses pastoral issues and his vision for the seminary he now leads.  Attendance at this workshop is limited to pastors.

[M1] Responding to Human Trafficking (IV)

Human Trafficking generates 32 billion dollars in annual trade with current estimates of 30 million people being enslaved worldwide. While this statistic can feel staggering, God still calls us to respond. This seminar will be a discussion about God’s heart for justice and what radical faithfulness looks like in response, both as a community and as individuals. Workshop leaders: Tina Loveridge and Rebecca Turner.

[M2] Missionary Movement of the Korean Church

The Korean Church has been a missionary church from the beginning. Today thousands of Korean missionaries are going to the corners of the world, risking their lives for Christ. In this workshop Dr. Kim will present a brief overview of the missionary movement of the Korean Church from its origin to the present, describe the current situation of the Korean mission, examine the contributing factors to the growth of the Korean mission, assess its strengths and weaknesses, and make suggestions for more effective missionary work.

[M3] Retirees in Mission

Today more Americans are living in retirement than ever before. Many have taken early retirement, allowing them to think longer term in their retirement planning. Distinguished Fuller professor and dean, Paul Pierson, will lead a workshop on mission in the retirement years. He will begin with the theological framework in which all followers of Jesus are called, and privileged, to participate in the Missio Dei, the mission of God in history. All of us have different gifts and experiences we bring to the table, from our professional lives, our life experience, etc., so our contribution will vary, depending on these gifts and experiences. It might be a short term or two year stint teaching in another country using our expertise–English teaching, computer science, drilling wells, etc. It might be a short term mission with our church or a mission group. It might be serving as a member of a board working in mission in different places or being called to use our finances in new and constructive ways. It might be we are called to inform ourselves about specific areas and needs, and pray. In his workshop Dr. Pierson will richly illustrate each of many mission options.

[M4] Critical Global Initiatives

Over the last several years Presbyterian World Mission has been adapting to changes in mission, bringing on new staff, and preparing itself for effective leadership in global, national, and local mission for today. Working with partners, they have identified three critical global initiatives that Christians can collectively address: poverty, evangelism, and reconciliation (violence). Rev. Christine Coy Fohr has recently joined World Mission as Consultant for Mission Leaders. She has participated in the formulation of action items and can now clearly communicate specific things we can do to address poverty, increase witness, and reduce violence.

[M5] Collaborative Ministry on Santa Barbara’s Westside

Bringing holistic health to your local context requires partnerships.  We must move past theological and missiological differences and enter into a spirit of collaboration. This workshop will cover the missional theology of shalom and how to work with churches, non-profits, community groups, and government to bring the gospel to California subcultures, especially those with marginalized settings. Rich Sander, Executive Director of the Uffizi Order, has years of experience ministering collaboratively on Santa Barbara’s Westside.  Jeff Shaffer, Director of Missional Initiatives for the Uffizi Order as well as the Coordinator for the Central Coast Collaborative on Homelessness, is coordinating countywide efforts to bring shalom to Santa Barbara.  They will lead this workshop.



[A-CS] Coffee with Shane

Plenary Speaker Shane Claiborne has agreed to participate in an additional break-out session in addition to our 10 workshops.  He will meet with interested conference attendees in an informal coffee session following his Saturday afternoon speech.  Conference Council member Kelly Soifer will moderate the session, facilitating the interaction between Shane and the attendees.  Space is limited.

[A1] Consumption vs. Care: Rediscovering our Calling as the Imago Dei amidst Ecological and Agricultural Crisis

Often movements concerned with the earth and its creatures motivate us by fear or guilt. It has also become common to blame our current ecological problems on the Christian faith. While fear and guilt have their place, we will consider how our calling to tend to the earth and our fellow creatures are part and parcel of what it means to fulfill our rightful role as God’s image.  Erin Dufault-Hunter, Assistant Professor of Christian Ethics in Fuller Theological Seminary, will lead this workshop.

[A2] Bridges: Plant a Leader, Plant a Church

Bridges is a movement, not an organization. Recognizing that America is one of the world’s largest mission fields, Bridges’ leaders place themselves in neighborhoods or on city sidewalks, meeting people face to face, “where they are.” Their mission field is Los Angeles and beyond. The leaders, who come from Southern California but also from other countries, place themselves in communities and see where the gospel is already at work. Bridges founder Rev. Jim Milley will lead a workshop at this year’s conference, talking about their mission practices and some very encouraging outcomes.

[A3] Technology in Mission: Presenting Christ in the 21st Century, Current Practice and Future Trends

John Edmiston (CEO, Cybermissions) will give an overview of how we can use technology in missions to spread the fragrance of the gospel of Christ among the unreached and least-reached peoples of the world. This includes the use of the Internet, various mobile platforms, computer centers and device-to-device communication (the Internet of Things). This new area of missions allows us to multiply our evangelism and discipleship efforts greatly, and at minimal cost. Current practices will be explained and future trends will be explored.

[A4] Missions with IMPACT

Are short term missions worth it?  What if they could be the driving force behind forming stronger leaders in our churches?  What if they could support powerful long-term international ministry relationships?  IMPACT director Kristy LaBarge and Pastor Dan Stevens will explore this topic by reflecting on the most significant short term missionary in history–Jesus Christ!  They will show why short term missions offer unique opportunities for growing disciples of Christ in your church, disciples who will engage a culture searching for hope and relevancy.  Please join them.

[A5] Christ-centered Rehabilitation

Rolf Geyling, M.Div., is President of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, which has been serving people in need for 47 years. Their 12 month residential recovery program aims to bring individuals from decades of addiction, institutionalization, and homelessness back to sobriety, health, and wholeness. Their rate of long-term success in recovering individuals is twice as high as the national average. In his workshop Rolf will tell us what they’ve learned and how their Christ-centered approach may be applied to other needs. Rolf is well versed in other aspects of homelessness, which he will include in his workshop.