Education Beyond the Walls


Drawn In: Learning to Use the Creative Process for Spiritual Formation

September 17, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Presenter: Troy Bronsink

This day of contemplative experience and integrated right- and left-brained learning will rejuvenate you for your life and ministry—and help you discover a process for refreshing those with whom you serve.

Registration fee: $75 (lunch and book included)

Recommended for pastors, heads of staff, program directors, teachers, worship leaders, and all those who lead ministries in congregations or faith-based service organizations

Life as Art

September 18-19 @ Servant Church Austin

Presenter: Troy Bronsink

How do we balance risk, rest, and listening? How do we create culture while allowing space to be created and to learn from the margins? Learn a process to help you design your work in ways that more fully integrate with your callings to faith and creativity.

Recommended for social entrepreneurs, church planters, artisans, creatives


The Law of Someday: Generations, Giving & Church Life

September 23, 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Presenter: Karl Travis

Learn the tools of generational theory and grow your capacity for dealing with money, generosity, and organizational life in a multi-generational community of faith

Recommended for pastors, stewardship committees, church leaders

The Power and Practice of Personal Storytelling

October 6-8

Presenter: Mark Yaconelli

The Bible, for the most part, is a collection of oral stories that were told, remembered, and handed down within a community of storytellers. Through presentation, contemplative exercises, theological reflection, and a variety of narrative practices, you will encounter the power of personal storytelling for healing, spiritual formation, community building, and outreach.

Recommended for pastors, educators, and people in leadership roles

Preparing for Advent

October 10, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Presenters: Dr. Suzie Park, assistant professor of Old Testament
The Reverend Dr. Jack Barden, vice president for admissions

Awash in wildly exaggerated cultural expectations for the Christmas season, pastors can be challenged to proclaim a time of waiting and wonder. We offer this afternoon in October to pause with the lectionary readings for Advent, to begin to prepare your own spirit, and to refresh your preaching and proclamation in worship.

Recommended for preachers and church leaders

Finishing with Vitality

October 13-14

Presenter: The Reverend David Rich

Think through the process of ending full-time ministry and plan for retirement in a constructive, forward-thinking way.

Recommended for congregational pastors who anticipate retiring within the next five years

Links, Likes & Follows

October 20-22

Presenter: MaryAnn McKibben Dana

The Internet age is out of its infancy. Smartphones are here to stay; Google Glass is on the horizon. The potential for connection in the digital age is powerful and inspiring. And the need for intentionality and thoughtfulness about our consumption of technology is just as strong. Building on MartyAnn McKibben Dana’s work in Sabbath in the Suburbs, this conference will equip church educators to guide congregations in engaging with technology in faithful, life-giving ways.

Recommended for clergy, Christian educators, and non-clergy church leaders

2014 APT / NASSAM Tentmaking Conference

Ministry in a Changing Church

October 31 - November 2

Learn models of ministry—from practicing tentmakers and institutional leaders—that will meet the challenges facing many churches.

Recommended for tentmakers, bi-vocational ministers, seminary students,  and church leaders interested in the evolving structures of pastoral ministry


Cruzando La Frontera: Ministerio Juvenil

November 15, 9:00 am-5:00 pm $15 (meals included)

Presented in partnership with the Lutheran Seminary Program in the Southwest and Seminary of the Southwest

The day will focus on Scripture and theology and applying new understandings to the everyday struggles of Hispanic youth in the borderlands.

Presenter: Rev. Elizabeth Tamez Mendez is the executive director of Nueva Generación3.

Recommended for Hispanic pastors and church leaders who care deeply about youth and seek to minister with them; conducted in Spanish