Breakout Sessions

We have two tracks this year for breakout sessions:

  • Leadership development (for young adults currently in ministry or pursuing ministry)
  • Calling (for young adults who are seeking God’s call on their lives)


"The Call of the Wild: Learning to climb the mountain of Leadership"

Ministry is like learning to climb a mountain. There are tools and skills that we need in order to make our passion become a reality. Join us as we discuss some tips for the journey

Ryan Showalter

Associate Pastor @ Solid Ground Church

Pasadena, California

Leadership Track Breakout

“We’ve Been Given this Ministry”

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17-20

“We’ve Been Given this Ministry...” Who’s “we”, and what “ministry" have we been given? Perhaps you may be asking these questions as you reflect on this passage. I've asked myself very similar questions, and as I reflect on my life journey up until this point, I recognize ways God began to answer those questions. Join me in discussion as I share with you how God has been answering those questions for me in my journey. Even more so, let's explore together how God may be answering those questions for you. 

Nate Thorne

Pastor of Youth & Young Adult Ministries

Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church

Leadership Track Breakout

"Is Ministry a Real Job?"

A highly interactive session that will address the following:

· Pros & Cons of Full Time vs Part Time

· How do I live on a church salary?

· Calling.

· Church Politics!

· What does success look like

· Multi-staff large church vs. One Pastor Small Church

· What should every church staff member know before signing up?

Dustin Sauder

Executive Pastor Manheim BIC Church (Youth pastor for 15 years)

Leadership Track Breakout

"Let's Do This Thing!"

Let’s discuss passion and purpose; and how that applies to the marketplace. Not everyone is called into ministry so how do we take what's inside of us and bring it into the world in a way that connects with people of all different backgrounds in order to create change and make a lasting impact.

Cody Wanner

Entrepreneur, Full-Time YouTuber

Calling Track Breakout

"Finding Authenticity and Asking Big Questions"

This session is for anyone desiring to align who they are with what God has called them to be. We will discuss together what authenticity is and how we can create safe and open spaces for ourselves & others to ask big questions about who we are, whose we are and how do we become what we are intended to be. Come just as you are and bring whatever questions you might have!

Chad Frey

Community Engagement Liaison

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Area

Calling Track Breakout

Due to our Conference numbers, we moved Carissa's Breakout session to an UnConference Topic on Friday Night! 

"Excited to have conversation during that dedicated time!" ~ Carissa

Carissa Ressler

NextGen Ministries Director, Entrepreneur, LMT

Calling Track Breakout

Carissa Ressler

NextGen Director