Workshops 2017-04-04T18:50:58+00:00

All Workshops

Does Theology REALLY Matter?

Cheryl A. Crawford, Ph.D., is an expert in adolescent development, youth ministry, and practical theology, with 40 years of ministry experience, and has written and presented on a variety of topics pertaining to ministry to adolescents and emerging adults. As co-researcher and co-author of Sticky Faith, her passion for understanding and encouraging developing faith in adolescents and emerging adults continues. Crawford is a member of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators, and serves as Senior Editor for the Journal of Youth Ministry, an academic journal directed towards youth ministry educators.

How does your theology impact your daily and life decisions? The truth is, whether we are aware of it or not, we all live our theology. This workshop is designed to help you recognize your “embedded” theology and integrate your theology with your life practices.

Worship Arts: Leading the Creative & Creatively Leading

Stephen Martin has been active as an educator, music pastor, conductor, composer, and arranger for the last 20 years. He has arranged and scored music for film, symphonic orchestra, big band, vocal jazz, and chamber groups. Over the course of 20 years, he has led over 250 volunteers in music ministry. He currently serves as Program Director for the Music & Worship program at Azusa Pacific University, teaching courses in worship arts leadership, worship design, arranging, and orchestration. Stephen is currently pursuing a Doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in Church Music, with an emphasis in Conducting. He holds a M.A. of Music in Trumpet Performance from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in Music Performance, Education, and Composition from APU. He is married to his beautiful wife Shannon of twenty years, and has three wonderful children, Hannah, Rayna, and Micah.

Creativity deals with solving problems and addressing challenges in skillful and artistic ways.  With this in mind, what does it mean to be a “creative” and what does it mean to lead “creatives?”  What does healthy collaboration look like among those who lead and those who create?  These questions and more will be dealt with in this workshop on worship arts leadership.

Women in Ministry & Leadership

Jennifer M. Buck is an Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University. She holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University and an M.Div. from Fuller Theology Seminary. She is a licensed minister in the Evangelical Friends church and served for 8 years on pastoral staff. She is the author of Reframing the House: Constructive Feminist Global Ecclesiology for the Western Evangelical Church (Pickwick, 2016).

This seminar will help students better understand how to support and affirm women in service to the Church.  We will discuss a diversity of perspectives (ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, denominational, etc.) on women in ministry and the practical realities that women face in ministry.

Pitfalls & Platforms: Social Media and Student Leadership

Matt Elofson, Ph.D., has over 25 years of youth ministry experience and currently serves as Professor and Chair of the Department of Practical Theology at Azusa Pacific University. He is also a member of the Academy for Evangelism in Theological Education, Association of Youth Ministry Educators, and American Academy of Religion. Matt’s primary areas of interest for youth ministry research are culture, evangelism, mission, and technology.

By day, Daniel Gillooley is a M.Div. student at Azusa Pacific Seminary and handles marketing for the Center for Vocational Ministry. By night, when he’s not nose deep in theology textbooks or the Bible, you can find him mountain biking, backpacking, snowboarding, and extreme sledding (a new and recent hobby), just to name a few. He also enjoys video games, reading novels, telling stories, and watching good films.

Social media is a powerful tool shaping culture. The question is, is it shaping us more than we are shaping it? Join us for a multi-generational conversation about how to engage social media.

Following Christ as Ditch Ministry

For over 20 years, Gregg has been involved in urban outreach, street-level youth ministry, and youth ministry education. He holds the position of Associate Professor of Youth and Urban Ministry at APU, and moonlights as an instructor at the LA Dream Center. He is an active consultant and passionate voice for urban and intercultural ministry.

Christ regularly journeyed into sketchy places to minister to sketchy people; people who are broken and stuck in the ditches of life.  Following Christ often means putting our reputations on the line to minister to people where they are at.  

Burning Questions-Discovering your Calling

Jenn Graffius is the Associate Director of the Center for Vocational Ministry and an adjunct ministry professor at Azusa Pacific University. She has experience in Church Ministry and Campus Ministry, including leadership in Fuller Theological Seminary’s and Princeton University’s Chapel and five years as Director of Student Ministries at Glenkirk Church. Jenn was the first person ordained in The Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO). She is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary (MDiv) and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership at Duke Divinity School.

Freddy Rivas is the Assistant Director of the Center for Vocational Ministry. Over the last year nine years he has ministered to undergraduate students who are called to vocational ministry. He received his B.A. in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University and a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is an ordained pastor within Evangelical Friends church and has served in pastoral leadership for 18 years. Freddy recently planted Living Hope Church in the Los Angeles area. He loves spending time with his wife and four children.

Melissa Spolar is the Mentoring Assistant in the Center for Vocational Ministry at Azusa Pacific University. Melissa is currently getting her M.Div. at APU and has a background in ministry both in the church and on school campuses. She currently works with students in discerning calling and preparing for vocational ministry.

Young leaders have many questions about the future: Where do I go to school?  What should I do with my life? Where should I be serving in ministry? What career is God calling me to pursue? Come hear the mentoring team from the Center for Vocational Ministry talk about calling, career, and serving God.

Every Square Inch: Ministry in the Mundane

Chris Neal directs the Youth Leadership Initiative at Azusa Pacific University, creating resources and experiences that help high school students explore and discover their ministry calling, in partnership with parents and youth workers. Chris is an alumnus of APU (B.A., M.Div.), has served in youth and family ministry for more than 13 years, and has been an adjunct professor of youth ministry for seven years. Chris also serves as the Los Angeles director for the Made to Flourish network, a network of pastors for the common good.

Often times we separate our lives into sacred and secular, holy and mundane.  Yet the Bible invites us to recognize that all of our lives and all of the world belong to God. This seminar will help us imagine and explore how we can engage God’s mission in all of life.  

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