Reaching Freestyle Hip-Hop Dancers
Objective: Camradarie amongst staff who are dancers and share strategies to reach this campus sector Outcome: vision and strategies for reaching freestyle hip-hop dancers.
Objective: to connect staff who have disabled/differently-abled students/faculty and to provide resources for disabled participants in our ministry. Outcome: participants will know others who have a heart for disabled students/faculty and will have access to resources to serve this population.
3x3 Quick Guide: A Resource for Reaching Catholics
Objective: to connect staff who have Catholic students/faculty and Catholic campuses AND to provide resources (3x3 Quick Guide). Outcome: participants equipped with the Quick Guide resource, helping them to better reach and develop Catholic ministry (students, faculty, campuses).
Q&A with 2100 Video Productions
Objective and Outcomes: For those that want to tell stories through video and photography, the technical, artistic, and process hurdles can really squash a good idea. Come and chat with the 2100 video team as we talk through how we have learned from our mistakes so you don’t have to. Bring your questions about gear, story, and whatever else is holding you back.
Urbana 21: What's New & What's Needed
Objective: to update staff on changes happening with Urbana and on potential job openings. Outcome: staff will leave with a vision for the new things that are happening with Urbana 21 and be able to ask questions of the Urbana team.
Leveraging Technology for MPD - Help Create a Roadmap
Objective: for staff to see current MPD-related technology trends (CRMs, DonorElf, Karani, Salesforce, others) and to share ideas with one another to enhance MPD. Outcome: a better understanding of how InterVarsity wants to use technology to augment MPD and to help create a roadmap for future ideas and services.
Prayer Walk as a Driver for Growth
Objective: To brainstorm practical ways to help Areas buy into prayer walking and to create a short-list of best practices for helping prayer walking to become a regular practice. Outcome: each staff will commit to leading one prayer walk for their Area team (1+ student, 1+ ministry partner) before Spring Break.
Science and Faith: Engaging the Issues
Dr. Dwight Schwartz
Prof. Ellane Park
Objective: To hear from and network with staff who are fielding (student, faculty, and/or campus community) questions in the area of the relationship between Science and the Christian faith. Outcome: To provide attendees with resources and insights that will better equip them to participate in Science-and-Faith discussions.
Spiritual Formation through Pilgrimage - Encountering God in Sacred Spaces
Objective: Learn about “pilgrimage,” an ancient church practice that can be both personally powerful and can provide a pathway for helping students meet Jesus. Outcome: Understanding this spiritual practice of encounter, stillness, and contemplation, one you can practice immediately.
Cultivating a Healthier, Less Toxic Evangelicalism
Objective: To explore evangelicalism's features in the U.S. (strengths, weaknesses, historical patterns) in order to promote resilience and hope among those who are wrestling with how to engage in the current state of affairs. Outcome: Participants will leave knowing action steps for how to cultivate a healthier, less toxic evangelicalism.
Vocational Discipleship: Preparing Students for Work
How do we help our students be students, and then workers, who thrive and glorify God? And how do we as staff understand our work in terms of the Gospel? Come to learn and share ideas about how we can help develop campus and world changers through the lens of vocational discipleship.
Church vs. Parachurch: Navigating the Potential Struggle
Objective: to provide a place for staff to talk openly about the relationship between local churches (modalities) and parachurch movements (sodalities) in proclaiming the good news. Outcome: participants will receive resources that will help them field questions and comments from others
Real Talk for First and Second Year Staff of Color (And their Supervisor)
Outcome: Staff will understand the "movement-fellowship-organization" paradigm and will use it in conversations with their supervisor.
Reaching Every Corner with Academically-Oriented Students
Objective: to understand better how to reach and disciple academically-oriented students.
Outcome: To come away with 1-2 next steps for working with academically-oriented students on one's campus.
How to Talk to Your Supervisor about Mental Health Concerns
Objective: to share stories, language, and tools for mental health conversations with one’s supervisor. Outcome: participants will leave having drafted one follow-up conversation on mental health concerns with their supervisor.
Serving and Encouraging Black Graduate Students and Black Faculty
Objective: BSAP (Black Scholars and Professionals) staff will share the strategic importance of serving this corner of campus and ministry philosophy and key principles that guide us as we serve black scholars. Outcome: Veteran staff will renew fellowship and share ministry updates and principles of BSAP Ministry, and interested staff will gain some insight into understanding and serving this population.
All staff are welcome whether you are already serving Black Grad students and Black faculty or want to learn to serve them.
For Those Interested in Staff Care and Discipleship for Our Younger Staff (For Staff 30 Years Old and Above)
Mary Beth Ludgren
Objective: to increase awareness of the need for caring for our younger staff through pastoral care and discipleship (looks different from spiritual direction). Outcome: participants leave with a better understanding of the needs of our younger staff and potential ways to meet those needs.
High School Senior Seminar
Objective: to identify content for a high school senior seminar that works in ethnically diverse church environments. Outcome: Participants who have either joined an advisory team or become a content developer.
Engaging Chinese Students and Returnees
InterVarsity Staff C
Objective: to share tools and ideas for witness to and with Chinese international students. Outcome: participants equipped to see, pray for, and engage the Chinese international corner of their campus.
Boost Collaboration with Office
Objective: to show how effective team collaboration can be practically achieved through Outlook and Teams. Outcome: a coaching relationship with an experienced peer tech champion who can bring "all the things" together with Teams and Office.
Discerning Your Approach with the International Corner
Objective: to explore a new tool that evaluates a campus context to discern the most effective chapter type or approach for engaging international students. Outcome: a better understanding of the factors that determine an effective approach to international student involvement in your chapter, area, or region.
Growing Capacity Through Twinning with IFES
Objective/Outcome: regional representatives exploring the impact of twinning with the National Link Director.
Longing for Revival Among "Cultural Christians"
Objective: to define the “cultural Christian” in the college/university context and share a discipleship framework that ministers to this campus population. Outcome: an invitation for participants to test and refine the discipleship framework.
Suffering and Resilience
Objective: to help staff deal with suffering in their own lives as well as the lives of their family and ministry partners (via his new IVP book on surviving cancer). Outcome: we will explore issues of dependence, resilience, identity, purpose, and wonder.
Objective/Outcome: Each region will know how to be successful through InterVarsity’s move to the new Portal in Salesforce; relatedly, understanding the “continuous development” concept (i.e. tech will change and get better as our feedback gets better).