Speakers

Speakers

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Richard Webb

For more than 20 years, Richard has been at Lutheran Church of Hope, Iowa . Right now he serves as teaching pastor. Richard is clever and really into the scripture and want to share it, so it`s more understandable for us. Richard will speak at some of the main sessions. He has taught and led conferences about discipleship within Postmodern culture across the country. Richard likes to read, bike, compose, play music, and drink really high-end coffee.
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Matt Smallbone

Matt Smallbone is pastor at Church of the City Downtown, Nashville. He is Australian, which you can tell by his accent. He is married to Mary and they have four kids. Matt is passionate about helping people to reconnect with faith and uncomplicate the way to fully engage the head, heart and emotions in following Christ. Matt is enthusiastic about many things, including Thai Food, basketball, 90s rock, good coffee and Fender Precision basses.
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Danny Housholder

Danny Housholder is the lead pastor at Lutheran Church of Hope’s campus in Ames, Iowa. Danny loves discovering the personality of God in the Scriptures and enjoys helping people experience authentic connection with the Holy Spirit. Much of his work is dedicated to ministering and communicating with young Christians in their 20s as they discern how God is calling them to live out their purpose. Danny’s favorite thing to do is spending time with his wife, Abby, and he likes running marathons, reading newspapers, drinking chocolate milk, and watching NASCAR.

Seminars

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We can`t wait to worship and have community together with you all at the main sessions. But we also want ECHO to tailor to your needs so that it speaks to you where you are. Whether that be in your church, with your friends, with your family or just in your own personal devotion. To meet those needs ECHO has seminars, so you can get the exact inspiration you need in your walk with God.

Walk this way- how to lead yourself before you lead others.

Edvard Wiberg

Leadership is exciting, interesting and challenging. The challenges we face will help us to be better leaders, but it doesn`t always feel that way in the moment. It feels like failure or a critical mistake. If you want to improve your  leadership, this seminar is for you. Edvard will share parts of his story and experience to help you understand yourself and your role as a leader as well as what others are looking for when following you.

Sabbath- a left-over from the past or a blessing for the future?

Matt Smallbone

The Bible constantly refers to the sabbath, but how many of us practice it now? Matt will walk us through his own story and the challenges he faced when he started as a pastor and how his embracing of the sabbath helped change his life and ministry. What do we mean when we talk about the Sabbath? How can we practice it and why?

Identity

Danny Housholder

Identity can be a hard thing to talk about. How do we respond if someone asks us who we are? What forms our identity? How can we have a true and healthy identity as God's children? 

Why does Marty Matter?- Being Lutheran in the 21st century.

Richard Webb

Being Lutheran is not a super popular thing today. It can be hard to understand why it matters which theological tradition my church ascribes to. Guess what, it matters much more than you think. This seminar is for anyone who wants to know more about what it means to be Lutheran, what we believe and why it matters.

 

Burning to lead, not leading to burn- How do we lead a staff and volunteers while helping them not to burn out. 

Edvard Wiberg

Leading staff and volunteers can be hard. It is a challenge just to find enough volunteers to help with all the great projects and visions in our church. We need people to help us with both short term projects and long-term visions. Yet it seems that when we finally find the best, most enthusiastic volunteers who burn for the church and pour themselves into the work, we end up watching in horror as they burn out and then sit in the back of the sanctuary  for the next ten years. This vicious circle must end. How can we create a healthy environment and a culture that supports our volunteers?  




Family - freedom within hope 

Peter Højlund, Niels Nymann Højlund og Henrik Højlund

Growing up in a christian family is often experienced as both a joy and a curse.  To be parents of a teen or young adult is both a difficult challenge and a beautiful gift. We all want our children to experience freedom and space to learn for themselves, but how can we give them that if we at the same time have an expectation of where we want them to end up? What will the other members of the congregation think if our children make bad choices?  What is that experience like for a child to grow up dealing with their parents expectations?  This seminar will explore these questions through an interview with Pastor Henrik Højlund and his two sons Peter and Niels

At vokse op i en kristen familie opleves for de fleste som en glæde på nogle områder og begrænsende på andre. At være forældre i teenage- og ungdomsårene, er både lærerigt og til tider temmelig udfordrende. Vi vil vel alle sammen gerne, at vores børn oplever friheden- men hvordan kan man give dem den, hvis man samtidig har forventninger til hvor de gerne skal lande? Hvad tænker de andre i kirken, hvis vores børn træffer tåbelige valg? Og hvordan opleves det som barnet i familien, at finde sig selv, midt i forventningerne? Dette seminar vil tage form som et samtale-interview med de to sønner, Peter og Niels og deres far Henrik Højlund. 

7 lies 

Luke Greenwood

  1. We can only be sure of the things we see
  2. We're here by accident
  3. Everything is going to be ok
  4. You can be whoever you want to be
  5. It doesn't matter what you believe
  6. Love is just a passing feeling
  7. To know God you have to be "religious"

These are 7 common ideas in a secular culture that represent barriers for people to know Jesus today. But the gospel responds powerfully to each of these ideas, and can completely change our perspective on life, identity, relationships, community and God.

A part of the community despite pain in the past. 

Camilla Louise Johnson

Camillas story is hard and brutal.  Through her organisation “Inside Out” she has come in contact with many others who have been broken and battered after being a part of a cult or sect. In this seminar, she will share some of the stories she has met, where people have felt excluded from the community and still longs for it. How can we be a community of love and care, even to people who have experienced the opposite. How can we create a welcoming and understanding fellowship, even to people who are not ready to be a part of it. 

 

Camillas egen historie er voldsom og barsk. Hun har stiftet “Inside Out”, som er en organisation for mennesker, der har forladt eller blevet smidt ud af sekteriske kredse. Til dette seminar, vil hun fortælle om nogle af de historier hun har mødt, hvor folk er blevet sårede, udstødt eller brændt i kristne fællesskaber eller kirker. Hvordan kan vi være et fællesskab der favner dem, med den bagage de har? Hvordan kan vi være kærlige brødre og søstre også selvom de har valgt det kristne fællesskab fra- måske for en tid.Hvordan skaber vi et rum og en opmærksomhed omkring det, så vi kan rumme den historie de har og møde dem der hvor de gerne vil mødes.   

A church in mission- how to connect with the Gospel in today’s secular youth culture

Luke Greenwood

We now live in a time where the current urban population, connected by consumerism, social media and the entertainment industry, forms the largest global culture to ever exist. You read that right, global culture. This new culture has the same values, hears the same music, sees the same movies and reads the same posts. They no longer look to the Church for answers, believing it to be an old dead institution, an empty relic of the past. God’s heart still beats, breaks and bleeds for this lost generation.  They are spiritually hungry, lonely and in desperate need of his love, and it is our joy to make it accessible to them. How do we meet the needs of this current generation to reach them with the love of Christ? 




How can we understand Gen Z and Millenials?

Edvard Wiberg

Working with Gen Z when you are a Millenial can be challenging. Why don't they just do what they said they would, why do they have to question so many things, is it really that hard to make a decision? If you are Gen Z, it can be hard to work with Millenials. Why do they sound so old? Why won't they support my new ideas? And why do they need to plan out every single detail? If you are a pastor, or a leader,  you know it can be difficult to help these two generations work as a team. This seminar will help us understand the generations from a different perspective, give ideas to encourage teamwork and try to help unlock many skills they each have so they are working together toward the same goal.



How to talk about Sex- setting sex free from guilt and shame while standing on Biblical truth.

Erik Andreassen

In far too many Christian congregations, sex and sexuality is not to be discussed, or worse it is a dirty taboo thing that is talked about in such a way that removes any of the beauty, excitement and enjoyment from one of the greatest gifts God has given us. Far too many Christians now have a view of sex that is filled with guilt and shame instead of joy and freedom. So how can we speak to each other about sex and sexuality in a way that has space for the seriousness of sex and also the joy and freedom we hope to experience in marriage? How can speak openly about sex and its central and beautiful place in marriage, without falling in step with the current culture that views sex as cheap and meaningless. 

Paul

Andreas Bøge

Many Christians see Paul as their hero.  No matter what we face in our walk through life, struggles with faith, battles in the church, discussions about ethics or confusion about culture Paul has experienced it and written a letter about it. But who was he?  When did he live and in what circumstances?  How can we understand him and how he saw the world?  This seminar is a biography of the life and times of this great man. Join Andreas as he dives into the Biblical texts to uncover the truth about Paul. 

For mange er Paulus deres helt. Lige meget hvad vi møder i livet, om det er tro, kirkeliv, etiske diskussioner eller udfordringer i vores kultur, så er det Paulus`breve vi hiver frem. Men hvem var han egentlig? I hvilken tid og vilkår levede han i ? Hvordan kan vi forstå ham, så vi forstår det han skriver i den rigtige kontekst? Dette seminar er en biografi om Paulus og Andreas vil dykke ned i hans breve for at vi bedre kan forstå Paulus og hans perspektiv.

God save us from a pandemic of loneliness

Luke Greenwood

We often put discipleship into a box. When we think of it, maybe we think of a Bible class at church or a formal one-on-one mentoring relationship. These are great and important things, but discipleship is much more than that.  In this seminar, Luke wants to inspire and challenge us to engage in ongoing disciple relationships with the young people we come in contact with in our everyday lives. It begins the moment we meet them - right there where they are: in church, on the street, at universities, anywhere.  Wait what is a disciple relationship you ask?  Come to the seminar and find out.

The churches that make up THE Church

Søren Rønn

When Jesus comes to gather his church…there is only one church.  However as it stands now that “one church” is split into many denominations under many different confessions and creeds, and if that was not enough, there are also multiple organizations under each of these separate confessions.  It can really be overwhelming to try and understand since in many cases we read the same Bible, sing the same songs and praise the same Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  In this seminar I will do my best to give a good explanation of each of the different denominations and organizations in Denmark: their theology and practical characteristics, what separates and connects them.  This seminar is not an attack, nor a defense, but an introduction to the many active participants in the landscape of Danish Christianity.

 

Når Jesus kommer for at hente sin kirke, så er der kun én kirke. Alligevel er den ene kirke delt op i mange kirker under forskellige konfessioner, og derudover er der flere organisationer under samme konfession. Det kan være svært at finde rundt i, for vi læser jo den samme bibel, synger de samme sange og tilbeder den samme Kristus. Til dette seminar vil jeg forsøge at give en fair fremstilling af forskellige kirkeretninger og organisationer i Danmark. Hvad er de teologiske og praktiske karakteristika, hvad deler og hvad forener dem. Seminaret er altså ikke et forsvar eller et angreb, men derimod en indføring i kirkelandskabets mange aktører.

Deconstruction

Matt Smallbone

Deconstruction is a word we are hearing more and more these days. What does it mean? Why do people end up feeling the need to “deconstruct”? How can we as a community create an atmosphere where asking questions is exciting, not frightening? How can we create a community  where people don't feel the need to hold back their deepest queries, where wearing a mask is unnecessary because they are accepted for who they are? 



The Teenage Brain-what is going on

Camilla Sønderbæk Hald

Being a teenager, being young is an amazing (and often hard) time.  For many the years flow smoothly by, for others problems and difficulties arise that are hard to handle. We know small children grow rapidly, but we might not realize that in puberty major changes are taking place, both psychologically, socially, and biologically.  In this seminar we will zoom in on the teenage brain; the “immature” brain that is hard at work.  It is not broken! But it is different from a childs or an adult's brain.  So what exactly is happening with the brain and what does it mean for the teen and those around them.  Why does parental detachment become so central and difficult at this time?  And can this “reconstruction” of the brain be a small part of the explanation for why so many youth have a hard time in their teenage years?  Is it just a problem of increased societal demands, the accelerated speed of our western world and the effects of social media?  We will also discuss ideas of how we can support our teens in this difficult time because the brain is complex and so is life.


Teenagetid, ungdomstid – en helt fantastisk (hård) tid! For mange unge går det rimeligt, for andre starter en ny mistrivsel, som kan være vanskelig at håndtere. Det lille barns udvikling går forrygende hurtigt, men også i puberteten sker der ekstremt store forandringer, både psykologisk, socialt (miljøet) og biologisk. Vi zoomer kort ind på teenagehjernen; den ”umodne” hjerne, der er kraftigt under ombygning. Den er ikke i stykker! Men den er anderledes end barnets og voksnes hjerne. Så hvad sker der egentlig med hjernen og hvad betyder det for den unge og for dem omkring dem? Hvorfor bliver løsrivelse fra forældrene så central og vanskelig i denne periode? Og kan denne ”ombygning” af hjernen være en lille del af forklaringen på mange unges øgede mistrivsel, eller handler det kun om samfundets øgede krav, accelererende hastighed og social digitalisering? Der gives nogle bud på hvordan vi kan støtte teenageren i denne tid, som vi sammen kan debattere. For hjernen er kompleks og ligeså er livet.

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