Day of Encouragement

Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Day To Inspire, Encourage, and Equip God's People for Ministry

Fellowship and workshops for every person of the church: students, mothers, deacons, musicians, shepherds, fathers, volunteers, leaders, helpers, worshipers, broken people, and more.


Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is the executive director of LifeWay Research, a prolific author, and a well-known conference and seminar leader. Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches; trained pastors and church planters on six continents; holds two master’s degrees and two doctorates; and has written dozens of articles and books. Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN.

Full Schedule of Events

7:45 a.m. Registration opens for walk-ins. B.J. Haan Auditorium
8:15 a.m. Pre-conference worship. B.J. Haan Auditorium
8:30 a.m. Welcome. B.J. Haan Auditorium 
8:45 a.m. Keynote. B.J. Haan Auditorium 
10–10:50 a.m. Breakout Session I  
    CL1144 "The Ripple Effect of Your Leadership Teams" - Rick Droog (Shepherding track)
    CL1148 "Preaching When You've Run Out of Words" - Tim Brown (Preaching track)
    CL1143 "Sticky Faith 101" - Bob Cleveringa (Youth track)
    SB1603 "Sound Tech 101" - Dale Tabbert (Sound Tech track)
    SB1606 "Praise Team Lab" - Deb Vogel (Worship track)
    SB1641 "Vulnerable Parenting" - Tara Boer (Parenting & Family track)
11–11:50 a.m. Breakout Session II
    CL1144 "The S Factor" - John Elzinga (Shepherding track)
    CL1148 "Praying When You've Run Out of Words" - Tim Brown (Preaching track)
    CL1143 "Youth Group 101" - Emily Entsminger (Youth track
    SB1603 "Advanced Sound Tech" - Dale Tabbert (Sound Tech track)
    SB1604 "Using Instruments to Cultivate Christ-Centered Worship" - Seth & Rebekah Dekkenga (Worship track)
    SB1606 "Care of the Sick and Hurting" - BJ Van Kalsbeek (Shepherding track)
    SB1641 "Hope for Imperfect Parents" - Dayton Vogel & Shawn Scholten (Parenting & Family track)        
Noon. Lunch. Lower level of the Campus Center
1–1:50 p.m. Breakout Session III
    CL1144 "Tools for Congregational Faith Formation" - Jill Friend (Shepherding track)
    CL1148 "Ministry to Teens in the Bible Belt" - Chad Van Ginkel (Youth track)
    SB1604 "Worship Planners Roundtable" - Missy Mulder (Worship track)
    SB1606 "Wise as Serpents, Innocent as Doves" - Jemar Tisby (Shepherding track)
    SB1641 "This Thing Called Love" - Aaron and Nikki Baart
2 p.m. Keynote. B.J. Haan Auditorium
3 p.m. Closing. B.J. Haan Auditorium


Registration for Day of Encouragement is open. Early bird registration is open through January 24, 2017. 

Individuals: $55/person
Groups of 10 or more: $45/person
High school or college students $15/person

After January 25, 2017, rates increase to $65/person and no group rates are available. Students rate will be $15/person.