Calgary, AB


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Calgary, Alberta


Jan 18th, 2020


Falconridge Family Church
155 Falconridge Crescent NE


Youth Worker Speakers

Dr. Ron Powell


Ron has a passion to train men and women to reach and disciple teens through relational ministry. He has been on this mission in pastoring and teaching youth ministry for the past 33 years. Presently he is the Adviser to the  Youth Ministry Institute Director at Vanguard College in Edmonton. He holds a Masters in Youth Ministry from Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago. Ron has been a workshop leader at Canadian Youth Worker’s Conference, YC Edmonton, Breakforth Canada, and other youth leadership conferences from Newfoundland to British Columbia. He has two teenage daughters and lives in a suburb of Edmonton, AB.

Session One: Revisiting Relational Ministry
The need for mentoring/apprenticeship relationships has never been greater. How do we build these meaningful relationships considering all of the constraints placed upon us? This seminar will examine how to make the most of these powerful relationships.

Session Two: Getting Help – Recruiting, Training, and Empowering Your Team
You know that having an effective team makes all the difference but how do we build that kind of team? This seminar will look at the best way to inspire, train, and engage volunteers to impact a youth ministry.

Session Three: Teaching that Transforms: From Getting Attention to Taking Action
Students are less interested in listening to a leader talk than ever before. Attention spans are getting shorter. This session uses research on attention, learning, and what we know about the teenage brain, to move teaching from hearing ideas to taking action.

Alison Springer


Alison Springer is the Founder of Young Woman of Power (YWOP) and  communications Specialist Based in Calgary, Alberta. She has co-written curriculum used in Junior High Schools throughout Western Canada, and has developed and facilitated programs used in Calgary’s Youth Judicial System. Alison works with many diverse audiences ranging from street kids, student leaders, faith based youth groups, students with high needs, aboriginal youth and ESL students. As the Founder of YWOP , Alison committed to seeing girl culture change in Canada. Alison’s passion Is helping youth discover leadership and the greatness that lies within.

Session One: Navigating Students through Culture
Alison has been speaking in schools all across Canada. She runs programs in public schools and has participated in numerous student leadership conferences where she has the privilege to hear what students are saying. All of this this gives Alison a unique perspective enabling her to see what God is up to and what tactics the enemy is using to confuse our students. In this session, Alison will be sharing some main things that we as youth ministers need to prepare our kids for and how to prepare them.

Session Two: Will the Christian Kid Please Stand Up

Jesus shifted mindsets and cultural norms wherever he went. He wasn’t afraid to speak up and make his actions known. Our students have been strategically placed, on sports teams, in schools, in their jobs and in our church.  But do they speak up? There are so many injustices that our students see, but often times they don’t know what to do or what to say. Alison will give you some tools to empower your students to stand up and bring about positive change with their voice and actions as well as teaching you how to find out pressures your students are facing and how to speak to those issues.

Children’s Worker Speakers

Talasi Guerra


Talasi Guerra is a Christian blogger and communicator who is passionate about infusing Jesus into her everyday life and helping others do the same. She has been serving as the Director of Children and Family ministries at First Baptist Church in Lloydminster, Canada since 2011. When she is not writing, leading volunteer teams, or hanging out with her daughter Avra, you can find her and her husband Ryan playing strategy boards games on their dining room table. Connect with her on Instagram @talasiguerra.

Session One: Re-thinking Recruiting – Tips and Tricks to Build Your Dream Team

  • Developing a strong volunteer culture
  • Onboarding process
  • Empowering passions & giftings rather than filling holes (thinking outside of the box to introduce a variety of volunteer roles)
  • Engaging parents
  • “Big asks” = big impact
  • Small group model

Session Two: Growth Goldmine – Leveraging Kids Ministry to Grow the Church

  • Children’s ministries often grow in attendance as a result of church growth. But what if it was the other way around? What if children’s ministry lead the charge in church growth?
  • Your children’s ministry is a goldmine for growing your church
  • Practical ideas we have implemented in taking this approach at FBC Lloydminster
  • Leveraging social media
  • Creating relevant environments

Session Three: Overcoming Overwhelm – Choosing Joy When Ministry gets Messy
The demands and pressures of ministry can wreak havoc on our mental health and wellbeing, but God desires so much more for us than a life of bondage to stress, depression, anxiety, and general overwhelm. In this session I share personal experiences and Biblical truth to encourage ministry leaders, while challenging a passionate pursuit of joy in the midst of the pressures of ministry.

Heather Skinner


Heather Skinner has been pastoring children, youth and families for almost 20 years in Canada and the United States. Most of her ministry career has been spent in mega-churches, however, she loves the community of serving in mid-sized churches and came to Falconridge Family Church in Spring 2017 as their Director of Children and Youth Ministries. Heather is passionate about weaving creativity into ministry, through music, art and kinesthetic learning. She loves to equip others to serve the kingdom to their fullest potential and believes in a team-approach to ministry leadership. She is also a trained and experienced counselor in the fields of grief, crisis and trauma for children and adolescence and has consulted with many churches on creating safe, secure and God-honouring environments for ministry to vulnerable individuals. 

Session One: Shaped to Serve
Welcome to ministry! We all have a personality type, unique strengths, weaknesses, and special abilities. Now…we are leading in a specific capacity in our church, working with children. It’s go-time! Let’s explore how God created you and how you can leverage your natural self in your ministry role. This is going to be fun!

Session Two: Making it Smooth
Children can smell 3 things: lack of preparation, disorganization, and fear. Learn how to combat the 3 most difficult aspects of leading children. It is possible to plan your time and lead your group successfully. Even if they are little!

Basics of Youth Ministry Speakers

Larry Moore


Larry has been involved in youth ministry for over 35 years, and is presently the Executive Director of United Youth Outreach, the covering for Street Invaders, Equipping, and various other outreaches. He was born in Ontario, started ministry in New Brunswick (youth worker – 9 years), then Saskatchewan (Youth Pastor/Senior Pastor – 10 years), Calgary (Associate Pastor – 5 years) and finally in his position as Executive Director for the past 18 years.

His heart is to see people – especially students won to Christ, developed into powerful disciples and sent out as influencers for the Kingdom of Light. He believes that one of the best ways we can see this happen is to influence those who influence students – youth leaders.

Larry is married to Sandra and they have 4 grown children: Adam, Greg, Luke, Daniel and 1 furboy; Baxter The Wonderdog. He also continues to believe that one day the Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Stanley Cup (a man of faith indeed).

Session One: Where Do I Start?
Are you starting a Youth group? This session will cover the basic things you need in order to build a healthy youth group.

Session Two: Preparing the Dance Floor
This session will discuss understanding youth culture and how to build a healthy environment for the youth to grow in.The dance floor must be right and then long term growth will take place.

Session Three: Where Do I Get Help?
You can’t do it alone and God never intended you to. This session is about finding volunteers and what is needed to build your team.

Rick Wengel


Rick is presently serving in Equipping, a Youth and Children’s Worker training seminar based out of United Youth Outreach. He has served in youth ministry for over 30 years and has a passion for students to experience a living relationship with Christ that will change their life and their world. Rick is married with 3 married children and has 6 grandkids. His favourite sport is hockey, which makes him truly Canadian.

Session One: Where Do I Start?
Are you starting a Youth group? This session will cover the basic things you need in order to build a healthy youth group.

Session Two: Preparing the Dance Floor
This session will discuss understanding youth culture and how to build a healthy environment for the youth to grow in.The dance floor must be right and then long term growth will take place.

Session Three: Where Do I Get Help?
You can’t do it alone and God never intended you to. This session is about finding volunteers and what is needed to build your team.

Basics of Children’s Ministry Speakers

Jen Escalante


Jennifer Osmond Escalante has been pursuing Jesus and a godly life for the past 40+ years. With a rich pentecostal heritage from her parents, a passion to worship at the feet of Jesus and a persevering spirit, Jennifer has overcome incredible physical obstacles through the strength and joy that only Christ can give. In ministry, her passion to see children connect with Christ has deepened over three decades, pastoring children and families in Calgary, serving as a Director of Child Development Centres in Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. Jennifer currently serves as the Full-time Director of Children’s Ministry at Calgary Full Gospel Church, engaging, equipping and energizing children for Christ, in the heart of the city! Along with her husband Carlos, she also manages the  “JCSQUAD”, a family-based initiative that combines creative arts with intentional Children’s Ministry, releasing children (including her own) as leaders into dynamic ministry.  The JCSQUAD is available throughout Calgary for itinerant children’s ministry at churches and events. 

Session One: Back to Basics Track 1 – Embracing the Child

Session Two: Back to Basics Track 2 – Energizing the CM Leader

Session Three: Back to Basics Track 3 – The Engaging Environment

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Equipping’s purpose is to train youth and children’s workers so that  they are equipped to minister effectively to this generation. Our heart is to impart, instruct, inspire and connect with you as a leader, so you can be your best!

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