NEW Day Passes Available! Fearless Dialogues Conference This November

NEW Day Passes Available! Fearless Dialogues Conference This November

Conversations are catalysts for change. Next month the CLL will host the Big Ideas in Youth Ministry: Fearless Dialogues Conference where youth and their supporters will have space to converse, connect and help to fearlessly foster change in their communities.


If you’re looking for a conference where you can explore the hard questions in youth ministry, learn how to foster fearless dialogues and connect with colleagues engaged in this challenging yet rewarding work, this conference is for you!


Two registration options are available for the event, 1) Full registration-includes housing, two lunches and refreshments, and an optional (with an additional $20 fee) pre-conference social and supper on Tuesday hosted at Sweet Melissa’s on the Square in Decatur, 2) the NEW day pass option (for new registrants only)- includes Tuesday dinner, all day Wednesday – Fearless Dialogues experience, lunch, workshops, worship and all day Thursday– Plenary, worship, workshops, refreshments.


Take a look at the full detailed schedule below:


Big Ideas in Youth Ministry Conference: Fearless Dialogues Detailed Schedule 

3:00 Registration and Check-In 

6:30 PM 9:30 PM Evening Gathering at Sweet Melissa’s: Downtown Decatur (pre-registration required) 


Wednesday: Nov. 6, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (plus evening activities, optional) 

9:00 Registration and Check-In 

9:30 Fearless Dialogues  

12:00LunchFearless Dialogues conversation continue 

2:00 Gathering Time: Welcome, Announcements, 30 Second Pitches 

Afternoon Workshops 3:00 4:30 PM 

Sexual Ethics, Brittany Porch and Melanie Baum 

Social Justice Advocacy, Billy Honor 

Queer Theology, Shelley Donaldson 

Youth in Leadership/Youth Council, Chris Sarkowski 

5:00 Worship, Melanie Baum and Sam Perkins

7:00 Evening Gathering for Dinner 

9:30 Trivia Party hosted by PYWA Cliff Haddox


Thursday, Nov. 79:30 AM – 4:00 PM 

9:30 Morning Worship,  Melanie Baum and Sam Perkins

10:00 Generation Z Discussion , Tully Fletcher and Shelley Donaldson 

11:45 Gathering, Announcements, 30 Second Pitches 

12:00 – 1:45 PM Lunch On Your Own 

Afternoon Workshops2:00 – 3:30 PM 

Owning Our Story as Leaders, Sam Perkins 

Youth Ministry in an Over-Programmed World, Chris Sarkowski 

 Sexual Ethics, Brittany Porch and Melanie Baum 

In Harm’s Way: Suicide, Michelle Thomas-Bush  

3:30-4:00 Closing Benediction Melanie Baum and Sam Perkins 


“We must find ways to wrestle honesty, and in community, with the “big ideas” and difficult topics that face our young people today,” said Michelle Thomas Bush, chair of the conference planning team.


“Youth ministry can equip us to engage in these conversations faithfully, with biblical and theological grounding.”

To register for the Big Ideas in Youth Ministry: Fearless Dialogues Conference, click here!

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