Workshops

We are excited to offer a great selection of Workshops on Saturday morning. The total group of participants will be divided into 2 groups. Each group will spend 1 session in the GOEC where the Big Room stuff happens. When the group is not in the GOEC, they will have a variety of workshops to choose from. There are workshops that are specifically designed for Middle School students and those designed specifically for High School students. Adults are welcome to attend any of the workshops but there are some designed with Adults in mind as well.

DOWNLOAD A PDF LIST OF ALL WORKSHOPS.

“EVERYDAY WORSHIP” located in the GOEC.

Half of the total in attendance will be in the GOEC during each Workshop Session. The Yellow or Red dot on your name tag indicates where you will go each session.

Painter and Curator of Awesomeness, Scott Erickson, will provide a large group workshop experience in the Gaylord Opryland Events Center(GOEC) where The Gatherings take place. Scott will share about ways that we can be engaged in “EVERYDAY WORSHIP.” We tend to think that worship only happens at church, in a sanctuary, with music and sermons, but Scott will share that worship is and should be more than that. He will incorporate his love of art and his passion for creative worship.

DESIGNED FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

ADULTS WELCOME. All of the Middle School Workshops are located in the Magnolia Mezzanine.  CLICK ON THE TABS TO VIEW.

Water Mission: Begin a Movement

Join Kevin Herr from Water Mission!!

Sometimes we feel powerless to make a difference in the world. We’ll move beyond apathy into action in this fun, interactive session as we learn how access to safe water saves lives. Join us as we brainstorm ways that you and your youth group can make a tangible difference right where you are!

 

Join in this interactive workshop in HERMITAGE C located in the Magnolia Mezzanine.

Crazy Dances with Don!

Don Washburn has been a part of Warmth In Winter since it began more than 30 years ago. Don will offer a fun time to learn some new dances that will get you moving.

Join Don in HERMITAGE D in the Magnolia Mezzanine.

Leading a movement.

Come and learn about how to start a movement for good where you live. The Project Transformation Tennessee Fellows team will share leadership insight into starting a transformative movement in your church, school, life, and community.

Join PT TN in CHEEKWOOD A  in the Magnolia Mezzanine.

Girls, Social Media, Relationships

MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS ONLY.

Casey Enright is a girl. She knows how to use Social Media for good. Come and learn from Casey.

This workshop will provide a safe space to talk about the dynamics of Social Media and its impact on relationships.

This workshop is located in CHEEKWOOD B  in the Magnolia Mezzanine.

Guys, Social Media, Relationships

MIDDLE SCHOOL GUYS ONLY.

Pierce Drake is a guy. Pierce knows how to use Social Media for good. Come learn from Pierce.

This workshop will provide a safe space to talk about the dynamics of Social Media and its impact on relationships.

This workshop is located in CHEEKWOOD C  in the Magnolia Mezzanine.

Guys, Social Media, Relationships

MIDDLE SCHOOL GUYS ONLY.

Pierce Drake is a guy. Pierce knows how to use Social Media for good. Come learn from Pierce.

This workshop will provide a safe space to talk about the dynamics of Social Media and its impact on relationships.

This workshop is located in CHEEKWOOD C  in the Magnolia Mezzanine.

Games that Teach

Join the staff from Cedar Crest Camp to learn new games that teach about God and each other.

Games that Teach will be in CHEEKWOOD G in the Magnolia Mezzanine.

Writer's Workshop: Writing from the Heart.

Your words can move others closer to God. Learn more about devotions – or faith stories – and start writing yours with Rachel Crumpler and Sandy Miller, editors of devozine magazine.

Located in CHEEKWOOD H in Magnolia Mezzanine.

DESIGNED FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.

ADULTS WELCOME. CLICK ON THE TABS TO VIEW.

Unlocking Freedom: Human Trafficking

At Hope for Justice, we want to start a movement to end modern day slavery. We want to inspire people to stand up and declare they want to live in a world free from slavery, so with our workshop, we want to encourage youth to join in the anti-trafficking movement. We want to do this because we believe all of this is part of God’s mission.

Isaac Jones will facilitate this discussion in CANAL A in the Delta Mezzanine.

Justice: Wesleyan Style

This workshop will challenge young people to claim their Methodist heritage and specifically Wesley’s teaching of the Imago Dei as a source for finding ways to collectively engage issues of social injustice in their local communities.

Rev. Dr. Brandon Winstead is the Director of 68 Fellowship at Travecca Nazarene University.

Join Brandon in CANAL B in the Delta Mezzanine.

The Church as Advocate: Being Honest about Race in American Culture

This workshop will inform youth of American history as it pertains to race relations in America and the role of the church as advocating for racial reconciliation. The goal of the workshop is to inspire advocacy by examining racial divisions in our communities and becoming agents of change in the Kingdom of God.

William Parker will lead this workshop in CANAL C in the Delta Mezzanine.

Beyond High School

 

For High School JUNIORS and SENIORS only.
This workshop will be led by College Students engaged in the Collegiate Ministries of the Tennessee Conference. A group of students share about their experiences of starting college and the lessons they learned along the way. The session will be interactive with time for questions and breakout discussions with campus ministers and students.

Located in CANAL D in the Delta Mezzanine.

Am I doing this right? Creating Safe and Healthy Relationships

Students will be taught what healthy and unhealthy relationships are and how to recognize the warning signs of dating abuse; and how to create environments where dating abuse is less likely in their social circles. Students will be encouraged to partner with their youth leaders, school officials, and other community resources to support programs to reduce dating abuse.

This workshop is led by Terrence Love from the Tennessee Department of Health.

Located in DELTA ISLAND B inside the Delta Portico.

 

Discerning the Call to Ministry

Join Russell Casteel, Executive Director of Camp and Retreat Ministries for the Tennessee Conference, in a discussion about hearing and discerning God’s calling on your life. Russell will provide insightful information, practices and skills as well as offer next steps in your discovering of how God is calling you into ministry.

Located in DELTA ISLAND C in the Delta Portico.

DESIGNED FOR ADULTS.

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Curating Sacred Space: An Introduction to Experiential Worship.

Since only 20% of us learn through our ears, how do we engage the rest of us in the story of God? Through multi-sensory worship/prayer! Learn how to curate worship gatherings that are creative, participatory and teach to multiple learning styles. Learn how to move beyond singing to multi-sensory worship and prayer! Well take a passage of scripture and create prayer stations from it and you’ll get to experience this worship for yourself.

Join Lilly in CANAL E located on the Delta Mezzanine.

Sabbath 1.0

Come and learn a rhythm of Sabbath. Rev. Ryan and Heather Bennett will share about the necessity and practice of taking Sabbath. Living in a 24/7 world is challenging. Setting aside a day of rest helps us reconnect with our Creator and find the peace of God. Sabbath is about letting go of the controls one day a week and letting God be God. This workshop will introduce Sabbath, why we need 24/6 and how we live 24/6.

Heather and Ryan will offer a Sabbath Retreat for Next Gen leaders April 16 & 17. More details to come.

Join Ryan and Heather in DELTA ISLAND A in the Delta Portico.

Breaking the Silence

Kris Lott has a passion for equiping youth workers to prevent and respond to a suicidal youth. This session will focus on the youth worker’s role on the front lines of this growing epidemic. You will get a better understanding of teenage suicide by looking at risk factors, warning signs, developmental factors and terminology as well as action steps on what to do in the moment of working with an at-risk youth.

Join Kris in DELTA ISLAND E in the Delta Portico.