JULY 5-9, 2016  |  Taylor University, Upland, IN

$400

Includes Registration, Lodging, and Meals

(price is further discounted for those who join Evana as members or partners)



  "The day of their victory dawned, and they marched from the prison INTO THE ARENA joyfully, as if they were on their way to the heaven, with brilliant countenances; if they were trembling at all, it was with joy, rather than timidity."

The witness of Perpetua and Felicitas, early Christians who were martyred in Carthage in 203 AD:



“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually IN THE ARENA, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while DARING GREATLY, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt



“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and TAKE UP THEIR CROSS AND FOLLOW ME. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels."

Jesus, as recorded in Luke 9:23-26



DETAILS

Join us at ReGen 2016 for the first North American Anabaptist Youth, Adult & Family Convention! We are gathering together across many denominations to celebrate Jesus Christ and the mission He has given us. This is a time of calling and commitment for all ages and a celebration of new life and transformation. Mark your calendars and bring your youth groups.  This event includes all ages. Middle school and high school groups should have a youth:adult ratio of at least 10:1. Children's programming will be provided in the daytime sessions.

Registration includes all meals and lodging, beginning with dinner on Tuesday, July 5 and ending with lunch on July 9.

SCHEDULE

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast

8:45 AM - 11:30 AM & 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM Children's Convention for infant to 5th grade (parents take children to lunch)

9:00 AM Main Session

10:45 AM Youth Small Groups and Delegate Sessions for Evana Delegates

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM Lunch

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM Learning Labs 

2:30 PM - 5:30 PM Recreation and free time

5:30 PM - 6:45 PM Dinner

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Main Session

9:00 PM - 11:00 PM Late Night Activities

MAIN SESSIONS

Themes

Tuesday evening

LAND - Buckle up, find your seats and get ready to LAND! Life in the arena begins with knowing where you are. We were never created to pursue our own happiness, but we are called to be part of something bigger than ourselves. What do you bring to the table and what do you need for this journey?

Wednesday Morning

START - The best life is when we abandon ourselves to reckless faith and simply START! It’s about living with faith, with the certainty that God will show up, exactly where and exactly when He’s needed. It's a reckless faith–a willingness to trust even when you don’t understand. 

Wednesday evening

HEAL - We ask the Lord to HEAL and celebrate the miraculous moments. Yet we often find that challenges remain. We want to train our eyes to ‘extract the precious’ (Jeremiah 15:19, NASB)—the precious promises, truths, and intimacy God has written into the seemingly worthless pain, setbacks, and suffering we endure. What is our purpose in the midst of pain? Relentless hope seeks God's healing and is rooted into the deeper meaning of life.

Thursday morning

REPENT - There's no getting around it, sometimes we get stuck in our seats because we need to REPENT. How do we overcome deep hurt and pain, or work through the shame of our past? As followers of Jesus, we have not achieved our own righteousness, we are the fellowship of the broken who have glimpsed God's shalom. That journey begins with forgiveness and redemption.

Thursday evening

GO - It's time to GO! God is inviting us to be part of building incredible, redemptive bridges and transforming lives. As God pours into us, we are to pour out to be a blessing to others. The vision is to live as a Christ-centered movement of all people, overflowing boundaries, transforming our region and beyond. There is a clear call to us from Jeremiah 29:7 to, “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.”

Friday morning

HOST - As we follow God into the neighborhood, He invites us to be a HOST in our homes and churches. Radical hospitality puts our reclusive lives on the line, just as Jesus put his life on the line for us. Getting into the neighborhood is a bold and deliberate act that will change the world. 

Friday evening

LOVE - It's not about fulfilling our own needs, LOVE seeks the welfare of others. How do we truly see people, see the calling that God has given us? God invites us to be strategic, to consider the effect of our work and unique calling. Don't get stuck in an endless cycle of doing lots of things with no real gains. Prayer and discernment coupled with a deep knowledge of your neighbor allows us to help in productive ways.

Saturday morning

LIVE - Why so serious? LIVE your life! Celebrate the opportunities we've been given, go out with the certainty that you have a community of support around you, the church. Look around you, these are your fellow travelers who have joined you in this call! True community comes when we join together on a meaningful and lasting mission. 



Speakers

John Troyer - Tuesday evening and Saturday morning

John is the Executive Director of Evana Network. He has served as a pastor for over 20 years in Indiana and Michigan, and his most recent assignment was with his wife Sheila at Clinton Frame Church as Pastor of Youth & Young Adults. He received a Master of Arts in Theology & Ethics from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. John and Sheila have two children, and he loves to read and play games with his family. He is passionate about church leadership and evangelism.


Beth Guckenberger - Wednesday morning and evening

Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children. Beth is the author of seven books including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services. Her style is based in story-telling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary, Bible teacher and parent for illustrations of biblical concepts. See more at: http://www.bethguckenberger.com/

Jameel McGee - Thursday morning

Jameel works at Cafe Mosaic, a ministry of Mosaic CCDA, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Birthed by Overflow Church, Mosaic CCDA works to bring faith-based, secular organizations and community members together to work to bring lasting impact to job creation, education, housing, health care. He spent four years in prison for a crime he didn't commit after being framed by a police officer.  His story of forgiveness and friendship has inspired millions. He was featured on a CBS On the Road segment in April 2016. 

Andrew Collins - Thursday morning
Andrew also works at Cafe Mosaic, and is a licensed pastor in the Wesleyan Church. He was a police officer who wrongfully arrested and planted evidence on Jameel McGee more than ten years ago. Since then, Jameel and Andrew have become followers of Jesus who have taken seriously the call to repentance, forgiveness and redemption. They are friends and co-workers today and are excited to share their message of freedom and forgiveness.

Brian Bennett - Thursday evening

Brian D. Bennett began his career in education as a teacher and began pursuing ministry vocationally in 2002. He completed his Master’s degree through Fuller Theological seminary and was ordained by the Wesleyan church in 2008. In 2007, God called Brian and his wife Cindy to plant Overflow Community Church in Benton Harbor, Michigan. In addition to this, Brian serves as the President/Founder of the Mosaic Christian Community Development Association, which brings people together in an effort to transform the community with Christ’s love. Brian is working on his doctorate at Fuller Theological with a focus on churches that are seeking the shalom (peace) of the city. Cindy and Brian have three children, Hannah, Dawson, and Elle.

Ariana Martinez Lott - Friday morning

Ariana and her husband Kevin have been deeply engaged in their neighborhood and church in Fresno, California. She has worked for Every Neighborhood Partnership which seeks to partner churches with elementary schools and their surrounding neighborhood, equipping them to serve through their active presence in the community. Ariana now works as a nanny and is focused on simply bringing her faith and passion to living the everyday life, whether at home, work or in the neighborhood.

Wes Furlong - Friday evening

Wes is the Director of Church Development for Evana Network. He served as lead pastor at Cape Christian for 11 years before coming to Evana. Wes holds an M.A. in biblical studies, an M.T.S. from Emory University in theology. He and his wife, Bonnie Furlong, have three children and have been active foster parents. In 2012, Wesley started a city initiative called Not In My City and is passionate about seeing families experience God’s fullness and reclaiming the full healing ministry of Jesus in the local church.

Storytellers

At each main session, storytellers will weave together video and live narrative to highlight the themes. 


Matt, Eva, Jack, Solveig & Evie Webb 

Matt and Eva Webb took their three young children on a yearlong adventure across the US in the One Year Road Trip to interview kids in all 50 states who are making real change in the world. And in the process, the Webb family was transformed as well. The Webbs are a family of five storytellers, who are committed to activating the potential of children, youth and young adults to be #ChangeMakers. By celebrating amazing kids, already doing amazing things to change the world, they want to help other children create sustainable movements of change as well. They are working at developing a documentary, and also working in conjunction with a local business consulting incubator and psychologists to learn, from our interviews, exactly what factors shape kids into #ChangeMakers, and to mentor and develop strategies to foster those behaviors in future generations.

Elijah Evans

Elijah is 18 years old and founded No Use for Abuse and is himself a child abuse survivor. He has helped over 700 foster children through back to school events and Christmas parties. He is also an outspoken advocate against child abuse through newspapers and magazine articles, social media, speeches, and TV interviews. NUFA has raised over $45,000 to date to help child abuse victims. Elijah has been recognized numerous locally and nationally for his community service and received numerous awards for his innovation and generosity.

Shanna Decker

Shanna received a cancer diagnosis at age seven, resulting in an amputation-like procedure called rotationplasty on her left leg. As a result of this experience, Shanna and her family began devoting their time to visiting cancer patients and amputees of all ages at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Shanna has made over thirteen hundred personal patient visits, providing hope to families and children from around the world. She has been recognized with nine national awards for her volunteerism, and is the founder of Hearts of Hope. Her most recent focus has been with Brighter Tomorrows, a non-profit organization benefiting families touched by childhood cancer, where her mother serves as vice president.


the ReGen Worship Band

     

Julie Bame, Jhia Horn, Caleb Kaye, Lisa Miller, Gil Perez, Tom Rupp, Andrea Yoder 

LEARNING LABS

Each afternoon there will be an opportunity to go deeper in specific areas. You can choose to attend only one session in a track and check out others, or to fully engage in one track for all three days.  There is only one time slot for Learning Labs, 1:15 - 2:30 pm, and they will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Youth & Adult Tracks

Speaker Talkbacks

Find out more about the speakers' story and ask questions on Wednesday and Friday.

Wednesday - Talkback with Beth Guckenberger

Beth and her husband, Todd, live with their family in Cincinnati, Ohio where they serve as Co-Executive Directors of Back2Back Ministries. After graduating from Indiana University, the Guckenbergers moved to Monterrey, Mexico where they lived for 15 years. Between biological, foster, and adopted children, they have raised ten children. Beth is the author of seven books including adult and children’s titles. She travels and speaks regularly at conferences, youth gatherings and church services. Her style is based in story-telling and she draws from her vast field experience as a missionary, Bible teacher and parent for illustrations of biblical concepts. See more at: http://www.bethguckenberger.com/

Friday - Talkback with Ariana Martinez Lott

Ariana and her husband Kevin have been deeply engaged in their neighborhood and church in Fresno, California. She has worked for Every Neighborhood Partnership which seeks to partner churches with elementary schools and their surrounding neighborhood, equipping them to serve through their active presence in the community. Ariana now works as a nanny and is focused on simply bringing her faith and passion to living the everyday life, whether at home, work or in the neighborhood.


Reconciled and Restored: The Power of Prayer - Heather Johns

Wednesday - Reconciled to God: Receiving what God has promised His sons and daughters

Thursday - Reconciled to Self: Freed to love as God loves

Friday - Reconciled to Others: Finding peace in rocky places

Heather has served as Pastor of Adult Discipleship at Cape Christian Fellowship and is currently in transition with her family as they move to Lancaster, PA. She is passionate about prayer and God's power for healing. Heather is leading the prayer team this week at ReGen 2016.




Thursday - Discipleship is Followership: Qualities of a Great Follower - Richard Kriegbaum

Courage, knowledge, skills, spiritual gifts, talents, wisdom, and courage--what does it take to be an effective follower? Does a good follower always do what the leader says? When should we say no? How do we bring out the best in the leaders around us? What kind of following should a leader do? We are all called to both lead and follow in many areas of our lives, but rarely do we spend time thinking about what it means to follow well. Perhaps some the struggles you are experiencing are not because of bad leadership, but rather because of bad followership. 


Richard is President of Fresno Pacific University (now for the second time!) and has authored the book Leadership Prayers. He has served as a consultant and speaker on leadership, followership, planning, marketing, governance, and prayer for organizations and churches. 




Church Leader Track

Navigating the Roundabout of Entrepreneurship and Ministry - Rick & Karen Bartlett

Wednesday - Stop: Navigating healthy and engaging leadership structures. 

Thursday - Yield: Creating a process for governance that recognizes the difference between technical and adaptive challenges. 

Friday - Go: Crafting a leadership structure that says "yes" to mission and releasing the congregation to engage in ministry. 


Rick's life goal is to move people forward intellectually and spiritually. He has been able to work at this through a variety of opportunities: youthworker, camp director, college professor, dean of students, missionary, program director, pastor, designer. He loves seeing people grow in their thinking and their walk with God. Each of these experiences has provided opportunities for him to grow as a person and to share with others in significant ways. The things he will be sharing in this leader track are things he's learned creating and running an MA in Ministry Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tabor College.


Karen is currently working as a spiritual director, as well as teaching elective courses at Tabor College in Wichita. Her love of people, coffee and conversation led her to get an MSW degree and a Master's Certificate in Theology as she continually strives to understand holistic living and faith in community.


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