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POWERHOUSE 2014 Theme & Speaker
This year's theme is “Almost Christian: Seeking an Authentic Faith." Drawing from the book "Almost Christian" by Kenda Creasey Dean, we will look at some of the characteristics vital to youth and young adults developing a faith life that is deep and meaningful.
Jonathan Shively, director of Congregational Life Ministries for the Church of the Brethren in Elgin, Ill., will be our keynote speaker for three worship times during the weekend, examining some of these key elements of faith development.
Originally from Lancaster County, Pa., Jonathan studied at Elizabethtown College, Bethany Theological Seminary, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He has been a pastor and directed educational programs for Bethany Theological Seminary. He is also a talented musician and the father of several youth of his own. He and his family live in Elgin. We look forward to hearing from him during our weekend together.
Powerhouse 2014 Report
Jonathan Shively, executive director of Congregational Life Ministries for the Church of the Brethren, served as keynote speaker for three worship services. The weekend focused on the theme “Almost Christian: Seeking an Authentic Faith.” The title and focus drew on the book “Almost Christian” by Kenda Creasy Dean, which explores topics from the National Study of Youth and Religion. Shively’s messages centered on identifying and telling one’s story of faith, gaining a sense of gifts and vocation, and living in a sense of hope—and the importance of community in all of those. The band Mutual Kumquat brought additional energy, providing musical leadership through the weekend.
Participants also selected from among 10 workshops, with options such as a trip to the Manchester University campus, a service project, a study of Creasy Dean’s book, and working with clay or prayer journals. Recreation time, meals, an optional film, and games and fellowship filled the rest of the schedule. Representatives from Brethren Volunteer Service, the denomination’s Youth/Young Adult Ministry office, and Bethany Theological Seminary were also on hand to share about their programs.
This was the fifth year since the Midwest regional youth conference was “rebooted” in this new format, planned by Manchester’s Campus Ministry and Church Relations office. The next Powerhouse gathering will tentatively be held in November 2015. For more information, visit www.manchester.edu/powerhouse.