These opportunities encourage participants to go deeper into a specific topic by getting firsthand education from leaders with high levels of expertise and practical work. Leaders will be invited to interact and collaborate around a topic they care about and at times, give creative, strategic and directional input to an area of cultural renewal in need of ideation.
Greg Thompson, New City CommonsLearning
What does it mean and take to thrive in your city and how can you contribute? Developed for all of the stakeholders working on and for the common good of their cities, Thriving Cities offers a framework for creating opportunities and fostering “unusual coalitions” of citizens across religious, racial and ideological divisions engaging the problem of pluralism in a unique way to see our cities truly thrive. Learn from a team of experts committed to working for the thriving of our communities as not only an empirical science, but also a moral, civic and political art.
Jonathan Merritt, Author; Christopher Ferebee, Literary AgentLearning
Many of us feel we have a story to tell, but don't know how. Even if we did, who would read it? Although over two million books are published each year, only about 150 of them become bestsellers or achieve 100,000 or more in sales. This experience offers current and future authors access to top-tier industry leaders from the exclusive Writer's Boot Camp retreat. They will explore how to succeed in 21st Century publishing and provide tangible next steps to release the story inside of you.
A unique blend of art, science and sport, learn about one of the greatest “unknown” sports in the world by perfecting your skills or trying your hand for the first time as a participant in a proud community of fly anglers.
Expedition Backcountry AdventuresExperience
Experience the beautiful Colorado Front Range in a way only our friends at Expedition Backcountry Adventures can curate. Operating under the belief that wild places help craft identity shaping experiences, providing a glimpse of what is possible all while creating a lasting memory. Join us for a half-day hike on the Front Range.
Mel McGowan, VisioneeringExperience
Leaders interested in seeing firsthand how cities re-imagine their existence and then build it will love this walking tour. From the 16th Street spin to LoDo to the emerging Union Station neighborhood, explore a city’s birth, demise and urban renewal.
Jeremy Courtney, Preemptive Love CoalitionLearning
Do you worry when you see a Muslim board a plane? Do you feel afraid after attacks in Paris and Brussels? What does it mean to love our neighbors when some propose a “ban on Muslims”? Hosted by a humanitarian leader who’s lived in the Middle East for a decade.
Expedition Backcountry AdventuresExperience
For all people of all skill types, our friends at Expedition Backcountry Adventures will share an introduction to rock climbing and then spend an extended time on the Colorado Front Range top-rope climbing next to Clear Creek. Experience an opportunity unlike any other to learn the skill of rock climbing all while learning about yourself - where you have been, wrestling with where you are, and dreaming about who you will become.
Preston Sprinkle, New York Times Best-Selling Author; Bill J. Henson, Jr., Lead Them HomeLearning
Explore what it means to be human and sexual while standing on truth and love. We will consider ways to bring people of different sexual orientations together to discover what we have in common and discuss why being made in the image of God matters more than individual sexual orientations.
Tom Melton, Catalyst Leadership Forum; Jeff Puckett, JetLinxExperience
Connect with like-minded leaders on the ground prior to experiencing Denver from the skies through a vantage point few have seen. Experience a guided helicopter tour of the city and share vision for uniting the Church and using your calling to advance good in creative ways.
On mountain Ski/Snowboard experience providing opportunity to enjoy some turns together while discussing the implications of relationship style ministry in context of a niche sub-culture ski/snowboard community.
Brian Mavis, America’s Kids Belong; Julie Mavis, Dream MakersLearning
An African proverb says When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers. In the world of foster care, when the Church and State don't work together, it is the kids who suffer. Learn how the Government and Church can collaborate to help end the foster care crisis.
Pete Richardson, Life CoachLearning
Discover the importance of knowing your purpose in life, redefining your life mission, or organizing and balancing around a clear life purpose.
Mike Rusch, Pure CharityLearning
Nonprofit and church leaders face a growing separation in the theology and practice of justice. A new approach is needed to unite a theology and practice of justice to create sustainable leadership, effective collaboration, and, ultimately, holistic restoration to the people, communities, and cultures being served.
David Bailey, Arrabon; Adam Thomason, Author, Red RevolutionLearning
Leaders interested in how to identify and overcome prejudices will leave with insights on how to work and worship together. From racial prejudices to implicit biases, be empowered to recognize and reconcile racial differences in your community.
Trevor Lee, Made to FlourishLearning
Last year Colorado’s population grew by 101,000. This explosive growth is fueling an economic whirlwind. There is tremendous opportunity and significant challenge. We'll explore how businesses and each of us can engage for the common good from the picturesque view of Denver afforded by the Denver Institute for Faith & Work Offices.