Imagine 2019 Conference
Our Biennial Leadership Summit
Imagine Conference is a biennial inter-denominational conference focused on engaging, educating, and equipping leaders of children, youth, and young adults.
Imagine Conference isn’t just for pastors, ministers, etc – this conference is for anyone who teaches, inspires, leads, cares, high-fives, loves, or desires to lead Children/Youth/Young Adults in the future!
We’re delighted to invite you to join us in the new Evangel Church, Gander, from March 29th to March 31st, 2019. There will be great topics, relevant presentations, and world-class speakers and musical guests – take a look below to find out about some of the guests who are joining us!
Jan 2 – Feb 13 | $109
Feb 14 – March 13 | $129
March 14 – March 29 | $149
(all rates include Buffet Breakfast)
- $130.00 single
- $140.00 double
- $150.00 triple
- $160.00 quad
(all rates include Buffet Breakfast)
- $125.00 single
- $135.00 double
- $145.00 triple
- $155.00 quad
Dan’s been crafting kids and preteen ministries for more than a decade. He is a sought after elementary, preteen, and middle school camp and retreat speaker both in the U.S. and internationally. He enjoys consulting with children’s and family ministry teams in the U.S. and abroad sharing strategies for creating engaging ministry environments to reach the next generation.
Trained in elementary and middle school education, he taught sixth grade English and Bible, where he developed his own curriculum on the life of Jesus. This led him to seminary where he studied theology and Christian education in hopes that he could continue to hone the craft of developing relevant church curriculum for children and youth. That dream became a reality at Orange where he serves as the curriculum director for 252Kids and 252Preteen weekend strategies.
Dan recently published the Amazon best seller, Caught In Between: Engage Your Preteens Before They Check Out to help church leaders understand the world of preteens and create an environment to meet their unique needs.
Dan and his wife, Jenna, live outside of Atlanta, Georgia with their four kids, Liam, Elli, Addi, and Taye.
Rick Hiemstra is Director of Research and Media Relations at the EFC. Prior to assuming these roles he served as the Director of the Centre for Research on Canadian Evangelicalism (CRCE). Rick speaks on Canadian church and cultural trends, including the new Young Adult Transition Research about faith and the crucial year after high school.
Prior to coming to the EFC, he served as the pastor of a Wesleyan church in Cornwall, Ont., taught high school mathematics and computer science and held various positions in industry. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics, a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Theological Studies.
He lives in Ottawa, Ont., with his wife, Beth, and their children, John, Anna, James and Peter.
For Canadian Worship Leader & Songwriter Brooke Nicholls, the key to weathering different seasons of life is all about shifting your perspective. The first time Brooke felt this kind of shift was in 2015. Seven years into a pop music career; three independent records and many missed successes later, Brooke began looking backward, at all of the heartache and disappointment, and saw very clearly the hand of God guiding her each step of the way – and so she wrote.
What came out of that season was Brooke’s debut Worship/Inspirational album – ‘Found In You’ (rel. Dec 5, 2016). The songs on ‘Found In You’ were milestones of how God had been working in her life, bringing her through tough seasons and helping her find hope and healing. What she didn’t know was how those songs would connect. God began opening doors for Brooke to share her songs and in the year that followed the release of ‘Found In You’ Brooke was able to travel across Canada, playing a total of 97 times in 2017, opening for acts like MercyMe, NewSong, The City Harmonic, Love & The Outcome and Dan Bremnes. The album’s lead single ‘Home’ charted Top 10 at Canadian Christian Radio and went Number 1 at the largest Christian Radio Station in Canada. 2017 culminated in Brooke being nominated for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Gospel Music Awards.
Now, as that chapter begins to close, Brooke is set for another perspective shift with her new album ‘Pursue’. While ‘Found In You’ was a retrospective – a look back on God’s redemptive work in even her most broken situations – ‘Pursue’ is all about looking ahead, into a season of unknown. Produced by David Leonard (All Sons & Daughters), the songs on ‘Pursue’ are a massive step forward for Brooke, both sonically and emotionally. Bold and confident, songs like ‘The Darkness Doesn’t Scare Me’ and the album’s title track ‘Pursue’ are anthems for Brooke – asserting that no matter where this next season of life takes her, she’ll be looking ahead and fixing her eyes on Jesus to guide her. The foundation of ‘Pursue’ is the underlying truth is that, in the same way God was faithful in guiding her in the past, she can rest assured that He will guide her in this next season too.
God has opened some exciting doors for Brooke & her music in the last few years, and while she hopes He continues to do so, she knows that nothing is guaranteed. Even so, looking ahead at the next season of life and not knowing where it will take her, she’ll simply continue to passionately pursue God’s calling on her life and encourage others to do the same – keeping their eyes fixed on Jesus.
Brooke currently serves as a Staff Worship Leader at C4 Church in Ajax, ON. She’s married to her guitar player Steve and together they live in Toronto.
Dr. David Overholt [EdD, OISE, University of Toronto] is the founding pastor of Church on the Rock, one of the largest and longest running youth-targeted churches in North America. In addition to 27 years in youth ministry, Dr. Overholt has a doctorate in philosophy of education from University of Toronto with a thesis in “Adults Mentoring Adolescents.” His books include: Reasons to Believe (a youth apologetic), Live What You Believe (a youth growth project), Soul Searching the Millennial Generation (a youth worker’s guide to teen work) and New Beginnings (a youth devotional). Dr. Overholt speaks to thousands of students each year through a wide-ranging speaking and consulting ministry.
Kathy has served children and their families for over thirty years in a variety of settings as an Early Childhood Educator, a Children’s Pastor, the Children’s Ministry Director for the Eastern Ontario District of the PAOC and currently as the Director of the Children’s Ministry Major at Master’s College and Seminary. She has travelled across Canada speaking at conferences, camps and churches addressing audiences of children, youth and adults. Her passion for ministering to the next generation is found in Psalm 78:4 “We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders.”
We are looking for students to collect items for their local food banks! We want to see the YCNL movement join together on Saturday, September 29th and collect non-perishable food items in their local grocery stores.
The Color, featuring YCNL 2018 guest Brooke Nicholls, are coming to Corner Brook! This is our food drive weekend and we are excited to kick it off with them!