Author Archives: adam mclane

Adam McLane: A Bigger We

 About Adam McLane

Adam McLane is a Partner at The Youth Cartel and Principal at McLane Creative.

Kristen and Adam have been married 16 years and live in the San Diego neighborhood of Rolando with their rowdy children, Megan, Paul, and Jackson.

adam mclane

May 16, 2014

Today we will be opening up speaker submissions for 4 of the 5 Fall Open events.

Here are the 5 dates & locations:

  • Open Denver – September 12-13 – Flat Irons Church
  • Open Vancouver – September 26-27 – Trinity Western University
  • Open Seattle – October 25 – Seattle Pacific University – Seattle, WA
  • Open Paris – October 24-25 – The American Church in Paris
  • Open Bay Area – Late November – TBA (City of San Francisco location)

Jen Bradbury: The Jesus Gap

Youth Director, Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church (Glen Ellyn, IL)

Jen Bradbury is a career youth worker with a diverse spiritual heritage that makes her uniquely qualified for youth work. Jen currently serves as the youth director at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, IL and writes for Youth Worker Journal and the Christian Century. She lives in Glen Ellyn, IL with her husband, Doug, and blogs at

The Jesus Gap

Jesus is the cornerstone of our faith. But what do high school students actually believe about Jesus? During this session, I’ll share findings from a year-long research study I conducted that explores what high school students in the ELCA believe about Jesus. (This study built upon research from the National Study of Youth & Religion as well as the College Transition Project and featured surveys from 369 high school students in the ELCA as well as data from focus groups and interviews conducted at four representative ELCA congregations). We’ll also explore what these findings mean for congregations – regardless of whether or not they’re in the ELCA; And how to use them to strengthen the Christologies of our students.

Matt Laidlaw: God, The Definitive Mix

Director of Kids and Students Ministries, Mars Hill Bible Church

Matt Laidlaw is the Director of Kids + Students Ministries at Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a graduate of Kuyper College and Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and has lived and studied in the Middle East. He serves as an adjunct instructor of Bible at a local college, leads camp, retreat, and pilgrimage experiences, and writes, teaches, and trains on student ministry and theology. Matt is a sports enthusiast, poor joke-teller, and food snob.

Session Title:

God, The Definitive Mix: An Age-Appropriate Narrative Hermeneutic

Session Description:

Be Like King David. Here are 10 Verses about Why You Shouldn’t Do Drugs. As youth workers we’ve all uttered these (or similar) words to our students and volunteers regarding the Christian life. Although seemingly age-appropriate at the time, this way of interacting with the Bible and obedience lacks the theological and intellectual integrity our students deserve. In this seminar we’ll challenge the traditional proof-texting model of teaching and propose a way forward that encourages the possibility of an honest and lasting spiritual journey for our students through the lens of an Age-Appropriate Narrative Hermeneutic.

Jim Dekker: Great Expectations, Conversations on Expectations in Ministry


Associate Professor of Ministry, Cornerstone University

About Jim:

Dr. Jim Dekker has worked with youth in the Christian community for 30 years and in many capacities.  He is currently a professor of ministry at Cornerstone University and has taught Youth Ministry at North Park University (Chicago) for 11 yrs.  Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in theology, an MA Christian Education, and a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he studied adolescent respect.  Jim continues to do consulting and spends time studying the variety of topics related to youth ministry. Jim enjoys spending time with youth pastors; hearing good and bad stories of ministry; and seeing God at work in the lives of others.

Session Title:

Great Expectations: Conversations on Expectations in Ministry