Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 1:00 PM CDT
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM CDT

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Embassy Suites - KCI Airport 
7640 NW Tiffany Springs Parkway
Kansas City, MO 64153

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Jason Brian Santos, keynoter

Jason Brian Santos is the Mission Coordinator for Christian Formation (Christian education, children, youth, college, young adult, camps and conference ministries) at the Presbyterian Mission Agency. He also serves as the National Director of UKirk Collegiate Ministries. He is an ordained teaching elder in the PCUSA and holds a Ph.D. in practical theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of A Community Called Taizé (IVP, 2008) and Sustaining the Pilgrimage (IVP Academic, forthcoming). He currently resides in Louisville, KY with his wife, Shannon and his two sons, Judah and Silas (aka Tutu). In his spare time, he plays and designs board games.

Make your hotel reservations online here for the special event rate of $129 per night.  Every room is a suite, and a cooked-to-order breakfast is included.

Be sure to do this by September 27th to receive the rate!*

(Note: Registrants of the event WILL NOT be charged the $8/day parking fee.)

*If the rate displayed isn't $129, check that the dates are correct, October 22-24.  Calling the hotel is an option if this fails.


Michelle Jones 
Heartland Presbytery 

E4 Faith Formation Conference 2017

October 22nd - 24th

(Formerly Oasis)

Educate ~ Empower ~ Energize ~ Engage

Our four focus areas are to educate, empower, energize and engage each participant. We feel that you should expect to experience each of these attributes in worship, keynote addresses, and workshops. We are looking at ways to honor our past while being innovative and forward-looking, hoping to challenge each participant to think about things differently.  Join us in Kansas City for this regional educational event.  

This year our theme is "Christian Education Renovation",  and we have built the schedule and plannned our workshops with that in mind.   

Learn about new ideas with which to EDUCATE.

Be EMPOWERED with God's work in you.

Be ENERGIZED by the Holy Spirit.         

Go back to your ministry, ready to ENGAGE.

Cost: $125 (by Aug 31)                                                                                      $150 (Sept 1-Oct 7)                                                                                  $229 (after Oct 7)                                                                                      Daily commuter rates are available. See registration.

(NOTE: Registrants WILL NOT be charged the $8/day parking fee)



3:00 - 4:30 pm Hotel Check-in & Registration

4:30 - 5:30 pm Worship With Communion

5:45 - 6:45 pm Dinner

7:00 - 8:00 pm Keynote Talk

8:00 - 9:00 pm Registration


6:30 - 9:00 am Hotel Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 am Yoga

9:00 - 10:30 am Hands On Worship & Keynote

10:45 -12:00 pm Workshop Block 1

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 pm Worship

2:45 - 4:00 pm Workshop Block 2

4:15 - 5:30 pm Workshop Block 3

5:00 - 7:00 pm Complimentary Happy Hour

6:30 - 7:45 pm Dinner


6:00-9:00 am Hotel Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 am Yoga

8:30 - 9:00 Regional APCE Meeting (Bring your own breakfast)

9:00-10:15 Workshop Block 4

10:30-Noon Closing Worship & Keynote



Playology: Experiencing God Through the Art of Play


at Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church, 7600 NW Barry Rd, Kansas City, MO 64153

Workshop Choices 

Block 1

  • Mission Service with Families - by Cheryl Couch-Thomas
  • Intergenerational Theory - by Jason Santos
  • Personal Grief Tools - by Doris Arwine
  • Young Adults - by Hallie Hottle
  • Leadership Games - by DJ Wetter and John Holt

Block 2

  • Worship Art (Part 1) - by Grace Cox-Johnson
  • Conflict Management - by Deborah Bucher-Payne
  • Suicide: the Guilt of Grieving - by Stephanie Voss
  • Youth to Young Adult Transition - by Preston Turley
  • After Paradise: Sustaining Spiritual Formation After Episodic Transformation - by Jason Santos

Block 3
  • Families at the Center of Faith Formation - by Rodger Nishioka
  • Worship Art (Part 2) - by Grace Cox-Johnson
  • Conflict Resolution Case Studies - by Deborah Bucher-Payne
  • Eccumenical Youth Ministry - by Bonnie Ratcliff & Laura Agee 
  • How Faith in God Influences the Grieving Process - by Stephanie Voss

Block 4

  • Family Worship - by Jason Carle
  • Zentangle - by Pat Cleeland
  • Rural Ministry: Pastor As Educator 
  • Playing in the Dark - by Holly Samborski
  • How Our Brains Learn - by Rodger Nioshioka