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 October 1st 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

Important Links -




Playology: Experiencing God Through the Art of Play


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

God and Your Brain:  Workshop Choices - refer to the "Workshop Descriptions" Link above for details on each workshop.

Block 1

  • Systems Thinking: Making You a Better Leader - by Helen Hutchison (NEW!)
  • Resiliancy: The Lemonade of Life - by Doris Arwine
  • Intergenerational Theory In The Church - by Jason Santos
  • Teacahing Leadership Through Games - by DJ Wetter and John Holt
  • Mission Service with Families - by Jimmy Itczak-McCarty

Block 2

  • Worship Art (Part 1) - by Grace Cox-Johnson
  • Managing Coflict in the Church - by Deborah Bucher-Payne
  • How the Church Equips and Journeys with Students - 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
  • Young Adults - by Hallie Hottle
  • Eccumenical Youth Ministry - by Bonnie Ratcliff & Laura Agee 

Block 4

  • Worship as Family Time - by Jason Carle
  • Zentangle: A Sacred Artistic Expression - by Pat Cleeland
  • Experiential Christian Education - by Christine Foster and Dan Scheneman 
  • Playing in the Dark - by Holly Samborski
  • God and Your Brain - by Rodger Nioshioka