Workshops

Workshops will provide two sessions to grow as a follower of Jesus and receive training to help you participate in God’s mission when you return to campus. Workshops are held on Saturday afternoon. Session One runs from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Session Two runs from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. A couple are offered twice and one is for the whole time period. Don’t miss out on these training opportunities.

Session 1 Workshops
  • Examining Faith, Exploring Jesus

    Are you intrigued by Jesus or Christianity and yet have reservations, barriers, or questions? Maybe you grew up with church or religion - even consider yourself a Christian - but you are still deciding what following Jesus could mean for your life? We want to provide you with space to reflect on your beliefs and worldview and provide time to ask hard questions that you may have. Come learn about Jesus - one whose teachings have been impacting the world for over 2,000 years

  • Ask Great Questions

    Building friendships can be hard, and we know that our classmates and neighbors on campus are wrestling with deep questions about identity, spirituality, and God. Great questions help us build a relationship with others, hear their stories, and connect them to the God who loves them. Great questions can also help you land dream jobs, foster better friendships, and create possibilities for new relationships. Find out why great questions do this and discover questions that have the power to change the spiritual world of the people around you. Are you in?

  • Crossing Cultures - Busting our Bubbles

    Look at the Snapchat Stories or Instagram posts you recently viewed - how many of them share your ethnicity, religious belief, age, or interests? While there is comfort in those common connections, Jesus invites us to follow him to unfamiliar places. In this workshop we will look at why this is and how to practically do this in our communities and on our campuses. This workshop is designed as a space for students to develop their intercultural competencies, particularly for white students; students of color are welcome and should speak to an IV staff to make sure it is a good fit.

  • Sharing Jesus with your friends: How to Lead a GIG

    A GIG is a Group Investigating God - a space for us and our non-believing friends to discover what the Bible says about Jesus and provide opportunities to respond to him. Relax, ask questions, listen, and let God surprise you - And by the end of this workshop, you will be able to lead one of these conversations yourself. You will know what a GIG is, get the tools and resources to facilitate a GIG, and be invited to consider leading one with your friends.

  • Growing in Love for God’s Word

    The Bible makes a lot of claims about itself - it says that it is God’s word and useful for your life. But, to receive these gifts, we need to learn how to interact with the Bible. Come and be exposed to the Bible and experience how it will help you grow in your knowledge, wonder, and love for God, and help you understand your place in God’s unfolding story.

  • Developing Prayer Movements (offered both sessions)

    God is already at work on our campuses, and through prayer we can partner with Him and identify where He is at work. But what does that actually look like? In this workshop, you will experience God in prayer, and gain tools to develop prayer movements in your chapter.

  • Missional Multiplication of Small Groups (offered both sessions)

    Are you tired of your small group fading by the end of the semester? Are you having a tough time raising up apprentices? Do you sense that your members are not committed to your group? Do you have another part of campus you want to see impacted by the gospel? Multiplying small groups are a part of the answer - it is a key to a thriving ministry on campus as well as reaching a new corner. Come spend time assessing multiplication on your campus through the lens of vision, structure, and people. And leave with a plan for multiplication that can reach every corner with the gospel and renew your passion for your small group!!

  • Dig in: John 4 (this session is offered for the whole workshop session 3:30-6:15 with breaks)

    Looking for extended time digging into the Bible? In this study we will spend time hanging out at a well in Ancient Israel as we study the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman to see whether Jesus actually can meet our thirst. You will get to spend more time in an in-depth Bible Study, and together we will explore how Jesus meets our deepest needs and how we can share the good news of Jesus with our friends.

  • Partnering in Mission: A Vision for Volunteering with Intervarsity: Part I (graduating seniors and current or potential volunteers only)

    Part I: Vision for 2030 Calling and Volunteering for InterVarsity
    If you are a graduating senior who is interested in volunteering after you graduate, or a current/potential InterVarsity volunteer, this workshop is for you. In Part I - you will learn more about the 2030 Calling and how you can be part of planting and expanding ministry to college students on 163 campuses across the upper Midwest. We know that the work of planting lasting witnessing communities in our region will require the partnership of many volunteers - and we believe this workshop is a first step in helping you join this work.

Session 2 Workshops
  • Making Invitations to Faith

    Did you know that many people are ready to become followers of Jesus...but they don’t because we never ask? Do you have fears that you need to work through about making invitations or feel unequipped to do it well? This workshop will help you to prepare to make compelling calls to faith in your small group and your corner of campus. It will build your confidence to do it before the semester ends.

  • Developing Apprentices

    Do you see people around you that are not yet ready to lead? Ever wonder what God can do through them? What if you are the person in their life to give them vision and skills to do more than they can imagine in the Kingdom? In this workshop, you will learn how to help them grow as a leader and lead them to do far more than they or you can imagine. Begin a journey with God who can work through new apprentices willing to take a risk of faith who might not normally be considered for leadership.

  • Developing Prayer Movements (offered both sessions)

    God is already at work on our campuses, and through prayer we can partner with Him and identify where He is at work. But what does that actually look like? In this workshop, you will experience God in prayer, and gain tools to develop prayer movements in your chapter.

  • Missional Multiplication of Small Groups (offered both sessions)

    Are you tired of your small group fading by the end of the semester? Are you having a tough time raising up apprentices? Do you sense that your members are not committed to your group? Do you have another part of campus you want to see impacted by the gospel? Multiplying small groups are a part of the answer - it is a key to a thriving ministry on campus as well as reaching a new corner. Come spend time assessing multiplication on your campus through the lens of vision, structure, and people. And leave with a plan for multiplication that can reach every corner with the gospel and renew your passion for your small group!!

  • Following Jesus on Social Media

    All of us spend time scrolling through Instagram or snapping messages to each other, and sometimes we hear that we spend too much time on social media. But, is it our use of these apps the problem? Or is technology and social media a gift that is meant to be stewarded well? Come to this workshop to learn about how these gifts can be used to serve and advance the Kingdom. Bring your phone!

  • “Leave a Legacy” (Graduating Seniors only)

    Congrats! You're a senior ... the finish line is in sight! Between senior projects and classes you've been looking forward to, you're hopefully focused on finishing well academically. However, between this, and interviewing and making plans for graduation and life after college, it is deceptively easy to NOT finish college well relationally, spiritually, or missionally. SENIORS, join us for this workshop to see how God wants you to flourish in every way up until your last minute on campus. Discover how to thrive in your senior year, and leave a legacy on campus.

  • Dig in: John 4 (this session is offered for the whole workshop session 3:30-6:15 with breaks)

    Looking for extended time digging into the Bible? In this study we will spend time hanging out at a well in Ancient Israel as we study the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman to see whether Jesus actually can meet our thirst. You will get to spend more time in an in-depth Bible Study, and together we will explore how Jesus meets our deepest needs and how we can share the good news of Jesus with our friends.

  • Partnering in Mission: A Vision for Volunteering with Intervarsity: Part II (graduating seniors and current or potential volunteers only)

    Part II - Training in coaching new student outreach
    If you are a graduating senior who is interested in volunteering after you graduate, or a current/potential InterVarsity volunteer, this workshop is for you. Part II will focus on the key skills of New Student Outreach that will help launch a chapter on a new campus. We know that the work of planting lasting witnessing communities in our region will require the partnership of many volunteers - and we believe this workshop is a first step in helping you join this work.

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