Breakout Sessions

Descriptions of all breakout sessions available at Called 2 Follow are listed below.  Students registering have the ability to select three of the five breakout sessions available.  To sign up for a breakout session, simply select it on your registration form when you sign up for the event. 

Handling Anxiety and Stress - Paul Peterson 

I know picking a breakout session to attend can be stressful and if you are like me that is that last thing you want while having a good time with all your friends at the LCMC Youth Gathering. I’d love to share a few thoughts to help you and your friends navigate stress and anxiety by prioritizing God over programs, prioritizing people over projects, and prioritizing repentance over perfection. And hey, if you can’t make it, don’t stress over it! 

Paul has been in student ministry for over 14 years starting with camping ministry in lovely Okoboji, Iowa. He is currently serving Morningside Lutheran Church as the Director of Student Ministry and as a Pastoral Intern while attending The Master’s Institute Seminary. I have a passion for high school students to know how great is the love the Father has lavished on them that they should be called children of God.

Followership/Discipleship in Daily Life - Jonathan Hunter

If you had only three years to change the world, but spent most of your time with 12 people do you think it would work? That is what Jesus did! He made disciples that made other disciples and turned the world upside down! We are now called to do the same (Matthew 28). This session will give you some insights about following and leading others as we all follow Jesus.

Jonathan Hunter is on staff at St. Mark’s Church in Auburn, IN where he is involved with Alpha and young adult ministry. He also serves as the discipleship coordinator for SEND North America which is a 10-month discipleship adventure for young adults 18-29. He has been a missionary to England and Malaysia. 

Preparing for What Comes Next - Russ Lackey

“What will you do with your one wild and precious life?”  This workshop will look at the book of Revelation and excerpts from C.S. Lewis to discover why following Jesus is not for the faint of heart and is the wildest thing you can do with the life you’ve been given. While discipleship is not easy, Christ calls and empowers us to follow him for the rest of our lives. Join us! 

Russell Lackey is the Sr. Campus Pastor at Grand View University. He was born and raised in California and is the author of Power and Purpose: The book of Revelation for Today. Russell is married and has three daughters.

Human = Addict: The Brain’s Speedways of Life or Death - Kendra Diehl

What kind of addict do you want to be? While it may seem like a strange question (who wants to be an addict?), it’s a realistic one. You and I are hard-wired to be addicts. God created us this way. Our brains are designed to form routine patterns that race on well-paved speedways, and our bodies are hard-wired for habitual activities. Depending on what we choose it may lead to life or death. Get to know how God has wired you and your brain. It’s never too late to form new speedways in your brain that lead to life.

Kendra Diehl, is a lover of God, an imperfect disciple of Jesus Christ, and a student of Scripture and culture. Her goal in life is to emulate the love of God in every day life – the impossibly-possible. She is Vice President and Director, Spiritual and Character Formation at The Master’s Institute Seminary in St. Paul MN. Kendra and her husband Rob have a vibrant, growing, multi-generational family. For fun she likes all things warm, sunny and adventurous. 

Sex, Lies and Identity Theft - Jennifer Rousch

Since the beginning, the evil one has spoken lies to us all about our beginning, identity, and purpose.  Satan does not want us to know of our Creator and Redeemer.  We have been made in the image of God and redeemed by the blood of Jesus.  Apart from this truth is pain and unbelievable damage.  In this workshop you will hear the truth and learn to walk in the freedom and purpose for which you were created.

Jennifer Rousch serves the Greater Des Moines area as an RN and Director of Medical Services at Informed Choices of Iowa. Jennifer provides superior medical care in the area of reproductive health at no cost.  From unplanned pregnancies to STDs, she supports her patients with the tools and the support they need to face difficult life decisions, receive the care they need, and empowers them to step out of shame and into hope for the future.  She also helps facilitate partnerships between her patients and other organizations that are able to support them with the services and care they need.

If you're feeling shame and don't see a way forward in any area of your life, Jennifer is the lady you want to talk to.  Her disarming belief that there is "no pit so deep, that God is not deeper still" empowers you to see beyond your present circumstances and strategize for the future.  She embodies the message, that not only does God pull us from the pits in our lives, but He is also an amazing Redeemer who makes all things new.

She is the blessed wife of Troy Rousch and mother of four beautiful daughters.  She has been speaker for many different events and ministries including Focus on the Family.  Jennifer currently serves as the Director of Medical Services for the Informed Choices of Iowa, and the Director of Women's Equipping at Heartland Church in Ankeny, Iowa.