Seminars

At OIL 2020, we will have a variety of seminars that you can select on-site during the conference (no pre-registration required).  Check out the speakers and topics coming to OIL 2020!

Thursday (1/9)

See Thursday seminars

Friday (1/10)

* Special pastors’ seminars are limited to pastors and full-time seminarians only.

Thursday Seminars

Blueprint: Finding Your Identity in Christ

If you have ever struggled with accepting, believing, or understanding who you are in Christ, this seminar will provide practical tools and an understanding that will hit your heart. After this seminar, you will learn how to see yourself as God sees you and experience greater freedom and joy as you embrace your identity as a child of the Most High King.

Living on Mission

We often think of missionaries as those who follow a call to go far away to an exotic location in serving God and loving people. Though that’s a critical part of God’s work, we also believe that a missional life spreading the gospel is intended for every follower of Christ right where they live. This seminar will engage with what a life on mission looks like both personally as well as part of a local church. 

Sizing Up the Canon

We are encouraged to read the Bible, study it, and live out its teaching. But have you ever wondered how the Bible came to be? Why were certain books chosen and others excluded? Who made this decision? (And why do the Bibles of my Roman Catholic friends contain books that are missing in mine?) This seminar will explore the circumstances in the post early-Church era that led to the emergence of the canon—the sixty-six books that comprise the Old and New Testament. We will also consider some alternate viewpoints that are commonly taught in university classrooms and our wider culture. The goal of this seminar is to help the participant become more informed and confident in the Bible as God’s Word.

Social Justice and the Local Church

What is social justice? Is it only seeking the equal treatment of the weak and vulnerable? Or does the definition of biblical justice and social justice in the Bible entail much more? We will consider the theological definition, positive contributions, careful considerations and practical suggestions of social justice. This seminar will help to guide your church on how to engage God’s mission as we love others and bridge others to the Gospel through social justice ministry.

Transitions in Life

It was Mr. Rogers who said, “To get somewhere new, we have to leave somewhere else behind.”   Life will be filled with many transitions because God wants to bring us somewhere new. Some thrive and find the transitions as exciting times, but some struggle as they navigate through different feelings as they readjust their lives.  We will talk about some practical ways to navigate through different stages of life.

Knowing God’s Will

Children are often asked this question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Over the years, this question can develop into quite a confusing dilemma. As we approach our young adult years, we are filled with questions like, “What career path should I follow?” “Who should I marry?” “Where should I live?” Do I have any real choices in my life or is it all just destiny?” In this seminar, Pastor Paul will offer both a biblical and a practical perspective on this important topic of knowing God’s will.

Diversity in the Kingdom

Only a church united can heal a nation divided. Yet 11 AM on Sunday morning remains America’s most segregated hour. As at Pentecost (Acts 2), the Holy Spirit unifies a divided church to be a powerful witness in the world. This seminar will share some lessons from our own church journey at cultivating diversity in the kingdom of God.

Friday Seminars

Masterpiece: Bridging Sunday Worship to Monday Work

If you have ever felt like a mindless zombie working 9 to 5 and feeling meaningless and empty, this seminar will provide practical and biblical perspectives and tools on how to use your work as a form of ministry. You will learn “best practices” and helpful tools on how to be a salt and light in the world in this cultural moment.

Spiritual Practices

This seminar will present a handful of spiritual practices – prayer, worship, imitation, language & lament, forgiveness, etc. – that can transform the way we perceive and act within the world.

Living Well in Community

This seminar is designed to help participants work through Scriptural principles for good Christian community.

Living on Mission

We often think of missionaries as those who follow a call to go far away to an exotic location in serving God and loving people. Though that’s a critical part of God’s work, we also believe that a missional life spreading the gospel is intended for every follower of Christ right where they live. This seminar will engage with what a life on mission looks like both personally as well as part of a local church. 

Heart Motives (2 parts)

“All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the LORD” (Proverbs 16:2). What makes us get angry, frustrated, or depressed? Why are we drawn to certain people but can’t seem to “click” with others? Why do some memories linger for years when others are forgotten in a moment? The revolutionary heart motive system will address these questions and help us get to the root of our thoughts and actions.

Note: Due to the extensive content of the lecture, the heart motives seminar is for both sessions on Friday.

Hyphenated Reality: Sojourning as an Immigrant

What does it mean to be an immigrant?  Phrases like “Korean-American” or “1.5 Korean” often refer to those who straddle two languages, cultures, and even priorities.  This seminar seeks to discuss the life of immigrants and explore how that experience affects that we live as Christians.

Is Global Missions Dead?

As the U.S. drifts further toward becoming a post-Christian nation, has the call to GO been replaced with the need to STAY? The global missions movement is changing rapidly. Find out how… and why,…you should care