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Intensive Care Course Catalog 2018

Intensive Care Course Registration Opens July 1

The Extravaganza provides great learning opportunities through the workshops and the main stage. But folks were asking for more...more time and more in-depth. So we created two day "Intensive Care."  courses. Each in depth course focuses on a single subject.

Reading Ourselves into Scripture

Dr. David Lose
This course explores ways to overcome this reticence with scripture so that we can develop confidence that the Bible is our book More >

Taking Einstein to Youth Ministry

Dr. Andrew Root, Dr. Paul Wallace & Nancy Lee Gauche
In this course we’ll explore the relationship between youth ministry, faith, and scientific theories. More >

2018 Youth Gathering

Priscilla Paris-Austin & Ed Kay
This course will be valuable for anyone, who wants to make the most of their journey to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. More >

Course option #1:

"Reading Ourselves into Scripture"

Instructor: Dr. David Lose
Blog: In the Meantime...
Video: Rethinking Faith Formation

Most of us know the Bible is a really, really important book.  And most of us know that we don't know it all that well.

That somewhat embarrassing contradiction makes many of us cautious when it comes to actually reading it, let alone talking about it with others.

In our time together, we will explore a variety of ways to overcome this reticence with scripture so that we can develop, and share with others, confidence that the Bible is our book and that reading it can be life-giving, faith-shaping, and (dare I say it) fun!

Through a combination of presentations and exercises, we’ll take up questions about the nature of Scripture and its contemporary authority as well as explore and practice ways to read, teach, preach, and share it that can enliven our lives and strengthen our ministries and congregations.

David Lose is currently the President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, where he is working to unify LTSP with its sister seminary, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Before returning to lead his alma mater, Lose taught on the faculty of Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) for fourteen years. While there, he served a term as Academic Dean, was the founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, led the creative team that developed, and directed two Lilly Endowment-funded grants on fostering congregational vibrancy.

Author of Preaching at the Crossroads (2013) and the popular Making Sense series of books and resources from Augsburg Fortress, Lose has also written for the Huffington Post, Patheos, and The Christian Century. A popular lecturer throughout the US and abroad, Lose will this summer begin his call as Senior Pastor at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Course option #2:

"Taking Einstein to Youth Ministry: Faith, Science and the Faith Formation of Young People"

Instructors: Dr. Andrew Root, Paul Wallace, and Nancy Lee Gauche
Web Site:

Increasingly, the scientific story about a massively expanding, fourteen-billion-year-old universe with black holes and supernovas, has made belief in a personal God who answers prayers much more difficult. Science, it seems, engages with what we can see, touch, and measure, while Christian faith asks us to believe in what ancient texts tell us about an immeasurable spiritual experience. How shouldChristians engage the relationship between faith and science? What does youth ministry have to do with Einstein and Darwin? In this course we’ll explore the relationship between youth ministry, faith, and scientific theories.

Andrew Root is Professor of Youth and Family Ministry at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN. The author of numerous academic books, Dr. Root is often mentioned as a leading scholar in youth ministry and practical theology. His 2011 book, The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry, received the Book Award of Merit by Christianity Today in 2012.

Known for his highly engaging speaking style that weaves together stories, theological depth, and humor, Root is a sought-after speaker at conferences, colleges, and churches. His latest endeavor includes being the principal leader for the $1.2 million John Templeton Foundation grant, “Science for Youth Ministry.” His most recent books are The Grace of Dog (Convergent, 2017) and Faith Formation in a Secular Age (Baker, 2017).

Paul Wallace teaches in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. He also teaches occasionally at Emory University's Candler School of Theology and at Columbia Theological Seminary. He holds a PhD in nuclear physics from Duke University and an MDiv with a concentration in historical theology from Emory. He is ordained in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship.

For 10 years Paul was a professor at Berry College in Rome, Georgia. During this time he worked in the field of astrophysics and was twice awarded a NASA Faculty Fellowship at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He has a great affection for Buddhism and has twice served on the faculty of the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative in Dharamsala, India.

Paul's published articles range from the scientific to the popular and has contributed to numerous publications both online and in print. He writes regularly at His first book, Stars Beneath Us: Finding God in the Evolving Cosmos, was released in March 2016 by Fortress Press.

Nancy Lee Gauche is a pastor, leader, and teacher/learner who gets a kick out of developing leaders and equipping people for public Christian ministry. She works in the Children, Youth & Family MA & MDIV Concentration at Luther Seminary in St Paul. Nancy Lee works alongside Andy Root on the John Templeton Foundation grant, “Science for Youth Ministry.”

This course is underwritten by the John Templeton Foundation grant's Science for Youth Ministry Project. Because of this generous support, this course is offered at a reduced fee of $100 for the first 40 to register.

Course option #3:

"How to Have a Great Youth Gathering"

Instructors: Priscilla Paris-Austin and Ed Kay
Web Site:

The 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering is an amazing opportunity for young people to enhance their faith, connect with other ELCA young people, and get a glimpse of how God is at work through us and our church. Our research shows that youth who are part of a well-prepared and well-led group have a fuller, deeper and all around better experience at the Gathering. Therefore this workshop isset up to help you and the young people from your congregation to have the best experience possible!

Led by two veteran congregational leaders with extensive experience with the Gathering, this Intensive Care Course will cover basics about:

  • How to prepare your group for the trip
  • How to make travel time into ministry moments
  • How to prepare your adult leaders
  • Gathering logistics
  • How to help your group get the most out of the experience

Participants will also learn about this year’s Gathering theme, This Changes Everything, hear details about the event from Gathering leadership, have an opportunity to visit the primary Gathering venues, and see various aspects of the city of Houston. This Intensive Care Course will be valuable for anyone, volunteer or professional, veteran or rookie, who wants to make the most of their journey to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering.

Note: Each How to Have a Great Youth Gathering ICC registration includes a bus tour of Houston and a paper copy of The Official Gathering Handbook: Tips and Tricks for Adult Leaders.

Priscilla Paris-Austin serves as the pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Seattle, WA. Over the course of almost thirty years in Urban Youth Ministry, Priscilla has led numerous youth trips locally, nationally and abroad. She has attended the Gathering multiple times as an Adult Leader as well as on the leadership team.

Ed Kay lives in Lutherville, MD where he serves as the pastor of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. He first attended the ELCA Youth Gathering as a young person at 1994. He has participated on Gathering leadership teams at every Gathering since 2000.

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