360 Conference Emerging Kingdom Leaders

Want to grow in leadership and have a blast at the same time?

The annual 360 Conference is designed for high school students to engage with each other as they learn about leadership and their relationships with God. Workshop content and networking opportunities make this a great event for youth leaders as well as students.

About the Conference

At the 360 Conference, students will be challenged to think deeply about what Scripture says about leadership and how it applies to their lives. Our hope is that students will leave the event with a better understanding of who God is, what their individual leadership skills are, and how God will use them as leaders wherever they are in life. There is also a track for youth leaders in attendance.


Main Speakers // Lisa Anderson & Damien Howard

Lisa Anderson is the director of Boundless.org and young adults at Focus on the Family, and hosts The Boundless Show radio program and podcast. She loves connecting with young adults and strategizing how to better equip them for life, relationships and a faith that goes the distance; she does not love managing budgets or signing contracts, but realizes that’s part of her job, too. Lisa can often be heard at conferences and on radio and TV, getting worked up about dating, relationships, faith and hip-hop. She grew up in San Jose, California, is a graduate of Trinity International University in Chicago, and spent a good chunk of her life in media relations before joining Boundless. She runs to counterbalance her love of pastries and chicken tikka masala, and often quotes her mom, who’s known to say outrageous things. Her first book, The Dating Manifesto: A Drama-Free Plan for Pursuing Marriage with Purpose, is due out in August 2015.

Damien Howard is a church planter and youth mentor on the south and west sides of Chicago. Damien grew up on the south side, moved to the western suburbs, studied special education at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and received his Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2010. Damien is currently involved in the planting of Thrive Covenant Church, located in an area of Chicago where two neighborhoods of very different socioeconomic statuses meet. In addition to the church plant, he continues to develop a youth mentoring organization called SQuad Regardless for at-risk and high-potential students. The program focuses on building competencies in relationship skills, responsible decision-making, self-awareness, social awareness, and self-management. Damien and his wife, Shari, met at the University of Illinois, have been married for eight years, and have a four year old daughter named Gabrielle.

Youth Leader Session Speakers //Adam Mearse & Donald Guthrie

Friday night youth leader Q&A with Lisa Anderson

Adam Mearse has been working in student ministry for 16 years in Japan, Oklahoma, and now in Naperville, IL. After his undergraduate work in psychology and biblical studies, he completed Master’s degrees in ministry and counseling and is currently in the final stages of his PhD work in education at Trinity. Following his PhD, Adam hopes to pursue training in auto mechanics (seriously). Adam lives in the western suburbs with his wife Christina and their three children.  They are “that family” that eats organic food and brings quinoa to potlucks.

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Donald Guthrie, prior to joining the TEDS faculty, worked in campus ministry for twelve years with the Coalition for Christian Outreach and served on the faculty of Covenant Theological Seminary. During his fifteen years at Covenant, he directed the Field Education, Doctor of Ministry, and Distance Learning programs and also served as Vice President for Academics. Dr. Guthrie is a member of the North American Professors of Christian Education and has enjoyed serving as a ruling elder in several local churches over the past twenty-five years. He is a frequent teacher at conferences and retreats, often addressing cultural trends, intergenerational ministry, calling and vocation, and adult learning. He and his wife, Mary, have two young adult children.

Workshop Sessions

During the conference, you will have the opportunity to supplement the Main Sessions with more specific topics tailored to what interests you most! A few sessions from the 2014 conference included:


An International Education: Pathways to cross-cultural, multicultural, and transcultural leadership
Engaging with Culture: How to stand up for what you believe in without making people feel judged

Professional Skills

Putting Your Best Self Forward
Finding Career Directions


The Integration of Faith and Sports
The 5 Practices of Authentic Community: The power of your small group to change lives

Spiritual Life

The Pace of a Leader: Slowing down the speed of life so you can walk with Jesus
The Leader’s Devotional Life

Workshop Titles

  • “The Ubiquitous Weirdness of Prayer: Why We Are Not Great at It and What to Do About It” – Christian Arvold, Religion Instructor and Basketball Coach at HOPE Christian High School
  • “California School Project” – Emily Snyder and Brennan Bowman, TIU Students
  • “Can’t We Just Be Friends? Developing Healthy Relationships with the Opposite Sex” – Tony West, Youth & Family Life Pastor at Long Grove Community Church
  • “Being Honest With Ourselves and Others” – Matt Myers, Trinity Alum
  • “The Inexplicable Life—Casting A Biblical Vision For Your Athletic Team” – Patrick Gilliam, TIU Women’s Soccer Coach
  • “Male and Female He Created Them”: How Leaders Can Navigate Contemporary and Biblical Images of Masculinity and Femininity” – Kristin Lindholm, Communications Professor at TIU; and Paul Bialek, Mathematics Professor at TIU
  • “Taking a Stand for Human Justice” – Brad Jeffery, CEO of CAUSEGEAR
  • “Transparency in Leadership” – Chris Stukenberg, Pastor of Family Ministries and Discipleship at Park Hills EFC
  • “Identity Crisis – Discovering Who God Always Intended You To Be” – Steve Clements, Pastor of Student Ministries at Highland Community Church
  • “Anything But Boring” – Dan Sommer, Pastor of Student Ministries at The Chapel EFC
  • “Courage to Lead” – Harry Stackhouse, Senior Pastor at Sign of the Dove Church
  • “The Power of Me” – Brent Stackhouse, Sign of the Dove Church
  • “#JesusIsGreaterThanMyInstagram” – Dan Hays, Pastor of Senior High Ministries at Village Church of Gurnee
  • “Unique and Unashamed” – Lucy Elbel, Leadership Development Intern at TIU
  • “The Problem with Perfect” – Jen Oxford, Willow Creek Student Impact
  • “Potential, Patience and the Art of Leading Up” – Jason Petty, Community Life Director at Willow Creek’s Student Impact
  • “RISEUP: Discovering our purpose to live passionately on mission for Jesus!” – Zach Marino, Author and Founder of RISEUP Ministries
  • “Blessed to be a Blessing: Using the Stage God Has Given You” – Boomer Roberts, Men’s Basketball Coach at TIU
  • “Leading through Brokenness: Proclaiming the Gospel” – Jeff Brooke, Dean of Students at Wheaton Academy
  • “Gracism” – Clary Butler, Director of Multicultural Development at TIU

2015 Conference Schedule

Friday, April 17, 2015
4:00–5:45pm Check-In
(Waybright Center Lobby)
5:45–6:45pm Dinner
6:45–7:00pm Break
7:00–8:30pm Main Session I
8:35-9:00pm Huddle Time
9:00-9:15pm Break
9:15-10:30pm Friday Night Frenzy*
10:30pm–12:00am TIU Coffee House
Saturday, April 18, 2015
7:30am Luggage Rooms open
8:00–8:30am Breakfast
8:30–10:00am Main Session II
10:00–10:25am Huddle Time
10:30–11:20am Workshop 1
11:20 – 11:30am Break
11:30am – 12:20pm Workshop 2
12:20–1:25pm Lunch
1:25–2:15pm Workshop 3
2:15–2:30pm Break
2:30–4:00pm Main Session III
4:00–6:00pm Art from the Heart: CAUSEGEAR
6:00pm Students Picked up Outside
Meyers Sports Complex
*Bring active wear and warm clothes for this outdoor activity, weather permitting.


Receive a free CAUSEGEAR bag just by coming to the conference. On Saturday afternoon you will have the opportunity to paint it however you like at the Art from the Heart Party!



For questions regarding the overall conference, please contact Katherine Jeffery at kjeffery@tiu.edu or 847-317-7032.
For questions regarding conference registration, please contact Ethan Shook at ecshook@tiu.edu or 847-317-7150.

Parents: If you need to reach your child while at the conference and are unable to reach them directly, please call emergency number at 847-317-6401.

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Plan Ahead!

If you are a youth leader, start planning ahead now to bring your whole youth group to a 360 Leadership Conferences in the future. If you will still be in high school next year, you can start planning ahead on how to invite all of your friends to a 360 Leadership Conference too! Either way, the dates are as follows:

Future Dates

April 15-16, 2016

March 31-April 1, 2017

April 13-14, 2018


The price for attending the 2-day conference is:

  • $70 per student, if you register before January 12th
  • $80 per student, if you register before April 10th

This fee includes meals, lodging, CAUSEGEAR bag, and conference t-shirt. Group registration is available to groups of 10 or more. Groups will receive a $10 discount per registration off the current list price! One group leader will be admitted free with a group of 10 or more students.

Youth leaders are welcome to stay in the dorms with their students. If you would prefer to stay off-campus, we recommend the La Quinta Inn and Suites just across the street.

Kingdom Impact Grant

Trinity International University is pleased to offer Kingdom Impact Grant opportunities for qualified students who demonstrate vision in a particular area of service. The purpose of Kingdom Impact Grants (sponsored by Trinity International University) is to empower high school youth to plan, conduct, and evaluate a service project that promotes human flourishing in God’s kingdom. Learn more

Help Spread the Word!

Are you looking for a way to tell your friends, parents, youth groups, youth leaders, next door neighbors, strangers on the street, and pets that the 360 Conference is THE place to be April 17 & 18? Check out our promo packet, featuring posters, web banners and social media tools we have prepared to help you promote this exciting event!