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 Speaker // Shane Stacey

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Shane Stacey has been engaged in student ministry locally, regionally and national for the last 20 years. He currently serves within the EFCA as the National Director of ReachStudents. Shane has passion to help people—young and old—live into the joy of a disicplemaking way of life in Christ. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and three children.

Youth Leader Session Speakers //Adam Mearse & Donald Guthrie

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 2015 conference included:

  • “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


2016 Conference Schedule

Friday, April 15, 2016
4:00–5:45pm Check-In
(Waybright Center Lobby)
5:45–6:45pm Dinner (Hawkins Dining Hall)
6:45–7:00pm Break
7:00–8:45pm Main Session I (Chapel)
8:45-9:15pm Huddle Time
9:15-9:30pm Break
9:30-10:45pm Friday Night Frenzy* (various locations)/golf in Rolf/Youth Ministry Networking (Nyberg Room in Waybright Student Center)
10:45pm–12:00am TIU Coffee House
Saturday, April 16, 2016
7:30am Luggage Rooms open (Carlson classroom, Johnson Hall, Trinity Hall)
8:00–8:30am Breakfast (Hawkins Dining Hall)
8:30–10:15am Main Session II (Chapel)
10:15–10:40am Huddle Time
10:45–11:35am Workshop 1 (McLennan, Lower Chapel)
11:35 – 11:45am Break
11:45am – 12:35pm Workshop 2 (McLennan, Lower Chapel)
12:35–1:25pm Lunch (Hawkins Dining Hall)
1:25–2:15pm Workshop 3 (McLennan, Lower Chapel)
2:15–2:25pm Break
2:25–4:10pm Main Session III (Chapel)
4:15–4:45pm Huddle Time
4:45-6:30pm Students Picked up Outside the 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 [email protected] or 847-317-7032.
For questions regarding conference registration or scheduling a campus visit, please contact Christine Anderson at [email protected] 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:

  • $60 per person, if you register before October 12
  • $70 per person, if you register before January 11
  • $80 per person, if you register before April 11

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.

No refunds will be available after March 15.

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. Please indicate in your registration whether you are requesting to stay on-campus or making arrangements to stay off-campus.

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 15 & 16? Check out our promo packet, featuring posters, web banners and social media tools we have prepared to help you promote this exciting event!

  • EKL Postcard (8.5×5.5)
  • Facebook Event Page: TIU 360 Leadership Conference
  • Twitter Event Page: @tiu360
  • Instagram: #tiu360