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.


You want to live a life that matters. You want to make a difference.

But, what does that look like in a world that defines success by the number of followers on your social media platforms or whether or not you have your own YouTube channel?

We were made for more than merely making a name for ourselves. We were made for more than making a difference in the world. You were made to make history. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ then you’ve not only been saved from something but also for something. You have a critical role to play in the movement Jesus started.

Through an exploration of John 13, you will discover how to Continue the Living Legacy by living like Jesus, loving like Jesus and leaving what Jesus left behind.

Main Speaker // Shane Stacey

Shane Stacey has been engaged in student ministry locally, regionally and nationally 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 disciplemaking way of life in Christ. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife and three children.

Youth Leader Session Speaker // Jana Sundene


Jana Sundene is an Associate Professor of Christian Ministries at Trinity International University where she has been teaching since 1990. She has a BA from Wheaton College and Master’s degrees from Northern Illinois University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Before coming to Trinity, Jana spent 10 years doing Youth Ministry at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois and Garden Grove Community Church in Southern California. She has done short-term missions work and taught courses in such places as the Philippines, El Salvador, Poland, France and Mexico. Jana loves every minute of teaching the emerging adults that have come through her courses and is active in mentoring students and serving at her local church. She is the co-author of Shaping the Journey of Emerging Adults. When she isn’t concentrating on developing the next generation of leaders, she enjoys hiking with her dog, photography, backpacking, and doing projects around her house.

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 2016 conference included:

  • “Disciplemaking Friendships” – Rennie and Dave Garda
  • “Who Made Yours? Ending Poverty and Slavery” – Brad Jeffery
  • “Identity Informs Integrity” – Chris Stukenberg
  • “Life After Loss” – Saundretta Caldwell-James
  • “Beyond Family Culture” – Silvia Escobar
  • “How To Be A Legacy Teammate”—Making An Eternal Impact Through Athletics” – Patrick Gilliam
  • “Pirates for Purity” – Landon MacDonald
  • “How to Reach Your Entire School for Christ” – Brennan Bowman
  • “Leading with Grit” – Josh Peterson
  • “Would Jesus Snapchat? Leading and Learning Through Social Media” – Kathy Khang
  • “The Most Important Thing Jesus Ever Said” – Jamie Wamsley
  • “Living with a Passion for Christ” – Jonathan Pierson
  • “Urban Mentorship” – Jamal Johnson
  • “10 Behaviors of a Horrible Leader (And How to Avoid Them)” – Ruthie Archer
  • “Glorifying God Through Fashion” – Brandi Williams
  • “Where the Arts and Ministry Meet” – Kita Edwards
  • “Submit to One Another – Taking Leadership in Relationships: The Case of Lady Eowyn of Rohan” – Steven Fratt
  • “Impacting Your Generation with Truth” – Harry Stackhouse
  • “Leaving a Legacy of Faith” – Marc Abbatacola


2017 Conference Schedule

Friday, April 21
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
9:15-10:25pm Friday Night Frenzy* (various locations)/Youth Leader Cafe
10:30-11:45pm Creative Worship Night and Stations of the Cross (Chapel)
Saturday, April 22
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 Art from the Heart Party (students may be 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 Emily Mills at [email protected], or 847-317-7031.
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 21-22, 2017

April 13-14, 2018


Explore other leadership development opportunities at Trinity:

360 Institute This 2-week leadership institute is a transformational experience for rising high school juniors, showing them how to dig deeper into their faith, own it, and learn how to live it out in every area of life. Emerging Kingdom Leaders Our EKL program is designed to give students the opportunity to experience life as a student leader from the first moment they arrive on campus.



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 March 31 & April 1? Check out our promo packet, featuring posters, web banner and social media tools we have prepared to help you promote this exciting event!