Past Events

Spring Summit 2023

May 4, 2023  |  9:00am–1:00pm

Join us in learning about the latest research on the challenges facing family, youth, and children’s ministry and the critical role that families play in forming the faith of the next generation.

Rev. Dr. Katie Douglass will share the latest research on faith formation and family ministry, exposing the belief among parents and caregivers that they are the primary source of Christian formation for their children. We will look at the historic relationship between families and congregations regarding Christian education and consider the role of congregations moving forward. (Keynote will be from 9:15-10:00am.)

Faculty from the school of psychology, the school of theology, and multiethnic ministries will be leading focused sessions on crucial topics like supporting families through divorce, the moral development of young kids, reading challenging Biblical texts with kids, and cultivating healthy cultural identity in your congregation. We hope you and your family ministry team can join us!

• Childcare will be available by SPU students.

• Coffee and lunch will be provided

• You will be mailed a parking pass to print off and put in your dashboard for the day of the event.


Learning Together Breakout Sessions (10:15-11:30):

  • Supporting Families Through Divorce: Major Factors and Recommendations for Minimizing Negative Effects – Dr. Jenny Lee Vaydich, social psychology
  • Cultural Identity and Congregational Life – Dr. Joyce del Rosario, missiology and practical theology
  • How Children Think about Good and Evil: A Psychological Perspective on Morality – Dr. Brittany Tausen, social cognitive psychology
  • How (not) to Read the Bible: Strategies for Reading and Interpreting Challenging Texts – Dr. Sara Koenig, Hebrew Bible


Lunch Roundtables (11:30-12:30):

  • Multiethnic ministry
  • Disability and ministry
  • Supporting foster families
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ families
  • Exploring seminary education


We look forward to this time together! Please forward this invitation along to your ministry team and any others you know who might be interested. If you are registering five or more people from your team, please use the discount code FIVEPLUS to get 20% off each ticket. If the cost is prohibitive, please let us know as scholarships are available.