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Minister's Conference

trauma-informed theology and spiritual care

Due to low registration numbers, the 2021 retreat has been cancelled. We hope to see you next year!

January 25-27, 2021
Sjogren Retreat Center
Carol Joy Holling Camp


Pastors, deacons, youth ministers, lay leaders, and any professionals in leadership roles at a church are invited to join us at the 2021 Minister's Conference! During this 48-hour conference, you will have the chance to add to your ministry tool belt with colleagues from across the state and beyond. Additionally, it can count for 11 hours of continuing education credit.


There are three options for attending this year’s conference:

  • Virtual - Each session will be broadcast online.  Attend from the comfort of your home!

  • Commuter - Come on out to camp for the day, and return home each night

  • Single Rooms - Come stay overnight at our wonderful Sjogren Center

Everyone that walks through the door of a church has a story that includes both joy and pain.  As ministers, you are never more than 6 days away from a Sunday where you connect, teach, and learn from every unique person that God has created.  It is easy to praise God for all the amazing things in life, but how do you respond to a person’s story of hurt and trauma?

Conference Presenter: STEPHANIE OLSON

At this year’s minister’s conference, you will hear from speaker Stephanie Olson, who has turned dark times in her past into teachable lessons.  Stephanie has a mission to share God's abounding grace and great love for all of us. In her conversational and humorous style, Stephanie will inspire and empower.

Learn more about Stephanie at


Monday, January 25:
5:00 p.m.       Check-In
6:00 p.m.       Dinner
7:00 p.m.       Session 1:  The Word of Our Testimony

8:30 p.m.       Evening Fellowship

Tuesday, January 26:

7:30 a.m.       Breakfast

8:30 a.m.       Devotion

9:00 a.m.       Session 2:  If We Are the Body

12:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 p.m.       Optional: One on One Session with Stephanie

1:00 p.m.       Free Time (Sound Bath in Room 236)

3:30 p.m.       Session 3:  Your Trauma and Others

6:00 p.m.       Dinner

7:00 p.m.       Day Recap

8:00 p.m.       Evening Fellowship

Wednesday, January 27:

7:30 a.m.       Breakfast

8:30 a.m.       Devotion

9:00 a.m.       Session 4:  Jesus and Self Care/Session Wrap Up/Q&A

12:00 p.m.     Lunch

1:00 p.m.       Departure

Session Descriptions

After attending this conference, you will have a better understanding of trauma-informed theology and spiritual care:

  • Identifying and caring for others with trauma

  • Identifying and processing personal trauma

  • Self-care


$50-Virtual | $75-Commuter | $150-Single Rooms (no double rooms)
Arrival: 5 p.m. Monday, January 25 | Departure: 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 27


The Sjogren Retreat Center at Carol Joy Holling Camp will be home for this retreat. You'll enjoy rooms with two full beds, a desk, and a sink. There are also more than 300 acres of land to explore during your down-time and a top-notch kitchen to enhance your retreat experience!


If you have questions about the Minister's Conference, 
please contact Peter Hansen at or 402-944-2544.

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