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Dave Patty

Dave Patty has been involved in training youth leaders and leading national and international youth movements in Europe for over 30 years and serves as the president of Josiah Venture.  He is also a founding member of Global Youth Initiative, which mobilises and equips youth ministry trainers in over 40 countries of the world.  Dave is an ordained pastor with a BA in theology and a MA in education.  He has also done graduate work in leadership development at Harvard University.  For the past 21 years he has lived in the Czech Republic, and spent the 10 years before that in Germany.  Dave is married to Connie, and has three children, Tyler, Caleb, and Claire.



Leading Change

Inertia, the tendency for things to stay as they have always been, is a crucial issue in churches, ministries and organizations throughout our region.  Leading change is difficult and will always encounter resistance.  Often, the default is to change in fragmenting ways as the new breaks away and develops in opposition with the old.  How can you overcome the powerful forces of inertia and lead change in a way that both opens the future and blesses the past?  How can you bring change that causes people to grow and keeps them together?  Using some of the latest research on change from experts at Harvard and other leading universities, Dave will give practical tools to equip you to lead healthy change in your ministry setting.


Finding the Will of God

Does God have a will for your life, or does He just want you to love Him and use your own wisdom in decisions?  If He does have a will, what will happen if you miss it?  In discerning God’s will, should you pray and listen, ask lots of advice, or just use common sense?  The Bible gives clear answers to all these questions – answers that we need both for ourselves and for those we lead.  In this session, Dave will unpack five ways the Bible teaches us to discover God’s will, and show how God plans and reveals His plan for our lives.


No Other Gods

Idolatry is a major spiritual issue in the Bible, but few in the Western world know or recognize how extensive it is today.  We don’t bow down to stone idols or have feasts around a tall pole to ensure the harvest.  Yet, as Calvin said, the human heart is an idol factory, and the basic themes of idolatry transcend time.  Looking at the 7 archetypes of idols found in 2 Kings 23, we will explore how these forms of idolatry are expressed today, and how to spot and remove idols in your own life. Since idols can hide and even end up in the temple, identifying them and cleansing them can bring profound and unexpected blessing into your life.  Discover what Asherah, Baal, Molech, Ashtoreth, Chemosh, and other gods looked like then, and how you can lead yourself and others to freedom today.





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