In this workshop, Jane Hong-Guzman de Leon and Caleb Roose offer hands-on experience with practical ministry innovation exercises and tools that leaders can use with their teams to empower young people, reimagine their approaches to ministry, and create lasting change. Transformative innovation is born out of empathizing with and empowering those we seek to serve, and these ideation and decision-making exercises will help catalyze your team’s creativity and collaboration. God has gifted us all with creativity—we just have to learn to tap into it.
Jane – Jane Hong-Guzman de Leon is the Project Coordinator for the Living a Better Story (LABS) research project and a Content Advisor for the Ministry Innovations with Young Adults (MIYA) research project at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI). She holds a BA in English Literature from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Jane is also a licensed pastor with over a decade of ministry experience pastoring youth and adults in two thriving church plants in Southern California. Prior to becoming a pastor, Jane worked as a deputy probation counselor, junior high English teacher, and a professor at the International University in Mexico. In her free time she guest preaches, officiates weddings, serves at Innovative Space for Asian American Christianity (ISAAC), cares for her family, and gathers with people around food and deep conversations. Jane is passionate about seeing diversity, justice, healing, and transformation in and out of the church.
Caleb – Caleb Roose is a project manager at the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), where he advises and facilitates FYI church trainings and research (Youth Ministry Innovations, Ministry Innovations with Young Adults, and Living a Better Story), coaches and consults with churches around the country, and develops resources. The coauthor of Sticky Faith Innovation: How Your Compassion, Creativity and Courage Can Support Teenagers’ Lasting Faith with Steven Argue, Caleb is passionate about helping young people wrestle with their faith and encouraging leaders to do the same. Caleb has worked in a variety of ministry and professional roles, including volunteering in youth ministries, serving as an associate pastor of discipleship and administration, counseling at and running youth camps, ministering in six different countries with Youth With a Mission (YWAM), and managing an after-school program for kids. A Southern California native, Caleb lives 30 minutes from his hometown with his wife, Colleen, and two young daughters, Lilah and Eliana.