Burlap provides live, in-person training, as well as digital training, to meet different needs. While the live training is more exhaustive, and the environment of face-to-face communication lends something that is impossible to get via digital training, our digital training is perfect for laser-focused examination of specific topics in abbreviated sessions. These sessions are especially helpful for those wishing to review the content of a live training after the event, or to present the content of a live training to one's team back home.

For the digital versions of these sessions, visit our Workshops To Go page. To review possible in-person events for your community, please access the menu below.


Live training events


Is your church ready to reach Millennials and Generation Z?

Burlap Training times are 1 or 2-day experiences that will get your staff excited about growing your church with the next generations. All the confusing and contradicting information about the new generations and their connection with the church will be laid out in a simple and easy to understand way. Your team will thank you for putting on this event and the your entire community will grow in ways you never imagined.

What you can expect from the training:

  • Learn how to create an environment for Millennials and Gen Z
  • Train leadership to equip and empower Millennials and Gen Z
  • Create an outreach culture that will invite emerging generations
  • Ability to ask questions of the expert Burlap Trainers

Who should attend?

Each church should send the senior pastor or teaching pastor, the outreach director and Youth Worker. 



Chris has over 20 years of organizational ministry leadership experience. Throughout this time, he has helped churches and non-profits build dynamic strategies for organizational growth, enduring faith formation and community and personal renewal. Chris has held various positions within churches and non-profits such as associate pastor, church planter, president and CEO, brand manager and executive-vice president. Currently Chris is the director of discipleship at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, KS where he leads a team of people who create transformational environments to help people become deeply committed Christians. He also helps pastor a multi-generational service reaching hundreds of people each week, many of whom are Millennials and generation Z.

Chris is an international speaker and author of more than a dozen books on topics such as faith formation, ministry models and strategies, missional discipleship, and practical theology. Chris’ latest book is Gladhearted Disciples: Equipping Your Congregation with Generous and Enduring Faith (Abingdon Press, 2015).

Each event can be catered to your specific needs. Please check the topics that interest you most to help us better understand how we can help: 

Millennial Essentials

Discover the seven core behaviors of millennial life and learn how to create programs and events that will capture their imagination.   

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Millennial Segments

There are six primary Millennial mindsets.  Learn how to recognize the mindsets of Millennial in your church and community and develop an action plan to engage them.

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Millennials with kids

Millennials aren’t just kids. They are parents, too.  Discover the top eight values of millennial parents and create a plan to address their biggest concerns in order to create a thriving ministry with children.

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Millennials and evangelism

Millennials are spiritual but not religious.  Learn ten new ideas and practices for sharing the gospel with the Millennial in your community and workplaces.

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Millennials and discipleship

Have Millennials in your church and don’t know what to do with them?  Develop a plan to help Millennials become deeply committed Christians.    

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Millennials and mentoring

86% of Millennials say mentoring is "very important" to them.  Discover what it takes to build an effective mentoring ministry in your church or organization.    

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Generation Z essentials

Discover the “Seven Sayings” of Generation Z and begin adapting the programs of your church to accommodate their emerging way of life. 

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Generation Z and evangelism

Learn ten compelling ways any church can connect with the young people in your community and develop an action plan to reach and engage them.

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Generation Z and discipleship

All of us want to shape the faith formation of Gen Z.  Equip your church with the eight essential traits of every faithful disciple-making church and effective youth ministry.

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Ministry across generations

Healthy churches are comprised of people from all generations.  Learn the most effective ways of building a missionally-minded church that engages all generations and brings them together to experience the Christian life.

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Your workshop was God saying to me, ‘This is the right path. This is the right conversation.’ So the time I spent in that training was well worth the drive.
— Chris Riggs, West Virginia

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