Why do we all need to think like futurists? In these fast-paced times, how can we prepare our churches and our ministries for what’s next? That’s the conversation as we visit with two NASA strategists and innovation experts. Authors Nicholas Skytland and Alicia Llewellyn walk us through the four forces that are changing our world and how we can be part of developing a preferred future. If you are a leader in your church or organization, you’ll not want to miss this discussion that will have you excited about the change you can be a part of in the days ahead.
What are some positive and some concerning trends in the U.S. with regards to religious freedom? How is religious freedom the basis for all other freedoms we enjoy? This discussion with Focus on the Family’s Bruce Hausknecht highlights several recent court decisions here and in Canada that encourage the free exercise of religion in our country and ones that cause alarm. Bruce reminds us that our religious freedom hangs by a fragile thread and the need to remain vigilant in protecting our religious freedom.
Nicholas Skytland is co-founder of Quite Uncommon, a technology firm that helps organizations build, test, and launch new and innovative ideas. He is also the Deputy Chief of the Exploration Technology Office at NASA.
His technical and leadership experience has helped him build high-performing teams and pioneer new ways of doing business in both government and industry for over two decades. He has trained astronauts, designed next-generation spacesuits, developed open-source technology, led missional movements, and created some of the largest purpose-driven collaborations in history. He lives in Houston with his wife and three kids and serves as an elder at Clear Creek Community Church.
Alicia Llewellyn is co-founder of Quite Uncommon. She is also a strategist and collaboration leader at NASA, currently directing the 1958 Co-working Space at the Johnson Space Center. She has more than two decades of cross-sector experience in growing effective teams and building engaged communities with resiliency and foresight--including for some of the largest hackathons in the world. Ali has served as a teacher, a team trainer, a youth pastor, and the Director of Ministries at Antioch Community Church in Houston, TX. This background in education, communication, and theology provides the clarity and articulation necessary to help organizations and communities take their mission to the next level.
Bruce Hausknecht, J.D., is an attorney who serves as Focus on the Family’s judicial analyst. He is responsible for research and analysis of legal and judicial issues related to Christians and the institution of the family, including First Amendment freedom of religion and free speech issues, judicial activism, marriage, homosexuality and pro-life matters. He also tracks legislation and laws affecting these issues.