Campus Venues

Stump the Chump (Question Cafe): Q&A format where students can ask any question they wish of the “Chump” (me) regarding Christianity. My job is to offer a thoughtful reply.

Large Group talks and Calls to Faith

Dorm Talks: Often sponsored by Small Groups.

Individual Appointments with Christian and nonChristian students/faculty to discuss faith and ministry issues. I do this a lot.

Leadership Module for staff and student leaders.

Conversational Evangelism Training: Equipping lay people to share Christ with friends and neighbors.

Topics: Definition of evangelism (“Sharing Christ in a caring way”), Detective work (discerning God’s work in a friend’s life), transitioning to spiritual topics in conversation, the 5 Thresholds of conversion, sharing your spiritual story, sharing the gospel, etc.

This is the most frequent seminar I offer in churches. Works well for a Saturday seminar, weeknight refresher, or 2-3 part adult Sunday School series.

Apologetics Training: Teaching staff and lay people how to answer tough questions using concrete images and illustrations. Also, how to relate to atheists and other skeptics.

Preparing Kids for College: This seminar helps parents and Christian educators prepare young people (elementary through high school) for living faithfully at secular colleges and universities.

Pulpit Fill: Preaching in your sermon series or presenting a call to missional living. Additionally, I enjoy giving sermons from the Gospels, with whatever applications flow naturally from the text.

Special thanks to 

Anselm House
Grace Church Roseville
for hosting my recent book launches


Faith Unexpected: Real stories of people who found what they never imagined
by Rick Mattson

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A collection of powerful stories of people finding faith in Christ from a variety of backgrounds and age groups. The common theme is this: none of them were looking for faith. For each person it was an unexpected experience, something they never imagined for themselves.

Faith is Like Skydiving: And Other Memorable Images for Dialogue with Seekers and Skeptics
by Rick Mattson

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This recent book from IVP provides you with concrete analogies and images for your conversations with seekers and skeptics: skydiving, elephant traps, a telephone game, a royal flush, and many others.

Free Discussion Guide for Faith is Like Skydiving

Campuses I’ve Worked at Lately

  • Rice University, Houston, TX
  • University of Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • Carroll University (WI)
  • University of Michigan
  • Washtenaw CC (MI)
  • UW Stevens Point
  • UW Marshfield
  • Bellin College (WI)
  • UW Madison
  • Fox Valley Technical College (WI)
  • UW Green Bay
  • UW Osh Kosh
  • Lawrence University, WI
  • Michigan Tech University
  • Bethel University, MN
  • UW River Falls
  • UM Morris, MN
  • South Dakota State
  • Dakota State
  • Grand Canyon University, AZ
  • Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
  • St. Olaf College, MN

Churches/Orgs I’ve Worked at Lately

  • Hope Church, Richfield, MN
  • Oakwood Church, Waconia, MN
  • Catalyst Covenant, St. Paul, MN
  • Faith Covenant, Burnsville, MN
  • KTIS Radio, St. Paul, MN
  • Harvest Community Church, IL
  • Immanuel Community Church, IL
  • Relevant Radio, Minneapolis, MN
  • Passages Church, Laveen, AZ
  • Grace Church Roseville, MN
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