Innovate 2021 Networking

Networking Opportunities

33% of conference attendees state that networking is the most beneficial part of the Mission Leaders Conference.

The Mission Leaders Conference provides numerous opportunities to connect with colleagues and peers.

Networking Schedule

September 22

3:00 PM
Women’s Networking Coffee

5:30 PM
Table Group Discussions

8:30 PM
Networking Receptions

September 23

7:00 AM
Women in Executive Leadership Breakfast*

12:00 PM
CEO Networking Luncheon*

12:00 PM
Church Mission Leader Networking Luncheon*

3:00 PM
Second-in-Command Networking Coffee

5:30 PM
Table Group Discussions

8:30 PM
Networking Receptions

* Pre-Registration Required

CEO Networking Luncheon

Guest speaker and details to be determined.
There is no cost to this luncheon but pre-registration is required. Please – this luncheon is for agency CEOs, Presidents, and Directors only. It is not intended for other C-Suite leaders.

Ted Esler| President | Missio Nexus

Church Mission Leader Luncheon

The Church Mission Leader luncheon is a great way for pastors, church mission leaders and teams to take to network and learn together. Matthew Ellison the President of 16:15 will be hosting the free luncheon. He will help us explore how we can be more intentional in our efforts of mobilizing our churches for global missions and how we can partner more effectively. If you are a pastor, mission leader or representative of your church mission’s committee consider adding this luncheon. There is no cost to this luncheon but pre-registration is required. Please – this luncheon is for church mission leaders only. (register here)

Matthew Ellison | Founder | Sixteen:Fifteen

Second-in-Command Networking Coffee

Those who are Second in Command often find themselves in the midst of decision-making, problem-solving, and vision defining interactions from morning till evening. We invite all 2iCs to join us for this intentional time of networking and getting to know others facing many of the same challenges. This event will be hosted by Michael VanHuis. No cost or pre-registration necessary.

Michael VanHuis | Vice President | Missio Nexus


Women’s Networking Coffee

Connect with other women who are “on task for the Kingdom!” In a large conference it’s helpful to have a smaller space to get to know others with similar commitments as well as meet new friends to expand our network of resources, ideas, and encouragement for the variety of ways we serve as women! Join us during this intentional women to women coffee break. Hosted by Wendy Wilson, Missio Nexus Mission Advisor for Development of Women. No cost involved or pre-registration required.

Women’s Executive Leadership Breakfast

Join us for a hot breakfast and coffee to get your day started. The real reward is the time to network with other women in leadership, connect with new peers for collaboration and personal friendship, interact on current issues relevant to a woman’s leadership path, and find out about various opportunities created to support you as a woman in ministry leadership. Our guest speaker will be Dr Shikoh Gitau. (register here)

Dr Shikoh Gitau | Chief Executive Officer | Qhala

Table Discussion Groups

For many, Table Discussion Groups are a highlight of the Mission Leaders Conference. They provide a great platform for networking with others around topics of mutual interest. Volunteer to facilitate a table discussion of your choice or select one from a list of options. Stay tuned for more information on Table Discussion Groups in the weeks leading up to Future Mission. Suggest a Table Discussion.

Wednesday Networking Receptions

8:30 PM | Standards of Excellence Reception
Join us as we share exciting updates and announcements in a casual, face-to-face networking reception, ideal for SOE members and others who are interested in the SOE. No cost involved or pre-registration required.

8:30 PM | Ethnic Inclusion Reception
Join us in an effort to gather ethnic groups within the mission community, get to know each other, and discuss the ethnic experience within the North American mission framework. Our hope is that this will lead to further gatherings to build greater connectivity, examine blind spots and challenges, and explore how to better develop an inclusive perspective within the North American mission framework. No cost involved or pre-registration required.

8:30 PM | Restricted Access Issues Reception
For those interested in the use of technology to reach people within restricted access areas globally safe and securely, join this discussion of emerging best practices surrounding digital security. How can the gospel of Jesus Christ be carried forward under the increasing duress in many countries. Come hear emerging thinking and upcoming solutions. No cost involved or pre-registration required.

Thursday Networking Receptions

8:30 PM | Meet n’ Greet with Dr Shikoh Gitau
While we will enjoy hearing from an outstanding young woman leader, Dr Shikoh Gitau, in one of our plenary sessions, join us for an informal time to connect and interact with her personally. No cost involved or pre-registration required.

8:30 PM | Church Mission Leader Networking Reception
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet with other church mission leaders who are passionate about advancing the gospel among the nations and want to face the onslaught of global changes with fresh thinking and creativity, while holding unswervingly to our ancient mission. No cost involved or pre-registration required.

8:30 PM | DFW Mobilizers Network Reception
If you live in the DFW area and are passionate about the Great Commission and the Great Commandment, and desire to participate with other believers in the Metroplex to inform, equip and encourage one another in our commitment to mobilize the church to reach every ethne, come gather with us – we would love to meet you! If you are from out-of-town and would like to know more about starting a city-wide network of volunteers/ministry staff who participate in mobilizing the church, you are welcome to join us to learn more about the DFW Mobilizers’ 20 year history as a Mobilizer network. If you can’t attend the reception and would like to know more, visit Hosted by Debbie Atteberry and Don Beacham. No cost involved or pre-registration required.


Open Networking

Check out the agenda for scheduled Open Networking on both Thursday and Friday afternoons before dinner. Plan ahead and arrange to meet with a friend or new acquaintance. You can contact someone via the app Attendee module.

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