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2018 Mission Leaders Conference
Thursday, September 20–Saturday, September 22, 2018
Caribe Royale, Orlando, Florida
Leith Anderson has been president of the National Association of Evangelicals since 2006, and was the senior pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, for 35 years. He regularly teaches in seminaries, addresses evangelical concerns with elected officials, and provides theological and cultural commentary to leading news outlets. He has been published in many periodicals and has written over 20 books. Anderson has a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary, and is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, Bradley University and Denver Seminary.
Thabiti Anyabwile serves as Pastor with Anacostia River Church. He has served as an elder and pastor in churches in NC, Washington, D.C. and the Cayman Islands. After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in the Washington, D.C. area. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children. Thabiti is the author of several books, including: Reviving the Black Church; The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; What Is a Healthy Church Member?; The Decline of African-American Theology; and The Faithful Preacher. He blogs regularly at The Front Porch and Pure Church.
Kärin Butler Primuth
Kärin Butler Primuth
As one of the few women leading North American mission agencies, Kärin is CEO of visionSynergy, an organization dedicated to developing strategic mission networks that unite the Body of Christ to reach the unreached. Kärin’s vision for collaboration has grown out of 30 years of global ministry experience, having lived in China, India and South Africa and traveled to more than 30 countries. Kärin serves on the Missio Nexus Board, and has an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA and a B.S. in Social Policy from Northwestern University. She is married with three young adult children and lives in California.
Dick and Jennifer Brogden have served among Muslims for the last two and a half decades; Mauritania (1992), Kenya (1993-1995), Sudan (1996-2011), Egypt and the Arab World (2012 – present). They helped found the Live Dead movement and now oversee Church Planting for Live Dead in the Arab World and help lead the Live Dead movement globally. Dick is the author of the Live Dead Joy, and the editor of the Live Dead Journal and the Live Dead Journey (all his books are available on Amazon.com). Dick has his PhD in intercultural studies. Dick and Jennifer have two sons, Luke and Zack.
David Pierce is the founder of Steiger International, a worldwide mission organization that is called to reach and disciple the Global Youth Culture for Jesus, and the lead singer of the international rock band No Longer Music. He is a gifted proclamation evangelist, dynamic speaker and missional pioneer. David has taken the message of Jesus to some of “the darkest corners of society”, including closed Islamic countries, terrorist clubs, squatter villages, anarchy festivals, brothels, junkie joints, punk & goth music festivals, Satanist clubs and New Age gatherings.
Workshop Speaker | Attorney, Wagenmaker & Oberly
Paul Winters is a partner at Wagenmaker & Oberly and provides legal services for the firm’s wide array of nonprofit clients and other entities. Religious organizations, educational institutions, public charities, and private operating foundations, number among the clients Paul serves. With over 20 years of pastoral experience, Paul frequently advises ministries and churches in matters ranging from tax exemption and real estate to governance and cyber security advice.
Workshop Speaker | Attorney, Telios Law PLLC
Theresa Sidebotham is the founding attorney at Telios Law PLLC. Her past as an MK and missionary in Indonesia augments her legal counsel to numerous missions, where she helps improve organizational/HR policy, support religious liberties, conduct investigations, care for victims and members, and minimize litigation exposure.
Conference Emcee |Executive Producer, Mission Network News
Ruth began a career in media in 1985 with her first paid print news story. She went on to work for an NBC affiliate in Toledo, then on to radio as an announcer at WCDR in Cedarville, Ohio. In 1990, she worked for the LeSEA Broadcasting Network in FM and shortwave radio as well as television. That was followed by a five-year stint behind the news desk at WUFN in Albion, Michigan until 1996 and then Mission Network News in 1997. Today, Ruth still handles the overall sound and feel of MNN as they use radio and web to bring glory to God by telling the stories of His work around the world through His people in a way that activates the body of Christ to pray, give, and go. She also serves with the Alliance for the Unreached and sits on the board for FMI (Forgotten Missionaries International). Ruth and her husband, Warren, live in Norton Shores, MI. In her spare time, Ruth coaches a high school cross country and track team, is a masters sprinter and sings tenor. Her husband plays a mean jazz guitar and they have three adult children who have flown the coop.
Workshop Speaker | Global Ministries Pastor, Calvary Church
Steve Beirn is the Global Ministries Pastor of Calvary Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Calvary Church is a large sending church model that has sent out hundreds of its own members cross culturally. Approximately 3,500 attend Calvary Church on Sunday morning. Steve has served in the local church side of missions for over 35 years. In addition, he has served on the Board of Directors of TEAM for 18 years. He is author of the book, “Well Sent.” It is his desire to permeate the local church with a clear understanding of the Great Commission while building a passionate motivation for completing the task through the widespread use of all its resources.
Workshop Speaker | Senior Vice President of Development, East-West Ministries International
Kristen Shuler serves as the Senior Vice President of Development at East-West Ministries International. In her ninth year of service with East-West, Kristen provides oversight and strategic direction to East-West’s development, marketing and communications departments and initiatives, including campaign strategies, major/mid-level donor relations strategies, institutional giving, planned giving, events, and direct response marketing. Prior to joining East-West, Kristen served on the mission field across South America, primarily focusing on evangelism and church planting strategies.
Workshop Speaker | Sr. Director of People Services, Wycliffe Bible Translators, USA
Terry Clausen has been with Wycliffe Bible Translators, USA for almost 18 years, working in various aspects of Personnel/HR roles within Wycliffe USA. Terry now serves as the Senior Director of HR People Services. Terry also serves on the Child Safety and Protection Network Board. Her areas of expertise involve staff management, compliance, coaching, risk mitigation, child safety, difficult issues, and merging member care with HR professional care to name a few. Terry’s heart is to serve others through caring professionalism in the field of human resources. When she is not helping others at Wycliffe, she enjoys spending time with family. Terry and her husband enjoy reading and going to new places. Terry loves being an aunt and claims to have the best nieces and nephews in the world!
Dave and Lorene Wilson
Dave and Lorene Wilson
Workshop Speaker | Director of Church Relations, Avant Ministries
Fsas City, MO. They are passionate about providing resources that will encourage and equip the church, agency and missionary to partner together in fulfilling the Great Commission.
Workshop Speaker | Interim President / Director of Training Ministries, Mission ONE
Werner Mischke, D.D. (Hon. Causa) has been with Mission ONE since 1992, and currently serves as Interim President and Director of Training Ministries. He is the author of The Global Gospel: Achieving Missional Impact in Our Multicultural World (2015). Werner was the coordinator of the Honor-Shame Conference held at Wheaton in June 2017, and has taught on “Honor, Shame and the Gospel” in India, Lebanon, New Zealand, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, and the United States.
John Van Drunen
John Van Drunen
Workshop Speaker | Executive VP & General Counsel, ECFA
John has a bachelor of arts in accounting, magna cum laude, from Anderson University and a juris doctor from Regent University School of Law. His responsibilities primarily relate to managing the compliance program and writing and speaking on technical nonprofit issues.
Workshop Speaker | CEO, DB&A Executive Search and Recruitment
Cole has been working with global leaders since 2004. As the CEO of DB&A Executive Search and Recruitment, he spends lots of time seeking to understand organizational needs and realities and then recruiting highly qualified talent. Whether for a client where DB&A’s unparalleled two-year guarantee is in effect or for his firm where he is recruiting a peer consultant as a long-term team member of DB&A’s parent organization, Dickerson Bakker & Associates, the goal is the same: professionals serving in excellent organizations and thriving over time. DB&A’s Executive Search and Recruitment practice focuses on senior leaders, including but not limited to C-Level executives, fundraising professionals, and other critical VP and Director-level leadership.
Workshop Speaker | Associate Director of Engagement, Faith to Action
Elli Oswald works with the Faith to Action Initiative, a coalition of organizations seeking to promote best practices in global orphan care. She has also served as a missions pastor at Bethany Community Church in Seattle and as part of World Vision International’s Child Protection Technical Team, specializing in community-based care for children separated from parental care. She has a B.A. from Pepperdine University and a M.A. in Cross Cultural Studies and International Development from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Workshop Speaker | Hispanic Director, SIM
Alexandra Zamora is a missionary from Costa Rica. She has been in the ministry since 1985, among her contributions to the mission have been to plant churches in Costa Rica, evangelize among the gypsies in Spain, mobilize and train the church in Latin America and Spain and mobilize the Hispanic church in USA. Today Alexandra serves as Hispanic Director for SIM. She is a member of COMIBAN (Ibero-America Missionary Cooperation), member of CMC (Missionary Fellowship in Costa Rica), and Regional Coordinator of The Latin America Theological Fraternity in North America. Her education is in Theology (MA, University of the Americas, Costa Rica), Religions of the World (Haggai Institute, Singapore), Intercultural Missions (MA, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI), and Counseling in Biblical Psychology (Ph.D. Christian Center University, Orlando, FL.
Workshop Speaker | Speaker/Consultant, Leading Tomorrow
Jolene grew up as the daughter of missionaries. She is passionate about missions and has worked mobilizing and training short-term and mid-term mission teams for over 15 years. Jolene has a doctorate in leadership and has done extensive research on generational trends. Her two books, Millennials in Ministry and Daniel Generation, document the challenges and opportunities for Millennials and Generation Z in leadership and ministry roles. Jolene currently works as a speaker and consultant with Leading Tomorrow (www.leadingtomorrow.org). She helps organizations, churches, and mission agencies effectively engage, equip and empower the next generation for kingdom service. Jolene lives with her husband and twin daughters in central North Carolina.
Workshop Speaker | Associate Professor of Missions, Taylor University / SOE
Jenny has been involved in STMs since 1992 and serves as SOE Board Secretary and is an Associate Professor of Missions and Christian Ministries at Taylor University. She directed Taylor’s Lighthouse International Service-Learning Program from 1999-2013 through which she coordinated 88 three-week trips to 24 countries. She has chaired two church mission leadership teams. She earned her BS at Taylor University and her MAR from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; she is currently a PhD student in missiology at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, IN. Jenny also serves as a Billy Graham Center Fellow at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College.
Workshop Speaker | Executive Director, Crisis Consulting International
Bob Klamser is the co-founder and Executive Director of Crisis Consulting International, a non-profit organization that provides security and crisis management services to the global faith-based community. CCI conducts training seminars and consults with organizations on a wide variety of topics related to organizational and member security, especially in dangerous and hostile environments. These services include hostage negotiations, evacuation management, response to extortion, risk assessments, site surveys, etc. Bob has conducted more than 100 international hostage negotiations. Bob is a retired police officer and missions pastor, former chairman of OSAC’s Faith-Based Working Group, and he currently serves as the Missions Security Adviser for Missio Nexus.
Sponsors & Partners
09:00 AM — North America Network Assembly by Vision 5:9
01:00 PM — Standards Introductory Workshop – Part 1 – by SOE
07:00 PM — Partnering Together Toward Movements of Churches In Every Muslim People – Part 1 – by Vision 5:9
08:00 AM — Pre-Conference Sessions
Standards Introductory Workshop – Part 2 – by SOE
Missions Finance & Accounting Boot Camp
Missionary Training Best Practices – Reboot 2018
09:00 AM – Partnering Together Toward Movements of Churches In Every Muslim People – Part 2 – by Vision 5:9
10:00 AM — Exhibit Hall Opens
02:00 PM — Opening Session
02:45 PM — Afternoon Break
Women’s Networking Coffee
03:30 PM — Workshop Set #1
04:45 PM — Open Networking
05:45 PM — Dinner
07:00 PM — General Session
08:30 PM — Coffee Break
08:15 AM — Exhibit Hall Opens
08:30 AM — Workshop Set #2
09:45 AM — Morning Break
10:30 AM — General Session
12:00 PM — Lunch
01:30 PM — Workshop Set #3
02:45 PM — Afternoon Break
03:30 PM — Workshop Set #4
04:45 PM — Open Networking
05:45 PM — Dinner
07:00 PM — General Session
08:45 PM — Evening Break
08:15 AM — Bible Teaching
09:15 AM — Workshop Set #5
10:15 AM — Morning Break
11:00 AM — Closing Session
Find the complete agenda in the conference app.
Vision 5:9 | Wednesday, 9:00 AM | North American Network Assembly | $70
The North America Network Assembly is an opportunity for Vision 5:9 members and interested parties to learn about the state of the gospel in the Muslim world and identify how we can collaborate to see effective church planting efforts among all Muslim peoples.
Specifically, we will bring an update on the state of the Gospel among Muslims, a report from the large global consultation hosted by Vision 5:9 in October 2017 and a challenge to be involved in a global prayer and fasting initiative that has great potential to change the face of our work in the Muslim world.
We will then look at our three primary mandates listed below and discuss and plan, in small groups, how we can collaborate over these mandates.
1. Facilitate engagement and effective church planting among all Muslim peoples through the sharing of resources and fruitful practices.
2. Mobilize the global church to provide workers among Muslim peoples.
3. Monitor, assess, and report the progress of God’s Kingdom in the Muslim world to the greater glory of God.
Lunch will be included in this all day session ending at 5:00 PM. For more information contact email@example.com.
David Armstrong, Kathy Mort, & Randy Schmor | Wednesday, 1:00 PM | Standards Introductory Workshop – Part 1 | $175
The Short-Term Mission Standards Introductory Workshop (SIW) is conducted by leaders from the Board and staff of the Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission (SOE). It’s perfect for those seeking to fulfill an SOE Membership requirement,* for those exploring the possibility of joining SOE, or for those who just want to do an excellent job with their short-term missions! With an emphasis on mutual partnerships and long-term effectiveness, it will provide an overview of Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission Theory (MISTM), and will review each of the Seven Standards of STM best practice. For SOE members, this workshop will also help you understand how to form and manage your own Peer Review Team in order to achieve full SOE Accreditation. The workshop will be interactive, use case studies, and rely on dynamic small group discussions. Expect a lot of great learning in 24 hours, and also a lot of fun working together toward achieving excellence in all our STM endeavors!*The Short-Term Mission Standards Introductory Workshop (SIW) is a requirement for key personnel of SOE member organizations (churches, agencies and schools).
Vision 5:9 | Wednesday, 7:00 PM | Partnering Together Toward Movements of Churches In Every Muslim People – Part 1 | $54
A conversation co-sponsored by Vision 5:9 and Missio Nexus. In these 5 hours, we’ll discuss not only specific obstacles to each of these 3 emphases but also hear from those who are having success pursuing and aligning them. We’ll be strong on case studies and stories which illustrate and instruct. Both Majority World and North American leaders will present.
- Partnering together: North American church and missions worlds must continue to grow in our collaborating skills both with one another and with Majority World church and missions worlds.
- Toward movements of churches: Not individual and extracted but multiple and indigenous.
- In every Muslim people: In all 2100 unreached Muslim peoples, including the 1050 among which none of us is yet serving.
Vision 5:9 is a gathering place for 180 agencies, denominations, and networks intent on nurturing movements of churches among all Muslim peoples. Whether a network member already or not, join us for this conversation designed to sharpen partnership tools for church planting movement impact all over the Muslim world. For information, please contact Mike Latsko, firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Armstrong, Kathy Mort & Randy Schmor | Thursday, 8:00 AM | Standards Introductory Workshop – Part 2
This is a continuation of Part 1. See description above.
Vision 5:9 | Thursday, 9:00 AM | Partnering Together Toward Movements of Churches In Every Muslim People – Part 2
This is a continuation of Part 1. See description above.
Tim Maxwell | Thursday, 8:00 AM | CFO Roundtable: Best Practices | $44
Finance | 4.5 CPE
The CFO Roundtable is an opportunity for experienced financial leadership to network, interact, and learn from their peers. This highly interactive forum will equip leaders to discover the answers to the most complicated mission-critical issues and empower you to overcome your current or next challenge.
Assess solutions shared by CFOs and lessons learned from pitfalls they’ve experienced and traps they’ve escaped
Explain financial best practices and strategize how to implement these ideas in your work responsibilities
Best of all, you’ll hear war stories, and examples of dos and don’ts —
After attending, you will have an expanded perspective on financial best practices and how to implement these ideas in your work responsibilities.
Doug Hennum | Thursday, 8:00 AM | CIO Roundtable | $44
Information Technology | 4.5 CPE
The purpose of the CIO Roundtable is to create a place for technology leaders to network with peers, learn about the latest technologies, discuss challenges, find new solutions and get advice from other colleagues. It is designed for senior IT executives and is aimed at helping them address strategic IT opportunities and challenges in a globally connected world.
Identify the latest technologies and how they may benefit your organization
Ascertain technology challenges facing mission organizations and review potential solutions
Assess and address strategic IT opportunities
Tim Sims & Dave Meldrum-Green | Thursday, 8:00 AM | Missions Finance & Accounting Boot Camp | $44
Accounting | 4.5 CPE
For mission organizations working locally and overseas, it’s vital to have open dialogue on the best practices impacting finances and accounting. Join us for a discussion of key considerations, including do’s, don’ts, and suggested policies for deputized fundraising; grant agreements and working with foreign entities; seconded workers at sending and receiving organizations; foreign earned income; the treatment of missionary benefits; and dealing with parsonages. We’ll also cover the policies you should have in place, such as conflict of interest, whistleblower, gift acceptance, and intellectual property policies.
- Facilitate open dialog on best practices impacting finances and accounting at mission organizations working locally and overseas
- Identify key issues for your organization to consider and address, including deputized fundraising, grant agreements and foreign entities, seconded workers, foreign earned income, treatment of missionary benefits, and parsonages
- Assess and adopt appropriate policies for your organization, such as conflict of interest, whistleblower protection, gift acceptance, and intellectual property policies
Mark Morgenstern | Thursday, 8:00 AM | Missionary Training Best Practices – Reboot 2018 | $44
During this 4-hour session, we’ll be forming a work-group and initiating the relaunch of the Missio Nexus Missionary Training Best Practices project that started in 2012 and then stalled out in 2014. With the advent of the new Missio Nexus Training Cohort, we are developing the relational capital to work together well on a unified document that addresses practices to be followed, current examples of that practice in action in the marketplace and in missions, evaluation tools for that practice and some practical steps for moving forward with establishing the practice.
This document will form the basis for workshops and events to be hosted by Missio Nexus in the future and perhaps even open doors for a standards of excellence mutual-accountability community to form in the future. The format for the day will be a work-group. Come prepared to talk and to plan!
For CEOs, COOs, executives and senior management who are providing vision and direction for strategy, leadership, development and organizational transformation.
Eldon Porter | Thursday, 3:30 PM | Becoming Partnership Friendly – Redefining the “We”
“Why are western agencies often seen as not partnership friendly and how is that being addressed?Traditional western agencies, that were birthed in the “from the West to the rest” reality, face huge challenges as they seek to adapt to the “from anywhere to everywhere” partnership dependent reality of a highly interconnected global Church. This workshop will identify the three major drivers that have created the new paradigm, the specific challenges agencies are facing, and the trends as to how different ones are responding. We will also look at the strategic role that networks are playing in facilitating strategic partnerships between the various parts of the global missions movement.”
Warren Janzen & Kirk Ogden | Friday, 8:30 AM| NOT Merger BUT Deep and Generous Collaboration
Is it possible to move past agency competition and really seek the best for each other towards the accomplishment of shared purposes? Could we move past transactional partnerships towards deep and generous collaboration, demonstrating new degrees of unity between organizations and achieving better stewardship of kingdom resources? Is there another option beyond mergers or acquisitions to strengthen kingdom impact? This workshop will examine how three agencies are achieving more kingdom benefit through associating together in a unique relationship that draws them close together yet honors their identity and legacy. You will discover the kind of values and relationships needed along with the practicalities of how to make this kind of association work for you.
Julie Green | Friday, 1:30 PM | How to Monitor the Quality of Cross-cultural Relationships
Responsible leaders audit their finances to make sure everything is right and supporting their ends. Yet if people and relationships are more important than money, why don’t we monitor the health of our relationships on a regular basis? This workshop will show you how to use the Relational Lens to bring the same intentionality you bring to your finances to cross-cultural partnering relationships. In this workshop you will:
Discern ways in which our cultures shape how we view the biblical basis for relationships.
Identify the 5 cross-cultural lenses used to understand and measuring the quality of partner and stakeholder relationships.
Understand the value of people-centered, data-driven method to measure the quality of multicultural partnership relationships and
Explore data-driven solutions to difficult partnerships.
Werner Mische | Friday, 3:30 PM | Giving Honor: A Key to Healthy Cross-Cultural Partnerships
Objective 1: Observe from Scripture and social science that RIVALRY was a problem in the N.T. world; correspondingly, honor competition and rivalry was a major challenge for the N.T. church.
Objective 2: Examine what rivalry and honor competition look like in mission agencies, networks, or cross-cultural partnerships today. Bring to the surface honor-status issues that often remain unstated in cross-cultural collaboration.
Objective 3: Explore the Scriptures showing Jesus and Paul revealing that serving and “giving honor” undermine rivalry and honor competition.
Objective 4: Consider what “giving honor” looks like in cross-cultural partnerships today. It often looks like empathic listening.
Rob Dixon | Saturday, 9:15 AM | Flourishing Male/Female Ministry Partnerships in the Era of #churchtoo
In the era of #metoo and #churchtoo, are healthy and thriving ministry partnerships between women and men possible? Come and learn what attributes make partnerships between men and women simultaneously satisfying and fruitful. Building on more than two decades of ministry experience and four years of doctoral study on this topic, Rob Dixon will help you discern ways to strengthen male/female ministry partnerships in your organization so that they can become places of greater flourishing.
For those exploring the significance and the challenges of partnerships in the global paradigm of missions.
David Hackett | Thursday, 3:30 PM | Navigating the Landscape of Networks
In today’s interconnected world, networks are playing a key role to shape mission strategies and birth partnerships. Learn about the variety of today’s networks, how they are led, and what they are accomplishing. Hear impact stories from network leaders and consider how your agency can prepare its leaders to participate in the network world. Led by David Hackett, visionSynergy Sr Advisor.
David Hackett & Eldon Porter | Friday, 8:30 AM | Q & A Panel with Network Leaders
Over 500 networks are facilitating collaboration in mission worldwide today. Come meet some of the network leaders Missio Nexus is specially hosting at this event. Learn about the types of networks and ways they are shaping today’s mission strategies. A Q&A panel will share stories from the field and describe how agencies are contributing and benefiting from their participation in networks. Led by visionSynergy & Missio Nexus.
Eldon Porter | Friday, 1:30 PM | Developing a Network Engagement Strategy for Effective Partnerships
This workshop will focus on the practical steps required to build an effective network engagement strategy. Networks have become the nodes of a highly interconnected global Church seeking to partner together for effective ministry. Understanding and engaging with networks will help you recognize the unique place God has prepared for you and the partners with whom He would have you collaborate. This workshop will provide an overview of different kinds of networks, explain the four degrees of network engagement, and then give time for each participant to craft a network engagement strategy for their church or ministry.
Ellen Livingood | Friday, 3:30 PM | North American Churches’ Fit in Global Networks and Partnerships
Only a tiny fraction of the vast number of churches across America have found their way into successful missions collaboration via a network. Yet most church leaders who do participate in a network are enthusiastic about the benefits. In this workshop, practitioners will share illustrations of what has made for successful integration of American churches into networks from both the church and network-leader perspective. We will consider whether church partnerships are more successful where a network serves the relationship and how churches can creatively contribute to network success. In dialog groups we will wrestle with the practical issues you are facing in church-to-network engagement.
José A. de Dios & Russ Simons Saturday, 9:15 AM | Equipping Your Field Leadership for Effective Partnerships
Equipping Your Field Leadership for Effective PartnershipsNew realities on the mission field call for partnering and not just pioneering. Learn about the vital need to equip your field personnel with the unique skills, knowledge and biblical understanding essential for effective partnerships. Discover the new mission role of “network leader” and the training resources available to equip your personnel. A recent Missio Nexus survey on pre-field training will also be discussed.
For church leaders, mission pastors and mission-minded individuals who are involved in global discipleship, partnerships, church/agency relationships and the essential role of church in missions.
Larry Sharp | Thursday, 3:30 PM | Everything a Church Leader Needs to Know About Business As Mission
The workshop will overview BAM including case studies and focus on the following objectives:1. What is BAM? The term is used with a variety of meanings but we will focus on the Lausanne Committee 4-point definition.2. Why is BAM important in our generation? We will focus on historical data from the book of Acts, pre-20th century missions and the current realities in our world.3. Who is doing it? Case studies from real kingdom businesses.
Alexandra Zamora | Thursday, 3:30 PM | Discipling the Hispanic Church from North America to Go to All Nations
We will discuss the basic aspects of mobilizing Hispanics in the USA. How do we challenge their desire to fulfill the American Dream and instead motivate them to embrace God’s dream for them to reach the nations?
This involves developing deep interpersonal relationships, doing missions while dancing, and enjoying food and celebration together. We will probe how to discover resilience in the hands of God, learn to embrace community and appreciate differences in culture and learning styles. How do Hispanics/Latinos perceive themselves? How do we connect with them, given the diversity of their cultures and different countries, ethnic groups and socio-economic contexts? We will also learn about the characteristics of Hispanics/Latinos in order to minimize communication barriers. What are the challenges, strengths, and differences in levels of acculturation between the first, second and third generations? What are the differences between Hispanics and Anglo culture?
Aaron Pierce | Friday, 8:30 AM | Jesus in the Secular World #1: Understanding Global Secularization
Global secularization, a trend closely tied to the globalization of culture among urban youth, presents a unique challenge to missions worldwide because of the large cultural gap that exists between the Church and secularized society.This next generation, connected by consumerism, social media, and the entertainment industry, forms the largest global culture ever to exist. As a result, global secularization is not limited to post-Christian regions like Europe or the USA. It is impacting cultures in urban centers of every region of the world, including the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.This workshop introduces the key influences, voices and worldview of the Global Youth Culture and the implications of global secularization to world missions.
Russ | Friday, 8:30 AM | Discipling the Next Generation to Reach the Muslim World
Missionary candidates will often delay their preparation until they are on the field in these three areas: Language, evangelism, and social/cultural training. A wise and proactive sending church can help potential missionaries get started the right way. The era of waiting to be ‘immersed’ in language is over. What can the church do about it? Muslims are in our communities here at home already. Are we willing to send people to an Islamic mission field who have never shared the gospel with a Muslim before? If not, how can the church help them do that well? Often, missionaries to the Middle East are trained to say, “I don’t talk politics.” This strategy misses one of the greatest open doors to the heart of the gospel for modern Arabs. This seminar aims to equip the church to reorient pre-deployment expectations around growth in each of these three areas.
Matthew Ellison | Friday, 1:30 PM | 7 Keys to Effective Global Engagement: Unlocking Missions Potential
What does a church that has been unleashed for global missions look like? Considering that missions is the supernatural work of our sovereign God, every church will have some unique characteristics that account for the varying gifts, talents and passions that He gives to each one. Still, observation of churches that are bearing fruit in their missions endeavors often reveals common characteristics or Keys. In this workshop we will explore the 7 Keys to Effective Global Engagement observed in churches that have been effectively mobilized to reach the nations. Though not a formula for missions mobilization, these Keys will help church and church missions leaders evaluate their church’s current mission culture, perhaps exposing areas that may need attention while reinforcing others.
Objective: Help church leaders understand that deliberateness is essential to cultivating a vibrant missions culture
Alexandra Zamora | Friday, 1:30 PM | From Mission Field to Mission Force, Latinos Are Stepping Up
Latin Americans are crucial members of the Body of Christ and are also called to fulfill the church’s mission to reach the nations with the Gospel. In this workshop, you will see snapshots of the expanding mission vision among Latinos. How do we create equitable partnerships, where the relationships are horizontal and not vertical and where the power of decision-making is shared? How do we learn to cooperate together, where each member, in humility, esteems others above themselves? We will ask the difficult questions: Is the Anglo church ready to treat their Latin American brothers and sisters as full partners? What does partnership mean for a Latino, and what does it mean for an Anglo? How do we maximize the strengths and differences of each ethnic group in a biblical way while adapting expectations to reality? Should we expect tension as we grow, or should everything work smoothly? The Great Commission deserves answers to these questions.
Aaron Pierce | Friday, 3:30 PM | Jesus in the Secular World #2: Responding to Global Secularization
Fueled by global secularization, the Global Youth Culture is largely influenced by one predominant worldview: Secular Humanism. In this relativistic culture, we are god and consumerism is our religion. This is a generation that does not look to the Church for answers, but believes it to be a dead and empty tradition of the past. Unfortunately, our evangelistic efforts are often presented within a framework that fails to connect with the presuppositions of a secular humanistic worldview.How can we respond to the growing worldview, lifestyle and moral gap that exists between the Church and secularized society? How can we engage the globally connected younger generation, especially those who are increasingly apathetic, cynical, and even opposed to Christianity?.
Russ | Friday, 3:30 PM | Engaging Millennials for Service
They don’t care what you know, until they know that you care…
Millennials hate the label ‘millennials’ because, like everyone else, they long to be known and accepted. The church has an important role to play in mentoring, discipling and coaching this emerging group to fulfill their calling to the Great Commission. Listen to millennials, so that you will affirm their strengths. Listen to them, so that you can understand their weaknesses. Be patient and don’t challenge them prematurely to a higher calling – until you get to know them. Otherwise, fear will cause them to assume you don’t know them well enough to assess their strengths or weaknesses. Trust is their highest value, and once they know that you know them, you’ll be able to help them with their “Higher Calling.” This seminar aims to help church leaders have a plan for engaging millennials on a track toward missionary service.
This seminar aims to help church leaders have a plan for engaging millenials on a track toward missionary service.
Dave & Lorene Wilson | Saturday, 9:15 AM | Panel Discussion: Mobilization vs. Recruitment
So what’s the difference between Mobilizing and Recruiting missionaries? Is missions just a program in the church or is it a strategic focus in the overall disciple-making process? This panel will promote partnership between churches and agencies to determine a path forward as we seek to accomplish the Great Commission together. Discipleship, mentoring, mission education and cross cultural training will all be addressed. Dave and Lorene Wilson will facilitate this panel discussion with panelists including Aaron Pierce, Alexandra Zamora, Russ, and Matthew Ellison.
For development/fundraising specialists, accounting/finance staff and legal/tax professionals serving mission organizations. Please note that this track follows a unique schedule.
Earn Up to 19 CPE Credits (Fields of Study subject to change)
Program Level: Basic
Advanced Preparation: None Required
Program Type: Group-Live
Co-Sponsored by CapinCrouse LLP, this seminar will allow you to qualify for up to 19 hours of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit. In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE sponsors, CPE credits will be granted based on a 50-minute hour. The NASBA sponsor number is 103366. For questions or more information concerning the seminar and CPE credit, please contact us at email@example.com.
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Theresa Sidebotham & Paul Winters | Thursday, 2:00 PM | Crisis, Cybersecurity, and Currency Best Practices
Management Service | 1.5 CPE
This workshop will address critical legal compliance and risk management areas for our electronic age and beyond. Whether a ministry is dealing with potential data breaches, physical security issues, or a #MeToo crisis, its leaders need to understand how to best handle them. Emergent challenges related to the use of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and additional financial ministry aspects warrant careful attention, too. Nonprofit attorneys Theresa Sidebotham and Paul Winters will introduce legal principles and best practice guidance in these areas, including recommended policies and procedures, so that ministry leaders are well equipped both for planning and for when problems arise.
- Better identify and address areas of organizational risk, including the areas of sexual harassment, cybersecurity and electronic-age finances, and related legal considerations
Mike Lee & Tim Neu | Thursday, 3:30 PM | Financial Reporting in the Fast Lane: GAAP Developments and Best Practices
Accounting | 1.5 CPE
The biggest change to nonprofit financial reporting in over 20 years is here. This session will provide insight on implementation, along with best practices in nonprofit financial reporting.
- Explain the biggest change in nonprofit financial reporting in more than 20 years
- Develop plans for implementing the new standards
- Consider best practices in nonprofit financial reporting
Josh Heidelman | Thursday, 4:45 PM | Contracts Common to Nonprofits
Business Law | 1 CPE
This workshop will identify the contracts that nonprofit ministries often enter or need to enter. Additionally, the workshop will expose hidden dangers and highlight areas and opportunities for negotiation.
- Identify opportunities to your advantage in contract negotiation
- Assess the risks and exposures embedded in contracts common to ministries
- Implement tools for effective negotiation and deal commemoration
Barbara Bowman & Kristen Shuler | Friday, 8:30 AM | Creating a Culture of Philanthropy: Leadership Take Notice!
Specialzed Knowledge | 2 CPE
Often fundraising is limited more by organizational culture, structure, and systems than by lack of strategic and tactical know-how. The challenges and concerns fundraisers feel often get in the way of their effectiveness. Learn how to create a culture of corporate-wide philanthropy, identify how development, programs, and communications interrelate, set effective goals, and treat the donor as a real partner.
- Create a culture of corporate-wide philanthropy by treating the underlying systems instead of symptoms
- Clarify the role of senior leadership and the board as drivers of a culture of philanthropy
- Explain how the right information and data is critical to strategy
- Get the goals right
- Identify how to treat the donor as a real partner
Ron Fleming | Friday, 10:30 AM | Lost and Found – Technology Solutions
Information Technology | 1.5 CPE
Technology is usually necessary in every aspect of ministry. But how do you choose the right solution? What is the best approach to make the right selection? What are methods to insure you get what you pay for? What are pitfalls to look for in the selection process? After attending this session, you will understand how to apply best practices and biblical principles in technology selection.
- Apply best practices and biblical principles in technology selection
- Identify and employ an effective approach and method to help your organization avoid common pitfalls and make the right selection
Kurt Nelson, Michael Johnson, & Ed Weaver | Friday, 10:30 AM | President/CEO/ED as Fundraising Professional
Specialized Knowledge | 1.5 CPE
Who is the Chief Development Officer in your organization? While an organization may have a designated Development Director, the President/CEO/ED’s active participation in the overarching fundraising strategy is critical to the success of the fundraising operation.
- Help the President/CEO/ED embrace his or her role in the organization’s fundraising strategy
- Assess how to set the President/CEO/ED up well to help lead the organization toward a culture of philanthropy
- Determine how to best include the President/CEO/ED in the fundraising team’s donor relations strategies
- Manage a caseload of donors for the President/CEO/ED
- Identify critical steps your President/CEO/ED should take toward leading the Board/other key partners to play an active role in supporting the fundraising operation
Dan Busby & John Van Drunen | Friday, 1:30 PM | Recent Developments Impacting Your Organization
Taxes | 2 CPE
The development of new tax laws is bringing uncertainty for ministries in several areas. Join us as we walk through the implications of tax reform in addition to other recent financial and legal developments. This session will provide practical solutions in how your organization can model excellence, integrity, and compliance amidst these challenges.
- Identify the potential impact of tax reform and other recent financial and legal developments on your organization
- Assess and implement practical solutions for addressing these challenges
Ted Batson | Friday, 3:30 PM | Survey of Finance and Administration Practices
Finance | 1.5 CPE
This session will provide the results of a survey of mission agencies as to their practices in a number of finance and accounting areas and highlight best practices. Participants will gain an understanding of the diversity of practice among mission agencies and leave with a better understanding of best practices.
- Explain common finance and accounting practices among mission agencies and how your organization compares
- Identify and apply best practices related to these practices
Cole Costanzo | Friday, 3:30 PM | Recruiting, Training, and Retaining Fundraising/Development Staff
Personnel/HR | 1.5 CPE
From smaller organizations to the largest organizations, retention of quality fundraising staff is a challenge. In this workshop, we will explore how to successfully find the right candidate for your organization’s fundraising staff needs and then how to retain that ideal candidate through establishing a proper training and on-boarding plan.
- Assess how to get the position description right for your organization’s fundraising personnel needs
- Create an on-boarding plan that enables staff to take full ownership of their role
- Develop a process for engaging development staff in the mission of the organization so they have experiences to back their vision-casting words
- Establish, manage and evaluate expectations, including clearly articulated dollar and activity goals
- Apply strategies for empowering development staff to meet their goals by providing a dashboard of the right information to track their progress
Nicholas Morgan & Scott Holbrook | Friday, 4:45 PM | The Landscape and Technical Challenges of Collaboration
Business Management and Organization | 1 CPE
This is the age of collaboration. This workshop will define the landscape of collaboration and identify options available, including Management Service Orgs (MSO), Associations, Administrative Consolidation, Merger and Acquisition, and Outsourced Services Agreements. For each option the workshop will expose technical and legal challenges and provide tips for successful execution.
- Identify structural options that fall under the general term “collaboration”
- Apply tools to help efficiently guide collaboration discussions
- Explain some technical and legal challenges in the most common arrangements of collaboration
Michael Johnson & Beverly Braunsky | Friday, 4:45 PM | Balancing Act: Restricted vs. Unrestricted Fundraising
Accounting | 1 CPE
This workshop will address the subtle issues surrounding restricted and unrestricted charitable income and the importance of balancing fiscal responsibility with donor intentions.
- Define restricted and unrestricted donations
- Explain how restricted funds are designated
- Outline legal obligations of restricted gifts
- Identify the types of restricted funds
- Apply donor cultivation strategies for restricted and unrestricted gifts
Mike Batts & Tim Neu | Saturday, 8:15 AM | Effective Internal Controls in the Electronic Era
Auditing | 1 CPE
Internal controls are crucial to safeguarding your organization and its mission, and technological advances have brought new challenges and opportunities. We’ll discuss key principles of internal control, why it’s important, and how to implement effective controls at your organization.
- Recognize sound fundamental principles of internal control
- Determine the importance of solid internal control to the organization, its employees, and its constituents
- Effectively implement fundamental internal controls, including dual control, segregation of duties, oversight, monitoring, and more
Dave Cram | Saturday, 9:15 AM | Closing Panel
Specialized Knowledge | 1.5 CPE
In this closing workshop, a select group from the MFA Planning Committee and workshop presenters gathers as a mass panel to answer any and all questions you ask them. Questions can be about anything related to finance and administration in mission organizations. Nothing is held back. You will get that pressing question answered.
- Identify key problem areas in mission organization administration
- Address those issues in your own organization
For executives, senior leaders and staff who are involved within their organizations in the personnel support and development functions of human resources.
Robin Schwartz | Thursday, 3:30 PM | Solving People Problems Through a Strategic Communications Plan
- Robin will introduce a strategic approach to problem solving your communications challenges by assessing your needs and your resources, mobilizing others, and implementing your strategy. Learning objectives include:• Identify an individual, departmental, or organizational communications problem• Partner with others to brainstorm your available resources• Make connections with others who have similar challenges or have overcome them
Theresa Sidebotham | Friday, 8:30 AM | Trends and Trials of Employment Law
- Just when you got used to employee-centric interpretations of handbooks and labor laws, the government lurched in the other direction. And to further complicate HR, we now have #metoo and #churchtoo. We’ll cover current stories and trends, with a special focus on handling sexual harassment issues. Stay current with key legal issues in employment law, take a practical look at sexual harassment prevention and response, and identify points of danger for your organization.
Rob Dixon | Friday, 1:30 PM | Flourishing Male/Female Ministry Partnerships in the Era of #churchtoo
- In the era of #metoo and #churchtoo, are healthy and thriving ministry partnerships between women and men possible? Come and learn what attributes make partnerships between men and women simultaneously satisfying and fruitful. Building on more than two decades of ministry experience and four years of doctoral study on this topic, Rob Dixon will help you discern ways to strengthen male/female ministry partnerships in your organization so that they can become places of greater flourishing.
Joel Sutton | Friday, 3:30 PM | Width and Depth in the Assessment of New Personnel
- This workshop is designed for all those involved in assessing the readiness of potential missionary personnel to thrive in a cross-cultural setting. The group will be asked to provide feedback in the following areas: what elements in an applicant’s life do they assess, how is assessment shared between the church and the agency, how is this done in a legally compliant way, what are their guidelines for the various emotional wellness and lifestyle issues, and how do they delve deeply in order to determine the level of healing? The group will be sharing best practices in assessment in a way that can benefit everyone.
Terry Clausen | Saturday, 9:15 AM | HR Partnerships Between Field and Home
- In the missions world, their in continual need for great partnership between the home office and the field. This workshop will be interactive, with case study review to serve as a catalyst for meaningful dialogue when partnerships with the home office and the field go well and when it does not. During this workshop the participant will leave with opportunity to interact and connect with peers through case study review, as well as practical tips in improving partnerships from the home office to the field.
For executives, senior leaders and staff who are involved within their organizations in the personnel support and development functions of member health.
Faith De La Cour | Thursday, 3:30 PM | Member Care and HR Working in Partnership – a Dialogue
- How can mission Member Care and HR teams work together for the greater good of the organization AND the missionaries they support? What builds trust between these areas? What are some of the challenges that are faced within a single organization and what are suggested best practice models to manage these challenges? Join us for a dialogue between experienced Member Care, HR and Mission Leadership as we explore these questions.
Rachel Heffield | Friday, 8:30 AM |Thriving People- Thriving Organizations
- Thriving is a common buzz word these days, but do we know how to facilitate it? Applying current insights from International HR, Positive Psychology, and recent research to expand on current practices of member care for the benefit of the individual, the organization, and mission success. Emphasis will be on individual organizational outcomes and potential barriers. Objectives include providing a clear definition of thriving global workers, providing a framework for keys to facilitate thriving, and providing recommendations for how various parts of an organization can work together to promote thriving workers for mission success.
Steve Coffey | Friday, 1:30 PM | Thriving in the Face of Threat
- How do you lead and shepherd people living and working under continual threat due to to religious, social and political climates surrounding them? How have strategy, policy, and application been utilized to help our people not just exist, but thrive? This session will explore principles and strategies, and invite interaction about how to improve pre-field and ongoing services to our co-workers.
Brent Lindquist | Friday, 3:30 PM | Sexuality in Missions
- This workshop will look at the changing landscape regarding sexuality, including attraction and gender, and it’s impact on mission policy and strategy. This will include an overview of current literature about the topics. One or more presenters will be presenting digitally.
Perry Bradford | Saturday, 9:15 AM | Global Trends Impacting Global Families
- We are living in a fast paced world where change & transition are the norm. During this workshop we will take a look at the state of the global family in missions. We will be exploring some of the major global trends impacting families and how mission leadership might respond to these growing trends. We hope to answer the questions: What do we see going on globally and how might these trends impact our screening process? What are the spiritual, emotional and educational issues that today’s global families are facing and how might we as mission leaders provide appropriate levels of care during pre-field, on-field, & post-field transitions?
For executives, senior leaders and staff who are involved within their organizations in the personnel support and development functions of mobilization.
Mark Stebbins & Don Parrott | Thursday, 3:30 PM | Insights and Learnings from “Ideation”
- For several years we have been gathering agency mobilizers and missions pastors in a 24 hour event called “Ideation.” The agenda is set by input from the participants prior to the event. As a result the take-aways are practical and helpful. This workshop will present those learnings in order to continue equipping us as mobilizers.
Steve Beirn | Friday, 8:30 AM | Mobilizing in Tandem: The Church and the Agency Shoulder to Shoulder
- This workshop will address the foundation upon which you build an agency/church partnership and teamwork. Building a strategy that adds value to all parties will be discussed. Several templates or examples of tandem ministry will be provided. This kind of approach can be managed by almost any size church or agency.
Bruce Sidebotham | Friday, 1:30 PM | Synergy for Mobilization and Support in Reserve Chaplaincy
- Raising support intimidates many missionaries out of ever getting to the field. Many young couples resent medical and retirement requirements in their support packages. The seemingly natural labor pool in military retirees and veterans has been difficult to mobilize. This workshop will help missionary mobilizers discover a synergy between the missionary calling and reserve military chaplaincy that can result in vision casting as insiders and in reducing the amount of support that needs to be raised.
Jamie Farr | Friday, 3:30 PM | Where Diversity is Working in Mobilization
- This session will feature multiple communities from different ethnic backgrounds. A conversation will be had around smaller tables with participants outlining questions to be engaged with by the diverse community of representatives from different cultural backgrounds. The representatives from different communities will be expected to present a set of challenges their community faces in global missions participation and specifically an example of where an organization, church, or community is doing it well. Jamie will be facilitating the conversations.
For executives, senior leaders and staff tasked with oversight, design or implementation of orientation, pre-field and ongoing training functions delivered to personnel within their organizations.
John Gilberts | Thursday, 3:30 PM | Truth in Advertising – Balancing Idealistic Recruiting and the Realities of Missionary Service
- It’s a tension all industries struggle with… Our leaders are pressuring mobilizers to grow the organization and get more numbers in the front door while our trainers and field leaders are left scratching their heads over the naïveté and idealism of some of the people who show up at orientation or even on the field. And then there is the new missionaries, who often find themselves dealing with a form of “buyer’s remorse”, feeling misled or even lied to about their new life and ministry. Can we partner better? Join us to discuss the challenges on both sides as well as to hear the truth of how our practices positively or negatively affect the organizational trust, effectiveness, and longevity of our newly mobilized missions force.
Tim Roehl | Friday, 8:30 AM | Transformissional Coaching — Multiply Your Equipping and Leadership Effectiveness
- What if you could …-increase the effectiveness of your training by over 400%?
-provide ongoing investment in your missionaries and indigenous leaders in a way that empowers them to grow both personally and in their ministry work?
-equip your leaders with a simple, reproducible way to equip other leaders?
-provide teams with a way to relate, plan and work together more effectively?
-change your organizational culture in how you honor, equip and deploy the choice servants of God that He trusts you with?All these “what ifs” can become your reality as you integrate the ministries of coaching and mentoring in your organization! Learn the benefits, the basics and even “taste and see” in our workshop based on “TransforMissional Coaching”.
Mark Morgenstern | Friday, 1:30 PM | The Varied World of Learning Technologies — Assembling Your Unique Combination
- Are you suspicious, skeptical, or just plain burned-out on technology? Today there is much talk about “e-learning” and many options out there competing for your attention. While avoiding technical jargon, this workshop will orient you to the breadth of variants that all fall under the category e-learning — online courses, webinars, on-demand video, virtual classroom, podcasts, wikis, independent study courses, micro-learning, mobile apps — and then explore what each is particularly capable of and how to assemble a unique combination of learning options for your unique community of learners. Whether you are trying to bring together peers that are geographically spread out or trying to make learning available right at the moment of need, there may be a tool out there that can deliver.
Sheryl Takagi Silzer | Friday, 1:30 PM | Cultural Self Discovery for Multicultural Interaction
- The major challenge for multicultural interaction is recognizing cultural misunderstandings in order to better reflect biblical truth. Cultural misunderstandings affect every aspect of mission life and work. Ministry workers often mistake their way of doing things as Biblical rather than cultural and therefore they are reluctant to make changes. This session will introduce the reasons why people do things differently and is part of a Cultural Self Discovery workshop that enables ministry workers to identify their own culture in order to apply Biblical principles to further God’s kingdom. The workshop is based on the book “Biblical Multicultural Teams: Applying Biblical Truth to Cultural Differences,” 2011.
Mark Hedinger | Friday, 3:30 PM | Relationship as the Non-negotiable Foundation for Effective Missionary Preparation
- We will explore biblical and practical reasons why training for mission work needs to be done in a relational environment. Starting with definitions and intercultural perspectives on interpersonal relationships, we will then consider how the Bible presents life and ministry in terms of vertical (God/human) relationships and horizontal (human/human) relationships. We will hear input from trainers from other nations who speak to how they value relationships alongside content in training. Finally, we will talk about ways that relationship can be woven into internet and residential training events.
Dick Freed| Saturday, 9:15 AM | Incorporating Interactive Adult Learning for Maximum Growth – What? Why? How?
- By the end of this workshop, all participants will have participated in a sample learning experience using interactive adult learning design and facilitation, been introduced to the seven steps of interactive active adult design and the four kinds of learning tasks, seen how interactive adult learning is used around the world for training ordinary people in evangelism, disciple-making, and church planting, and planned their next steps for learning how to implement interactive adult learning and facilitation
For educators, church leaders, mission pastors and mission-minded individuals who are involved in short-term missions—sending, going and receiving.
Elli Oswald | Thursday, 3:30 PM | Rethinking Orphanage Visits: Child Safe Mission Trips
- Many Christians visit or volunteer in orphanages. Yet, increasing awareness of the risks compels us to rethink how mission trips can better support vulnerable children. This workshop will address the risks associated with visiting orphanages, and present practical guidance and resources for better volunteering and child-safe mission trips – aligned with biblical principles and a strong evidence base.
Kathy Mort | Thursday, 3:30 PM | Making Mission Trips Better
- Looking through the lens of the seven Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission, we’ll discuss components for a successful STM program for your church, school or mission. We will consider best practices in short-term missions and some tools to help you take your mission program to the next level!
Jesse Kroeze | Friday, 8:30 AM | Partnering Together to Maximize Effectiveness: Churches & STM Agencies
- Learning from each other is essential to navigating short-term missions in a way that will bring maximum effectiveness to both participants and communities. Both churches and agencies have a vital role to play and bring different strengths and assets to the process. This workshop will use interactive exercises and teaching to engage discussion on how we can partner together in order to pursue the best version of short-term missions for life-long transformation, both within the participants themselves and in the communities being served.Learning Objectives:To understand the essential elements for an effective STM tripTo identify specific needs you may have in your mission programTo know if using an agency is the right fit for your churchTo understand how agencies and churches can best partner together
David Armstrong & Michelle Atwell | Friday, 8:30 AM | Preparing Short-term Goers for the Fund Raising Challenge
- Learning Objectives:Participants will understand the key elements of fund raising for mission trips and be able to motivate goers to rise to that challengeHave a better understanding of how to use crowdfunding and online fundraising in generalParticipants will be equipped with an action plan & practical ideas of how to develop your own campaign.
Larry Ragan | Friday, 1:30 PM | Healthy Missions Partnerships and Effective Short-term Teams
- How do you identify, build, and maintain healthy international partnerships for your church/organization? How do healthy partnerships maximize the effectiveness of your short-term teams? Learn how to define success and create value for the field site, the sending organization, and the teams being mobilized.
Mary Rayburn | Friday, 1:30 PM | Screening and Vetting to Avoid Screaming and Venting
- Embedding the Seven Standards of Excellence into the application/selection process will ensure that your short-term mission program has a long-term impact. This workshop will help you think through the key components of screening and vetting your STM applicants, including application and interview questions, references and recommendations that will help you determine a person’s fit for the goals of your short-term mission program and trip(s). Mary Rayburn has extensive experience as a higher education and local church minister, educator and administrator. She has organized 182 short-term mission teams involving more than 3600 goer-guests with 44 partner organizations.
Randy Schmor | Friday, 3:30 PM | International Local Church Partnerships
- The 21st century local church sees itself more and more as a primary player in the world of international missions. At the same time, partnerships of many types have also become an important part of missions today. This workshop is designed for local church leaders AND mission professionals that guide them. We’ll be discussing how church partnerships can reflect the values of the Kingdom of God and missional theology, as well as incorporating a process that is true to those values. For the past 10+ years, I’ve helped churches discover a way of partnering together that rings true with the values of the Kingdom of God and missional theology. I’m passionate about sharing these principles whenever possible with those who can help the global body of Christ be all that Jesus prayed it would be as a unified force and a witness to the reality of the Kingdom of God.
Jenny Collins | Friday, 3:30 PM | Preparing Short-termMission Leaders to Reduce Risk and Respond Well in Crises
- STM goers want to courageously share Christ in word and action around the globe. Yet, we are not guaranteed safety and there are risks associated with all travel. Obedience to God’s call took Jesus’ disciples straight into dangerous situations. In the spirit of Matt. 10:16 and being “as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves,” this workshop will discuss biblical guiding principles for approaching risk, and how team leaders can reduce risk and prepare for on-field crises with excellence and appropriate concern, but not needless anxiety. We’ll explore planning for and responding to various types of events and emergencies.
Jolene Erlacher | Saturday, 9:15 AM | Understanding and Leading Generation Z in Short-Term Missions
- Short attention spans, addiction to technology, and lack of interpersonal skills are a few of the descriptors used to describe teenagers and college students today. Generation Z is also incredibly creative, pragmatic and diverse. As we engage them in short-term missions, it is critical to understand their communication and learning styles, perspectives on the world, and unique skills. Attendees will identify key characteristics of young people today, and strategies on how to partner together as agencies and churches to develop effective processes and guidelines for this unique generation. Attendees will also be able to recognize and apply methods for leading and teaching Generation Z for maximum learning, growth and service on a STM.
Bob Klamser | Saturday, 9:15 AM | Crisis Management for Short-term Teams
- Are you a short-term mission leader, missions pastor, or organizational leader that sends or receives short-term teams? If so, are you prepared to manage a crisis event that may arise? In this session we will explore the key principles, challenges and options for managing some of the more prevalent crises that may occur while on a short-term mission. We will discuss ways to be prepared in advance, as well as mitigate events that do occur. In short, we will look at ways to be the best possible stewards of our most valuable “assets”, our people, from a crisis management and security standpoint.
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- Student Discount: Thursday or Friday only = $99 | Full conference = $199. These rates are available for undergraduate students who are attending classes full-time. The student rate includes attendance at all sessions, plus food and beverage for the designated time period purchased. Registration is not available online but may be purchased by calling 770.457.6677.Some restrictions apply.
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Check-in is at 4:00 PM. Check-out is at 11:00 AM. Guest Services will provide luggage storage.
Flights should be booked into the Orlando International Airport (MCO).
Caribe Royale is approximately 22 miles from the Orlando International Airport ( 35 minutes travel time).
For ground transportation between the airport and hotel we recommend CityOne Xpress. CityOne Xpress will group reservations to create a shared ride wherever possible, BUT you will only be sharing with other guests coming to the Mission Leader’s Conference. Unlike the other shuttle services in the area, CityOne will go directly from the airport to the Caribe Royal – our conference hotel. (Other services stop at multiple hotels on their way to the Caribe.) Reserve your ride by using the link below to visit the “EZ Reservation” page. After completing this you will be directed to a secure site to make your payment. All reservations must be made 21 days prior to guest arrival. Your confirmation will be sent 48 to 72 hours after the receipt of payment. Guests will be met by a greeter at baggage claim.
Orlando, Florida sees a slight easing of hot and rainy weather during September, although the humidity remains high.In most years, Orlando averages a daily maximum temperature for September that’s between 88 and 91 degrees Fahrenheit (31 to 33 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 72 and 74 °F (22 to 23 °C).