We thank you for the important role you will play at the 2023 Mission Leaders Conference and the Church Mission Leaders Conference – one event – two conferences. This page was created to provide you with helpful information you will need to know as a presenter at SHIFT.
Mission Leaders Conference
The Mission Leaders Conference primarily focuses on the needs of missions agency leadership. The target audience for this conference is missions organization leadership and staff. In addition to plenary sessions
and networking events, workshops are offered in nine focused tracks. They include:
- Ethnic Inclusion
- Executive Leadership
- Finance Administration & Legal
- Global Strategies
- Industry Specific
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- People Care & Development
- Short-Term Missions
Church Mission Leaders Conference
The Church Mission Leaders Conference is focused on the needs of church missions leadership. The target
audience is mission pastors and primary leaders in a local church for global missions. There are two workshop tracks:
- Local Church Missions Essentials
- Local Church Missions Advanced
About Our Theme
Rapid Social Transformation and The Gospel – How do we fulfill the Great Commission when there are so many cultural shifts surrounding us?
We live in a time where Sunday continues to be more segregated than we want. Even though our corporations and companies are more diverse and multi-cultural than they have ever been. We
live in a time where the cultural ethic is more like Rome than Mayberry. Instead of starting your career in one company and ending it in another, we live in a time where you are born in one country and die in another. We live in a time where the church is no longer seen as the anchor of society but finds itself tossed on the waves of the sea of stormy cultural change unsure of its own future.
Each year, we hear great comments on the workshops and the caliber of the presenters. Unfortunately, we do hear a few common criticisms. So please, as you prepare for your workshop, keep in mind the following:
- Avoid reading your presentation from a script
- Keep your presentation interactive and engaging
- Save at least 10 minutes at the end for Q&A
- During Q&A, remember to repeat questions before answering
- Be mindful of the Virtual Audience
- Consider including your name and email address on the final slide for interested attendees
Speaker Resource Center
By now, you should have received an email invitation to visit the Speaker Resource Center. Once logged in, you will see different options on the top menu tab including My Tasks, My Sessions, My Profile, and so on.
It is important that you update your profile and complete the assigned tasks in a timely manner. Once completed, please mark each task so.
Workshop Presentation and Handouts
All presenters are strongly encouraged to upload their presentation in the Speaker Resource Center. Additional handouts can be uploaded as well. Once uploaded, they will display on the Speaker Record and the Session Record in the conference app and the Attendee Hub. The deadline to do so is Friday, September 8.
Note: If you are presenting in the following workshop tracks, uploading your presentation is mandatory due to CPE Credit restrictions.
Finance Administration & Legal | Development | Information Technology
If you wish workshop participants to have a hard copy of your handout you will need to provide it. In order to know how many to bring, request an approximate registration number from your contact person. The conference will not provide hard copies nor be able to duplicate copies.
Workshop Room Set Up
Wherever possible, workshop rooms will be set with round tables and chairs to allow for interaction during workshops. In addition, each room will be equipped with a podium, microphone, screen, projector, webcam & sound system connected to a computer run by a tech volunteer. Please plan to bring any adaptors needed for your computer. If you require anything additional, please use the Workshop Setup Request Form to submit these requests no later than Friday, August 25th.
Every person presenting at SHIFT must be registered for the conference. Instructions for registering are included in the Speaker Resource Center. Your conference registration does not include any pre-conference or add-on sessions. If you are presenting in a pre-conference session, you do not need to add this to your registration. It will be added for you automatically. Conference registration does not include your hotel accommodations. You are responsible to book your own accommodations. You may do so here.
The 2023 Mission Leaders Conference will include a large conference bookstore which will be provided by Ten of Those. If you are an author and would like to offer your book for sale at the conference bookstore, instructions are provided here.
The venue for the 2023 Mission Leaders Conference is the Caribe Royale.
Caribe Royale | 8101 World Center Drive | Orlando, FL 32821
Don’t forget to book your room. For more information on the Caribe Royale and its amenities click here. The Conference Group Rate ends at 5:00pm on Friday, August 26 or sooner if the group-rate block is sold out. The Special Conference Group Rate is $145/night (+ tax). Be sure to book through Missio Nexus to receive discount parking and to avoid resort fees.
You can book your room here.
Check-in is at 4:00 PM. Check-out is at 11:00 AM.
Friday, March 25th: Workshop Information Form due
Tuesday, August 9th: Workshop Set-Up Form B due for those with additional needs for their workshop room.
Friday, August 25th at 5:00pm: Group discount rate for hotel ends (or sooner if sold out)
Friday, August 25th: Workshop Set Up Request
Friday, September 9th: Presentation/Handout(s) uploaded