Leading short-term teams in a way that is beneficial to the participant and the hosts. Learn best practices and strategies on leading teams in a wholistic way that honors our hosts.

Short-Term Missions TracksWhen & Where

Speaker: Charlotte Kassis

Organization: Shepherd Church

The value of long-term partnership in short-term mission: How can you know if the work you are doing is effective to the ministry receiving you? What type of guidelines do your teams have in place to make sure the trip is mutually purposeful and impactful? Find out ways to ensure your short-term trip is successful for everyone involved.

Wednesday 11:00
Room: 57-220

Speaker: Dave Miller

Organization: Adventures in Life Ministry

Wholistic Mission in the Short-Term World: The beauty of short-term mission is that it is short. This has opened up the world of cross cultural mission to legions of people who might otherwise have never considered going overseas to serve. The bane of short-term mission is that it is short, typically allowing for very little long term impact. Thinking wholistically can bridge that gap, connecting the heart and passion of short-term mission to the long term impact we all desire from our ministries. This workshop will give you real life examples of wholistic mission being done in a short-term context and how this approach can better enable the long term sustainable ministry we all desire among the people we serve.

Thursday 1:30
Room: 57-220

Speaker: Don Johnson

Organization: SEND International

Using STM to reach the internationals among us: Immigrants from hundreds of unreached people groups from around the world are now living in North America. In many cases the church lacks the capacity or skills to know how to reach them. Using short-term missions and short-term mission training methods we can help equip local churches and individuals to make lasting connections in these communities.

Wednesday 11:00
Room 57-221

Speaker: Joel Fletcher

Organization: SEND International

Foundational, Familial, Food Security Kickstarting DMM’s: Food security is a lynchpin in wholistic personhood. There is not another foundational need that humans have in the same way as the need to eat. Often, for the marginalized, this need is insecure at best, and absent at its worst. Working to create food security in the home is an essential piece of what it means to work with the pushed aside and the forgotten people groups — let us be reminded of James’ writings. In chasing an integrated ministry that creates Jesus Movements, we remember presence and proclamation existing together with beautiful tension. In the power of the Holy Spirit we can look at farming, feeding families, and creating food security as a piece of the Gospel to our disenfranchised friends.

Thursday 11:00
57-220

Speaker: Jolene Erlacher

Organization: Leading Tomorrow

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. This workshop will provide strategies on how to engage them effectively in participatory learning, lead them in meaningful ways, and use the STM experience to broaden their understanding of the needs in our world today and their responsibility to respond.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-220

Speaker: Nancy Moore

Organization: Africa Fire Mission

Using your team’s vocational skills in Short Term Missions: What’s possible if we redesign our view of short-term missions into a vision of long-term transformation? Imagine increasing the impact of short-term missions teams by using team member’s vocational skills, talents and interests to impact the world. What if we increased our focus on meeting the communities needs and putting our short-term team members to work in ways that really use their strengths and interests? By using principles of partnership, community ownership, development, transformation and sustainability short-term teams can have a lasting impact on communities served and on participating team members. This workshop will help you rethink your impact.

Thursday 1:30
Room 57-221

Speaker: Randy Oss

Organization: ENGAGE Global Ministry Partnerships

STM – What’s The Point?: This workshop will help you analyze your motives and goals in STM. What outcomes are you looking for? Who is your primary target for spiritual growth or impact? What are your reasons for choosing a specific trip destination? These are just a few questions that will open the door to a deeper discussion on how your STM could be part of a larger vision for lasting impact in a mutually beneficial, long term relationship with an international partner. Let’s talk about how your STM could be a crucible for spiritual growth, leadership development and ministry training. Let’s talk about how your trips could help to support, fulfill and expand the ministry vision of a ministry partner. Let’s figure out how to engage in STMs that God can use to fulfil His purposes both here and there.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-220

Speaker: Randy Schmor

Organization:North American Baptists (Gateway)

Sister Church (and Ministry) Partnerships – The Why and The How: 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, to discuss 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 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.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-221

Speaker: Sarah Gesiriech

Organization:Faith to Action Initiative

Rethinking Short-term Missions to Orphanages: Child Safe Mission Trips: Visiting orphanages during mission trips is a growing practice for those passionate about caring for vulnerable children. This workshop will address the risks associated with visiting orphanages and children’s homes, and present practical guidance and resources for better volunteering and child-safe mission trips – aligned with biblical principles and a strong evidence base. All participants will receive the newly released Better Practice in Short-Term Missions Guidance.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-221

Speaker: Wil Crooks

Organization:Children’s Hope Chest

Throwing Candy From The Bus: Exploring Together Healthy Engagement in the Majority World: Throwing Candy From The Bus explores healthy engagement in the majority world. With over 20 years’ experience in global development, we want to share what we’ve learned along the way. Journey with us as we discover the power of relationship, local empowerment, and asset based development. Learn how to avoid creating dependence by becoming a catalyst for sustainability. We are called to bring freedom to the oppressed, to defend the cause of the poor and needy – in this we know God -Jeremiah 22:16

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-221

Following Christ’s commands to make disciples of all nations. Learn strategies and tools to disciple individuals, the church and the nations in a wholistic way.

Wholistic Discipleship
When & Where

Speaker: Anna Ho

Organization: Reconciled World

The power of wholistic discipleship to bring transformation: This session gives an overview of the Turth Centered Transformation (TCT) program, a program that has been running in Africa and Asia seeing hundreds of community moving out of poverty. This session explains what wholistic discipleship is and how it has been used to bring social, physical, economic and spiritual transformation to impoverished communities.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-223

Speaker: Anthony Howard

Organization: Hinei House

Prayer: Teaching a Man to Fish: We will explore how prayer centered discipleship naturally fosters many of our core values in wholistic ministry and prepares new generations for self sustaining growth.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-223

Speaker: Bobby Cox

Organization: GoTEN

Bible Storytelling in Evangelism and Discipleship: For thousands of years, the Bible has been passed on as oral stories. The promises God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were passed down by the Jewish people for generations before Genesis was ever written. Jesus used parables when he taught people about the things of God. God chose to use people to deliver his messages orally to the world. Learn how to use Bible Stories in evangelism and discipleship. Learn to share specially selected Bible stories that intersect people’s lives and invite the listener into a chronological Bible story group.

Wednesday 11:00
Room 57-223

Speaker: David Hinman & Steve Hubler

Organization: Cityteam and Church Resource Ministries


How to Start and facilitate a Discovery Bible Study: In this session you will be equipped to use a powerful tool for making and multiplying new disciples; that is, a Discovery Bible Study. Specifically, you will discover how to transition from having a spiritual connection with a person of peace to start a Discovery Bible Group with them, their family, their friends and ultimately empower them to replicate this process with others.

Wednesday 11:00
Room 57-222

Speaker: David Hinman & Steve Hubler

Organization: Cityteam and Church Resource Ministries


Unlocking Communities through the Persons of Peace: Jesus taught his team to find the people of peace who would grant them relational access to their community. These new partners were critical helpers in the disciples’ efforts to introduce the Gospel. In this session, you will learn how to identify these persons of peace and initiate the spiritual connections you need to be invited into their community.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-222

Speaker: David Hinman & Steve Hubler

Organization: Cityteam and Church Resource Ministries


Igniting and Empowering a Disciple Making Movement: Praying Like Jesus: Igniting and sustaining a disciple making movement cannot be done through mere human effort. Success can only be gained when strategic effort is combined with strategic prayer. This session will equip you to mobilize a prayer team and implement a strategic prayer plan that will saturate the community or people group you’ve been called to reach and empower your efforts to make disciples among them.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-222

Speaker: David Hinman & Steve Hubler

Organization: Cityteam and Church Resource Ministries

Discipleing Wholistic Disciple-Makers: Disciple Making Movements Overview and Rapid Reproduction. This session will equip you with a clear understanding of the critical elements of Gospel movements as well as the main principles and practices that drive them. You will also discover the methodologies that have allowed these movements to reproduce rapidly and become self-sustaining in over 100 nations in the world.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-222

Speaker: Misael Cruz Godinez

Organization: CMFI

Is Your Church Doing What Jesus Did?: When Jesus began his ministry on Earth, he pictured it with the following words: the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor. Luke 7:22 (NLT). What he achieved can be summarized in one word: TRANSFORMATION. If he were still walking the street of our cities, what would he be achieving? Aren’t we, the church, supposed to be Jesus’ hands and feet? Didn’t he say “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.”? John14:12 (NLT). Why is the church not achieving the TRANSFORMATION Jesus did? It must be because the church is not being equipped to do what Jesus did. Let’s take responsibility for equipping God’s people to do his work.

Thursday 1:30
Room 57-222

Speaker: Ravi Jayakaran

Organization: Medical Ambassadors International

Integral/Wholistic mission: A practical way to share the Good News through WORD and DEED:The HWVA (Holistic Worldview Analysis) tool is a simple, practical and effective tool for engaging communities in Wholistic (Integral) Mission. This tool can be used in all contexts including restricted contexts where the context is one of aggressive opposition to the Gospel. Jesus declared His disciples to be ‘Light’ and ‘Salt’, and the HWVA tool is designed to train Community Transformation facilitators to do this as a seamless continuum. Participants in the workshop will learn how to use the tool and how to access further information that will help them in becoming proficient and effective Wholistic Disciple facilitators.

Thursday 1:30
Room 57-223

Speaker: Robert Priest

Organization: Taylor University

African Christian Leadership: Realities, Opportunities, Impact: Africa is a continent with exciting Christian vitality and growth, but African Christian leaders must confront significant challenges related to literacy, education, healthcare, economic development, peace and security, and the development of healthy governments. US partners sometimes play strategic roles in empowering African Christian leaders to wisely engage such realities. This workshop will consider highlights from the new book “African Christian Leadership: Realities, Opportunities, and Impact” (2017, Orbis), which is based on a survey of over 8,000 African Christians and on scores of interviews with high impact African Christian in diverse sectors of society. The workshop will focus especially on the ways in which partners from the USA can use this research (available in the book and supplemented in an accompanying set of on-line resources) to develop wise partnering relationships with a wide variety of Christian leaders.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-223

Best practices and strategies to make a wholistic impact in the majority world. Come learn about Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and other wholistic ministry strategies that are transforming the majority world.

Reaching the Majority World
When & Where

Speaker: Anna Ho

Organization: Reconciled World

“Nurturing Truth & Confronting Lies – Identify and address beliefs holding communities in poverty: This session looks at the power of truth to bring transformation. You will learn how to identify beliefs that hold communities in poverty and how to bring truth that transforms.

Wednesday 11:00
Room 57-224

Speaker: Anna Ho and Heather Hicks

Organization: Reconciled World

The Truth Centered Transformation Program: Over 1000 villages have moved out of poverty as a result of the TCT program. This session is for those who want to implement the TCT program, or want to understand it better. It’s a step-by-step guide reviewing the goals, overview of the program and presenting the tools that are available for use.

Thursday 1:30
57-224

Speaker: Larry Frick

Organization: GO International

Wholistic Approach to Reaching Unreached People Groups: To complete the Great Commission, we must focus on reaching the remaining unreached people groups. These people tend to be historically resistant or even hostile to the Gospel. They also tend to reside among the most economically disadvantaged populations. A biblical, wholistic approach can meet needs, show God’s love and break down barriers to the Gospel. This session will explore Biblical and missiological principles of ministry to unreached peoples. We will discuss the reasons for using an integrated approach and give ideas and examples to help stimulate the attendees to utilize a wholistic approach in their ministry context. We will include examples from different settings to show how this approach can be adapted to different situations.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-224

Speaker: Nam Ho and Heather Hicks

Organization: Reconciled World

Working with Local Churches: This workshop will discuss how to partner successfully with churches around the world, as church partnerships across cultures can be tricky. In this session we share best practices that we have learned in 20 years of partnering with churches. We will also address any key questions on how to partner more successfully.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-224

Speaker: Nam Ho

Organization:Reconciled World

Mobilizing Local Resources: This workshop will discuss how to recognize and mobilize the local resources God has given to people experiencing poverty. In the past 15 years we have been amazed at the ways materially poor people have given. As they do we have seen churches grow in their faith and love for God. In this session we will look at how to teach churches and individuals to use what God has given them to serve others.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-224

Speaker: Steve Otradovec

Organization: World Poverty Solutions

Community Ownership: Sustainable community development that dignifies and transforms moves from the inside-out. With good intention, many development efforts often take the opposite approach sending an influx of money, experts and ideas to fix the world’s problems. However, sustainable development begins and ends with local ownership, local resources and local capacity. Our role as outsiders is simply to equip, motivate and empower locals to identify their own needs and creatively access local resources to meet those needs. Building projects is not the goal, it’s building people! Through active listening, relationship building and empowerment, significant community transformation is possible. When empowered local people take ownership of their own development, they use local knowledge, God-given creativity and assets within reach.

Wednesday 11:00
Room 57-230

Speaker: Linda Brock

Organization: CMF International

Integrating DMM and CHE: Part 1, Case Studies: We will learn how international practitioners are successfully integrating CHE and DMM as we seek to create relevant training for CHE and DMM practitioners impacting the Majority World.

Wednesday 11:00/Thursday 11:00
Room 57-232

Speaker: Judy Fish

Organization: Team Expansion

Integrating DMM and CHE: Part 2, Curriculum Development Roundtable: Are you one of the many who are seeking to integrate a more holistic approach to their ministry AND be obedient to make disciples who will make disciples? This workshop is for you! We invite you to bring your experience, passion and wisdom in CHE and DMM in hopes of developing a training curriculum. As a follow-up of the ‘Integrating CHE and DMM…Part 1 (Case Studies) workshop, we will delve into the nuts and bolts of creating a training template to be used by CHE and DMM practitioners serving in the majority world. All participants will receive a condensed document of the roundtable discussions.

Wednesday 1:30/Thursday 1:30
Room 57-230

Speaker: Hal J Jones

Organization: GHNI

Finishing the Task and Global CHE Network Update

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-230

Best practices and ways to lead in your church and non-profit ministry. Learn alongside other leaders who are addressing the issues leaders face in collaborative and cross-cultural leadership.

Developing Your Organization
When & Where

Speaker: Andreas Steffensen and Ben Demblowski

World Poverty Solutions

Working together – developing sustainable partnerships: A lot of things can go wrong in partnerships from simple disagreements to mission drift. How do we ensure that our partnerships withstand the pitfalls and flourish? How do we complement each other? How do we collaborate, without controlling? In this seminar, we will discuss how to plan and execute sustainable, equitable partnerships. We will look at how to build proper foundations for partnerships, and consider ways to plan and work together. Finally, we will consider how we can assess the fruit of our collaboration.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-334

Speaker: Anthony Howard

Organization: Hinei House

Establishing a Culture of Prayer in Your Organization: We will discuss effective strategies for launching, developing and sustaining a culture of prayer in your organization. We will further explore practical ways that empowered prayer cultures foster wholistic ministry.

Wednesday 11:00
Room 57-234

Speaker: Calvin Edwards & Jim McGee

Organization: Calvin Edwards & Company

Introduction to Missions Evaluation: What It Is & How It Can Help Your Organization: Increasingly, ministries are adopting practices to assess the fruit of their outreach. Outcome-based evaluation—adapted from the social sciences—has been carefully re-worked to help assess the way God is blessing ministry strategies. This information is being used to inform prayer, steward resources, support strategic decisions, and communicate with donors. In this eye-opening session you will learn about kingdom values behind program evaluation and how outcome thinking can help your organization.
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Wednesday 11:00
Room 57-233

Speaker: Calvin Edwards & Jim McGee

Organization: Calvin Edwards & Company

Developing a System for Outcomes Monitoring & Evaluation: Program evaluation as a tool for thoughtful decision-making is fairly new to missions. Increasingly, agencies are utilizing program evaluation to assess the impact of their work. But, strictly speaking, program evaluation is done on one program, at one place, at one time. Yet, mission agencies work around the world in diverse settings. How does program evaluation apply in such a situation? This session explores practical ways missions leadership can introduce outcome-based assessments ministry-wide. Doing so can improve effectiveness, increase funding, and usher in a new era of informed prayer and thoughtful decision-making based on well-stewarded information.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-233

Speaker: Calvin Edwards

Organization: Calvin Edwards & Company

What (Major) Donors Want: Mr. Edwards draws on nearly two decades of experience advising major donors as a philanthropic consultant—including some of the nation’s biggest givers. He will discuss the mindset of a major donor and seven key things that major donors want in the organizations to which they give. He will also suggest actions that will help your ministry have the characteristics that donors are looking for. “Three generations” of donor types will be profiled along with the differences between them, how to approach them, and which donor type is especially productive for fundraising.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-233

Speaker: Calvin Edwards

Organization: Calvin Edwards & Company

How Your Ministry Makes a Difference: Developing a Theory of Change: Ministry colleagues work together for good, but they sometimes differ on how or why lives are changed. Others may not think at all about how change occurs. This can lead to disagreement on strategy, resource allocation, and messaging. The concept of Theory of Change addresses these issues and has become popular in recent years. In this session Mr. Edwards will differentiate between a Logic Model and a Theory of Change, and focus on what a Theory of Change is, how to develop yours, and how to use it in strategy development, program design, and fundraising. He will also discuss Theory of Change in relation to the currently popular movement of “Collective Impact.” Practical implications for your organization will be suggested.

Thursday 1:30
Room 57-233

Speaker: Calvin Edwards

Organization: Calvin Edwards & Company

Panel & Audience Discussion: Lessons Learned, Confessions, & Future Trends Within Wholistic Mission: This is a “free for all” conversation about organizational development, program evaluation, attracting more donors, and strategy implementation. There will be substantial audience participation so bring your 2-3-minute case study, experience, or questions to share—and let’s learn from each other. Also, evaluation experts and donor advisors will share hard-learned lessons from the trenches. This session will go where the audience takes it, so fasten your seat belts! But you can be sure that you will take away insights to drive your organization forward.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-233

Speaker: Jason Paltzer

Organization: Grand Canyon University

“Training a Christian Public Health Workforce: Public health is becoming an increasingly recognized framework to carry out health ministry programs through the local church. Christian public health training programs have a unique opportunity to increase the capacity and awareness of future public health leaders to work alongside the local church as necessary partners in wholistic ministry and transformational development. This workshop will present the results of a survey from Christian public health training programs regarding perceptions and opportunities for integrating unique ministry competencies into their training programs. In addition, the presentation will discuss examples of public health internships and field experiences with Global CHE Network partners and the expectations that should be set to create a mutually beneficial experience.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-234

Speaker: Lisa Jonas

Organization: Partners International

“From Complex to Clear: One Ministry’s Guide to Organizational Development: Spiritual health, vision and strategy, leadership values, ministry infrastructure, relationships and communications, and financial well-being. These are all critical elements in the growth of an organization, but when looked at as a whole can be an overwhelming undertaking to tackle. Partners International has developed a process through which we work together with local, indigenous ministries to break down the needs into doable pieces through assessing organizational development needs, the creation of strategic plans that integrate areas of potential growth, and ongoing follow-up evaluating advancement. Key resources are important to the growth process, but so are the building of relationships and creation of networks where opportunity arises.

Thursday 1:30
Room 57-234

Speaker: Mark Santiago

Organization: Converge Digital

How to Navigate the Perilous Waters of Facebook Fundraising: As a growing NonProfit, do you worry about the success of your online giving program? Maybe you’ve recently experimented with new ways to get donors through tools like Facebook ads, or you’re starting to think about how you can use Facebook advertising to your advantage. Don’t get stuck trying to navigate the perilous waters of Facebook fundraising without the help you need. In this class, Mark Santiago, CEO & Founder of Converge Digital, will give you the very foundation you need to create a Facebook ads budget that your organization can grow with. Learn how to turn likes into donors and show your executive team how your organization can use Facebook ads to thrive in 2018. You will also get access to real live case studies from clients we work with such as Greenpeace, Nature Conservancy, and United States Holocaust Museum.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-234

Leaders lead best when they are cared for, learning, and developing themselves. Join us as we discuss vital leadership topics of self-leadership, coaching, soul care and servant leadership development.

Growing As A Leader
When & Where

Speaker: Anna Sherod

Organization: Kingdom Workers

Decentralized Solutions and Friendship in Hurting Communities: What approaches can we use to give away power, handing over the keys to our programs to local hands, understanding that the “vehicle” we created may be torn apart and remade? How can we decentralize power in our organizations as we expand to reach various cultures and communities? How can we co-create plans for long-term sustainability, and what does reciprocity and friendship have to do with it? As program founders, designers, or coordinators we may be getting in our own way. Let’s explore together how the final stage of the MADD (Map, Analyze, Develop, and then Decentralize) process applies to our programs. We know that those in the most vulnerable communities have knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual gifts to offer. We’ll talk practically about what it means to build friendships within a program, give away control, and set our programs free to have organic local growth.

Thursday 1:30
Room 57-231

Speaker: Anthony Howard

Organization: Hinei House

Prayer is Leadership, Leadership is Prayer: We will explore the integral connection between prayer and effective leadership. We will further discuss practical ways to live out vibrant and effective leadership that is firmly rooted in a lifestyle of prayer.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-231

Speaker: Dave Drum

Organization: 4 Tucson

Humility – the Secret Sauce: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb Most people are fans of unity and collaboration. Some of the biggest fans of Christian unity are non-Christian. Everyone talks about it – but what would help us actually progress in visible, tangible ways? What I keep learning after seven years of working full time to see Jesus’ John 17 prayer for visible unity answered in our city is that almost everything tracks back to one word: humility. Unity/harmony/collaboration will go as far as humility takes it, and no farther. This workshop will address some foundational Biblical principles of humility – such as that the Bible doesn’t command us to be humble, it commands us to humble ourselves. But the emphasis will be on practical implications, not just theological truth. If it doesn’t show up practically… it’s not humility.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-231

Speaker: Jon Taylor

Organization: Coaching Missions International

A Leader’s Life Purpose:
Every individual has a destiny in God’s economy. There is a task you have to do – but even more, there is something you were born to be – to embody Jesus in a unique way to those around you. How do you discover your calling, and help others find theirs?

Thursday 1:30
Room 57-232

Speaker: Kim Kargbo

Organization: Women of Hope International

Spiritual Formation – The Missing Link to Wholistic Ministry:
As leaders, we often focus our attention and strategies on the “recipients” of our ministries, rather than on the “ministers” themselves. We spend time thinking about how to disciple “them” and ignore discipleship and spiritual formation in our own lives and the lives of our co-workers. Come and explore together how practices of spiritual formation can strengthen our ministries – from the inside out.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-232

Speaker: Kim Kargbo

Organization: Women of Hope International

Does Your Organization Have “Culture Stress?”
Does Your Organization Have “Culture Stress?”- Just like nations and ethnic groups have a culture, organizations and ministries have a culture as well. Our culture defines the way we operate and interact, often without intent or cognitive awareness. Come and discuss what makes a healthy, Christ-centered culture for an organization and how to begin to shift the culture if it is unhealthy.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-232

Christ had a heart for the broken and vulnerable. Learn how to make a wholistic impact among the most vulnerable in our world: children, women, the disabled, the undocummented and refugee.

Vulnerable Populations
When & Where

Speaker: Cherie Gray

Organization: Tucson Refugee Ministry

How the Church is doing wholistic ministry with refugees in AZ: This panel discussion will feature innovative leaders of outreach to refugees in Arizona. They have successfully built cross-cultural partnerships and have designed sustainable, volunteer-driven models helping refugees build new lives and integrate into American society. Their approach is based on their Christian faith but is not a bait-and-switch. Come learn how God is discipling the nations through his Church right here in Arizona.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-236

Speaker: Diana Mood

Organization:The Global Transformation Network

Why Care about Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations: An interactive discussion about why this a GCN core value and why our network is being encouraged to engage the most vulnerable groups with the Gospel NOW. Help shape practical recommendations about how to implement this value in response to Christ’s directives.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-235

Speaker: Jacob Tornga

Organization:International Associates for Refugees

The Recovery Continuum: How to Effectively Engage in Refugee Ministry: Learning the Recovery Continuum will give you 5 important principles for doing healthy and effective ministry with refugees, especially in a refugee camp context. We will discuss current global trends along the refugee highway, the major breakdowns in the traditional humanitarian based response to a refugee crisis, and how we can develop a more sustainable model for healthy and effective work with refugees.

Wednesday 11:00
Room 57-236

Speaker: Jody Collinge & Lovemore Zulu

Global CHE Network & CHEEP

How God is at Work through Community Health Evangelism in Zambia: We have been invited by the government to introduce CHE to children their schools. We hope through children’s CHE that we will be able to open new areas to evangelize to the Muslims. We have seen children sharing what they are learning through children’s CHE materials to their fellow children and parents. CHE has become a tool for church planting and expansion in different communities of Zambia. Through children’s CHE, many schools in Zambia have seen behavior change in the children, and also these children are sharing Christ and good health. Theses opportunities have been created through CHE ministry. Children are sharing with adults and are doing projects to help other children go to school.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-236

Speaker: Lisa Olson

Organization: Manyata Ministries
Church

Acceptance with a Purpose Those Among Us? – Recognizing the different forms of being poor and marginalized. •What Do Others Say? – Understanding the role that culturally based beliefs play. •Acceptance Does Not Mean Giving Up. • What Will You Commit? – Accepting what you can offer. •Discovering Your Purpose – Putting faith into action.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-235

Speaker: Maggie Conrad

Medical Ambassadors

Effective and Emerging Resources for Working with Women, Men and Families Women’s Cycle of Life/Family Cycle of Life has positively impacted communities around the world. Other curriculum (CHE Perinatal, Men Matter, Healthy Birthing Life Saving Skills, 1000 Days) have brought life (physical, spiritual, relational) to individuals, families and marriages. Interested? Come hear about what is happening and the available resources to help you empower people in need. If you used Women’s Cycle of Life or Family CHE, we invite you to come and share your experiences, challenges, ideas and successes as we work together to bring hope to the nations. These curriculum are facilitated as a part of Community Health Evangelism/CHE.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-236

Speaker: Mary Kaech

Organization: Phoenix Refugee Connections

The Nations Are Here: Primer on Refugee Resettlement in the US: Since 1975, the US has welcomed more than 3 million refugees from all over the world—people of all faiths and backgrounds. We know from Scripture that God uses forced migration to accomplish his plans. With more refugees in the world today than at any time in modern history, what might God be up to? What does he want from his Church in light of the global refugee crisis? We will cover the who, what, where, when, why and how of the US’s refugee-resettlement program, and we will consider the unique ability of the Church to bring God’s healing and hope to these most vulnerable people.

Wednesday 11:00
Room 57-236

Speaker: Randiesia Fletcher

Organization: Refugee Resource Center

Maybe Poor but not Helpless: The ramifications are strong for children victimized by mental and material poverty. There’s a correlation between poverty and psychological outcomes, in which include long-term behavioral and emotional problems, including from my own experience, anger, depression, PTSD, suicide attempts, homicidal tendencies, job-loss, abuse, divorce, promiscuity, rape, and unplanned pregnancies. Trauma leaves scars, evoking a lasting poverty of the mind. It makes it difficult for one to recuperate socially and emotionally. It prompts poor self-esteem, irrational decision-making, poor self-control, and cycles of self-damning abuse—a diminishing of well-being and emotional intelligence. With the lack of resources and the lack of mental capacity, it can be difficult to overcome the deficit of brokenness. I continue to overcome these barriers by teaching others that there is hope. Fortunately, broken relationships can be restored.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-235

Speaker: Sarah Gesiriech

Organization: Faith to Action Initiative

Caring for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: Children Grow Best in Families: Christians around the world are rising to the Biblical call to respond to the needs of the orphaned and vulnerable. Both Scripture and social science demonstrate that the ideal place to raise a child is within a family, and there is a growing body of evidence to help guide faith-inspired work. This workshop covers significant findings that demonstrate the importance of family care and the limitations of orphanages, an introduction to the range of wholistic family care options, explores guiding principles for family and community-based care of orphans and vulnerable children, and provides practical tools and resources for becoming an advocate for family-based care in your church and beyond.

Thursday 1:30
Room 57-235

Speaker: Terry Graham

Organization: The Global Transformation Network

Who’s Missing? How to Engage Vulnerable and Marginalized Populations: An interactive discussion about GCN members and affiliates currently equipping the NETWORK to accomplish this task reviewing their targeted resources, education, training, ministry models, etc. and concluding with what and who’s on YOUR heart and what’s next for the GCN network.

Thursday 1:30
Room 57-235

This track will cover a range of wealth creation strategies from grass roots community economics, micro enterprise development, and broader collaboration between financial services, with a focus on localized ownership and economic sustainability.

Economic Empowerment
When & Where

Speaker: Andy McDowell & Chuck McDaniel

With Love Market & Cafe

Subtleties of Business as Mission (BAM) Evangelism: A departure from conventional missions with an intriguing approach to advancing the Kingdom. An interview style discussion of the Great Commission in the context of a “for profit” BAM (Business as Mission) venture – outside the walls of church, and beyond the appearance of overt ministry. How do we sidestep the obvious, and bring focus to the subtle, while injecting the love of Christ into a culture of social irreverence?

Thursday 1:30
Room 57-322

Speaker: Carla Davis & Samuel

Organization: Partners International

Economic Empowerment for Women – Challenges and Opportunities – Learning from Central Asia: When women develop their capacity to generate income, they increase in stature, confidence and abilities to meet physical, social and spiritual needs in their family. Carla and Samuel (from Central Asia) will facilitate discussion on challenges of enterprise development in a difficult place in the majority world. A case study will be presented for a vocational training center that has trained over 500 women from different backgrounds and is expanding into village training centers that are owned by the community.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-237

Speaker: Courtney O’Connell

Organization: World Relief

Savings Groups as a Vehicle for Wholistic Ministry: In the communities where we work, what’s the most common answer to the question: “What’s one thing you want to work on in your community?” We at World Relief most commonly hear “reduce poverty!” Come hear how World Relief uses the Savings for Life (SFL) program to empower churches to serve the most vulnerable. Through interactive demonstrations, participants will understand the low-cost, highly sustainable SFL model including the integration of Biblical discussions, narrative stories, and group Bible Study guides. This session will share the wholistic impact of SFL including recent research on how SFL influences marriage and household dynamics. Learn and consider how integrating a savings program like SFL into your other development programs can multiply the impact and create healthier and stronger families. This session will explore principles on how to integrate savings groups into other programs as well as how to build a sustainable economic development model.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-322

Speaker: Dale Stanton-Hoyle

Organization:Five Talents

Five Talents: Walking through the five steps of community transformation and economic empowerment: 1. Group Formation, 2. Biblical Principles, 3. Education and Savings Programs, 4. Mentoring and Lending, 5. Growth, Repayment, and Sustainability.

Wednesday 11:00
Room 57-322

Speaker: Ena Richards

Organization: Work 4 A Living

EQUIPPING THE POOR TO WORK: changing mindsets and entrenching excellence:

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-322

Speaker: Joe Knittig

Organization: GOEX

New Commerce: Breaking the Orphan Cycle Through the Power of Commerce: Old Commerce is an Oligarchy. Technology moguls, industry titans, and politicians lock arms to form the Oligarch that dominates commerce and even daily life itself. The Oligarch aims to control and consolidate. The Oligarch drives the ever-widening income gap between the rich and poor, and the increasing elimination of the middle class. Real human connection is on the decline; division, without real relationship, is on the rise. The Oligarch seems an unstoppable force. New Commerce declares war on the Oligarch. We see the global marketplace as the arena to disrupt the Oligarchy through the intentional creation (and consumer support) of businesses that (1) connect makers and buyers to care for each other through basic commercial activity, and (2) leverage capitalism for bottom-up community change.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-237

Speaker: Wallace Kamau Kanyuira

Organization: Missions of Hope International/ CMF International

Turning Problems into Business Opportunities to Wholistically Empower the Poor: Poverty and oppression is an indication of spiritual darkness, but the Gospel light of Jesus when ministered wholistically, opens the doors for transformation of poor communities. Missions of Hope International started as a preschool with 50 children who gave access to their families and neighbors, opening the door for wholistic ministry to the whole family. Through Microfinance, the families are empowered economically as they’re also evangelized intentionally. As the children receive education, their families and communities are opened up to wholistic empowerment. Using CHE materials, the community members are trained, which leads them to take personal initiatives as they identify business and other opportunities in solving problems within their communities. With Microfinance training and Credit availability, they’re empowered and transformed.

Thursday 1:30
Room 57-237
City and Urban FocusWhen & Where

Speaker: Alan Briggs (with Myron Pierce and Sarah Steffensen)

Organization: WPS/Frontline Church Planting/Missions Church

Wholistic Mission on U.S. Soil: A Roundtable Discussion: The world has come to us and it’s creating massive opportunities and massive tensions from the urbs to the burbs. In this session you’ll hear practical ideas from two leaders (Alan Briggs & Myron Pierce) in the trenches of two very different environments with a heart to the see the gospel fleshed out right here on U.S. soil. Come ready to get ideas for your neighborhood and city.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-331

Speaker: CJ Quartlbaum

Organization: CSM/Apostles Church Brooklyn

When Non-believers Go on Mission Trips: I work for a short-term missions organization in one of the largest cities in the country. We partner with soup kitchens, shelters, storehouses, churches, community gardens and more. Our groups are comprised of students, families, churches, and organizations from across the country with a desire to serve in the inner city. What often happens is that students (and often leaders) are brought on these trips unprepared, uneducated, and unmotivated. This tends to hurt both the participants and recipients of service more than help. But with a proper focus and some guidance, we can change this. The gospel has to be main reason we do what we do. We seek to make disciples of all nations and thus fulfilling the Great Commission.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-331

Speaker: Garry Brock

Organization: CMF International

God Works in the Cities Among the Urban Poor: We will discuss urban poverty and ask the question, “Who are the urban poor in the majority world?” We will hear what God is doing among the urban poor and explore some approaches to help practitioners align with what God is doing with the poor in cities.

Wednesday 11:00
Room 57-331

Speaker: Jeff Bisgrove

Organization: Arizona Neighborhood Transfomration

Guadalupe Arizona – Wholistic Ministry works to be part of the people of the town: Guadalupe Arizona is a fascinating and wonderful place. A small community of about 5500 people, mainly Hispanic and Native American; it has a rich culture and history. It also has very poor education and very low per capita incomes and being right in the middle of the Phoenix metro area, it is challenged by crime and drugs. Here we use both CHE and NT as part of the community owned effort helping our friends in Guadalupe make the improvements to education and jobs they want and to see the growth of the Kingdom of God. We have been doing this for almost a decade and the job will outlive us. In this seminar we will share our efforts and experiences with our friends as together we try to be salt and light in Guadalupe with our words and deeds, focusing on after school tutoring and home visits to grow the wholistic work in Guadalupe.

Thursday 11:00
Room 57-333

Speaker: Joe Knittig

Organization: The Global Orphan Project

CarePortal: A Platform to Empower Local Churches Caring for Children: The Global Orphan Project (GO Project) mission is to break the orphan cycle through the power of community, commerce, and the love of Christ. Our core ministry is to expand the capacity of local churches to care for children in crisis in their own communities. We do so in the United States and around the world. In the U.S., we developed and operate a platform called CarePortal: www.careportal.org. CarePortal is a platform of technology, team, and training in the middle space between Church and State, that expands the capacity of local churches to care for their own children. CarePortal started in Texas in 2015. Since then, more than 1,400 local churches in the CarePortal network in 13 states have impacted more than 21,000 children. We believe that God is changing child welfare from State centered to Local Church centered, and that He will expand this collaborative platform globally. Come learn more about CarePortal.

Wednesday 1:30
Room 57-333

Speaker: Kit Danley

Organization: Neighborhood Ministries

Ten Principles of Effective Urban Ministry: After 35 years of working and living an incarnation missional approach, Neighborhood Ministries has learned some things, mostly the hard way. This workshop is an overview of ten principles that capture what we’ve learned about community relevance, engagement and transformation. These ten have grown out of the soil of the foundations of the Word made flesh, the Word of God and the Kingdom of God. I hope you will join us in a lively exploration of lessons learned in the relentless pursuit of the least, last, lost and left-out.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-322

Speaker: Mariana Luna

Organization: La Zona Fuego Nuevo

From charity to development: Developing programns that make more impact in your community: When we want to do good many times we do not realize that instead of generating development and growth in the community we create dependency and disability. When we realize this we try to change our programs but we do not know how to do it or where to start. In this workshop you will learn the difference between charity and development in a practical way and how to evaluate if their programs are generating development and growth or dependence and burn out of their teams and resourses. You will also discover how, with small actions, you can begin to modify the activities you already do to start the road to development. You will also develop applicable strategies to put in to practice as soon as you return to your fields, and how to communicate this shift to your church and team members.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-331

Speaker: Michael Mata

Organization: Azusa Pacific University
Wholistic Mission on U.S. Soil: A Roundtable Discussion: The City As Text – Reading the Biography of a Neighborhood: Topics will include community mapping, needs assessment, resource identification, measurement of change, and strategic ministry development. This subject matter takes the urban context and its inhabitants seriously by introducing a tool which builds the capacity of not only facilitators but the community members to engage the city as agents of transformation and not merely bystanders or spectators.

Wednesday 11:00
Room 57-333

Speaker: Rebecca Walker

Organization: The Hospitality Table

Hospitality Looks A Lot Like Discipleship! Hospitality is a wholistic language of discipleship! Hospitality that looks a lot like discipleship is all about following Jesus’ example as he ate his way through the gospels. In this workshop we will examine how hospitality is the journey of maturing in Christ-likeness as well as the fulfilling of our purpose in the Great Commission and the Great Command. Love God and Love your neighbor! We are going to explore how our dining room table is the stealth weapon of the church! Want to see a whole new level of growth in your church? Don’t miss this strategic workshop. Join this renewal movement and watch God transform our communities one neighbor at a time.

Thursday 3:00
Room 57-333

Speaker: Sarah Steffensen

Organization: World Poverty Solutions

The New Front Porch:
How to Utilize Local Schools to Build Community: Learn practical ways to partner with your local school for lasting community transformation. In this workshop we will roundtable ways to approach your local school district about meaningful ways to partner with them. We will also discuss the strategy in which to turn these relationships into lasting spiritual impact within the community. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss best practices, wholistic core values and will leave with tools they can implement upon returning to their respective communities.

Thursday 1:30
Room 57-331

Speaker: Ted Cates

Collabrative for Neighborhood Transformation

Impelmenting Neighborhood Transformation (NT) in a Small Town: This session will present implementation of Neighborhood Transformation in a small town (Laurel, Mississippi) from inception to current progress. We will look at the demographics of Laurel and its unique characteristics. We will cover how the NT process taught in Training Of Trainers was implemented to include failures, barriers, successes, and lessons learned. We will be reviewing team and neighborhood selection, gaining confidence of our neighbors, the survey process, and initial organizing of the neighborhood committee.

Thursday 1:30
57-333

Our world is moving to the city! Learn strategies and best practices for wholistic ministry in North American cities and Urban environments in the majority world.