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BREAKTHROUGH WORKSHOPS: 1.5 hour (100)

Track: Executive Leadership (16)

1. Flourishing CEO Succession: Case Study
Leadership successions, especially if the CEO is the founder, are tough to execute, and are frequently short-lived. Learn how two leaders set succession up to flourish, avoid pitfalls and additionally receive a best practice guide. Outcomes: 1) Recognize causes for failed leadership succession efforts, 2) Get the CEO or top leader prepared and ready and 3) Design a plan to fit your circumstances and situation.
Al Lopus, Cofounder and Board Chair, and Jay Bransford, CEO and President, Best Christian Workplaces Institute

Advanced

2. Leadership from the Shepherd’s Perspective
God has entrusted to us those we influence and has done so with a biblically-based outline of how to lead well. Join us as we dig into his Word and move beyond service to sacrifice, to shepherd leadership. Outcomes: 1) To position shepherding as a universal, godly leadership principle, 2) To view provision, protection and presence as key responsibilities of genuine shepherd leadership and 3) To establish absolute surrender to the Father as a requirement of an effective, godly shepherd.
Holly Culhane, Founder and CEO, and Doug Culhane, Facilitator, Presence Point

Advanced

3. Growth Through Partnerships
Partnership can be a strategic tool for growth and for reaching audience segments not previously accessible! The team from Today in the Word—a devotional published by Moody Bible Institute—demonstrates how close strategic collaboration between like-minded organizations can drive value for partners and help achieve ministry objectives. Outcomes: 1) Examine potential opportunities for partnerships, finding the “win-win,” 2) Leverage partnership as a strong tool for growth, and 3) Recognize how collaboration is a kingdom opportunity.
Jamie Janosz, Managing Editor, Today in the Word, and Julia Baad, Director, Marketing & Communications, Moody Bible Institute

Basic

4. Achieve Operational Success During Uncertainty
In a rapidly changing environment, it is critical to understand the importance of creating and implementing a prioritized operating plan that supports your strategic plan and aligns your staff, vision and mission for maximum impact. Outcomes: 1) Discover how to create an operating plan that aligns with your “True North” strategic plan, 2) Demonstrate organizational alignment through a line-of-sight implementation and 3) Identify how to provide clarity, simplicity, and dashboards organization-wide that align with the strategic plan.
Fran Brown, Managing Partner, and Stan Reiff, Partner, and Professional Practice Leader – Consult, CapinCrouse

Basic

5. Scenario Planning to Predict Revenue
Leaders working toward their strategic plan are unsure whether future resources will be sufficient. Enhance your scenario planning by interpreting historical donor data to better calibrate future development priorities to achieve long-term revenue goals. Outcomes: 1) Improve your scenario planning to achieve long-term revenue goals, 2) Apply insights from two case studies of ministries that effectively used a donor development scenario planning tool, and 3) Know what level of financial investment in new donor acquisition correlates with future revenue targets.
Shelley Cochrane, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, and Aubrey Hoeppner, Vice President, Client Services, Douglas Shaw and Associates

Advanced

6. Adaptive Leadership into Unchartered Territory
How well does your organization cope with change? How must I adapt, grow and change in order to lead my team or organization into a fruitful future? Outcomes: 1) Recognize what adaptive leadership is, and why it is needed now more than ever in your organization, 2) Apply five key skills: mission first, developing trust, learning fast, understanding sabotage, and dealing with loss, and 3) Make adaptive leadership practical in your leadership situation.
Dr. Ken Cochrum, Executive Vice President – Field Ministries, East – West

Intermediate

7. Not a Hopeless Case: Engaging Gen Z
Contrary to grim reports regarding the state of faith in the US, stories gathered over the last five years through the Young Adult Initiative indicate a strong ongoing desire among young adults to engage the Christian faith. However, young adults have questions Christian organizations must address. Outcomes: 1) Recognize six vital questions young adults pose to a church in crisis, 2) Create research-based strategies to address those questions, and 3) Apply research-based strategies to engage young adults in the work of ministry.
Dr. Halee Gray Scott, Director of Young Adult Initiative, Denver Seminary |Author|Radio/Podcast Host

Basic

8. Leading When You Aren’t in Charge
Influencing change, casting vision and driving growth are typically roles for top-level leadership. However, through a framework of trust and communication, anyone can lead organizational change even when you aren’t in charge — and do so while honoring your boss. Outcomes: 1) Discover practical communication strategies to manage up and build trust with your boss, 2) Set expectations and boundaries to keep a healthy relationship with your boss and 3) Complement the weaknesses of your boss without threatening their authority.
Michael Gunnin, Chief Growth Officer, Walk Through the Bible

Intermediate

9. Is Your Organization’s Culture a Magnet?
Culture attracts talented people to our organizations. How we communicate, how we work, and the decisions we make are all signals of organizational culture. Are you a culture magnet, or are you pushing people away? Outcomes: 1) Apply five essentials to becoming a culture magnet, 2) Recognize how to start with what you have (what can we use from the inside), and 3) Discern how to move the needle towards change (what can we use from the outside).
Brooke Hodnefield, Vice President, and Beth Graybill, Associate, Slingshot

Advanced

10. Entrusted with Organizational Unity
In this workshop, the audience will learn how to define biblical unity, identify potential barriers, and create a customized framework for organizational unity to help fulfill the organization’s entrusted mission and vision. Outcomes: 1) Review Scripture as the foundation for unity, and learn the difference between unity and uniformity, 2) Recognize barriers to unity, and learn how unity requires both consensus of purpose and clarity of position, and 3) Develop a contextualized organizational framework for unity.
Karen McNary, Director of Global Cultural Engagement, Bible Study Fellowship International

Basic

11. Leading with a Developmental Bias
Leaders are entrusted with developing more leaders. If we lead and care well but fail to develop the next generation of leaders, the work will not continue beyond us. Leading with a developmental bias is an essential skill for leaders. Outcomes: 1) See in Scripture the shepherd leader metaphor and the Lead-Develop-Care model, 2) Recognize the kingdom value of leading with a developmental bias, and 3) Apply practical and effective ways to lead with a developmental bias.
Tammy Murden, Director of Leader Development, and Andrew Duran, Navigator Leader Development, The Navigators

Basic

12. Where Innovation Goes Wrong
Leaders and organizations make four common, avoidable mistakes when innovating for renewal and growth. For many, “innovation” has a bad reputation. It evokes well-intended but ineffective initiatives, frustration, and missed expectations. This workshop will debunk common misconceptions and share practical ways to drive innovation effectively. Outcomes: 1) Recognize misconceptions around leading sustainable innovation, 2) Avoid common mistakes when innovating for growth, and 3) Apply lessons to drive innovation effectively.
Dave Raley, Founder, Imago Consulting

Intermediate

13. Strategies to Avoid Mission Drift
This workshop provides practical steps to keep your organization focused on its Christ-centered ambitions for generations of leaders to come. Participants will begin to define, protect, and champion their organization’s eternal impact. Outcomes: 1) Discuss: What is mission drift? Why does it matter? How can we avoid it? Apply key insights, 2) Define: What does mission drift look like in my organization? and 3) Discern: Create a follow-up plan with one step to avoid drift.
Becca Spradlin, Founder and CEO, On Mission

Advanced

14. Is Your Organization Worthy of the Gift? (Part 1)
Most Christian nonprofit leaders would answer “yes,” but there’s more to this question than meets the eye. Moving to the next level of transformational giving requires assessing an organization’s comprehensive worthiness to receive transformational gifts. This session is designed for ministry executives and/or key leaders. Outcomes: 1) Master the concept of organizational and personal worthiness, 2) Discern links between organizational and personal worthiness and the receipt of transformational gifts, and 3) Recognize how organizational worthiness is linked to personal worthiness.
Bryan Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone Management

Basic

15. Navigating Culture & Protecting Freedom’s Future
As a Christian ministry, how do you address changing cultural views on issues such as sexuality, marriage, and gender identity? How can your ministry love and serve everyone without giving in to the shifting morality of the day? This session will equip you to handle coming trials. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the importance of religious liberty, and review cases highlighting where religious liberty is at risk, 2) Embrace the role of a biblical worldview, and 3) Perceive how ADF’s Ministry Alliance helps protect your ministry.
Sherri Huston, Membership Director, and Harrison Smith, Regional Alliance Director, Alliance Defending Freedom

Basic

16. Megatrends that Will Change the World
In this perennial Outcomes favorite, see the latest data revealing key megatrends that will shape the future. Develop a high-level view of how God is working around the world and adjust your strategy today. Outcomes: 1) Identify key megatrends that will redefine the world over the next few decades, 2) Recognize the impact megatrends will have on ministry work, and 3) Evaluate how your ministry’s strategic initiatives need to adjust to be relevant in the future.
Robert Yi, Chief Operating Officer, Global Leadership Network

Basic

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Track: Personal Leadership (16)

17. Hearing God’s Call
Has God entrusted you with a calling? How have you heard his voice? God created each of us uniquely and will use all he has entrusted to us to tell the story of his love and mercy. Outcomes: 1) Define the calling given by God, 2) Discover how to pray in ways that offer opportunities to hear his voice and understand his calling, and 3) Identify biblical principles of accountability in our calling to walk faithfully in what God entrusts us to do and be.
Dr. Peggy Banks, Global Director, TWR Women of Hope

Basic

18. Leading Boldly
You are leading through unprecedented times, entrusted with a great mission. Discover attributes of a breakthrough performance environment that allows you to predictably deliver on outcomes. How you lead matters now more than ever. Outcomes: 1) Create a culture of radical candor and a breakthrough performance environment, 2) Establish your own corporate and personal breakthrough outcomes, and 3) Craft a personal leadership stand empowering you to deliver on your goal.
Rebecca Gregory Segovia, Executive Vice President, Giving DNA

Advanced

19. Tackling My Tension with Grace
What stops me from being in my best state of mind? Learn to identify tension in my brain and body to become more effective at being present to lead well. Outcomes: 1) Identify how your brain works to protect you in tension: amygdale, hippocampi, frontal lobes, 2) Invite awareness of the body in tension and how to relieve that tension: Exhale!, and 3) Investigate and apply a four-step thinking method to view self and others with empathy.
Sharon Browatzke, CCNL, National Director of Trauma Healing, World Impact, and Karen D. Wood, Neurotherapist, Clear Thinking Solutions, Inc.

Basic

20. Leadership in Community
This interactive experience will inspire and engage participants with a model of collaborative leadership based on direction, alignment, and commitment. Outcomes: 1) Apply a collaborative model of leadership based on direction, alignment, and commitment, 2) Discover opportunities to apply this model practically in corporate or ministry settings, and 3) Unpack and utilize the practical tools of coaching, peacemaking, and servantship for collaborative leadership.
Lee Carter, Executive Vice President of Scripture Engagement, Bible League International

Basic

21. Mastering You
What is biblical leadership? In this workshop we will examine “mastering you” a key for those of us entrusted to lead. We will do so by exploring how to master your goals, your habits, your emotions, and your mind. Outcomes: 1) Mastering You: Apply insights to master your goals, 2) Mastering You: Apply insights to master your habits and 3) Mastering You: Apply insights to master your emotions.
Dr. Vicki Harris, Chief People and Culture Officer, Our Daily Bread Ministries

Basic

22. Aligned with God: Are You Positioned Properly?
Good things happen when you’re in the right place at the right time. We call it alignment with God when in the right season he places his hand on you with your next assignment (role). Outcomes: 1) Discern the difference in an “assignment” and “job,” 2) Receive all God has created for you to best serve him, and 3) Discern why comfort is not always a sign to stay in your role, and how to identify when your current assignment is completed.
Ron Henry, Executive Director, Marketplace Chaplains

Basic

23. Beauty, Goodness & Truth: Kingdom Leadership
We will explore how the universal longing of the human soul for Beauty, Goodness and Truth are foundational and transformative to building a Kingdom leadership culture where individuals and teams can thrive with greater creativity and joy. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the centrality to human flourishing of the universal virtues of Beauty, Goodness, and Truth, 2) Apply these virtues to our homes, communities and places of work, and 3) Co-create, in interactive teams, a transferable, leadership framework of beauty, goodness and truth.
Peter Howard, Senior Fellow for Transformation, Accord Network

Basic

24. Lead with Your Indoor Voice
Ministries talk about being good stewards but that means of all resources and our most significant resources are probably our people. Are we stewarding them well and encouraging and equipping them as good stewards? Outcomes: 1) Discern different ways to motivate staff to deeper levels of engagement within the ministry, 2) Consider how your interactions with team members impacts them positively or negatively, and 3) Determine how to provide resources and programs that will show commitment to staff and their development.
Vonna Laue, Executive Director of Global Services/CFO, TEAM

Basic

25. Overcoming Blind Spots
This workshop explores the topic of blind spots – why we all have them, how they limit our effectiveness, and how we can identify and overcome them. Outcomes: 1) Participants will explore the intersection between modern theories of adult development and biblical truth, 2) Participants will discover the power of a “growth mindset” for taking on personal change goals, and 3) Participants will be exposed to practical tools for uncovering and overcoming their own personal blind spots.
Thomas Mangham, Coach/Consultant, Center for Leading in Community

Basic

26. Sabbatical and Soul Care
As ministry leaders, we can become exhausted spiritually, emotionally, and physically, leaving our ministries and families in danger. This workshop will examine sabbaticals, personal spiritual retreats, and taking good care of your soul. Outcomes: 1) To understand rest and determine if you should take/plan for a sabbatical, 2) To determine how you can implement personal spiritual days and retreats into your regular plans, and 3) To determine how you can implement personal spiritual days and retreats into your regular plans.
Dustin Manis, President and CEO, Reaching Souls International

Basic

27. Attuning to God for My Leadership
Through hands on practice and guidance, this workshop will help you reflect on your leadership in this season, and tap into more of God’s guidance, peace, and courage for the season ahead. Outcomes: 1) Experience God’s presence and guidance for your leadership, 2) Spiritually discern one or two key themes/guideposts for your leadership in this season, and 3) Learn how to cultivate your ability to attune to God’s presence and guidance.
Tracy Mathews, Executive Director, Attune

Basic

28. How to Rebound from a Failure
As leaders, we typically don’t take enough time to recover from our failures. We push through without grieving losses sufficiently and end up bottling up anger, bitterness, and self-doubt. We’ll explore how lamenting losses can help us bounce back as healthier leaders with a clearer picture of God’s calling. Outcomes: 1) Recognize that the first step in lamenting losses is to turn to God and complain, 2) The second step, to make a request of God, and 3) The last step, to trust God.
Dustin Miller, Member, Christian Leadership Alliance Advisory Council

Basic

29. Discover Your Leadership Voice
Leaders of high-performing teams start by creating healthy communication and trusting relationships. When you discover your unique leadership voice, you can deepen relational trust, unlock your team’s potential, and accelerate performance. Outcomes: 1) Recognize characteristics and value that each of the five leadership voices brings to a team, 2) Identify your unique leadership voice and maximize your contribution to your team, and 3) Create a personal development plan. (Note: Each participant will receive a complimentary code for the 5 Voices Assessment.)
Holly Moore, President, Hollis Strategies

Basic

30. The End of Leadership
Asking the question, “Is your personal leadership pure or polluted?” this session will evaluate and compare the effectiveness of secular leadership values to gospel-centered values. Outcomes: 1) Be able to critique current leadership trends in society at large, including in the church, 2) Compare secular leadership values to gospel-centered values using Paul’s example with the Corinthian church, and 3) Identify gospel-centered leadership values for personal growth and development.
Justin Boswell, Operating Director, The Salvation Army, World Service Office

Basic

31. Strongholds: Leveraging to Lead
In the Bible, strongholds fall into three categories – the good, the bad and the temporary. As leaders, being aware of how we navigate these principles will help us build strong teams that exceed expectations. Outcomes: 1) Build personal leadership strategies that create awareness and responses to each of the “stronghold” categories, 2) Identify how these strategies can be implemented into leadership teams to overcome challenges, and 3) Create an actionable plan to implement into personal and team leadership practices.
Leah Swindon, Chief Growth Officer, Mary’s Meals International

Intermediate

32. Is Your Organization Worthy of the Gift? (Part 3)
Join us as we explore the concept of “personal worthiness” and its impact on ministry fundraising. It is easy to fall into the trap of “We have a compelling vision and they should fund us”, or a similar mindset. However, this mindset separates the organization’s fundraising efforts from our own personal worthiness. Outcomes: 1) Explore a philosophy of ministry, 2) Learn key elements related to developing personal worthiness, and 3) Embrace the spiritual element of estate design and gift planning.
Bryan Taylor, Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone Management Inc.

Basic

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Track: Board Governance (8) 

33. Four Years Remaining
The Board/CEO relationship changes when succession and transition loom. Some engage too early or inappropriately. Others fail to engage at all. This workshop, pointing to the CLA Maestro-level leader initiative, lays out guiding guardrails. Outcomes: 1) Visiting what it means to govern where succession and transition are concerned, 2) Development of a succession/transition map from the board perspective, and 3) Identification of a possible next step.
Dr. Mark L. Vincent, Founder, Maestro-level Leaders|Design Group International

Advanced

34. Key Steps to Good Governance
Effective nonprofit boards play a vital role in ensuring their organization’s overall health. Learn how to help your board set effective goals, define their responsibility, address accountability, and identify and approach key issues. Outcomes: 1) Define the role nonprofit boards should play and what good board governance entails, 2) Discuss elements of effective relationships between boards and the CEO/senior leader, and 3) Identify common board governance challenges and ways to address them.
Rob Faulk, Partner, Church, and Denomination Services Director, CapinCrouse

Basic

35. Maximizing Board Effectiveness
Far too many boards are ineffective. Far too many board members are confused about their role. This workshop reduces the confusion by reducing all boards with authority into only three types: Managing, Governing, and Navigating. Outcomes: 1) Determine what type of board you are and what you want to become, 2) Help your board become more effective regardless of your position, and 3) Address and eliminate board dysfunction.
Jim Galvin, President, Galvin and Associates, Inc.

Basic

36. Bringing God into the Board Room
Oftentimes we pray for God’s blessing on plans we make instead of inviting him into the room from the very beginning. This session will provide practical tools to make room for God in the board room. Outcomes: 1) It starts with recruiting. Discern how to find and recruit the right candidates, 2) Apply insights on how to make room for God in the board meetings, and 3) Apply insight on how to seek God during crises and difficult situations.
Ashley Graves, Founder, Five Stone Mentoring, LLC

Basic

37. Appropriate “Prying” into a CEO’s Personal Life
What is the appropriate level of accountability for the CEO’s personal life? While no board wants to be intrusive, things like sexual misconduct, financial malfeasance, and alcohol/substance abuse can cause lasting organizational harm – far beyond costing the CEO her/his job. Outcomes: 1) Explore ways different organizations maintain accountability on critical aspects of a CEO’s personal life, 2) Discern the sometimes-difficult balance between exercising accountability and being overly intrusive, and 3) Apply 2-3 concrete methods or practices to maintain healthy accountability.
Josh Heidelman, Attorney, Castañeda + Heidelman LLP

Advanced

38. Board/CEO Relationship to the Max
Today’s environment has proven that the board’s relationship with the CEO must go beyond managing a job description. It must be a relationship of trust, inspiring supreme loyalty to each other and to God. Outcomes: 1) Know what inspires an open, honest, and engaged relationship between a board and CEO, 2) Recognize the result of a lonely, isolated CEO without a proper relationship with the board, and 3) Discern how we can form a relationship that brings future success.
Brian Kreeger, Author, The Courageous Ask

Basic

39. Recruiting a High-Performance Governance Team
The future of every ministry is entrusted to the governing board. Discover how to attract the right people for the task and avoid those whose involvement could be detrimental to your long-term success. Outcomes: 1) Discern the #1, most important duty of the board, 2) Delineate the qualities of WHO you should bring into the boardroom, and 3) Master the best strategic practices for HOW to recruit your next high-performing board member.
Kent Stroman, President, Stroman & Associates

Advanced

40. Avoiding Financial and Governance Disasters
Scandal has rocked the Christian ministry world. Even ministries previously thought to be above reproach have seen tragic leadership failures. In this session, we identify “red flags” pointing to trouble. Outcomes: 1) Identify “red flags” – dangerous financial and governance practices – to avoid as a Christian ministry leader, 2) Apply best practices offering a reputational and fundraising advantage and 3) Communicate well with stakeholders (board, other leaders, and donors) if you find yourself in a ministry that needs reform.
Warren Smith, President, MinistryWatch/WORLD Magazine

Advanced

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Track: Resource Development (16) 

41. Latest Trends in Major Donor Engagement
How are major donors engaging with ministries in the current environment? We will share the latest major donor-giving trends and habits during high inflationary and market uncertainty times. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the latest trends in major donor giving, 2) Gain insight into the perspective of giving habits during a time of high inflation, and 3) Apply key principles of major donor engagement.
Bruce Scott, Senior Vice President of Business, Westfall Gold

Advanced

42. Fundraising for Social Innovation
From Stanford to Harvard, there is increasing emphasis on social innovation in the charitable sector. What does it take for Christian nonprofits to move from charity to social innovator, from financial fuzziness to strategic sustainability? Outcomes: 1) Recognize theoretical and practical keys to transforming charitable organizations into world-class social innovators, 2) Gain insight from the top 10 funding models philanthropic researchers unearthed studying hundreds of social innovators, and 3) Apply resource development best practices, analyzing best-in-class social innovation case studies.
Michael Brown, Associate Director of NAD Philanthropic, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists

Intermediate

43. Unearthing Gems: Major and Planned Gifts
How do you uncover and secure transformational gifts to fund your ministry? Discover practical tips for moving supporters to the next level, including starting the conversation about major and planned gifts. Outcomes: 1) Discover practical tips and listening cues for starting the major and planned gifts conversation, 2) Debunk myths and squash internal fears that keep you from making the ask, and 3) Discern ways to move supporters from interested to closed gifts, and thank planned giving supporters appropriately.
James Bakke, Executive Director, and Jack Strong, Member Engagement Officer, Barnabas Foundation

Basic

44. The Vital Metric You Aren’t Tracking
There is a key fundraising metric you aren’t tracking. Huge organizations use it to shape their fundraising strategies and budgets. Learn how to calculate, track and use it to transform your marketing. Outcomes: 1) Gain insight on calculating this key metric, 2) Review a case study of how this metric used is used by World Vision to determine marketing strategy and budget, and 3) Apply this new data to shape your fundraising strategy and budget.
Michael Baker, Senior Director of Sales, iDonate, and Michael Chitwood, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Opportunity International

Intermediate

45. Growing “Next Level” Major Giving
Ready to take major giving to a higher level? Raise more (and bigger) major gifts by building more trusting relationships and engaging donors in more meaningful ways. Outcomes: 1) Discern the stages and dimensions of each donors’ journey that you must proactively cultivate to elevate them to the next level, 2) Apply five ways to be more effective engaging donors with meaningful interactions tailored to their preferences, and 3) Recognize and overcome patterns blocking more meaningful engagement with your donors.
Derric Bakker, President, DickersonBakker

Basic

46. Crypto Donor Mythbusting
Considering accepting crypto is daunting. However, the reality is that market volatility and the downturn in value will likely lead to a long-term spike in investors—potential donors you won’t want to ignore. Outcomes: 1) Crypto 101: Know what it is, how it’s traded, and the current market, 2) Recognize common myths and misconceptions about nonprofits accepting crypto, and 3) Know who the typical crypto donor is, how you can find them, and thank them.
Kacey Crawford, Vice President, Digital Strategy, Pursuant

Basic

47. Bridging the Church/Parachurch Divide
Churches and nonprofit ministries are meant to work together to equip God’s people to reach the world. However, gaps in this relationship are significant. We’ll discuss biblical foundations, historical context, current realities, and future opportunities. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the biblical basis for the church/parachurch dynamic – modalities and sodalities, 2) As church and parachurch leaders grasp both the mandate and opportunity to work together, and 3) As church and parachurch leaders review/reimagine our engagement strategy with each other.
Scott Harris, Vice President – Church and Global, Mission Increase, and Dr. Jerry White, President Emeritus, The Navigators

Intermediate

48. Essential Elements for Next Level Fundraising
Research tells us donors are giving more but to fewer organizations. In this session you will learn the essential elements to be sure you remain top in your donor’s mind. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the sweet spot for increasing donor retention, 2) Effectively engage your donors in conversations that matter and, 3) Maximize your board’s effectiveness and equip them to succeed in fundraising.
Steen Hudson, Principal, True Riches Global/The Hudson Company, and Della Fanfon, President, Me4Real

Intermediate

49. Making Sense of Foundations
An often-overwhelming aspect of resource development is the world of foundations. In this workshop we will unpack this landscape, and help you lay out a strategy to optimize your work with granting entities and foundations. Outcomes: 1) Gain insight on the world of foundations, 2) Determine a strategy to engage foundations, and 3) Create tools to help you get and stay organized.
Nathan Jones, President, Youth For Christ Foundation

Basic

50. Build an Exceptional Mid-level Program
Build an exceptional mid-level donor program using real giving data and the latest nationwide mid-level donor research. See trends and a tested process to create a mid-level program that generates more donations while moving your organization to the top of your donor’s list. Outcomes: 1) Access results and analysis for a recent nationwide multi-charity mid-level research survey, 2) Apply innovative insights to deepen relationships with mid-level donors, and 3) Transform your mid-level donor program, feeding into your major donor program.
Mike Meyers, Chief Development Officer, CRISTA Ministries, and Dale Berkey, Co-founder, President, BBS and Associates

Basic

51. Transformational Power of Holistic Generosity
The current state of philanthropic giving demands that ministry leaders redefine generosity to include a holistic approach when working with today’s giver. Across the nonprofit landscape, flourishing nonprofits are the ones that harness this superpower. Outcomes: 1) Harness the 5 strategic attributes of flourishing nonprofits to deliver transformational experiences for your givers, 2) Apply tactics and strategies to meet the modern donor where they are, and 3) Recognize that transformation requires harmony between our people, our platforms, and our processes.
Rob Peabody, Co-Founder and President of VOMO, Virtuous

Intermediate

52. Create Trust through Innovative Communications
How do we create trust with our donors to grow deeper relationships? Attendees will learn innovative technologies to create a communication strategy that retains more donors. Attendees will also build a first-year communications plan for general, monthly, major, and mid-level donors. Outcomes: 1) Create “wow” moments for donors to increase trust and build deeper relationships, 2) Develop a welcome series that converts into a second gift and 3) Build a first-year communications plan that retains more donors.
Jeremy Reis, Vice President of Marketing, CRISTA Ministries

Basic

53. Emerging Trends in Digital Fundraising
In digital fundraising, there’s only one constant – change! Privacy regulations, platform changes, and emerging networks can leave you behind quickly. So how can your organization stay responsive, meet donors where they are, and continue to grow? Outcomes: 1) Discover weaknesses hurting your digital fundraising program, and how minor adjustments can have huge impact on results, 2) Evaluate available digital advertising networks to maximize return on investment and 3) Keep up with the latest trends so your organization stays agile.
Amy Sewell, Senior Vice President, Digital Solutions, and Aubrey Hoeppner, Vice President, Client Services, Douglas Shaw and Associates

Basic

54. Is Your Organization Worthy of the Gift? (Part 2)
Regardless of size, faith-based fundraising teams long for their organizations to receive a transformational gift. While what constitutes a transformational gift differs from organization to organization, we believe there are elements of “organizational worthiness” that will prepare your team to leap to the next level. We’ll unpack those elements. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the key elements behind organizational worthiness, 2) Assess your organization and gift program from a “worthiness” perspective, and 3) Comprehend the steps necessary to fully obtain organization worthiness.
Bryan Taylor, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Investment Officer, Cornerstone Management

Basic

55. Stoked Sustainers > Monthly Donors
Monthly giving sustainer programs are some of the fastest-growing, highest-retaining, most valuable fundraising programs for nonprofits. Learn how Young Life researched, designed, built, and launched an innovative new sustainer program for their alumni and donor audience. Outcomes: 1) Gain inspiration from Young Life’s story of boldly stepping into sustainer fundraising for the first time, 2) Discover how to reduce innovation risk and ensure success through Human-Centered Design, and 3) Honor your constituents and maximize results and ministry impact.
Allen Thornburg, Vice President, Strategic Innovation, Masterworks, and Jamie Hanson, Vice President of International Development, Young Life

Intermediate

56. Start with the Donors’ Dreams
The fundraising professional’s main task is to help donors state their philanthropic vision in clear and compelling terms. When they see the dream, donors will invest great efforts in fulfilling their dreams. Outcomes: 1) Recognize how the fundraiser is a specialist in impact, and become excellent at discussing this, 2) Begin to ask questions about donors’ personal history, making connections to your organization’s mission and 3) Communicate a future perspective and tie into a donor’s personal hero metaphor.
Dr. Scott Janney, Territorial Director of Gift Planning, Salvation Army Eastern Territory

Intermediate

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Track: Communications and Marketing (10) 

57. Making the Case for Rebranding
When and why should you invest in a rebrand for your organization? Get key insights and join a conversation with a CEO who’s been through it. Outcomes: 1) Realize the impact your brand has and recognize the signs it needs a re-do, 2) Comprehend the process and what to expect, and 3) Get insights on how to navigate your team and board through a rebrand.
Mike Farag, CEO, and Dawn Mundy, Director of Brand Strategy, Fervor

Advanced

58. Why Won’t You Attend this Workshop?
Did that title jar you a bit, perhaps make you more likely to attend? That’s the power of dissonance and why it should be part of your communications and marketing. Dissonance creates little gaps in our thinking we want to resolve; in other words, dissonance activates your audiences. Outcomes: 1) Examine our assumptions about how we communicate with our audiences, 2) Come to a deeper appreciation of the role of dissonance in communications/marketing, and 3) Integrate dissonance into our communications.
Matt Frawley, Head of Partnerships, Polymath

Basic

59. Seven Disciplines of Relational Marketing
This seminar explores seven disciplines of relational marketing, each illustrated in the life of Christ in the Gospels. It provides a clear and compelling model for ministry marketing, as illustrated in several success stories with ministries. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the seven disciplines of relational marketing as illustrated in the life of Christ, 2) Apply these seven disciplines in your ministry context and environment, and 3) Develop a seven disciplines action plan to sharpen your planning and decision making processes.
Ron Frey, President, Frey Resource Group

Basic

60. An Unstoppable Brand
Your brand is more than your logo or style guide. It includes your organizational culture, products, services, story and experience. We will provide practical tools and training to help you identify brand gaps and position your brand for greater awareness, engagement and impact. Outcomes: 1) Better align and integrate your brand, culture, and messaging, 2) Utilize tools to help you regularly assess and audit your brand strategy, and 3) Leverage your brand strategy to increase donor engagement and sustainability.
Ted Vaughn, Co-Founder and James Bloedel, Director of Engagement, Historic Agency

Intermediate

61. How to Drive Engagement Online
Create raving fans for your mission online! We’ll examine a content marketing framework called the A.R.T. of Engagement. This 3-pillar system establishes your Authority, demonstrates Relevance, and builds Trust. Outcomes: 1) Discover three strategic accelerators to establish your authority online and nurture captivated audiences, 2) Use three key categories of content to demonstrate immediate relevance and start conversations, and 3) Go through three specific activities that will build trust with your audience and move them from curious to raving fans.
Kenny Jahng, Chief Clarity Officer, Big Click Syndicate

Basic

62. Maximizing Digital Media with Storytelling
We will explore strategies to maximize your ministry’s storytelling and fundraising performance using digital media to build new audiences and unleash new levels of generosity for ministry. Outcomes: 1) Apply real-world tips for your digital communication and fundraising strategy and tactics, 2) Integrate proven approaches to measurement, attribution, and keeping your fingers on the pulse of your digital advertising, and 3) Be inspired to be bold in telling your ministry’s story, including insights into top-performing ads and creative concepts.
Seth LaTour, Executive Creative Director, Masterworks, and Justine Burke, Vice President of Marketing, Metropolitan Ministries

Intermediate

63. Giving Your Vision a Voice!
In this workshop, you will experience practical and proven methods to increase the impact and brand awareness of your message by getting on more “stages” to open the door for your voice and ministry. Outcomes: 1) Becoming the go-to expert and resource through creative digital events, 2) Build book tours and/or webinars that stand out, and 3) Rally your Rolodex and initiate an event.
Jessica Lalley, Founder, Voices To Connect

Basic

64. Getting the Most Out of GA4
On July 1, 2023 Google’s Universal Analytics will stop working. If you’ve already upgraded to Google Analytics 4 (GA4) you know there’s a steep learning curve. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to navigate GA4, track conversion and explore your data in new ways. Outcomes: 1) Navigate the differences between universal analytics and GA4, 2) Build confidence in tracking the right data, including conversions, events and engagement, and 3) Dive into “Explorations” to find insights that were not available in universal analytics.
Josh Kashorek, Director of Marketing, and Chad Williams, CEO, Five Q

Basic

65. Meaningfully Engaging Non-Religious Audiences
Join an engaging discussion on how to best connect with donors using a data-driven approach that communicates with constituents in ways that are personally meaningful. A practical approach to managing the tension between gospel-first and donor-interest first messaging in marketing communications will be discussed. Outcomes: 1) Apply analysis methodologies to best understand donor topical interest, 2) Deliver biblical/Christian messaging in a way that is impactful and relatable, and 3) Better comprehend the interest makeup of US nonprofit constituent audiences.
Karen Woods, Territorial Director of Integrated Marketing, and Dustin Phillips, Territorial Director of Digital Strategy, Salvation Army Eastern Territory

Intermediate

66. Building the Journey (Don’t Stop Believing)
It all starts with a plan. Learn how to build a strategy around your ministry goals, and a data-driven plan for reaching your audiences. Create content that keeps you on course all year long. It’s easy, just don’t stop believing! Outcomes: 1) Set and obtain ministry goals, 2) Use your ministry’s research and data to make decisions on marketing and communications, and 3) Create an annual plan for building journeys in the platforms where your ministry serves.
Angel Barrett, Director of Communications, and Andre Echevarria, Executive Director of Digital Strategies, Cru

Intermediate

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Track: Internet and Technology (5) 

67. Embracing New Technologies for Ministry
Historically, Christian ministries have been slow to embrace new technologies. Instead, we believe they should be on the cutting edge, using every means possible to communicate their mission/vision/the gospel. Outcomes: 1) Leaders will understand how new technologies can work for them, 2) Leaders will be assured there are qualified believers with the knowledge and skills to master the technologies, and 3) Leaders will see that as Christians, we should be leading with excellence, not lagging behind.
Matthew Potter, Founder, Pray.com

Basic

68. To API or Not to API
Organizations produce and maintain data across a multitude of platforms, but how do you keep that data in sync? Learn about systems of record, data transfer methods, and which approach is best for your organization. Outcomes: 1) Identify baseline concepts for data architecture and organization, 2) Understand the various ways to transfer data between systems (API, flat file, etc.), and 3) Assess your organizational needs and identify which data methodologies best support your specific needs.
Dan Schmidt, Head of Partnerships, Xledger

Basic

69. Important Cybersecurity Questions to Ask
IT now touches every aspect of operations, and cybersecurity today is a critical responsibility shared among many individuals across your organization. Learn key questions to help assess whether your organization is reasonably protected. Outcomes: 1) Review critical cybersecurity areas of focus for your organization, 2) Identify questions you can ask to help assess potential cybersecurity issues, and 3) Apply recommended responses and best practices.
Lindsey Whinnery, Partner, CapinTech, a CapinCrouse company

Basic

70. Modern Community Engagement for All
We are here to help you play a bigger game and make your vision a reality. We’re reinventing community engagement by connecting proven methods with inventive tools to build meaningful, lasting relationships without adding to your workload or straining your funds. Outcomes: 1) Develop an all-in-one technology solution for engagement, 2) Develop a plan for better storytelling and strategic technology solutions, and 3) Develop engagement incentives and community groups for your customers and constituents.
Steve Roseman, President, Donaide Foundation

Basic

71. Building Effective Data Governance
Data helps discernment and decision-making about outcomes, but only when people can find, trust, and use the data well. Learn lessons from our experience at Compassion International in maturing data governance for ministry successes. Outcomes: 1) Recognize why effective data governance is important, 2) Apply criteria for planning and implementing effective data governance, and 3) Recognize how governance increases interactions and shared discernment, and define ways to measure success.
Jeffrey Collins, Senior Director of Data Management, Compassion International

Basic

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Track: People Management and Care (12) 

72. Creating a Learning Culture
Discover the key factors in creating an organizational culture that promotes lifelong on-the-job learning. Learn how to simply share the expertise your staff has been entrusted with to spur one another on to growth. Outcomes: 1) Recognize how to define the IDEAL team and teammate, 2) Determine how to assess a person’s effectiveness on a team, and 3) Discern ways to develop a rhythm and culture of feedback, action planning, and follow-through.
Jay Bransford, CEO, Best Christian Workplaces Institute

Intermediate

73. Cultural Intelligence (CQ): Enabling Intercultural Effectiveness
As people leaders, we are daily faced with the challenges and opportunities inherent in working across cultures. Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is modeled by Jesus and is a learnable capability proven to enhance intercultural effectiveness. Outcomes: 1) Identify and define culture and your own cultural identity, 2) Consider Jesus’ modeling of cultural intelligence (CQ), and 3) Discern, discuss, and apply Christlike Cultural Intelligence (CQ) to your leadership through experiential exercises.
Heather Frommack, Director of Outreach and Educational Consulting, HSLDA

Basic

74. Equip Employees through Benefits Engagement
Your organization spends time and money managing benefits designed to support employees God has entrusted to you. Are your employees really using their benefits? Increase employee engagement for an effective employee benefits package. Outcomes: 1) Identify what gets in the way of employees fully utilizing the benefits offered to them, 2) Go beyond open enrollment to create an easy and effective year-round benefits engagement strategy, and 3) Create a work culture promoting stewardship of employee health and organizational resources.
Ginger Hill, Wellness Speaker, Coach & Consultant, Good Health for Good Works

Basic

75. Career Paths for Everyone!
Career paths are in demand for today’s workforce. Your organization, no matter the size, can implement paths that grow and retain your top performers. Learn about an agile, effective approach that includes everyone. Outcomes: 1) Realize benefits of career paths for growth, engagement, succession, and retention, 2) Recognize how four career paths can be shaped for any job and any size organization, and 3) Take three critical steps to get your career path program designed and launched.
Giselle Jenkins, Consulting Director, Best Christian Workplaces Institute

Intermediate

76. The Way of a Carpenter: A Model for Developing People
The process by which Jesus learned and mastered the carpenter trade provided him with a practical model for growing and developing people. Now you can implement this model for leading others based on their skill level. Outcomes: 1) Adapt your leadership approach to help team members be more effective, 2) Gain insights from how Jesus developed others, and 3) Move from a “command-and-control” role of judging and evaluating to a role of ensuring accountability through instructing, developing, mentoring and commissioning.
Megan Pacheco, Vice President of Marketing, Lead Like Jesus

Basic

77. Overcoming Resistance to Change
“Change??? Not Again!” To build trust and ensure forward movement, we must help each other navigate change. The good news is that organizations have the ability to change, and they do so to survive and thrive. In this session, you will learn key principles for overcoming resistance to change. Outcomes: 1) Recognize obstacles and challenges to change, 2) Know the change process cycle, and 3) Apply five principles for overcoming resistance to change. “It’s all in how you say it!”
Joelle Peelgren, Principal/Consultant, DeGenaro Peelgren Associates

Basic

78. Navigating Performance: Choose Your Adventure
You will vote to make Performance Management decisions during this Choose Your Own Adventure-style workshop, where challenging employees are entrusted to you to shepherd and develop. Experience the rewards – and traps – of navigating performance issues. Outcomes: 1) Discern how to treat an underperformer in a biblical way, 2) Be able to draw helpful boundaries for poor performers, and 3) Know when to exit a poor performer – and provide dignity along the way.
Bea Rosenhauch, HR Consultant, and Royce Rosenhauch, Chief Operating Officer, Ministry HR Group

Intermediate

79. Building a Results Oriented Team
Influential leaders know that, above all, they must care for the team entrusted to them. That is done by promoting a culture that delivers results exceeding expectations while investing time in personal and professional growth. Outcomes: 1) Motivate and empower your team to meet the goals to which you have been entrusted, 2) Apply practical insights for creating a culture that exceeds expectations through influence, and 3) Lead those entrusted to you so they grow personally and professionally.
Lauren Vanaman, Executive Director, Banning Leadership Foundation

Basic

80. Why Can’t They Change?
Change is hard! We hear that often, but most don’t have a framework for how we move our teams from one way of working to another. This session will give you the tools you need to guide your future efforts involving change. Outcomes: 1) You’ll receive a functional framework for change management that is biblically based, 2) Experience peer-led practical application for using the framework, and 3) Activate your plan, learning from case studies what works and what doesn’t.
Tamalyn Ramsey, Senior Director Strategic Technology, World Vision

Basic

81. Managing 5 Generations of Human Expectations
Five generations comprise today’s workforce: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z. Each has differing communication and work styles. Moving beyond generational taglines can inspire generational healing and authentic biblical work community. Outcomes: 1) Co-create cross generational job requirements, re-evaluating employment responsibilities in recruiting, training, diversity & inclusion, and retention, 2) Develop HR policy and staff evaluation measurements responsive to diverse generational perspectives, and 3) Design talent acquisition, onboarding and retention strategies within 5 tiers of generational belonging.
Cathie Cowie, Chairwoman, The Learning Wall

Advanced

82. How are you Discipling Others?
Jesus called us to fulfill the Great Commission to go and make disciples. He modeled the way. However, in most of our lives, organizations, and churches, we are struggling to do so. Outcomes: 1) Answer: What did Jesus model and teach about how to disciple others?, 2) Answer: What is the state of discipleship and why is it so difficult?, and 3) Apply: What are practical discipleship principles we can apply in our churches, organizations and personal ministry?
Robby Angle, President, and Dr. Bruce McNicol, President Emeritus, Trueface

Basic

83. Coaching: A Pathway to Develop Leaders
We are all concerned with raising up leaders in our organizations. Coaching is a strategic pathway to see that happen. This session will cover a five-fold coaching process. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the strategic role of coaching leaders, 2) Develop a five-fold framework that can be used with others, and 3) Plan actionable steps forward for implementing coaching.
Dr. Rick Mann, Managing Director, ClarionStrategy

Basic

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Track: Financial Management (10) 

84. Financially Strong and Resilient
Sustaining financial strength while dealing with the increasing complexity and speed of change in the marketplace requires proactive planning and agility. Becoming a resilient organization doesn’t just happen, it takes intentionality and planning. Outcomes: 1) Identify core values and mission impact, 2) Develop tactical skills and resources for adaptability, and 3) Foster financial reporting for assessing resiliency and sustainability.
Melodi Bunting, Senior Manager, Wegner

Basic

85. Economic Update
We will discuss in understandable terms the key aspects of the world economy and financial markets, especially looking forward for the next 5 to 10 years. Outcomes: 1) Determine the most important economic and investment factors that should be considered long term, 2) Comprehend the implications of current valuations on portfolio diversification, future returns, and cash flows, and 3) Recognize how market volatility will impact your investment portfolio and decision making.
Steven Fraley, Vice President, Director, Innovest Portfolio Solutions

Intermediate

86. Better Budgeting and Building Cash Reserves
Creating a budget and building cash reserves can help your ministry thrive even when faced with difficult circumstances. This session will cover some of the essentials that your ministry can put into practice today. Outcomes: 1) Implement an effective budget that supports the mission of the ministry, 2) Build and use cash reserves to support your mission, and 3) Apply insights from group discussion on what ministries are doing regarding budgeting and building reserves.
Jake Lapp, Vice President of Member Accountability, and Julieanne Beasley, Compliance Associate, ECFA

Basic

87. Financial Strategies for Christian Leaders
What is your biggest financial concern as a Christian leader? Your own financial resources, financial leadership of your nonprofit? The financial needs of those you serve? We have solutions to help. Outcomes: 1) Get financial strategies for the financial needs of your nonprofit and your staff, 2) Apply advice and resources to help you on your own financial journey, and 3) Gain insight on financial education and generosity programs to help those you serve thrive.
Jenny McAdams, Financial Consultant, Thrivent

Basic

88. Ten Questions about Your Investments
The workshop will explore ten questions that organizations should be asking about their investment portfolios in order to better understand risk and better position their assets to align with the mission. Outcomes: 1) Gain a comprehensive risk framework for oversight of investment portfolios, 2) Determine realistic return goals for the current market environment and understand impact on spending, and 3) Identify best practices for governance of a biblically-oriented investment portfolio.
Kevin Schmid, Area Vice President, Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

Basic

89. Accounting and Auditing Update
Get up to speed on current accounting and financial reporting standards for nonprofits, including FASB standards that will be effective in the current and upcoming year, and plan for how they may affect your organization. Outcomes: 1) Comprehend the recent accounting and financial statement reporting changes, 2) Formulate strategies for efficient and effective implementation of upcoming standards, and 3) Clarify how your organization should implement and follow the guidance.
Nathan Salsbery, Partner and Executive Vice President, CapinCrouse LLP

Basic

90. Building Biblical Portfolios
Your mission should help drive the characteristics of a biblically responsible portfolio. A prudent process protects you fiduciarily and creates better results. Outcomes: 1) Understand a biblically responsible portfolio, 2) Apply steps of a prudent investment process, and 3) Implement strategies to have a portfolio aligned with your mission and values.
Sloan Smith, Principal Director, Innovest Portfolio Solutions

Intermediate

91. Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: Guide for Ministries
Do you understand the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain? Learn the “what” of the technology, while focusing on critical controls, tax implications and stewardship concerns. Outcomes: 1) Gain an understanding of blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, and how it can be used to advance ministry, 2) Discern critical financial controls and tax implications of cryptocurrency and other blockchain gifts, and 3) Apply biblical principles to the cryptocurrency and blockchain world, from a Christ-focused moral and stewardship perspective.
Megan Terrell, CPA/Nonprofit Consultant, Megan Terrell, CPA

Basic

92. Current Issues & Trends for Financial Leaders
CFO’s of various sized organizations will discuss current trends and issues in finance and offer insightful and practical advice. Outcomes: 1) Attendees will learn current hot trends in finance and be able to apply practical advice on how to handle them, 2) Gain insight on how other CFO’s think through and solve problems, and 3) Receive ideas for addressing issues you are currently dealing with, through an extended Q&A time.
Mark Tjernagel, Chief Financial Officer, Cru

Advanced

93. Annual Nonprofit Tax Update
New legislation, IRS regulations and rulings, and court cases are a constant in the nonprofit tax landscape. We’ll examine the current tax issues affecting Christian exempt organizations, including updates on IRS actions, legislation and litigation. Outcomes: 1) Identify legal challenges affecting ministries and plan for the changing environment for exempt organizations, 2) Know recent tax law changes that affect ministries and churches, and 3) Ascertain what future issues your organization may face.
Ted Batson, Jr., Partner and Tax Council, CapinCrouse LLP

Intermediate

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Track: Legal and Risk Management (7) 

94. Legal Issues for Christian Nonprofits
Religious organizations face unique legal challenges due to volatile, divisive cultural dynamics. We will discuss recommendations for engaging with legal counsel and focus on two issues we help religious organizations with on a regular basis (dealing with allegations of abuse, and corporate governance). Outcomes: 1) Apply practical tips for thinking about legal and risk management for Christian nonprofits, 2) Apply practical advice on responding to allegations of abuse, and 3) Apply practical advice on corporate governance issues/Bylaws, etc.
James Forrest, Managing Attorney, and Keith Richardson, Partner, Michael Best

Intermediate

95. Recent Developments Impacting Your Ministry
The legal, tax, and financial trends that impact your ministry are constantly changing. This session will give you an update on current activities and trends that could have an impact on your ministry. Outcomes: 1) Cut through the confusion to understand what is happening on Capitol Hill, the Courts, and beyond, 2) Know what steps your ministry should take in response to current trends, and 3) Apply insights from recent ECFA research with practical takeaways for your ministry.
Michael Martin, President and CEO, and Jake Lapp, Vice President of Member Accountability, ECFA

Intermediate

96. Accountability & Liability: It Starts at the Top
Accountability and liability starts at the top. Increasingly Boards and those in the “C-Suite” are targets of litigation and seen as “deep pockets” of organizations. Learn best practices to protect your Board and Executives. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the accountability and responsibility (liability) incumbent within these roles, 2) Consider typical allegations of negligence, such as fiduciary duties, asset mismanagement, discrimination and employment malpractice, and 3) Discover protective solutions your organization can implement including Bylaw structure, D&O insurance nuances and risk management.
Brian Merriam, National Director, Gallagher Religious Practice, and Jon Barron, Sales Executive – Nonprofit & Religious Practices, Gallagher

Basic

97. Key Employment Law and Religious Liberty Developments
Courts continue issuing important rulings related to religious liberty, especially as it relates to employment law and hiring. This workshop will focus on key developments from the preceding year, with an eye toward what may be coming in the future. Outcomes: 1) Gain insight into recent and pending religious liberty cases, 2) Recognize current legal challenges to faith-based hiring practices, and 3) Develop insights applicable to your organization’s employment policies.
John Wylie, Member, Sherman & Howard and Michael Martin, President and CEO, ECFA

Basic

98. The “8Ds” of Risk Management
The “8Ds” are a set of time tested, carefully designed, and thought provoking questions that equip risk professionals with a process to rapidly assess their risks and associated countermeasures. Outcomes: 1) Define and understand the sequence and purpose of the “8Ds”, 2) Understand how each element of the “8Ds” builds off of the prior element, and 3) Apply the “8Ds” to a risk situation you are facing or have faced in the past.
Darin Goodwiler, Vice President, Compliance and Risk, Samaritan’s Purse

Intermediate

99. Lobbying and Government Ethics Compliance
Learn about whether your organization’s interactions with public officials trigger lobbying registration and reporting requirements, and other political law snares including gift restrictions and the IRS restriction on political activity. Outcomes: 1) Determine whether your organization’s interactions with public officials and employees trigger lobbying registration and reporting, 2) Avoid ethics violations by inadvertently violating federal, state, or local government gift bans, and 3) Avoid jeopardizing your organization’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status due to engaging in prohibited political activity.
David Powers, Principal, Powers Compliance, PLLC

Intermediate

100. Creating a Safe & Secure Work Environment
What are best practices for dealing with the prevention of an active shooting incident, a lawsuit, a collision, a fire, or a flood? Knowing how to prioritize risk and available resources is key to survival. Outcomes: 1) Know how best to identify the various risks that face your work environment, 2) Recognize how to prioritize threats with input from key stakeholders and collaborate with various authorities, and 3) Communicate various strategies to ministry personnel and garner buy-in and support.
Brian Merriam, National Director, Gallagher Religious Practice, and Jon Barron, Sales Executive – Nonprofit & Religious Practices, Gallagher

Intermediate

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Leadership Intensives: 6 hour (3) 

Executive Leadership
1. Set Free to Lead
When Jesus promised ‘Life in all its Fullness’ he meant that for leaders as well! If that is not your leadership experience, come join us for a rethinking of leadership from a one-kingdom, steward perspective. Outcomes: 1) Discover and use new tools to assess what lies at the heart of your leadership, 2) Understand your choice between leading as an owner or steward and the implications of each, and 3) Create your Steward Leader Life Plan and find friends to walk with you on the journey.
Dr. Scott Rodin, Steward Leader Content Expert, Center for Steward Leader Studies, Dr. Brian
Simmons, Associate Provost for Online Studies, Columbia International University, and Andrea
Capuyan, Executive Director, The LPC

Basic

Personal Leadership
2. Stewarding Self and Soul in Leadership
God entrusts us with our physical and emotional realities, including pain and loss. As we tend to our souls, we see “His power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:8), bringing God glory and us joy for greater kingdom impact. Outcomes: 1) Embrace God’s way of life for us, health and wholeness, growing our souls to provide depth of leadership (Ps. 23), 2) Wrestle well through pain and loss, embracing God’s sovereignty and limits in our lives, handling emotions with love and grace, and 3) Embrace healthy life rhythms.
Margaret Fitzwater, Executive Director, Navigators TDC Train-Develop-Care, Laurence Koo, iEDGE Director – US Navigators World Missions, and Gina Holm, Navigators Church Ministries – Detroit, The Navigators

Intermediate

Resource Development
3. Development 101: Minor Details to Major Donors
Fundraising is a team effort. How can you maximize the fundraising effectiveness of your CEO, development director, board members, staff and volunteers? Equip your team with tools and strategies for success. Organize your next 30-60-90-120 days to achieve annual fund goals. We’ll explore donor communications, capital campaigns, data management, donor calls, grant writing, major donor development and more! Outcomes: 1) Start your ministry development program right, 2) Align your leadership team, and 3) Build a strategy to accelerate development success.
Pat McLaughlin, Founder and President, Ron Haas, Vice President, and Jonathan Helder, Consultant & Data Specialist, The Timothy Group

Basic

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Leadership Forums: 5 hour/3 hour (2)

Leadership Summit: 5 hour (1)

  1. CEO Forum (5 hour)

Opportunity Leadership
This interactive, idea-generating annual forum for CEO’s, Presidents, and Executive Directors we will be led by Dr. Roger Parrot, president of Belhaven University. He is author of the recently published Opportunity Leadership: Stop Planning and Start Getting Results. This forum will include a case study featuring Voices to Connect. Outcomes: 1) Discern how to stop planning and start getting results, 2) Apply insights from our “Tough Problems” whiteboard exercise, and 3) Engage with and address demands only CEO’s can understand.
Dr. Roger Parrott, President, Belhaven University, with (Jessica Lalley, Founder, and Julie Shaffner, President, Voices To Connect)

Advanced

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2. Christian Women in Leadership Forum (3 hour)

It’s Simply Time 
Today’s culture is reeling, and hopelessness abounds; yet stability can come as we find the plumb line of God’s truth to discover our voice, walk as Christ’s disciple and become a light in the darkness. Increase your Personal Leadership Effectiveness. Outcomes: 1) Examine your Attitudes, Beliefs, and Commitments, and apply Character Competencies to govern your life as God designed, 2) Focus on Attitudes to create habits to make a difference and maintain right attitude, and 3) Live in the power of the Holy Spirit as we navigate changing & challenging situations.
Kimberly Hooper, Executive Director, The Vine Solution, LLC

Intermediate

3. Internet and Technology Summit (5 hour)

Building Your Technology Roadmap
This highly interactive IT Summit will draw on the expertise of frontline thinkers to enable you to successfully support technology strategy, and the timely development and integration of technologies into new products and services. Our subject experts will encourage and guide you as you develop your own technology roadmap. Outcomes: 1) Identify external market and internal business needs and drivers to identify and prioritize technology solutions, 2) Strategically align, identify and address knowledge gaps, 3) Build your organization’s technology roadmap.
Jay Cordova, President and CEO, Computers In Ministry

Intermediate

Leadership Roundtables: 1.5 hour (5) 

1. Trends & Hot Topics Roundtable: Resource Development
In this fast-paced, interactive 1.5-hour roundtable, we will explore vital trends and hot topics in resource development. It will be co-hosted by members of the Alliance Board (Nathan Jones and Dave Raley). This roundtable will be an opportunity to connect with peers, collaborate to address challenges, explore hot topics and address trends impacting Christian nonprofits: Outcomes: 1) Recognize key trends and hot topics, 2) Apply shared insights, and 3) Grow your acumen in resource development.
Nathan Jones, President Youth for Christ Foundation, and Dave Raley, Founder/President, Imago Consulting

Intermediate

2. Trends & Hot Topics Roundtable: People Management and Care
In this fast-paced, interactive 1.5-hour roundtable, we will explore vital trends and hot topics in people management and care. It will be co-hosted by members of the Alliance Advisory Council (Evalerie L’Heureux and Joelle Peelgren). This roundtable will be an opportunity to connect with peers, collaborate to address challenges, explore hot topics and address trends impacting Christian nonprofits: Outcomes: 1) Recognize key trends and hot topics, 2) Apply shared insights, and 3) Grow your acumen in people management and care.
Evalerie L’Heureux, Vice President of Human Resources, Joni and Friends and Joelle Peelgren, Co-founder, DeGenaro Peelgren Associates

Intermediate

3. Trends & Hot Topics Roundtable: Marketing and Communications
In this fast-paced, interactive 1.5-hour roundtable, we will explore vital trends and hot topics in marketing and communications. It will be co-hosted by members of the Alliance Advisory Council (Mollie Yoder and Shannon Litton). This roundtable will be an opportunity to connect with peers, collaborate to address challenges, explore hot topics and address trends impacting Christian nonprofits: Outcomes: 1) Recognize key trends and hot topics, 2) Apply shared insights, and 3) Grow your acumen in marketing and communications.
Mollie Yoder, Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Trevecca Nazarene University and Shannon Litton, President/CEO, 5by5 Agency

Intermediate

4. Trends & Hot Topics Roundtable: Financial Management
In this fast-paced, interactive 1.5-hour roundtable, we will explore vital trends and hot topics in marketing and communications. It will be co-hosted by members of the Alliance Board (Nathan Salsbery) and the Alliance Advisory Council (Laurie Dingeldein). This roundtable will be an opportunity to connect with peers, collaborate to address challenges, explore hot topics and address trends impacting Christian nonprofits: Outcomes: 1) Recognize key trends and hot topics, 2) Apply shared insights, and 3) Grow your acumen in financial management.
Nathan Salsbery, Partner and Executive Vice President, CapinCrouse LLP, and Laurie Dingeldein, CFO, ABWE

Intermediate

5. Trends & Hot Topics Roundtable: Emerging Leaders
In this fast-paced, interactive 1.5-hour roundtable, we will explore vital trends and hot topics for next generation leaders. It is designed for emerging leaders (under age 30), and will be co-hosted by Alliance Advisory Council members (Dr. Andrew Johnston and Karen D. McDonald). This roundtable will be an opportunity to connect with peers, collaborate to address challenges, explore hot topics and address trends impacting Christian nonprofits: Outcomes: 1) Recognize key trends and hot topics, 2) Apply shared insights, and 3) Grow your acumen as a leader.
Dr. Andrew Johnston, Owner, Johnston Consulting, and Karen D. McDonald, Director of Employee Success, Dallas Theological Seminary

Intermediate

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CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS: Professional education credits (CCNL/CPE-NASBA/CFRE) will be available for Outcomes Conference learning experiences. 

Special Events

Separate Paid Registration Required

  1. Men’s Breakfast

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  1. Women’s Luncheon

More information to come…

Season Bowers, Radio Host, Speaker, Author, Pastor

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