2017 Schedule

(Subject to change as we get closer to the event. List is current as of February 25)

OPENING SESSION-Keynote Speaker Joel Anderson

MORNING SESSION 1

Session Title Session Description Speaker
Getting Started with Children: Basics for getting a ministry started in your community Session will provide participants tools necessary to begin the work of children’s ministry as well as enable them to develop plans and goals for their local faith community. Connie Hutchinson
The Making of “Joel and Reid in the Word” Don’t miss the debut of a new video devotional series created by and for individuals with special needs. Videographer/artist Joel Anderson and musician/podcast host Reid Moriarty will describe their collaboration and show you several 7-minute devotionals designed specifically for teens and adults. You will have a chance to ask questions and give feedback. Joel Anderson & Reid Moriarty
Chronic Illness: Understanding the needs and supporting families dealing with chronic illness Session will address the practical needs of family members supporting loved ones with chronic illness as well as practical means by which local faith communities can support these families. Steve Babbitt
Ministry Models: Inclusive, Semi-Inclusive, Standalone Session participants will discuss various models in order to determine strengths and challenges associated with each. Jeff McNair
Reaching the Special Needs Community through Fun and Collaborative Outreach Session participants will walk away with practical ideas for engaging and supporting the needs of individuals in their local communities. Linda Martin
Church Leadership: Effectively working with local church leadership in partnership Session will provide strategies for connecting and partnering with local leadership in order to serve the needs of all members of your local faith community. Tonya Langdon
Identifying and connecting with waiting individuals in your community through Camps Session will provide participants information on how to begin a camp ministry as well the benefit to families who participate in such opportunities. Stephanie Kiesel


MORNING SESSION 2

Session Title Session Description Speaker
Reaching the Special Needs Community through Vacation Bible School Session will provide a basic outline of successful VBS programs used to support children and youth in the community while also serving as an outreach for parents. Ashley Hopson & Becca Stavert
Getting Started with Teens and Adolescents: Basics for getting a ministry started in your community Session will provide participants tools necessary to begin the work of youth ministry as well as enable them to develop plans and goals for their local faith community. Dave Bulloch
Volunteers: Recruitment/ Retention/ Training Session will layout practical recruitment and retention strategies necessary for growing and sustaining your ministry. Jennifer Felix
Events/Club: Developing fun and creative outreach ideas for individuals and families. Session is designed to share some ‘easy wins’ and ‘how-tos’ that will motivate people to act when they return to their groups. John Pantellas
Safety: Ensuring safety for participants and volunteers involved in your ministry Session participants will be provided practical tools for keeping all participants (volunteers, members, visitors) safe within their ministry. Janice Chan
Secular Supports: Understanding and leveraging secular services (Regional Center, Group Homes) Session will provide an overview of secular supports in order to understanding the role these services/institutions play in the everyday lives of ministry members. Participants will also learn practical ways in which to connect with these supports. InJoy Life Resources
Ages and Stages: Responding to the developmental needs of individuals while honoring life stages Session will help participants identify ‘transition’ ages and plans in order to meet the varying needs of all ministry members. Jeff McNair

 

12-1 pm: LUNCH (included)

AFTERNOON SESSION 3

Session Title Session Description Speaker
Behavior: Management, Intervention, and Prevention of potentially disruptive/unsafe behavior Session will focus on understand basic functions of behavior. Participants will learn practical positive reinforcement strategies as well as strategies for managing difficult behaviors. Janice Chan
Who is My Church? A Focus on People not Programs This session will compare theory with reality revealing what really works.  Co-presented by mother and son, the workshop will contrast best-laid plans for “programs” with actual relationships that disciple and model Jesus. Participants will be challenged to identify, enlist, and appreciate the natural strengths and spiritual gifts of all the members in the community. Andrea & Reid Moriarty
Belonging: Helping your local faith community to become a community where all are welcome Session will enable participants to identify where they might be ‘missing’ opportunities or people in their community. Melissa Brosch
Curriculum: Developing, Finding, and Implementing appropriate and meaningful curriculum Session is geared toward helping participants Create/Utilize/Adjust a curricular approach that connects with a variety of members. Steve Nyenhuis
Getting Started with Adults: Basics for getting a ministry started in your community Session will provide participants tools necessary to begin the work of adult ministry as well as enable them to develop plans and goals for their local faith community. Kathi McNair

 

2:15pm-3:00pm: CLOSING SESSION

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