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Outcomes Conference 2024

2024 Learning Experiences

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

See the transformational learning experiences being offered at The Outcomes Conference 2024. These expert thought leaders are committed to equipping you to excel in Christian nonprofit leadership!

 

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 

~Hebrews 12:1-2

BREAKTHROUGH WORKSHOPS

LEADERSHIP

 

Influence the thinking, behavior, and development of self, teams, and organizations.

 

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP (15)

1. Be an Example!

In this workshop, we will examine our role in raising up the next generation of global ministry leaders, and explore how we can best train that new generation. Outcomes: 1) Define how to train the next generation to live as leaders called by God, with a deeper understanding of the Bible's call to biblical mentorship, 2) Embrace our role in raising up the next generation of ministry leaders, and 3) Identify a person in whom to invest as a mentor.

FACULTY: Dr. Peggy Banks, Vice President of Global Assistance, International Christian Concern

2. Leading Healthy Change

Organizational change is a minefield that can lead toward a flourishing future or a mission in conflict and stagnation. This workshop will engage with key elements of change starting with a philosophy and processes for healthy change. Outcomes: 1) Grasp principles behind the importance of healthy change in a mission or organization, 2) Embrace a model for change and principles for overcoming organizational resistance/inertia, and 3) Develop the beginning of a plan for leading change in your leadership sphere of influence.

FACULTY: Dr. Doug Nuenke, US President Emeritus, and Lindy Black, Associate US Director, The Navigators

3. Dyadic Leadership: Friends on Mission

This workshop presents dyadic leadership as an important model for healthy missional leadership. This interactive experience explores how a dyadic leadership relationship/structure may benefit your organization's mission. Outcomes: 1) Define dyadic leadership and promote it as a viable leadership model for healthy, flourishing mission, 2) Discern insights from the experience of dyadic leadership in a global mission organization, recognizing opportunities and challenges, 3) Build a dyadic leadership structure for your team.

FACULTY: Dr. Lee Carter, Executive Vice President, and Dr. Jeff Robinson, Senior Vice President, Scripture Engagement, Bible League International

4. The Leader as Shepherd

This workshop explores shepherding as a biblically based leadership principle specifically related to executives. Participants will develop a common leadership language grounded in Scripture and will translate biblical principles into immediately applicable and practical behaviors for ministries in which they serve. Outcomes: 1) Position shepherding as a universal godly leadership, 2) View Provision, Protection, and Presence as key responsibilities of genuine shepherding, and 3) Establish absolute surrender to the Father as a requirement to be an effective, godly shepherd leader.

FACULTY: Holly Culhane, Founder & President/CEO and Doug Culhane, Facilitator/Logistics Coordinator, Presence Point

5. Men & Women in Leadership: Honoring God's Design

This workshop offers a biblical model of honoring and partnering men and women together in ministry. Both genders are often working from a place of fear, rather than trust.  How can our ministries honor all leaders? Outcomes: 1) Grow through biblical dialogue about male and female roles in leadership, 2) Gain insight from organizations exemplifying great models and some that have failed, and 3) Obtain practical tools to implement in Christian organizations honoring to all leaders.

FACULTY: Ashley Graves, Founder, Five Stone Mentoring, LLC

6. A Playbook for Building and Leading a Team

This session is for every do-it-yourself(er), executive leader or hiring staff member who wants to build something bigger than themselves. Apply practical steps to strategically cultivate and grow a healthy team. Outcomes: 1) Recognize that the best leaders are built – not bought. Learn why people stay or leave, 2) What is your vision for the team? Build strategy and your dream organizational chart, and 3) Lead your team: Know you, know your team, and know your why.

FACULTY: Brooke Hodnefield, Vice President of Nonprofit, and Phil Bowdle, Vice President of Marketing, Slingshot Group

7. Trust: From Elusive to Actionable

When asked, people often say that trust is critical, but an elusive part of a healthy culture. In this workshop, we will show the research behind trust looks like in the workplace and get a CEO's effective strategy on building trust. Outcomes: 1) Recognize what trust in the workplace looks like, 2) Become familiar with research proven actions that build or break trust, and 3) Implement immediate actions executives can take to build trust at work.

FACULTY: Giselle Jenkins, Consulting Director, Best Christian Workplaces, and Laura Gardner, CCNL, President and Chief Operating Officer, Joni and Friends

8. Becoming an Outward Facing CEO

An outward facing CEO can better advance their ministry when opportunities arrive. Prepare with us on how to open doors, make connections and develop your message through public speaking, internally and externally. Outcomes: 1) Assess and activate your rolodex and network, 2) Prepare your signature talks that leave people wanting more and 3) Launch your message onto platforms, stages, and meetings you could have never imagined.

FACULTY: Jessica Lalley, Founder, Voices To Connect, and Eva Daniel, Founder and Owner, The Speak Shop

9. Foundations for Ministry Growth

This workshop is a dynamic and interactive session designed to equip participants with essential principles and practical strategies for fostering growth and impact in their ministries. Through discussion, real-life examples, and collaborative exercises, attendees will gain valuable insights for growth. Outcomes: 1) Participants will gain insights into improving their inspirational and spiritual leadership, 2) Recognize the impact of a flourishing workplace culture on ministry growth, and 3) Cultivate leadership skills that nurture growth.

FACULTY: Al Lopus, Cofounder and Board Chair, Best Christian Workplaces, and Kevin Enders, President, 4Kids

10. How Then Shall We Lead?

Today’s world is upside down. This session will explore practical tools for leading your organization through the current cultural storm with confidence, strength, and compassion. Outcomes: 1) Using case studies, be able to effectively respond to shifting cultural norms, 2) Define ministry values to help you (compassionately) not capitulate to shifting personal values, and 3) Implement a framework to evaluate what to address and what to ignore.

FACULTY: Steve Maegdlin, CEO, Executive Advisory Partners

11. The Nonprofit Industry's "Next Big Thing"

The fastest growing and largest nonprofits in the world have one thing in common: they've put an emphasis on measurement and evaluation. Learn why, and how to create positive change for your organization, its constituents, and the world. Outcomes: 1) Apply insights from nonprofits that have grown exponentially due to measurement and evaluation, 2) Discern  different methods for implementing measurement and evaluation: Data Science, AI, and Randomized Control, 3) Use measurement and evaluation for the greatest impact.

FACULTY: Dustin Miller, Donor Relations Manager, International Care Ministries, and Dr. Lincoln Lau, Assistant Professor at University of Toronto, International Care Ministries

12. Improving EQ and CQ in Your Ministry Teams

EQ and CQ are more than buzzwords. Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Cultural Intelligence (CQ) are essential for thriving ministries. By infusing our organizations with emotional and cultural intelligence, we clear away stumbling blocks for our teams and those we serve. Outcomes: 1) Apply God's design for working with intergenerational and/or intercultural teams, 2) Integrate best practices for improving team and organizational EQ and CQ, and 3) Incorporate insights from the latest research in EQ, CQ and organizational culture.

FACULTY: Dr. Teresa Moon, President & CEO, Institute for Cultural Communicators

13. Leadership Transitions: Imagine, Engage, Align

Leadership transitions can propel your mission forward or impede its growth for years. Successful leadership transitions are co-created when leaders imagine the succession's future, engage their successor, and align the organization to the envisioned future. Outcomes: 1) Discover the dynamics of co-creating and imagining the future with a successor, board, or leadership team, 2) Engage the current leader, and successor, to build out the transition and succession plan, and 3) Bring organizational alignment to the transition and succession plan.

FACULTY: Lon Swartzentruber, CEO, Design Group International, and Dr. Mark L. Vincent, Executive Advisor, Maestro-level Leader

14. Build Alignment Throughout Your Ministry

Unlock the secret to team alignment. Learn to cast a clear, actionable vision. Design effective meeting rhythms that foster collaboration and keep everyone in sync. Harmonize short-term goals with your long-term vision. Outcomes:  1) Craft a compelling and actionable vision that resonates with team members across all levels, 2) Create well-designed meeting rhythms to facilitate communication, collaboration, and maintain alignment across teams, and 3) Implement strategies for aligning short-term goals and projects with the organization's long-term vision and strategic objectives.

FACULTY: Chad Williams, CEO, Five Q

15. Aligning DEI with Organizational Values

In this session, you will learn how to integrate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) into your organization's work while ensuring the values of the organization are not sacrificed. Outcomes: 1) Identify the values of the organization and how they are lived out on a day-to-day basis, 2) Be able to integrate DEI into your work without sacrificing your organizational values, and 3) Develop a plan of action to clearly communicate DEI positions as they align with the organization’s values.

FACULTY: Debbie DiVirgilio, CCNL, President, Faith Based Nonprofit Resource Center

PERSONAL LEADERSHIP (17)

16. A Leader's Personal Intercession Team

Over the past four years, InterVarsity has identified, equipped, and deployed intercession teams for all its leaders. Each team prays together regularly, listens for a word from God for the leader, and enters the spiritual battlefield on the leader's behalf. Come hear what we've learned and how we've trained intercessors. Outcomes: 1) Perceive how intercession teams can support leaders, 2) Be equipped to develop an intercession team training system, and 3) Appreciate the role of intercession teams in sustainable leadership.

FACULTY: Connie Anderson, National Director of Intercession, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA

17. What is Tension Therefore?

Learn to identify and appreciate tension in my brain and body to become more effective at being present to lead well, using my best state of mind, the mind of Christ. 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 a four-step thinking method to view self and others with empathy.

FACULTY: Sharon Browatzke, CCNL, Life Coach, Clear Thinking Solutions, and Karen D. Wood, Therapist, Clear Thinking Alliance

18. The Integrated Leader

Interpersonal discord often reveals deeper internal conflict. Unconscious motivations and unspoken vows create turmoil and a vicious cycle where actions betray beliefs. Learn how to break this cycle. The Holy Spirit wants to work with us to bring awareness, repair, and change. Outcomes: 1) Discover areas of formation that impact interpersonal relationships, 2) Transform hard conversations and difficult relationships through deeper awareness and curiosity, and 3) Identify places of fragmentation and imbalance where God is inviting integration.

FACULTY: Andrea Leigh Capuyan, CCNL, Executive Director, Laurel Pregnancy Center (the LPC)

19. Are You Maximizing Your Gift?

We’re each born with a gift, but what are you doing to MAXIMIZE what God has given you? It’s time to search out the matter, assess your present and step into the season of maximizing. Outcomes: 1) Identify your God-given gift(s) and where they are in operation, 2) Be equipped with biblical tools to break barriers and maximize your God-given gift(s), and 3) Assess the impact of maximizing your gift(s) and the importance of consistent cultivation.

FACULTY: Alicia (AC) Dunlap, Communications Manager, Rhema Christian Center

20. Yes, You are a Creative Problem Solver

What are the dynamics behind those “Aha,” “Eureka,” great ideas we get at times? We will explore what's involved in creative problem solving, and how we inhibit those ideas through stress, busyness, and lack of attention. Unleash your creative problem-solving potential. Outcomes: 1) Discern the internal process of creative problem solving, 2) Recognize how we often get in our own way from unleashing creative problem-solving abilities, and 3) Implement practical steps to become more effective creative problem solvers.

FACULTY: Dr. Matt Frawley, Vice President, Content and Business Development, Polymath Innovations

21. God's Will in Your Wallet

Money is the most powerful tool ever invented, and great leaders handle it wisely. In the Parable of the Shrewd Manager, Jesus articulates four financial principles to make the most of whatever he has entrusted to you. Outcomes: 1) Discover the true purpose of wealth, and why handling wealth well matters from here to eternity, 2) Learn all the accounting you need in three minutes, and 3) Use three financial tools to build a personal financial plan for God’s glory.

FACULTY: Dr. John Thornton, Founder, Getting Rich Right

22. Nurturing Healthy and Thriving Executive Leaders

Drawing wisdom from the Bible, contemporary leadership theory, and insights of over 200 executive leaders, this session explores common challenges and relevant recommendations for pursuing health and effectiveness as organizational leaders. Outcomes: 1) Develop a biblical vision for healthy leaders and thriving organizations, 2) identify pressing challenges that Christian organizational leaders face, as reported by over 200 executive leaders, and 3) Apply recommendations for how Christian executive leaders may practice healthy leadership for thriving organizations.

FACULTY: Dr. Justin Irving, Duke K. McCall Professor of Christian Leadership, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

23. Maximizing Personal and Professional Impact

We want to use our time well and to be a positive influence on those we lead. Join us as we consider ways, we can do that better. Outcomes: 1) Develop planning strategies to utilize your time more effectively, 2) Identify ways people diminish the capacity of individuals around them intentionally or unintentionally, and 3) Build up the staff and leaders around you for greater team success.

FACULTY: Vonna Laue, CCNL, Executive Director of Global Services and CFO, TEAM

24. Sabbaticals and Your Weary Soul

Your exhausted soul needs time with God. As ministry leaders, we can become depleted, leaving our ministries and families in danger. This practical workshop will examine sabbaticals, personal spiritual retreats, and the benefits of rest. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the dangers of burnout and determine if you should take a sabbatical, 2) Develop practical plans for before, during and after an extended time away, and 3) Determine how you can implement personal spiritual days and retreats into your regular schedule.

FACULTY: Dustin Manis, President & CEO, Reaching Souls International

25. Spiritual Attunement for Difficult Times

Feeling weary, burdened, or fearful? This workshop will guide you through practices that will help you spiritually attune to Jesus, finding rest for your souls. Outcomes: 1) Experience more of God’s presence, guidance, peace, wisdom & courage for the challenges you face, 2) Practice exercising the muscles, movements, and postures of spiritual attunement, and 3) Practice helping each other voice, clarify, claim & act on their best sense of God’s guidance.

FACULTY: Tracy Mathews, Executive Director, and Natalie Roderick, Director, Attune

26. Return on Failure

In this dynamic workshop, Christian nonprofit leaders share how they turned vulnerabilities into strength, telling personal stories of failure and redemption, inspiring attendees to navigate setbacks as opportunities for growth and organizational success. Outcomes: 1) Apply strategies and frameworks for transforming failures into opportunities for personal growth and organizational development, 2) Enhance leadership skills by encouraging openness, vulnerability, and learning from failure, and 3) Develop practical skills to analyze and learn from failures, incorporating lessons learned into future decision making.

FACULTY: Jeremy Reis, Vice President of Marketing, CRISTA Ministries, and Shannon Litton, President, 5by5

27. The Heart of the Leader Matters

Discover why your heart matters most in your day-to-day leadership, and what Jesus teaches about the importance of the heart. Examine how you can practically embrace Jesus' model of leading and influencing others. Outcomes: 1) Differentiate between a spiritually healthy and an unhealthy heart, 2) Define the impact of identity and accurate self-awareness of our leadership, and 3) Discern three ways to diminish your influence.

FACULTY: Steve Rubado, Regional Representative - US/Canada, Lead Like Jesus

28. Resilient Leadership Now

You lead in a world of constant disruption. Pandemic challenges have been replaced with external cultural tensions and internal challenges. Experience a robust resilience framework enabling you to lead with skill and energy in unstable times. Outcomes: 1) Acknowledge the lack of relief for Christian executives since the pandemic, 2) Embrace a biblical, proven, resilience framework empowering leaders to continue forward with creativity, efficacy, and joy, and 3) Up the resilience factor in each leader's daily routines and team interactions.

FACULTY: Dr. Chip Roper, President, VOCA Center

29. Your Personal Values Impact Your Organization

Christian leaders are motivated and driven by innate personal values and a sense of calling. Harmonizing your personal values with your organization’s stated values is vital to effective leadership. Outcomes: 1) Identify how personal and organizational values conflicts cause fundamental issues for you and your team, 2) Identify your personal values and the intended and unintended impact they have on those you lead, and 3) Develop a plan to connect your personal values to organizational values for maximum impact.

FACULTY: Mark Stevenson, Practice Leader / President, Clarity for Christian Leaders

30. Be the Unicorn

How can someone make themselves indispensable? Learn 12 teachable traits all "unicorns" have in common. How can hiring managers embrace each trait? Apply actionable takeaways for incorporating each trait into your personal and professional life. Outcomes: 1) Discern the meaning of “soft skills” or “human skills,” 2) Develop soft skills in your own life for better job success and growth in interpersonal relationships outside of work, and 3) Feel secure in your career future, despite the rise of AI technology.

FACULTY: William Vanderbloemen, Founder and CEO, Vanderbloemen Search Group

31. Leadership Within Your Aiming Stakes

Experience this dynamic and exciting leadership presentation by a former Green Beret and Chaplain to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. It will challenge leaders to synthesize and prioritize their personal and business lives. Outcomes: 1) As a leader, be able to synthesize the essential from the non-essentials, 2) As a leader, ensure that your left and right aiming stakes are in place, and 3) As a leader, ensure that you aren't afraid to carry the "mortar baseplate."

FACULTY: George Youstra, Deputy Chief Chaplain, Marketplace Chaplains

32. Effective Leadership Principles

Long term success comes down to effectiveness with how we manage ourselves. The better we manage ourselves, the better we, and everyone else around us, will be. Outcomes: 1) Master self-management with Jesus as the example, 2) Recognize for self-management the importance of being introspective, and 3) Apply twelve tips on more effective self-management.

FACULTY: Dr. Vicki Harris, Chief People and Culture Officer, Our Daily Bread Ministries

BOARD GOVERNANCE (8)

33. Good Governance Through Financial Oversight

Nonprofit boards are responsible for oversight of the organization’s financial situation. Join us to learn what to monitor, key questions to ask, and how to establish the duties for gathering financial information and ensuring oversight. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the nonprofit board’s role in providing effective financial oversight, 2) Define which financial areas, ratios, and measurements to monitor and insights to be gained, and 3) Assess how to structure your board subcommittees to ensure adequate financial oversight.

FACULTY: Fran Brown, Managing Partner, and Rob Faulk, Partner and Church and Denomination Services Director, CapinCrouse LLP

34. Maximizing Board Effectiveness

Far too many boards are ineffective. Far too many board members feel unsure about their role. This presentation will present the three main types of nonprofit boards. Outcomes: 1) Determine what type of board you have and what you want, 2) Guide your board to be more effective, no matter what type of board you have, and 3) Address and eliminate board dysfunction.

FACULTY: Dr. James Galvin, President, Galvin and Associates Inc.

35. What's Your Board Blend?

There are seven primary types of boards. No board is all one type – not even the Carver model. Discover a blended model. This blend changes based upon the life stage of the ministry. Outcomes: 1) Know the seven types of board and seven essential elements for an effective ministry board, 2) Identify the current life cycle of your board and what type you are or want to be, and 3) Comprehend the benefits and drawbacks of the Carver model.

FACULTY: Bruce Johnson, President, NextLevel Leadership

36. Unlock Your Board's Potential with Fundraising

Discover strategies for maximizing and refining board effectiveness, fostering fundraising prowess, and driving long-term sustainable growth. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the key roles and responsibilities of board members in fundraising, including donor cultivation, stewardship, and strategic planning, 2) Apply effective techniques for recruiting and engaging board members with diverse skill sets and networks, to enhance fundraising outcomes and 3) Develop fundraising strategies that align with the organization's mission, values, and long-term sustainability.

FACULTY: Brad Layland, CEO, and Ame Eldredge, Chief Culture Officer, The FOCUS Group

37. Strategic Planning: The Board's Role

A key board role is to set strategy, typically through a strategic plan. How the board engages in strategy varies significantly based on the board's purpose and organization culture. Outcomes: 1) Examine different types of boards and how the board's role varies depending on board type, 2) Explore various possible board roles in developing the strategic plan, and determine which fits your organization, and 3) Be able to monitor the performance of the strategic plan once it moves to execution.

FACULTY: Caryn Ryan, Managing Member and Erin Moriarty, Human Resources Director, Missionwell

38. Building a Mission Driven Board

The role of the board in advancing the mission cannot be overstated. Yet often boards are underperforming or ill-equipped to serve as guardians of the mission. Join this interactive session to evaluate current board practices and growth opportunities. Outcomes: 1) Self-evaluate the level of mission alignment and health of your board, 2) Recognize areas of strength and growth opportunities, and 3) Discern one action step to improve board governance for the benefit of the organization and mission.

FACULTY: Becca Spradlin, Founder & CEO, On Mission Advisors

39. Getting Your Board on Board

"The Board" can be the source of your greatest joys and biggest frustrations. When Boards work well, they make everyone's job easier and positively contribute to the mission and fundraising! Outcomes: 1) Apply tangible board evaluation techniques, including Arthur Alley's "5 W’s of Board Membership", 2) Be able to move board members’ involvement from transactional to relational, applying specific engagement strategies, and 3) Equip current board members to recruit high-level volunteers outside the current board membership.

FACULTY: Steve Waiksnoris, Partner and Vice President, Arthur Alley Associated

40. Board Practices that Protect Ministries

Boards are called to protect their ministries from issues like leadership failure and child/client abuse. This session offers practical steps to attendees for strengthening their board to better guard the ministries entrusted to them. Outcomes: 1) Grow in understanding the unique authority entrusted to boards to guard and protect their ministries, 2) Evaluate systems of accountability for governing boards and executive leadership, and 3) Identify effective strategies for conflict resolution that strengthen the board as a cohesive team.

FACULTY: Kevin Trotter, CCNL, Advisory Board Member, Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention (ECAP), and Dr. Dee Dee Mayer, Director, RelateStrong, Boone Center for the Family at Pepperdine University

BREAKTHROUGH WORKSHOPS

RELATIONSHIP

 

Connect ministry mission to the hearts and minds of supporters called by God.

 

RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (16)

41. Donor Experience Matters

Online giving is a growing piece of the fundraising landscape. The process a donor goes through to give a gift on your website impacts your revenue today and your future donor relationships. Optimizing the experience is vital. Learn how in this hands-on workshop. Outcomes: 1) Discern the types of friction present on your current giving forms, and ways to reduce friction and decrease abandonment, 2) Optimize the main giving page on your website, and 3) Optimize a campaign donation page.

FACULTY: Nathan Hill, Vice President, Next After Institute

42. ChatGPT & AI: Fundraising Truths & Tales

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing fundraising, but is it a silver bullet for your development office? What is generative AI? How can applications like ChatGPT assist your traditional and online fundraising efforts? Explore potential peaks and pitfalls of leveraging these tools. Outcomes: 1) Recognize how AI works and what it can (and cannot) do for you, 2) Discern how to integrate ChatGPT and other AI into your fundraising plans, and 3) Use this technology in your online development plans.

FACULTY: Michael Brown, Director, Philanthropic Service for Institutions

43. Marketing and Development: Frenemies to Partners

Marketing and development are essential to a thriving organization, but there is inherent tension between the promotional and fundraising functions. Explore ways to genuine partnership: advancing the essence of marketing and the essence of fundraising, moving forward together. Outcomes: 1) Employ marketing while serving the development function of your organization, 2) Employ donor-facing communications while serving the marketing essentials of your organization, and 3) Apply actionable strategies to advance both fundraising and marketing objectives in all communications.

FACULTY: Dr. Mark Dillon, Senior VP/Founder, Total Advancement Solutions Generis Partners, and Laura Valentino, Senior Director of Development Services, The Veritas Forum

44. Identifying and Retaining MGOs

It is hard work to hire and manage Major Gifts Officers (MGO) for excellence in pursuit of your mission. Learn myths regarding MGOs. Apply practical suggestions for hiring and establishing metrics. Acquire tools to help you avoid pitfalls of transactional relationships and burnout. Outcomes: 1) Implement a spirit-led approach to hiring, leading and developing MGOs, 2) Equip and train MGOs for success and develop mutually agreed upon metrics for accountability, and 3) Inspire the holistic personal development of MGOs.

FACULTY: Jim Elliott, Vice President of Stewardship and Doug Crisafulli, Director of Planned Giving, Moody Bible Institute

45. Mission Advancement with Donor-Advised Funds

Donor-advised funds have a combined total of $235 billion earmarked for charity. We’ll take a comprehensive look at this giving tool so you can leverage its benefits for your mission. Outcomes: 1) Therefore, understand what donor-advised funds are, how they work, and why they've grown in popularity, 2) Therefore, recognize the tax advantages and maximized charitable impact of donor-advised funds, and 3) Therefore, confidently engage donors about donor-advised funds and respond to grants from the vehicle.

FACULTY: Joe Hancock, Vice President and General Counsel, and Katie Warren, Communications & Donor-Advised Fund Program Manager, HighGround Advisors

46. Double Production in Five Years

This session applies pastoral/servant leadership principles. It’s a practical look at leading with a pastor’s heart to move a fundraising department toward doubling gift planning production in five years. (A case study half-way in.) Outcomes: 1) Forgiveness: Therefore, don’t expect to supervise perfect employees. Meet them where they are, 2) Shepherd Introspection: Therefore, look at the log in your eye. Don’t throw stones. Face mistakes, and 3) Authority: Therefore, face hard facts about goals, money, and laws you didn’t write.

FACULTY: Dr. Scott Janney, Territorial Director of Gift Planning, The Salvation Army, Eastern USA Territory

47. Vocational Conviction for Christian Fundraisers

The Christian fundraising profession is often viewed as a necessary "evil" to the "real" work of ministry done by program staff. We will explore theological, philosophical, and practical implications of Christian fundraising and development as a craft and calling. Outcomes: 1) Gain theological understanding of the call of Christian fundraising, 2) Evaluate current views on fundraising in light of historical perspectives, and 3) Take practical steps to lean into your growth and ownership of your profession as a Christian fundraiser.

FACULTY: Nathan Jones, President, Youth for Christ Foundation

48. Retain Donors with Great First-Year Communications

Boost donor retention in this hands-on workshop. Master powerful communication skills, cultivate strong connections, and inspire lasting donor loyalty for consistent fundraising success. Walk away with a plan for your first-year donor communications that retains more donors. Outcomes: 1) Identify the fundamentals of effective first-year donor communication and master techniques for inspiring continued donor loyalty, 2) Design a personalized, actionable first-year communication strategy for new donors, and 3) Leverage impactful communications to upgrade more donors for fundraising success.

FACULTY: Mike Meyers, CDO, and Jeremy Reis, Vice President of Marketing, CRISTA Ministries

49. Subscription Philanthropy: A New Wave of Giving

Unlock untapped funding: The Subscription Economy has led to the rise of Subscription Philanthropy, a new wave of giving impacting all nonprofits. Learn from a national study of successful nonprofits and tap into recurring giving for long-term sustainability. Outcomes: 1) Explore the rise of Subscription Philanthropy - a new era of giving, 2) Gain insight from successful nonprofits on how to build a resilient, high-value giving program, and 3) Tap into the core elements of thriving subscription-giving programs.

FACULTY: Dave Raley, Founder, Imago Consulting

50. What to Expect When You're Bequesting

Estate gifts are your organization’s largest potential funding source. Are you set up to promote, receive, acknowledge, and administer them efficiently? From policies to practices, learn what it takes to sustain an effective estate giving program. Outcomes: 1) Steward well relationships with supporters who express intentions to leave a bequest, 2) Discover best practices for gift acceptance policies and follow-up procedures, and 3) Gain insight to help you properly thank, honor and care for the executor and surviving family members.

FACULTY: Cindi Riemersma, Director of Gift Administration, and David Schutt, Director of Finance and Administration, Barnabas Foundation

51. Latest Insights in Major Donor Engagement

The philanthropy landscape has transformed, yet the unwavering commitment of major donors’ remains. To thrive in 2024, nonprofits must adapt, innovate, reject fear and embrace bold relationships with donors for transformative impact. This workshop offers you navigational guidance. Outcomes: 1) Discern major donor giving trends and the impact of effective wealth analytics, 2) Recognize sources of potential major donors, and how to motivate unrestricted major gifts, and 3) Embrace donor experiences that drive generosity and transformational impact on an organization.

FACULTY: Bruce Scott, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Westfall Gold

52. Supercharge Your Major Gifts Approach

Recent events threaten to disrupt longstanding fundraising norms. Therefore, it’s time to bring new approaches, new tools, and new success to your shop. Discover how Conversational Fundraising builds on authentic relationships to fund mission priorities. Outcomes: 1) Distinguish between confrontational and conversational methods of fundraising, 2) Move away from transactional models to a donor-centric, relationship-based fundraising culture, and 3) Be equipped to elevate expectations and raise performance in your major gifts program.

FACULTY: Kent Stroman, President, and Aaron Stroman, Consultant, Stroman & Associates

53. Worthy of the Gift

Learn how the merger of organizational and personal worthiness can create the synergy necessary to move your constituents from “Donors to” your organization to “Champions for” your organization! Outcomes: 1) Embrace the concepts of organizational and personal worthiness, 2) Recognize how organizational and personal worthiness are linked to the receipt of transformational gifts, and 3) Apply insights from an outline of key elements of organizational and personal worthiness to better engage donors for transformational gifts.

FACULTY: Bryan Taylor, CEO/CIO, Cornerstone Management

54. A Path for Fundraising Success

Fundraising is a challenging calling even in good times, and we see headlines such as, "Unrealistic Goals Are Stressing Out Fundraisers." Learn to replace such anxiousness with gospel-centered lenses giving us the courage to focus on what our work should be and how God is at the center of our success. Outcomes: 1) Seeing God’s generosity through a gospel-centered lens, 2) Staying in our lane, understanding our role in fundraising, and 3) Recognizing the key organizational elements required for success.

FACULTY: Doug Thorson, Senior Director for Advancement, Redeemer City to City

55. The 5 T's of Biblical Stewardship

Learn the 5 T's of Biblical stewardship (Time, Talent, Treasure, Temple and Testimony). Assess your current stewardship/donor plan to determine if you are fully engaging each of the 5 T's of your donor's motivations. Outcomes: 1) Define the difference between biblical stewardship (5 T's) and secular fundraising, 2) Discern ways to engage your donors to fully understand their giving motives, and 3) Assess your current stewardship/development plan and evaluate if it is engaging all 5 T's of a donor’s motivation.

FACULTY: Kent Wallace, President/Founder, and Mark Davidhizar, Senior Consultant, Visionworks Consulting, Inc.

56. Grow Your Mid-Level Giving Program

Learn how to target, cultivate, and engage your mid-level donors, tapping into a valuable revenue stream and expanding your capacity while faithfully stewarding all that God has called you to do.  Outcomes: 1) Discern ways to identify and define the mid-level supporters for your ministry, 2) Define how to effectively steward and affirm the donor relationship through well planned multichannel strategies, and 3) Determine how to effectively report back to leadership and your board on the program progress.

FACULTY: Christa Huff, Senior Vice President, Client Services, Douglas Shaw & Associates

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS (12)

57. What's Your Story?

It all starts with a plan. Learn how to build a 12-month narrative around your ultimate ministry goals to create a data-driven plan for reaching your audiences. Work with leaders across your ministry to create a cohesive, goal-oriented plan for your marketing and communications. Outcomes: 1) Apply principles to create a content narrative, 2) Use “Once Upon a Time” worksheet to create your yearlong story, 3) Develop a plan and understand content needs to move that plan forward.

FACULTY: Angel Barrett, CCNL, Director of Communications, Cru

58. Is My Digital Marketing Working?

Digital is the most measurable medium we’ve ever had, and simultaneously the most complex to understand. This workshop will provide an overview of the latest digital attribution methodologies and best practices. Outcomes: 1) Discover how to rightly approach attribution in a multi device and platform world, 2) Determine how to choose the right attribution model for your ministry, and 3) Apply insight from how some of the largest ministries are approaching attribution successfully.

FACULTY: Bryan Brown, President, Masterworks

59. Let's Build a Communications Plan!

Harness the power of focused communication! Whether you’re introducing a new initiative, promoting an event, or campaigning for gifts, a solid communications plan is vital for success. Simplify, streamline and amplify your most important messages. Outcomes: 1) Recognize why defining your target audience and creating personas can bring greater clarity to your message and marketing tactics, 2) Narrow your messaging focus and translate that into an editorial calendar, and 3) Determine the channels that support your marketing objectives.

FACULTY: Heather Day, Director of Marketing, Barnabas Foundation

60. Accelerating Revenue with Marketing Strategy

A tailored marketing strategy is key to your organization’s revenue growth. Learn the components of an implementable marketing strategy that will boost your short- and long-term revenue. Outcomes: 1) Discover the components of a smart marketing strategy, 2) Identify organizational growth opportunities, and learn how to tie them to target audiences, and 3) Recognize how to use key strategies to create compelling long-term growth.

FACULTY: Mike Farag, CEO, Chief Strategist, and Sara Hopkins, Director of Client Services, Fervor

61. Successful Opinion Writing and Pitching

Learn the value of opinion/commentary writing and how to write and pitch pieces to editors effectively so the message you want to promote therefore gets published to the right audience at the right time. Outcomes: 1) Engage in opinion writing to further your message instead of letting others further theirs, 2) Recognize that how you draft and how you pitch greatly increase your odds of success and 3) Capitalize on a published piece to extend your message reach.

FACULTY: Eric Finley, Senior Director of Media Communications, Alliance Defending Freedom

62. Getting People to Care

NextAfter is obsessed with answering a single question: Why do people give? This obsession has led to reams of original research and over 5,000 published experiments. This has resulted in a simple, yet profound, discovery: the secret to getting more people to give lies first in getting them to care. Outcomes: 1) Apply data-driven strategies to grow your donor base, 2) Implement tools to cultivate your audience, and 3) Utilize the latest research to move one-time donors to recurring.

FACULTY: Jeff Giddens, President, NextAfter

63. Adversarial News Media Training

Hands-on workshop teaching communications professionals and senior executives how to conduct themselves in crisis/adversarial news media interviews. We will offer methods, techniques, and on-camera experience, focusing primarily on TV interviews. Outcomes: 1) Apply insight from "getting feet wet" doing adversarial news media interviews before being thrust in front of camera, 2) Know what the news media is looking for, i.e., accommodating them without jeopardizing your ministry, and 3) Determine if your organization/spokespersons needs formal news media training.

FACULTY: Palmer Holt, President, and Lynn Scarborough, Media Relations Consultant, InChrist Communications

64. Cause Why? Giving Back to Bring Purpose

Which cause does your brand support? Which brand supports your cause? So many organizations, brands, and individuals are quickly choosing, or feeling pressured, to support a cause. They grab the latest headline only to lose focus when the cause loses momentum. Outcomes: 1) Recognize how a strong foundation of mission/vision/values matters, 2) Build a framework of purpose – starting with looking at you, your company/brand, and your customers/donors, and 3) Know the difference between a cause-driven organization and a purpose-driven organization.

FACULTY: Mike Lenda, Chief Services Officer, 5by5 - A Change Agency

65. Purposeful Marketing: Maximizing Mission Impact

Get the right people to respond to marketing and fundraising. Discover how to leverage your mission statement to connect with your audience through compelling storytelling, genuine authenticity, and impactful engagement. Maximize mission impact through purposeful marketing! Outcomes: 1) Deliver message impact by leveraging your mission statement, 2) Create impact with people, not data. Know the donors/recipients you serve, and 3) Tell their story, not yours. What's your audience's story? Use their words and phrases everywhere!

FACULTY: Jedidiah McCampbell, CEO, Boundaryless Marketing

66. Driving Results Through Visual Storytelling

StoryFind and Lutheran Braille Workers share how to produce a video for an event with storytellers from around the world! Learn how to find stories, sell videos to your board, and move audiences to action. Outcomes: 1) Discover a proven process for finding and selecting your best storytellers, 2) Educate your board on the importance of storytelling for a donor audience and 3) Recognize the psychology and technique behind moving an audience from insight to action through story.

FACULTY: Kristin Sukraw, Executive Producer, StoryFind Films (formerly Reliant Studios), and Daniel Jenkins, President, Lutheran Braille Workers

67. Wanted: Responsibly Fearless Leaders

Too many leaders avoid bold strategies, boring their audiences into needless attrition. We show that brave ministries grow by creating remarkable 'defining moments' that audiences love, providing examples, outcomes, how-to's, and fun movie clips. Outcomes: 1) Identify the signs that you're stunting your ministry's growth through over-dependence on data and metrics, 2) Unlock strategic creativity through a dogged and righteous "responsible fearlessness," and 3) Create defining moments, through human-centered design, that reenchant your audience for unprecedented growth.

FACULTY: Allen Thornburgh, Principal & Executive Producer, SUBLIMITY, and Donna Lucas, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Joni and Friends

68. Embracing the Power of Texting

Great leaders are great communicators, and great communicators have embraced texting. Learn best practices for adding the text ingredient to your multi-channel communication recipe. Outcomes: 1) Extend the digital reach of your ministry to the mobile device using trackable URL's and video, 2) Learn best practice and see examples of experiential giving strategies using text to grow and retain donors, and 3) Optimize operations by texting your volunteers, staff and those that benefit from your services.

FACULTY: Mike Cantrell, Founder/COO, Powered by Text

INTERNET AND TECHNOLOGY (6)

69. Unleashing AI for Donor Engagement

Explore the power of hyper-personalization and how to leverage generative AI to meet the rising expectations of donors. Break free from stagnant thinking and create a scalable plan for personalized communication that inspires mission support. Outcomes: 1) Harness data and generative AI to increase donor engagement and response rates, 2) Overcome barriers and leverage AI for scalable personalization in segmentation, content, and campaign optimization, and 3) Collaboratively create a personalized plan to inspire donors and drive mission support.

FACULTY: Kim Richardson, AVP, Client Strategy, Allegiance Group + Pursuant

70. What Ministry Leaders Need to Know About AI

Generative AI can enhance your Christian ministry's impact. Learn how to leverage Generative AI to enhance engagement, foster community, and streamline communication. If you have a laptop, follow along and create examples for your organization. Outcomes: 1) Know what Generative AI is, and what it can do within the ministry context, 2) Apply insight from several real-world use cases of Generative AI for ministries, and 3) Familiarize yourself with a curated list of AI tools relevant to ministry work.

FACULTY: Kenny Jahng, Chief Innovation Officer, Big Click Syndicate, AIForMinistryLeaders.com

71. Emerging Trends in Digital Fundraising

Join us as we discuss the current landscape in digital fundraising and technology adoption and learn how innovative ministries incorporate technologies like AI and computer-based learning to help lift fundraising results. Outcomes: 1) Equip yourself with information to help prioritize technology usage and adaptation for your ministry, 2) Implement the fastest growing and most promising areas of digital technology for the year ahead and 3) Recognize how nonprofits incorporate computer-based learning and AI into their fundraising programs.

FACULTY: Amy Sewell, Senior Vice President of Digital Solutions, and Aubrey Hoeppner, Vice President, Client Services, Douglas Shaw & Associates

72. Technology in the Workplace

The age we live in is characterized by an economy based on IT. These advancements are changing how, when, and where we do things whether at home or at work. What is and should be our response as Christians? Outcomes: 1) Identify and understand three types of technology characters in the workplace – creators, implementers, users, 2) Leverage technology from innovation to impact to fulfill our mission, and 3) Develop a biblical framework for understanding the role of technology in the workplace.

FACULTY: Joseph Vijayam, Founder and Chief Executive Office, Olive Technology, Inc.

73. Cyber Threat and Control Update

With the continued evolution of cyber threats, cyber preparedness must be ongoing. We’ll discuss recent cyber trends, mitigating technologies, and the latest updates to help you think like a hacker and reduce your organization’s risk. Outcomes: 1) Review several recent breaches and identify the underlying trends, 2) Contemplate lessons learned and consider evolving controls and technologies that can mitigate these risks, and 3) Apply knowledge of lessons learned and suggested controls within your institution.

FACULTY: Allison Ward, Partner, Partner, CapinCrouse LLP

74. 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.

FACULTY: Jeffrey Collins, Senior Director of Data Management, Compassion International

BREAKTHROUGH WORKSHOPS

STEWARDSHIP 

 

Cultivate with transparency and excellence the talent and resources God provides.

PEOPLE CARE AND MANAGEMENT (11)

75. Identifying and Developing Leaders with a Lean Staff

Faith based and nonprofit organizations face the same challenges as secular organizations in attracting, engaging, and retaining talent, but often lack the resources. This session focuses on developing leadership talent in a lean environment. Outcomes: 1) Discover why it is essential to build a mid to long term leadership succession plan regardless of your organization’s size, 2) Discern the key elements of a talent management system/process, and 3) Be able to apply core talent management principles in smaller/leaner organizations.

FACULTY: David Alexander, Managing Director, Gallagher

76. Prepare Your Organization to Hire Higher (TM)

Staffing is one of the biggest challenges facing nonprofits today. We’ll discuss how to prepare your organization to attract superior talent, improve retention, and create a culture that maximizes mission impact. Outcomes: 1) Take three steps to help make your organization magnetic to top talent, 2) Recognize the role of organizational culture in bridging the gap between leadership and staff, and 3) Comprehend why compromising on the three elements of fit may jeopardize hiring success and retention.

FACULTY: Derric Bakker, President, and Kat Landa, Senior Vice President, Talent Solutions, DickersonBakker

77. 8 Keys to Effective Teamwork

Learn and apply 8 keys to building a healthy, effective team. This workshop provides a definition of teamwork, a short assessment of any team, and a model by which to continuously improve. Identify your team's strengths and needs and commit to actions your team will take to improve. Outcomes: 1) Identify 8 key elements of effective teams, 2) Assess your team’s strengths and weaknesses, and 3) Determine how and where to continue to develop the effectiveness of your team.

FACULTY: Jay Bransford, President and CEO, Best Christian Workplaces

78. Right People; Right Seats

Does your organization have the right people in the right seats? How do you keep them? Outcomes: 1) Determine whether you have the right people in your organization, 2) Identify if the right people are in the right seat, and 3) Create a culture you want for your staff.

FACULTY: Jennifer Bridges, CFO, OrthoArkansas

79. Better Together: Women and Men in Partnership

Genesis 1 details God’s plan for women and men to work together to steward creation as equal partners. Unfortunately, we struggle to embody this vision. This workshop will equip you through a research model articulating 10 attributes of flourishing mixed-gender ministry partnerships. Outcomes: 1) Diagnose the current state of the mixed-gender ministry partnerships in your ministry context, 2) Interact with flourishing mixed-gender ministry partnerships, and 3) Take tangible action steps toward thriving mixed-gender ministry partnerships.

FACULTY: Dr. Rob Dixon, Associate Regional Director, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

80. Igniting Future Catalytic Leaders

This interactive discussion-focused workshop will offer shared solutions to persistent problems facing Christian leaders in the hiring, supervision, retention, and promotion of younger catalytic leaders. Outcomes: 1) Attendees will design a gifts-based supervisory structure that empowers staff members, 2) Attendees will share and hear the latest strategies that are working for developing organizational talent and 3) Attendees will be able to apply the latest research regarding hiring, supervision, and promotion of younger leaders.

FACULTY: Dr. Terry Linhart, Founder and CEO, Arbor Research Group

81. Running the Race - Organizational Harmony

Faith-based organizations have a kingdom mission and vision. At the same time, leaders must contend with increasing polarization and opposition. Organizational harmony allows us to compete in the 'race' and not grow weary. Outcomes: 1) Review scripture to determine what organizational harmony is, and what it is not, 2) Complete a survey to begin assessing barriers to harmony in your organization, and 3) Implement a framework to create a plan for harmony within your organization.

FACULTY: Karen McNary, Director of Global Engagement, Bible Study Fellowship, International

82. Delegating: The Handshake of Trust

Developing employees is critical to both the employee and the employer. Delegation is the process of empowering employees and volunteers. Practicing key principles will guide attendees to increased confidence and skill in delegation. Outcomes: 1) Know, understand, and remove barriers to effective delegation, 2) Practice the six principles in effective delegation – defining framework, results, time, commitment, employee ideas and ownership, and 3) Establish monitoring and feedback systems to ensure desired results are achieved.

FACULTY: Joelle Peelgren, Principal/Consultant, DeGenaro Peelgren Associates

83. Celebrate… Come On!

Explore the impact and importance of fostering a positive and engaging ministry culture through the art of celebration. By recognizing and appreciating achievements, we cultivate a culture of success, unity and joy. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the significance and benefits of recognizing individual and team accomplishments, 2) Implement practical strategies, ideas, and best practices for creating a culture of celebration within your ministry, and 3) Overcome challenges that come with emphasizing celebrations.

FACULTY: Leah Scoles, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO, Reaching Souls International

84. Volunteer Leadership Training

The church is called to "equip the saints for works of service" (Eph. 4:11-13). However, if your volunteer training is simply teaching tasks, you are missing out! Integrate leadership in volunteers, and transform your organization from the inside out. Outcomes: 1) Change how you think of "volunteers," 2) If you want everyone on the same page, you must develop the page, and 3) Recognize the top four lessons every training should have: identity, teamwork, leadership, and testimony.

FACULTY: Aaron Stroman, Consultant, Stroman & Associates

85. Empower Your Team through Strengths

Everyone has strengths and blind spots. Are you using both to empower and strengthen your team? Encouraging your team to lead with their strengths while managing blind spots creates organizational strength. Outcomes: 1) Motivate and empower your team by highlighting their strengths, 2) Create a cohesive, successful team by aligning their strengths with your mission and project goals, and 3) Harness the power of acknowledging our weaknesses, gaps and blind spots to build organizational trust.

FACULTY: Lauren Vanaman, CCNL, Executive Director, Banning Leadership Foundation

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT (10)

86. Annual Nonprofit Tax Update

New legislation, regulations, and court cases are a constant in the nonprofit tax landscape. We’ll examine the current tax issues affecting Christian exempt organizations, including IRS actions, legislation, and nonprofit tax credits for energy-related projects. Outcomes:  1) Identify tax challenges affecting ministries and plan for the changing environment for exempt organizations, 2) List recent tax law changes that affect ministries and churches, and 3) Ascertain what future issues your organization may face.

FACULTY: Ted Batson, Jr., Partner and Tax Counsel, and Ashley Peabody, Senior Tax Manager, CapinCrouse LLP

87. Who, What, Where, When & Why of Internal Controls

Internal Controls are imperative in organizations of all sizes. This session will explore why internal controls impact all levels of the organization and how internal controls give staff and donors confidence in your organization. Outcomes: 1) Apply insights from peers on what is working and not working as other organizations implement internal control processes, 2) Recognize the importance of Segregation of Duties across all areas of financial management, and 3) Use internal controls to reduce risk across multiple areas of the organization.

FACULTY: Julie Beasley, Senior Compliance Associate, and Emily VerSteeg, Compliance Associate, ECFA

88. Considerations in Nonprofit Spending

Nonprofits are filled with passionate, creative people who want to help others, but they must follow specific rules for how they spend their resources. We will discuss principles and examples of appropriate and inappropriate spending. Outcomes: 1) Understand how an organization’s exempt purpose guides their approach to spending, 2) Examine factors in appropriate spending and related documentation for nonprofits and churches, and 3) Recognize common issues with how nonprofits and churches spend their resources.

FACULTY: Krista Besselman, Global Finance Coordinator, SIL International

89. Transformational Thinking

Organizational changes integrated inconsistently over time result in complexities in the accounting system and reporting. Getting to a redesigned system that provides relevant and timely information will require transformational thinking. Outcomes: 1) Develop an action plan based on the desired results, 2) Apply the lessons learned in application case, and 3) Create communications and strategies for successful adoption.

FACULTY: Melodi Bunting, Senior Manager, Advisory Services, Wegner CPAs

90. Budgeting Effectively Despite Economic Uncertainty

The unknowns of the current economic uncertainty can create challenges as well as opportunities as you develop an effective budget. We’ll share crucial considerations and steps to help your ministry budget strategically for what’s ahead. Outcomes: 1) Identify how to tie your budget to your strategic plan, 2) Apply practical strategies to set priorities and challenge your assumptions, and 3) Assess how and when to revisit your budget and prepare for what’s ahead.

FACULTY: Rob Faulk, Partner, Church and Denomination Services Director, CapinCrouse LLP

91. Accounting and Tax Hot Topics

We present on many technical hot topics in both audit and tax areas. Bring your technical topics to the Q&A portion, and we will address all your questions and concerns. Outcomes: 1) Apply insights from hot topics of tax oftentimes overlooked by the industry, 2) Know the audit process – everyone will need an audit one day, and this session will ease minds on what that entails, and 3) Apply accounting and tax wisdom of professionals who have served for years.

FACULTY: Ellen Lucciola, Director of Tax/Partner, and John Hughes, Sr. Audit Manager, Ronald Blue & Co CPAs

92. Faith-Aligned Investing Today

The faith-aligned investing space is rapidly developing through new options and approaches.  We will discuss how Biblically Responsible Investing differs from secular Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing. We will examine existing approaches, and how to implement a faith-aligned investment program. Outcomes. 1) Discern the differences between faith-aligned investing and other forms of socially responsible investing, 2) Identify the primary forms of faith-aligned investing, and 3) Recognize the basics of implementing a faith-aligned investment program.

FACULTY: Winters Richwine, Chief Operating Officer, Cornerstone Management

93. 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) Be able to explain 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.

FACULTY: Nathan Salsbery, Partner and Executive Vice President, and Tim Sims, Partner and Professional Practice Leader – Attest, CapinCrouse LLP

94. The Spectrum of Values Alignment

What types of investments are aligned with biblical teaching? In this talk, we will discuss the spectrum of values alignment that Christian institutions with foundations, endowments, or operating reserves might consider when investing their dollars. Outcomes: 1) Be able to articulate the meaning of acronyms: ESG, SRI, and BRI, 2) Develop a deeper understanding of Christian fiduciary behavior/process when constructing a portfolio, and 3) Apply key factors to consider when aligning values for both investments and vendors.

FACULTY: Sloan Smith, Principal & Director, Innovest Portfolio Solutions, LLC

95. Financial Stewardship with Digital Transformation

Data is powerful and technology can be used as a tremendous ministry tool. Learn how to use these God-given resources to prepare the ministry for growth using digital transformation. Outcomes: 1) Objectively evaluate your organization's data use and processes to determine where opportunities may exist, 2) Use technology tools, such as interactive dashboards, automation and RPAs, and end-to-end technology assessment to set up your ministry to grow, and 3) Apply best practices in leveraging technology solutions to solve resource constraints.

FACULTY: Megan Terrell, Partner – Nonprofit, Armanino

LEGAL AND RISK MANAGEMENT (8)

96. Child Protection for Ministries

Child abuse: It’s the unspeakable done to the most vulnerable in our society. As ministry leaders, how do we protect the vulnerable in our care and ensure that our Great Commission work continues unhindered? Learn where to start and where to go for help. Outcomes: 1) Implement good and godly governance as the foundation for prevention, 2) Apply worker screening and training best practices, and 3) Determine your response plan: How to be prepared for an allegation.

FACULTY: Jeff Dalrymple, Executive Director, and Rebecca Santos, Communications Director, Evangelical Council for Abuse Prevention

97. What Your Employment Lawyer Wishes You Knew

Each case is different, but several common threads run through employment claims. Many disputes, EEOC charges, and lawsuits can be prevented (or at least minimized) with proactive practices. This workshop offers practical steps to minimize exposure up front and then respond to claims if/when they arise. Outcomes: 1) Recognize the most common causes of employment claims, 2) Discern how to utilize policies, job descriptions, and performance reviews to reduce risk, and 3) Determine when to bring in legal counsel.

FACULTY: Josh Heidelman, Attorney, Castañeda + Heidelman LLP, and Jenn Scheck, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Focus on the Family

98. Intellectual Property in the Internet Age

The Internet is exponentially increasing the volume of content and new brands, and thus, ministries are more likely to encounter legal issues related to their content or brands. This session is a primer on relevant legal issues. Outcomes: 1) Know the basics of trademark, copyright, privacy, and unfair competition laws, 2) Identify and mitigate significant ministry risks from creating content and new brands, and 3) Prevent and prepare for responding to unauthorized use of your ministry's content or a confusingly similar brand/name.

FACULTY: Ryan June, Attorney, Castañeda + Heidelman LLP

99. Risk and Revenue: Challenges & Opportunities

This session is a high-level look at risks to ministries, with a specific focus on fundraising practices and vulnerabilities. It will serve as your general risk and fundraising check-up. Outcomes: 1) Determine whether the ministry/organization has a framework for managing risk, 2) Be able to examine the fundraising/development landscape from a risk perspective, and 3) Recognize how risk can be seen as opportunity. Apply examples of intentional and opportunistic risk taking.

FACULTY: Steve Oakley, Partner, Oakley Strategic Counsel, LLC, and Tom MacAdam, Senior Consultant, The Focus Group

100. Teamwork to Prevent Abuse

Learn to recognize signs of abuse, legal obligations, risk management strategies, insurance coverage, and best practices for responding to allegations. Let's create a safer environment for all.  Outcomes: 1) Comprehend the legal obligations, reporting procedures, and investigative process surrounding abuse and molestation incidents, 2) Recognize insurance coverage options for abuse and molestation claims to safeguard your organization effectively, and 3) Apply proactive risk management strategies and best practices to foster a safer environment for all.

FACULTY: Andy Andrews, Senior Counsel, Michael Best, and Jon Barron, Insurance Broker, Gallagher

101. Current Religious Liberty Issues & Practical Steps

Utilizing current religious liberty cases, we will provide an overview of the threats facing religious nonprofits and some practical steps your ministry can take to try and keep yourself out of the courthouse. Outcomes: 1) Discern current threats to religious nonprofits, 2) Familiarize yourself with current cases that could impact your ministry, and 3) Take steps now to help avoid legal problems down the road.

FACULTY: Ryan Tucker, Senior Counsel, Director of Center for Christian Ministries, Alliance Defending Freedom

102. Review Your Ministry Governance Documents

When did your board and senior leadership last review your Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, corporate policies, and employee handbook? Have they been updated considering recent legislative changes and court decisions? Outcomes: 1) Become familiar with the content of governance documents, 2) Perceive the significance of governing laws and the hierarchy of governing documents, and 3) Identify changes that may need to be made in your corporate governance documents.

FACULTY: Chip Watkins, Attorney, Webster, Chamberlain & Bean, LLP

103. UBIT: Close Calls and Traps

More than ever, nonprofit organizations are innovating to generate extra funding. The rules defining when those activities become taxable are not always clear. Explore common scenarios that fall close to the line. Outcomes: 1) New leaders: Know the tax code’s rules defining when a nonprofit’s activities become taxable, 2) Veteran leaders: Know how UBIT rules apply to common activities that are close to the line, and 3) Apply practical tips for minimizing UBIT while encouraging good stewardship and integrity in IRS reporting.

FACULTY: John Wylie, Attorney, and Taylor Huse, Attorney, Sherman & Howard LLC

LEADERSHIP INTENSIVES (3)

These 7-hour, 2-day intensives go deep on issues affecting leaders today in Executive Leadership, Personal Leadership and Resource Development.

 

Executive Leadership

1. Motivation Matters: The Fine Art of Motivating Teams

This is a crash course on motivation, influence, and moving ahead. Leading is about moving people and projects forward. Learn how to build buy-in, wield influence and advance toward a goal. Outcomes: 1) Explore the Motivational Continuum: what makes humans move, and pros and cons of motivational strategies, 2) Discern how-to pump-up commitment with practical strategies to build buy-in, elevate engagement, and turn busy work into worthy work, and 3) Identify and overcome road blocks to movement and change.

FACULTY: Dr. Andrew Johnston, DrAndrewJohnston.com, Johnston Consulting

Personal Leadership

2. Overcoming Challenges in Life and Leadership 

More than ever, leaders everywhere are experiencing heavy life challenges and losses while still needing to carry out their ministry responsibilities. How therefore can we overcome these challenges in life and leadership? This intensive will provide you with tangible practices and transferable tools to do so. Outcomes: 1) Identify core lies that can impede your ability to overcome life’s challenges and losses, 2) Find hope in the midst of grief and loss, and 3) See God’s goodness in life’s hard places.

FACULTY: Gina Holm, Associate Director, Navigators Life & Leadership Coaching, and Margaret Fitzwater, Executive Director, Navigators Train-Develop-Care, The Navigators

Resource Development

3. Successful Capital Campaigns: Cultivating Major Donors

Master the art of fundraising through this dynamic 4-part intensive designed to help you strategize, execute, and oversee a successful capital campaign. We'll steer you through every campaign phase, arming you with actionable insights, cutting-edge strategies, and unbeatable best practices. Unleash fundraising potential, cultivate major donors, and propel organizational success. Outcomes: 1) Apply a blueprint for every effective capital campaign, 2) Implement proven principles of campaign execution, and 3) Apply insights on how major donors think and how to cultivate their support.

FACULTY: Pat McLaughlin, Founder and President, and Ron Haas, Vice President, The Timothy Group

ROUNDTABLES (6)

These 1.5 hour Roundtables offer opportunity to connect with peers and collaborate on key issues facing Christian nonprofit leaders today!

 

Personal Leadership

1. 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). 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.

HOST: Karen D. McDonald, Director of Employee Success, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Andrea Buczynski, VP of Global Resource Development-HR, Cru

Resource Development

2. 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. 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.

HOSTS: Doug Thorson, Senior Director for Advancement, Redeemer City to City, and Dave Raley, Founder/President, Imago Consulting

Marketing and Communications

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. 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.

HOSTS: Jon Lee, Brand Leadership Principal, LERMA/ and TBD

Internet and Technology

4. Trends & Hot Topics Roundtable: Internet and Technology

In this fast-paced, interactive 1.5-hour roundtable, we will explore vital trends and hot topics in Internet and technology trends. 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 Internet and technology.

HOSTS: Jay Cordova, President, Computers in Ministry, and Dr. Jeff Collins, Senior Director of Data & Analytics, Compassion International

People Management and Care

5. 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. 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.

HOSTS: Dr. Vicki Harris, Chief People and Culture Officer, Our Daily Bread Ministries, and Al Lopus, Cofounder and Board Chair, Best Christian Workplaces

Financial Management

6. Trends & Hot Topics Roundtable: Financial Management

In this fast-paced, interactive 1.5-hour roundtable, we will explore vital trends and hot topics in financial management. 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.

HOSTS: Nathan Salsbery, Partner and Executive Vice President, CapinCrouse LLP, and Vicki VannBerstein, CEO, America’s Christian Credit Union (ACCU)

FORUM (1)

The annual 5-hour CEO Forum (for CEO's, Presidents, Executive Leaders) is a dynamic and interactive opportunity to consider with your peers some of the most pressing issues facing Christian nonprofit leaders today.

(Separate registration required.)

 

Executive Leadership

1. CEO Forum

Details to come… This CEO Forum will be facilitated by the WiLD LEADERS team. The Mission of WiLD LEADERS is to intentionally prepare a generation of courageous and sacrificial leaders who will lead the way in reflecting light into a world where darkness is the default  — a generation of leaders who will bring thoughtfulness, conviction, hope, resourcing, strategic thinking, and deeply rooted care to the institutions and people they serve.

HOSTS: Dr. Rob McKenna, Founder+Chief Executive Officer, and Dr. Daniel Hallak, Chief Commercial Officer, WiLD LEADERS