SCHEDULE

Thursday - Friday, September 10th and 11th

All times are Eastern

All times are Eastern

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH

Equipping Intensives, 11:00am - 4:00pm EST

Join a day full of focused interactive intensives designed to strengthen ministry and families to love vulnerable children well in the season ahead. Either individually or as a team, there is something here for you! Dive into one track or pick-and-choose your sessions.

CAFO Family Devotion, 7:00pm EST

"What do we do when we encounter evil and brokenness in the world?" Join the entire CAFO family for a time of Scriptural truths paired with prayer and song. We'll explore four simple actions God's people can take when we encounter evil, from COVID to racial injustice to suffering. Musicians include Robbie Seay, Randall Goodgame (of Slugs & Bugs), and Andrew Peterson (songwriter of "Is He Worthy"). Join us LIVE on our Website, YouTube, or Facebook

Suggested Intensive Tracks

Leading Forward for CHURCH Ministries

11:00am – 1:00pm EST
Leading Without a Forecast: Designing for Flexibility
Dave Blanchard, Praxis

1:00pm – 2:15pm EST
Church Ministry Idea Exchange
Jason Johnson, CAFO

3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
Compassion Fatigue
Julie Cooper, Trauma Free World

Connected PARENTING

11:00am – 12:00pm EST
Jesus Isn’t Worried About Your Kids: Parenting in an age of Anxiety
Dr. Curt Thompson, Being Known

12:30pm – 1:30pm EST
The Connected Parent: Renewed Hope & Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment with Your Child
Lisa Qualls, Author of The Connected Parent (with Dr. Karyn Purvis)

3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
Reframing the Journey: Finding a Big Hope in the Small Things
Jason Johnson, CAFO

FAMILY Issues of the Day

11:00am – 12:00pm EST
Jesus Isn’t Worried About Your Kids: Parenting in an age of Anxiety
Dr. Curt Thompson, Being Known

12:30pm – 1:30pm EST
Cultivating Wisdom on Race in a Multiracial Family
Facilitated by DJ Jordan, Pinkston

2:00pm – 3:00pm EST
Schooling at Home: Turning an Unexpected Challenge into the Opportunity of a Lifetime
Facilitated by Rachel Medefind, Speaker + Home Educator

STRENGTHENING & SERVING Families Amidst Change

11:00am – 2:00pm EST
Growing Resilience in a Changing World
Dr. Mandy Howard, Samford University and Nicole Wilke, CAFO

3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
Compassion Fatigue
Julie Cooper, Trauma Free World

Strategic LEADERSHIP Shifts in Unstable Times

11:00am – 1:00pm EST
Leading Without a Forecast: Designing for Flexibility
Dave Blanchard, Co-Founder + CEO, Praxis

1:30pm – 2:30pm EST
Caring for Our Teams in Times of Anxiety
Dr. Curt Thompson, Being Known and Jedd Medefind, CAFO

3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
The Future of Fundraising
Michael Mitchell, CAFO

Intensive Sessions

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST

Leading Without a Forecast: Designing for Flexibility: Dave Blanchard, Praxis

Description

COVID-19 has upended virtually every expectation of 2020, and the turbulence is unlikely to end soon.  How can we plan effectively when we have less idea than ever what the future will hold? Join Praxis CEO and co-author of Leading Beyond the Blizzard, David Blanchard, along with fellow CAFO leaders, to think and plan strategically together for effective leadership in the tumultuous present and whatever may lie beyond. Bring pen and paper and be ready for an interactive experience!

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

Jesus Isn’t Worried About Your Kids: Parenting in an Age of Anxiety: Dr. Curt Thompson, Being Known

Description

Anxiety isn’t new. It’s as old as humanity. But each generation gets to live through its own particular version of it, and we have ours. What do you worry about? What do your children worry about? How do we navigate anxiety—our own and our children’s—while living in the real world at the same time? This workshop will explore the nature of anxiety, how we can respond to it in helpful ways, and so mimic Jesus, who isn’t worried about anything. 

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST

Growing Resilience in a Changing World: Dr. Mandy Howard, Samford University + Nicole Wilke, CAFO

Description

Now more than ever, we see that children and families at risk often have the odds stacked against them. However, countless examples of victory over adversity beg the question of what makes a difference in outcomes. Resilience, loosely defined as the ability to overcome obstacles, seems to be one key factor at the center of why some individuals and families do better, despite significant challenges. The good news is that resilience can be systematically built across the lifespan, and it is never too late (or early!) to begin intervention.

This session will be ideal for teams to walk through together, with multiple times of teaching followed by interactive exercises you can complete with your own program staff. Individuals are welcome, as well, and we will have alternative group experiences provided.

1:00 PM - 2:15 PM EST

Church Ministry Idea Exchange: Jason Johnson, CAFO

Description

The broader CAFO community of church leaders represents a vast well of knowledge and wisdom from real-life leaders doing real-life work in real-life churches with real-life people. It’s a deep well that we can all draw from. That’s the goal of this unique workshop – to creative an interactive environment in which you can have questions about church and ministry leadership answered as well as have the opportunity to help guide others who need to tap into your experiences. Consider this a virtual “roundtable” discussion where you’ll be able to pre-submit questions and sit in on a conversation with leaders from around the country. Come ready to gain insight and gather practical ideas you can use in your church or ministry.

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EST

The Connected Parent: Renewed Hope & Real-Life Strategies for Building Trust and Attachment with Your Child: Lisa Qualls, Author of The Connected Child (with Dr. Karyn Purvis)

Description

Learn how to effectively use simple scripts, combat chronic fear, and adapt Trust-Based Relational Intervention for teens. You can build a deeper connection with your child. It’s never too late to start!

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EST

Cultivating Wisdom on Race in a Multiracial Family: DJ Jordan, Pinkston

Description

Issues of race have become a flashpoint in America. Discerning how to engage these issues with wisdom can be challenging for any person — and uniquely so in multi-racial families. Join this panel discussion to explore how parents and other caring adults can help our children to process complex matters of race — ultimately both to think and to live with the sensitivity, honesty and grace of Jesus Christ.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM EST

Caring for our Teams in Times of Anxiety: Dr. Curt Thompson, Being Known and Jedd Medefind, CAFO

Description

Let’s put it straight:  the world seems to have turned upside-down.  Many of us have felt anxiety creep in as never before.  How can we best care for the teams we lead amidst it all?  Join Dr. Curt Thompson along with Jedd Medefind for an exploration at the intersection of neuroscience, Scripture, and practical advice for how.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

Schooling at Home: Turning an Unexpected Challenge into the Opportunity of a Lifetime: Rachel Medefind, Speaker + Home Educator

Description

This fall, education across the US and beyond will take place primarily in homes, not schools.  This is an unfamiliar and overwhelming prospect for many parents. Get your pen and paper as we consider a variety of practical ideas for making it a successful year. Most importantly, we will build confidence that — although it may not have been your first choice — the journey ahead has the potential to be both happily-remembered and highly-formative for your child and the entire family.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Compassion Fatigue: Julie Cooper, Trauma Free World

Description

Caring deeply comes with a cost. How can we recognize signs of compassion fatigue in our lives and what can we do about it?  In this interactive intensive we will look at a tool to evaluate ourselves, give strategies for keeping compassion fatigue at bay, and also talk about interventions for combating compassion fatigue if you are already there.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

The Future of Fundraising: Michael Mitchell, CAFO

Description

The world changed in 2020. What does that mean for the future of fundraising, and how does your development strategy need to adapt to keep up? While some things will definitely need to change, what will remain the same? Join us for this discussion on the future of fundraising for child-serving ministries. We’ll look at several timeless strategies along with a handful of new ideas to help your fundraising thrive in 2021 and beyond.

Join us for this discussion on timeless fundraising strategies for child-serving ministries. Walk away with practical new ideas to help your fundraising thrive in 2021 and beyond!

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST

Reframing the Journey: Finding a Big Hope in the Small Things: Jason Johnson, CAFO

Description

Foster and adoptive parents face a unique set of challenges and circumstances that must be filtered through the lens of God’s truth. This session will help you “reframe” some thinking through those experiences along your journey in a helpful and sustaining way. You’ll be reminded of how good God is at taking what “small” we have to offer and doing “big” things with it! Whether you’re just now considering getting involved in foster care or adoption or you’ve been on the journey for quite some time you’ll walk away encouraged, refreshed and inspired to take your next best steps forward.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH

Small Gatherings

All times are Eastern

Today small groups of people across the country and in global networks will be circling up to learn and talk together about transforming the way children and families are cared for in their communities. These small gatherings (both virtual and live), will begin with a powerful simulcast followed by afternoon deep dive tracks.

General Session

11:00am - 12:30pm EST

Small Matters - Little Things can (re)Make a Life

God sees. God knows. God multiplies. Don’t miss this transformational simulcast plenary event featuring some of your favorite speakers and artists.

Jedd Medefind, CAFO

Peter Habyarimana, World Vision & Adoptive/Foster Dad

Crystal Story and Holly Ballantine, Family & Restoration Testimony

Jason Weber, CAFO

Joni Eareckson Tada, Joni and Friends

Sharen Ford, Focus on the Family

Bob Goff, Author

Break & Local Discussions

12:30pm - 1:30pm EST

Connection Deep Dives

(Choose from 3 tracks)

1:30pm - 3:30pm EST

Track 1: More Than Enough “Think Small” Cohorts on Local Foster Care Transformation

Dive into the principles, practices and people of local foster care movement-building in a dynamic interactive experience.  Each section of simulcasted content will be followed by a small cohort discussion (either virtual or live depending on location) designed to explore how foster care movement can grow where you live.

Facilitated by Jason Weber, CAFO and the More Than Enough Team 

Track 2: Global Child Welfare in 2021 - Opportunities to Strengthen Families and Communities

The events of 2020 have undoubtedly changed the needs and opportunities in caring for vulnerable children and families.  Join this interactive, collaborative session to learn from what works in multiple contexts and co-create strategies for supporting vulnerable children and families.

Delia Pop, Hope and Homes

Track 3: Increasing Sustainability through Monthly Giving for Globally-Serving Organizations

How do you build a vibrant monthly giving program that provides long-term health and sustainability for your organization? Specifically designed for global orphan care organizations, this session will explore best practices and a simple process for creating or reinvigorating your monthly giving program. With practical resources, on-the-spot brainstorming, and new ideas you can put to work right away, you’ll leave this session with the tools to:

  • Build a framework for your monthly giving program
  • Identify and invite the best prospects for monthly giving
  • Develop a process for retaining monthly givers through ongoing care and communication
  • Create content that inspires action

Michael Mitchell, CAFO

This session is solely for global orphan care organizations – including executive directors, development or communications staff, and anyone involved in communicating with your champions and partners. 

SMALL MATTERS Registration

Interested in Member pricing? Join or renew today!

CAFO Members

$29 More Than Enough Track
$59 Global Tracks
$59 Fundraising for Globally-Serving Organizations Track

Non-CAFO Members

$49 More Than Enough Track
$79 Global Tracks
$79 Fundraising for Globally-Serving Organizations Track

Thank you to our Signature Sponsors

Thank you to our Champion Sponsors

Bethany
Buckner
OneMoreChild

Thank you to our Sustainer Sponsors

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ECFA
lifeline
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