Looking for more personalized coaching on a specific topic while at Summit? Sign up an all-new Coaching Table, where no more than seven people will engage around a table on one of these highly-specific topics. Space is limited. Must be a CAFO2018 registrant to attend.

Leading a Ministry When You're Not in Charge: Laura Mobley

Who: Laura and her husband Jason have 2 biological kids and 1 through adoption. She is passionate about equipping the local church to care for orphans and vulnerable children. She leads the Live 1:17 Ministry at Traders Point Christian Church and is the Foster Care Director for Hands of Hope.

What: Working in the Shadows: Dynamics of Leading a Church-Based Ministry as a Volunteer, Non-Staff Leader; Explore the intricacies of leading a ministry when you’re not in charge. Discussion will include how to work with your staff leaders, strategic planning, and leadership development.

When: 9:45AM, Friday May 10th (following her workshop!)

Where: All coaching tables will be in the upstairs hallways at round tables, between buildings A & B. Signs will help direct you!

How to Customize an Orphan Care Plan for Your Church: Steve Gillis

Who: Steve Gillis is the Founder | Executive Director of Patch Our Planet. Steve is an ordained minister who loves serving the Body of Christ. He believes that the Church is the permanent solution to the orphan crisis and that the gospel should be the foundation of every plan. At Patch Our Planet, our focus is setting up a clear and simple process for the local church to meet the need of orphans and vulnerable children, locally and globally. Having advocated at the White House, in orphanages and in local churches all across the country, Steve is committed to helping unleash the pent up care potential in every church by bringing advocates and church leaders together under one unified orphan care strategy.

What: This discussion will be an interactive process were attendees will be guided to create a custom orphan care plan for their church. This process involves walking through a system that will produce mission-critical ministries that play to the strengths of their congregation and work within the bounds of their church’s current overall vision.

When: 2:30PM Thursday, May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be in the upstairs hallways at round tables, between buildings A & B. Signs will help direct you!

Building Support Groups for Adoptive and Foster Families: Christine Otts

Who: Christie Otts and her husband Chris are pastors in Austin, TX. They have three biological sons and an adopted 4 year-old daughter from Cameroon. Christie is a part of the Replanted Ministry leadership team. She is passionate about seeing adoptive and foster families well supported and well loved in their journey and equipping and empowering the local church in this area.

What: Creating safe and caring environments for adoptive and foster families is so important as families navigate the struggles and joys throughout their journey. This group will discuss how to create a culture of health, hope, and discipleship for new or existing small groups.

When: 1:15PM, Thursday May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be in the upstairs hallways at round tables, between buildings A & B. Signs will help direct you!

Orphan Sunday Coaching Table: Jodi Lewis & Travis Hill

 

Who: Jodi Lewis and her husband Jamie have three teen/young adult children who were adopted internationally. Since 2004 she has been coordinating Families of Promise, Kentwood Community Church’s orphan ministry, which led to leadership in a regional ministry alliance, serving as an Orphan Sunday coordinator, and using Orphan Sunday as a tool to engage her own church for a number of years. One of her favorite jobs as a ministry leader is the opportunity to equip others in local churches, in order to expand the work she is so passionate about; Travis Hill is a father of four, including two special needs children adopted from foster care. He serves on the national leadership team for Orphan Sunday as the pastoral associate and coordinator coach. He is also the Children’s Pastor at Freedom Church in Pensacola, FL ;

What: Whether you are new to Orphan Sunday or a seasoned veteran, gain insight from OS coordinators with over a decade of experience. From getting your foot in the door of your local church to partnering with global orphan care agencies, these coordinators will share their tricks of the trade to make your Orphan Sunday event have a lasting and meaningful impact.

When: 9:45AM, Friday May 11

Where: All coaching tables will be in the upstairs hallways at round tables, between buildings A & B. Signs will help direct you!

Importance of Personality Profiles in OVC Excellence: David Rudko

Who: Utilizing over 20 years of applied leadership experience in the public, private and social sectors along with certifications in Coaching, Training, Speaking and Human Behavior Consulting, Dave cultivates individuals and organizations through the training and implementation of the DISC Model of Human Behavior. Through the application of DISC Personality Profiles at La Providencia (a best practice, family-based community of care for orphans and vulnerable children in Honduras), the staff and children have become empowered to understand themselves and others around them for enhanced relationships and more effective team communications and interactions. When organizations use the DISC Personality Profiles, they learn how to unlock individual and collective potential, thereby maximizing strengths, enhancing team building, and significantly boosting overall performance. UNDERSTANDING is the key to better relationships and better results, personally and professionally. Through the study and practical application of the DISC Model of Human Behavior, we will move you and your team in the desired direction to maximize growth and successfully achieve goals – we look forward to assisting you and your team on your journey to better relationships and better results!

What: This session will help you understand why most people fail to properly communicate and how to utilize personality profiles to better understand yourself and others around you for maximized relationships, communications & interactions. It will also help you identify strategies for using personality profiles to serve orphaned and vulnerable children with excellence, whether as adoptive/foster parents, church and non-profit leaders, staff & volunteers or orphan ministry advocates – locally, nationally and/or internationally.

When: 2:30pM, Thursday May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be in the upstairs hallways at round tables, between buildings A & B. Signs will help direct you!

Tips for Harnessing Business Leaders to Engage With Your Ministry: Greg Buzek

Who: Greg Buzek is the Founder and President of IHL Group and one of the Founders of the Retail Orphan Initiative (www.retailROI.org), a charitable foundation that seeks to help the 400 million orphaned and vulnerable children around the world. In 8 years, RetailROI has been involved in 80 projects in 24 countries helping an estimated 224,000 children through clean water, education, computers, language training and care. Noted by RIS News as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Retail” and the National Retail Federation in 2015 as one of “The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future”, he has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from The Ohio State University, and 25 years of experience in retail market analysis, business planning, product development, and consulting with Fortune 500 companies.

What: One of the greatest opportunities for charities comes from engaging local business leaders in their cause. Still, many non-profits shortchange themselves by focusing only on fundraising and short term goals rather than long-term relationships. This time will be about better aligning your organizational mission with the desires of the business world. How to present the opportunities and how to engage them in a way that provides mutual benefits for both.

When: Thursday, May 10, 1:15PM

Where: All coaching tables will be in the upstairs hallways at round tables, between buildings A & B. Signs will help direct you!

Living the Realities of Open Adoption Day-to-Day: Terri Marcroft

Who: Terri is an adoptive mom who has enjoyed an evolving, open relationship with her daughter’s birthmom over the past 18 years. Terri is also Founder & Executive Director of Unplanned Good, and organization that’s passionate about getting adoption on the radar of those facing unplanned pregnancy.

What: Join this discussion on the joys, sorrows and surprises that come with living open adoption on a daily basis. We’ll consider the how to navigate the challenges that come from the wide range of possibilities from closed, to semi-openness to wide-open relationships among the adoption triad. Together we’ll look into what ideas and suggestions may be helpful for your own unique family.

When: 8:30AM, Friday May 11

Where: All coaching tables will be in the upstairs hallways at round tables, between buildings A & B. Signs will help direct you!

Special Needs Care Solutions in Developing Nations: Anne Marie Stern

Who: Anne Marie Stern is the director of Orphan Care & Prevention for
myLIFEspeaks in Neply, Haiti. She has spent the last 5 years living in
Neply and developing a unique model of Integrated Family Care for
orphaned and abandoned children in Haiti. Anne Marie believes children
belong in families and is working to create alternatives to institutionalized
care and systems to educate, encourage and empower parents and keep
families together.

What: We will dialogue about the challenges surrounding the care of special needs children, specifically in
places where resources, education, and acceptance are scarce, like Haiti and Nepal.
Come to learn and discuss essential components of providing excellent care, as well as family
support, and orphan prevention in developing nations.

When: Thursday May 10, 3:45PM

Where: All coaching tables will be in the upstairs hallways at round tables, between buildings A & B. Signs will help direct you!

What’s the Secret to Getting Along With My Kids?: Daniel Nehrbass

Who: Daniel is the President of Nightlight Christian Adoptions, home of the Snowflakes® Embryo Adoption program.  He has worked as a pastor, professional counselor, and adjunct professor of biblical studies at Biola University. He is also a published author of four books and numerous articles in adoption and religious magazines. Daniel has a Ph.D. In pastoral counseling.

What: If you’ve ever felt trapped and uncertain about what to do, learn some strategies to getting un-stuck in your relationship with your kids.  Dr. Nehrbass shared 9 strategies on Focus on the Family earlier this year…come share your story and practice the secrets to getting along.

When: 3:45PM, Thursday May 10

Where: All coaching tables will be in the upstairs hallways at round tables, between buildings A & B. Signs will help direct you!

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