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Mastermind Groups

Member-Only Workshops

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The CAFO2017 Summit offers more unique opportunities MEMBERS-ONLY workshops & sharpening forums than ever!

MasterMind Groups

“A mastermind group is simply a meeting of highly motivated folks who share a common goal and are looking to encourage and help each other improve.”

“Few things can accelerate you toward your goals faster than participating in a mastermind.”


These Mastermind Sessions are small group extended collaborative discussions for CAFO Member Organization Leaders. Attendees will have a shared interest and/or similar skill set, yet with diverse experiences and perspective.

Each session will be limited in size and will require advance sign-up.  Each participant will be asked to prepare in advance to share:
(1) something that’s working well,
(2) something you need help with, and
(3) one helpful resource.

Please see descriptions of these sessions in the member-only schedule below.  Then sign up here to reserve your spot before it fills up! (Regular member-only sessions do not need advance sign-up.)

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Collaborative & Strengthening Workshops (Member-Only)

Thursday, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Spiritual Development: Practices that Nurture the Spiritual Life of our Team  (facilitated by Jeff Jones, Buckner)

Often times when we feel isolated and empty, the evil one seeks to disrupt our work. As fellow servants, how can we maintain vigilance in the faith and empower our teams to do the same? After all, the end of the day, we’re in this together!

Preparing prospective adoptive families for the inevitable challenges  (facilitated by Kris Faasse)

For many of us, warnings about what might happen is promptly responded to with ‘but not to me.’  Similarly, adoptive service providers are sometimes accused of being ‘so negative’ about what could happen that families may even tune us out.  This workshop will discuss tips and tools to help prospective adoptive families plan for the inevitable challenges that will come after their new child joins the family, even as they believe that it would never happen to them.

Thursday, 1:15pm - 2:15pm

Working with integrity when you encounter corruption regularly in your setting (Facilitated by Mike Douris, Orphan Outreach)

If you are working internationally your ministry has or will encounter corruption.  Many of the countries where we do orphan care have cleptoeconomies, standard practice of bribery, government corruption, police and legal intimidation.  Non Governmental corruption is also a significant issue and though most adoption procedures are transparent there is still significant corruption that exist.  How does an ministry or individual address these very real issues?  What are the cost that need to be considered of exposing corruption?  What are some guidelines to consider when faced with difficult ethical issues in foreign countries?  How can we be wise as a serpent but gentle as a dove as we work within a spiritually hostile environment?  These questions and more will be addressed in this members only session.  There will be significant time for questions and discussion as we have experienced leaders in international ministry discuss this very important topic in a world that is getting much more volatile and difficult to navigate.

India Member Collaborative: Working Together to Improve the Lives of Children, Families and Communities (CAFO Members Only)

Come join a deep-dive conversation of  CAFO member organizations discussing their work in India and investigating avenues for collaboration.

Thursday, 2:30pm - 4:45pm

MASTERMIND SESSION:  Leadership & Strategic Planning  (Facilitated by Bill Blacquiere, Bethany Christian Services) – advance sign-up above required

Leaders achieve significant results; they are strategists not just operators. Participants will come to the session with real solutions and challenges they are experiencing.  The goal is to help and serve from each other.  Participants will need to engage, prepare and come ready to share their personal winning leadership skills.

MASTERMIND SESSION: Goal-Oriented and Emotionally-Healthy: The Balance that Leading Organizations Find to Happily Achieve More (Facilitated by Jerry Haag) – advance sign-up above required

Good leaders know that strategy, goals and accountability are at the helm of every thriving organization. Great leaders know the key to success is an organization’s emotional health.

Incredible leaders are determined to create a culture that achieves both. Come join this mastermind session as we discuss strategic planning, measurable objectives, core values, employee recognition and creating a culture to promote overall organizational health and mission fulfillment.

Friday, 11:00am - 12:00pm


Caring for Children in Countries Where Deinstitutionalization is a Major Focus  (facilitated by Trace Thurlby, GO Project)

Governments in many countries are increasingly promoting a shift from traditional residential care to family, kinship, or community care for OVC.  These shifts can create tension among competing priorities, such as swift implementation and child safety.  This session will not focus on the merits of these policies, per se, but rather on how to how to maximize the good we can do for children amidst the opportunities and challenges these policies present.  Brief presentations and collaborative discussion will explore key issues, including positive relations with government, NGO partnership, and new programs to expand one’s continuum of care, as well as other solution-oriented themes.

Leaders in Crisis: Lifting up the Arms of Your Co-Laborers 

To care deeply about children who’ve known great hurt guarantees we’ll taste some of that hurt, too.  And for the leader of an organization or church, the pain and struggles involved can be exponentially intense.  With whom can I share my ache and questions?  Will I let others down if I just collapse?   Join fellow leaders in this closed-door conversation to share, lament, encourage and pray together.

Friday, 1:15pm - 2:15pm


Creativity & Constraints: A Peer Strategy Conversation  (facilitated by Karl Dinkler and Ashley Otani, CAFO)

Amidst the joys of non-profit work, constraints are always an issue…. not enough money, time, staff, you name it.  How do you work around limitations to create something beautiful and compelling.   Creative and communication staff are encouraged to bring their best solutions to this interactive roundtable.  Come ready to share ideas, discover solutions, and connect with others like you.


China Member Collaborative: Working Together to Improve the Lives of Children, Families and Communities

Come join a deep-dive conversation of  CAFO member organizations discussing their work in China and investigating avenues for collaboration.

Friday, 2:30pm - 4:45pm

MASTERMIND SESSION: Growing Godly Leaders in Our International Orphan Ministries  (Facilitated by Matt Parker, Kids Alive) – advance sign-up above required 

The success of our organizations depends, to a significant degree, on the quality of leadership. So how can we intentionally develop capable, godly local leaders for our ministries serving orphans and vulnerable kids? And how can we train the kids that we serve today to become the leaders that their families, workplaces, churches and communities will need in the future?


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