Go Disciple Live

The Go Disciple Live “Be the Light” Conference, formerly known as the Evangelism and Church Growth Conference, is a vibrant gathering of Presbyterians committed to disciple-making, which leads to authentic evangelism, effective church transformation, justice, and church planting through 1001 new worshiping communities. It will be held at the TradeWinds Island Resorts in St. Pete Beach, Florida.

The plenary speakers will engage us in some compelling talks and conversations: Casey FitzGerald, biblical storytelling; Mike Breen, disciple making; and Ralph Watkins, authentic evangelism. We hope you will join us for a week of inspiration, nurture, and equipping. As we explore our theme of “Be the Light” (Matthew 5:14–16) through plenary speakers, workshops, affinity groups, and shared community, we pray we will experience the Holy Spirit strengthening us to follow Jesus into our neighborhoods and communities.

On-site check in will be open Monday, August 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Welcome and orientation will begin at 5:30 p.m. The conference concludes with worship on Thursday, August 11, at 7:00 p.m.

Registration


Persons staying at a conference hotel (includes three lunches and two dinners): 

Early bird (before March 15): $295
Regular (March 16–June 25): $320
Late (June 26–July 15): $350
Nonparticipant meal plan (ages 10+): $275 (optional)
Children ages 3–9, meals only: $150 (optional)

After you’ve registered, click here to reserve housing

Persons not staying at a conference hotel:

Florida resident commuter with meals: $275
Non-Florida resident commuter with meals: $500
Commuter without meals: $225

Registration deadline: July 15, 2016

Register online

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made in writing before June 15, 2016, will be refunded, minus a $75 handling fee. After June 15 refunds will not be available. To cancel, send written notice by mail to Eva Slayton, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202, or by e-mail toeva.slayton@pcusa.org.

Affinity Groups

When you register for the conference, you will be asked to choose one of the following affinity groups that you most closely relate with. The group you select will be the main place where you will connect with people and process the content of the conference.

1001 interns
Churches going through redevelopment
Korean culture second- and third-generation pastors
Multicultural congregations
Bivocational leaders
Entrepreneurial church ministries
Rural new worshiping communities

Mid-council representatives
New worshiping community leaders
Dreamers
Burned(-out) leaders: Why 30 is the new 60
Leaders under 40
Urban context
Churches doing evangelism

Language-specific:

Korean
Hispanic
Brazilian

Conference Hotels


TradeWinds Island Grand Resort | 5500 Gulf Blvd. | St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Resort | 6000 Gulf Blvd. | St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

The resort is located on eighteen acres of sugar-white beach directly on the Gulf of Mexico and thirty minutes from Tampa International Airport. The two properties are a five-minute beach walk apart. In-room amenities include a wet bar area with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and toaster. Ten dining venues are available on-site, including a deli and Pizza Hut Express. Beach amenities include cabanas, volleyball, five swimming pools, two whirlpools, and the High Tide Water Slide.

Single and double occupancy rooms: $127 per night

To qualify for the discounted rate, contact the resort directly and identify yourself as a Presbyterian Church conference attendee.

Available for an additional fee:

Pet-friendly room
Upgrade to ocean view room
One- or two-bedroom suite
KONK (Kids Only, No Kidding) drop-off camps (ages 4–11) and KONK Care at Island Grand (ages 4–12). Call (727) 363-2294 for registration and pricing.

Phone: (800) 808-9833 (identify as conference attendee)
Reservations must be made by July 15, 2016.

Travel Information


Tampa International Airport is the recommended airport. It is approximately a thirty-minute ride between the airport and the conference hotels. The hotels do not provide ground transportation. Your conference confirmation will include information on discounted rates through Super Shuttle.

Exhibitors


Registration fee: $500
Includes a 10-foot by 10-foot space, one 8-foot table, two chairs, nightly cleaning, and security

Setup begins Monday, August 8, at noon. Teardown may not begin before 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 12.

Scholarships


A limited amount of scholarship funds are available on a first come, first served basis. Please contact Eva Slayton at eva.slayton@pcusa.org for further information.

Plenary Speakers


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When you listen to Mike Breen speak, you are caught up in his incredible passion for the church, its mission, and the discipling of its people. Mike is a speaker, author, minister, entrepreneur, and one of the leading innovators in the discipling movement throughout Europe and the United States for more than twenty-five years.

He led a church re-plant in inner city London, England, and in Sheffield, England. Under his leadership, St. Thomas’s grew to become the largest church in England in 2000. Later that year he launched a team that began a movement in Europe that planted more than 1,400 churches in four years. In addition to his calling as a church planter and pastor, Mike has authored more than twenty books, including the best-selling Family on Mission (3DM Publishing, 2014); Building a Discipling Culture (3DM Publishing, 2011); and, with Walt Kallestad, A Passionate Life (Cook Communications, 2005).

As a speaker, Breen is in demand across the United States, Europe, and Australasia. He speaks regularly at many colleges and universities, and megachurches, as well as national and international conferences and festivals. Mike and his wife, Sally, live in South Carolina, where they founded 3DM, a movement/organization that has spread to five continents, training thousands of leaders and churches in how to move to a discipling culture and missional mindset.

Ralph Watkins

The Peachtree Associate Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth
Columbia Theological Seminary
Decatur, Georgia

Dr. Watkins is an expert in the use of social media as a tool for evangelism. His research and church experience is rooted in reaching millennials with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has worked with small and large congregations and specializes in tailoring his work to serve the broader church. His work includes the use of still images and video along with his writing as a way of telling stories and connecting with today’s visual generation.

Casey Fitzgerald

Casey is a Presbyterian pastor and Master Biblical Storyteller serving in Northern Virginia. She has her B.A. in Religion from Colgate University, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and her Master Certification in Biblical storytelling through the Academy for Biblical Storytelling and is a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. She has performed biblical stories and led workshops in various settings including churches, seminaries, and national conferences. Casey believes that a return to the oral tradition of sharing the stories of God is essential for the formation of disciples now and in the future. Through her blog, www.FaithandWonder.com, and her podcast, www.StoryDivine.com Casey encourages all to learn and tell the stories of God.

Tuesday (8/9) and Thursday (8/11) Workshops


1:45–3:15 p.m.

Building a Disciple-Making Culture
On the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter explained the troubling events that the crowd was witnessing by saying, “this is that.” In other words, he said that what was happening right now was deeply connected to the past. The new missional context will only be successfully engaged by people who understand the present and the past. We will explore the disciple-making culture of the early church that changed their lives and the lives of people around them. We will deal with the practices of the early church that continue to equip and nurture people in real and lasting life.

Mike Breen is a speaker, author, minister, entrepreneur, and one of the leading innovators in the discipling movement throughout Europe and the United States for more than twenty-five years. In addition to his calling as a church planter and pastor, Mike has authored more than twenty books, including the best-selling Family on Mission (3DM Publishing 2014); Building a Discipling Culture(3DM Publishing, 2011); and, with Walt Kallestad A Passionate Life (Cook Communications, 2005). Mike and his wife, Sally, live in South Carolina, where they founded 3DM, a movement/organization that has spread to five continents, training thousands of leaders and churches in how to move to a discipling culture and missional mindset.

From Shark Tank to Survivor: Church Money Management Lessons from Reality TV
Money management in churches is like an extreme sport that can propel ministries to new heights or challenge the toughest to simply survive. This workshop will address tough money issues that challenge churches each day. Learn best practices in stewardship and fund-raising. Hear fresh ideas for managing expenses. Enhance your skills for planning, teamwork, and performance.

Eric Heinekamp serves as director of business affairs for the Presbytery of Chicago. Eric worked in commercial banking for more than twenty years before his call to ministry.

Living Into a New Future
Has your congregation made a bold decision about its future and now is trying to live into it? Did your church use the New Beginnings process within the past few years and needs support and ideas for living into the results? If you are living into deep change in the way you are doing ministry, no matter how you got there, join us for this workshop. It will help you unpack what has happened so far and think through how to keep the momentum going, or get it started if it has stalled out!

Ann Philbrick is the associate for church transformation for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton University and her Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. Ordained in the PC(USA), she has served churches in Wisconsin and western Pennsylvania and as presbytery staff in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland. Many years of independent consulting took her all over the country as she supported, trained, and equipped local church leaders.

Stories from Behind the Scenes: Leading a New Worshiping Community
We have seen the inspiring videos of new worshiping communities brimming with vitality and creativity. We have heard the tales of new worshiping communities that are more creative than ours; reaching more people than ours, and are just plain cooler than the new worshiping community we are part of. But haven’t you ever wondered what it is really like behind the scenes? Join us for a panel discussion as we listen to a diverse group of leaders tell the nitty-gritty stories of authentic and faithful leadership in their New Worshiping Community. Representing different stages of ministry and different styles of community, you will get a broad picture of what this work is really about. You also will have the opportunity to dig deeper as we ask questions and discuss these stories behind the scenes.

Facilitated by new worshiping community leaders

From Consumer Christianity to Dynamic Disciplines: Challenging Members to Grow through Spiritual Practices
American consumerism has permeated much of our society’s view of life’s priorities and has affected the average churchgoer’s understanding of the Christian faith. People shop around for churches that give them what they want in the same manner that they shop for consumer products. Many of those who attend church look only for gaining some bit of inspiration or satisfaction to help them live better. The introduction of spiritual disciplines helps to present an alternative vision for those seeking a more meaningful faith. Spiritual disciplines enable people to live differently and free their hearts from consumerism’s grip. Congregations can find ways through simple spiritual practices in everyday life to allow the Holy Spirit to lead members to a greater joy in loving God and serving others.

James W. Riley is the associate pastor of discipleship at Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Jim has pastored churches in Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Houston, and has been at Second Presbyterian Church for twenty-two years. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in spiritual formation from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Setting the Table: Feasting with the Unchurched and Non-Christians
We will reimagine ministry in the context of table fellowship—who needs to be at the table, what they need to eat to be nourished, how we should interact with each other. We will look at mutual conversion as a paradigm for witness, intelligent love as a paradigm for true ministry, and prayerful activism as a paradigm for social engagement.

Diane Anderson is a professionally trained Social Worker and was called to establish a unique ministry that intersects her professional skills and ministerial gifts. She is the founder and spiritual leader of Faith Works, an outreach ministry that goes into the streets of Paterson to reclaim God’s children among the homeless, addicted and broken.

Exegeting the Neighborhood
Bikers? Retirees? Homeless folks? Young athletes? Syrian immigrants? Who are our local neighbors? Growing congregations know and serve their communities! This workshop will offer several tools for figuring out who really lives in our neighborhood and what they need.

Jan Edmiston served congregations in Schaghticoke, New York, and Alexandria, Virginia, before becoming the associate executive presbyter for ministry at the Presbytery of Chicago. Since 2005, she has written almost daily at A Church for Starving Artists.

Networked Evangelism: A Plan of Action for the Local Church
In this workshop you will be introduced to networked evangelism. Networked evangelism empowers local congregations of any size with the tools for using social media to tell the story of the gospel and invite their community to journey with them. In this workshop you will be given a plan to help you determine the whys, whats and hows of implementing your church’s effective networked evangelism plan. Each participant will receive a booklet with clear instructions along with a list of timely resources.

Ralph B. Watkins is an expert in the use of social media as a tool for evangelism. His research and church experience is rooted in reaching millennials with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has worked with small and large congregations and specializes in tailoring his work to serve the broader church. His work includes the use of still images and video along with his writing as a way of telling stories and connecting with today’s visual generation.

Navigating Change—or Breaking the Addiction to Certainty
One of the biggest challenges to congregational harmony is growth, because growth means change, and change is scary!

If you are at this conference, you probably see yourself as an agent of change, and that’s good news for the kingdom, but scary news for the people who built the current system of church. In this workshop, we will look at the processes and pitfalls of implementing change in the church, and discuss strategies for helping good Presbyterians to let go and let God take control of their church’s future.

Wendy Tajima is a third-generation Japanese-American, a sixth-generation Christian, and a third-career pastor. She was ordained in 1997 and served ecumenically in Hawaii for ten years as an interim pastor, regional administrator, and part-time pastor of a small, rural, indigenous church. Since returning to California in 2007, she has served as associate dean of enrollment at San Francisco Theological Seminary, stated clerk and associate general presbyter for Pacific Presbytery. She is now executive presbyter for San Gabriel Presbytery in Southern California. Wendy serves on the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board and in various roles with the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii.

NWC 101: Mission and Ministry
Interested in finding out more about how new worshiping communities are started? Join Sara Hayden, associate for 1001, to explore methodologies behind starting a new worshiping community. Participants will discuss the concept of missional ministry, some key steps to starting from scratch and building a robust team, as well as various models and resources used in the movement. We’ll also spend time discussing what to avoid and best practices, and how you can get started or further the work you have already begun.

Sara Hayden is the southeastern associate for the 1001 New Worshiping Communities movement. In 2015, she started a new worshiping community called Messy Church in Atlanta, Georgia, and she directs the internship and residency training programs for 1001.

Sustaining Spiritual Vitality
New worshiping communities thrive when their leaders are spiritually healthy and listen attentively to the Holy Spirit. In this workshop we’ll explore the rhythms and practices that help sustain a vibrant spiritual life, the responsibility of leaders to care for their own spiritual health, and ways to create a culture of spiritual vitality in our communities.

Christopher Brown is Co-Pastor of The Upper Room Presbyterian Church, Coordinator of the Church Planting Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (www.pts.edu/CPI), and a New Worshiping Communities Coach.

Idea Lab
Do you have an idea for a new worshiping community? Has God been nudging you to get in the game? This is your opportunity to present your vision for a new worshiping community to a group of experienced leaders and coaches and to receive thoughtful, honest feedback and access to resources that will help you get a strong, healthy start to your new ministry. This workshop is for small groups (or individuals) who will provide the leadership for a new worshiping community that is preparing to launch or in its first year of existence. Please prepare a 5-minute “elevator speech” summarizing the vision.

1001NWC ministry team members will lead this workshop.

Wednesday (8/10) Workshops


1:45—3:15 p.m.

Telling God’s Story by Heart
The practice of biblical storytelling deepens the worship/education experience for all generations, helping both tellers and witnesses to make strong connections with God’s stories. Join Casey FitzGerald in learning the techniques to story-learning, and spend time considering how a storytelling ministry might empower those in your contexts to go deeper with scripture. Workshops will be fun and practical–you will go home ready to tell and inspired to get others telling!

Casey FitzGerald is a Presbyterian pastor and Master Biblical Storyteller serving in Northern Virginia. She has her B.A. in Religion from Colgate University, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and her Master Certification in Biblical storytelling through the Academy for Biblical Storytelling and is a member of the Network of Biblical Storytellers. She has performed biblical stories and led workshops in various settings including churches, seminaries, and national conferences. Casey believes that a return to the oral tradition of sharing the stories of God is essential for the formation of disciples now and in the future. Through her blog, www.FaithandWonder.com, and her podcast, www.StoryDivine.com Casey encourages all to learn and tell the stories of God.

Reconciling: Redeeming Congregational Conflicts
Congregations across the PC(USA) are conflicted over General Assembly actions and cultural changes. This workshop will discuss ways to manage conflict and move beyond it to reconciliation in Christ. Participants will consider the nature of conflict, conflict from a faith perspective, and principles and styles of conflict management. Case studies will be offered, with time for conversation among participants. For more information, e-mail dhosick@gmail.com.

Dave Hosick is a “cradle” Presbyterian—baptized and confirmed at Bellevue United Presbyterian Church in suburban Pittsburgh. He has a bachelor’s degree from Grove City College, a Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served as pastor to several congregations, served on a variety of presbytery and synod committees, spoken at several conferences, and written articles for Christian publications. He serves on the board of directors of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has been married to his wife, Joanie, for 44 years and has three children. He likes to golf, fish, read, and work crossword puzzles, and he has been a rabid Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan almost as long as he has been a Presbyterian.

Setting Goals—Strategic Planning (for mission, for church vitality)
Creating a Mission Statement, Setting Goals and Developing Strategies, Needs Assessment of the Community, Methods to Set Goals and Strategies for the Future

Sung-Joo Park is Pastor of the Korean Presbyterian Church of Minnesota. He has Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theology Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in New Church Development from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Church Growth and Faith-Based Community Organizing
Community organizing has long been an effective strategy for engaging neighbors outside our doors and making strategic change in our communities. However, it also teaches church leaders tools and habits for building relationships, creating community, identifying and cultivating leaders, and getting things done. In this workshop we will learn how community organizing can be a vital component in congregational development.

Jeff Krehbiel is pastor of Church of the Pilgrims in Washington, D.C., where he serves as co-chair of the Washington Interfaith Network, a broad-based, citywide multiracial community organization affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, the oldest and largest community organizing network in the country. He is the author of Reflecting with Scripture on Community Organizing (Chicago: ACTA Publications, 2010).

Coaching for Congregational Leaders
The involvement of a coach is one of the key factors that separate leaders who help their communities thrive and those who don’t. A coach is an objective companion who is invested in the leader’s success (and by extension, the success of the community). A coaching relationship offers the leader a place to explore his or her priorities, goals, and decisions in the practice of congregational leadership and to make intentional choices in light of the discoveries and insights that arrive. This workshop will explore the role of a coach and give participants a chance to experience basic coaching practices.

Co-facilitators Shannon Kiser and Ann Philbrick
Shannon is the associate for 1001 New Worshiping Communities in the eastern region. She is parish associate at Riverside Church in Sterling, Virginia, a multicultural, church-planting church. She chairs the New Worshiping Communities Team of National Capital Presbytery, and has collaborated with Fresh Expressions US. She is a contributing author to the PC(USA) resource Starting New Worshiping Communities: A Process of Discernment. She is married to Patrick, and is mother to two teenage daughters. She loves cooking, gardening, hanging out with her girls, seeing new places, meeting new people, and enjoying live acoustic music.

Ann is the associate for church transformation for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Princeton University and her Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary. Ordained in the PC(USA), she has served churches in Wisconsin and western Pennsylvania and as presbytery staff in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland. Many years of independent consulting took her all over the country as she supported, trained, and equipped local church leaders.

What Do We Do about the Kids? Missional Spiritual Formation for the Next Generation
When new worshiping communities begin to connect with more families for Christ, reaching the next generation is a tremendous joy but also presents new challenges. Learn how one church is aligning its missional vision for all generations, mobilizing adults for creative ministry, and encouraging families to live out the gospel together.

Daniel So and his lovely wife are the lead pastors of Anchor City Church, a third-culture, multiethnic, multigenerational church they recently planted in San Diego, California. Born and raised in Michigan (he’s certain to make a hand map should he discover you’re also a Michigander), Pastor Dan loves the amazing people and city of San Diego. He serves on the advisory board of Justice Ventures International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the fight to end human trafficking and modern-day slavery and to bring freedom, justice, and restoration through partnership.

Preaching and Teaching for Church Transformation
Do you ever feel as if your sermons fall on deaf ears? Do you wonder why they don’t seem to be making a difference in the lives of your listeners? This workshop will discuss ways to challenge your listeners more effectively and faithfully, so that they (and you) will be transformed by what they hear. This workshop will be long on discussion and short on presentation.

Chip Hardwick is director of Theology, Formation and Evangelism for the PC(USA). He holds a doctorate in preaching from Princeton Theological Seminary, where he looked at ways listeners can give preachers helpful feedback on their sermons.

New Worshiping Communities 101: Working with Mid-Councils and Other Partners for Care and Accountability
Do you find yourself a newly elected chair for church development in your presbytery? Do you sense a call to expand support of 1001 in your context? Are you a new worshiping community leader who seeks to collaborate effectively with your presbytery and leadership team? Join Vera White, national coordinator for 1001 New Worshiping Communities, to learn best practices that enable presbyteries, leadership teams, and new worshiping community leaders to further a new ministry together—with minimal conflict! Vera will bring examples of covenants between partners that you can adapt for your own contexts.

Vera White is the national coordinator for the 1001 New Worshiping Communities movement. Prior to serving in this role, Vera directed church-planting efforts in Pittsburgh Presbytery and developed best practices for mid-council support of new ministries.

The Missional Entrepreneurial Church: Engaging the Neighborhood in Fresh Ways (and not just on your dime)
Explore being the church in the neighborhood that people naturally connect with every day, regardless of their beliefs or background, through operating as a social venture.

James B. Notkin and his wife, Renée, are co-founding pastors of Union, an innovative missional community that resembles an interconnected three-ring circus of social ventures, neighbors, and a faith community in the high-tech/bio-tech South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

The End of Evangelism (as we know it)
It is no secret that Presbyterians aren’t the greatest at sharing their faith (in the broader cultural understanding of “evangelism,” that is). Even encouraging our congregations to talk about their faith often feels more like nagging them to do something painful, rather than calling them to live into the the joyful call of the Great Commission. Without question, we’ve done a stellar job at proclaiming the gospel through our social injustice initiatives, but sometimes that just doesn’t seem like enough.

Perhaps part of the problem is, we’re thinking too narrowly about what it means to truly proclaim the good news. In this workshop, we will explore a fuller notion of what it means to “evangelize” through a missional understanding of Christian vocation. Join us for an interactive and creative expression of evangelism that promises to help you and your congregation share your faith more effectively.

Jason Brian Santos is the Mission Coordinator for Christian Formation at the PMA and the National Director of UKirk. He is a teaching elder in the PCUSA and has a Ph.D. in practical theology focusing on Christian education and spiritual formation. He is the author of A Community Called Taizé (IVP, 2008) and Sustaining the Pilgrimage (IVP Academic, 2017).

Funding your Ministry: Creating a Culture of Generosity
Are you living in a state of scarcity and longing for abundance? Do you long for your church’s members to enjoy the spiritual rewards of a generous life? This interactive workshop will help you communicate with different generations of donors, integrate all aspects of your church into the giving culture, and teach the spirituality of generosity. Expect to leave this workshop with a new excitement and energy about your church’s generous future.

Robert Hay Jr. serves as the Presbyterian Foundation’s ministry relations officer for the Southeast. He works with congregations to create a culture of generosity, offers seminars and workshops, develops gifts and fundraising plans for ministries, and provides coaching to finance, stewardship, and endowment committees. Robert holds bachelor’s degree in business administration from Auburn University and a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in nonprofit management from Georgia State University. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City where his wife, Rev. Morgan Hay, serves as the pastor. They live in Peachtree City, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, with their children, Stockton and Anderson.

We Chose to Love—Thriving in a Multicultural Community
Can we really . . . do life together? Practice radical hospitality? Be with and not do for people? Yes, when we choose to “love your neighbor as yourself.” Together, we will explore the complexities of this choice, the impact it has, and the challenges it brings in our churches and our communities. We will investigate the necessary changes we must make that will create space for intercultural relationships to thrive. We will explore obstacles church leaders face in the midst of this work and the life-giving witness that intercultural communities have in the world.

Edwin Andrade is co-pastor of Riverside Presbyterian Church in Sterling, Virginia. Riverside ministry focus is on “disciples making disciples.”  Andrade is also a new worshiping community coach for the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.)’s 1001 movement.

Using Social Media to Tell Your Story
Congregations have many opportunities to share God’s love through social media and to connect with your communities. You’ll learn how to capture stories from your leadership, members and their families, and how to effectively share those moments on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. You’ll leave with tips and tricks that will make your work effective and help increase your reach.

Mari Graham is currently the social media strategist for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Prior to that she was a digital media strategist at Doe Anderson, the third largest independently operated advertising agency in the US. At Doe Mari developed and implemented the digital strategy on clients ranging from local catholic high schools to a national motorcycle helmet brand. A native of Kauai, Hawaii, Mari moved to Louisville In 2007 to pursue a degree in political science and psychology from Bellarmine University, which she received in 2012.