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Friday, October 17, 2014

8:00 – 9:00am

Registration/Check-in

9:00 – 10:15am – Main Session 1:

The Gospel of Adoption as Family Reunification (Dan Cruver)

Continuing the Conversation: Jedd Medefind, Jason Kovacs, and Herbie Newell

10:30 – 11:30am – Workshops A

11:30 – 1:00pm - Expo / Lunch

Optional Workshop for Organization & Ministry Teams: “What Great Teams Share” with Dr. Will Gray (11:45am – 12:45pm)

Description: No matter why your organization exists, your success or failure will be dramatically influenced by your team’s ability to work well together and lead your organization well. The challenge? Most people are never taught how to work well on teams, or how to build great teams. In this workshop, learn the qualities that great teams share, and how to begin strengthening your own team to be happier, more effective, and more successful as they lead your organization.

Dr. Will Gray is the President of ALIGN, where he helps leadership teams work better together. He has helped more than 100 organizations with communications, identity and strategy consulting, from startups and nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. He believes each organization has a unique identity that can help it to succeed.

1:00 – 2:00pm – Main Session 2

Commitment Amidst Complexity (Jedd Medefind)

Continuing the Conversation: Chris MarlowHerbie Newell, and Scott Vair

2:15 – 3:15pm – Workshops B

3:45 – 5:30pm – Main Session 3

10 Minutes to Change the World
Dr. Toney Parks
Chris Marlow
Dr. Sharen Ford
Phil Darke
Elizabeth Styffe
Daniel Bennett
Mike Rusch
Rick Morton
Dr. Susan Hillis
Scott Vair
Johnston Moore
Alex Krotov
Andy Lehman

5:30 – 7:30pm – Expo / Conversation Continuation / Supper

7:30 – 9:00pm – Main Session 4

7:30 – 9:00pm – Main Session 4

Child Catchers or The Hands and Feet of Jesus? How Everyday Christians Can Engage in the Complex World of Orphan Care & Adoption (Brandon Hatmaker)

Continuing the Conversation: Rick Morton, Jason Kovacs, Jedd Medefind, and Elizabeth Styffe

Saturday, October 18, 2014

9:00 – 10:30am – Main Session 5

Family First: International Adoption as a Human Rights Issue (Dr. Elizabeth Bartholet, Havard Law)

Continuing the Conversation: Jason Kovacs, Herbie Newell, and Laura Godwin

10:30 – 11:00am - Break / Expo

11:00 – 12:00 Noon - Workshops C

12:00 – 1:15pm - Lunch / Expo

Optional Workshop: “Advice for White Parents of African-American Children in a Post-Ferguson World” with Dr. Toney Parks (12:15pm – 1:00pm)

Description: Join African-American pastor Dr. Toney Parks as he shares wise advice for White couples parenting African-American children in a post-Ferguson country.

Dr. Parks is a 1980 Criminal Justice graduate of the University of South Carolina. He received a Masters Divinity degree from Erskine College and Theological Seminary and earned a Doctorate degree in counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Parks is also an Assistant Professor of Biblical Counseling & Practical Ministry at Erskine Theological Seminary and has been the pastor of the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist church since 1991.

1:15 – 2:15pm – Main Session 6

Balancing the Scales: Protecting and Defending the Fatherless in Our Own Communities (John Sowers)

Continuing the Conversation: Dr. Toney ParksDr. Sharen Ford, and Dr. Rhonda Littleton

2:30 – 3:30pm – Workshops D

3:45 – 5:00pm – Main Session 7

Where Do We Go from Here? The Future of the Church and the Global Orphan Crisis (Jason Kovacs)

Continuing the Conversation: Jedd Medefind, Dan Cruver, and Elizabeth Styffe