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Conference 2011

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Conference Information:

Meet our Speakers
Conference Schedule
Breakout List
Worship Leaders
Tim Chester Pre-Conference

Featured Bloggers
Conference 2010 Pictures


As written in Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living Through the Rediscovery of Abba Father, “To live missionally means to live each waking moment in light of the gospel so that it increasingly affects every part of our lives for the glory of God’s grace in our fallen world” (p 17). James 1:27 tells us that the practice of true religion necessarily involves caring for orphans in their distress. Therefore, to live missionally means that the Gospel is increasingly moving and empowering us to care for those who live on the razor-sharp edge of our world’s brokenness. Whether we are conscious of it or not, the Gospel is at the center of missional living and the evangelical orphan care movement.

Join us October 21-22 in Phoenix for Together for Adoption Conference 2011. Over 1,200 people will gather together at Redemption Church (Gilbert Campus) to explore the theme Missional Living, the Gospel and Orphan Care. One of our primary objectives for this year’s conference is to create a forum to consider the good news of the Gospel, explore its implications for how we think about and implement orphan care strategies, and discuss how we can move toward greater collaboration as the people of God for the sake of orphans worldwide.

General session speakers include: Darrin Patrick, Tullian Tchividjian, Tim Chester (coming to us from England), Bryan Loritts, Juan Sanchez, and Jeff Vanderstelt.


Early Bird Registration: $109 Per Person (good through August 31st)

Regular Registration: $149 Per Person (price from September 1 until October 21)

Special Rate for Arizona Residents:

Only $99 Per Person (Arizona residents may register here)

*Registration price includes two onsite lunches, one dinner, and afternoon snacks.

Note: Childcare is available. Infant through 6th grade is $25 per child for the entire conference.

Singer/Songwriters: Shaun Groves, Jimmy McNeal, and Kaleb Scharmahorn (check out Kaleb’s song “I’ll Trade the World for You”)

General Session Hosts: Shaun Groves and Johnny Carr (National Director of Church Partnerships at Bethany Christian Services)

Two Pre-Conference Events (Thursday, October 20):

Missional Church, Missional God, Missional Story

Tim Chester

Missional church is not simply the latest fad. It’s rooted in the trinitarian character of God and the story of the Bible. Explore the foundations for shaping life around gospel, community and mission along with practical application for church life and the implications for orphan care.

Registration: $25 Per Person

Pre-Conference information. Register here.

Gospel-Rich Encouragement for Adoptive and Pre-Adoptive Mothers

with Dr. Donna Thoennes and Dennae Pierre


Donna Thoennes, Wife, Mother, Professor

Donna Thoennes is grateful to be an adopted daughter of God, the wife of Erik, the mother of two Formosan beauties, and a professor at Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute. Looking into the faces of orphans in India broke her heart and changed her life. Her favorite days include some combination of fun with her family, teaching, reading, writing, speaking, gardening, skiing, cycling, swimming, and Boba (did you know it was created in Taiwan?). Donna blogs at Project Hope Speaks.

Dennae Pierre, Pastor’s Wife, Mother, Writer

Dennae Pierre is a regular contributor to the T4A blog. She cares deeply about the local church growing in its understanding of gospel-centered theology and has recently enjoyed writing and speaking about adoption.

She is married to Vermon, the pastor of Roosevelt Community Church in downtown Phoenix. There she serves in urban outreach & children’s ministry. She has 3 children, two of which she was blessed to adopt. Dennae’s background in social work gave her a burden to adopt through the foster care system. Dennae and her husband are licensed foster care parents and currently provide short-term respite care to foster children. Watch an interview with Dennae and her husband, Vermon, about their adoption journey.

Gospel-Rich Encouragement for Adoptive and Pre-Adoptive Mothers with Dr. Donna Thoennes and Dennae Pierre is open to all women who are also attending our October 21-22 national conference. To attend this October 20th seminar, add this event when you register for Together for Adoption National Conference 2011.

Join us as we go deeper into God’s story of adoption. God’s work of adoption is a story that encompasses all of human history, from its pre-temporal beginnings when God predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to the eventual renewal of the heavens and the earth. From the Apostle Paul’s perspective, adoption is the story that makes sense of the universe, that gives our lives and the existence of all creation ultimate meaning. This Pre-Conference event will provide in-depth training in the beauty and wonder of Scripture’s teaching on adoption and its implications for being a mom and orphan care advocate. Please join us as we consider how to live bolder, more intentional lives for the glory of God and for the sake of orphans through the rediscovery, the daily fresh discovery, of God’s extravagant love for us.

Time: Thursday, October 20th, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Price: $25 Per Person (includes lunch and coffee)

Where: Redemption Church (Gilbert Campus)

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Current list of our Featured Bloggers: MegMiller, Lindsey Nobles, Reformissionary (Steve McCoy), JoeThorn.net, Julie GummZach Nielsen, Missional Thoughts (Josh Reich), and Michael Robinson. More will be added.

There will be 60+ breakouts to equip you and provide you with opportunities to meet others who share your same passion for orphaned and vulnerable children. Over 60 organizations involved in orphan care, adoption, and foster care will also be there to serve you as you seek to live out James 1:27.

Over 1000 people came together for our national Together for Adoption Conference 2010 this past October 1-2 in Austin, Texas (hosted by The Austin Stone Community Church and Hill Country Bible Church). Our conference theme was “The Gospel, the Church, and the Global Orphan Crisis.”

Video from our 2010 conference:

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