Breakout Descriptions

Go Be Love Conference 2019

Breakout Descriptions

Opening Workshops
Thursday, February 28, 2019: 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Option A:
Wise Short-Term Missions: Principles and Models for Benefitting Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Led by: Kate Borders, Sr. Director of Mobilization with World Orphans, presenting resources from CAFO, an alliance of 190 organizations serving vulnerable children in 130+ countries.

Description: Short-term missions trips carry potential for much good and much harm. Wise engagement is essential, especially when we hope to benefit children. These experiences can cause great harm if not thoughtfully planned and wisely led. These risks are increased when volunteers seek to serve children, particularly those children who are orphaned and vulnerable, who are lacking the protection and connectedness of a healthy, nurturing family. This risk – and the real harm that sometimes results – has led to significant criticism of short-term missions. This concern is warranted, and the significant hazards of short-term missions must be considered with humility and openness to change.

In order to address both the great risk for harm and great potential for good, Wise Short-Term Missions: Principles and Practices to Benefit Vulnerable Children and Families was developed and approved by the Christian Alliance for Orphans, comprised of more than 190 respected organizations serving children in more than 130 nations. As you consider how these ideas might be applicable for your church, sending organization, or mission partners, we hope they will be a catalyst for further development and learning, as well as a tool for communication with partners and participants alike.

Option B:
Saving the Short-Term Mission Trip, Part 1
Led by: Mark Stuart and staff from Hands & Feet Project

Description: For years the church has sent hundreds of thousands of passionate short-term missionaries to countries all over the world with the goal to save, serve and help in the name of Christ. In recent years it’s become clear, our mission trips have often caused more harm than good. In these two, one-hour long sessions, we will discuss the viability of short term mission trips, the need for change, innovative and transparent marketing, and innovative ideas on how to serve within the complexities of different cultures. 
Saving the Short-Term Mission Trip, Part One (Presentation, Discussion and Idea Sharing)
Is the short-term mission trip worth saving, and if so, how do we do it in a dignified and healthy way? 

Breakout Session #1
Friday, March 1, 2019: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Option A: 
The Impact of Trauma and Attachment in Missions
Led by: Julie Richards, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Description: How has our own trauma background influenced our ability to be with others in theirs? Learn how to process serving in hard places and be a part of the healing.

Option B: 
Mission Trip or Toxic Event?
Led by: Sandy Spengler, Regional Director of Lifesong for Orphans

Description: There are many positions on short-term teams and their effectiveness. Complex issues, differing opinions and a multitude of policies. Who is right? We will come away with practical ideas to help us make the most of our STM’s so that we can be great stewards of the resources, and callings we have been given.

Option C:
Be Prepared for Anything on the Mission Field
Led by: Gabriel Brown, Assistant Vice President of Sales & Special Markets at Brotherhood Mutual

Description: Gabe oversees the mission travel division of Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company, which equips mission teams with the resources they need, including medical and security insurance, flight planning, and trip management. Gabe regularly leads mission trips to East Africa on behalf of Hope Grafted In, a nonprofit ministry advocating orphan care and adoption. He knows how quickly a mission-field incident can become a crisis.

Gabe will offer practical tips on avoiding medical and security emergencies and what to do if they happen. He’ll address the importance of travel medical insurance and how to guard against getting sued in another country. He’ll also talk about common problems travelers experience and some services that can help you be prepared for anything. It’s a presentation you won’t want to miss.

Option D:
Turning a Short-Term Trip Into a Lifelong Ministry (aka: starting a non-profit for dummies)
Led by: Kara & Ryan Higgins, Imana Kids: Orphan Care Ministry, a sponsorship program in Rwanda.

Description: Ryan and Kara Higgins will discuss the ins and outs of starting a nonprofit, overcoming barriers of co-managing across cultures and how maintaining the “anything, God” mindset allows Him to move mountains.

Option E:
Transitioning Into Long-Term Missions
Led by: Dr. Pete and Angela Olsen from World Gospel Mission (WGM)

Description: The journey from short-term to long-term can feel daunting and is usually filled with questions. We’ll talk about what it takes to prepare for long-term work on the field and how World Gospel Mission walks through that journey with their missionaries.

Option F: 
Go Be Love Leader Training Track – Part 1
Led by: Go Be Love Staff

Description: If you are attending the conference as a brand new Go Be Love leader, this breakout is mandatory for you. In this particular session, we’ll cover the following topics: leader roles, team unity, team calls, pre-trip planning, debrief and devotional ideas and more.

Breakout Session #2
Friday, March 1, 2019: 2:15pm – 3:15pm

Option A: 
Short-Term Teams, Long-Term Impact
Led by: Dr. Pete and Angela Olsen from World Gospel Mission (WGM))

Description: Many volunteers wonder if it’s possible to have a long-term impact while serving on a short-term mission team. The answer is: absolutely. We’ll share stories and ideas of how spending a short amount of time on the field truly can touch lives and change the world.

Option B: 
Saving the Short-Term Mission Trip, Part 2
Led by: Mark Stuart and staff from Hands & Feet Project

Description: For years the church has sent hundreds of thousands of passionate short-term missionaries to countries all over the world with the goal to save, serve and help in the name of Christ. In recent years it’s become clear, our mission trips have often caused more harm than good. In these two, one-hour long sessions, we will discuss the viability of short term mission trips, the need for change, innovative and transparent marketing, and innovative ideas on how to serve within the complexities of different cultures. 
Saving the Short-Term Mission Trip, Part Two (Presentation, Discussion and Idea Sharing)
How do we message and market mission trips without exploiting the needy, and leveraging the savior complex of the American Church? 

Option C:
STM Trends and Resources – Building Partnerships That Last
Led by: Mike Snyder, President of MKI Group Travel

Description: Mike will be leading an interactive workshop, offering opportunity for those attending to network and connect. He will also be sharing trends in developing partnerships that last, with resources for those desiring to utilize their short-term missions for long-term impact!

Option D:
Stories From a Closed Country
Led by: Lori McMurphy, Go Be Love China team leader

Description: Our China teams have met some amazing people who have become family. Join Lori McMurphy as she shares inspiring stories of what God has done in this wonderful place. Stories of kids who have found their forever families. Stories of team members who’ve been changed forever. Discover how Lori and her teams make it all work in a closed country.

Option E:
Further Faster You… Further Faster Teams
Led by: Billy Nolan, global(x)/North Point Ministries

DescriptionTragically, the number one reason why missionaries leave the field is because of ineffective team relationships. What if you could change this? In this session, we will explore how God designed you and how to identify how God designed those around you. Through this understanding you will be more effective at building a thriving team environment. 

Option F: 
Go Be Love Leader Training Track – Part 2
Led by: Go Be Love Staff

Description: If you are attending the conference as a brand new Go Be Love leader, this breakout is mandatory for you. In this particular session, we’ll cover the following topics: promoting & recruiting, conflict resolution, personality profiles, team dynamics, budgets, safety and travel.

Breakout Session #3
Saturday, March 2, 2019: 11:00am – 12:00pm

Option A: 
Mental Health and Ministry
Led by: Julie Richards, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Description: What can missionaries and ministry leaders do to serve and lead well, avoid burnout, and provide emotional and relational health for their teams? Let’s talk about knowing our limits, establishing good self-care, and giving strong support.

Option B: 
Short-Term Missions and Long-Term Follow Through
Led by: Kate Borders, Senior Mobilization Director of World Orphans

Description: Join Kate Borders to think about how the church in North America can learn from our global partners, our brothers and sisters around the world. When it comes to short-term missions and caring for the vulnerable, let’s discuss how we can grow our understanding of being both globally and locally minded.

Option C:
High Schoolers, Anxious Parents, & Short-Term Vision Trips
Led by: Kyle and Barb White, veteran youth workers

Description: Kyle and Barb will help navigate the vision, the preparation, the activity, and the re-entry of mission trips with students and parents. What’s best for our neighbors, for our students and their parents, and for us as youth workers?

Option D:
Serving The Poor Through Business 
Led by:Joelle McNamara, Founder and CEO of Badala

Description: Have you ever been curious about adding a business component to your ministry? Join Joelle as she shares her story of how God unveiled business as a way to meet the physical and emotional needs of women in one of the world’s largest slums. Come hear how God can turn a few loaves and fishes into jobs for hundreds of people and workshop your own idea during this speaking session and Q+A.


Option E:
Go Be Love Leader Training Track – Part 3
Led by: Go Be Love Staff

Description: If you are attending the conference as a brand new Go Be Love leader, this breakout is mandatory for you. In this particular session, we’ll cover the following topics: when helping hurts, orphan care, missionary care, responding after a trip, helping team members process, practical examples and a recap on all we’ve learned so far.

2019 Conference Info

EVENT DATES & TIME

Thursday, 2/28/19
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Friday, 3/1/19
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Friday evening optional “field trip” (limited spots): $5 casual dinner at Glory Haus headquarters (See 2019 Conference Details for more info) Register for the conference first and then register for the field trip HERE.
Saturday, 3/2/19
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

COST

Late Registration: $225
Space is limited.

EVENT LOCATION

Piedmont Church
570 Piedmont Road
Marietta, GA 30066

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