2018 Conference:  "The Changing Face of Missions"2018 ALMA Conference logo

January 31-February 1, 2018 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel, St. Louis

Please join us for the Annual Conference of the Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies (ALMA), this year focusing on "The Changing Face of Missions"!

This is an opportunity to network with peers, discover mission resources, share with others about your ministry, and take time for fellowship and prayer. Hear from our speakers--and from each other--about opportunities and challenges in this Changing Face of Missions. Learn about best practices in missions, while being anchored in the fact that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)

World Cafe session

Downloadable Conference Schedule and Map of the Hotel

Below is the Conference Schedule, along with registration fees and information about accommodations, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors.

If you have any questions about the conference program or registration, please contact ALMA Director Lorraine Roach at [email protected] or 208-660-1818. We look forward to seeing you!


Wednesday, January 31, 2018
            7:30-8:30 am         Registration (open until 11:00 am, then during Lunch, afternoon Break, and Reception)
            8:30-8:45 am         Welcome, Conference Overview, Introductions: Rev. Dr. Jim Tino, ALMA President; Christy Weber, Conference Chair
            8:45-9:05 am         Opening Devotion: Rev. Bill Ney, ALMA 2nd Vice President and LAMP Ministry
            9:05-9:30 am         Kickoff:  The Changing Face of Missions, Rev. Dr. Roosevelt Gray, Jr., LCMS Black Ministry
            9:30-10:40 am       World Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations that Matter (Structured Networking)
          10:40-11:00 am       Networking Break with Exhibitors and Sponsors
          11:00-12:10 pm       World Café 2.0 (continued)
          12:15-1:45 pm         Networking Lunch: Why the World Needs Lutheran Missions (Rev. Matthew Heise, Lutheran Heritage Fdn)
                                          OIM Initiatives and Updates (Rev. John Fale)
            1:55-2:55 pm        Topical Discussions (Structured Networking, including question re. ALMA future)
            2:55-3:15 pm        World Café and Topical Insights
            3:15-3:45 pm        Networking Break with Exhibitors and Sponsors
            3:45-4:45 pm        Best Practices Breakout Session #1:
                                         Track 1:  Nonprofit Leadership    Doing Good and Knowing It (Melinda McAliney, Vario Philanthropy)
                                         Track 2:  Focus on Funding        Living with a Purpose--As God's Steward (Wayne Knolhoff, LCMS)
                                         Track 3:  Powerful Teams           Encouraging Conflict (Dr. Bruce Hartung, Concordia Seminary)
                                         Track 4:  Reaching Out              Social Media Strategies for Reaching Your Audience  (Rachel Legoute, Lutheran Hour Ministries THRED)
            4:45-5:30 pm        Free Time
            5:30-6:30 pm        Reception with Exhibitors & Sponsors (Wine, Beer, Cheese), Nepalese Choir (CFNA)
            6:30-8:00 pm        Networking Banquet & Silent Auction 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
          7:00-8:00 am       Registration (open until 10:30, then during Lunch)  
          8:00-9:00 am        General Session Panel:  Immigration & Missions (Carlos Hernandez--Moderator, Leo Sanchez, Samuel Ruiz, Stanish Stanley, Victoria Meshreky)
            9:00-10:00 am      ALMA Annual Meeting (Bylaws Vote, Elections, New Director Update, Strategic Plan, New Software)
          10:00-10:30 am      Networking Break with Exhibitors and Sponsors
          10:30-11:30 am      Mission Partnerships: God's Means for Advancing His Mission (Rev. Dr. B. Steve Hughey, ALMA Founder)
          11:30-12:00 pm      ONM Initiatives and Updates: New Frontiers (Rev. Dr. Steve Schave)
          12:00-1:00 pm        Networking Lunch (Exhibits open)
            1:00-2:00 pm        Best Practices Breakout Session #2:
                                         Track 1:  Nonprofit Leadership    Nonprofit Management & Growth Strategies (Dan Sise)
                                         Track 2:  Focus on Funding        Funders’ Panel (Bill Ney, Moderator, LLF, Vario, LWML, Dunklau Foundation, LCMS)
                                         Track 3:  Powerful Teams           Team Building for a Changing World (Steve Hughey, Mission Consultant)
                                         Track 4:  Reaching Out              Missions to the Hispanic Community (Dr. Samuel Gomez, Grace Latino Ministries)
            2:15-3:00 pm        General Session: Mission and Migration: African Christian Immigrants and God's Mission (Rev. Dr. Dinku L. Bato, MYLFNA)
            3:00-3:30 pm        Networking Break with Exhibitors and Sponsors
            3:30-4:30 pm        General Session:  Engaging The Millennial Generation in Missions 
                                         Erin Mackenzie, CPH (Moderator); Rachel Lagoute, LHM THRED; Rev. Robert Walston, Christ Memorial/Reliant; Rev. Timothy Pauls, Good Shepherd Lutheran 
           4:30-5:00 pm         Conference Wrap-Up

           5:30-7:30 pm         ALMA Board Meeting


Full Conference Registration Fee includes all sessions, coffee breaks, lunch Wednesday, reception and banquet Wednesday, and lunch Thursday.
Registration for Exhibit Table only includes reception.

Early Bird (by 1/12/18) Regular (by 1/24/18) Late (after 1/24/18)
Full Conference (Wed-Thu)
ALMA Member $145 $175 $220
Non-Member $195 $225 $270
Wednesday Only
ALMA Member $ 98 $118 $138
Non-Member $138 $158 $178
Thursday Only
ALMA Member $ 62 $ 82 $102
Non-Member $ 92 $112 $132
EXTRA Guest for Wed
Reception/Banquet $ 50 $ 50 $ 65
Exhibit Table*
ALMA Member $ 90 $110 ----
Non-Member $140 $160 ----
* includes 6' skirted table, 2 chairs, WiFi, electricity if requested, wine/cheese reception


Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel, St. Louis
Conference rate: $93.00 per night plus tax for 1 King or 2 Double beds (rate valid until January 12, 2018). Ask for "2018 ALMA Conference" room block.
For Reservations, call 1-800-227-6963



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Conference Sponsors:

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Additional Exhibitors:
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