2019 ALMA Conference: "Telling Mission Stories that Motivate!"

Held on January 30-January 31, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport HotelALMA Conference Speakers

Our 2019 central theme was "Telling Mission Stories that Motivate!” We learned from speakers why story is important in today's world and how to navigate some of the pitfalls of mission communication. We discussed how to retain the dignity of those we serve while we tell their stories, how to push past intimidation to address major donors, and how to share mission stories with disinterested people—both inside and outside of the church.

Attendees were blessed to network with peers, discover mission resources, share with others about their ministry, and take time for fellowship and prayer.

 

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CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, January 30:

7:30 – 8:30am       Registration Open
8:30 – 10:30          Plenary Session 1
                                Welcome and Introduction to ALMA
                                Devotions with Rev. Johnson Rethinasamy
                                Rev. Matt Popovits Presentation and Table Talks
10:30 – 11:00        Networking Break with Sponsors and Exhibitors
11:00 – 12:30pm  Plenary Session 2
                                Linda Haley Presentation and Table Talks
12:30 – 1:30          Networking Lunch, Exhibits Open
1:30 – 3:15            Plenary Session 3
                                World Café 1 – Structured networking discussions
                                Q & A and Feedback with Rev. Matt Popovits and Linda Haley
3:15 – 3:45            Networking Break with Sponsors and Exhibitors 
3:45 – 4:15            ALMA Business Meeting 1
                                ALMA Executive Director’s Year in Review
                                Financial Report, Last Call for Nominations
4:15 – 4:45            Devotions with Rev. Johnson Rethinasamy
4:45 – 6:00            Free Time
6:00 – 8:00            Banquet
                                Performances by St. Louis area ministries:
                                Christian Friends of New Americans
                                Mark Wehmeyer and Chris Baron, Zion, Belleville, IL

 

Thursday, January 31:

7:30 – 8:30am       Registration Open

8:30 – 10:30          Plenary Session 4
                                Welcome, Devotions with Rev. Johnson Rethinasamy
                                Jean Johnson Presentation and Table Talks
10:30 – 11:00        Networking Break with Sponsors and Exhibitors
11:00 – 12:30pm  Plenary Session 5
                                Rev. Gabe Kasper Presentation and Table Talk
12:30 – 1:30          Networking Lunch, Exhibits Open
1:30 – 3:15            Plenary 6
                                World Café 2 – Structured networking discussions
                                Q & A and Feedback with Gabe Kasper & Jean Johnson
3:15 – 3:45            Networking Break with Sponsors and Exhibitors
3:45 – 4:30            ALMA Business Meeting 2
                                ALMA Executive Director – Developing ALMA’s Vision, Elections
4:30 – 5:00            Closing Session
                                Final Remarks
                                Closing Devotion with Rev. Johnson Rethinasamy