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

Join us on January 30-January 31, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport Hotel

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ALMA Conference Speakers

We hope to see you at the annual conference of the Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies (ALMA)!  This is where missions meet!

Our 2019 central theme is "Telling Mission Stories that Motivate!” We will learn from speakers why story is important in today's world and how navigate some of the pitfalls of mission communication. We will discuss 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.

This is your opportunity to network with peers, discover mission resources, share with others about your ministry, and take time for fellowship and prayer. We hope you join us for this power-packed learning and networking event!

Below you will find information about our conference schedule, speakers, registration and hotel. If you have any questions about the conference program or registration, please contact ALMA Executive Director Faith Spelbring at [email protected] or 310-210-3844. We look forward to seeing you!



Wednesday, January 30, 2019
                       7:30-8:30 am                      Registration open
                       8:30-8:45 am                      Welcome, Conference Overview, Introductions
                       8:45-9:15 am                      Opening Devotion: Rev. Johnson Rethinasamy
                       9:15-10:00 am                    Plenary 1: Rev. Matt Popovits -
                                                                    Telling Mission Stories that Motivate!
                       10:00-10:30 am                  Table Talk based on Plenary 1
                       10:30-10:45 am                  Networking Break with Exhibitors and Sponsors
                       10:45-11:30 am                  Plenary 2: Linda Haley -
                                                                    Stories and the Psychology of Asking:
                                                                    Eliciting a donor’s story and sharing your own
                       11:30-12:00 pm                  Table Talk based on Plenary 2
                       12:00-12:15 pm                  Wrap up and intro afternoon activities
                       12:15-1:15pm                     Networking Lunch (Exhibits open)
                       1:15-2:15 pm                      World Café 1
                       2:15-2:45 pm                      ALMA Business Meeting for all members
                       2:45-3:15pm                       Networking Break with Exhibitors and Sponsors
                       3:15-3:30 pm                      Announcements, Give-Aways, Introductions
                       3:30-4:00 pm                      Q&A with Rev. Matt Popovits
                       4:00-4:30pm                       Q&A with Linda Haley
                       4:30-4:45pm                       Devotions with Rev. Johnson Rethinasamy
                       4:45-6:00 pm                      Free Time
                       6:00-8:00 pm                      Networking Banquet
Thursday, January 31, 2019
                      7:30-8:30 am                      Registration open
                      8:30-8:45 am                      Welcome, Introductions, Give-Aways
                      8:45-9:15 am                      Morning Devotions
                      9:15-10:00 am                    Plenary 3: Jean Johnson -
                                                                   Shifting From a 'We Are the Hero' Narrative
                      10:00-10:30 am                  Table Talk based on Plenary 3
                      10:30-10:45am                   Networking Break with Exhibitors and Sponsors
                      10:45-11:30am                   Plenary 4: Rev. Gabe Kasper -
                                                                   Sharing Your Story with Disinterested People
                      11:30-12:00pm                   Table Talk base on Plenary 4
                      12:00-12:15pm                   Wrap up and intro afternoon activities
                      12:15-1:15 pm                    Networking Lunch (Exhibits open)
                      1:15-2:15pm                       World Café 2
                      2:15pm-2:45pm                  ALMA Business Meeting for all members
                      2:45-3:15 pm                      Networking Break with Exhibitors and Sponsors
                      3:15-3:45 pm                      Q&A with Jean Johnson
                      3:45-4:15 pm                      Q&A with Rev. Gabe Kasper
                      4:15-4:30 pm                      Conference Wrap-Up
                      4:30-5:00 pm                      Closing Devotion and Sending



Full Conference Registration Fee includes all sessions, access to exhibitor resources, lunches on Wednesday and Thursday, and Wednesday’s dinner banquet. Registration for Exhibit Table only does not include meals.

                                                              Early Registration                                     Late Registration

Registration Type                                (before 1/10/2019)                                      (after 1/10/19)                 

Full Conference (Wed-Thu)

                  ALMA Member                       $199                                                            $249

                  Non-Member                          $249                                                            $299

Wednesday Only
                  ALMA Member                       $159                                                            $179
                  Non-Member                          $179                                                            $199

Thursday Only
                  ALMA Member                       $139                                                            $159

                  Non-Member                          $159                                                            $179

                  EXTRA Guest for Wed
                  Reception/Banquet                $75                                                              $75

Exhibit Table*
                  ALMA Member                       $99                                                              $119

                  Non-Member                          $149                                                            $169

* includes 6' skirted table, 2 chairs, WiFi, and electricity if requested



Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel, St. Louis

Conference rate: $95.00 per night plus tax for 1 King or 2 Double beds (rate valid until 01/15/19).

For Reservations: Click here to book online (from desktop computer only, not mobile-friendly) or call 1-800-227-6963 and ask for “A1C” room block with the 2019 ALMA Conference.