Published: 6 months ago

2019 Connections Confab: Apply Today!

Back in 2015 we launched a coaching network called Connections ConfabToday we count 50 leaders from 42 churches in 16 states as part of our Confab alumni group. The Confab is an intensive coaching gathering focused on improving your guest services culture. The fifth iteration of Confab returns in February 2019, and the application process goes public today.

Here’s the skinny:

  • Confab is a four-session, on-site networking group that will take place in Spring 2019. We go deep (really deep) on topics that are important to your ministry. You get an all-access backstage pass to in the ins and outs of what we’ve learned (and what we avoid) at the Summit.
  • Confab dates are February 20, March 27, May 4-5, and July 9. All other details details for next spring can be found in this handy Confab overview.
  • Beginning today, you can apply to be a part of the Confab. Because we intentionally keep it small – think 15 or fewer – our application monkeys will go over your info with a fine-toothed comb and let you know the results by mid-December (so exciting!).
  • All applications are due by December 12, 2018.
  • If your application is approved, I’ll send you a link to officially register and pay. The Confab’s cost is $900 for four on-site meetings, or $1650 for meetings plus hotel.

Confab is part coaching group, part collegial network, part learning lab, and part round-table consultation. Leaders from across the country have joined us in the past to discuss the highs and lows of Connections ministry: no topic in the realm of guest service, volunteer strategies, covenant membership, or leadership development has fallen by the wayside.

Here’s what some of them have had to say:

I’d do it again in a minute and recommend it to anyone – any role – that cares about seeing people connected to the local church and its mission! – Tammy Steele, Director of Connections, Calvary Christian Church, Bellevue, NE

I had high expectations for the Connections Confab, but I can honestly say that my expectations were exceeded. – Monty RiversConnections Director, Fellowship Bible Church, Roswell, GA

…a tremendously valuable opportunity to network with other forward-thinking churches who desire to see more people come to faith in Jesus. – Andrew Stubbs, Executive Pastor, North Rock Hill Church, Rock Hill, SC

I have grown more in my understanding of my job from my Confab experience than from any other resource I’ve found. – Sarah McCarthy, Connections Director, Aletheia Church, Cambridge, MA

So one more time: for all the details, check out the Confab overview doc. And if you’re ready to toss your hat into the ring, apply here. All applications are due by December 12. 


Still here? Good. If you’re interested in other training opportunities for 2019, see our full list here, sign up for a free Weekender event, or get your name on the list for early access to training dates!


(photo credit: Lindsey Love)

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