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Schedule

Tuesday, August 23

OPTIONAL
10:00 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  Tour of Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities (UGM-TC)
This storied member organization has a rich history. You’ll need to take a cab, rideshare vehicle, or rental car to the mission’s main campus, located at 435 University Avenue East in St. Paul—the twin that’s home to Minnesota’s capitol building. After a tour of their men’s facility, Bethel Hotel, and the Christ Recovery Center, a light lunch will be provided. If you arrived by cab or rideshare vehicle, a UGM-TC van will deliver you to the Renaissance Depot Hotel at 1:15 p.m.
     
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.   Event Check-in Outside the Renaissance Hiawatha Room
     
3:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.   Welcome – Intros – Orientation
Hiawatha Room
With John Ashmen
     
3:10 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.  
A Word from our Sponsor
Hiawatha Room
with ECFA
     
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.   “Head of Steam”
Hiawatha Room
with Robert Loggins

The locomotives that came in and out of this station in yesteryear had to be fed coal to heat the boiler to make the steam to push the pistons to turn the driving wheels. It took a bit of time for the “ash cat” (fireman) to heat the water so the “hog head” (engineer) could get the train going. We also need to take a bit of time to get up a head of steam in order to get down the tracks. Our fuel comes from the Word of God. It will thrust us forward with power toward our destination.
     
3:30 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.   Where We Boarded
Hiawatha Room
We’ll have a quick slide show: two pictures from each attendee (or as many as we can work in), one of the building or room at your mission or ministry that you are most proud of, and the other of . . . well, let’s say, one that needs some help.
     
3:40 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.   TRACK 1: The Power of Purposeful Design
Hiawatha Room
with Jill Pable

We’re always building and remodeling, but few of us factor in expert design. Two of our member organizations recently consulted with Design Resources for Homelessness (DRH) when they built their new facilities—and the results exceeded their expectations and that of their guests and clients. It has positively affected their sense of security, sense of belonging, dignity, overall mental health, and more. DRH’s exterior and interior concepts factor in unique layout, color, lighting, temperature, noise reduction, clutter distraction, and a dozen other things. Don’t plan a new building project or room remodel until you’ve seen what can be and is being done at other member organizations these days.
     
4:40 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.   TRACK 2: Legal Briefs
Hiawatha Room
with Jon Ruybalid

Citygate Network’s attorney will give a quick update on the most relevant legal matters facing some of our members, including the DOJ-ADA coupling and how it pertains to those involved in medically assisted treatment (MAT), the federal judge ruling that shelters are not places of public accommodation, and other cases pending or developing. There will be time for Q&A.
     
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.   Supper
Rock Island Room
Our dining car is in the hotel, just a room away.
     
6:45 p.m. – 6:55 p.m.   Routes & Timetables
Hiawatha Room
This is where you can declare where you want to go during our time together. Choose the topics most important to you and we’ll schedule the discussions.
     
6:55 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  
A Word from our Sponsor
Hiawatha Room
with Douglas Shaw and Associates
     
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.   TRACK 3: It Could All Change in an Instant
Hiawatha Room
with James Li

Everyone is talking about mass shootings right now. They’ve happened in schools, churches, grocery stores, summer camps, and even community centers. We like to think we’re vigilant, but so much can slip by us when our focus is elsewhere—which is most of the time. Find out from a security expert if you have a low-risk or high-risk campus and learn what others are doing to protect staff and the people they are serving.
     
8:00 p.m. – Whenever   “Round House”
Various Locations
There are several seating areas around the lobby, and the Hiawatha Room will remain open for you to let your boilers cool down and connect with colleagues. This is also a great time to discuss some of the topics mentioned earlier.
     

Wednesday, August 24

At Your Leisure   Breakfast on Your Own
Milwaukee Road or Elsewhere
You can have breakfast at the Milwaukee Road restaurant in the hotel or go next door to Dunn Brothers Coffee, where you can have a fruit smoothie or build your own breakfast sandwich. Dunn Brothers is a Minnesota landmark. If you want to grab an Uber or enjoy a morning walk, it’s six to eight blocks to a slew of restaurants in the Warehouse District.
     
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.   “Head of Steam”
Hiawatha Room
We will be hearing from some of our peers during our “getting up a head of steam” sessions. This morning it’s Tracy Gorman from Evansville Rescue Mission in Indiana.
     
8:40 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  
A Word from our Sponsor
Hiawatha Room
with Capital for Compassion
     
8:45 am. – 9:05 a.m.   20 in 20
Hiawatha Room
In this time of spontaneous engagement, we’ll go around the room in 20 minutes and let 20 people—in one minute or less—talk about:
  • an app that’s been a game changer,
  • a book that’s been impactful,
  • a consultant who has been worth the money, or
  • an idea you wish you would have come up with sooner.
Take notes of record as you’d like.
     
9:05 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.   TRACK 4: Focusing on the Unique Need of Hispanic Guests
Hiawatha Room
with Gabriel Salguero

Our data shows that Latinos are an underserved population in our member organizations. We believe there are several reasons for this—and we’ll tell you what they are. While population growth among Hispanics has slowed over the past decade, people of Latin American origin still make up close to 20 percent of the U.S. population (just two percent in Canada) and could—according to some models—make up one-third of the U.S. population by 2060. Do you consider your organization to be culturally compatible for Hispanic guests and clients? What can you do to better position your organization to be culturally sensitive to this group?
     
9:55 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.   Snack/Beverage Break
Hiawatha Room
     
10:15 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.   TRACK 5: On Mission
Hiawatha Room
with Becca Spradlin

We’ve all heard of (and maybe read) Mission Drift, by Peter Greer and Chris Horst. We know how to stand strong against obvious deviation. But is it possible that gradualism can take you off course without even realizing it? Becca—who worked with Peter Greer— will interview one of our CEOs to talk about how they reassessed their ministry journey to protect themselves from turning into a business instead of a ministry. They’ll discuss the process and how they developed guardrails for the future.
     
11:05 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.   “Observation Car”
Hiawatha Room
We’ll switch tracks and talk about at least two (and maybe more) of the subjects that came up yesterday when we talked about Routes & Timetables. We may break up into smaller groups for this session.
     
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.   Lunch
Rock Island Room
It’s back over to the dining car for a bite to eat.
     
1:15 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.   “Head of Steam”
Hiawatha Room
We will be hearing from some of our peers during our “getting up a head of steam” sessions. This afternoon it is Troy Vaughn from Los Angeles Mission in California.
     
1:20 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.  

A Word from our Sponsor

Hiawatha Room
with Virtuous
     
1:25 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.   20 in 20
Hiawatha Room
In this time of spontaneous engagement, we’ll go around the room in 20 minutes and let 20 people—in one minute or less—talk about:
  • an app that’s been a game changer,
  • a book that’s been impactful,
  • a consultant who has been worth the money, or
  • an idea you wish you would have come up with sooner.
Take notes of record as you’d like.
     
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   TRACK 6: The Courageous Ask
Hiawatha Room
with Brian Kreeger
From money mismanagement to moral misgivings, even the most devout leaders can succumb to deviations from the path of God. Whether a world-famous pastor or a local rescue mission CEO, a fall leaves communities devastated and trust shattered. In this session, Brian will talk about a proactive role the board can take to protect you, and the proactive role you can take to protect your downline staff, all for the purpose of helping ministry leaders stay upright in a challenging world.
     
2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.   Snack/Beverage Break
Hiawatha Room
     
2:50 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.   TRACK 7: Performance Evaluations: The Biggest Missed Opportunity
Hiawatha Room
with Al Lopus

Drawing on his decades of experience in assessing employee-employer relations in Christian workplaces and seeing best practices, Al will talk about how evaluations—the board’s evaluation of the CEO and the CEO’s evaluation of the leadership team—should be done, and how they can be a tool for growth and not just a dreaded, yearly HR requirement. The session will also cover how everyone can properly use and benefit from a 360 review.
     
3:40 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   “Observation Car”
Hiawatha Room
We’ll switch tracks again and talk about another one or two of the subjects that came up yesterday when we talked about Routes & Timetables. We may break up into smaller groups for this session.
     
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  
Dinner Offsite at Mill City Museum
704 S 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN
Sponsored by Arrow Leadership

We’ve selected an historic location for our off-site dinner. Located just two blocks away, the Mill City Museum was built within the ruins of the flagship mill of the Washburn-Crosby Company, later General Mills. It was the largest and most technologically advanced flour mill in the world when it was completed in 1880. Millers at the Washburn mills in the 1870s perfected a new process for milling, a revolution that made fine wheat flour available to the masses for the first time. Soon thereafter Minneapolis became the flour milling capital of the world, a title it held from 1880 to 1930. This complex, with commanding views of the Mississippi River, is a National Historic Landmark. The Minnesota Historical Society opened Mill City Museum in 2003. After dinner, the rest of the evening is yours, for fun and fellowship.
     

Thursday, August 25

At Your Leisure   Breakfast on Your Own
Milwaukee Road or Elsewhere
You can have breakfast at the Milwaukee Road restaurant in the hotel or go next door to Dunn’s Coffee Shop, where you can have a fruit smoothie or build your own breakfast sandwich. If you want to grab an Uber or enjoy a morning walk, it’s six to eight blocks to a slew of restaurants in the Warehouse District.
     
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.   “Head of Steam”
Hiawatha Room
We will be hearing from some of our peers during our “getting up a head of steam” sessions. This morning it is Pam Axberg from Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, just across the river in St. Paul.
     
8:40 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  
A Word from our Sponsor
Hiawatha Room
with DickersonBakker
     
8:45 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.   20 in 20
Hiawatha Room
In this time of spontaneous engagement, we’ll go around the room in 20 minutes and let the last 20 people—in one minute or less—talk about:
  • an app that’s been a game changer,
  • a book that’s been impactful,
  • a consultant who has been worth the money, or
  • an idea you wish you would have come up with sooner.
Take notes of record as you’d like.
     
9:05 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.   TRACK 8: Is the Boat Still Rocking, or Is It Just Me?
Hiawatha Room
with Rick Franklin

Don’t leave early. This may be the most important session of the summit. Our speaker is constantly engaged with long-serving and upcoming leaders in countless churches and parachurch ministries. His organization is focusing on what they all currently have in common, which is trying to steady their boats. The rough waters of the past few years have afforded us little time to recover, refocus, rebuild, and reimagine. And they have made leadership transition more tricky than usual. This extended session will help you, as the leader, assess your situation, regain your equilibrium, and lead in the way that is needed right now. The time will be broken up into several segments, all of which will be interactive.
     
10:30a.m. – 10:50 a.m.   Snack/Beverage Break
Hiawatha Room
     
10:50 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.   Express Train Q&A
Hiawatha Room
with Rick Franklin, John Ashmen, Jon Ruybalid, and Robert Loggins

This will be the last chance to get clarification on a previously discussed topic or bring up a new subject. Everybody in the room can participate. We’ll keep this 25-minute segment fast-paced, but on the rails.
     
11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   The Send Off
Hiawatha Room
with Robert Loggins

Our last 15 minutes will feature parting words from our minister-at-large, concluding with a time of meaningful group prayer.