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"!


The world is coming to us. Nations and mission outposts are more connected through technology. Society's worldview is increasingly at odds with the Christian worldview. A new generation desires to participate in missions and reach their peers. 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)

This is an outstanding opportunity to network with peers, discover mission resources, share with others about your ministry, and take time for fellowship and prayer. World Cafe session

Back by popular request this year is The World Café, a highly interactive, fast-paced networking session focused on “shaping our futures through conversations that matter” (TheWorldCafe.com).

Below is the Conference Schedule, along with registration fees and information about accommodations, speakers, and sponsor and exhibitor opportunities.

If you have any questions about the conference program or registration, please contact ALMA Director Lorraine Roach at lorraine@almanetwork.org or 208-660-1818.

We look forward to seeing you!


Wednesday, January 31, 2018
            7:30-8:30 am         Registration
            8:30-8:45 am         Welcome, Conference Overview, Introductions
            8:45-9:05 am         Opening Devotion
            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    Nonprofit Management Outcomes  (Melinda McAliney, Vario Philanthropy)
                                         Track 2:  Focus on Funding        Effective Biblical-Based Fundraising (Wayne Knolhoff, LCMS)
                                         Track 3:  Powerful Teams           Encouraging Conflict (Dr. Bruce Hartung, Concordia Seminary)
                                         Track 4:  Reaching Out              Social Media Strategies (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
            8:00-9:00 am        General Session Panel:  Immigration & Missions (Leo Sanchez, Samuel Ruiz, Stanish Stanley)
            9:00-10:00 am      ALMA Annual Meeting (Activities Reports, Strategic Plan, New Technology Update)
          10:00-10:20 am      Networking Break with Exhibitors and Funders
          10:20-11:15 am      Mission Partnerships Why-To and How-To (Rev. Dr. B. Steve Hughey, ALMA Founder)
          11:15-12:00 pm      ONM Initiatives and Updates (Rev. Dr. Steve Schave); ALMA Elections
          12:00-1:00 pm        Networking Lunch
            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 (LLF, Vario, LWML, Dunklau Foundation, LCMS)
                                         Track 3:  Powerful Teams           Team Building for a Changing World (Steve Hughey)
                                         Track 4:  Reaching Out              Missions to the Hispanic Community (Dr. Samuel Gomez)
            2:15-3:00 pm        General Session: Missions and Migration: A Global Perspective (Rev. Dr. Dinku L. Bato)
            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; Rev. Timothy Pauls, Boise, ID; Rev. Robert Walston, CRAVE; Rachel Lagoute, LHM THRED)
           4:30-5:00 pm         Conference Wrap-Up

           6:00-8:00 pm         ALMA Board Meeting
Friday, February 2, 2018
           8:30-11:30 am       Optional Missions Certification Training (ALMA & Friends)

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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

Online Hotel Booking: Click Here

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Conference Sponsors:

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Additional Exhibitors:
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