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!

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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

 

 

REGISTRATION FEES

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

OPTIONAL ADD-ON:
                  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

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

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.