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Breakout Sessions Announced for Aspen Group’s 2016 Alignment Conference

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It’s official! The full agenda for Aspen’s 2016 Alignment Conference is now set.

As you’ll see, we’ve got a robust line-up of speakers—from multisite pastors and researchers to communicators and strategists—who will explore strategic models for church expansion from all angles.

Senior pastors, administrative leaders, executive pastors, church planters, and anyone who has a vision for reaching more people for Christ will glean invaluable insights from this one-day event.

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How to Begin Building a Generous Church Culture

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Generous churches are a by-product of generous leadership. At Generis, we’ve seen a common denominator among financially-thriving churches. The leadership sets the pace.

Of course, everyone knows this mentality to be true, but for some reason we tend to diminish its validity when it comes to building a generous giving culture. Conversely, churches who never seem to have enough money to fund their vision often have several members of staff and leadership who show no giving history.

If there’s one thing we hope you get from this brief video segment, it’s that building a generous culture starts with you – the leader.

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Aspen Group’s 2015 Alignment Conference to Focus on Building a Story

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Your church building is more than a backdrop. More than a setting for a story. It’s a main character, helping you narrate your church’s story. What people see, hear, and feel in church creates the narrative of their experience. But how can you build a story through physical space? A story that captures the hearts and minds of all who enter?

This theme—“Building a Story”—will be the focus of Aspen Group’s 2015 Alignment Conference. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, October 22, at the Indiana Landmarks Center—a beautifully restored and repurposed turn-of-the-century church in Indianapolis. This building tells its own tales of transformation with its early congregations helping to found one of the city’s hospitals and homeless shelters and recent members holding prominent political offices.

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Choosing Authenticity

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Authenticity isn’t just a “Millennial thing.” In fact, I’m technically not a Millennial – at 36 I’m a little past. (But, I’m a woman and I just shared my age. I’m being authentic here, people.) Authenticity is more about values and culture than it is about what a generation demands. Millennials may have shouted for authenticity louder than the rest, but all generations in your church are looking for it.

In Brené Brown’s book, The Gifts of Imperfection, one of the opening chapters is, “Cultivating Authenticity – Letting Go of What People Think.” Brown shares, “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”

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