Breakout Sessions Announced for Aspen Group’s 2016 Alignment Conference

By August 18, 2016News

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.


Looking through the lens of culture—both the culture we’re part of in the United States and the culture of the church—all of our main stage speakers will explore how cultural forces have shaped the church’s paradigms for growth. Don’t miss insights from Ed Bahler, Jim Tomberlin, Wade Burnett, Jenni Catron, David Kinnaman, and Dave Ferguson.

Leadership & Ministry

Though there are myriad methods for growing the church, such as multisites, church plants, parish models, microsites, and more, you can only expand at the rate you have leaders to shepherd new congregations. Patrick O’Connell, director of NewThing Network, will discuss how to create a pipeline of leaders. Leadership coach and veteran executive pastor Karen Miller will help equip campus pastors with tools to navigate the sometimes ambiguous senior pastor/campus pastor relationship. Julie Bullock, Senior Generosity Strategist for Generis, will bring her wealth of wisdom to bear in exploring how different multisite financial models affect giving.

Leah Norton, a partner at Fishhook, will speak on branding and communication strategies for multisites and church plants, and Shayla Kenworthy will facilitate a conversation on communication challenges for multisite churches.


Aspen architect Derek DeGroot will return to Alignment to present on “Building with Multiplication in Mind.” Drawing from data in Aspen’s new CKN/Barna study on multiplication, he’ll explore practical ways for churches to design and build in a way that’s reproducible. He’ll cover key design elements that create a cohesive look and feel from one location to another, implications of choosing temporary space over a permanent home, and tips for making temporary space feel more like home.

Joe LaPaglia will cover how to select strategic sites for your new church campuses.

Whatever your role in the church, you’ll find a breakout that speaks to the pain points you may be experiencing as your church considers an expansion strategy.

See the full schedule and then register today to take advantage of our best single-ticket and group rates until August 31.

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