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Church Leadership Conference Schedule

Joy in the Journey

Church Leadership Conference

Christ’s Church of Oronogo

22145 Kafir Rd, Oronogo, MO 64855

April 29, 2022


9:00 am Check In and Coffee 

Resource Vendors


9:30 am Welcome


9:45 am Main Session I

“What is Trauma Informed?” - Kelly Wright


11:00 am Breakout Session I-Foster and Adoptive Perspective Sensitivity Training

Birth to Elementary - Zoey Harp

This session will explore multiple aspects of ministering safely to foster and adopted children within your congregation.  Specifically, topics to be discussed include the importance of enhanced safety planning, understanding and implementing behavior plans, inclusion in mainstream activities, and how to train trauma-informed volunteers.

Youth - Connor LaBlanc 

In this session, those who work with 5th-12th graders will learn specific things to look for/ways to minister to students who have been adopted and/or are in foster care.  This session will focus on understanding leader/student relationships with kids from hard places, cultivating healthy friendships with this specific population of students within your youth group, and discerning how trauma can hinder these students’ views of the gospel.

Parents - Justin Oberndorfer

This session is designed for those working with foster and adoptive parents and families as a whole, specifically focusing on the importance of trauma-informed language around foster/adoptive children, the need for respite and other wrap-around services, and how to best support families who are dealing with children who have experienced high levels of trauma.


12:00 pm Lunch (provided)


1:00 pm Main Session II 

Secondary Trauma - Stef Loveland

When ministering to families of foster/adoptive children, it is important to understand the causes and effects of secondary trauma.  This session will define this as well as address how to best support families in your congregation who are experiencing it. 


2:15 pm Main Session III

Panel of Foster/Adoptive Parents and Adoptees


3:30 pm Snack/Coffee/Networking


4:00 pm Main Session IV

Incorporating Wrap-Around Services in your Congregation - Justin Oberndorfer

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