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One in Christ Conference

A New Training Conference for Leaders and Staff in West Michigan Parachurch Ministries

Pursue Ministry Excellence

This all-new conference will provide practical training, networking, inspiration, and motivation for your entire ministry team! Be challenged and encouraged through learning sessions, and deep-dive into three ministry focuses for specific workshop opportunities.

Presented By

Tuesday - Thursday

April 11-13, 2023
Grace Adventures
2100 N. Ridge Rd.
Mears, MI 49436
Get practical training for your ministry from a team of experts in nonprofit ministry.


  • Includes:
  • All Conference Materials
  • 4 Meals

  • Register before Mar 10th
    and get $50 off!

Full Attendee

  • Includes:
  • On-Campus Lodging (2 Nights)
  • All Conference Materials
  • 6 Meals

  • Register before Mar 10th
    and get $50 off!


  • Includes:
  • Hotel Lodging (single occupancy)
  • All Conference Materials
  • 6 Meals

  • Register before Mar 10th
    and get $50 off!


  • Includes:
  • Hotel Lodging (share with one other person)
  • All Conference Materials
  • 6 Meals

  • Register before Mar 10th
    and get $50 off!
3 Dynamic Seminar Tracks


Creating Alignment


Chess vs Checkers Supervision, Chad Coppess and Abby Banfield
Leading people is not a one size fits all style of leadership. Effective leaders understand the strengths, weaknesses, and styles of their team members and leverage those differences to form a strong team. In this workshop we will examine how to evaluate and leverage these differences in order to empower team members to function as an effective team. We will also discuss how to adjust your leadership style to engage and equip different team members but yet still move them all towards the common mission.


Building A Healthy Board Culture, Katie Appold
A healthy Board culture is vital to a healthy ministry! What is the role of the Board and how can a ministry leader create a positive and impactful culture from the top down?


A Christ Centered Approach to Impacting our Culture, Skot Welch
Using lessons from his latest book, "Unfractured", Skot uses Scripture, facts and stories to help you better understand true diversity and how the common bond of our identity in Christ can unite us in ministry that will impact the world around us.


Serving with Excellence


Programs with a Purpose, Nicholas Kristock
Limited staff? Limited budget? Get maximum impact by aligning your programs with your Purpose, Mission, and Vision.


The Art and Science of Difficult Conversations, Ben VanderKodde
At some point soon, you will again have a difficult conversation: the type of conversation that you would happily delegate to someone else if you could! Rather than avoiding or stumbling through it, we will look at how to approach and how to prepare so that you can deliver well. We will talk about the philosophy and techniques that will help give you confidence as you navigate these situations.


Fully Participate in the Greater Ministry Community, Chris Horst
How to find partnerships that move the kingdom forward in your area.


Resourcing the Ministry


Telling Your Story, Jess Ronne
Effective storytelling can engage the minds… and hearts… of your donors and help you grow the army of supporters your ministry needs!


How to do Development Without a Full-Time Development Officer, Kent Wallace
We will share how to prioritize your development strategy to focus on those things that will generate the greatest EROI (Eternal Return on Investment). We will show how you can be effective in fund development in as little as 2 hours a week.


Planned Giving Primer, Dan Hubka
I know we need Planned Giving… where do we start?
General Session Speakers

Bob Lenz, National Youth Speaker, Life Promotions

Bob Lenz has a humorous, down-to-earth style combined with genuine concern. A storyteller at heart, Bob combines his personal experience with in-depth biblical knowledge, awakening understanding and inspiring others to embrace faith in Christ and take the next step closer to God. He captures the audience’s attention immediately and sensitively spans denominational walls.

Bob Tissot, Counselor/Speaker

After retiring after 29 years of ministry in Christian Camping leadership, Bob is embarking on a "retread". He is passionate about developing relationships and helping others in their personal growth, Bob now serves as a counselor, mentor, and speaker and is still actively involved in the Michigan Christian Camp and Conference Association.
Chad currently serves as the Vice President of Program at Grace Adventures. Chad is passionate about seeing people develop and grow to reach their full potential. His favorite part of his job is helping exhort others in their character development through their skills, talents, and gifts.
Jessica Ronne is an author, speaker, podcast host of Coffee with Caregivers, associate producer of the “UNSEEN” documentary, and caregiver advocate. She is the founder and executive director of The Lucas Project, a non-profit dedicated to serving parent caregivers with recognition, respite, and resources.
Katie’s nonprofit career includes leadership roles for human service, foundation, and publishing-related nonprofits. She helped establish Do More Good, a platform that merged with Nonprofit Hub, a free content site for nonprofits. Today, Katie serves as the contract leader of the Alliance for Information and Referral Services, works with Nonprofit Nav, and is an adjunct professor of nonprofit leadership and fundraising for Cornerstone University.
Skot is the Principal/Founder of Global Bridgebuilders (GBB), a firm focusing on Organizational Development, Cultural Transformation, and Inclusion. Skot has worked in International Business and Diversity/Inclusion Management for nearly 20 years and has developed an in-depth knowledge of diversity, inclusion, and workforce development that brings together and maximizes the perfect blend of people and process.
Abby serves at Grace Adventures as the Program Consultant, leading programs, developing new ideas and supporting activities on all three campuses. She has been on staff since 2010 and has lived at a camp since she was 2 years old. Her husband Jonathan works at Grace as the Internship and Activity Sites Manager and they enjoy living on site while raising their 3 camp kids.
Cindy Bultema is the Executive Director of GEMS Girl’s Clubs, the go-to ministry for girls’ spiritual growth. With over 25 years of nonprofit and ministry experience, Cindy is a sought-after women’s speaker, author, and Grief Share expert. Her best-selling Bible studies include Red Hot Faith and Live Full, Walk Free. She loves the Lord, loves life, loves her family, and loves to Celebrate!
Ben Vander Kodde has worked full-time at Grace Adventures in Silver Lake, MI, since 2000 and now serves as Vice President of Advancement. He speaks, trains, facilitates, and coaches on Grace's campus and wherever God leads. He loves to learn from God's Word and share it with others.
Chris Horst is the senior development ambassador at HOPE International, where he employs his passion for advancing initiatives at the intersection of faith and work. He loves to write, having been published in The Denver Post and Christianity Today and co-authored Mission Drift, Rooting for Rivals, and The Gift of Disillusionment with Peter Greer.
Nicholas founded Fleece & Thank You, an innovative 501(c)3 organization that provides psychosocial support and programs to children in the hospital. He also is the Founder and CEO of KindKatch, a personalized video engagement platform for brands who want to capture attention and drive deeper relationships with their audience.
Jonathan works for the Timothy Group. With over a decade of proven fundraising experience and a love for data, Jonathan is blessed to serve nonprofits and help bolster their impact on the community. Jonathan is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds an Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) from Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy.
Kent has worked for over 30 years in the not-for-profit industry. With the founding of Visionworks, Kent has had the joy of serving over 100 faith-based not-for-profits throughout North America. He does executive coaching, board training, and organizational strategic planning. Visionworks has effectively seen organizations and ministries grow faster and fund their causes more effectively.
Helping people discover what’s possible gets Dan Hubka up in the morning. It’s something he’s built his career around over 25+ years in both the for-profit and nonprofit spaces. As Vice President of Partnership and Growth for Money for Ministry, he not only gets to show nonprofits the possibilities of planned giving but also helps them build and execute a plan that inspires their donors to leave a lasting legacy.

Tues, April 11

10:30 AM   Registration
12:00 PM   Lunch
1:30 PM     Welcome/
                    Kick-Off Event
2:30 PM     Seminar A
3:45 PM     Seminar B
5:30 PM     Dinner
7:00 PM     General
                    Session 1
8:15 PM     Networking and

Wed, April 12

7:30 AM     Devotional
8:00 AM     Breakfast
9:30 AM     General Session 2
11:00 AM   Networking
                    Round Tables
12:00 PM   Lunch
1:30 PM     Program Activities                          Exhibitor Booth
4:15 PM     Seminar C
5:30 PM     Dinner
7:00 PM     General Session 3
8:15 PM     Networking and

Thurs, April 13

7:30 AM     Devotional
8:00 AM     Breakfast
9:30 AM     Seminar D
10:30 AM   General
                    Session 4
12:00 PM   Lunch and                     Networking
1:30 PM     Departure

Program Activities
- Trail Rides
- Laser Tag
- Climbing Wall
- Zip Line (weather dependent)
  ...and more!
On-Site Accommodations
The Cabins
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The Retreat Center
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The Lodge
"Our goal is to see your ministry reach new levels of excellence and foster deeper connections with other ministries. We hope this conference will make a real, lasting impact on every ministry that attends!"
- Kevin Newton, Alive on the Lakeshore
"We are excited to join with leaders who are committed to equipping people to impact their world. This conference will allow us to learn together how we can best steward the ministries God has entrusted to us."
- Steve Prudhomme, Grace Adventures

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