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The 2023 Forum Program

“Exposing our Blind Spots”

Listening better to serve better

As ministry caregivers, what are we missing as we seek to link arms to care for pastors and leaders? Even more, who are we missing?

Our two morning sessions will feature a panel of pastors and leaders representing several affinity groups. The interactive format will help us explore the needs of pastors and ministry leaders (and their spouses)  serving diverse communities as we consider how we as CareGivers can learn to better welcome and serve them. We’ll also have the opportunity to go deeper with them in a couple of the afternoon workshops.

We're looking forward to hearing from these panel members:


Luis Mendez
Pastor, Counselor and Coach

Counseling Pastor at Iglesia Gracia sobre Gracia (GSG) in Sunrise, FL


Dawn Damon
Author, Conference Speaker, Pastor and Coach

Church Planter - Tribes Church, a Multi-ethnic work in Grand Rapids, MI


DeVante Hudson
Former youth pastor, pastor and ministry leader in the Atlanta area


Andy Hagen will join us once again to take us deeper into spiritual refreshment and challenge in the evening sessions. One of us, Andy is a pastor, US Army chaplain (retired) and former retreat center director. He encourages pastors locally and internationally. Andy and his wife Nancy live in Florida and are parents of two daughters and five grandchildren.


Returning to lead us in worship is Stephanie Seefeldt. Stephanie loves to lead God's people in congregational worship, using the best of both historic hymnody and modern worship music. For more than 30 years she has worked as a worship leader in mega churches, neighborhood parishes, para-church organizations, and everywhere in between.

As always, there will also be:

Afternoon workshops with practical input and shared learning for many aspects of ministry, led by people a few steps ahead of the rest of us - not experts!

Small groups giving opportunity for prayer and deeper connection.

And, opportunity over meals, between sessions and in free time to network and connect with fellow caregivers. 

This Year's Location

Green Lake Conference Center Green Lake, Wisconsin

Meetings and accommodations will be in modern hotel style rooms in Bauer Lodge with buffet meals just next door in the Kraft Centre.

Find more information on getting there here.


Tentative Schedule

Conference registration is Sunday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. with rooms available after 4 p.m.  Activities begin with dinner 5:00-6:00 p.m. and the first meeting at 7 p.m.  

Departing:  We'll be having our traditional communion time together at the end of the Tuesday night session and end our gathering after breakfast on Wednesday, October 25th.  We do strongly encourage you, however, to stay through breakfast and even linger a bit for a few last conversations before leaving.

Please allow adequate travel time when making any flight arrangements. 

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