Meeting Highlights



Friday, February 28th at 9am

Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi, the Director of the United Church of Christ's Center for Analytics, Research, and Data, and  2013 Nollau Leadership Institute faculty member will speak on the value of intergenerational diversity in the nonprofit setting.  Her talk is titled: "The Future Belongs to All of Us: Possibilities for Intergenerational Organizations."  Drawing wisdom from a variety of sources, this presentation will offer reflections and insights on generational differences--truths, myths, and everything in between. Common characteristics of the four generations that currently exist in the workplace--Traditionalists, Boomers, Generation Xers, and Millennials--will be discussed, in addition to ways of building on the strengths of each generation and possibilities for organizations that are intentional about nurturing intergenerational cultures. 

Rev. Lizardy-Hajbi's keynote will be followed by a moderated panel discussion on the value and challenges of working in an intergenerational ministry.  On the panel will be our keynoter, Mike Brennan CEO of Every Child's Hopes, and Tara Bethell VP of Human Resources and Risk Management at Beatitudes Campus.

Saturday, March 1st at 9am

Nancy Beard, President and CEO of United Church Homes and Services Foundation, will present on the future of development for nonprofits.  In an addressed title "Look to the Future and Become Energized About Fund Development", Nancy asks that people come ready for an interactive experience.  Don't come to this session with a "ho hum" attitude that someone else can do fund development. Plan to attend and get excited about your role in raising funding and awareness for a non-profit organization.   Never again will you say that you are going to "hit" someone up for a gift--you will look to the future and offer opportunities for people to become part of your worthy organization. 


Friday, February 28th at 1pm and 3pm

Three workshops will be presented at this year's Annual Meeting, each offered twice to give people a chance to go to two.  The hope is for people to delve further into the topic of focusing on the future possibilities of being a faith-based nonprofit.  Each workshop will be 90 minutes in length and offered in a format eager for dialogue

From One Generation to Another: Mentoring Gen X'ers and Millenials presented by Rev. Kristina Lizardy-Hajbi

Millennials and those belonging to Generation X possess some distinctly different characteristics, but are also similar in many ways. This session will engage leaders in taking a closer look at these two younger generations and will consider best practices and strategies for intergenerational mentoring within leaders' own organizations. Participants are encouraged to bring their own experiences and ideas to this session, as there will be ample time for discussion and generative brainstorming.

Planned Giving Simplified presented by Nancy Beard

A lively and fun training where Planned Giving or Legacy Giving will no longer be a mystery.  The presenter will show documented proof of how this SIMPLE method will work for any organization.   Attend this session and learn how to get started forming an organization and starting with simple conversations.  You will learn how to include all donors in your legacy program--- don't just wait for the chosen few!  You will walk away from the training with a customized twelve month for starting a program or moving your program forward.  You will also take home a newly found confidence that you can joyfully share with others the reasons to Leave a Legacy.


Thursday, February 27th at 4pm

The first worship experience will open the Annual Meeting on Thursday afternoon.  Led by Rev. Bryan Sickbert, President and CEO of CHHSM, we will celebrate our time together and turn our focus to the bright future ahead.  The worship service will include the Sacrament of Communion, open to all who wish to partake

Saturday, March 1st at 4pm

The closing worship service will take place at the Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix.  Our worship leader will be Rev. Peggy Roberts, Senior VP of Spiritual Life at Beatitudes Campus.  We will have musical leadership from the Church of the Beatitudes choir.  The service will be one of celebration and joy! 


Saturday, March 1st at 10:30am

Back by request, the registrants of the Annual Meeting will be self-divided into groups of similar positions and interest.  For example, there will be a group made up of those who work in senior services, another for youth and family services, etc.  Conversation will be stimulated not only by the keynote presentations and workshops but also by several Springboard Questions.  


Thursday, February 27 at 1:30 p.m.

As part of their year-long leadership formation journey together, members of the Nollau Institute Class of 2014 will be participating fully in the 76th Annual Meeting.  The class will meet on Thursday, February 27 at 1:30 p.m. for a class session.  At 2:00 p.m., consecrated DIakonal Ministers -- graduates of CHHSM's former leadership formation programs, the Transformational Leadership Program (TLP) and the Faith-Based Leadership institute (FBLI), as well as graduates of the Nollau Institute Class of 2013 -- are invited to participate in "speed dating," an opportunity to mutually share servant leadership experiences.  This speedy but meaningful conversation is back by "popular demand."  


CHHSM Pool-Party Friday, February 28th at 5pm

During previous years, the Friday night meal has been 'on your own.'  This year, in a effort to continue our fun times together as a group, an optional pool party with cash and carry food options will be offered.  We will gather around the resort's main pool.  Come to enjoy a relaxed time with your old and new friends, soak up the sun, and enjoy the provided entertainment

Closing Dinner Saturday, March 1st at 6pm

Our closing dinner will be a celebration of all we have accomplished during the Annual Meeting and a spring-board into the future of faith-based nonprofit ministry.  No stuffy hotel conference rooms for this dinner!  Instead we will gather at the resort's 'Cook-Out Corral', be treated to fun food in a casual atmosphere, and conclude our meeting with lots of fun.  Not to be missed!