Program details for 2020 will be posted here as they develop.


Looking back, here are some details from the 2019 Forum:


In morning sessions, Denny Howard of Full Strength Ministries drew on more than two decades of counseling and coaching ministry leaders to help us understand strong emotions.  He led us in exploring strategies and tools applicable in our own lives, as well as those we are helping.  .

Denny HowardDenny HowardLMFT, LMHC, LCSW, ACCA, is the Director of Counseling and Coaching for Full Strength Network.  He has served as director of the Vitality Care Institute since 2001 providing a wide range of proactive and restorative coaching/counseling services for those who serve in people-influencing vocations, such as non-profit and ministry leaders. He is a state licensed clinician in mental health, a marriage/family therapist and a certified addictions counselor.  He is an ordained minister and a graduate of George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, Oregon.  Denny is also the creator of the Livstyle Visual Personality Assessments (  Denny and his wife Debbie reside in Fort Wayne, Indiana and have three adult children.


Andy Hagen challenged us in the evening sessions to "follow the rivers" upstream and downstream in experiencing emotional peace in our everyday lives.

Andy Hagen is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute, University of Northern Iowa, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and American Technological University, with degrees in theology, history and counseling. He served as a pastor, is a retired US Army chaplain, and the last 11 years of active ministry was Program Director of Cedarly Pastors Retreat, along with his wife, Nancy. They have two married adult daughters and five grandchildren. Andy and Nancy live in Delafield, Wisconsin.

Once again, Elizabeth Stewart led us in worship, accompanied on violin by Eliza Johnson.

Elizabeth is the worship leader for GraceLife Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. She holds a B.A. in music from Hunter College, New York. She serves as the Artistic Director for Ken Boa’s Reflections Ministries and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Biblical and Theological Studies through Dallas Theological Seminary. She is a classically trained pianist, song writer, music instructor, wife, and mother to her two young sons, William and John.

 Eliza Johnson graduated from the SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, and holds music performance degrees from the University of South Carolina and Arizona State University. She currently performs with Opera Carolina and Rock Hill Symphony. Eliza and her husband live in Charlotte, NC with their daughter, Annie.


 Workshop topics, tapping the experience and expertise of fellow caregivers, included:

  • In the Beginning: Principles for Starting and Running a Ministry
  • Pathways to Keep you Sharp - Ecclesiastes 10:10
  • Marketing and Branding your Ministry
  • Choosing Peace in Contentious Conversations
  • The Millennials are Coming! Time for shutdown or succession?
  • Gleaning Best Practices for Retreat Ministry: What Do You Do When . . . ?