march 2020

07mar8:00 am4:00 pmTogether Conference 20208:00 am - 4:00 pm Mount Paran Church, 2055 Mount Paran Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

Event Details


The Together Conference is open to all special needs ministry leaders, children’s and youth pastors/directors, church staff, volunteers, and parents. Jillian Palmiotto and the Mount Paran Family Ministry will be sharing tips to help you start or improve your church’s special needs ministry. The event will be held on Saturday, March 7th, from 8:15 am – 4:00 pm. Registration is required and seating is limited, so register today!

Saturday, March 7, 2020
8:15am – 4:00pm
Mount Paran Church

Early Bird Registration:
$40 – March 9 – October 31, 2019
Regular Registration:
$65 – November 1 – February 22, 2020

Registration is required.

Special Needs related vendors will be present.


8:15 am – 9:00 am | Check-in and Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:00 am | Worship and Main Session
10:15 am – 11:15 am | Breakout Session 1
11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Breakout Session 2
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Lunch
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Breakout Session 3
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm | Breakout Session 4

Breakout Sessions:

Session 1:
Jillian Palmiotto – Getting Started and Vision Planning
Dr. Steve Grcevich – Overcoming Challenges to Spiritual Growth in Children and Teens with ADHD
Dr. Stephen “Doc” Hunsley – Learning Strategies for Students with a Scenario-Based Approach
Ryan Wolfe – The Pathway from Isolation to Embrace
Lynn Wilkerson – Practical Steps for Starting a Special Needs Ministry
Stephen Taylor – Is Your Faith Community Accessible?
Heather Barnes and Wendy McKinnon – Creating Community for Special Needs Parents
Elizabeth Newman – Supporting the Parents of a Special Needs Child
Hunter Brown – Learning Inclusion from the Early Church
Dr. Richard LaFleur and Sterling Porter – The Importance of Ministering to Dads of Kids with Special Needs

Session 2:
Parent Panel – Understanding a Parent’s Perspective
Joy Motter – Recruiting and Retaining Volunteers
Dr. Stephen “Doc” Hunsley – Getting Senior Leadership on Board
Ken Chatham, Raissa Kubandi, and Wes Lutes – Inclusion in Youth Ministry from a Youth Pastor’s Perspective
Dr. Lamar Hardwick – Why Every Church Needs a Special Needs Ministry
Cristiane Wang, Stephanie James, and Emily Saum – Inclusion in Children’s Ministry from a Children’s Pastor’s Perspective
Stephen Wang and Samantha Palmiotto – Marketing in Special Needs Ministry
Becky Davidson – Strategically Coming Alongside Special Needs Families
Darla Hill – Beyond Sunday
Austin Brooks – Inclusion for Overnight Camps and Retreats

Session 3:
Stephen Culver and Kent Wright – Behavior Management 2.0
Dr. Steve Grcevich – Including Students with Common Mental Health Conditions at Church
Stephanie James – Training Your Volunteer Team
Ryan Wolfe – Launching an IndispensABLE Church
Dr. Lamar Hardwick – Pastoral Care of Special Needs Families
Jillian Palmiotto – Creating a Leadership Team
Christine Pierce – Events for Every Person
Amberle Brown – Pools of Bethesda: Seeking Out People with Disabilities in Your Community
Hailey Polsen – Strategies for Working with Teens with Disabilities
Stacy Georges – The Importance of Respite Care

Session 4:
Stephen Culver and Kent Wright – Behavior Management 2.0
Joy Motter – Spiritually Leading Your Volunteers
Dr. Stephen “Doc” Hunsley – Volunteers: The Lifeblood of the Ministry
Ryan Wolfe – Curriculum for Teens and Adults
Wes Lutes – Managing Your Volunteer Team
Sharon Weatherspoon, Kelly Bramlett, and Stephanie Barber – How to Create Inclusive Environments at Church
Kristen Oddi – Strategies for Working with Kids with Autism
Katie Matthews – Supporting Students with the Budget You Have
Shaney Washington – Same Journey, Different Path
Monec Johnson – The Accessible Gospel




(Saturday) 8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Mount Paran Church

2055 Mount Paran Road NW, Atlanta, GA 30327


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