Kingdom Work isn’t just for students. Ministry isn’t just for pastors. All believers are called to use their abilities for the Gospel’s sake. Good news, everything you have overflows with potential – your day job included. Join the team at CIY for a one-day conference for church leaders and business leaders. CIY wants to give you a chance to discuss what’s possible through your church when business and church leaders work together. Intentional conversations over coffee or tacos, inspirational speakers who live out their ideas, and next steps that make sense – that’s just the start of the WRKR Gathering. All of these things, all of us, coming together to help you do Kingdom Work at work.
Thursday, October 20, 2022
The Record on the historic Bentonville Square in Bentonville, AR
Get the party started on Wednesday night at Top Golf in Rogers, AR. Hit some golf balls, share a meal, and hear Bill Clark (former CEO, Louisville Slugger) and Jason Epperson (CU Church) discuss leadership lessons from the corporate and church worlds. Dinner, leadership workshop, and Top Golf are included for an additional $50 per person. This experience is made possible in partnership with the Ozark Christian College School of Graduate Studies.
More speakers to be named later.
Eric Epperson is CIY’s Vice President of Story. For over 15 years, he has helped CIY create moments that call young people to Kingdom Work. Eric holds a BA from Ozark Christian College and a Master of Arts from the University of Oklahoma. He has studied writing and improvisational comedy at the Second City in Chicago and is the co-founder and owner of Siblings Improv, where he performs regularly and leads corporate trainings on collaboration and teamwork. He currently lives on Route 66 with his wife and two daughters.
Nona Jones is a rare combination of preacher, business executive, author, and entrepreneur. In her day job she serves as the Director of North America Community Partnerships and Global Faith Partnerships at Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook. She is the bestselling author of two books; Success from the Inside Out, chronicling her unlikely story of success after a childhood filled with physical and sexual abuse, and From Social Media to Social Ministry, the globally acclaimed guide to digital discipleship for churches.
Since being licensed into the gospel ministry at the age of 17, Nona has preached around the world. As a business executive and entrepreneur, she has been profiled by ESSENCE Magazine as an “Under 40 Woman to Watch” and Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida’s “30-Something All Stars.” She holds a Bachelor in Communications and Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida where she has been recognized as an Outstanding Young Alumnus and she has completed graduate studies at the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation.
She is the Founder of Faith & Prejudice, a social justice organization that is convening, equipping, and mobilizing local churches across North America to build bridges to racial equity. She is a graduate of Leadership Florida and the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a joint initiative of President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. Her civic engagement includes The Links, Incorporated, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the University of Florida Digital Advisory Council and the Salvation Army Western Territorial Advisory Board.
She and her husband, Pastor Tim, lead Open Door Church in Gainesville, FL and are the proud parents of two boys, Timothy, Jr. and Isaac, and one girl, Goldendoodle Shiloh.
Dr. Michael Brown is the Founder, Lead Coach, and Chief Consultant of DMB Coaching.
Over the past two decades through national leadership as a management consultant, life coach, motivational speaker, and organizational architect, Michael has engaged tens of thousands of clients in exploring their purposes, relationships, and directions, with special emphasis on developing in each of the Twelve Dimensions ® of Life. Recently, he released his 125th episode of Three Words, a podcast which provides fresh insights each week on making each choice count and every moment matter.
Michael travels extensively regionally and nationally – sharing with business leaders, association executives, higher education professionals, faith communities, and collegiate and professional athletes his practical wisdom on transformational leadership, the nature of high-powered teams, interpersonal conflict resolution, life management, health and wellness, dynamic relationships, spiritual struggle, emotional intelligence, marriage enrichment, grace-based parenting, and reimagining and redesigning organizations to thrive during turbulent times.
Having studied journalism [B.A.] and political science at Ohio University; counseling and communication [M.Min] at Moody Theological Seminary in Chicago; and higher education administration [Ph.D.] at Bowling Green State University, Dr. Brown is the author of the Twenty-One Father-Son Conversations about Love, Dating, Marriage, and Sexuality. His next book, The Marble Mindset, is expected to be released in early 2023.
As an advisor to Former NFL Quarterback Paul McDonald, as well as curriculum writer and performance coach with their mutual venture called GameChange, Dr. Brown invests much of his time and energy in helping athletes and their coaches interpret and implement sports lessons into creating and cultivating extraordinary lives. Interestingly, Michael is also known for his work as a Wal-Mart television personality for the Midwest with the production of 24 commercials, filmed in small-town Wal-Mart stores throughout Ohio.
Michael has a passion for leading the charge with his wife (Teresa) of 30 years, four sons, five daughters, and two grandsons to be a force of positive change within society. The Brown Family has served as a household for dozens of foster children over the past two decades and were selected as the 2008 Family of the Year for Bowling Green, Ohio. Michael’s personal hobbies include rigorous exercise, people watching, and peanut butter.
Michael is a New Testament Professor at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. In 2003 he married Beth (who also serves as a Professor at Ozark) and together they enjoy two children who do and say hilarious things on a regular basis – Claire (born May 2010) and Carson (April 2013). He loves books, sports, coffee, Legos, the Lakers, the Cardinals, hanging out with Beth, and helping people see Jesus clearly.
Travis currently oversees the social media team at The Washington Post as its lead editor. During his five years at The Post, he has taken the newsroom's flagship Instagram account from 600 thousand followers to nearly 6 million and founded its Instagram team, which has grown to eight people. Before The Post, Travis worked at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk and Business Insider in New York. During the summer of 2013, Travis was an intern at CIY, and in 2014, he returned to lead a team during events across the country.
Pastors and professionals. We’re creating an experience that brings church leaders and business leaders in their church together. We will focus on how your church can mobilize people in the workplace.
Yes, but keep in mind, we’ll talk a lot about the local church – it's kinda our thing.
That’s right! Here's the deal, when adults catch the call to Kingdom Work, they’re better at discipling young people. This experience will help your church align your mission and language around Kingdom Work.
If you have a job and a desire to do Kingdom Work, this event is for you.
$125 per attendee. The total fee is due when registering. Registrations are non-refundable but are transferable within groups.
Lunch is not provided as a part of your registration but the venue is located within walking distance of many restaurants.
In the early ’60s, a man named Sam Walton opened up a five-and-dime store in Bentonville, AR. Northwest Arkansas, and the way the world shops, would never be the same. Sixty years later, Northwest Arkansas is a business and tech hub, combining small-town charm with global commerce. The Record, the WRKR Gathering venue, sits around the corner from Sam Walton’s first store and is surrounded by coffee shops, Instagram-worthy dining, and inspiring spaces to connect.
Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas Hotel
3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway
Rogers, AR 72758
To reserve your room click here and use code "C WRK" at checkout.
In partnership with Schuber Mitchell Homes