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Breakout Sessions

Saturday Breakout Sessions

Saturday's conference will include four Breakout Sessions (two morning, two afternoon), during which participants can hear and learn from speakers and presenters who are serving and leading in areas of focus that are critical to Building Thriving Churches and Building Thriving Communities.

Building Thriving Churches

Breakout Sessions I and II:  Larry Osborne will lead a 2-part discussion focused on the leadership concepts he presents in his books Sticky Church and Sticky Leaders during the morning Breakout Sessions in the Main Auditorium. While the second session will build on and continue the themes of the first, attendees hoping to "expand their toolbox" for church and ministry leadership will benefit from participating in either or both sessions.

Session I: "Why Some Teams Win and Most Don't"

Session II: "The Sticky Church Paradigm"

Breakout Session III:  Sean Sears, Lead Pastor of Grace Church, will present "Neighboring: Reaching Your (Actual) Neighbors" during the first afternoon session. Location: Main Auditorium

Breakout Session IV:  Steve Macchia, Founder and President of Leadership Transformations, Inc. will present the final Building Thriving Churches Breakout Session, which will focus on assessing and improving Church Health in areas such as evangelism, discipleship, leadership and stewardship. Location: Main Auditorium


Building Thriving Communities

Three Building Thriving Communities topics will be presented during each of the four Breakout Sessions (2 morning, 2 afternoon). Click on the toggle bars below to explore each session's scheduled topics. 

Breakout Session I

TOPICS

(Note: Additional information and details for each topic will be added as speakers, panelists and organizations are confirmed, so check back often!)

Food Insecurity A panel discussion about the day-to-day challenges for Cape Cod's low-income citizens as they seek to consistently provide wholesome and nutritious meals for their families, and the efforts that Thrive churches are making to assist them. Location: Kids Town Theater

Panelists:

Panelist Info:

  • Steve Hawley has pastored Faith Assembly of God in Hyannis for the past 11 years. Faith Assembly hosts Faith Family Kitchen, which provides hot, nutritious meals three times a week for those dealing with food insecurity. Faith Assembly hosts Project Bread as well, which supplies lunches to anyone under 18 years of age through the summer months. Pastor Steve is also a board member of the Cape Cod Council of Churches.

  • David Johnson has served as Senior Pastor at Grace Church in East Dennis for the last 16 years and is the co-founder of Cape Kid Meals, which supplies "weekend meals" (food bags with 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches plus snacks) to Cape Cod children who are on the free breakfast/lunch program at their school. Prior to serving at Grace, Pastor Johnson was the Development Director for The Integra Venture, a Christian economic development NGO serving Central and South America.  A Massachusetts native, he also served for 13 years as the College, Young Adult and Singles minister at Grace Chapel Lexington.

  • Jim Gunn - Reverend, Anglican Church of the Resurrection, Brewster


Child Abuse - Staff from Children's Cove (The Cape and Islands Child Advocacy Center) will present an overview of the child abuse issue on Cape Cod, including the services and support available at Children's Cove and ways the community can participate in the conversation about child sexual abuse. Additionally, they'll discuss ways that local churches and faith-based organizations have and can partner with Children's Cove to provide support and assistance in addressing child abuse and supporting its victims on Cape Cod. Location: Upper Classroom

Presenter Info:

  • Jacob Stapledon is the Community Education and Outreach Coordinator at Children’s Cove, providing training and education on child abuse to law enforcement, emergency medical services, schools, colleges, other agencies and the Cape and Islands community as a whole. Jacob is a native Cape Codder who has worked in a variety of mental health and education roles with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. He believes that prevention education is the key to combating child sexual abuse, and that early intervention and care after abuse can make strong and resilient adults out of victims.

  • Melanie Sachs is the Family Advocate at Children’s Cove; as such, she supports each family in navigating the complex systems they enter when a child makes a disclosure of abuse - helping them understand the process and their rights as well as how to access resources to assist them. Melanie is a New Hampshire native who moved to Cape Cod in 2015 to pursue her “dream job” at Children’s Cove. She's worked in various victim advocacy roles with individuals of all ages. Helping children and families find their voice following an incident of abuse and advocating for survivors alongside families is her calling.  


Immigration - a panel discussion about the opportunities and challenges presented with increasing numbers of immigrants arriving on Cape Cod, focusing primarily on the question of how we (as individuals and churches) can share the love of Christ in practical and helpful ways with those who are new to the Cape and to our nation. Location: The LOFT

Panelists:

  • Linda Shaw - First Baptist Church of Hyannis
  • Jonathan Singer - Pastor, First Baptist Church of Hyannis
  • George Wright - First Baptist Church of Hyannis
  • Karen Arce Guinn - Americorps Legal Advocate

Panelist Info:

  • Rev. Dr. Linda Shaw, M.Ed. is a retired pastor on the Cape. She is helping First Baptist Church in Hyannis discover and use her gifts for the good of local immigrants and refugees. Linda has spent most of her life in Western Massachusetts serving as pastor and chaplain. She is presently, Interfaith Chaplain at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Sandwich.

  • Jonathan Singer began his pastoral career in the Midwest, first in Indiana and then Ohio. God brought Jonathan and his family to FBC Hyannis in 2012, where his greatest desire is to help his congregation grow into all that God has called them to. Jonathan was born in Minnesota and educated at Bethel College, Princeton Seminary, and Bethel Seminary; he and his wife Sara have two boys, Noah and Jeremiah. His passions are baseball, reading, and movies, and he loves to sing and to listen to good music; although these usually don’t occur at the same time.

  • George Wright is the poster boy for the term “lay person." Not a title that he sought, but one that he fell into by being in the right place at the right time. After getting the missions “bug" from serving on four trips to the Dominican Republic, he decided to focus on volunteer work on the Cape. This decision found him donating time in local food pantries, and eventually led to his involvement with the Cape Cod immigrant community helping those navigating the immigration process. If an actual “lay person” poster existed (with his likeness) the caption at the bottom would read “If I can do it, anyone can do it!”


Breakout Session II

TOPICS

(Note: Additional information and details for each topic will be added as speakers, panelists and organizations are confirmed, so check back often!)

Human Trafficking - A panel discussion offering insight into the extent of the human trafficking issue in New England, including Cape Cod, and ways in which the church can be involved to recognize and assist HT victims here. Location: The LOFT

Moderator: Charles Galda - Executive Director, Evangelistic Assn. of New England

Panelists:

  • Stephanie Clark - Executive Director, Amirah New England
  • Peter DiMarzio - New England Victim Assistance Coordinator, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
  • Katie Parache - Sexual Assault Investigator, Barnstable Police Department
  • Jacob Stapledon - Outreach Coordinator, Children's Cove

Panelist Info:

  • Stephanie Clark is a writer, speaker, activist, advocate, and Executive Director of Amirah, Inc. Knowing of the evil of sex trafficking since she was a child, Stephanie has pursued a calling of serving survivors of sexual exploitation. Amirah New England has made its mark in the anti-trafficking movement as a leader in aftercare; the whole-person care approach is taught to organizations throughout the region. Her first book, Letters to an Activist: Discovering Hope in the Pursuit of Social Change, will be published in the spring of 2019. Stephanie lives in the North Shore of Boston with her husband, Dave, and two daughters.

  • Peter DiMarzio has over 30 years of experience in serving victims of violence. He is assigned to the Human Trafficking and Cybercrimes Units of HSI and works closely with Federal, State, and local Law Enforcement and DAs to ensure victims needs are met. Prior to joining Homeland Security Investigations, Peter worked for the US Coast Guard as the Employee Assistance Coordinator, assisting victims of sexual assault, workplace violence and those experiencing suicidal ideation. He holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and is a veteran of the US Air Force.

  • Katie Parache is a nine-year veteran of the Barnstable Police Department currently assigned to patrol. She serves as a field training officer, sexual assault investigator, and is a Crisis Negotiator for the Cape Cod Regional SWAT team. Officer Parache has worked on investigations involving human trafficking and through partnership with other agencies, both law enforcement and civilian, works to help victims of human trafficking.

  • Jacob Stapledon is the Community Education and Outreach Coordinator at Children’s Cove, providing training and education on child abuse to law enforcement, emergency medical services, schools, colleges, other agencies and the Cape and Islands community as a whole. Jacob is a native Cape Codder who has worked in a variety of mental health and education roles with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. He believes that prevention education is the key to combating child sexual abuse, and that early intervention and care after abuse can make strong and resilient adults out of victims.


Foster Care - A panel discussion presenting the scope of need for foster care homes and programs on Cape Cod, and other opportunities for individuals and churches to assist foster kids and families. Location: Kids Town Theater

Panelists:

  • Sonja Deceus Dubuisson - Family Resource Recruiter, MA Department of Children and Families
  • Glenn and Anne English - Foster Parents, Cape Cod Church
  • Mike and Carla Tirrell - Founding Directors, Cape Cod Ambassadors for Royal Family Kids Foster Camps

Panelist Info:

  • Sonja Deceus Dubuisson is a Family Resource Recruiter with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF).

  • Glenn and Anne English have been fostering children - both short-term and long-term - since 1995, and in that time have given more than 50 children a safe home. They are currently fostering 2 children - a 15 year-old who's been with them for 3 years and a 15 month-old baby whom they've had for a year. They have 3 children, of their own, including two that they adopted out of foster care, and they are in the process of adopting the baby girl that is with them now.

  • Michael Tirrell currently serves as Chair of the Psychology Department at Stonehill College. Carla Tirrell spent thirty years serving teens as a Youth Pastor and High School Chaplain. Inspired by the Thrive Conference, together they co-direct Cape Cod Ambassadors, a not-for-profit organization formed to provide Royal Family Kids summer camps and mentoring clubs to Cape Cod's foster children. 

Domestic Violence - A representative from Independence House will speak on the prevalence of domestic violence on Cape Cod and offer specific ways the church can be involved in IH's mission to address and prevent domestic and sexual violence. Location: Upper Classroom

Presenter Info - Chris Morin is the Director of Prevention, Education and Outreach at Independence House, the only comprehensive community-based organization on Cape Cod providing free and confidential specialized services and widespread programs for children (ages 5+), teens, adults and the later-in-life community who are survivors of, or impacted by domestic or sexual violence. 

Breakout Session III

TOPICS

(Note: Additional information and details for each topic will be added as speakers, panelists and organizations are confirmed, so check back often!)

Human Trafficking - A panel discussion offering insight into the extent of the human trafficking issue in New England, including Cape Cod, and ways in which the church can be involved to recognize and assist HT victims here. Location: The LOFT

Moderator:  Charles Galda, Executive Director, Evangelistic Assn. of New England

Panelists:

  • Stephanie Clark - Executive Director, Amirah New England
  • Peter DiMarzio - New England Victim Assistance Coordinator, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
  • Katie Parache - Sexual Assault Investigator, Barnstable Police Department
  • Jacob Stapledon - Education and Outreach Coordinator, Children's Cove

Panelist Info:

  • Stephanie Clark is a writer, speaker, activist, advocate, and Executive Director of Amirah, Inc. Knowing of the evil of sex trafficking since she was a child, Stephanie has pursued a calling of serving survivors of sexual exploitation. Amirah New England has made its mark in the anti-trafficking movement as a leader in aftercare; the whole-person care approach is taught to organizations throughout the region. Her first book, Letters to an Activist: Discovering Hope in the Pursuit of Social Change, will be published in the spring of 2019. Stephanie lives in the North Shore of Boston with her husband, Dave, and two daughters.

  • Peter DiMarzio has over 30 years of experience in serving victims of violence. He is assigned to the Human Trafficking and Cybercrimes Units of HSI and works closely with Federal, State, and local Law Enforcement and DAs to ensure victims needs are met. Prior to joining Homeland Security Investigations, Peter worked for the US Coast Guard as the Employee Assistance Coordinator, assisting victims of sexual assault, workplace violence and those experiencing suicidal ideation. He holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and is a veteran of the US Air Force.

  • Katie Parache is a nine-year veteran of the Barnstable Police Department currently assigned to patrol. She serves as a field training officer, sexual assault investigator, and is a Crisis Negotiator for the Cape Cod Regional SWAT team. Officer Parache has worked on investigations involving human trafficking and through partnership with other agencies, both law enforcement and civilian, works to help victims of human trafficking.

  • Jacob Stapledon is the Community Education and Outreach Coordinator at Children’s Cove, providing training and education on child abuse to law enforcement, emergency medical services, schools, colleges, other agencies and the Cape and Islands community as a whole. Jacob is a native Cape Codder who has worked in a variety of mental health and education roles with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. He believes that prevention education is the key to combating child sexual abuse, and that early intervention and care after abuse can make strong and resilient adults out of victims.


Housing and Homelessness - Representatives from Habitat for Humanity Cape Cod will present Habitat's mission and projects on Cape Cod, church-Habitat partnerships, and how individuals and churches can assist their mission to provide low-cost housing to Cape families. Location: Kids Town Theater

Presenter Info

  • Wendy Cullinan is the Director of Resource Development for Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod. She is also the staff liaison to Habitat’s very busy Faith Relations Committee and has worked closely with the committee on several successful Habitat home sponsorship campaigns. Prior to Habitat, Wendy worked as a consultant, raising funds for several Cape Cod non-profits, however, she considers working to help families secure an affordable home here on Cape Cod her most important work.

  • Beth Wade serves as the Land Acquisition and Permitting Manager for Habitat Cape Cod. She a Cape Cod native, a graduate of Cape Cod Community College and Emmanuel College, and holds Real Estate Broker Licenses in Maine and Massachusetts. Beth is a passionate advocate for Affordable Housing and Economic Development on the Cape and has taken an active role with a number of local non-profit organizations, including Friends of Chatham Affordable Housing, the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and the CDP.  


A Baby Center - The Executive Director of A Baby Center in Hyannis, a ministry of The Cape Cod Council of Churches, will present ABC's ministry and mission and discuss the growing need for assistance to single moms and families with young children on Cape Cod. Location: Upper Classroom

Presenter Info:  

  • Robin Hayward has been the Director of A Baby Center, 'the Cape and Islands Diaper Bank," for 3 years. She is a champion for children and families, actively creating and finding funding for programming for Cape and Islands families who qualify for services. Robin is an active speaker and advocate statewide and nationally, championing support for the needs of young families with infants and children. She is a member of Osterville Baptist Church.

  • Kelly Lerch is the Program Director for A Baby Center. Joining the team at A Baby Center just a month ago after 9 years of serving as her church administrator, Kelly loves helping others. After participating in an international mission trip last year, she followed her heart’s prompting to transition into the local “mission field” to help and serve those in need in the local community. 

Breakout Session IV

TOPICS

(Note: Additional information and details for each topic will be added as speakers, panelists and organizations are confirmed, so check back often!)

Addiction - The Director of Bloom - A Place for Girls will discuss their critical mission to assist teenage girls struggling with emotional, abuse and/or addiction issues - and how the church can help in recognizing, serving, and rehabilitating troubled girls. Location: The LOFT

Presenter Info:  Tori Ferrari has been working with troubled young people and their families for over twenty years. Responsible for overseeing all operations at Bloom, Tori strives to provide a program of excellence and the greatest opportunity for students to discover and grow in their faith. She holds a Master's Degree in Christian Counseling and a doctorate in Biblical Studies and Biblical Counseling, and is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. She's been married for almost 30 years to her husband Davide and has two grown sons, Alfonso and Robert.


Senior Care - Representatives from the Alzheimer's Family Support Center of Cape Cod will discuss the prevalence of Alzheimer's Disease on Cape Cod, the challenges to families caring for Alzheimer's patients, and how the church can be involved in that support and care.  Location: Kids Town Theater

Presenter Info:

  • Melanie Braverman is an author and co-founder of the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center of Cape Cod, where she also serves as Cultural Director. Now in its fifth year, the AFSC is a non-profit organization started by caregivers to provide free services to individuals, families and caregivers living with dementia-related illnesses.  AFSC provides free supportive services to families and individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementia-related diseases on Cape Cod.

  • Pat Bertschy is the Outreach Coordinator and advocate for the Alzheimer’s Family Support Center. When Pat’s husband Bob was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2014, AFSC provided Pat and Bob a community of people who understood Alzheimer’s and helped them live as well as they could with the changes and frustrations caused by the disease.  Pat's goal in working with the Center is to bring awareness of the support available to the 10,000+ families, caregivers and individuals on the Cape who are living with dementia-related illnesses.


Housing and Homelessness - The CEO of Housing Assistance Corporation will present the findings of their new report: "Housing on Cape Cod; The High Cost of Doing Nothing" and discuss opportunities for churches and individuals to be involved in addressing the need for affordable housing on the Cape. Location: Upper Classroom

Presenter Info:  Alissa Galazzi is the Chief Executive Officer of Housing Assistance Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a two-fold mission: to deliver affordable housing and services to meet the needs of the Cape Cod community, and to engage in responsible economic development that generates jobs, stabilizes housing and strengthens the community. Prior to becoming HAC's second CEO, Alissa served as CEO of Gosnold of Cape Cod and before that as the Executive Director of Alzheimer's Services of Cape Cod and the Islands.