2013 Conference

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The CASA Network International Leadership Conference
November 6-8, 2013
First Baptist Church, Dallas, TX


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Download a pdf registration form here. Download an overview of the sessions here.

This bi-annual, international leadership conference will help reset your leadership compass and solidify your resolve to impact the young and master elders in your church, whose influence is desperately needed in our communities. All the who, what, where and hows of ministry to and through 50+ adults depend on finding true north with regard to the magnetic question of WHY.

  • WHY we must rally the whole church around each life stage, and each life stage around the whole church.
  • WHY we must invest in the needs and ministry potential of seasoned adults.
  • WHY we must be better leaders, serving out of humility and strength.
  • WHY our churches flourish when young elders and master elders are fully engaged and empowered to serve.
  • WHY so many leaders are (re)discovering that empowered ministry among adults in life’s second half is vital to all the generations.

The second half of life is different from the first. What is God calling you and those you serve to do today, this year, this season?


Plenary Speakers


james_m_houstonSpecial guest: Dr. James M. Houston, one of the ‘founding fathers’ of Regent College, will be with us Thursday evening.

In 1966, while a University Lecturer at Oxford, James Houston was invited to become the first Principal of Regent College in Vancouver, B.C. Following his term as Principal (1970 – 1978), he was appointed Chancellor (1978 – 1980) as well as Professor of Spiritual Theology. Dr. Houston is co-founder of the C.S. Lewis Institute in Washington, D.C. and still acting as a Senior Fellow. He has published numerous books and articles. His recent books include the Mentored Life (NavPress, 2002), Joyous Exiles (IVP, 2006), and two volumes of Letters of Faith through the Seasons (David C. Cook, 2006, 2007). He is co-author with Dr. Michael Parker of A Vision for the Aging Church: Renewing Ministry for and by Seniors (IVP, 2011).


Richard J. Leider

Richard J. Leider, Founder and Chairman of The Inventure Group

Richard is the author of eight books, including three best sellers, and his work has been translated into 21 languages. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal growth field. Claiming Your Place at the Fire and Something to Live For, have been touted as breakthrough books on “positive aging.” He is a contributing author to many leading edge coaching books, including: Coaching for Leadership, The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Executive Coaching for Results, The Leader of the Future, and The Organization of the Future.

A pioneer in the field of “positive aging,” Richard’s work has received recognition from the Bush Foundation, from which he was awarded a Bush Fellowship. Richard is arguably one of the most in‐demand coaches in the world. For over 30 years he has helped more than 100,000 people from over 50 corporations discover the power and possibility to pursue life’s big question: “What gets you up in the morning?”

Plenary: Why Do You Need to Rediscover Your Purpose?


Michael Comer

Michael Comer, M.B.A.,D.M.

Mike is a Consulting Partner with The Hayes Group International, Inc. His responsibility is for the areas of organizational and team development, leadership assessment and development (executive coaching), and training development and delivery. Mike has over twenty-five years of consulting experience. From 1996 1998, he served on the staff of a 2,500 member church overseeing the staff and management functions. Mike joined the Hayes Group in 2000.

Mike is married with a 13-year old son and lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is a frequently reader of the latest leadership and non-fiction books. He enjoys spending time with his family, international travel, and attempts to play golf. Mike’s newest book (co-authored with Merwyn Hayes) is called Start with Humility – Lessons from America’s Quiet Leaders on How to Build Trust and Inspire Followers and is published by the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.

Plenary: Why Your Motivation Matters | Workshop: Servant Leadership in the Boardroom


Chap Clark

Chap Clark, Ph.D.

Chap is Associate Provost of Regional Campuses and Special Projects and professor of Youth, Family, and Culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and President of Foothill Community Ministries, Inc., the parent organization for the ParenTeen and HURT Seminars.

Chap is also the Senior Editor of YouthWorker Journal, and has served in the church as pastor, the academy as scholar and researcher, and continues to be a leader in organizations such as Young Life and Youth Specialties. Author of the award-winning book, Hurt: Inside the World of Today’s Teenagers, and now Hurt 2.0, he is a highly acclaimed resource for preaching, consulting and speaking/writing on a wide variety of issues that impact how we think, relate, and live in a changing culture. When not at Fuller in Pasadena, Chap and his wife, Dee, live in Gig Harbor, WA and have three children, 31, 27, and 24.

Plenary: Mending the Fragmented Church, the Necessity of Elders



Amy Hanson, Ph.D.

Dr. Amy Hanson is a speaker, writer, and consultant with a passion to help older adults discover a life of Christ-centered meaning and purpose. Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in Bible and Family Ministry from Manhattan Christian College, a Master’s degree in Gerontology from Abilene Christian University, and a Ph.D. in Human Sciences from the University of Nebraska. She teaches several aging courses at the college-level and has conducted research on volunteerism among older adults in the church.

Amy’s experience also includes working with a Christian continuing care retirement community as well as serving on the Speakers Bureau for the Alzheimer’s Association. She has written a number of articles on older adult ministry for Leadership Network, Rev! and Christian Standard and she is the author of the book, Baby Boomers and Beyond:  Tapping the Ministry Talents and Passions of Adults over 50.

Plenary: Living with Courage in the Second Half of Life

Ward Tanneberg

Ward Tanneberg, Ph.D.

Ward is the President/Executive Director of The CASA Network. Ward Tanneberg has given over 50 years to evangelism, youth, college, and pastoral ministry. He became the President/Executive Director of the CASA Network in 2008.

Writer and novelist, Ward speaks extensively at 50+ retreats and leadership events, serves as a coach/mentor to pastors and seminary students, and meets weekly in his home with a group of business and professional leaders.



Telling the Truth is the Bible teaching ministry of Stuart, Jill and Pete Briscoe. Their teaching, which can be heard on the radio and online, applies God’s Word to everyday life: parenting, marriage, work, relationships, money. Telling the Truth will encourage you, challenge you and give you hope.

Stuart & Jill Briscoe

Stuart & Jill Briscoe

Stuart Briscoe known for his logic and wit, has been preaching since he was just 17 years old. Now, edging close to 80 years young, he shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, he continues teaching the Bible on nearly every continent with his wife, Jill, in their roles as ministers-at-large for Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wis. Stuart served as senior pastor of Elmbrook Church for thirty years. Under his leadership the church grew from 300 to 7,000 and numerous sister churches were planted.

Jill Briscoe is an international Bible teacher and author who has been in ministry for over 50 years. She began with a vigorous street ministry to the kids of Liverpool and now travels around the world, often alongside her husband, Stuart, ministering to under-resourced churches. She has authored more than 40 books including devotionals, study guides, poetry and children’s books. Her vivid, relational teaching style touches the emotions and stirs the heart.

Pete Briscoe has a passion for sharing biblical truth, through expositional preaching and outreach, with hurting people. He balances both grace and truth as he teaches on the transforming power of God’s Word. He has served as senior pastor of Bent Tree Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas since 1992, during which the church membership has grown ten-fold. The youngest son of Stuart and Jill Briscoe, Pete joined Telling the Truth as a third voice in 2005.


"The Round Up Band is whoever we can round up at the time..."

“The Round Up Band is whoever we can round up at the time…”

Wednesday evening music by the Texas Round Up Band.

Texas Round Up Band began in the early ‘80s as an old time country/gospel band who played at the First Baptist Church of Dallas’ “Round Up” event every fall. Band members include Jim Gunn on pedal steel guitar, Jerry Halcomb on Bass, Bill Lintner on guitar, Benny Barrett on fiddle, Tim Smith on Drums and Bruce Dunai on harmonica. We play a mixture of Classic Country, Western Swing, and Gospel tunes, and if the occasion fits we may even throw in some old time rock and roll. Drawing from a wide range of musical influences the band mixes elements of Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Ernest Tubb, and favorite old time gospel tunes such as “I am a Pilgrim” and “I’ll Fly Away”. We have played at venues from coast to coast (both coasts of the Trinity River), including churches and brick factories, country clubs and country farms. We enjoy playing at whatever excuse you can think of for puttin‘ on your scootin’ boots, and cowboy hat, and just havin’ fun.

Workshop Topics & Speakers

First Baptist Dallas

First Baptist Dallas

Christian Leadership
Michael Comer | Servant Leadership in the Boardroom
Pete Menconi | Becoming an Intergenerational Leader
Jon Sharpe | Changing the Way Leaders Lead

Intergenerational ministry
David Fraze
Jeff Mattesich | Coaching the Quarterback: How to raise up younger leaders through mentoring relationships.

Spiritual Care and Aging
Missy Buchanan | There’s More to Late Life than Bingo
Dennis Franck | Singleness: the Numbers, Myths, Risks and Gifts
Glenn Havumaki | Hiding in Plain Sight
Dave & Beth Weikel | By His Design: Five touch stones to remember when facing life-changing challenges

Boomer Ministry
Doug Anderson | Maximizing Your True Wealth
Leona Bergstrom | Re-Ignite a Passion. Re-Engage a Generation.
Amy Hanson

How much does it cost?

Aug 1 until registration closes : $329 (individual); $159 (spouse).

Single day Wednesday : $129 (individual); $59 (spouse).
Single day Thursday : $169 (individual); $79 (spouse).
Single day Friday : $59 (individual); $29 (spouse).

All rates include most meals, except Friday’s single day.

Are you a student? Ministry student rate is $159.

Registration opens 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, first session begins at 9:00 a.m. The event comes to a close at 12noon, Friday.

Where should I stay?

The Crowne Plaza Hotel just five blocks from the church will offer a special rate until October 6 (use group code CAS, includes breakfast). Contact the hotel directly to book your stay: 1-877-270-1393.


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