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Join Us for SATtalks Oct 19-20

Kansas City

2016 SATtalks Speakers – More Info to Come…

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P_HissomPhil Hissom – Founder & President | Polis Institute | Orlando, FL

An asset-based approach to community development; doing things with the community not for them.

Polis_Institute_Logo2Phil spent his early career designing solutions to complex social problems around environmental issues.   He also hails from a ministry family that has been laboring with the poor for four generations in Charleston, West Virginia.  Using his back ground in research and design along with a healthy understanding of poverty he decided to turn his attention to addressing concentrated poverty, homelessness, and other affronts to human dignity.

After receiving a Master of Divinity degree in 2008 he founded the POLIS Institute in order to improve the quality of life within Orlando’s 100 most distressed neighborhoods.  Working both with leaders outside the neighborhood who want to make a difference as well as those in the neighborhood he is able to add a valuable perspective and champion the importance of human dignity through an inclusive process.   In past and present projects Polis Institute proudly partners with world-class organizations like: Winter Park Health Foundation, Florida Hospital, the University of Virginia, Bags Inc., LIFT Orlando, and the Heart of Florida United Way to identify core problems, discover solutions, and create sustainable programs that work.  Click here to learn more about Polis Institute

Lynette Fields2Lynette Fields – Executive Director of Missions | St Luke’s United Methodist Church | Orlando, FL

Suburban churches working with urban communities to create lasting change one neighborhood at a time!

 For 20 years Lynette has served as Executive Director of Missions for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando, Florida.  Over the course of her career she has worked across a wide range of ages and needs from youth ministry to elder care, from disaster relief to service to the immigrant community.  She received her B.A. in theology from the University of Evansville and Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan.

For the past 5 years Lynette has led St Luke’s (a 4,600-member church) through a fundamental shift in the way they do missions. As a church they are walking alongside the residents of East Winter Garden helping them remove obstacles of poverty in order to create a thriving community together. The focus of the work is a combination of asset-based community development, family stabilization, economic development, and improving educational opportunities. It is a model of community development built on long-term commitments, the dignity of reciprocal relationships and the art of working together.  Her and her son, Jonathan, live in Winter Garden where you can often find them riding their bikes and simply being an everyday part of the community they seek to serve.  Click here to learn more about St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Missions

TB_Pic (2)Tom Bassford – Founder & President | Significant Matters & SATtalks | Olathe, KS

Equipping churches to move their mission’s work beyond “helping that hurts” to sustainable transformation.

 SM Logo 210-100Tom is the founder and President of Significant Matters, a nonprofit organization working with churches, faith-based groups, community stakeholders and philanthropic organizations to tackle complex societal issues in sustainable ways.   Before founding Significant Matters, he pastored for over 30 years and has been involved in the work of church missions both locally and internationally for over 40 years.

In 2014, under his leadership, Significant Matters lunched SATtalks, a TED talk type of gathering and video website to explore and demonstrate ways to create sustainable transformation through church missions.  They also launched the Missions 3.0 Network for churches wanting to move their mission work beyond “helping that hurts.”  SATtalks and Missions 3.0 exists to accelerate the learning curve for the church around sustainable approaches to missions and connect those early pioneers trying to make it happen.  Click here to learn more about Significant Matters

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