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2019 Winter Leadership Conference


Keynote speaker: Karl Vaters, author of The Grasshopper Myth and Small Church Essentials: Field-Tested Principles for Leading a Healthy Congregation of Under 250. Vaters brings a refreshing message, which sounds like this: If you lead a small congregation, you are not a failure. We’ve had an unhealthy love affair with the idea that bigger is always better. Yes, it’s true that all healthy things grow. But growth is not as simple as counting the number of butts in your seats or bucks in your bank account. Small congregations can be healthy congregations, especially if they do a few essential things well. Join us in Dallas to learn more about these essentials, and equip your entire leadership team with tools to grow a healthy congregation, not just a big one.

After you complete your registration please book directly with Embassy Suites by Hilton Dallas Near the Galleria at 972-364-3640. Tell them you are with the UNION to lock-in our conference hotel room rate of $139 Single/$159 Double per night, which includes full breakfast each day and free in-room WiFi. Make your reservations today! It is an approximately 20 minute ride from the airport; be sure to give your Uber/Lyft driver the correct address: 14021 Noel Road, Dallas, Texas, 75240.


Sunday, January 27

  • 6 - 8 PM: Opening Dinner Reception - Address by UMJC President Rabbi Dr. John Fischer (meal included in registration)

Monday, January 28

  • 8 AM: Shacharit

  • 9 AM - Noon: Plenary Session - The Grasshopper Myth - Karl Vaters & Monique Brumbach

  • Noon - 2 PM: Buffet Luncheon (meal included in registration)

  • 2 - 4 PM: Afternoon Workshops:

    • Brit Milah & Simchat Bat - Rabbi Rich Nichol & Dr. Robert Worthington-Kirsch, MD

    • Preparing Children for B’nai Mitzvah - Ari Waldman & Rabbi Kirk Gliebe

    • Song Sharing Sessions with Messianic Jewish worship leaders

  • 4:30 PM Mincha

Tuesday, January 29

  • 8 AM: Shacharit

  • 9 AM - Noon: Plenary Session - Essentials for Small Congregations - Karl Vaters & Rabbi Russ Resnik

  • Noon - 2 PM: Buffet Luncheon (meal included in registration)

  • 2 - 4 PM: Afternoon Workshops:

    • Weddings & Marriage Counseling - Rabbi Joshua Brumbach & Scott Moore

    • Funerals & Mourning - David Rosenberg

    • Synagogue Security - Dr. Jeffrey Seif

  • 4:30 PM: Closing Session

Wednesday, January 30

  • 9:00 AM - Noon: Steering Committee Meeting

  • Noon - 2:00 PM: Regional Directors & President Meeting (Working Lunch)

  • 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM: Executive Committee Meeting

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Scroll through the slideshow below to enjoy highlights from the July 2018 UNION Conference in Orlando.