2016 Fuller Center Conference Schedule

Friday, April 29 at First United Methodist Church, Americus GA

1 p.m.
Opening remarks by Fuller Center President David Snell

1:30 p.m.
Resource development: An in-depth discussion of strategies for raising the funds that make our work possible.

2:30 p.m.
Half-hour break and networking opportunity

3 p.m. (Choose from two sessions)
Board Beginnings (for new covenant partners): How to set up committees, policies, roles and responsibilities
Board revitalization (for established partners): How to light a fire under your board members and motivate them to take active roles in the ministry

4 p.m.
A mini-session with quick glances at three programs — U.S. Builders, Global Builders & the Bike Adventure — and how they can enhance your local ministry.

5 p.m.
Social time at Koinonia Farm, birthplace of Habitat for Humanity and The Fuller Center for Housing

6 p.m.
Linda Fuller 75th birthday dinner and celebration at Koinonia Farm. This event is the finale of the celebration of our co-founder’s 75th birthday. Don’t miss it!


Saturday, April 30 at First United Methodist Church, Americus GA

8 a.m.
Continental breakfast at First United Methodist Church

8:30 a.m.

9 a.m.
Finance-Dollars and $ense-Financial compliance and policies for covenant partners . Opportunity to apply for matching grants for accounting software and other technology needs.

10 a.m.
Half-hour break and networking opportunity

10:30 a.m. (Choose from two sessions)
So you want to build a house? Construction expert Tim DuBois will talk about the most important standards and details when it comes to new house construction and renovation.
Visual storytelling: This is a visual society, and folks regrettably just don’t read as much as they used to. We’ll look at best practices behind the effective visual communication of videos and photos.

11:30 a.m.

Fuller Center Around the World: This is annually one of the most exciting parts of our conference as President David Snell and Director of International Field Operations Ryan Iafigliola highlight the work of our international covenant partners. And this year internationally will be like none other. Come check out the record-breaking progress!

12:30 p.m.
Half-hour break and networking opportunity

1 p.m. (Choose from two sessions)
Elevate your family selection and partnering: Finding partner families sounds easy enough, but for your local ministry to thrive, you need to partner with the right families. We’ll take a close look at the elements you should consider when selecting your family partners.
Volunteer recruitment and hosting: Volunteers make our work more effective. We’ll take a look at how covenant partners effectively recruit help and tips for hosting volunteer teams.

2 p.m.
Half-hour break and networking opportunity

2:30 p.m. (Choose from two sessions)
Lien on me:
Learn about the structure of repayments and mortgage compliance
Engaging the church: One of the most important partners in our work is the church. We’ll take a look at some success stories of our partners working with churches and offer tips and resources for engaging your local faith community.

3:30 p.m.
Grant readiness: Learn where to look for grant opportunities and how to make sure that your covenant partner is a prime candidate to receive grants.

4:30 p.m.
Closing session with President David Snell

6 p.m.
Dinner at First United Methodist Church