About O2

let's start something new!

FiveTwo

About the Conference

The  O2 conference is an annual gathering of a strong, supportive community of Christian entrepreneurs passionate about reaching those who do not know Jesus.

At O2 you’ll make powerful connections that will spark new ideas and generate new momentum. The conference  will stoke the fire that God has sparked inside of you, pouring fuel on your vision and propelling you forward. You’ll access the explosive combination of high-level strategy and rubber-meets-the-road tools—so you can apply it tomorrow.  At O2 you will be inspired, and receive the know-how and the support you need to start new to reach new for Jesus.

Register for the O2 conference today - Every fire needs oxygen.

Speakers

learn from and celebrate with these leaders!

Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens

Founder and President of Thistle Farms

Tige Culbertson

Tige Culbertson

Founding Pastor of Restoration Fellowship

Latasha Morrison

Latasha Morrison

Founder of Be the Bridge

Richard Beck

Richard Beck

Associate Professor of Psychology, Abilene Christian University

Debbie Ellinger

Debbie Ellinger

Executive Director of Elli's House

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Becca Stevens

Founder and President of Thistle Farms

BECCA STEVENS is many things…an Episcopal priest, author, speaker, social entrepreneur, founder and President of Thistle Farms, the largest social enterprise in the US run by survivors. She has been featured in the New York Times, on ABC World News, NPR, PBS, and CNN.

In 2011, the White House named Becca a “Champion of Change” for her work against domestic violence. She was featured in the PBS documentary, “A Path Appears,” named Humanitarian of the Year by the Small Business Council of America as well as the TJ Martell Foundation, inducted into the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame and is a Top 10 2016 CNN Hero. She has been conferred honorary doctorates from The University of the South, Sewanee and General Theological Seminary, New York.

When Becca speaks the listener is struck by her earnest, empathetic delivery infused with her personality. Her message is honest and she offers groups a way to move from fear and cynicism into inspired action.

She regularly keynotes at national events, business gatherings, morning worship in churches as well as universities and colleges across the country inspiring young adults to live into their ideals. She is an international voice for the growing global movement for women's freedom and a fervently hopeful and determinedly loving champion for the marginalized.

She lives in Nashville, TN where she serves as an Episcopal priest and lives with her Grammy-winning songwriter husband and three sons.

Close Tige Culbertson

Tige Culbertson

Founding Pastor of Restoration Fellowship

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Latasha Morrison

Founder of Be the Bridge

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Richard Beck

Associate Professor of Psychology, Abilene Christian University

Richard Beck is an author, speaker, blogger and Professor of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. Beyond his books--Unclean, The Authenticity of Faith, The Slavery of Death, and Reviving Old Scratch--Richard's published psychological research has investigated the psychology of profanity, Christian judgments of art, attachment to God and "Winter Christianity." Every Monday Richard leads a bible study for fifty inmates at the maximum security French-Robertson unit. And Monday-Friday on his popular blog Experimental Theology Richard will spend enormous amounts of time writing about the theology of Johnny Cash, the demonology of Scooby-Doo or his latest bible class on monsters.

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Debbie Ellinger

Executive Director of Elli's House

Debbie Ellinger is a graduate of Ferris State University, with a Bachelor Degree in criminal justice. After graduating, she became a police officer, where she investigated sex crimes against children. Currently, Debbie is the Executive Director of Elli's House, a shelter for runaway, homeless, sex trafficked girls, ages 11 to 17, and the city of Detroit. She is also the program coordinator for Gifts for all God’s Children, a non-profit that serves at risk families in Detroit year round. In addition, Debbie is the director of the Connecting Kids to Christ Center at East Bethlehem church. As a native Detroiter, Debbie has always had a passion for serving the city.  In her spare time she's a wife and mom to four amazing children.

Schedule

here are the details!

Spark!  (Pre-Conference Training) 1:00 PM

Spark! (Pre-Conference Training)

Begin your conference with a Spark! Attend one of our pre-conference training classes taught by industry leaders. You will gain the knowledge you need to strengthen your start-up and get the most from your conference experience.

Pre-conference is available to attendees as an add-on to your O2 Conference ticket.  Click here to learn more about Spark!

O2 Welcome Party 5:30 PM

O2 Welcome Party

Coming Soon!

For all O2 Attendees

Bagels and Check-In 7:30 AM

Bagels and Check-In

Kick off the day with bagels and networking before a full day of sessions

Opening Worship 8:30 AM

Opening Worship

You will experience intimate worship with the FiveTwo House Band.

FiveTwo House Band

FiveTwo House Band

Keynote 9:02 AM

Keynote

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Bill Woolsey

Bill Woolsey

Founding Leader & Executive Director of FiveTwo

Keynote 10:48 AM

Keynote

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Lunch 11:16 AM

Lunch

More information coming soon!

Workshop: Oxygen Stories 12:46 PM

Workshop: Oxygen Stories

Coming Soon!

Workshop: Stoking the Fire - All Things Staff (Hiring and Managing Your First Staff Members) 12:46 PM

Workshop: Stoking the Fire - All Things Staff (Hiring and Managing Your First Staff Members)

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Workshop: Multiplying The Fire -  Self-Aware: How to understand and lead yourself (Passions, style, calendaring, etc.) 12:46 PM

Workshop: Multiplying The Fire - Self-Aware: How to understand and lead yourself (Passions, style, calendaring, etc.)

Coming Soon!

About Michelle Thompson:
Michelle Thompson is known as a catalyst for change who is passionate about improving personal and organizational effectives. She believes in helping people bring the best of who they are to what they do best.
Michelle has twenty years of ministry experience in roles from Next Generation Leadership to the Executive Director for a multi-site ministry. She then served as a Training Manager in the oil and gas industry before returning to the non-profit sector as the Executive Director of Leadership Development for the Greater Houston YMCA Association. Michelle also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Townsend Institute for Counseling and Leadership out of Concordia University Irvine.

Michelle Thompson

Michelle Thompson

Executive Director of Leadership Development, YMCA of Greater Houston

Workshop: Oxygen Stories 2:06 PM

Workshop: Oxygen Stories

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Workshop: Stoking the Fire - All Things Marketing & Communication (Annual plan, social media, digital…) 2:06 PM

Workshop: Stoking the Fire - All Things Marketing & Communication (Annual plan, social media, digital…)

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Workshop: Multiplying The Fire -  Community-Aware: How to understand your customer...and serve them 2:06 PM

Workshop: Multiplying The Fire - Community-Aware: How to understand your customer...and serve them

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Workshop: Oxygen Stories 3:26 PM

Workshop: Oxygen Stories

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Workshop: Stoking the Fire: All Things Financial (donative/earned and bookkeeping) 3:26 PM

Workshop: Stoking the Fire: All Things Financial (donative/earned and bookkeeping)

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Workshop: Multiplying The Fire -  Future-Aware: Finding & Developing Future Leaders (Leadership development) 3:26 PM

Workshop: Multiplying The Fire - Future-Aware: Finding & Developing Future Leaders (Leadership development)

The purpose of this workshop is to provide attendees with a model of leadership development for use in their ministries.   Ministry leaders work with folks who, as members of the body of Christ, possess a whole variety of gifts and talents.   Finding, growing and using those gifts and talents in ministry requires an intentional discernment process based on Bible study, prayer, and testing.  Out of this discernment, the first stage of leadership development occurs—identification.   The next stages of leadership development are based on a time-tested model used in higher education and can be modified for any size ministry.  These components include education, modeling, practice and feedback.   At the end of the workshop participants will have an appreciation of the process and resources necessary for a leadership development program.

About Dr. Tom Cedel:

Dr. Cedel is President Emeritus of Concordia University Texas and Co-Director of the Thrivent Fellows Program. Prior to this he was the president of Concordia University Texas in Austin, TX from 2002 to 2014. His Ph.D. is in biology from the University of Pittsburgh and he was a postdoctoral fellow in biophysics at Carnegie-Mellon University. Dr. Cedel is also a retired Air Force colonel and was a fighter pilot, having flown the F-4, A-7 and F-16 aircraft. He commanded a fighter squadron and was vice commander of a fighter wing. During his career he was assigned overseas in Pakistan, Japan, Korea, Europe and the Middle East.

Dr. Tom Cedel

Dr. Tom Cedel

President Emeritus, Concordia University Texas

Keynote 4:43 PM

Keynote

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Keynote 5:10 PM

Keynote

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Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens

Founder and President of Thistle Farms

Meet-Ups 8:00 PM

Meet-Ups

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Bagels & Networking 7:30 AM

Bagels & Networking

Kick off the day with bagels and networking before the day's sessions

Opening Music 8:30 AM

Opening Music

Coming Soon!

Keynote 8:47 AM

Keynote

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Keynote 9:40 AM

Keynote

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Keynote 10:29 AM

Keynote

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Keynote 10:55 AM

Keynote

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Closing Statements 11:45 AM

Closing Statements

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Bill Woolsey

Bill Woolsey

Founding Leader & Executive Director of FiveTwo

Fire (Post Conference Training) 12:45 PM

Fire (Post Conference Training)

Take the next step in building your fire. Learn what to do with the knowledge and inspiration you received during O2 while gaining the support you need to make it happen. Join us to find out how to become part of the StartNew Incubator and find the StartNew Jesus has placed in you. With your registration, you will receive lunch, Bill Woolsey’s book Seven Steps to Start and a discount on our sought after assessment tool.

Post-conference is available to attendees as an add-on to your O2 Conference ticket.  Click here to learn more about Fire!

WHAT TO EXPECT

all the details you need to make your plan!

Hands-On Workshops

Hands-On Workshops

In these sessions you will receive take-aways from experts that you can apply to your start-up long after the conference wraps.

Inspiring Keynotes

Inspiring Keynotes

We have put together a line-up of speakers who are full of inspiration. These leaders will share their stories and what they've learned in their process of starting new ventures.


3 Days in the Heart of Texas

3 Days in the Heart of Texas

Hosted at Bethany Lutheran Church in Austin, one of the most entrepreneurial cities in the US. Austin has vibrant entertainment and culture, inspiring cuisine and stunning outdoor settings, so make sure to check out some of the must-see's here.

Music

Music

You will experience intimate worship with the O2 House Band.

Cost

Cost

April 1st : $170

May 8th: $189

July 15th: $209

Late Registration (starting September 1st): $229

Last Minute Registration (starting September 15th): $249

Group rates are available, too, so click here to register or for more information.

Start Here

Start Here

If you’re interested in finding out more about FiveTwo, the O2 Conference is a great place to start. You’ll learn about our whole network, including resources and training.

Event Venue Bethany Lutheran Church

3701 W. Slaughter Lane, Austin, TX 78749

FAQ

General Questions and Answers!

Who should attend this conference?

Men and women who have a desire to start new to reach new people for Jesus - from church planters to lay leaders; CEOs of kingdom businesses to non-profit volunteers. If you have a sacramental faith and entrepreneurial mind, we want to see you at FiveTwo National.

Will there be different learning tracks, like previous years?

Yes! We have found experts in operation and leadership who have spent time out in the field to share with you knowledge you can start applying tomorrow in your start-up.

Is there a discount for groups?

Yes, groups of 5 or more receive $20 off per ticket.

Where should I stay?

We have arrange special O2 pricing at these local hotels: 

Courtyard Austin South

SpringHill Suites Austin South

We are continuing to work with area hotels to get you great pricing during the conference check back, soon, for an updated list!

What is Spark! and Fire?

Spark! and Fire are excellent opportunities to enhance your experience at O2. 

Click these links for more information: 

Spark! (Pre-Conference Training)

Fire (Post Conference Training)

How do I become an O2 Partner?

Our partners are vital to the success and affordability of O2. Your support directly contributes to the launching of more sacramental start-ups that pursue God’s lost people.   For more information on how to become an O2 Partner, click here. 

Partners

Thanks to our 2016 Sponsors! Contact us to become a 2017 Sponsor!

Texas District LCMS
T2C2
Dwelling 1:14
Pastoral Leadership Institute
Crossway
Buzzsprout
Cross-Cultural Ministry Center
Lutheran Foundation of Texas
Mission Training Center
Lutheran Hour Ministries
King of Kings Church
St. John Lutheran Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Trinity Lutheran Church
Concorida University Texas
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Thrivent Financial

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