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.

Watch a free video from the 2016 Conference: Preston Ulmer/Founder-The Doubters Church!

What people are saying about the conference:

This conference helps you pinpoint the bridled whispers of God-sized dreams 
and ideas lurking in your spirit and then straps a jet pack to them. - Annaliesa Hoesly, Portland, OR

The conference challenged my leadership assumptions, especially what God’s mission could be in my context.  Plus, the connections with other leaders in God’s Church was life changing – just hanging out with them transformed me and my students from Concordia University, Ann Arbor. -John Rathje, Dean of Students

The encouragement you will experience and the connections you make with other sacramental entrepreneurs is something you won't find at any other conference. -Matt Peeples, Lead Pastor of The Point Knoxville, TN

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

Ben Hoyer

Ben Hoyer

Executive Director at Downtown CREDO

Preston Ulmer

Preston Ulmer

Lead Pastor of The Doubters' Church in Denver, CO

Close Becca Stevens

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

Tige Culbertson is the Founding Pastor of Restoration Fellowship, and the Administrative Pastor of Messiah in Midland, MI. He is active in the recovery community, engaged in his own recovery, and serves on the Board of Directors for Ten16 Recovery Network. He is currently pursuing his Doctorate In Transformational Leadership with a focus on the relationship between faith and recovery. Purely by the intervention of God, he is married to his wife, Sara, and is father to his daughter, Faith. His passion is to reveal the hope, healing, and growth that God provides to those who are ready and willing to change.

Close Latasha Morrison

Latasha Morrison

Founder of Be the Bridge

Latasha is an abolitionist, a bridge-builder, engager and a leading voice in the fight against human trafficking. Having worked with youth and serving as a Children’s & Next Gen Director, she has developed an untamed passion for social justice issues across the globe! She is a native of North Carolina were she attended East Carolina University, and completed a Masters in Business from Liberty University. She now lives in Austin, TX were she is on staff at Gateway Church and leads the Be The Bridge community which exists to inspire the Church to have a distinctive and transformative response to racial division. The Be The Bridge mission includes equipping bridge builders with resources, vision and skills for Racial Unity.

Close Richard Beck

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.

Close Debbie Ellinger

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.

Close Ben Hoyer

Ben Hoyer

Executive Director at Downtown CREDO

Ben leads The Cross Orlando. It's a church he helped plant in 2010. They're a tight knit colony of the Kingdom aimed at embracing the Gospel and being good neighbors. Ben also leads Downtown CREDO it's a social enterprise focused on cultivating networks of people living with meaning, impact and community. He married Megan in 2003 and is better for it. Together they have three wonderful children who completely love growing up in Orlando.

Close Preston Ulmer

Preston Ulmer

Lead Pastor of The Doubters' Church in Denver, CO

Preston Ulmer is an author, speaker, pastor, and founder of The Doubter’s Club- a multi-site, city focused gathering that encourages unbelievers, and believers, to think together about the things that matter. The idea is championed by pairing atheists and Christians to lead these discussions with communities that doubt, but want to know what truth is. 


Out of this ministry, Preston has pioneered a Christ centered faith community called, “The Doubters Church.” A place where people bring their uncertainties to an unchanging God by worshipping God with all their hearts and minds. All his experience and education has converged in helping the thinker believe, and the believer to think. He often challenges the traditional approach to ministry, as an attempt to breakdown unnecessary barriers to the gospel.

When Preston is not in coffee shops, you can find him at home with his family in Denver, CO where he lives with his wife, Lisa, and their two daughters- Piper and Brennan. 

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

Coming Soon!

Bill Woolsey

Bill Woolsey

Founding Leader & Executive Director of FiveTwo

Stranger God: Welcoming Jesus in Disguise 9:57 AM

Stranger God: Welcoming Jesus in Disguise

God, the Bible tells us, comes to us in strangers. But as we see everyday in the news, the strangeness of strangers makes it difficult to welcome them into our nation, neighborhoods and faith communities. Richard Beck's presentation "Stranger God" will give Christian entrepreneurs the tools they need to equip and lead faith communities who are passionate about extending the hospitality of the kingdom of God.

Richard Beck

Richard Beck

Associate Professor of Psychology, Abilene Christian University

Addicted to Healing 10:48 AM

Addicted to Healing

Restoration Fellowship was born out of the heart of a pastor whom no one else wanted, and reaches families and individuals whom no one else loves. Bringing the love of Christ into the darkness of addiction, Restoration Fellowship brings hope, healing, and growth to families impacted by addiction. Connecting faith to recovery principles, Restoration Fellowship has grown into the largest weekly gathering of people in recovery in the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Tige Culbertson

Tige Culbertson

Founding Pastor of Restoration Fellowship

Lunch 11:13 AM

Lunch

More information coming soon!

Workshop: Oxygen Stories 12:49 PM

Workshop: Oxygen Stories

Coming Soon!

Workshop: Stoking the Fire - All Things Staff (Hiring and Managing Your First Staff Members) 12:49 PM

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

Coming Soon!

Workshop: Multiplying The Fire -  Self-Aware: How to understand and lead yourself (Passions, style, calendaring, etc.) 12:49 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 2:04 PM

Workshop: Oxygen Stories

Coming Soon!

Workshop: Stoking the Fire - All Things Marketing & Communication (Annual plan, social media, digital…) 2:04 PM

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

Coming Soon!

Workshop: Multiplying The Fire -  Community-Aware: How to understand your customer...and serve them 2:04 PM

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

Coming Soon!

Workshop: Oxygen Stories 3:19 PM

Workshop: Oxygen Stories

Coming soon!

Workshop: Stoking the Fire: All Things Financial (donative/earned and bookkeeping) 3:19 PM

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

Coming Soon!

Workshop: Multiplying The Fire -  Future-Aware: Finding & Developing Future Leaders (Leadership development) 3:19 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

The Story of Downtown Credo 4:43 PM

The Story of Downtown Credo

Frustrated with life, Ben Hoyer decided to quit thinking about what job he should to do and starting thinking about the person he wanted to become. As Ben persuaded serving his community as his life focus, a google search for answers to the question, ‘how to serve your community’, led him to the door of a non-profit. This interaction fueled Ben into taking massive action and creating Downtown Credo in Orlando, a pay as you wish coffee house which funds local outreach and engagement.

Ben Hoyer

Ben Hoyer

Executive Director at Downtown CREDO

Love is Good Business 5:10 PM

Love is Good Business

In her presentation Becca will inspire the audience with the story of how Thistle Farms, that started out serving five women in Nashville, TN, became the largest social enterprise of its kind in the United States with now more than 20 Global partnerships. Thistle Farms believes that love heals every body and that love is the most powerful force for change in the world. Join her and some of the survivor leaders of Thistle Farms as you learn from their story and live out your mission in the world.

Becca Stevens

Becca Stevens

Founder and President of Thistle Farms

Meet-Ups 8:00 PM

Meet-Ups

Coming Soon!

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

You will experience intimate worship with the FiveTwo House Band.

FiveTwo House Band

FiveTwo House Band

The Bridge to Racial Unity 8:47 AM

The Bridge to Racial Unity

Be the Bridge was birthed after founder, Latasha Morrison realized that the reason we have such division [in the church and elsewhere] is because people are not in relationship with one another. We’re not in proximity. When you don’t have friendships, you assume things about people who are different than you culturally. You won’t have empathy, because you don’t know anyone who looks like that, or anyone that worships that way, or anyone that dresses that way.

Be the Bridge exists solely to see the Church and its people become a credible witness for the glory of God. Latasha Morrison leads Be the Bridge with the desire to embody John 17, where Jesus prayed that we would be one as He and the Father are one. Our unity is a witness that points people to Christ. Racial division and segregation have hindered the prayer that Jesus prayed for all believers. Be the Bridge desires to create space and conversations that would begin to tear down racial barriers that have divided people – even God’s people. This is only the first step, and while these conversations may make us uncomfortable, they cause us to live out God’s love of truth, diversity, justice and reconciliation.

Latasha Morrison

Latasha Morrison

Founder of Be the Bridge

The Story of Elli’s House 313 9:40 AM

The Story of Elli’s House 313

During her time as a police officer, Debbie Ellinger saw the realities of the street.  The horrors that can await young women who are lost, and the need to share Jesus' love with them.  Debbie listened to the call God placed in her and created Elli's House 313.
Elli's House 313 helps young girls who have been caught in the slavery of the sex trafficking industry.

Debbie found that starting new is a challenge in itself, but starting new in a ministry as difficult as human trafficking, brings new sets of challenges and you will get the opportunity to hear how God has continued to navigate the team of Elli’s House 313 through those challenges.

 Debbie and her team meet these girls where they are, wherever they are, with the love of Jesus.  "I continue to be amazed at how our God works. He uses people like me, broken and sinful, to do His work. My sin and brokenness may be different than the girls we minister too, but the fact remains that we are all broken in some way."

Debbie Ellinger

Debbie Ellinger

Executive Director of Elli's House

Benefit of the Doubt 10:29 AM

Benefit of the Doubt

Should we encourage certainty-seeking faith? Or is the goal to help people commit in the face of uncertainty? Preston is convinced that if those far away from Christ are to respond to him, the season of “I’ll tell you what to think” must come to an end. In it’s place is the relevant, age-old method of Jesus. A way that says, “I’ll think with you, and let’s pursue truth together.”

Preston Ulmer

Preston Ulmer

Lead Pastor of The Doubters' Church in Denver, CO

Keynote 10:55 AM

Keynote

Coming Soon!

Closing Statements 11:45 AM

Closing Statements

Coming Soon!

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

May 16th: $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 O2. 

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.

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

Register

sign up today!