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Charting the Course for Your Family Business
May 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
“He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.” – Psalm 107: 29-30
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED!
More than a dozen real, relevant talks, including:
- Wisdom, Character, Work, Wealth – What did Solomon learn and what must we never forget?
- Helping Visionaries Count The Cost
- Money 101: Real Basic Relevant Skills for young people
- Own a Job or Own a Business – what’s the difference?
- Grow Your Business – the power of your brand
- The Serial Entrepreneur – how to have more than 1 successful business
- Mentorship – involve your children: why and how?
- Business Exit Strategies – how to finish well
Many sessions in Q&A format
Fantastic pricing on resources from AME and Generations
May 11, 2019 from 9am to 4pm
Located at the Reformation Church in Elizabeth, Colorado.
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About the Speakers
Mike Cheney has been in the real estate business since 1977 as a broker, owner, manager, investor and consultant on residential, multi-family and commercial projects for individuals, corporations, trusts, and institutional investors. These days he operates his own firm from his home in Centennial, CO. Mike serves as Director of the AME program and has been with Christian Home Educators of Colorado (CHEC) and Generations in various positions since 2002.
As a bi-vocational pastor and filmmaker, Joseph is passionate about advancing the Kingdom of Christ through discipleship, pastoral ministry, and the creative avenues of writing, filmmaking, storytelling, and art. Joseph is currently a pastor at Living Water Fellowship in Denver Colorado as well as a director and producer with Thorn Crown Films.
Joseph and his wife, Stacie, have worked together on multiple film projects with the goal of being fully supported by creative projects in order to be free to serve in ministry at home and abroad. Their film projects include Indescribable (2013), The Amish and the Reformation (2017), Breaking the Silence: My Amish Story (2018), as well as multiple music videos and mission promos.
Before becoming a pastor, Joseph traveled throughout the US and Mexico as a gospel chalk art evangelist. During those years he gained valuable experience in storytelling and learned much about the effectiveness of audio/visual presentations in communicating truth. He also discovered the need for quality promotional film projects to inform supporting churches about the mission. In 2013, Joseph and Stacie spent three weeks in Peru filming a promo for the Christian School of the Andes and the mission work of Gary and Amelia Tebbe.
All of these opportunities and projects have provided fertile soil to contemplate what it means to both seek first the Kingdom and to be a good steward of the resources that God entrusts to His people. Today, Joseph is more convinced than ever that God has called him to be both a pastor and a business man, an artist and an accountant, and a visionary with a firm understanding of the bottom line.
Shari Howard McMinn is a mother to 11 children through marriage, birth, and adoption. An adoption, homeschooling, and nurtured childhood advocate, she is also a farmwife, homemaker, and ardent community volunteer. McMinn was widowed unexpectedly in June of 2013 with 5 minor children still at home. As a working, single parent, she has established a vibrant second season of life which includes working part-time for a Christian non-profit organization. She also writes non-fiction, edits professionally, and speaks publicly on a variety of topics related to stable families and safe communities.
McMinn teaches from years of “mom experience”, recounting with wit and candor the testing of her Christian faith through countless trials, including the sudden death of an infant daughter and the murder of a young adult daughter. Through the dark chapters of her life, each time she has moved forward from merely surviving to abundantly thriving by choosing joy and thankfulness over bitterness and despair.
Her published books include, STRETCHED YET UNBROKEN: A Family Knit Together Continues Their Legacy of Faith; ADOPTION: Encouragement and Advice for a Hopeful Journey, and MAKE A MEAL + SHARE A MEAL: An Easy Cookbook for Large Batch Family Meals with Leftovers to Freeze or Share with Those in Need. She is currently writing the manuscript for her fourth book, DEATH: WHERE IS THY STING? Preparation for and Recovery from the Loss of Our Loved Ones.
Zane McMinn has been involved with several small ventures over the past 10 years and has worked every job from building barbed wire fences, to sorting 4,000 lbs of mozzarella cheese per hour, to creating brand identities, to loading semi-trucks on night shift. A jack of all trades, he wants to encourage would-be entrepreneurs to take calculated risks, gain valuable skills, and do whatever it takes to put food on the table. Listeners will appreciate his practical advice when it comes to family businesses, being realistic about financial outlook, and building the kingdom of God instead of our own.
He will be fielding questions about starting and finishing business ventures, setting up real targets so you know if you are succeeding or you need to pivot to something else, knowing when you just have too much on your plate for another great idea, and keeping the sanity of your family in focus – but nudging them to adventure!
Don Nelson has been involved in real estate since 2003. Over the course of the last decade he has built and managed a successful residential sales team and garnered key relationships allowing for investment in new ventures. Currently he runs a “fix-n-flip” business, wholesales distressed properties, and coaches budding investors. He is training his oldest son to help in the business and hopes to carry on a family vision of entrepreneurship and independence from the culture. He and his wife Tricia have two home-schooled boys.
Chad was homeschooled in Colorado his entire life and feels overwhelmingly blessed by the strong foundation his parents and mentors gave him early in life. He is passionate about encouraging and supporting families in discipling their children in the Christian faith. Graduating at age 16, Chad went on to pursue legal education and started several businesses. Now in his 30’s, he now owns numerous companies in the investment, financial, and real estate industries. Chad is married to his beautiful wife Becky – another homeschool graduate – and together they have 4 children.
Bill Roach has served as President of Christian Home Educators of Colorado for almost 20 years. He moved to Colorado in 1991 and started an Insurance Agency from scratch without knowing anyone but his wife’s family. God blessed his endeavors and he still runs the same Farmers Insurance Agency these 28 years later. Bill has used his agency as a platform to train his sons and other young men in business and enjoys the flexibility the business affords him to serve in non-profit organizations and his church. He, along with his wife Shalyn, are very much enjoying their 5 children and 9 grandchildren and are blessed to work and live close to most of them. To God be the glory!
Ian Serff oversees marketing and design for the AME Program, a ministry partner of CHEC. He is the founder, president, and creative director of the design firm Serff Creative Group, Inc., where he creates company branding and advertising needs for a wide variety of clientele across the nation. Ian works from home as he and wife, Stephanie, share the vision of keeping Christ at the center in their homeschooling, raising their seven children, and running businesses. With several adopted children, they’ve enjoyed the blessing of being home together within a supportive and loving environment.
Homeschooled himself in the 1960’s and 70’s, Kevin Swanson and his wife, Brenda, are now homeschooling their five children. Kevin has 43 years of experience in the homeschooling movement; he served as executive director for CHEC for 10 years before becoming the director of Generations (an affiliate of CHEC) – a ministry he founded to strengthen homeschool families around the country. Kevin’s passion is to strengthen and encourage the homeschooling movement all over the world. Kevin hosts a daily radio program – Generations Radio – available at GenerationsRadio.com. He has also authored several popular books including Freedom, Apostate, Upgrade: 10 Secrets to the Best Education for Your Child, and others. Kevin Swanson also serves as a teaching elder at Reformation Church of Elizabeth.
Steven Vaughan has been married to his wife Jennifer for 33 years. They have six children ranging in age from 28 to 13 whom they have homeschooled from the beginning. Volunteer for CHEC since 2004, he has served in various positions including Workshops Chair and CHEC Board Member. Steven owned and operated a nursing business for 20 years, which he sold this year. Currently he coaches LOGOS Speech and Debate, serves on the Stoa national debate committee, and co-hosts Generations Radio. Steven is a speaker, teacher, caterer, coffee roaster, wine maker, musician, actor, and has been known to teach line dancing on occasion.
Wisdom, Character, Work, Wealth (part 1) – Kevin Swanson
Mentorship: Involve your children – why and how – Bill Roach and Chad Roach
- A) The Serial Entrepreneur – how to have more than 1 successful endeavor – Steve Vaughan, Don Nelson, Mike Cheney, Shari McMinn
- B) Grow Your Business – the power of your brand – Ian Serff
Business Lunch Real Estate: what’s true and what’s not – Mike Cheney, Don Nelson, Chad Roach
- A) Business Exit Strategies – persevere and finish well – Steve Vaughan, Shari McMinn, Zane McMinn
- B) Helping Visionaries Count The Cost – Joseph Graber
- A) Money 101: Earn, Give, Save, Spend – Mike Cheney
- B) Wives assisting Husbands in the Family Economy – Shari McMinn
Wisdom, Character, Work, Wealth (part 2) – Kevin Swanson
Reformation Church of Elizabeth