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Welcome Friends!

We are delighted you can join us for the 2021 Life Model Family Gathering! You may notice that we have changed the name of our annual gathering this year. Our team felt a new name was in order. We are all longing to connect with our Life Model Family following one of the most difficult seasons of our lives.

We are unified and excited about the future. We have been dreaming, seeking wisdom and listening to Immanuel, our God with us, and to each other. We have been building on the foundation of the fifty-year legacy of Shepherd’s House. We have exciting new plans to share with you this week. Most of all, we long to see you!

  • What are our hopes for our time together this week?
  • We desire to hear from Immanuel together!
  • We are going to share joy with each other!
  • We anticipate many stories of lives, relationships, and churches where relational joy is happening, fear bonds are lessening, peace is spreading, and generosity is growing.
  • We will explore what “FULL HEART-WHOLE BRAIN” means.

We are thankful to have been able to honor the lifelong work of our friend, Kitty Wilder. How deeply we all miss her! Her role cannot be overstated. She was a wonderful wife, mother, pastor, mentor, teacher, and model for us all. Kitty showed us how to live and suffer well.
I was reminded this week that it has been a year for me as your executive director. What a year it has been! The most impactful event for me was a word from the Lord last Fall. My course was set when He said: “I am working in you this year, and we are positioning Life Model Words for the future.” My wife, Deborah and I have been growing our joy capacity while we completed Track 3 of Thrive Training, a study of The Pandora Problem, a Life Model Study Group, and much more. What a journey of joy together with all of you.

We are so grateful for you. On behalf of our team,

Life model Family Gathering Schedule

September 15-17, 2021 | Rock of KC Church, Kansas City, MO

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • 2:00 – 4:00 PM Pre-registration at hotel
  • 5:30 – 7:00 PM Registration at Rock of KC Church
  • 6:00 PM  Bookstore Open
  • 7:00 PM Open & Welcome, Worship, Testimony, Ray Woolridge & Life Model Practitioners Panel
  • 8:30 – 9:00 PM Closing Prayer & Bookstore Open

Thursday September 16, 2021 

  • 8:30 AM Late Registration at Rock of KC Church & Bookstore Open   
  • 9:00 AM Opening Session   
  • 9:30 AM  Dr. Jim Wilder, “Women and Christianity” 
  • 10:45 AM  Break   
  • 11:00 AM  Michel Hendricks, “Ups and Downs of Getting the Life Model into your church”  
  • 11:50 AM Intro to Breakout Sessions & Lunch Break
  • 2:00 PM  Breakout Sessions   
  • 4:00 PM Break & Bookstore Open 
  • 4:15 PM Joy Building, Michael Sullivant
  • 4:45 PM Dinner Break (Book Store Closed at 4:45)   
  • 7:00 PM  Worship 
  • 7:20 PM  Table Discussions, “Women, Attachment and The Church”, Margaret Webb, Amy Brown, Rhonda Morgan, Shari Ausley & others
  • 9:00 – 9:30 PM Closing Prayer & Bookstore Open   

 Friday September 17, 2021

  • 8:30 AM Bookstore Open   
  • 9:00 AM Opening Session
  • 9:30 AM  Michael Sullivant, “Relational Leadership: Serving to Rehumanize Church and Culture”
  • 10:00 AM Break   
  • 10:15 AM Dr. Jim Wilder, “Women and Attachment”
  • 11:30 AM  Break   
  • 11:40 AM Next Steps & Closing – Ray Woolridge   
  • 12:15 – 1:00 PM Book Store open  

Four Points by Sheraton

The Four Points Sheraton Hotel provides complimentary shuttle service from the airport to their hotel. If you need shuttle service from the airport, you may call 816-464-2345 once you have landed to schedule your pick up time with them.

You may schedule a hotel shuttle to take you back to the airport the day of your departure. 

Break Out Sessions

The break out sessions will be held from 2-4 PM on Thursday, September 16th. 

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Track 1: Intro to the Life Model: Understanding it and explaining it to others (Margaret Webb and Amy Brown)
Track 2: Life Model Online Community (Michael Sullivant, John Saunders, Richard Abbot)

Track 3: Life Model Works: Honoring Our Past and Dreaming of Our Future (Ray Woolridge and Dave Mead)

Track 4: Character Change the Life Model Way (Michel Hendricks)

Conference Venue Shuttle Schedule

Life Model Works is providing a complimentary shuttle between the Four Points Sheraton hotel and conference venue at The Rock of KC at the below times:

Wednesday September 15, 2021
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM  |  Sheraton Hotel to Rock of KC Church
8:45 PM – 9:45 PM  |  Rock of KC Church to Sheraton Hotel

Thursday September 16, 2021
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM  |  Sheraton Hotel to Rock of KC Church
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM  |  Rock of KC Church to Sheraton Hotel
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM  |  Sheraton Hotel to Rock of KC Church 

9:15 PM – 9:45 PM  |  Rock of KC Church to Sheraton Hotel

Friday September 17, 2021
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM  |  Sheraton Hotel to Rock of KC Church
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM  |  Rock of KC Church to Sheraton Hotel


Four Points Sheraton
11832 NW Plaza Cir
Kansas City, MO 64153


The Rock of KC Church
12750 N Winan Rd
Kansas City, MO 64163

Dining at Zona Rosa Entertainment District

September 15-17, 2021 | Rock of KC Church, Kansas City, MO

The Four Points Sheraton Hotel Airport provides a FREE shuttle to Zona Rosa at 2 PM, 4 PM, 6 PM and 8 PM.

PLEASE NOTE: The shuttle holds a maximum of 10 people. Please notify the hotel if you have a large group that will need to utilize the shuttle.

  • 54th Street Grill & Bar
  • Bo Lings
  • Bravo! Cucina Italiana
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cold Stone Creamery
  • Draftcade
  • Granite City Food & Brewery
  • Hereford House
  • Outback
  • Steakhouse
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
  • Smokehouse BBQ
  • Subway
  • Swagat Fine Indian Cuisine


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