April 22 - 24, 20/20

Kansas City, MO

It's time for a relational revolution!

Get a perfect vision for how everyone who encounters the church can experience lasting change into the image of Christ with The Life Model.

4 Keynote Presenters

6 Main Sessions

Dr. Jim Wilder

1st Session

Transformation: From a Voluntarist to an Attachment Model – In church cultures, the human will has been touted as the key to character change and becoming like Christ. Yet, neuroscience and a better theology both reveal that it is actually quite weak. Embracing the centrality and dynamics of relational attachment to God and people are critical to authentic identity transformation and character growth.

2nd Session

Transformation: The Attachment Model Challenge – Becoming more aware and alert to the state and quality of our attachment to God and people will empower us to make more substantial and sustainable progress in becoming like Jesus. Only by building more secure and loving (hesed) attachments, personally and together as the family of God, will we be able to surmount and cancel the power of hate in our Father’s world to contagiously spread the presence, love, wisdom and joy of Christ.

Kitty Wilder

Transformation: Stories from the Field – New ideas and practices for growing deeper hesed attachment relationships in our church communities. Real-life recent accounts of how engaging in practical brain skill exercises have helped Christ-followers to love God and others more deeply and rise above our narcissistic tendencies.

Chris Coursey

Encountering Enemy Mode in Myself and Others – One great way to cultivate fear and crush joy in our communities occurs when we and others shift into the brain state Dr. Wilder calls “enemy mode.” Once enemy mode emerges, it is all-too easy to amplify pain and problems and nearly impossible to spread joy and express our love.

The focus of this session is to look at key relational skills to equip God’s people to better navigate times others feel like enemies – including moments we are the enemy. How do we deal with people who are in enemy mode? What about the moments we are the enemy? How can we convert our “inner narcissist” to be a gentle protector? These topics, along with practice to see some of what God sees when He looks at weaknesses in us and each other, will be the target of this session.

Terri Sullivant

Becoming Fully Alive in Christ: The Graceful Dance of Relational Maturity – What does it look like for a woman to have Jesus Christ fully formed within her feminine nature and how is this outwardly expressed? Vibrant and inspirational illustrations, scripture passages, word pictures and personal testimony will convey the special ways that God woos us by His grace into the process of surrendering ourselves more and more into His loving arms and learn His rhythms of life. He is willing and eager to impart to us all the grace-gifts we need and help us slough off lesser things to be transformed into His likeness. This session is definitely for the guys too!

michael sullivant executive director

Michael Sullivant

Relational Revolution – Our culture has been progressively suffering under the dehumanizing ripple effects of the European Enlightenment. Our “digital” society has made this clearer to people than ever – we are starving for a more personal touch. It is time for a wide-spread quiet, but gently forceful, cultural pushback to arise among Western believers to rediscover and learn new insights into the relational/incarnational nature of the authentic Jesus-movement that endured throughout the ages. By this, the good news of Christ will find new relevance and new audiences among young and old alike scattered across our country and the entire world. This session will provide practical ways to join the efforts of Life Model Works to love our “enemies” which, we believe, will help spark and catalyze a re-humanizing relational revolution.

4 Tracks for Transformation

1. Transformation Track

This track is for folks who are still wrapping their hearts and minds around the teachings and practices of Life Model and who are hungry to learn more.

Facilitated by Amy Brown.

2. Practitioners/Developers Track

This track is for people who are actively involved in Life Model group activities and resource development.

Facilitated by Margaret Webb.

3. Business Leaders Track

This track is for business leaders who are passionate to apply Life Model philosophy/values/practices into their businesses and companies.

Facilitated by Jeff Newburn.

4. Church Leaders Track

This track is for men and woman who serve in pastoral-type leadership positions in their churches.

Facilitated by Michael Sullivant.

A Brand-New Resource is launching at this event

Dr. Jim Wilder’s new book, Renovated: God, Dallas Willard and the Church that Transforms

Christianity has tended to focus on right beliefs and right choices as the keys for personal growth. But biblical evidence and modern brain science show that our character is shaped more by whom we love than what we believe.

Through conversations he had with Dallas Willard at the Heart & Soul Conference shortly before Dallas’s death, Jim Wilder shows how we can train our brains to relate to God based on joyful, mutual attachment—which leads to emotional and spiritual maturity as our identity and character are formed by our relationship with God.

Full 3-Day Schedule

Healthy lunch fare will be available on-site this year, not included in the registration cost

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Devotional and Keynote Sessions (with a break)

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Track Sessions

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM – Closing Devotional


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Devotional and Keynote Sessions (with a break)

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Track Sessions

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM – Closing Devotional


9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Devotional and Keynote Sessions (with a break)

12:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Lunch Break

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Track Sessions

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM – Closing Devotional

7:30 PM – 9:00 PM – An Evening of Worship

Event Location & Directions

The Rock of KC Church

12750 N Winan Rd

Kansas City, MO 64163

(Near the KC Airport)


Sheraton Hotel

11832 NW Plaza Circle, Kansas City, MO 64153

Special Room rate of $99 per night (only for the 21st – 24th, nights outside these dates requires a separate reservation and the special rate may not apply)

The room block closes on March 21, 2020, reservations must be made before this date.

Reservations can be made by calling 816-464-2345 and mentioning this is associated with Life Model Works and the Transform 2020 Conference.

Shuttle Service will be available from the hotel to the event venue and back

NOTE: A special gathering room will be available each night for people to connect and enjoy each other’s stories and company.


Early Registration | December 4 – February 3 | $299 / person

Late Registration | February 4 – April 16 | $359 / person

Group rates available for 10 people and above – contact Rebecca Caputo rebeccacaputo@lifemodelworks.org

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