Through prayerful consideration, it is with clarity and sadness that, due to the spread of the coronavirus across the country and the world, the Life Model Works Board of Directors has decided to cancel the Transform 2020 Conference.

If you registered for the event, you should have received an email with greater details about the conference fee being refunded, hotel information, and more. If you have additional questions, email info@lifemodelworks.org.

We are considering how the transforming content in the presentations and workshops can be delivered in other forms and venues in the weeks and months ahead, so stay tuned!

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.

5 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!

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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 Breakout Tracks

1. Living the Life Model

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. Sharing the Life Model

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

Facilitated by Margaret Webb.



3. Immanuel in the Marketplace

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. Vocational Church and Ministry Leaders

This track is for men and woman who serve in vocational, 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

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


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

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

Book your room for Transform 20 (click this link)

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 clicking the link above or by calling 888-627-8147 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


To cancel your registration – contact Rebecca Caputo rebeccacaputo@lifemodelworks.org 

Refunds: 45-days prior to event (100%), 30-days prior (50%), 14-days prior (25%), 7-days prior (no refund)

For questions about volunteering, roles, and registration, please fill out the form below:

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Living the Life Model

Amy Brown and her team will introduce you to the five core elements of the Life Model and the three pillars of practice that make the Life Model a lifestyle. This track is designed for those who are brand new to the Life Model or just want more clarity on what it is and how to apply it to their lives. The team will highlight practices like developing joyful relational skills, learning to live an interactive relationship with Immanuel, and growing in maturity in a multigenerational community. There will be teaching along with an emphasis on experiential exercises to bring the concepts to life. A good way to prepare for this track would be to read Living From the Heart Jesus Gave You.

Sharing the Life Model

Margaret Webb

This track is designed for people who are experiencing the impact of the Life Model in their own life and context and are sharing it with others.  Some are developing new products and practices based on Life Model content.  Many are using books and materials that have already been developed throughout the Life Model network and adapting them to their own context of opportunity.  Others are ready to jump in but not sure where to start. 

We want to encourage and equip all who are practicing and sharing these powerful and life-changing materials.  On Wed and Thurs afternoons, there will be four 1-hour workshops with experienced practitioners sharing their experience and leading exercises that will give you practical tools.  Amy Pierson will share her passion for including creativity in living and sharing the Life Model.  John Loppnow comes from a Dallas Willard, Spiritual Formation background and will share how he has integrated it with the Life Model.  Misa Garavaglia and Diane Stores will help us look at what we can do to be healthy Life Model practitioners, growing in our own maturity and wholeness.  Kent and Cathy Larson have a depth of wisdom and experience in bringing the Life Model and Immanuel Prayer into the church.  Friday afternoon will be a networking and joy building experience you won’t want to miss.

Immanuel in the Marketplace

Dave Mead, Dawn Whitestone, and Jeff Newburn

If you are in the marketplace, this session will inspire and equip you to live an Immanuel Lifestyle where you work.  You will hear from men and women who are on the cutting edge of applying principles learned from Life Model Works in business, government, and education.

Wednesday: Coaching

Led by Dave Mead, an executive with the Navigators and founder and CEO, WeAlign Coaching.  Dave is not only applying coaching principles in leading staff in the Navigators, but he is also the owner of a coaching organization with 15 coaches who are working with business executives. 

The business world is catching on, coaching people works better than directing them.  The premise is that God has already given people guidance, and that when we honor them by drawing from them the solutions to their own problems, they are more likely to execute improvements to their performance.

If you attend this session, you will be introduced to this powerful resource of coaching that incorporates principles from Life Model Works and THRIVEtoday.  You will obtain ideas on how you can formally or informally incorporate coaching into your place of employment. A good way to prepare for this Track would be to read Rare Leadership.

Thursday: Strategic Prayer

Lead by Dawn Whitestone, Founding Partner and Chief Growth Catalyst of Whitestone Pros.  Dawn’s firm coaches businesses, churches and organizations, including THRIVEtoday and Deeper Walk International.

Immanuel Prayer involves a two-way conversation with God, where we tell God what we are thinking and He tells us what He is thinking.  Strategic Planning is where we take the time to develop the strategies we should employ in our organization to help us achieve our desired goals.  Dawn masterfully has devised a technique where she combines both into Strategic Prayer, which is interacting with God about what He wants for our lives and our organizations.  It is amazing how God is eager to give us downloads on what we should do!

In this session, you will actually do Strategic Prayer for your organization.  It is very likely that when you leave the session you will have heard from God and have greater clarity about the strategies that God has for your organization.  A good way to prepare for this Track would be to read Strategic Business Prayer

Friday: Stories from the Field

Lead by Jeff Newburn, Business Owner, Life Coach, Author and THRIVEtoday Board Member

How do we apply the 19 relationship skills and live an Immanuel Lifestyle in the marketplace?  What works?  What success are people having in the fast-paced, demanding workplace?

In this session, you will hear from leaders who are at the forefront of seeing lives changed and transformed in the marketplace.  You will be inspired and pick up practical ideas of how you can apply these principles in the place where you work.

Note: Since relationships are the currency of the Kingdom, all three days are designed to help you get to know people who are in the marketplace and learn from them.  The sessions will be highly interactive and engaging. You do not want to miss this!

Vocational Pastors/Church Leaders Track

Michael Sullivant

This is a special 3-day breakout track is geared for bonding with other vocational pastoral church leaders. It will be facilitated by Pastor Michael Sullivant, CEO of Life Model Works. This group will be comprised of a smaller number of participants than the other tracks, which will allow us to experience more time and space for personal relationship building. We plan to spend our time off-site from the conference venue to experience a more relaxed/informal, setting/format for our interactions.

We will arrange for carpooling if needed. We will get to know fellow church leaders, practice some simple relational brain skills, exchange ideas related to incorporating Life Model wisdom and practices into church life, host questions on a full range of relevant topics, interact with Dr. Jim Wilder on Friday afternoon, and more. A good way to prepare for this track would be to read Living From the Heart Jesus Gave You.