Through our Annual Conference, CFWLA aims to help transform participants to then transform culture through a day-long gathering that provides practical insights into the ways the gospel of Jesus Christ informs and provides hope for the work we engage with daily. This gathering is scheduled annually and organized by CFWLA. By reframing our vocations to see them as the primary way each of us expresses God’s glory and participates in fulfilling the Creation Mandate, we are provided with renewed vision and energy for our work.
This year’s conference will be April 6, 2019 from 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Tapestry LA Church (1521 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015) and features:
Amy Sherman, author of Kingdom Calling: Vocational Stewardship for the Common Good
Eden Chen, co-founder and a managing partner at Fishermen Labs
Tim Yee, pastor, consultant, speaker, and coach at LAPastor.com
Jeremy Treat, senior pastor at Reality LA Church
Steve Chang, founder and owner at Copa Vida Cafe
Mishal Montgomery, principal at Mishal Montgomery Strategies
Conference cost (Includes Lunch + Free parking)
Admission is $80
Full-time students are encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org for a discount code.
When we close the gap between our lives of faith and our daily work, we begin to see work as a gift from God to be used as a vehicle for blessing. And through our work we are each given various levels of wealth, influence, and standing. Sagamore Institute Senior Fellow Amy Sherman has said, for the “city to rejoice” the righteous “must be stewarding their power, wealth, skills and influence for the common good to bring about noticeable, significant transformation in the city… the (righteous) bring nothing less than foretastes of the Kingdom of God into reality.”
At this year’s CFWLA annual conference, Stewarding Vocational Influence, God’s people will gather to explore a renewed vision and practical insights to leverage their own vocational power for God’s good purposes in their lives and the good of their neighbors in Los Angeles. Speakers will develop this theme and explore pathways, the economics and real world examples of fostering vocational stewardship for a flourishing city.
Dr. Amy Sherman is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Faith in Communities at the Sagamore Institute. After receiving her Ph.D. in international economic development from the University of Virginia in the early 1990s, she has been one of the nation’s leading faith-based social enterprise scholar-practitioners in America. She has written numerous books including Kingdom Calling, one of the leading contributions to the field of vocational stewardship.
Justin Buzzard serves as Lead Pastor of Garden City Church, which he founded in 2011 and loves deeply. He is co-founder of Three Sons Club. Buzzard works to transform the Bay Area by training church planters with City to City Bay Area and Acts29, and connecting people to a holistic vision of human flourishing as City Leader of Made to Flourish in Silicon Valley. Justin’s books explore topics such as making sense of your life story, manhood, marriage, and shaping culture through cities. A fifth-generation Californian, Justin’s home is Silicon Valley, where he lives with his wife, Taylor, their three sons, and a great company of friends.
Eden Chen is a co-founder and a managing partner at Fishermen Labs, one of the fastest-growing digital creative agencies in the United States. Eden is also the founder of Common Foods, CE Foundation, and Chen Hu Holdings. Eden sits on the board of Pioneers, Biola University’s executive ed program, and SENE. Eden was selected as a part of Forbes’ 30 under 30, LA Business Journal’s 20 in their 20s, Emory Magazine’s 40 under 40, and was a TedX speaker.
Recognized as an innovative leader, Tim Yee excels at empowering others and bringing out the maximum potential of both people and organizations. He has served on the Board of Union Rescue Mission, the New Joshua House, Give Urban Farms and various churches and non-profits. Tim is a pastor, consultant, speaker and coach based in Los Angeles. He blogs at www.LApastor.com.
Jeremy Treat is pastor for preaching and vision at Reality LA in Los Angeles, California, and adjunct professor of theology at Biola University. He is the author of The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology and preaches regularly on college campuses such as USC, UCLA, and Pepperdine. He holds a Phd from Wheaton College.
Steve Chang is the founder and owner of Copa Vida Cafe. As well, he serves as the CEO of LiftOff Coffee and Tea. Chang previously worked as the VP of Operations for Passport Food Group, Inc. Chang received his Master's Degree from the University of California Los Angeles in City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning.
Mishal Montgomery is a public affairs professional with over twenty years of experience as a strategist, policy advisor and communicator serving in senior executive roles advising elected officials, executive management and top business leaders. Currently she works as principal for Mishal Montgomery Strategies after working for the City of Anaheim as Chief of Staff to the Mayor and Senior Policy Advisor. She received her B.S. in Business Administration from Biola University and her M.A. in Public Policy from the Claremont Graduate School.