2019 Hatch-A-Thon

Dates: January 24-26, 2019

Location:  Western North Carolina Conference Center, Wesley Room, 13924 Professional Center Drive, Huntersville, NC, 28078

Are you nursing an entrepreneurial idea for ministry, but don’t know how to get it started (much less fund it)? Is your church ready to move a social enterprise idea down the field that funds other aspects of ministry? Could you use the wisdom of others to test-drive an idea for missional entrepreneurship–or are you just curious about what’s involved in starting a sustainable nonprofit or for-profit ministry?

What’s a "hatch-a-thon"?

A "hatch-a-thon" is a collaborative incubator experience, where creative people get coaching and colleagues around mission and social enterprise. We will run you through a 46-hour intensive "hatch" process designed to turn ideas that feel "wild ‘n’ woolly" into actionable, sustainable ministries.In the world of computer programming, hackathons are marathon sessions where playful collaborators explore new programming ideas and work through an intensive process of concept development. ("Hack" in this case does not refer to a computer crime!) This process has been widely adapted for business and social entrepreneurs. Ministry Incubators, Inc. has reimagined this process for early stage missional thinkers (youth ministers, ministry leaders, congregations, faith-based nonprofit leaders, etc.) who are still "hatching" ideas that blend mission and social enterprise. If that’s you, please join us.

What do you do at a hatch-a-thon?

We will immerse you in a collaborative process that helps you clarify your missional focus, ministry goals and activities, budget and financial model as you start translating your idea for ministry into action. You will also create an initial "pitch deck" to communicate your concept to stakeholders and funders.

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Lunch will be provided.

Registration Cost:

  • $200 - Single Attendee
  • $300 - Team up to 4 people.
  • $400 - Team up to 6 people. 
  • $500 - Team up to 8 people.
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Single - $200
Team up to 4 people - $300
Team up to 6 people - $400
Team up to 8 people - $500
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Specific Needs?

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Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Comfort Suites in Huntersville the nights of 1/24/19 and 1/25/19. The rate for a Standard King or 2 Standard Queens is $89 per night. Please make your own reservation by calling 704-875-6220 by January 7, 2019 and refer to group "Western NC Conference". All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

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Single Registration ($200)
Team Registration - up to 4 people ($300)
Team Registration - up to 6 people ($400)
Team Registration - up to 8 people ($500)

If you prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to WNCC Treasurer and mail to WNCC-UMC, P.O. Box 18005, Charlotte, NC, 18005, Attn: Carol Bateman and note "Hatch-a-thon" in the memo line.

Event Details

Check out this two-minute YouTube video and learn what a missional entrepreneur is, in the words of Mark Devries, MInistry Architect, and Kenda Creasy, Dean of Ministry Incubators. Mark & Kenda assist in creating the hare-brained ministerial ideas of individuals, and congregations, into sustainable social enterprises.

Click here to download the Hatch-A-Thon flyer, which includes the 3-day schedule.

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