April 26-28      San Antonio, TX

Online Registration is now closed but walk-in's are welcome. Registration is available onsite at the registration desk, Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 a.m


One Focus: Transformation into the image of Christ!


Life Model Works continues to lead the way in refining the process of transformation and rallying others to do the same. We won’t rest until everyone who encounters the church is transformed into the image of Christ!

Transform 2018 replaces Life Model’s Annual Gathering and we invite you to:

  • Be inspired to become like Christ through dynamic presentations, skill-building resources, and practical workshops.
  • Be refreshed as you encounter God and His people in group interactions, a picnic at Brackenbridge Park, and exploration in San Antonio during their Annual Fiesta
  • Be challenged to begin or deepen your role as an agent of transformation in a movement stretching across the globe


Transform 2018 is the must-attend event for everyone who believes people being transformed into the image of Christ is paramount!


Spanish translation will be available at Transform!

What is it that makes being transformed so important? Watch this in-depth talk by Dr. Jim Wilder and learn how the Life Model is transforming individuals and communities around the world.



Jim Wilder


Greg Hawkins


Charlotte Lehman



Chris Coursey


Jim Martini


Tom Anthony


Dave Mead


Tina Dyer

Learning & Development Senior Consultant


Virgie Maney

Learning & Development Senior Manager


Vanessa & Ramie Miller

Amy Brown

Amy Brown

Michael Sullivant

Michael Sullivant

Life Model Works | Board Member


Sungshim Loppnow


Laura Sutton


Margaret Webb


Jan Seaman


Rosalind Hervey


Laura Falconer




8:45 am -10:00 am

The Life Model and Transformation Dr. Jim Wilder

In this keynote address, Life Model founder and chief neurotheologian Dr. Jim Wilder will kickoff the conference with an overview of the Life Model and how the the Life Model can contribute to increasing the yield of transformation for those seeking it. He'll address challenging questions such as, "Why is transformation difficult?" and, "What are the obstacles encountered by those seeking to foster transformation in their congregation, families, friends and selves?"


10:30 am -11:15 am

Transforming Neighbors…and Beyond Dave Mead, Vanessa & Ramie Miller

Enter into a conversation of transformation between Dave Mead and Ramie and Vanessa Miller. They will share how they’ve experienced Immanuel entering into the neighborhood and workplace through authentic, joy-filled relationships. In these real stories, you’ll hear how elements of the Life Model came to life, were passed on, and transformed lives.


1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Fixing the Broken Discipleship Factory Marcus Warner

The church is commonly understood to be a factory producing a product: disciples.  So, how are we doing?  Why does the church seem to struggle so much to produce mature, Spirit-led disciples?  Together, Life Model and Deeper Walk are providing solutions to this problem that have the potential to drastically change the way the church makes disciples.  This presentation will lay out an agenda for change anchored in a re-evaluation of the Gospel message.


2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Thinking Biblically about the Life Model Michael Sullivant

Michael Sullivant has been involved in church pastoring and church leadership for over 40 years, and currently serves as a board member with Life Model Works. In this session Michael will share about the launch of his new book, "Thinking Biblically About the Life Model" (available for the first time at the Transform Conference). You'll hear how Michael and his wife Terri's lives have been deeply impacted by the Life Model, and be given sound biblical wisdom on seeing the Life Model through the lens of God's Word.


Break Out Session #1

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

RARE Leadership in Business and Ministry Tina Dyer & Virgie Maney

Hear RARE leadership lessons and investigate your own RARE leadership qualities in this interactive workshop. 

Virgie and Tina collectively bring 70+ years of experience in Corporate America and committed hearts to their Immanuel Centered relationship. 

Come and share in the joy they have found in experiencing RARE leadership and walk away with a better understanding of how you can grow as a RARE leader. 


Break Out Session #2

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Makers in a Thinkers World Amy Pierson

To be creative is to make meaning. This breakout session will explore what it’s like to transformationally embrace God’s creativity in our lives. All transformation happens in the context of relationship, so together we will consider how "it takes your whole brain to be holy.” Amy will share about her own formational experiences as a maker in a thinkers world, and what that has meant in my journey to becoming more like Jesus. Each person will be encouraged to explore God's creative language in their own life, and to engage the potential that language may have to help them more joyfully connect with God and others.


Break Out Session #3

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Journey Groups Amy Brown

In 2016, Amy developed "Journey Groups" to provide and build community for those who wanted to deepen their skills for relationships with God and people, especially where local groups are not available. Journey Groups are online small groups which meet weekly by video to learn "sticky love" (hesed), maturity, relational skills, and practice God's presence together. Tremendous transformation has occurred over the past 2 years, and Amy is delighted to share with you more about Journey Groups and how you can get involved.


Break Out Session #4

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Applying the Life Model in our Healing Ministries Jan Seaman, Laura Falconer and Rosalind Hervey

Be inspired as leaders from several ministries describe how the Life Model is bringing transformation to hearts and lives and creating a joy-epicenter in their city through the ministries of their churches and counseling centers. Through teaching classes on relational skills, by fostering multi-generational community, and by removing blockages to maturity through healing, these ladies are seeing more and more people begin to live out of the heart that Jesus gave them.



8:45 am - 9:45 am

Moving the Church Toward Transformation Greg Hawkins

We are thrilled to have Greg Hawkins back with us again this year! Before joining the leadership team at Oak Hills Church, Greg Hawkins served alongside Bill Hybels at Willow Creek for 20 years. There he co-authored the Reveal study which showed that programs don’t produce the deep and lasting transformation that can only come through relationships.

Last year Greg’s impassioned presentation revealed how vital he believes the work of Life Model Works is in bringing transformation. We can’t wait to see how he challenges and encourages us this year!


Panel Discussion

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Making the Life Model Contagious Dr. Jim Wilder, Margaret Webb, Laura Sutton and Sungshim Loppnow

In this session, Dr. Jim Wilder will participate in a discussion with several leaders around making elements of the Life Model more contagious. The ultimate dream of Life Model Works is to see the 19 relational brain skills become so contagious that they spread everywhere and to everyone. These leaders will discuss where elements of the Life Model have become contagious and the factors contributing to seeing these transforming elements spread as measured by how many, how deep, and how fast.


12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Picnic Lunch at Brackenridge Park

Everyone is invited to a catered picnic lunch at lovely Brackenridge Park. This will be a great time to relax, enjoy great food, and get to connect with others attending the conference from far and wide.



8:45 am - 9:45 am

The Biblical Foundation for Jesus' Transformative Community Charlotte Lehman

Pastor Charlotte Lehman believes that establishing a relational community culture is not just for counselors and healing ministers – it is Jesus’ charge to all who would be his followers. In an accessible yet compelling fashion, Charlotte will share her journey with the Bible that led to this conviction about the priority and practices of staying relational. She’ll give examples of how her church community has worked to build a relational culture and experienced its benefits.


9:45 am - 10:45 am

Why You Should NOT Create a Safe Environment Jim Wilder

Most of us tend to naturally think that one of our goals for small groups should be to create a 'safe' environment. In this talk, Dr. Jim Wilder will make a case for why making a 'safe' environment may actually hinder the transformation we seek. While of course we need to ensure that group members are protected, there is another way to do so beyond creating a 'safe' group – and that is to cultivate a protective group identity. Dr. Wilder will unpack the ideas that the human brain is designed to long for 1) belonging in a 2) peaceful 3) protective 4) joyful 5) group of people. The Life Model is centered around achieving these purposes. Learn how you can form groups that are "protective" and foster sustainable and scalable transformation.


11:15 am - 11:45 am

Building Better Community: Strengthening Your Relational Muscles Together Tom Anthony

There’s no doubt that living in community can be very challenging - even when we find a group of people that we like! Most people don’t have the “relational muscles” to work through conflict when it arises, so they simply leave the group. In this session, we’ll cover how simple exercises to build your relational muscles can transform your group’s experience.


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Add Relational Protein To Your Small Group Diet Chris Coursey

Small groups are an ideal gathering to practice the 19 relational brain skills that make relationships work. With a combination of teaching and exercises, Chris Coursey will look at how to best design your fellowship times around how God designed your brain to work best - in joyful community.

Chris Coursey will introduce a number of useful brain skills your small group can use to increase joy, deepen capacity and equip people to be protectors in their communities. Chris will highlight how small groups can be the avenue where hindrances that keep us from building a secure group identity are removed.


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

A Place for Grace: Responding to Narcissism in Small Groups Ed Khouri

Leaders generally dread narcissistic behavior. Dealing with narcissists is messy, and the damage they inflict can undermine leaders, small groups, organizations, churches, families, and the workplace. Fearing messy confrontations and believing that transformation is impossible, leaders are often reluctant to confront these destructive behaviors, or respond by removing the narcissist to prevent further damage. Is there a better way to respond to the challenges of narcissistic behavior?

In this presentation, we’ll seek to understand narcissism from a Kingdom perspective to help develop intervention strategies for individuals and groups that lead to transformation. We’ll start with a brief grace-based definition that helps explain the motives and behaviors characteristic of narcissism. Next, we’ll describe the heart attitudes needed to deal with narcissism, and the reasons we intervene. The bulk of the presentation focuses on helpful intervention strategies that highlight the roles that individuals and groups play in recovery and transformation.


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Closing Keynote Address Dr. Jim Wilder

To wrap up the Transform Conference, Dr. Wilder will share final thoughts and next steps for us as a movement of change agents bringing transformation back to our families, churches, ministries, businesses, schools and cities.



7:00 – 9:00 PM
Early Registration
Meet-n-Greet Opportunity Hilton Garden Inn


7:30 AM
Doors Open

7:30 – 8:45 AM

8:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 1

12:00 – 1:30 PM
Regional Lunch on Campus

1:15 – 5:00 PM
Session 2


8:00 AM
Doors Open

8:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Session 3

12:00 – 3:00 PM
Picnic Lunch at Brackenridge Park, Koehler Pavilion

3:00 – 5:00 PM
Explore San Antonio (Fiesta on the River Walk)


8:00 AM
Doors Open

8:45 – 11:45 AM
Session 4

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM
Lunch on your own

1:00 – 5:00 PM
Session 5



Coker United Methodist Church

231 E. North Loop Road.

San Antonio, TX 78216



Hilton Garden Inn Airport

12828 San Pedro Ave.

San Antonio, TX 78216

Guest Room Rate $109 per night, complimentary hot breakfast

Shuttle service from the airport to the hotel available, if needed.


Life Model Works has secured a block of rooms. In addition to the Transform Conference, this will be the 300th anniversary of the City of San Antonio, as well as the big annual Fiesta Celebration. Hotel rooms will be booking fast and the rates will be costly.

We are advising all attendees to book your room in December and January to ensure you get a room in the Life Model Works block of rooms and at the discounted rate. All reservations must be made by 3/28/18, as any rooms in the block not reserved will go back to the hotel for bookings.


*This year conference price includes two meals, Thursday Regional Lunch on campus, and Friday BBQ picnic lunch at the park.

Early Bird Price (Ends Dec. 31, 2017) - $199

Regular Ticket Price (Jan. 1 – March 15, 2018) - $219

Late Ticket Price (March 16 – April 12, 2018) - $249

First-Time Volunteer Ticket Price (Locked) - $79*

* For questions about volunteering, roles, and registration, please email

Refund Policy

100% refund thru March 30, 2018

50% refund March 31 – April 12, 2018

No refund after April 12, 2018


Online Registration is now closed but walk-in's are welcome.

Registration is available onsite at the registration desk, Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 a.m