Connect Faith 2016: Wednesday Recap and Thursday Preview

Connect Faith 2016: Wednesday Recap and Thursday Preview

By Hayley Panagakis, October 27, 2016

Good morning, Connect Faith attendees! Today marks the final day of this year’s event at Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, and we’re aiming to make it the best day yet.

Yesterday was jam-packed with inspiring keynotes, education sessions and invaluable appointments. Several attendees woke up bright and early to participate in a morning devotional led by William H. Murphy, lead pastor of The Dream Center Church of Atlanta. Others took advantage of added time for shut-eye and came later for breakfast, which was followed by a general session sponsored by Charleston, West Virginia, and VisitGreenvilleSC.

American astronaut Captain Mark Kelly took his keynote to infinity and beyond by teaching us the true meaning of working under pressure. He shared the heartbreaking story of the assassination attempt against his wife, former U.S. Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and the patience and endurance he learned as he walked with her on her road to recovery.

After breakfast, it was time for the most critical part of Connect Faith: Marketplace appointments, which were sponsored by Louisville CVB and Oklahoma City. Planners took their seats and suppliers shuffled from table to table to share what their hotels and destinations can do for meetings. Visit Charlotte kept you hydrated as its team strolled the aisles with beverage carts of infused waters and branded water bottles for keeps.

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No one would argue that the diversity of Christian films has come a long way since the original “Ben-Hur” and “The Ten Commandments.” Planners

Gatlinburg, Tennessee’s arts community offers a chance to discover an artistic tradition full of skill, spirit and history.

Deion Sanders, the NFL Network analyst who will keynote Connect Faith this year, credits faith for saving his life.

“The Come Back Effect,” hospitality guru Jason Young’s new book on guest experience, became available on July 31.

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