A Webinar Series from Upward Sports

Uplift is a brand new webinar series from Upward Sports made for church leaders, ministry directors and volunteer leaders. You are invited to hear directly from experts in the fields of disease control, hygiene, communications, mental health and more to gain invaluable information about safely and thoughtfully reconvening in your community as shelter-in-place requirements are lifting. At Upward Sports, we are big fans of churches across the nation. By offering live webinars on pressing topics related to reopening, we hope to cut through some of the noise and offer clear, well-informed guidance.

We hope this series empowers and uplifts you with encouraging, helpful insights for the future.

Thanks to all who joined us for Episode 1 of our Uplift series! If you were unable to attend and would like to hear the discussion, click the link below for the webinar recording.

Episode 1 Webinar Recording

Episode 1 | May 21

Roundtable Discussion: Safe Sports Ministry

Thanks to all who joined us for Episode 2 of our Uplift series! If you were unable to attend and would like to hear the discussion, click the link below for the webinar recording.

Episode 2 Webinar Recording

Episode 2 | May 28

Roundtable Discussion: Safe Sports Ministry

Meet our guest for

Episode 2

Reverend Dr. Stephen Ko

Reverend Dr. Stephen Ko, MD, MA, MPH, MDiv, serves as senior pastor of New York Chinese Alliance Church in New York, New York. As an ordained Christian & Missionary Alliance pastor, he is passionate about evangelism, global health missions and holistic ministry, as exemplified by the life of Christ. In addition to seminary training, Rev. Dr. Ko’s healthcare specialties include pediatrics, preventative medicine and public health. He is currently an adjunct professor at Alliance Theological Seminary, where he enjoys teaching.

Previously, he served as a global health professor at Boston University’s School of Public Health and as a medical officer for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has worked extensively in Africa and Southeast Asia on diseases of epidemic potential. He enjoys helping individuals flourish in their faith, mentoring church leaders and teaching seminary and graduate students. Writing at the intersection of faith, medicine and public health is a particular passion.

Episode 3 | June 4

Communicating Your Plan For Reopening

During Episode 3 of our Uplift Webinar Series, we’ll be discussing why communication is key for churches that are gearing up to re-engage! Across the nation, families may be initially hesitant to jump back into organized sports as shelter-at-home measures lift, and understandably so! We’ll be joined by David Fouse, partner and lead strategist with Pinkston, a Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm with over 15 years of experience helping organizations effectively communicate with internal and external communications. David will share why it’s more important than ever for churches to openly and effectively communicate the precautions set in place to protect the health of their communities and rebuild trust in public gatherings!

Topics we’ll discuss:

  • How to avoid bad press as your church reopens
  • Why it’s important to over communicate during this time  
  • Best practices in effective, transparent communication

Join us for this important discussion at our regular weekly time: 12:00 p.m. EDT on June 4.

Meet our guest for

Episode 3

David Fouse

David Fouse is a partner and lead strategist with Pinkston, a Washington, D.C.-based strategic communications firm dedicated to strengthening brands, building reputations and telling stories.

As a partner at Pinkston, David has developed and implemented public relations campaigns for a number of faith-based, nonprofit and corporate clients like Bethany Christian Services, Barna Group, American Bible Society, AIG Life and Retirement, PenFed Credit Union, the Consumer Technology Associaton, 3Pillar Global, the Heritage Foundation, the US Institute Against Human Trafficking, and FreedomWorks. Additionally, David is a frequent contributor to the Forbes Agency Council, sharing regular insight and expertise into effective, proactive storytelling and communications.

David brings to Pinkston a background in finance, advertising and publishing, business development and client strategy and management. Prior to joining Pinkston in 2005, David spent 12 years running his own company that specialized in developing revenue-generating programs for publishers and nonprofit organizations.

Episode 4 | June 11

Church Facility Sanitization & Infection Control

Are you wondering how church communities can safely go back out onto the sports field or reopen their gyms in the wake of COVID-19? During Episode 4 of our Uplift Webinar Series, David Reimann, an expert in facility sanitation and avid Upward supporter, will share everything you need to know to prepare your space for community gatherings as shelter-in-place orders lift.

Topics we’ll discuss:

  • Sanitization protocols to incorporate into your sports ministry
  • Practicing infection prevention rather than infection control
  • 5 common sanitization practices you didn’t know were incorrect

Join us at 12:00 p.m. EDT on June 11 to learn how you can incorporate the best safety and sanitization practices to bring hope, confidence and peace of mind to your community.

Meet our guest for

Episode 4

David Reimann

David Reimann serves as vice president of sales and marketing for Victory Innovations, a manufacturer who is leading the charge in infection prevention technology and making our hospitals, schools, churches and communities safer.

David has extensive knowledge in thoroughly and effectively cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting facilities to promote the health and safety of all. He is a passionate supporter of Upward Sports and has served as a coach in different capacities for over 20 years. He and his wife, Aimee, have been married for 24 years, have three wonderful children and currently reside in Greenville, South Carolina.

Episode 5 | June 18

Emotional Health: Helping Kids & Families Process COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted families across the nation in varying degrees — financially, physically and emotionally. Some may be grappling with a loss of income; others may have lost a loved one. At the very least, it’s safe to say families everywhere are experiencing the disruptive effects of social distancing measures. For Episode 5 of the Uplift Webinar Series, join us at 12:00 p.m. EDT on June 18 for a candid conversation with Tim Clinton, president of the American Association of Christian Counselors and executive director of the James Dobson Family Institute. Tim will shed light on how parents and children experience major and minor trauma as well as practical, evidence-based ways churches can care for the emotional health of families in the wake of COVID-19.

Topics we’ll discuss:

  • Major and minor traumas stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • How to talk to kids about a worldwide pandemic
  • Caring for families who have been stretched to their limits
  • How families cannot just survive, but thrive, by embracing a “new normal”

Meet our guest for

Episode 5

Tim Clinton

Tim Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT, is the president of the American Association of Christian Counselors, the largest and most diverse Christian counseling association in the world. Dr. Clinton also serves as the executive director of the James Dobson Family Institute and recurring co-host of “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk”, heard on nearly 1,300 radio outlets daily. Licensed as a professional counselor and as a marriage and family therapist, Dr. Clinton is recognized as a world leader in mental health and relationship issues and spends much of his time working with Christian leaders and professional athletes. He has authored or edited nearly 30 books, including “The Struggle is Real: How to Care for Mental and Relational Health Needs in the Church.”

Tim has been married 39 years to his wife, Julie, and together they have two children, Megan and Zach. In his free time, you’ll find him outdoors or at a game with his family and friends.

Episode 6 | June 25

Rethinking Sports Ministry Programming

Although it may look a little different post-COVID-19, we at Upward Sports believe sports ministry will continue to be an essential tool for community ministry! And we’re excited to continue equipping our partners to reach families with the Gospel of Jesus — while also bringing the joy of sports back to hurting communities. During Episode 6 of Uplift, Upward’s own Nathan Holm will give insight into our innovative new sports ministry programming that combines best practices in public health with the fun of the game!

Potential topics we’ll discuss:

  • How trends in youth sports are spurring on the rethinking of sports ministry
  • Shorter more flexible sports experience options
  • COVID-19 Fall League Modifications

Meet your hosts for

Episode 6

Nathan Holm

Director of Operations | Upward Sports

Mark Steinert

Director of Partner Experience | Upward Sports

Jody McEnroe

Manager, Marketing & Communications | Upward Sports

Drew Provence

Manager, Partner Engagement | Upward Sports

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