We are glad to welcome Keynote speakers for the 2018 Heartbeat International Annual Conference, who are key leaders in the pregnancy help movement, as well as prolife leaders from around the United States.
Life Training Institute
Mike served as a pastor for 23 years before joining the staff of Life Training Institute in 2012, where he serves as the Midwest Director of Training. He is a gifted and much sought-after communicator who brings a pastor’s heart to the often emotional and divisive issue of abortion in a way that is both gracious and compelling.
Abortion Pill Reversal Advocate
Rebekah is one of today`s youngest speakers on the issues of teenage pregnancy, abortion, and abortion-pill-reversal. Raised in a Christian home where abortion was never discussed, Rebekah`s career in the pro-life movement was unplanned and fueled, instead, by firsthand experience.
Heritage House, ‘76
Dinah has spent a lifetime speaking to and mentoring women, walking them through the pain of childhood abuse, molestation and dysfunction. She is a writer, teacher, speaker and a grandmother of twenty-six grandchildren. She founded and ran Living Hope Women’s Centers and Hope House Maternity Home and while there, wrote Earn While you Learn, a program used by pregnancy help organizations worldwide. Her mother, Virginia Evers, created the Precious Feet and was considered a founder in the Pro-Life Movement, starting Heritage House ‘76. Dinah has been involved in every aspect of the Pro-Life movement and is always called back to helping women find healing, hope and truth in Christ.
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
Father Agustino Torres, CFR, is a priest with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal based in the Bronx, New York. He is the founder of Corazon Puro, an organization dedicated to forming youth. He hosts the EWTN television shows Icons and Clic con Corazon Puro in Spanish. Father Agustino was one of the friars who founded Catholic Underground, an apostolate of the Friars of the Renewal, and the Casa Guadalupe (women) and JPII (men) houses of discernment. He is internationally sought to address topics such as the Church’s teachings about human sexuality, vocational discernment, and missionary discipleship.
FOX News and FOX Business Contributor
Rachel Campos-Duffy is ranked one of “Newsmax’s 50 Most Influential Latino Republicans” and sought after for her honest, insightful, and often humorous real world view of the news cycle and American politics.
She is a FOX News and FOX Business Contributor and a recurring guest host on hit shows, FOX & Friends and Outnumbered offering her unique view on political news, parenting, and everything in between.
Chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys
Jonathan Evans, a mentor, author, speaker and former NFL fullback treasures his relationship with Christ along with the opportunity to use his life to glorify God. Jonathan seeks to impact today’s athletes, men and young adults by equipping and encouraging them in their faith.
Jonathan serves with his pastor, friend and father, Dr. Tony Evans, both in the local church and the national ministry. They also teamed up together to write Get in the Game, a practical guidebook filled with sports analogies and spiritual truths aimed at strengthening readers with the skills they need for living victoriously.
The 2019 Annual Conference experience starts with 14 different In-Depth Day opportunities. This exclusive all-day training goes from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with an inspirational keynote at lunch.
You can help change a client’s world, but if a client can’t find you, she’s not likely to be helped by you. Likewise, if potential donors can’t find you, their dollar is going to end up somewhere else. Join Heartbeat International’s expert panel as they help you down the road to visibility through social media, local search, websites, newsletters and more.
This interactive training is for new volunteers, trainers of new volunteers, and will be a refresher for experienced client services staff. This training in effective and compassionate outreach is used by pregnancy help organizations all over the world. Those in attendance will receive The LOVE ApproachTM Training Manual.
An excellent training resource for independent post-abortion recovery leaders, pregnancy resource center volunteers and staff, church ministry leaders, and Christian counselors and coaches. This training will equip attendees to fully understand the Surrendering the Secret healing process and includes tools for engaging the church; reaching women and men who need help; and step-by-step tips on how to get your ministry started.
Explore healing principles from a variety of perspectives including therapuetic ideas, Scriptural/theological insight, and social science research. Join Mary Peterson (Heartbeat International), Valerie Harkins (LifeHouse of Houston), and other housing leaders to think practically and intentionally about how to create programs where healing happens. Themes will include creating environments, teaching skills, and being champions of healing.
This In-Depth Day is designed to instill great hope (confident expectation of what God has promised) in the hearts of participants as they journey toward personal wholeness and fulfillment. The day will include topics listed, worship and personal time with the Lord.
Every mother in a crisis pregnancy has been impacted by the dominant or influential worldviews, particularly with regard to abortion and the dignity of human life. Understanding worldviews influential in her current life circumstances and their consequences provides attendees an empowering and understanding approach to mothers in crisis pregnancies.
The Abortion Pill Rescue (APR) session will cover the history and protocol of APR, physician experiences with reversal, reproductive grief for those who assist with reversals, steps to becoming an APR Network Center, and a client testimonial of her reversal experience. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.
Many of the topics discussed at this in-depth day are applicable for any non-profit organization, including pregnancy help centers, maternity homes, post-abortion programs, adoption services, and other pro-life ministries. Legal Essentials will highlight parameters for successful legal compliance, real-life examples to help you protect your ministry, and criteria to evaluate when to seek legal help.
Revitalizing our development plan doesn’t have to be complicated or all-consuming. This In-Depth Day offering empowers you to assess both your strengths and your challenges in development by identifying your 10 Revenue Streams. As we do, we’ll find the keys you need to unlock the potential of each stream, making you more confident, less stressed, and more effective in raising the funds needed to advance your ministry.
STI testing creates access-points for your center - giving you a pro-active response to help prevent unwanted pregnancies and intervene in the lives of men and women who are most abortion-vulnerable. Learn the steps to integrate STI testing and treatment and develop a clinic strategy to be an answer to the sexual health crisis of your community. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.
Talking to abortion-minded clients is intimidating. Gather the tools needed to gain confidence as you engage in these conversations about life and death situations.
This workshop will help participants understand how the brain works and how we can use that to create connection with our clients and creating aplace of "felt safety" so that our clients can make wise choices for life for their child. We will create an environment in our centers for connection and empowerment that helps the client not only survive, but ultimately thrive.
Geared for anyone performing ultrasounds in a pregnancy help medical clinic, explore the integration of ultrasound imaging in PMCs, as well as the “hows and whys” of ultrasound physics. You’ll also learn to identify artifacts and how to improve images, along with key skills such as obtaining proper measurements. We’ll also look at the legal and ethical implications and techniques to minimize risk, essential quality analysis/control, and more. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.
In this training, you will gain a better understanding of the nature and scope of human trafficking in the U.S. & abroad. Here, you will learn how to recognize the signs and indicators of human trafficking in PRCs and PHOs and how to respond appropriately when human trafficking is suspected. By the end, you will know how to find and link to community and other resources to help your clients. This training is provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number 16061 for 6 contact hours.
The 2019 Heartbeat International Annual Conference offers a rich lineup of workshops, with a over 80 workshops organized in 14 dynamic tracks. Two tracks (Medical Advancement and Ultrasound Advancement) are tailored for nurses and medical professionals in the pregnancy help community, and offer Continuing Education Nursing Contact Hours provided through Heartbeat International. Additional workshops marked with * are also available for Continuing Education Nursing Contact Hours. Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour each workshop. All courses are eligible for Life-Affirming Specialist credit hours.
Whether you've been a pregnancy help leader for 20 years or 20 minutes, Advancing Leaders is designed to give you the tools you need to walk out the door the best leader you can be.
Designed for board members and primary leaders who govern and guide, Board Business will challenge both veterans and novices alike.
Lori Devillez, BA
Fr. Frank Pavone, MA and M.Div.
Sol Pitchon and Charles DiMarco
Dealing with clients is no simple task. Increase your awareness and deepen your understanding of your client's behavior, culture, and needs, with Client Care.
Debbie Simmons, BSME, MACE, MAOM, TBRI
Heather Burner, BSN, RN
Kaila Roper, SRAS
Establishing a positive culture of life is a challenge, especially with clients. Help them develop that life-affirming culture.
Theresa Marcroft, BS, MBA
Jeff Fater, LAS
Fundraising and friend-raising are critical for ministry and mission. Fundraising Dynamics offers essential tips for engaging new donors and increasing long-term support.
Catherine Wood, BS, LAS, SRA
Go deeper by discovering how abortion is affecting - and is affected by - the bigger picture of our world in Gaining Perspective.
Maria del Pilar, Vazquez Calva & Fr. Agustino Torres
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 16061 for 1 contact hour.
Allan E. Parker, J.D.
How does your organization minister to women and men in need of healing from past experiences of trauma and loss? Sharpen your approach with Healing Care.
Krystl Johnson and Gordon Douglas
Allison Johnson, MHR, MAR, LAS
Millie Lace, MSE, LPC-S, DCC
Martha Shuping, MD, MA
Presented by pregnancy help housing experts, Housing Helps highlights the process of extending care beyond the first visit, solidifying a life decision for a lasting impact.
Valerie Harkins, LBSW
Carla M. Campbell, MBA, Rev.
Pregnancy help heroes are championing life every day across the European landscape. The venues for such life-affirming efforts vary from telephone/email/hotline/and online to actual office space. The daily, compassionate outreach to women and men dealing with an unexpected pregnancy is affected by but far removed from the political wrangling. Those called to this work are facing great challenges in answering the call to save and defend life. We invite all pregnancy help workers, and especially leaders, to gather together to share information and understanding as well as to gain insight from others.
Who should attend? Anyone involved in life-affirming pregnancy help – direct service to women facing an unexpected pregnancy – is welcome.
Along with plenary sessions that will inspire and inform, there will be breakout forums on vital topics that challenge all pregnancy help efforts – issues on leadership, fundraising, client care and the use of technology to more effectively reach clients and donors. These breakouts will be participatory in nature; as you plan which ones to attend, please come prepared to share your knowledge and experience as well.
English will be the primary language for plenary sessions and breakout facilitation.
What: Pregnancy Help Summit for anyone involved in life-affirming pregnancy help across Europe.
When: 17-19 October 2018
Where: The Crystal Hotel, Belgrade, Serbia
Click here to download a printable European Pregnancy Help Conference flyer.
Heartbeat International, the largest pregnancy help network in the world with affiliates on every populated continent, is pleased to sponsor this Europe-focused conference in recognition of the importance of growing relationships among all pregnancy help leaders. Pregnancy help leaders can find out more about Heartbeat at https://www.heartbeatservices.org.
by Jor-El Godsey, Heartbeat International President
There are very few instances where the label for clothing “one size fits all” is really true. This is because, for people both “size” and “fit” can vary widely amongst the “all!”
The same is true for organizations populated by people serving communities that both have diversity within, but are also different from other communities. An organization is best when it is more like an organism – able to adapt in such a way so as to leverage its greatest strengths in the best way to meet the mission amidst the unique needs of those it serves.
Pregnancy help can take many forms, or methods – from one time visits to extended care to full-on housing – all for our life-affirming mission. Similarly, at the heart of Heartbeat International is our mission to advance pregnancy help. Sometimes, that’s been a hand-in-hand effort actively consulting a steering committee through key milestones toward a fully functioning service location. Many other times, that journey has been guided only through various written materials serving as building blocks toward that same end.
The idea of Built by Design, a manual released in 2017, was to put those two concepts together into a multi-layered resource able to go far beyond the physical limitations of Heartbeat team members.
At Heartbeat International, our approach to pregnancy help is intentionally grassroots. Heartbeat was called into existence by local pregnancy centers and medical clinics when it formed in 1971. Today, maternity homes, medical clinics, adoption agencies and pregnancy resource centers are responding to a local need. What works in New York, New York, won't be the same as what works in Inskip, California – and it's more than just a difference of urban or rural. It's the local culture, the political climate, the fundraising sources.
Those kinds of differences affect everything in a local organization from a name for your center that will communicate a safe place for clients (as well as a worthwhile investment for donors) to the way you recruit volunteers. An organization can sometimes find a way to partner with schools teaching sexual integrity, and build a positive reputation with students who may need them in the future. Or an organization might be called to locate next door to an abortion clinic where a woman will see the pregnancy center in her scariest moments and walk a few more steps for a safer place.
Whatever a pregnancy help organization might be called to do locally, Heartbeat is ready to help. That's why our resources, conferences, and trainings draw from an experienced – and varied – team. And when a Heartbeat team member can't be there every step of the way for a new organization, the resources we've developed can.
In that way, Built by Design, a start-from-scratch guide to starting a pregnancy help organization, seeks to fulfill the key elements of Habakkuk 2:2 (NASB), “Then the LORD answered me and said, 'Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run.'” The vision for Heartbeat is to see more pregnancy help organizations and locations reach more of those in need. We “inscribed” that vision in the form of the various elements and how-to’s in order that those who read it, may run with their own vision of pregnancy help in their community!
This guide doesn’t so much condense the wisdom of all the other Heartbeat resources, as much as it connects them together to serve those with vision for life-affirming work in a God-honoring way. That's why, in addition to making it available alone, Built by Design is the key part to our Pregnancy Help Starter Kit, which includes written resources on everything from volunteer training to fundraising, strong leadership to legal considerations.
The Psalmist (95:1, NASB) describes himself as a “pen in the hand of a ready writer.” Our prayer for this field guide is that it would be found by “ready writers” being used by God to create new opportunities to bring life-affirming ministry to life.
Because one size does not fit all. YOUR community needs YOU, and Heartbeat is here to help.
At the end of Pregnancy Help Institute, we invite our attendees to write a letter to the Board of a pregnancy center who might be trying to decide whether to send staff for training or not. Every year, we are inspired by their reactions to working with other like-minded individuals as they sharpen their skills to continue serving on the front lines of pregnancy help. Here's what a few of our 2017 Pregnancy Help Institute graduates had to say.
Dear Board Member,
If you are looking for one single thing that you can do to grow the ministry that you are a part of, please consider sending your director to Pregnancy Help Institute. I know when the budget is tight it is hard to spend money and allow your director to be out of the office. But it is worth every penny. Equipping your director to do his/her job better is a huge part of Pregnancy Help Institute, but the encouragement they will find there, you cannot put a price tag on.
Sincerely,2017 Pregnancy Help Institute GraduateNew Director Track
If you are considering sending your medical staff for ultrasound training at Pregnancy Help Institute, please do it! It will equip your staff to not only learn/be able to perform basic ultrasound exams, but to give that mother a chance to view LIFE! Not only will they learn the skill of ultrasound, but they will also be encouraged spiritually to effectively help a mother see her unborn. Your staff will leave blessed when they go in, and blessed when they leave (Deuteronomy 28:6).
Sincerely,2017 Pregnancy Help Institute GraduateUltrasound Training Track
What I have discovered is how important it is to take some time away to refresh and rediscover our purpose and energize our soul for the work we do. Being a part of the Pregnancy Help Institute training in development has helped me not only affirm much of what I have been focused on, but also to discover new ways to take our ministry to the next level. Development involves everyone on the team, and I have taken away so many ideas that I can present to our team to help us be the best we can be.
This week, I have been challenged, affirmed, and inspired to take what we do for God to the next level. I can take my skill set and use it for so much good. I have met amazing people who I will keep in touch with and bounce new ideas off of. It is so important to value the resources we have through Heartbeat International and to allow your team to participate so that they are more equipped to serve women and their families and affect generations to come and most importantly, be able to put on the armor of God to do the work we have been called to do. It’s an investment for God.
Sincerely,2017 Pregnancy Help Institute GraduateDevelopment Track
The investment for the heartbeat International training is not only faith-filled, but full of amazing information that can and will be incorporated into our plans for the home. I firmly believe this is something new members, as we add them to our team, need to attend. Not only has it been an amazing and information-filled week, but it has renewed my fire and excitement for our ministry.
Thank you,2017 Pregnancy Help Institute GraduateLeadership Track
Interesting how opposition to our work tends to backfire, isn’t it?
Planned several years in advance for Chicago, Heartbeat International’s 2017 Annual Conference gathered over 1,200 life-affirming leaders in the heart of a state that is leading the way in chilling the conscience rights of its pro-life citizens.
Yes, states like Illinois, California and Hawaii are trying to squelch life-affirming options to abortion through the legislature. But no, their effort doesn’t seem to be having its desired effect.
The largest-ever pregnancy help conference, this year’s four-day event featured a star-studded cast of keynote speakers highlighted by syndicated columnist Cal Thomas, as well as pro-life leaders Anne Pierson, Jill Stanek and Ryan Bomberger.
Dr. William Lyle—a member of Heartbeat’s medical advisory council—also took the stage to tell his tremendous story, and attendees were treated to inspiring appearances on our main stage by the Benham Brothers and comedienne Anita Renfroe.
Add to this year’s keynotes 90 workshops, plus 15 in-depth-day opportunities and worship led by Matt Hammitt, and you start to get a snapshot of a movement that’s adding more momentum every day.
As one attendee said about this year’s conference, “There were no low-lights. Only highlights.”
Whether or not you came to this year’s event, you can download recordings of each keynote and workshop session (here).
And, mark your calendar for April 10-12, 2018, when Heartbeat International’s Annual Conference comes to Anaheim, Calif.
by Jennifer Minor, Editor/Writer
Somewhere between Pregnancy Help Institute and the Heartbeat International Annual Conference every year, there's a training gap. Individuals continue to take courses online at Heartbeat Academy, but that communal learning experience is missing.
That's why Heartbeat International developed ConCERT.
ConCERT is an advanced distance learning course to equip volunteer consultants with the information, skills, and perspectives that take them to the next level for providing effective consultation to individuals making choices in regard to sexual integrity, pregnancy, and parenting.Deb Neybert, MA, LAS says, "As a trainer, I enjoy getting to know the students, and reading their comments posted on our online forum. Often they have great insights to share with each other, and it enhances the learning experience."
Since The LOVE Approach training is a pre-requisite to ConCERT, students interact with peers that have had similar experiences. According to Neybert, "Students say the most exciting part of ConCERT is the practical application as they have the opportunity to respond to verbatim assignments and the on-line forum communication."
Besides all of these benefits, by the end of ConCERT, students earn 14 CEU's toward the Life Affirming Specialist Designation. That's enough to apply for or renew your LAS!
Tweet this! The next session of ConCERT begins on January 11, 2015, and registration is open now.
The next session of ConCERT begins on January 11, 2015, and registration is open now. Information on pricing, registration, and other important dates can be found here.
Learn more and sign up today!
by Jay Hobbs, Communications and Marketing Director
When leadership is discussed as a topic unto itself, most experts tend to zero in on models, theories, and examples.
How frequently should my team meet? How strictly should the Board abide by Robert's Rules of Order?
Should my title be Director? Executive Director? Grand Pooba?
As you may have guessed, the idea of sitting through an extended meeting to focus on these burning topics wasn't exactly on my Can't-Wait-To-Do List.
My fears were dispelled about 30 seconds into the Leadership track of this year's Heartbeat's Institute for Center Effectiveness.
Instead of wrangling about which leadership strategy has which benefits or holes in it, our facilitator, John Rue of Built to Lead, went straight to the heart when the starting gun fired.
John's point, from start to finish, was that, if we are ever going to lead—or even live—with freedom and conviction, the question of "Who" we are needs to be settled and fanned into flame.
Am I primarily a director? A leader? A pastor? A husband? A dad?
If so, I'm going to face an uphill climb any time any of those identities are threatened. Bad day at work? That's an assault on my primary identity as a director. Bad day at home? That's an assault on my primary identity as a husband and dad.
The biblical shorthand for all of this is idolatry. It's dethroning God and setting up something in His place. When we do that with our work, family, friends, or anything else, we're cutting ourselves off from our true identity: Believer, Son, Friend of God, Sheep. Not only that, but we're putting an astronomical burden on something (or someone) who was never intended to bear the weight of the universe.
That was the starting point for the week, where we focused on finding not "balance," but alignment between who we are and what we do. This is where our core identity aligns with our passion, and where work becomes a joyful outflow.
What's your primary identity? What are you passionate about? Do they line up? Maybe next year's Heartbeat's Institute for Center Effectiveness is a great place to find out.
As spring turned to summer, it was time for the annual Pan-African Conference, hosted by Association for Life of Africa (AFLA). This year's event was held in Livingstone, Zambia—a fitting place for trail-blazing missionaries to meet.
Heartbeat International was on site, standing alongside our brothers and sisters for life in every corner of the globe.
This year's conference, "Breaking New Grounds in the Kingdom of God," included missionaries for life from 12 countries and was keynoted by former Heartbeat International board member, Rev. John Tabor.
The represented countries were Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Ghana, Nigeria, Botswana, Ecuador, Brazil, and the U.S.
"It's an exciting time for AFLA as we continue to grow and adapt," AFLA President Barbra Nalavwe Mwanza said to open the five-day conference. "We must remain always adaptable, motivated, responsive, and client-focused."
Topics of focus for the conference included, "Where is the Church and the Theology of Life?", "Abortion in Africa," "Counseling Toolbox," "Healing the Wounds," "The Boardmanship," "How to Start a Centre," Natural Family Planning, Sexual Integrity, and Fundraising. But Africa, as Barbra pointed out to lead off the conference, could not hope to solve these problems without addressing the underlying life-and-death issue of the sanctity of human life.
Heartbeat International Director of Marketing and Communications Debora R. Myles brought her expertise to the conference, presenting a keynote entitled, "The ABCs of Marketing with Emphasis on Websites," and a workshop called "Fundraising Essentials."
In addition to Myles and Rev. Tabor, Lorraine Gariboldi, author and founding member of Heartbeat International affiliate Life Center of Long Island, spoke at the event, drawing from her leadership experience in a three-location setting.
Find out more about Heartbeat's International partners here.
We love hearing from you in the pregnancy help medical community.
Here's a sampling of what attendees said about the 2014 Heartbeat International Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. The Conference featured 78 workshops, including six each in the Medical Matters and Ultrasound Advancement tracks, in addition to two medically focused in-depth all-day workshop sessions and a special keynote from John Bruchalski, M.D., founder of Tepeyac Family Center & Divine Mercy Center.
1. "I feel much more confident after these workshops and webinars. Thank you!"Jo-Ellen O'Keefe, Pregnancy Help and Information Center (Ectopic Pregnancy, Audrey Stout RDMS)
2. "Very interesting and groundbreaking information – this will change things!"Reagan Nielson, Vitae Foundation (Update on Abortion Pill Reversal, Dr. Delgado)
3. "Dr. Delgado's presentation was so very exciting! It was interest peaking, informative and empowering. I'm grateful for his work and research regarding the APR. (Abortion Pill Reversal)"Jamie Koser, Heartline Pregnancy Center (Update on Abortion Pill Reversal, Dr. Delgado)
4. "Very creative teaching! Lots of light bulbs went off!"Cheryl Didrekson, Kimberly Home, Inc. (Flipping Uterus, Roxanne Ertel RDMS)
5. Amazing presentation! I have been scanning for 12 years and finally understood the anatomy of the uterus on U/S! Thank you!"Jennifer Snowden, New Beginnings Women's Center (Flipping Uterus, Roxanne Ertel RDMS)
6. "Super excellent."Katherine Niemiec, Family Life Services Clinic and Pregnancy Center (Flipping Uterus, Roxanne Ertel RDMS)
7. "Thank you! This was the most enlightening session of the week and worth the entire trip to learn these nuggets." Patti White, New Beginnings (Flipping Uterus, Roxanne Ertel RDMS)
Thinking of conserving power this summer?
Well maybe it’s time to think again.
This summer, Heartbeat International is partnering with the National Maternity Housing Coalition to pilot six highly interactive strategy sessions we like to call “Power Conversations.”
Short, sweet, and packing a punch, these 30-minute conversations are a perfect environment for maternity housing leaders at all stages of development and experience.
Here’s what to expect from Power Conversations this summer:
All sessions start at 2 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time)
Call-in Number: (559) 726-1300Participant Access Code: 705126
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