Refresh Conference 2023

Refresh Conference 2023

REFRESH Conference 2023

We’ve all had the reset button pushed a few times over the last few years… what about a REFRESH button?

That is what we are offering you this year at the Vinia REFRESH Conference. We would absolutely love to see you there on May 23-25, 2023!

There will be a keynote speaker, workshops, sweet fellowship with old and new friends, and so much more!

Join us at the Indian Wells Resort Hotel for a refreshing time of encouragement and connection. The Discount Price is $279! After that the price will go up to $299.


Date: May 23-25
Place: Indian Wells Hotel Resort
Cost: $279 until April 15 (full price is $299)

Accommodation at the resort is booked separately. Guests can call the front desk/reservations of Indian Wells Resort at 760-345-6466 or 800-248-3220 and mention group name “Vinia” or group # “9551” to receive the group discount for accommodation. Discounted Standard Room rate: $140, includes resort fee and taxes. 

Check-in for the conference will start on Tuesday, May 23 at 2pm. The first session will begin at 3:30pm. The final session on Thursday, May 25 will end by noon.

Would you like to attend the conference but need a partial scholarship to make that happen? Fill out the scholarship form here.

Keynote Speakers

Alan and Gem Fadling

Alan, (MDiv), serves as a frequent speaker and consultant with local churches, national organizations and leaders internationally. A trained spiritual director, Alan is author of An Unhurried LifeAn Unhurried Leader and A Year of Slowing Down.

Gem, CLC, is a trained Spiritual Director and a Certified Life Coach with a focus on spiritual leadership and soul care. She helps women live intentional and expansive lives. Her podcast is I Can Do That! and she is the author of Hold That Thought and What Does Your Soul Love? Eight Questions That Reveal God’s Work in You.

Learn more about Alan and Gem on their website.

A Gift For You!

All conference participants will receive a free copy of Alan Fadling’s book An Unhurried Leader: The Lasting Fruit of Daily Influence. Read more about the book here.


Timothy Maki

Trifocal Vision

Trifocal Vision is a life and ministry tool to help guide you and your team into God’s preferred future. Like spiritual glasses, it will give you clarity with near, intermediate and distant vision, which are all needed in fulfilling Gods plan for you, your church, ministry or business.

Charles Clemons

Unafraid: A Christian Response to the Politics of Fear

Unafraid: A Christian Response to the Politics of Fear, is a response to fear-based manipulation of people for political gain. Unafraid will identify fears, provide clarity, and present Scripture that addresses the fear through the Holy Spirit. The Gospel is the power of God to change anyone and give courage and stability to face fear.

Jordan Dillon

3 Miles per Hour: Leading at the Speed of Jesus

In this workshop we will watch a short documentary of one priest’s true story of learning to live at the speed of Jesus. We will reflect and have discussion together. We will seek to learn a new way of leading and loving those around us that is slower, deeper, and more attentive to God’s still, small voice.

Ed Schutte

The Church’s Voice in the Transgender Conversation

The transgender phenomenon has become a high-profile battleground issue in today’s culture wars. However, as Christians, we must be able to speak truth and love into these confusing and emotionally charged conversations. . . but we need to know how. This workshop will help equip Christian leaders, pastors, and parents to more confidently navigate the issues related to the transgender conversation.

Toby Lazo

The Mission

Are we on the mission?

Tom Nelson of Denton Bible Church in Texas said, “If as a church we have achieved success in all areas, but fail to make spiritually multiplying disciples, then we could argue that we have failed. However, if we fail in all areas, but if we achieve spiritual multiplication, then we could argue that we have achieved success.”

As I read these words, I believe that the church in North America desperately needs a change. We have not only forgotten who we are, we have also forgotten why we are here. The great commandment given to the church is to go and make disciples of all the nations.

Are you on this mission?


Don Friesen

Longing for a bit of refreshing laughter alongside friends? Look no further.

You won’t want to miss out on Don Friesen’s engaging and hilarious comedy routine. Don captures the irony of parenting, marriage and everyday absurdities through characters, voices, parodies and some of the best written routines around. Don delivers clever, true-to-life “he’s talking about my family up there” comedy that manages to be adult-smart, yet family-friendly.

You won’t want to miss it!