2017 North American Godly Play Conference

2017 North American Godly Play Conference


Drawing the Circle Wider

Where We Started:  The Story of Godly Play & Jerome’s 80th Birthday
What We Have:  The Full Curriculum
What We Need:  Spiritual Maturity
Where We Are Headed:  New Stories, New Books

June 23, 2017 – June 25, 2017

The Inverness Hotel & Conference Center
200 Inverness Drive West
Englewood, Colorado 80112


Registration Information

  • Conference fee include all meals from 3p on June 23rd to 3p on June 25th.
  • When registering, please enter your church address in the attendee address field.
  • Registration closes on June 5.

Conference Fees

Conference Fees:

Full Conference = $415
All events from June 23 – June 25

June 23 Only = $265
Where We Started & Jerome’s Birthday

  • Refunds, discounts, and pro-rates cannot be given for partial or non-attendance, however paid registration can be used for a substitute to attend the conference. With notice to by June 5, the original registration fee can be applied to a future training with a $50 transfer fee.
  • Due to separate budgets, previous training credit cannot be applied to conference.

Conference Schedule

Friday, June 23
3p-4p – Registration
4p-4:30p – Welcome and Introductions
4:30p-5:30p – Getting to Know
Where We Started
5:30p-6:30p – Plenary: The Story of Godly Play
6:30p-7p – Break
7-9p – Birthday Party Banquet: The Story of Jerome Berryman

Saturday, June 24
What We Have: The Full Curriculum
7:30a-8:30 – Breakfast
8:30a-8:45a – Gathering + Worship
8:45a-9:45a – Plenary: Godly Play: A Way for Today
9:45a-10:15a – Break
10:15a-12p – Workshop Rotations
*Traveling Along: Side-by-side Storytelling
*Response Materials that Grow with Children
*Godly Play Large: Using Godly Play in Worship Settings
*Volume 8: The Liturgical Synthesis Story
*Volume 8: Jesus in Jerusalem: The Story of Holy Week
*The Spiral of the Godly Play Curriculum
12p-1p – Lunch
1p-2:30p – Work Time
*Making Easter Eggs – limited to 25 people
*Godly Play Resources Workshop: DIY Banners – limited to 15 people
*Golf (reserve with hotel)
*Spa (reserve with hotel)
*Sacred Space
2:30p-3p – Break
What We Need: Spiritual Maturity
3p-4:30p – Plenary: Working with a Diverse Circle
4:30p-4:45p – Break
4:45p-6:30p – Workshop Rotations
*Power Differentials in the Circle
*The Art of Wondering
*Spiritual Maturity: Prayer through Liturgical Action
*The Art of Spiritual Direction
*Growing the Mentor: The Courage to Lead Godly Play
*Godly Play and Indigenous Ways of Knowing
6:30-7p – Break
7p-8p – Dinner

Sunday, June 25
Where We Are Headed: New Stories, New Books
7:30a-8:30 – Breakfast
8:30a-8:45a – Gathering + Worship
8:45a-9:45a – Plenary: Growing + Changing: The Second Edition
9:45a-10:15a – Break
10:15a-12p – Workshop Rotations
*The Holy Bible Story
*The Prophets Story
*Epiphany Story
*Symbols of the Holy Eucharist Story
*Saul Changes Story
*The Good Samaritan Story
12p-12:30p – Lunch
12:30p-1:30p – Plenary: Stories of God at Home
1:30p-2:30p – Closing Worship
2:30-3p – Goodbyes


  • Space is limited, so please reserve your lodging soon!
  • With our discounted conference rate, single rooms are $129 and doubles are $139.
  • To receive the special rates, tell them you are attending the Godly Play conference. Or enter the Godly Play group code 2Q47AO if reserving rooms online.
  • Room amenities and resort services at The Inverness can be found here.
  • Self-parking and wifi access are free. Valet parking is available.


dia-2Plan to arrive at the conference center by 3p on June 23rd to check into your room and pick up your registration packet. Conference presentations will begin at 4p and continue through 3p on June 25th.

The Denver International Airport (DIA) is 35 minute from The Inverness.


  • All meals during the conference are included in the registration fee.
  • If you have food allergies or other specific needs, please let us know before May 1, 2017 by emailing us at .
  • Please dress for your comfort and the weather. In June, Denver is close to 80F (27C) by afternoon, but down to 50s (12C) at night. Humidity is low, but it rains a little more in June. The conference itself will be inside with air-conditioning, so you may want to bring something light for time inside. There may be opportunities to be on the floor, so comfortable clothing may be good!