SOAR 2018

August 17th & 18th | Alpharetta, GA

A Weekend for Moms to be Encouraged & Equipped

A mom’s job is never done. The feeding, the cleaning, the scheduling for our kids – it’s practically endless. We desire to love and nurture our children, but if we’re honest, we don’t always feel encouraged or equipped to do all that comes with the job.

Imagine pressing pause and spending a weekend being refreshed, equipped, and empowered alongside other moms. The Soar conference was designed for that very purpose – to inspire moms at every season of motherhood with truth needed to soar and not grow weary as we navigate motherhood.

The Soar conference brings 1000 moms together for two days of practical teaching, inspiring worship and fellowship with other moms. The event will feature brand-new content from Karen Stubbs in three main stage sessions and will offer moms three additional breakout sessions for deep-diving into specific topics.

You won’t want to miss this time of learning, laughing, and celebrating our role as moms.


Karen Stubbs

Karen Stubbs


Karen Stubbs is the founder and leader of Birds on a Wire, a ministry designed to equip moms through truth, encouragement and community. She is the author of 3 books, Letters to Moms, Moments with God and 80 Tips on Motherhood.  She has also developed small group curricula for moms that are being used across the United States and in nine countries.  Karen is the wife of Greg Stubbs, they have four grown children and resides in Cumming, Ga.

After graduating from Auburn University, she and Greg moved to Virginia Beach where Greg served in the Navy as a fighter pilot. It was during those tough early years that Karen, as a young mom gained her passion for motherhood and grew in her reliance on God. She is passionate about challenging moms to experience motherhood in the way God intended it for them and their families.

Toni Collier

Toni Collier


Toni Collier is a communicator and host at North Point Ministries (founded by Andy Stanley), on-camera personality at The reThink Group, Fellowship of Christian Athletes public school speaker and co-founder and consultant of The Resource Group: A faith based consulting firm.

Toni is known for her vibrant personality, charisma and all around welcoming spirit. You will frequently hear her shout the sentence; “Broken crayons still color!” as she has a passion to help women and teens believe in the idea that no matter their difficult story or walls of weakness, God still has an incredible plan to go along with the purpose He’s placed in their life.

Toni is “Texas proud” of her Houston, TX roots, but currently resides in Atlanta, GA and loves spending time with her incredible husband and family!


Cori Moon

Cori Moon

Worship Leader

Cori Moon is a mom to three uniquely awesome girls!(Two of which are in middle school, please pray for her!) She has been married to Elliott for 16 years. Cori has been leading worship for over 20 years. She has lead worship at 7:22, a singles bible study in Atlanta, Church of the Apostles, and she currently leads at Northpoint Community Church and Birds on a Wire. When she is not “moming” so hard, you can find her on the hunt for the perfect bargain, perpetually trying to get organized, or unsuccessfully meal planning.

Molley Moody

Molley Moody

Worship Leader

Molley Moody is a worship leader and singer/songwriter based in the Atlanta area. A small town, country girl at heart, Molley enjoys the simple and beautiful things that life has to offer. She has lead worship at Passion Conferences and currently leads for Catalyst Conference, BigStuf student summer camps, North Point Community Church, and various women’s and student gatherings around the country. When Molley isn’t working on music, she most enjoys getting to spend quality time with her friends and family.



Lauren Espy

Mom Life is never restful. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. Amid the never ending list of to do’s, our minds remain in constant motion from processing the day to day to grappling with the more pressing areas of life. Is it possible as moms for our minds to experience rest and real peace? In this breakout, we will discover the power and impact a rested mind can provide for us, as restless moms.

Many thoughts rattle in the minds of moms. Those thoughts actually have the power to effect how we feel and what we do. With everything else we have to juggle, is it possible for us to manage our thoughts? And if so, where do we even begin to help quiet our minds so we can experience the rest and peace we need?


David Thomas, LMSW

According to the statistics, we are the most addicted, in-debt, depressed, obese population in U.S. history.  We go to great lengths to avoid, deny, medicate or suppress emotions. What would it look like to raise a generation of emotionally and spiritually healthy children?  This workshop will focus on understanding the emotional development of children. We’ll identify three important emotional milestones for kids to hit as they develop, and the ingredients for helping them reach them.   


Dr. Michael Sytsma

You know sex can be good, but after kids, home, work, soccer practice, and all you do, how can you find energy to be intimate with your spouse? Join us as we explore how to take care of you and your marriage and be a bit selfish in the area of sex. (Yes, selfish can be good in sex.)


Anne Kerr

Our sexuality is sacred, purposeful, and powerful, yet one of the hardest topics to discuss. It is shaped over the whole of our lives, and our children’s sexuality is being shaped right now. Learn how to become a trusted ally to your loved ones, someone they turn to rather than hide from as they become more aware of their own sexuality and begin to face their own challenges in the current culture.


Tom Shefchunas

Parents have a thousand things run through their mind when the topic of technology comes up.”I don’t want my kid to be addicted to their phone.” “What should I do if/when I find something on their phone?” “How old should they be before…” The stakes are high and we want to get it right but we don’t know where to start. Join us in this breakout to learn some foundational ideas to get you started as you equip your child for a digital world and, hopefully, leverage this tension to strengthening your relationship at the same time.


Emily Shupert

Today’s moms are bombarded with messages on how to be the perfect parents.  Many times, this puts them in a position of powerlessness where their own happiness rises and falls on their kids’ successes, their moods, and how they appear on social media streams.  Parenting this way can feel like sprinting a marathon, with no end in sight. It’s time to take back your life and learn how to parent out of freedom, not fear.


Katie Smith

Her workshop will explore some of the challenging questions mothers wrestle with, but may be hesitant to share with friends and family, when parenting children who have joined the family through foster care or the various forms of adoption.


Moms On Call

Toddlers can be weird and wonderful.  Find out why yours acts the way they do, and get realistic and helpful advice on how to speak into their specific design. Sometimes, the challenges we face are not a result of parenting style, but a result of design.


Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Owner of Arbor Cove Therapy, LLC, an outpatient counseling practice north of Atlanta, Georgia, focused on the needs of individuals and families involved in foster care and adoption, as well as children, adolescents, and adult women healing from anxiety, depression, and trauma.

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David Thomas, LMSW

David Thomas, LMSW

Director of Family Counseling at Daystar Counseling in Nashville, TN, the co-author of eight books, including the best-selling Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys, a frequent guest on national television and podcasts, has been featured in publications like USA Today, and speaks across the country.  

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Dr. Emily Shupert

Dr. Emily Shupert

Licensed professional counselor and founder of a boutique counseling and coaching company in Atlanta, Simplify Life Counseling + Coaching.

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Anne Kerr

Anne Kerr

Founder of TrueNorth Freedom Project which promotes sexual honesty and integrity that leads to authentic relationships and spiritual growth. 

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Lauren Espy

Lauren Espy

Lauren and her husband, Stuart, have been married for 10 years and have two adopted boys, Corban and Riley. Shortly after graduating seminary, Lauren returned to work at her home church, North Point Community Church.

Dr. Michael Sytsma

Dr. Michael Sytsma

Michael Sytsma, PhD, LPC, CST, CSAS, CPCS, is a pastor at heart with a clear gift for teaching. He is passionate about marriage and helping couples grow in their marriage.

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Tom Shefchunas

Tom Shefchunas

Executive Director of Student Strategy at Orange. In this role, he leads the development and strategy for XP3 Middle School and High School curriculum. 

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Moms On Call

Moms On Call

Two pediatric nurse-moms (Left – Jennifer Walker, Right – Laura Hunter) make up Moms on Call with over 20 years of pediatric experience – not to mention eight children between them – including 2 sets of twin boys!

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Friday August 17, 2018

7:00 p.m.     Check-in for Conference

8:00 p.m.     Main Session 1

10:00 p.m.   Dismiss

Saturday, August 18, 2018

8:00 a.m.     Doors Open to North Point — breakfast on your own

9:00 a.m.     Main Session 2

10:15 a.m.   Snack

10:30 a.m.   Breakout Session 1

11:30 a.m.   Lunch (provided in Auditorium)

12:30 p.m.   Breakout Session 2

1:30 p.m.     Snack

2:00 p.m.     Breakout Session 3

3:30 p.m.     Main Session 3

5:00 p.m.     Dismiss

Venue Information

We are excited to host Soar at North Point Community Church located at:
4350 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022

Hotel Information

Need a place to lay your head and recharge? We recommend booking a room at the following hotel:

Hotel at Avalon
9000 Avalon Boulevard
Alpharetta, GA 30009
Phone: (678) 722-3600

Book by 07/15/18 for a special rate of $139/night only for Soar attendees

Have questions? Contact Us!

[email protected]

Directions to Venue

North Point Community Church is located on the east side of North Point Parkway at Royal Drive, approximately 1.5 miles north of Haynes Bridge Road and .5 mile south of Old Milton Parkway.

From I-285
Take GA 400 north to Exit 10/Old Milton Parkway and proceed east to North Point Parkway. Turn right onto North Point Parkway. North Point Community Church will be approximately 1/2 mile on your left. Look for the signs indicating our driveway or turn left onto Royal Drive. Royal Drive leads directly to the church.

From GA 400
Take Exit 10/Old Milton Parkway off GA 400 and proceed east to North Point Parkway. Turn right onto North Point Parkway. North Point Community Church will be approximately 1/2 mile on your left. Look for the signs indicating our driveway or turn left onto Royal Drive. Royal Drive leads directly to the church.


Because of people like you, we can have an even greater impact!

Birds on a Wire is grateful for the continued support of the Jeff Gore Scholarship Fund which allows Moms to attend Birds on a Wire events at reduced cost.