Revamped tutorials, expanded trade show hours, inspiring speakers, and more networking opportunities are just some of the highlights you’ll experience at Emerge 2013, the Religious Conference Management Association’s new and improved annual meeting and exposition.

Emerge 2013 is right around the corner, January 29–February 1, in Minneapolis, so register now! RCMA’s new leadership, led by Executive Director Harry Schmidt and Director of Conferences and Events Dean Jones, has spent the past year recreating—and rebranding—the conference to better serve the needs of religious meeting professionals.

Among the highlights: five new networking opportunities, including a lounge in the exhibit hall where there will be refreshments, mini tutorials, chair massages, information booths, door prizes, and other interactive activities.

RCMA will also feature a community service project at which attendees can work alongside members of the Minneapolis Foodshelf Network and YouthLink.

Another new twist is something free—a free Wednesday night, when attendees can make their own dinner arrangements or network with suppliers. There will be a late-night dessert reception at the Hyatt Minneapolis from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. that’s open to all.

Attendees will also have more time to meet with vendors as the trade show hours have been expanded. Also, planners and suppliers will have the chance to schedule one-on-one appointments in advance.

Educational programming has been revamped with tutorials targeted at specific niches of RCMA membership. There will be sessions for beginner, intermediate, and advanced planners, as well as for suppliers. There will also be a number of sessions that focus on peer-to-peer learning. Popular industry leaders and educators—including Dr. Tyra Hilliard, Corbin Ball, Carol Norfleet, Christine Shimasaki and Shawna Suckow—are scheduled to present at Emerge.

The opening keynote will be delivered by John Cassis, former baseball player, minister, and pro golfer who will deliver an inspiring message on facing adversity, embracing change, and meeting pressures head-on.

The closing keynote features Dr. Tony Evans, a pastor, best-selling author, and president of The Urban Alternative, a national ministry that seeks to bring about spiritual renewal in America through the church.

There will also be receptions at the Mall of America and on the top floor of the tallest building in Minneapolis, the IDS Center.

Registration is now open at the RCMA Web site