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Chris McFarland


Available Keynote Presentations

How People Really Grow: Character Based Leadership

As leaders we lean into Jesus for greater capacity as a person, professional, and how we perform. Through God and people, we have the ability to increase the capacity by cultivating what's in our soil. Doing so allows us to meet the demands of our reality. Based directly off of Luke 13:6-9, people walk away with immediate opportunity to expand their capacity.

Preserving Relationship through Hard Conversations

As followers of Jesus, we need to love others well. That means we need to talk to them, sometimes about difficult things. There is a way to do this that preserves, and even grows connection in relationship.

Ideal vs. Real Self: How we grieve one and grow the other

We work hard! We strive, seeking acceptance, acknowledgement or something else. What would it look like to shed any pretense of perfection, be accepted for failure and celebrate success in a new way? This keynote focuses on allowing ourselves to be seen with safe people, and then engaging at a higher level of engagement personally and professionally.

About Chris McFarland

Chris launched McFarland Crew Leadership in August 2018, focusing on leader capacity growth, organizational culture, and strategy development for businesses, organizations, and campaigns. Since then, Chris’ leadership engagement with entities around the U.S. and internationally has impacted the experience of 5.3 million people. Before McFarland Crew, Chris served eight years as the Executive Vice President at Pulse and seven years as Festival Director for the Luis Palau Association. In these roles, Chris built teams and oversaw all organizational aspects, including board development, budget formation, fundraising, civic and church relations, and business growth. 

Chris has directed multiple regional and national gatherings, including more than 500 events in 36 states and 11 countries. Chris holds a degree in business management, a master’s degree in New Testament, and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from the Townsend Institute. 

Chris lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Jami, their two children, Elle and Lincoln, and their French Bulldog – THOR!

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