Connections & Community

Create meaningful connections.
Cultivate genuine community.

We each have our own talents, our own callings, and alone we are enough. But TOGETHER—we are mighty!

We know how important and valuable relationships are for entrepreneurs, authors, and ministry leaders. We also completely understand how daunting it can feel to focus on growing your numbers when you need to focus on growing your passion. It can be easy to lose sight of the people behind the statistics, comments, and numbers—which means you might also be losing sight of your message.

We want to lock arms with you and show you how to expand your network and build your platform in a way that looks beyond the numbers and sees the heart of your community.

In our ”Creating Connections and Community” workshop, we want to pull a chair up beside you and learn more about your passion and message. We want to dive into your goals and guide you through turning those ideas into conversations, and conversations into powerful moments of connection. We want to show you how each interaction with your audience can build upon the next, and the next, until a strong network of support for each other’s message and vision develops.

If you’re just getting started or if you already have an established platform, this is the perfect opportunity for you to learn how to engage authentically with the people who care about your message. We’ll discuss how to build a meaningful community that goes beyond followers or a list of email addresses and how to make connections that are beneficial both to you and the people you’re connecting with.

We will spend the day showing you:

  • how to connect with others in an authentic way
  • what is possible when you build a supportive community
  • how to grow your numbers while remaining focused on your mission
MRM: Creating Connections & Community Workshop

This is not an online webinar or masterclass with general principles you are left to apply on your own.

This is an in-person, round table and purpose-driven workshop where we invest in YOU and your passion in a very hands-on and personalized way.

Let’s Create Connection & Community!

And let’s do it together! Let us show you how to turn simple conversations into powerful moments of connection.

The Details


Creating Connection & Community Workshop


Saturday, June 10, 2023, 1:00pm – 6:00pm EST


The Drawing Room, Ooltewah TN

(near Chattanooga)


$225 per person

Limited attendance. Only 10 spots available!

Workshop Registration

Cost: $225 per Person

MRM: Creating Connections & Community Workshop

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration covers four hours of instruction and application, workshop handouts, time for Q/A, coffee and refreshments, a little bit of swag, and plenty of encouragement!

This workshop is designed specifically for entrepreneurs, ministry leaders, and authors who have a passion for community and want to learn how to build their platforms. Our hope is to encourage those who want to continue the calling God has placed in their hearts.

No! We welcome any guests who would like to attend and would be happy to help coordinate travel and lodging details as needed.

Chattanooga is a great area for a weekend getaway or family trip, so we encourage you to make a weekend of it! Here’s helpful travel information too!

We have intentionally limited each of our in-person workshops this year to 10 attendees only to maintain the “small group” feel and to allow for the personalized attention we have planned.

We are excited to have Melissa Mashburn, Jenn Hand, and Mandy Roberson lead our instruction for the day! Our amazing instructors have years of experience creating and growing communities—online, in real life, and extending across the world.

Melissa Mashburn is a life coach, ministry consultant, and author who specializes in helping female church and ministry leaders renew their gifts, skills, and leadership. Melissa serves as Marketing and Publicity Coordinator (i.e. cheerleader and community builder) with the MRM team.

Jenn Hand is a speaker, author and executive director of Coming Alive Ministries. Jenn has counseled and ministered around the world, sharing biblical wisdom and a little bit of laughter along the way. As a longtime client and friend of MRM, Jenn continues to grow her online community through her podcast, writing, and genuine desire for connection.

Mandy Roberson is our dedicated and incredible CEO here at Market Refined Media, with a heart to equip others to be able to share the message and or rise to the calling God has placed on their hearts. Mandy believes there is no such thing as competition, only community, when we serve a common goal as the body of Christ.

Many of our other team members will be on hand to help with discussion and questions as needed.

We have partnered with the amazing team at The Drawing Room in Ooltewah, Tennessee, for each of our in-person workshops this year. The venue is beautiful, cozy, and inviting – the perfect spot for our time together!

Not at all! Our conversation and instruction for the day will be applicable no matter the size of your following.