*Lunch may be pre-purchased for $10 (recommended) or you may drive offsite.
**In addition to four main sessions, you can individualize your conference experience by choosing one of the following Breakout Sessions. Pre-registration is not required. Check back for additional breakout options as they are needed.
Pastors' Lunch and Breakout (for Sr. Pastors and pastoral staff)
Lon Allison (Pastor of Teaching & Outreach, Wheaton Bible Church); Kevin Harney (Senior Pastor & Author of Shoreline Community Church in Monterey, CA); Rick Richardson (Director of M.A. in Evangelism & Leadership at Wheaton College)
Pastor and key staff are invited to share lunch and an interactive discussion on practical ways to transform our churches into more effective outposts of evangelism. A great way to connect in community with other Christ-following leaders in our area and to learn from one another.
Something Happens Every Time We Pray
Sherry Harney (Leadership Development Director and Author, Shoreline Community Church)
Prayer really does make a difference in the lives of those we are praying for...and in us. This session looks at this foundational cornerstone of outreach—praying intentionally for friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. Be encouraged and challenged as you learn that praying is the first step to effective evangelism.
Ready, Fire, Aim!
Kelly Brady (Senior Pastor, Glen Ellyn Bible Church)
Many of us work hard to be ready to "give an answer" when asked about our faith, but never actually "pull the trigger" to engage in conversation. Pastor Brady offers focused strategies to help move you beyond preparation of sharing the Gospel, into meaningful relationship and dialogue with lost people.
Let the Little Children Come to Me
Ginny Stair (Director of Children's Ministry, Wheaton Bible Church); Renita Gilliland (Awana and Neighborhood Bible Club Director, Wheaton Bible Church)
Many strong, vibrant Christian adults made their faith commitment to Jesus Christ as a child. Whether you're a parent, grandparent, family member, children't ministry leader, or volunteer, come to learn the importance of appropriately sharing the Gospel message with children. You'll walk away with specific how-to's for talking to children and guiding them to a decision to follow Jesus for a lifetime.
Engaging Muslims in our Culture with the Good News of Jesus
Bill Oberlin (Pastor of Global Outreach, Wheaton Bible Church)
Wondering how you and your church might build relationships with Muslims in your community that can bridge them to the Gospel? Come and share questions, gain insights, and add to your tools and resources. Hear from Muslims in our area who have come to faith in Christ and learn about local opportunities to "wade in."
How to Run Alpha in Large and Small Groups
Marion Medina (Community Life Pastor, Willow Creek Wheaton)
Alpha began in England in 1990, introducing people to the basics of the Christian faith in a safe, friendly environment. Now more than 13 million people from all around the world have completed the Alpha course. Meeting in homes, schools, universities, military posts, and even prisons, Alpha is supported by churches of every major Christian denomination. Come to discover this effective evangelism tool that's sweeping the globe and learn how to use it in your church, home, or wherever a few friends gather.
Area Demographics: Reaching our Unchurched Neighbors in the Western Suburbs
Come to hear from a demographic expert, for a fascinating look at the changing face of DuPage County and beyond. You'll discover who our un-churched neighbors really are, where they live, and the changes taking place in our communities. Come to discover the wide ethnic, racial, and economic diversity in our region—and gain insights for where and how to effectively reach out in Christ's name.
The Art of Spiritual Conversations
Marie Allison (Director of Connect Ministry, Wheaton Bible Church)
How do you transition every day exchanges into spiritual conversations? Good news! It's not as difficult as it may first appear. Join us for an enlightening discussion where you'll discover practical ways to identify when someone is ready to engage at a deeper level, and acquire some simple questions and phrases that will take your conversations from the mundane to the magnificent.