Scatter Conference

More than anything, Christians want to see other people come to Christ. So why do most of us find it so difficult to join in making that happen?

The truth is, God is the One who bring people to Himself. But as He invites you and me to join Him in that process, we can experience one of life's greatest joys! And it doesn't have to be difficult, because He wants to use us just the way He made us—bringing others closer to Christ, one step at a time!

Come join other Christ-followers from churches across the Chicago region at Scatter. Together, we'll join hearts and minds for a day of inspiration, fun, collaboration and practical insights. 

Pastor Lon Allison

An experienced teacher—with a gift of explaining how everyday people can connect personally with the God who loves them—Lon came to Wheaton Bible Church in 2013 from his previous role as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College. Lon has taught masters and doctoral evangelism courses at North Park Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Northern Seminary, and is a visiting professor at Wheaton College Graduate School. He maintains an active speaking schedule at churches and conferences around the world, and is the author of Going Public with the Gospel and That the World May Believe. He and his wife, Marie, have three grown children and live in West Chicago, Illinois.

Pastor Kevin Harney

Kevin Harney serves as the lead pastor at Shoreline Community Church and is responsible for preaching, visionary leadership, and the development of our church’s focus on Organic Outreach. Kevin is a native Californian who grew up in Orange County. Through writing and speaking, he and his wife Sherry love to serve the local church as well as churches around the nation and the world. They have published numerous books, small group guides, and curriculum resources. Kevin’s most recent books are Reckless Faith and Organic Outreach for Families: Turning Your Home into a Lighthouse. He has written many other books and resources that can be found on his website at: Kevin and Sherry have been married for 29 years. They have three adult sons: Zach, Josh, and Nate. Kevin is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University (B.A.), Fuller Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), and Western Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). In warm weather he loves to unwind by walking a golf course with friends. When he can get near snow and a decent hill, Kevin loves to snowboard.

Sherry Harney

Sherry was born and raised in Holland, Michigan. She graduated from Calvin College with a degree in education and special education. Sherry received a Masters of Theology with an emphasis in Christian Formation and Discipleship from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is married to Kevin Harney. She speaks for local, national, and international women’s groups and events. In addition, she has a writing ministry in partnership with Zondervan, Baker, and Thomas Nelson Publishing. Sherry has written or co-written several small group study guides with an assortment of pastors and authors and has co-authored two books with her husband, Kevin ( Kevin and Sherry have three adult sons, Zach, Josh, and Nate who bring great joy to their lives and are all presently involved in ministry at some level. Sherry loves to hike, ski, read, cook and spend time with family and friends.

Registration fee includes the full-day conference, conference materials and snacks, along with your choice of the book Organic Outreach for Ordinary People by Kevin Harney or Possible: Discover the Joy of the Prayer, Care, Share Life by Lon Allison (Retail value of $16). 


Register by February 28
$25 per person
Group rate (10+)
$20 per person

$20 for one child
$30 for two or more

Register after March 1
$30 per person
Group rate (10+)
$25 per person

$10 per person
Available for pre-purchase only

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Doors Open / Registration/coffee
Session 1—Preparing the soil
Session 2—planting and watering
Breakout Sessions**
Session 3—turning your home into a lighthouse
Session 4—bearing kingdom fruit
Conference Ends

*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
George McFall
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.


Wheaton Bible Church

27W500 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185