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VJN Leaders Summit // Chicago // Nov 2013

Vineyard Justice Network

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 9:30 PM (CST)

VJN Leaders Summit  //  Chicago //  Nov 2013

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Pastor/ Ministry Leader Ended $82.00 $5.50
Pastor/ Ministry Leader (Student rate)
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Ended $55.00 $4.02
Door full price Ended $82.00 $5.50

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Does your church already work to fight human trafficking, to end poverty, or engage with creation care? Or your church is engaged with immigration reform, foster/orphan care, school partnerships, housing rights, or food pantries? Please join us for a historic, first gathering of Vineyard pastors, leaders, and seasoned experts to help steer the course of the new Vineyard Justice Network.

Why do we need a Vineyard Justice Network?

Vineyard Justice Network (VJN) does not exist to promote a singular ministry, nor are we trying to start a non-profit for Vineyard USA. Instead, we're focusing on bringing together our Vineyard church pastors and leaders who are already tackling one of the three targeted areas of structural, systemic injustice: human trafficking, poverty, and the environment.

VJN offers a new space to have conversations that either aren't happening, are happening in isolation, or are sporadic. Within our movement, we so rarely even celebrate or highlight the significant justice work that is going on in our Vineyard churches.  We recognize that it is essential for existing Vineyard pastors and leaders to shape the conversation with an "inside-out", rather than a "top-down" approach.
In particular, part of the leading edge of VJN points to the question: what does it look like and mean for the poor to lead the way in ending poverty? This can be reframed to: what does it look like and mean for the exploited to lead the way in ending exploitation, the trafficked to lead the way in ending trafficking, the homeless to lead the way to ending homelessness, the undocumented immigrant to lead the way in immigration reform?
Why a Fall  VJN Summit?

The first VJN summit will provide helpful anchors for framing conversations that will truly facilitate both information sharing and workshopping what people are already doing in their churches and helping them to both connect the dots of our "interconnectivity continuum" of how one's anti-trafficking efforts could be more strategic in linking one's anti-poverty efforts, how a church's environmental efforts could be strengthened by deeper analysis of the root causes of poverty.

Updated Schedule

 Tuesday, November 12

 8:30-9:30am           Registration / Breakfast provided

 9:30-9:45am           Worship Leah Martens, Worship Pastor  Iowa City Vineyard, IA

 9:45-10:00am        Welcome and Announcements

 10:00-12:10pm      Plenary Discussion I: Orienting Our Churches Towards God’s Justice


10:00-10:30    Plenary Speaker: Rich Nathan, senior pastor Columbus Vineyard, OH

10:30-11:10    Panel Discussion with

            Freya Fung, “Freeing God’s Children” group leader | Evanston V.

            Amanda Neely, church planter | Overflow Faith Community, IL

                Mark Petterson, Vineyard Community Church, St. Louis MO

             Steve Schenk, lead pastor | Buffalo Vineyard, NY

11:10-11:30    Q&A

             11:30-12:10    Breakouts with plenary speaker and panelists

 12:10-1:30pm     LUNCHprovided

 1:30-3:30pm        Plenary Discussion II: Sustaining a Culture of Environmental Stewardship

              1:30-2:00        Plenary Speaker: Tri Robinson, director I-61 Ministries, ID

   2:00-2:45   Panel Discussion with

                   Earl Hampton, senior pastor | Grant County Vineyard, KY

                   Steven Hamilton, founding leader | Vineyard Urban Mission, MD

                   Matt Kauffman, founder | Five Loaves Farm, Buffalo NY

               Brandon Neely, social entrepreneur | Overflow Coffee Bar, IL

                2:45-3:10        Q&A

                 3:10-3:45        Breakouts with plenary speaker and panelists

 3:45-4:15pm                 Break / Networking


 4:15-6:00pm                  Issues-Based Discussion Groups   Note: you have the option of switching groups at 5:00.

             Environmental Justice – Creation Care, Fair Trade, Food Justice  Leaders: Tri Robinson & Brandon                     Neely

            Welcoming the Stranger  –  Immigration Reform, Refugees, Undocumented Immigrants                                          Leaders: Rich Nathan & Kyla Snow

                 Poverty  –  Economic Development, Community-Based Partnerships,   Poor-Led Leadership                                    Leaders: Kathy Maskell & Jeff Kobunski

              Human Trafficking I – Prevention, Fostering, Adoption  Leaders: Cheryl Pittluck & Tricia Herren

              Human Trafficking II – Aftercare, Re-Integration, Vocational Training  Leader: Peter Wohler

 6:00-7:30pm                        DINNER on your own

 7:30-9:30pm         Justice and Soul Care I: Formation Prayer Experiential

               7:30-8:00        Plenary Speaker: Steven Hamilton

               8:00-8:15        Q&A

               8:15-9:00        Worship — Davis Ruis, worship leader & church planter  Kelowna, British Columbia

               9:00-9:30        Ministry Time

Wednesday, November 13

8:30-9:30am  Breakfast

9:30-9:45am         Worship — Cory Miller, worship & children’s ministry overseer Harvest Vineyard, Ames IA

9:45-10:00am           Announcements

10am-12:10pm         Plenary Discussion III: Does God Want Us to End Poverty?

10:00-10:30    Plenary Speaker: Kathy Maskell, assistant pastor  RiverNYC, NY

             10:30-11:10    Panel Discussion with

              Jared Boyd, missional planter | The Order of Sustainable Faith, OH


                   Jeff Kobunski, senior pastor | Muskingham Vineyard, OH

                   Tino Suffi, compassion pastor | Anaheim Vineyard, CA

                Beth Wood, community connector | Halifax Metro Vineyard,Nova Scotia

               11:10-11:30    Q&A

               11:30-12:10    Breakouts with plenary speaker and panelists

12:10-1:30pm           LUNCH

1:30-3:30pm              Plenary Discussion IV: Abolishing Human Trafficking

1:30-2:00        Plenary Speaker: Cheryl Pittluck, steering committee  Vineyard Justice Network

2:00-2:45        Panel Discussion with

            Richelle Hennen, volunteer director | Traffick-Free, Chicago IL

              Tricia Herren, director | Homes With Hope, Houston TX

              Brenda Myers-Powell, director | Dreamcatcher Foundation, Chicago

              Peter Wohler, senior pastor, Merge Vineyard | director, Source MN  

             2:45-3:10        Q&A

             3:10-3:45        Breakouts with plenary speaker and panelists

 3:45-4:15pm                 Break / Networking

4:15-4:30pm                  Building the VJN Community

4:30-5:45pm                 Affinity-Based Discussion Groups  Note: You have the option of switching groups at 5:05.


Possible groups: church planting/entrepreneurs/mission, senior pastors/ staff pastors,   building local and city partnerships/church partnerships, worship/arts, lay leaders

 5:45-7:15pm       DINNER ON YOUR OWN

 7:15-9:15pm        Worship is Justice

             7:15-8:15        Plenary Speaker: David Ruis

              8:00-8:15        Q&A

                 8:15-8:50        Worship — Leah Martens, Cory Miller, David Ruis

                 8:50-9:15        Ministry Time


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Essex Inn on Michigan Ave.  The hotel is a short 12 minute bus ride from Overflow Coffee Bar. When booking, please mention "Vineyard" to receive the conference rate (ends October 11).

  • Essex Inn ($144/night) - (312) 939-2800
  • 800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
  • 12 minute bus ride between S. Michigan Ave. & 11th St and 16th & S. Michigan Ave. on the #4 bus

In addition, the Hyatt Hotel is nearby. However, there is no group discount offered at this hotel.

  • Hyatt Hotel (begins at $279/night) -  (312) 567-1234
  • 2233 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Chicago, Illinois 60616
  • 12 minute bus ride between 16th & S. Michigan Ave to McCormick Place on the #3 bus



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When & Where

Overflow Coffee Bar
1550 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 9:30 PM (CST)

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Vineyard Justice Network

VJN (which began as Vineyard Anti-Slavery Team) is network to connect people pursuing the justice of the Kingdom of God, with a focus on freeing slaves, ending poverty, and tending creation.

We offer holistic wisdom to all our churches, along with many easily-accessed resources for getting started and growing with a missional, Kingdom-centered approach. Our network already spans Vineyard churches across 32 states, in every region.
The VJN Steering Committee is currently led by Steven Hamilton, Kathy Maskell, and Cheryl Pittluck. 

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