Join us on October 14th and 15th at United Presbyterian Church in Peoria, IL for a Next Church Regional Conference featuring Nadia Bolz-Weber. Our time together will be spent reflecting and sharing on what it means to build and cultivate community within and outside the church building. The weekend will include worship, workshops, two addresses by Nadia, and round table discussions after each of the addresses.
Friday, October 14th
5:00pm-6:00pm Check-In (Lobby Area)
6:00 Welcome and Opening Prayer Service (Sanctuary)
6:30-8:00 Nadia Bolz-Weber Address (Sanctuary)
8:00pm-9:00 Round Table Discussions (Fellowship Hall w/ Refreshments)
Saturday, October 15th
8:00am Check-In And Light Breakfast (Lobby and Fellowship Hall)
8:30am Morning Prayer Service
9:00-10:30am Nadia Bolz-Weber Address
10:30-11:30am Round Table Discussions (Fellowship Hall)
11:30-12:00 Break and Book Signing (Fellowship Hall and Lobby)
12:00-1:00 Lunch (Fellowship Hall
1:00-2:30 Workshops (Classrooms)
2:30-3:00pm Break, Snacks, Reflection (Fellowship Hall)
3:00 Closing Prayer Service (Sanctuary)
We have five great workshops for you to attend as part of the conference. Descriptions and locations for each are below.
Bound: Created for Life Together (room 103)
Led by Cara McMorris
In a world of surface level relationships and small talk, do you ever feel a longing to go deeper? Do you look around and know that what this world needs is to be united at a personal level? We are created to be bound together in this life as the Body of Christ; in church life and in all of life.
Finding God in the Church Basement: What We can Learn from the 12-Step Movement (Room 107)
Led by Susan Querry Graceson
Is it possible that more people are finding God in the church basement than in the sanctuary? The 12-Step movement (Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-Step Programs) has grown steadily and exponentially over the years, as the number of participants in mainline denominations has steadily dwindled. While a "desire to stop drinking" is the only requirement for membership, "spiritual awakening" and a reliance on a "power greater than yourself" are central tenants of the 12-steps.
We will wrestle with questions such as these: 1. Is the 12-Step movement a theological movement? 2. Should the study of the 12-Steps and the 12-Step movement be included in theological education? 3. How has the 12-Step movement bridged racial, class, and ethnic divides that still plague mainline denominations? 4. What can mainline denominations, especially emerging church movements, learn from the 12-Step movement, and many others.
Loving the Jerks in Your Congregation: Getting a Better Handle on What Motivates Us (Room 100)
Led by Jodi Craiglow
Every congregation has them… those folks who seem to have the spiritual gift of Getting On Your Last Nerve. You do your best to treat them with Godly charity, but for the life of you, you cannot fathom why they act the way they do. Using Motivation Level theory, we’ll explore new ways of understanding and interacting with these sisters and brothers in Christ – in ways that serve and honor everyone involved.
Safe Spaces: Creating a Ministry that Breaks Down Walls and Builds Up Youth (room 205)
Teens face so many areas in their life where they cannot be themselves. They have to hide who they truly are to fit in and make others happy. Inside the church walls should not be one of these places. Youth ministry should be accepting and healing to all that youth are facing in these transformative years and not part of the hurt. Creating a place for them to open up and be themselves is not as hard as you may think. In this class we will: discuss how important safe spaces for youth are and how to evolve your ministry; create strategies for helping youth open up and draw closer to God; take away resources and activities to share with your ministry; and, of course, have a safe space of our own to share our success and failures.
The Pastor Posse: Creating A Small Group Of Local Clergy
Stephen McKinney-Whitaker (105)
Pastors often put so much work into building community within their church, that they don’t build community for themselves. In this workshop we’ll talk about ways to build intentional community with other faith leaders that can provide support and renewal, while also building bridges between churches.