THE GATHERING of VUSA Black Pastors & Leaders

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THE GATHERING of VUSA Black Pastors & Leaders

THE GATHERING of the Black Pastors and Leaders Association (BPLA)

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Vineyard Christian Church Evanston 2495 West Howard Street Evanston, IL 60202

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Black Pastors and Leaders Association of Vineyard USA

October 4-6, 2022

Evanston, IL (Vineyard Church of Evanston)

"The Gathering'' is a national leadership conference that seeks to center the cultural and spiritual needs of Black Vineyard leaders while providing a space for them to be encouraged, challenged, and cared for. Attendees will experience dynamic speakers, soulful worship, helpful workshops, soul care, prayer ministry, and more!

The Gathering is for Black pastors, leaders, and emerging leaders. The Gathering is also open to non-black leaders who are actively engaged in ministry to Black people in the Vineyard. We believe it is important for those pastoring, leading and discipling Black people to show support by accompanying their Black leaders and being willing to learn how they can make a positive impact on those they're leading without doing harm. Non-black attendees should understand that the cultural and spiritual needs of Black people will be centered at this conference.

There is a group discount for parties larger than 15. Email us at for special promo code.

Child care and youth ministry will not be offered at this event.

Registration Details

Early Bird Registration: $110 (July 15 - Aug 14)

Regular Registration: $125 (Aug 15 - Sept 23)

On-site Registration: $145 (if available)

Single Session Rate: $40 (if available)


Tuesday Evening, October 4th - 7 pm (Session 1)


Jay Pathak | Welcome

Geno Olison | “Rest, But Don’t Quit” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Wednesday Morning, October 5th - 9am (Session 2)


Rachel Conner | “The Souls of Black Folks” (Jeremiah 6:16)

Dr. Jemar Tisby | “Making Much of the Least” (Matthew 25:31-45)

Lunch Break | Noon – 1:15pm

Workshops Session 1 - 1:30pm - 3pm

Workshops Session 2 – 3:15pm - 4:45pm

Dinner Break | 5pm-7pm

Wednesday Evening, October 5th - 7pm (Session 3)


Dr. Jemar Tisby | “The Color of Compromise”

**After-hours Fireside Chat (Q&A with Dr. Jemar Tisby)** | 9:30pm

Thursday Morning, October 6th - 7pm (Session 4)

Rachel Conner | Daily Examen

Dr. Charles Montgomery, Jr. | “Made for This Moment” (Esther 4:14-16)

Lunch and Recreation | Noon - 5pm

Soul Food Dinner (On Site) | 5pm - 6:30pm

Thursday Evening, October 6th - 7pm (Session 5)

Night of Worship, Testimonies & Extended Ministry | 7pm

NOTE: Travel, lodging, and meals (with the exception of the soul food dinner) are not included in the registration fee.

Attendees can book rooms at the Holiday Inn Chicago North Evanston (1501 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201) at a discounted rate. Please click the link to gain access to the GOOD NEIGHBOR discount extended to the BPLA. Please note: this is not a room block, yet a courtesy discount extend to us.

Those attending in larger groups may consider renting a house through AirBnB.

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