Youth Workers Connection
Friday, January 19 5:00pm – Sunday, January 21 9:30pm Youth Workers Connection (YWC) is a unique event designed specially for Covenant youth pastors, workers, and volunteers.
Legacy: Children’s Ministry Connection
Friday, January 19 7:00 pm – Sunday, January 21 8:30 pm The Legacy Connection is designed for pastors and volunteers involved in children’s ministry.
Covenant Retirement Communities Chaplains Meeting
Sunday, January 21, 1:30 pm – Monday, January 22, noon A meeting of education and inspiration specifically designed to support the work of Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC) chaplains and to update them on current initiatives. Registration information will be sent to all CRC chaplains separately. Please contact John Satterberg at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Sunday, January 21, 5:00- 8:30 pm (Dinner provided) Monday, January 22, 9:00 – 4:00 pm This seminar, sponsored by Serve Globally, provides leaders an opportunity to assess and identify challenges around mission in their congregation. We will also look at seven key categories that can optimize mission impact of and for the local church. (Open to all)
Spiritual Directors Retreat
Sunday, January 21, 6 pm – Monday, January 22, 4 pm, at Divine Word/Techny Towers Culture Caring; Embracing Diversity in Spiritual Direction Designed for trained or in-training Covenant-affiliated spiritual directors, this retreat is an opportunity for personal refreshment, community building, and experiential learning. We will explore creating a safe space by developing deeper understanding, compassion, and acceptance of those who are different from us so that each directee can bring their rich, authentic self into a spiritual direction session. $110 (Includes meals and housing).
Association of Covenant Camps and Conference Centers Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 23, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm ACCCC staff and leaders will meet for their annual meeting and professional development. $75 (Option to add Monday dinner when registering)
Organic Outreach Intensive: Intentionally Raising the Evangelism Temperature of Your Church
Monday, January 22, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (lunch provided)
Tuesday, January 23, noon – 3:00 pm (bring your lunch)
This training is for senior pastors, outreach influencers, and church leadership teams who want to see evangelism fostered, nourished, and growing in their churches. Organic Outreach Intensive (OOI) introduces a tested and tried process to actively bring evangelism to the center of your church’s missional vision. These carefully guided sessions will provide direction in making gospel-focused practices the very DNA of church life. If you are looking to fuel evangelistic passion, fruitfulness, and growth through new and renewed faith commitments in your church, you won’t want to miss this opportunity.
Registration is limited to 75 people to allow for extensive face-to-face interaction with the teaching team.
Note: This counts as your discussion group on Tuesday (1:30–3:00 pm). Includes the book Organic Outreach for Churches, by Kevin Harney.
Cost: $50 (lunch on Monday included)
Business in the Neighborhood: Marketplace Possibilities for Community Transformation
Monday, January 22, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (Covenant Offices, 8303 West Higgins Road)
Tuesday, January 23, during discussion groups, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Hyatt)
Social enterprise is a trendy topic these days. But there is significant substance behind that trend!
Churches across the country are recognizing that creatively engaging the marketplace in their neighborhood is critically important, not merely because it creates a pathway to sustainability in ministry (which it can) but more significantly because marketplace initiatives (i.e., job training, small business, co-ops) create possibilities for the creative expression of God’s kingdom, flourishing relational ministry, and unleashing the potential in our neighbors and neighborhoods far more significantly than most traditional neighborhood engagement strategies.
In Love Mercy Do Justice, we believe creative initiatives that engage the marketplace will be a new benchmark for meaningful community development work in our under-resourced communities (urban, rural, and suburban alike), and will create an intersection for many best practices in the field of community development and justice work. This helps all of us to better fulfill our mission of proclaiming a whole gospel to the whole world.
This highly interactive intensive will provide a theological motivation and philosophical foundation for the various forms of social enterprise engagement, some basic tools for getting started, and will highlight stories from Covenant churches around the country who are leading the way in this area. These sessions will provide a taste of what is to come from LMDJ in regard to equipping churches to create meaningful marketplace solutions for community transformation and will help us create a growing cohort of practitioners committed to seeing the Covenant become a leading-edge denomination in this field.