Annual Meeting
2017 Warm Up Workshops

Prior to the annual meeting, there will be two workshops offered to lay and clergy on Friday, October 20, 2017, from 9:30 am - 4 pm at the St. John Evangelical UCC in Collinsville, Illinois.

Cost is $35/person. Lunch is included.
(After October 3, cost is $40)

Warm Up Workshop Registration  pdf

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1 pm – 4 pm
Storytelling in Worship
presented by Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs
Jim Bear Jacobs was born in 1977 in St. Paul, MN. He is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin. He has degrees in Pastoral Studies and Christian Theology and has served various churches as youth minister, adult Christian educator, and director of Men’s Ministries. He is a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities and works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices. He is a convener of “Healing Minnesota Stories," a committee dedicated to creating events of dialogue and education particularly within faith communities.

9:30 am – 4 pm

The Secret Lives of Pastors

presented by Rev. Shana Johnson, Designated Conference Minister

This workshop is for all those who love the church and are curious about the lives of pastors. It will be an honest and humorous look at the call of a local church pastor – what a minister does and why, as well as the relationships between a pastor and the congregation.

9:30 am – 4 pm

History and Governance of UCC

presented by Rev. Dr. Martha Brunell

The history of the UCC can help churches understand the differences of the original denominations that seem to create times of conflict in the present day church. Developing an understanding for this “bottom-up” structure of governance will help congregations understand the benefits and challenges of sharing the covenantal relationships churches have with each other. Rev. Brunell teaches classes designed to understand the history and polity of the UCC.

9:30 am – 4 pm

Understanding Personalities Through Enneagrams

presented by Dr. Jill Baker

The enneagram is an insightful tool that defines personalities in nine distinct types, examining those types in times of growth and stress. It can illuminate your spiritual development and add to your knowledge of why you react certain ways in certain situations. It can also help you understand how you interact with other types. This one-day crash course will introduce the nine personality types of the enneagram and help students determine their type, sub-type or instinct, and wing. It will also look at the emotional centers and underlying motivations for each type. The last portion of class will explore how different types interact with each other, particularly in church settings.

2017 Annual Meeting

October 21, 2017

Gateway Convention Center

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Jim Bear Jacobs was born in 1977 in St. Paul, MN. He is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Nation, an American Indian tribe located in central Wisconsin. He has degrees in Pastoral Studies and Christian Theology and has served various churches as youth minister, adult Christian educator, and director of Men’s Ministries. He is a cultural facilitator in the Twin Cities and works to raise the public’s awareness of American Indian causes and injustices. He is a convener of “Healing Minnesota Stories," a committee dedicated to creating events of dialogue and education particularly within faith communities. He presently lives in Coon Rapids with his wife Susan and three (soon to be four) young children.

The Illinois South Conference Confirmation Retreats are tools for enhancing youth ministry in local congregations and a time for personal spiritual renewal.  They are designed as a supplement to the confirmation program of local churches and offer a unique opportunity for confirmation classes from across the Conference to bond within and between their groups. Music, worship, theme presentations, play times, discussion groups, and “hang time” are all part of the retreat.

THEME: Three Great Loves: Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, Love of Creation

“Three Great Loves” is coming this fall, and it’s for you!  Bring your confirmation students to DuBois Center on September 22 - 23 as we delve into Love of Neighbor, Love of Children, Love of Creation. The goal for the retreat is to help students explore how we can express this love for neighbors, children and God’s creation.  We’ll do this in a way that guarantees your safety and comfort and offers lots of opportunities for fun, interactive discussion, games, and fellowship. You won’t want to miss this chance to take your next step of faith with “Three Great Loves.”

 DATES:            Friday, September 22 - Saturday, September 23, 2017

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