ISC Events

2017 Warm Up Event

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 Form  pdf

Register online.

Annual Meeting Materials Complete Packet  pdf

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.