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Illinois Great Rivers Conference

November 18, 2020
Reaching New People


2021 Reach 1,000 Leadership Institute

Plan to participate in the Reach 1,000 Leadership Institute to be held January through July. It will consist of monthly online workshops and coaching groups to equip individuals to reach new people in new ways. Each workshop will be held on a Tuesday morning.
Although final plans are still being made, the anticipated themes of the workshops will be:
  • January: Personal Spiritual Growth
  • February: Behavioral Characteristics and Models
  • March: Franchise to Local Dive
  • April: Social Media to Social Ministry
  • May: Intro to Fresh Expressions
  • June:  Navigate from Existing Congregation to FreshEx
  • July: Executing a Plan
This is a new approach to the Leadership Institute, so anyone, whether you have previously participated in a Congregational Development Leadership Institute or not, is welcome to apply.
Watch for more information, including the application, which will be available soon.
If you have questions, contact Mike Crawford, Coordinator of Congregational Development, via email,  

Preparing for a Christmas Pivot

Watch "Preparing for a Christmas Pivot" discussion (11/18 at 2pm) featuring Pastors Jessica Baldyga, Curtis Brown, Nicole Cox, Dan King Crede, and Paula Wallace.
They share their plans around Christmas worship and possible pivots because of COVID mitigations along with questions and ideas from participants.
The September conversation and this recording as well as an updated resource page will be made available at by November 20.
Register here:

Illinois Great Rivers Conference - The United Methodist Church
Office of Congregational Development
P O Box 19207
Springfield, IL  62794-9207
phone: 217-529-3219                e-mail:
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