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Office of Congregational Development

Illinois Great Rivers Conference

Reach 1,000 Give Birth to a Movement Conversation
  Reach 1000
Our passion is sharing the hope we have in Jesus Christ with others. Our purpose is to Make Disciples of Jesus Christ. As a conference, we have set a specific goal to
Reach 1,000 unchurched people per year through new places. Find out how you can take part.
Mike Crawford will be hosting an online conversation on January 22 from 2:30-3:30 pm. Registration is limited to 10 people.  Click here to register. 
If you are interested but your schedule doesn't allow you to join this conversation, contact Mike Crawford at 

Reaching New People workshop
Reaching New People

Make plans now to bring a team to the Reaching New People workshop.

Saturday, March 23, Fairfield First UMC - led by Mike Crawford
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
This workshop is limited to 50 registrants.

The workshop must be attended by a team that includes the pastor and a minimum of three lay people. Churches are encouraged to bring as many people as possible, as more participants will increase the positive impact. (Once registered with at least the minimum team, the church can add other participants up to the registration deadline a week before the workshop.)
The registration is $10 per person and includes lunch and snacks.
For more information, contact Mike Crawford.  
Praying to
Create New Places for New People
Would you like to pray with 1,000 others for a new movement that will soon be stirring throughout the Conference? 
1,000 people will begin praying for the Holy Spirit to do something new in our Conference that will bring 1,000 new people into our churches and faith communities.  I am praying that we multiply new places for new people.
I understand this is a God sized goal. This is exactly why your prayers are needed!  I believe the Holy Spirit is fanning something big into flame.  Will you add the 1,000 to your prayers?
I believe in the power of unified prayers, especially those seeking to reach the lost.
Please commit to praying for this new movement every day at 10:00am or 10:00pm.  10:00 reminds us of the 1,000 new people who don't yet have a growing relationship with Jesus and a faith community. You can sign up by clicking 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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