2019 Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE)

Online Registration is now CLOSED.

You may register at the event, but lunches may be limited.

The 2019 CRE will be Saturday, March 9 at Kishwaukee Community College in Malta.

Keynote speaker: Dave Daubert, DMin, PhD is the Lead Consultant for Day 8 Strategies. He works with faith-based organizations and with leaders to connect people to God’s work in the world and support renewal for the sake of God’s mission. He also serves as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Elgin, IL - a role he shares with his wife Marlene who is a rostered Deacon in the ELCA. The connections between the teaching, coaching and consulting that Dave does and the parish experiences that he lives bring grounded insights that make his work unique. He is the popular author of several books and articles about mission, leadership and the practice of ministry. Dave and his wife live in Elgin, IL with their dog. They are the parents of two grown children.

The keynote presentation will be Being Disciples Comes First

We are charged with the calling to “Go, make disciples...” But Jesus didn’t issue that call in a vacuum. He had spent three intense years with twelve of his closest companions preparing them for the work they would carry on in his name. He sat around campfires while they shared meals and stories. He demonstrated all sorts of things and taught them to do some of them for themselves. He taught them to understand what he had done and why he had done it. By the time they received this charge, he had died on a cross in front as they watched from a distance and then been raised from the dead and returned to them alive. In other words, Jesus made disciples before he asked them to go out and make more disciples.

Research clearly shows that the future of the church is partly dependent on the spiritual vitality of the people who are part of the church now. The higher the discipleship levels and commitments of the church in the present, the brighter the future looks. And if we are struggling to figure out how to make new disciples, it makes a lot of sense to look at our current discipleship and begin to grow deeper in our ability to be committed followers of Jesus.

We will look at some key elements of discipleship and offer motivation and insights that should help everyone present both understand and feel a calling to grow deeper in their faith walk as disciples, as together we carry on the ministry of the risen Christ.

Dr. Daubert will also lead two workshops, Making Disciples: Core Practices That Change Lives and The Invitational Christian.

In addition to workshops from the keynote speaker and NIS Bishop Jeffrey Clements, other workshops feature topics including: Administration/Council/Treasurers, Education, Evangelism/Outreach/Hospitality, Global/Inter-Faith, Leadership, Social Justice, Spirituality/Prayer/Health & Wellness, Stewardship, and Youth/Young Adult/Family Ministry.

Bring everyone from your congregation to attend different workshops. Then get together and learn from each other!

Session and room assignments will be based on how many people register for each workshop. This information and any updates will be posted here by March 1.

Kishwaukee College is located at
21193 Malta Road, Malta, IL 60150
between DeKalb & Rochelle on IL Route 38.

Kishwaukee College is handicap accessible.


8:30–9:10 am - Registration & coffee

9:15–10:00 am - Welcome/Worship

10:00–10:30 am - Keynote

11:00-12:00 pm - Workshop Session a

12:00–12:45 pm - Lunch

1:00–2:00 pm - Workshop Session b

2:15–3:15 pm - Workshop Session c

Sponsored by the Northern Illinois Synod Congregational Life Committee, the Congregational Resourcing Event (CRE) is one of this synod’s finest yearly events. Church council members, teachers, musicians, staff, volunteers, and leaders - just about everyone in a congregation - can take advantage of this learning event to strengthen skills, gather resources, network with others, and discover new ways to enhance congregational and individual ministries. Come, experience and bring home new ministry tools. The Congregational Resourcing Event offers many varied educational workshop selections for you, your key congregational leaders, and other interested congregation members. Many groups, agencies, and institutions have displays. Supervised childcare is provided with pre-registration, but parents will need to bring a sack lunch and snacks for their children. A free-will offering will be accepted to cover child-care costs.

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