CRE 2018

The 2018 CRE was Saturday March 10 at Kishwaukee Community College in Malta.

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Keynote speaker:
Rev. Nathan C.P. Frambach
Professor of Pastoral Theology
Wartburg Theological Seminary

Being Church, Now & Then: what the church of the future might look like…perhaps?” The presentations (and conversation) will be (hopefully) a musing, imaginative, forward-looking thought experiment about what “being church” and living God’s mission might look in the future (and the future may be now). The presentations will include material from a few provocative thinkers and writers—theologian John Caputo, poet Mary Oliver,  and essayist and poet Wendell Berry, to stimulate and inspire our thinking and imagination.

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

2018 Workshops

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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 child care in Kishwaukee College’s on-campus Early Childhood Center is provided with pre-registration. A free-will offering will be accepted to cover child-care costs.

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