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Schedule

This schedule is subject to change. A Final schedule will be approved as we get closer to the event. The schedule will also be available at the event in the official event guide.

Thursday

4:00–5:30pm
6:00–7:00pm

Meet & Greet
General Session

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Friday

8 :00–8:45am
9:00–9:45am
10:00–10:45am
11:15–12:30pm


1:15–3:30pm
7:00–8:30pm
10:00–12:00am

Devotional
Breakout Options
Breakout Options
General Session
Parents' Room
Children's Activities
Senior Luncheon
Praise Café
Midnight Church

Saturday

8 :00–8:45am
9:00–9:45am
10:00–10:45am
11:15–12:30pm


1:15–2:15pm

2:30–5:00pm
6:30–9:00pm
10:00–12:00am

Devotional
Breakout Options
Breakout Options
General Session
Parents' Room
Children's Activities
Town Hall Meeting
Teen Activity
Family Game Night
Midnight Church

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What Happens at Family Game Night?

Sunday

8:00–10:00am
11:00–12:30pm

Breakfast Buffet
Worship Service

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What is Midnight Church?

Midnight Church is an engaging church session with fellowship, food, and fun for teens and college-aged youth.
Don't worry parents, it only goes until midnight, and it will be worth it!

 

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Breakouts

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Friday

Disciple or Believer? →

Disciple or Believer?

Friday  | 9–9:45am | Room D

All disciples are believers, but not all believers are disciples. In the same way, all followers of God are believers, but not all believers are followers of God. This workshop is designed to guide attendees through a short self-assessment as we examine the differences between believers and disciples and where we fit on the scale.

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Maintaining a focus on who we are, who we work for, and the mission at hand is necessary to successfully fulfill the mission of disciple making. This concentration helps us stay focused and confident on our part of the great commission. The great commission compels us to reach out to the world and share our belief. Let’s discuss how our walk as disciples could be made more effective.

Meet the Presenter

Kenneth Barker

A native of the twin island country of Trinidad and Tobago, Kenneth completed his doctoral degree in organizational and industrial psychology in 2017. He is the lead pastor at Shepherd’s Community Church in Harvey, IL. Kenneth and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

Experiencing Outside the Walls →

Experiencing Outside the Walls

Friday  | 9–9:45am | Room A

In July, Good Shepherd Church, in conjunction with Church Multiplication Ministries, participated in presenting an Outside the Walls (OTW) outreach event. In this workshop, we will share what OTW is and discuss the challenges and the benefits we faced in participating in an OTW event.

Meet the Presenter

Israel Hernandez

A native Chicagoan, Israel is the lead pastor of the Good Shepherd Church in Cicero, IL. He is a physical therapist and member of the Cicero Clergy Committee. He is the husband of Margaret and father of two sons, Izzy and Noe.

Making Disciples: Including...→

Making Disciples

Including the Mentally Ill and Their Families

Friday  | 10–10:45am | Room D &

Saturday  | 9–9:45am | Room B

Within our culture, mental illness is one of the most misunderstood and stigmatized illnesses today.Frequently people with mental illness feel excluded; they and their families often don’t feel welcome at churches or fellowships. Learn how to reach out and show them that they are included within the body of Christ.

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Better understand the stigmas we have within our culture about mental illness and that people with mental illness need to hear they are loved and included in the sacrifice of Jesus as much as anyone else. Learn some ways to reach out, as well as ways the mentally ill may see the world. Understand some of the challenges they face. Become aware of things to say or not to say and ways to help them cope. For example, people who deal with chronic depression sometimes have trouble just accomplishing basic day-to-day tasks. Reaching out with a phone call, mowing a lawn, or taking a meal to them can be a huge help.

Meet the Presenter

JoAnn Lagge

JoAnn Lagge is the senior pastor for Grace Communion Church in Sioux Falls, SD. JoAnn and her husband, Dennis, have two sons. Ten years ago, one of her sons was diagnosed with a mental illness, and she and her husband became caregivers. The experience taught them firsthand about the stigma involved with mental illness.

Pain, Honesty, and Healing (Ages 15–23)→

Pain, Honesty, and Healing

Friday  | 10–10:45am | Room A | (Ages 15–23)

We are constantly told to show only the side that has it all together. Addressing our unique and shared trials, we will have an honest and open conversation about the ugly parts of life. We will look at ways to cope with and heal from our pain in the way God intended and spread hope to others.

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Young people in our churches today may be getting the false message that everything is okay, and if it isn’t, there is something wrong with them. However, regardless of how we are raised, what life experiences we face, and who we believe in, our time on earth can be riddled with pain, loss, and unanswered questions. Talking about these issues is one of the first steps to finding peace and perspective. Knowing there are others experiencing the same hardships helps build a sense of community and support. It is the facilitators’ hope that attendees will be encouraged and informed, knowing Jesus helps us to heal, to share the truth about our struggles, and to understand that the pain is only temporary.

Meet the Presenter

Izzy Hernandez

A recent graduate of the College of DuPage, 22-year-old Izzy Hernandez has grown up in the church but really started taking his faith more seriously only after finishing high school. He is currently a youth leader at Good Shepherd Church in Cicero, IL. He is excited to hear how young people have been affected by the story of Jesus and how they plan to share Him with those around them.

Jessica Newby

Jessica Newby is a recent high school graduate from Joliet West High School where she participated in cross country, choir, Group Interpretation, Jazz Cats, and other activities. This fall she started her college journey at Olivet Nazarene University and hopes to major in the field of education. She endured the struggles and privileges of growing up as a pastor’s kid in a household of eight and strives every day to have a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus.

Rock the Universe →

Rock the Universe

Friday  | 10–10:45am | Room B

Acts 1:8 works hand in hand with Christ’s declaration that He will be with us until the end of the world.This presentation addresses the many ways Christ has been and is with us, empowering and helping us to be the disciples and disciple makers we are called to be so we can—rock the universe!

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At times, due to the busyness of life, we might forget who and whose we are. When we forget who we are, purpose and mission are lost. In this physical, temporal world, believers constantly need to remember to keep the main thing, the main thing and that God rocks! Acts 1:8,“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” is a scripture that works hand in hand with Christ's statement, "And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” What does this mean for us and our mission today?

Meet the Presenter

Lisa Barker

A passionate exhorter, worship leader, and speaker, Lisa works as a lead consultant for eChurchAdmin. She is a former vice president of fund development and special events of the Urban League of Broward County in Florida.  Lisa lives in Chicago with her husband Kenneth and their two children, Kelsey and Michael.

Saturday

How Do I Teach?→

How Do I Teach?

Saturday  | 10–10:45am | Room B

Are you a good teacher? Jesus commands us to “teach them to do everything I have told you.”
However, being a good teacher is more than knowing your subject matter. In this session, learn what made Jesus such an effective teacher and how to emulate those skills in your daily life.

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In pairs and small groups, examine bad and good instruction and how learning takes place. Learn the techniques Jesus used and how to implement these approaches.

Meet the Presenter

Jen & Tony Gregory

The Gregorys are elders at Shepherd’s Community Church in Harvey, IL. Jen is the director of Instructional Design at Valparaiso University, a certified group fitness instructor, and a health coach. Tony is a professor of Civil Engineering Technology and department head of Construction Science and Organizational Leadership at Purdue University Northwest. They have four children and two grandchildren.

Making Disciples: Including... →

Making Disciples

Including the Mentally Ill and Their Families

Friday  | 10–10:45am | Room D &

Saturday  | 9–9:45am | Room B

Within our culture, mental illness is one of the most misunderstood and stigmatized illnesses today.Frequently people with mental illness feel excluded; they and their families often don’t feel welcome at churches or fellowships. Learn how to reach out and show them that they are included within the body of Christ.

Read More

Better understand the stigmas we have within our culture about mental illness and that people with mental illness need to hear they are loved and included in the sacrifice of Jesus as much as anyone else. Learn some ways to reach out, as well as ways the mentally ill may see the world. Understand some of the challenges they face. Become aware of things to say or not to say and ways to help them cope. For example, people who deal with chronic depression sometimes have trouble just accomplishing basic day-to-day tasks. Reaching out with a phone call, mowing a lawn, or taking a meal to them can be a huge help.

Meet the Presenter

JoAnn Lagge

JoAnn Lagge is the senior pastor for Grace Communion Church in Sioux Falls, SD. JoAnn and her husband, Dennis, have two sons. Ten years ago, one of her sons was diagnosed with a mental illness, and she and her husband became caregivers. The experience taught them firsthand about the stigma involved with mental illness.

Mentoring →

Mentoring

Saturday  | 9–9:45am | Room A

In this breakout session you will be introduced to the Timothy Project. Based on the biblical story of Paul and Timothy, participants will be encouraged to create intergenerational relationships with people in different places in their spiritual journey. Tips will be given to help participants identify someone to be their “Paul” as well as their “Timothy”

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Imagine the adventure awaiting as you become a part of an individual’s spiritual journey. So whether you are being mentored like Timothy or like Paul you are helping and guiding someone, mentoring could become an integral part of your life and spiritual journey. We will explore how to get started as a mentor and mentee. Being a part of another’s journey will also help you grow with your own. Adventure awaits.

Meet the Presenter

Izzy Hernandez

A recent graduate of the College of DuPage, 22-year-old Izzy Hernandez has grown up in the church but really started taking his faith more seriously only after finishing high school. He is currently a youth leader at Good Shepherd Church in Cicero, IL. He is excited to hear how young people have been affected by the story of Jesus and how they plan to share Him with those around them.

Emily Carithers

A graduate of Bethel College, Emily is currently a registered nurse at Elkhart General Hospital. She is passionate about youth and young adult ministry and desires to help young people realize their spiritual potential. She attends Grace Family Fellowships in Elkhart, IN.

Ok, I Said Hello. Now What? →

Ok, I Said Hello. Now What?

Saturday  | 10–10:45am | Room A

Successfully negotiating the “now what?” can be the difference between being a successful tool in the hands of God and not. This point in our interaction could be very uncomfortable, yet it does not need to be if we remember a few simple points. In this workshop, attendees will be provided with practical tips to prepare for such an eventuality.

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Share challenges that can hinder engagement and receive encouragement to move past them.Attendees will experience less discomfort related to engaging with individuals about the gospel.

Meet the Presenter

Kenneth Barker

A native of the twin island country of Trinidad and Tobago, Kenneth completed his doctoral degree in organizational and industrial psychology in 2017. He is the lead pastor at Shepherd’s Community Church in Harvey, IL. Kenneth and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

On a Mission from God →

On a Mission from God

Saturday  | 9–9:45am | Room D

It might be a popular quote from the Blues Brothers, but the reality is our Father invites us to join Him in the family business of making disciples. This presentation is about spiritual formation and acquiring the tools necessary to spiritually prepare for your mission.

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Believers need deep spiritual roots to help us stand during times of crisis; to trust, believe, and obey God; and love our neighbor. We must know God to stay on mission. Let’s identify the obstacles that are making us sluggish or preventing us from moving forward spiritually and the tools to help us become consistent in spiritual growth.

Meet the Presenter

Lisa Barker

A passionate exhorter, worship leader, and speaker, Lisa works as a lead consultant for eChurchAdmin. She is a former vice president of fund development and special events of the Urban League of Broward County in Florida.  Lisa lives in Chicago with her husband Kenneth and their two children, Kelsey and Michael.

Understanding Other Believing Neighbors →

Understanding Other Believing Neighbors

Saturday  | 10–10:45am | Room D

Why is there such an “us” vs “them” mentality among Christians? Why are there so many denominations and beliefs. Wy is it we focus more on what separates us than what unites us? Let’s talk about how we can come to a better understanding of other believing neighbors.

Meet the Presenter

Katherine Hill

Katherine Hill is a 20 year old college junior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is majoring in Secondary English Education with endorsements in Spanish and Special Education. God is a vital part of her life and she attributes her opportunities and successes are due to the attentive love lavished on her by The Father.

Rick Shallenberger

Rick Shallenberger is regional pastor of GCI’s North Central region, serving our pastors and congregations. Rick also serves as special assistant to President Tkach, traveling and writing for GCI. He and his wife, Cheryl, have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Presenters

Check back soon to see details on the presenters who will be speaking at EngageGCI 2018.

Kenneth Barker

A native of the twin island country of Trinidad and Tobago, Kenneth completed his doctoral degree in organizational and industrial psychology in 2017. He is the lead pastor at Shepherd’s Community Church in Harvey, IL. Kenneth and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

Kenneth Barker

Jason Frantz

Jason Frantz recently transferred from Living Grace Fellowship in Kansas City, MO, to serve as pastor of the Christ Community Church in Cincinnati, OH. He and his wife, Julie, have three children.

Jason Frantz

JoAnn Lagge

JoAnn Lagge is the senior pastor for Grace Communion Church in Sioux Falls, SD. JoAnn and her husband, Dennis, have two sons. Ten years ago, one of her sons was diagnosed with a mental illness, and she and her husband became caregivers. The experience taught them firsthand about the stigma involved with mental illness.

JoAnn Lagge

Lisa Barker

A passionate exhorter, worship leader, and speaker, Lisa works as a lead consultant for eChurchAdmin. She is a former vice president of fund development and special events of the Urban League of Broward County in Florida.  Lisa lives in Chicago with her husband Kenneth and their two children, Kelsey and Michael.

Lisa Barker

Katherine Hill

Katherine Hill is a 20 year old college junior at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is majoring in Secondary English Education with endorsements in Spanish and Special Education. God is a vital part of her life and she attributes her opportunities and successes are due to the attentive love lavished on her by The Father.

Katherine Hill

Jessica Newby

Jessica Newby is a recent high school graduate from Joliet West High School where she participated in cross country, choir, Group Interpretation, Jazz Cats, and other activities. This fall she started her college journey at Olivet Nazarene University and hopes to major in the field of education. She endured the struggles and privileges of growing up as a pastor’s kid in a household of eight and strives every day to have a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus.

Jessica Newby

Karen Newby

Bio coming soon!

Karen Newby

Jen & Tony Gregory

The Gregorys are elders at Shepherd’s Community Church in Harvey, IL. Jen is the director of Instructional Design at Valparaiso University, a certified group fitness instructor, and a health coach. Tony is a professor of Civil Engineering Technology and department head of Construction Science and Organizational Leadership at Purdue University Northwest. They have four children and two grandchildren.

Jen & Tony Gregory

Israel Hernandez

A native Chicagoan, Israel is the lead pastor of the Good Shepherd Church in Cicero, IL. He is a physical therapist and member of the Cicero Clergy Committee. He is the husband of Margaret and father of two sons, Izzy and Noe.

Israel Hernandez

Rick Shallenberger

Rick Shallenberger is regional pastor of GCI’s North Central region, serving our pastors and congregations. Rick also serves as special assistant to President Tkach, traveling and writing for GCI. He and his wife, Cheryl, have three adult children and two grandchildren.

Rick Shallenberger

James Newby

Bio coming soon!

James Newby

Emily Carithers

A graduate of Bethel College, Emily is currently a registered nurse at Elkhart General Hospital. She is passionate about youth and young adult ministry and desires to help young people realize their spiritual potential. She attends Grace Family Fellowships in Elkhart, IN.

Emily Carithers

Izzy Hernandez

A recent graduate of the College of DuPage, 22-year-old Izzy Hernandez has grown up in the church but really started taking his faith more seriously only after finishing high school. He is currently a youth leader at Good Shepherd Church in Cicero, IL. He is excited to hear how young people have been affected by the story of Jesus and how they plan to share Him with those around them.

Izzy Hernandez

Jane Hill

is a paraprofessional, certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Schools. Jane works extensively with struggling students. She and her husband, Mike, have four adult children and two grandchildren. They are excitedly waiting for the birth of their third grandchild.

Jane Hill

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