Conference schedule and personnel are subject to change. Watch this page for updates.
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Saturday, August 1
 7:15 pm – Mark Lowry and The Martins
 9:15 pm – Food and friendship on campus

Sunday, August 2
8:30 am – Begin the day with prayer – Chapel
9:00 am – Annual Report to Conference Family – Founders Hall
(please note change of time and location for annual meeting)
9:15 am – Christian Life Community with Marie Ens – Chapel
10:30 am – Worship Team, Jimmy Needham, Skye Jethani
 6:45 pm – Evening prayer – Chapel
7:15 pm – Worship Team, Jimmy Needham, Robert Gallagher 
9:15 pm – Food and friendship on campus

Monday, August 3
8:30 am – Begin the day with prayer – Chapel
9:00 am – Morning Bible Hour with Robert Gallagher
10:00-noon – Children and Youth Communities
10:30-noon – Adult Christian Life Communities
6:45 pm – Evening prayer – Chapel
7:15 pm – Worship Team, Jimmy Needham and David Choi.
9:15 pm – Food and friendship on campus

Tuesday, August 4
8:30 am – Begin the day with prayer – Chapel
9:00 am – Morning Bible Hour with Robert Gallagher
10:00-noon – Children and Youth Communities
10:15-2:30 – Pastors’ Day – Lakeshore Center at Okoboji
Presenters: David Choi, Robert Gallagher and Laurel Bunker
                       Complimentary tickets required (click here to register)
10:30-noon – Adult Christian Life Communities
12:15 pm – Luncheon for Pastors & Spouses – Lakeshore Center at Okoboji
Complimentary tickets required
6:45 pm –  
Evening prayer – Chapel
7:15 pm – Worship Team and David Choi
9:15 pm – Food and friendship on campus

Wednesday, August 5
8:30 am – Begin the day with prayer – Chapel
9:00 am – Morning Bible Hour with Robert Gallagher
10:00-noon – Children and Youth Communities
10:30-noon – Adult Christian Life Communities
1:00 pm – Women’s Luncheon with Carol Kent  at Arrowwood
Click here to purchase tickets beginning May 6, 2015
6:45 pm – Evening prayer – Chapel
7:15 pm – Worship Team, Laurel Bunker
9:15 pm – Food and friendship on campus

Thursday, August 6
7:00 am – Men’s Breakfast with Skye Jethani – Fellowship Center – Tickets available at Conference 
8:30 am – Begin the day with prayer – Chapel
9:00 am – Morning Bible Hour with Robert Gallagher
10:00-noon – Children and Youth Communities
10:30-noon – Adult Christian Life Communities
4-6:00 pm – Prayer for Healing – Chapel (Come and go as convenient)
6:45 pm – Evening prayer – Chapel
7:15 pm – Worship Team, Gavin Johnson
9:15 pm – Food and friendship on campus

Friday, August 7
8:30 am – Begin the day with prayer – Chapel
9:00 am – Morning Bible Hour with Robert Gallagher
10:00-noon – Children and Youth Communities
10:30-noon – Adult Christian Life Communities
 6:45 pm – Evening prayer – Chapel
7:15 pm – Worship Team, The Gray Havens, Gavin Johnson
9:15 pm – Friendship and food venues around the campus

Saturday, August 8
8:30 am – Begin the day with prayer – Chapel
10:30 am – Adult Christian Life Communities:
Missions with A & T – Chapel; For the Life of the World video series – Okoboji Middle School
10:30 am – Celebrating Communities with children and youth
6:45 pm –  Evening prayer – Chapel
7:15 pm – Worship Team, The Gray Havens, Ron Walborn
9:15 pm – Food and friendship on campus

Sunday, August 9
8:30 am – Begin the day with prayer – Chapel
9:15 am – Adult Christian Life Communities
Missions with A & T – Chapel; For the Life of the World video series – Okoboji Middle School
10:30 am – Worship Team, Ron Walborn
7:15 pm –  We’re Called The Church – Celebrating Christian unity and mission

Morning Bible Hour with ROBERT GALLAGHER
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – Tabernacle
“A Fishy Tale: Towards Understanding the Book of Jonah”
Begin exploring the book of Jonah by prayerfully reading, observing and interpreting the book as a whole. Explore the meaning of the manuscript by asking who were the author and audience, what was the date, genre, occasion, structure and purpose of the book. Question various passages of Jonah as to what you see, its meaning and how to apply it to your life.

Robert Gallagher is an associate professor and directs the Masters of Arts program in intercultural studies at Wheaton College Graduate School in suburban Chicago. He has taught there since 1998. He was president of the American Society of Missiology and served as an executive pastor in Australia. Leadership in theological education took him to Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific.

Adult Christian Life Communities
connectedMonday – Friday, 10:30 am to noon. Christian Life Communities are electives. Participants are encouraged to attend the same community all five days. Room locations will be announced at Conference.

Lifetime Blueprint for Raising Kingdom Kids CHAD HAYENGA & JIM JACKSON 
This class imparts a profound and memorable model that keeps Biblical principles in the middle of everyday parenting. Become more of the parent you want to be as you laugh, cry, think, pray and get equipped to bring the gospel to life in your home.

Connected Families founder and author Jim Jackson, and marriage and family therapist and sidekick Chad Hayenga, have partnered more than a decade to inspire and equip parents. Their unique blend of transparency, humor and insightful Biblical teaching will leave you encouraged to bring God’s grace to life in discipline.

The Big Questions SKYE JETHANI  & JESSE WARD
Young Adult Community (out of high school through age 30)
There are a handful of issues at the intersection of faith, life and culture that are causing some to question the plausibility of Christian belief. This discussion will engage many difficult issues while searching for a renewed vision of what it means to  live with God in our world.

Skye Jethani and Jesse Ward pair to present this community. Check out Skye’s link above. Jesse Ward was a Conference guy long before somebody said, “Let’s make a young adult community.” That uniquely qualifies this 29-year-old from Maywood, Illinois to launch the group with a helping hand from Skye. Jesse will facilitate relationships, mission and fun! 

Livin’ For Jesus . . . Hook, Line & SinkerBECKY LINN
Women’s Community
You don’t have to enjoy fishin’ to know when a fish is hungry, it will gobbler not only the worm, but the hook, line and sinker! In much the same way, we are to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We are to live for Him with all we are and have! As we study God’s word together, you will be challenged to grow deeper in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

All About Love  Study of I John JIM SHULTZ
Love is a term used so loosely in our culture that it can lose meaning. “I am so in love with her.” “I loved that movie.” “I love tacos.” The greatest commands God has for us are to love Him and love our neighbors, but what is love? This interactive, verse-by-verse study will guide you toward a better understanding of love and the book of I John.

Jim Shultz is the young adults pastor at Hope Church in Memphis, Tennessee. He teaches at Union University, Visible Music College and Lancaster Bible College as an adjunct faculty member. Jim’s passion is to help believers think deeply about God, His Word and culture in order to have greater confidence in Christ.

Love Your Neighbor As Yourself: The Second Greatest CommandmentLAURA SHULTZ
Ministry-minded folks are often wonderful at pouring out to others, but sometimes we overlook the importance of caring for ourselves. Jesus instructed us to love our neighbors as ourselves. What exactly does that mean? This interactive study will challenge you to take the second greatest commandment seriously through the discussion of important self-care topics designed to help promote emotional and physical growth.

Laura Shultz is a licensed clinical psychologist. She also serves as adjunct faculty at Lancaster Bible College. As a pastor’s wife and ministry volunteer, she is passionate about the integration of solid Biblical theology with the best scientific practices of psychology.

Classic Spiritual Practices For a Contemporary World JAYNA GALLAGHER
This course looks at ancient spiritual practices that are relevant for our spiritual walk today. We will explore the origins and practice of such disciplines as silence, solitude, Sabbath, rule of life, prayer, lectio divina and examen. Opportunity will be provided during sessions to practice these disciplines and others that will deepen our walk with God.

Jayna Gallagher taught many years in public schools and was an adjunct professor at Lincoln Christian University. She is currently involved in leadership and writing for Christos Chicago Center for Spiritual Formation. She ministers with husband Robert at the Wheaton Chinese Alliance Church.

For the Life of the World: Letters to Exiles is a new video series that explores what it means to have new life in Christ. Have you ever wondered, “What is my salvation actually FOR?” Is it only about getting to heaven? Is it just to have a “friend in Jesus?” The Bible calls us strangers and pilgrims, living in “the now and not yet” of God’s Kingdom come on earth. In seven 20-minute-ish episodes, you’ll learn how our lives lived on earth matter in God’s plan for the world. Anyone familiar with the Christian faith – whether you’re Baptist or Catholic, Lutheran or Presbyterian, madly in love with your church or just about to walk out its doors – will find wonder and hope along this journey. Rediscover our passionate and imaginative callings as agents of God’s grace in every broken place. This interactive community will be facilitated by Cristy Bruns, Terry Esau, Kyle McClellan, Phil Vischer, and Rob Vischer.

 Global Missions Guests:
Marie Ens sensed a call to missions as a young girl. From the age of eight, her goal was to be a missionary. Who could have known that when the Ens family was assigned to Cambodia in 1960 that the journey would begin a life-long love affair with that country? Today, well into retirement, Marie lives at an orphanage and AIDS hospice called Place of Rescue, located just outside the city of Phnom Penh. Working with a dedicated Cambodian team, Marie cares for AIDS patients and their families.  

A & T are from the Midwest, met at college and have three children. Rooted in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, A & T spent nine years overseas, the latter seven in a conflict-torn Islamic nation. They are passionate about sharing the love of Christ with Muslims and helping Christians wrestle through its challenges.