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The Annual Conference of the Great Lakes District, EFCA

JOIN US OCTOBER 14-15, 2024

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Join us for the 2024 Great Lakes District Annual Conference.
This year we’ll be at The Compass Church (Wheaton Campus). We hope you’ll be there with us as we move Forward. Together!

DON’T MISS OUT

Don’t miss this pivotal moment in the Great Lakes District as we celebrate and honor the ministry of Rick Thompson as our GLD Superintendent and welcome our next District Superintendent. We’ll be meeting at The Compass Church in suburban Chicagoland. God has been faithful and is still at work—join us as we move Forward. Together!

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RICK THOMPSON

After more than 20 years, Rick Thompson will be passing on the baton of leadership in the Great Lakes District. Join us as we honor and celebrate Rick’s faithful, fruitful, and dynamic ministry in the GLD!

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BRETT GLEASON

Come hear from and connect with our Great Lakes District Superintendent Nominee! Don’t miss this pivotal moment in the history of the GLD.

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KEVIN KOMPELIEN

Kevin Kompelien was elected president of the Evangelical Free Church of America in 2015. In the spring of 2024 he transitioned to President of Trinity International University. Kevin will be joining us to celebrate Rick’s ministry, welcome our new DS, and encourage us from God’s Word to keep moving Forward. Together!

GLDCON24 SCHEDULE

MONDAY | OCT 14

 11:30a | PRE-CONFERENCE

For pastors who are new to the GLD. Must pre-register.

 1:00p | SESSION 1

Celebration and appreciation of Rick Thompson’s ministry, including worship led by Derick, David, & Tiffany Thompson and a farewell message from Rick.

 2:30p | BREAK

 3:00p | BUSINESS MEETING

Annual Business Meeting of the GLD. During this time we will host an informal Q&A with Rick and the incoming District Superintendent. 

 5:00p | DINNER CELEBRATION

Join us for our Dinner Celebration as we celebrate Rick Thompson’s ministry and welcome our new DS!

 7:00p | SESSION 2

We’ll be led in worship by the team from Compass Church and hear from our new District Superintendent.

TUESDAY | OCT 15

 9:00a | AFFINITY GROUP GATHERINGS

Connect in an affinity group with others serving in a similar ministry to your own. Scroll down for more info.

 11:00a | SESSION 3

The Compass Church team will lead us again in worship before we hear from Kevin Kompelien, former EFCA President and current President of Trinity International University.

 12:00p | AFTER-PARTY LUNCH

Enjoy lunch together with our new District Superintendent. This is a $10 add-on when you register. Must pre-register.

AFFINITY GROUPS

On Tuesday you’ll have an opportutnity to connect with and learn from others serving in a similar ministry to your own. Most groups will follow a peer-learning format.

NORMAL CHURCHES

Connect with other Pastors of GLD Churches under 200 in attendance. This group will focus on the unique challenges of shepherding a church under 200 in attendance. The vast majority of chruches in the U.S. are this size, making each a “normal” church!

Mark Burks

GLD Area Superintendent

IMPACT CHURCHES

Connecting Lead Pastors of mid-sized chruches (200-450), this group will focus on peer-learning. Topics and questions submitted by attendees shape the agenda. We believe the answer is in the room—we want to draw out the wisdom, knowledge, and experience of those attending.

Josh Weiland

Wawasee Bible

LARGE CHURCHES

Designed for Lead and Executive Pastors in churches near or greater than 500 in weekly attendance, this group will explore topics and questions submitted by attendees. Learn from, encourage, and network with other leaders in a similar context of large-church ministry.

Darrell Cloud

The Compass Church

MINISTRY TO WOMEN

Ministry to Women is a vital part of any healthy church, especially when you consider that the majority of attendees at nearly every church in America are women! This group will guide and encourage other GLD leaders engaged with Ministry to Women.

Cyndi Leamon

GLD Ministry to Women

STUDENT MINISTRY

Come connect with other Student Ministry pastors and leaders in this affinity group. Our agenda will be driven by those in the room, discussing topics submitted by attendees on the unique challenges, frustrations, and joys of Student Ministry

Dan Sommer

EFCA Apex & GLD Student Ministries

WIVES OF PASTORS

Being married to a pastor carries with it many unique dynamics. Join other spouses of pastors in this affinity group for a time of learning, encouragement, and prayer for one another. We will also take some time to honor Jan Thompson and her ministry over the years in the GLD. 

Lisa Bubar

GLD Board Member

DISABILITY & SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY

Come learn from leaders with EFCA Disabilitiy & Special Needs Ministry and connect with other GLD leaders serving and/or interested in disability & special needs ministry within their local church.

Jesse Frederickson

EFCA Disability & Special Needs Ministry

WORSHIP LEADERS

This group is open to full-time, part-time and volunteer worship pastors, directors and leaders in Great Lakes District churches. Creative, programming, and production team members are also welcome to attend.

Steve & Amy McCausland

GLD Area Superintendent

MULTI-ETHNIC MINISTRIES

The challenges and rewards of leading minsitry in a multi-ethnic context are immense! Come connect with others doing the same and leave encouraged and built up. We’ll explore topics submitted by those in the room and learn from one another.

April Warfield

EFCA Director of Multicultural Ministries

KIDS & FAMILY MINISTRIES

This group is designed for those leading and minsitering to children and families in the GLD. Jesus loved kids and so do we! Come learn from and connect with others serving in this vital area of ministry!

Sue Myroup

The Compass Church

HEALTHY BOARD DYNAMICS

Do you serve in some capacity on a church board? Come learn about the dynamics of church boards at various sizes of growth, how best to support and engage with your pastor, healthy relationships between board and staff, and more!

Gerhard deBock

Trinity Fellowship EFC (Big Rapids, MI)

NEW PASTOR TO THE GLD/EFCA?

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PRE-CONFERENCE

GET AQUAINTED WITH THE GREAT LAKES DISTRICT & EFCA

If you are a new pastor to the GLD, join us for this informative pre-conference gathering. We’ll do our best to help you get a lay of the land and connect you with other leaders in our movement. We’ll even pay for your lunch!
When you register, please sign up for the New Pastors Pre-Conference. (And if you’re married, bring your spouse!)

We want you engaged as we move
Forward. Together!

AFTER-PARTY LUNCH

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POST-CONFERENCE

Enjoy lunch together with our new District Superintendent

This is an opportunity to get to know our new District Superintendent in a more relaxed and informal gathering as we share a meal together. We hope you can join us. There is an additional $10 charge to cover the cost of your meal. To attend, sign up for the After-Party Lunch when you register.

REGISTER NOW

Register by September 1, 2024 for the best rate!
(Scroll down for hotel options.)

EARLY-BIRD RATE

Register by September 1, 2024 for this rate. Registration cost includes access to all sessions, breakouts, and the Monday evening dinner celebration.

$59
REGISTER HERE

REGULAR RATE

This rate takes effect after September 1, 2024. Cost includes access to all sessions, breakouts, and the Monday evening dinner celebration.

$79
REGISTER HERE
CONFERENCE LOCATION
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THE COMPASS CHURCH
WHEATON CAMPUS

520 E Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
thecompass.net/wheaton

CHILDCARE AVAILABLE WHEN YOU REGISTER

When you register, you’ll be able to add on childcare. The cost is $10 per child, but no more than $20 per family.

HOTEL OPTIONS

We’ve secured preferred rates at the hotels below using the information listed. 

(Scroll up to the section above to register for the conference.)

HILTON GARDEN INN

  • Naperville/Warrenville
    28351 Dodge Dr | Warrenville, IL 60555
    630-393-3223

  • $139
    if reserved by October 4, 2024
  • Full hot breakfast buffet included.

  • Group Code: 90U

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  • Naperville
    1155 E Diehl Rd | Naperville, IL 60563
    630-505-0550

  • $119 (King)
    $139 (2 Queens)
    if reserved by September 16, 2024
  • Breakfast NOT included.

  • Block: THE COMPASS CHURCH