Welcome to the 2018 CCIW Regional Assembly Information Page!

Join us as we “Rise Up!”

We will meet on Oct. 19-20 at The Chateau Hotel and Conference Center, 1621 Jumer Dr., Bloomington, IL 61704; www.bloomingtonchateau.com.

The theme is based upon the scriptures Matthew 19:14 and 1 Timothy 4:12-14.

All persons who register have the privilege of the Assembly which includes: Worship with Rev. Terri Hord Owens our General Minister and President.

Also, Youth events; Story Hour; Mission opportunities.

Each congregation is also entitled to 5 voting delegates. In addition, every Pastor with standing in the Region has voting privileges. Business items must be submitted to the Regional Church Council and circulated to our congregations 35 days in advance of the Assembly.

Register to Attend

Vendor Table Registration

$25 per Table payment is required.
Vendors will also need to submit a General Registration.

General Registration

Early registration discount through May 31st!

Friday, Oct 19

  • Clergy Lunch
  • 11:30 a.m. Gathering (child care provided)
  • 12:00 p.m. Luncheon with Rev. Teresa Hord Owens.
  • 12:45 p.m. Presentation

Registration at Conference Center starting at 12 noon.
Vendor Displays available at 12 noon
Hotel Check is 3 p.m.

  • 2:00-4:00 p.m. Pro-Reconciliation/Anti-Racism workshop on Micro-Aggressions

Sign up for the PRAR Workshop here!

  • 5:00 p.m. Gathering Time
  • 6:00 p.m. Banquet—featuring SLAM, congregation recognitions, Disciple of Merit.
  • 7:30 p.m. Worship—-featuring Rev. Terri Hord Owens
  • 9:30 p.m. Story Hour & Youth Event!

(child care provided from 6:30-9:30 p.m.)

Saturday, Oct. 20

  • 7:00 a.m.         Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 a.m.         Morning Keynote on Mission First:  Teresa and Bill S-D
  • 8:30 a.m          Business session: Election of Officers
  • 9:00 a.m.         Mini Event #1: Together We Rise & Linus Project
  • 10:00 a.m.       Learning tracks for all ages
  • 11:00 a.m.       Learning tracks for all ages
  • 12 noon           Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.         Mini Event #2: Linus Project & Together We Rise
  • 2:15 p.m.         Closing Worship and Installation of Officers.

(Child care provided from 8:45-12 noon and from 1-3:30 p.m.)

Helpful Saturday Workshops:

  • Youth Ministry for Any Size Congregation led by Rev. Bill Spangler-Dunning, Regional Minister Upper Midwest.
  • New Church Ministries led by Rev. Jeff Zimmerman, Rev. Tom Yang, and Rev. Rebecca Anderson, from CCIW new church ministries and NAPAD
  • Spiritual Formation through the Generations by Sheila Spencer, Disciples Home Missions
  • NBA XPLOR by Mark Anderson, NBA President
  • Children’s Ministry by Olivia Bryan Updegrove, DHM
  • Hospitality Evangelism by Rev. Mary Runge

Workshop Details

Youth Ministry for Any Size Congregation

By Rev. Bill Spangler-Dunning
Explore the how, the why, and the mission-focused purpose of starting and developing a youth ministry in any size church. This webinar will focus on healthy ways to start a new youth ministry program, as well as some common pot holes that can derail startups in small churches. You will also learn about structures and schedules that work better in small churches with fewer volunteers. Rev. Spangler-Dunning will share his first-hand knowledge of what it takes to develop, structure, and lead a youth ministry program and make it last.

Rev. Bill Spangler-Dunning presently serves as the Regional Minister for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Upper Midwest. He also has served as youth minister in several congregations, as the West Area Youth Coordinator in Kentucky, and as Associate Regional Minister in the Upper Midwest. He is a founding member of the Disciples Youth Ministry Network (DYMN), and has authored the youth ministry resource curriculum titled “Revolutions: Finding New Ways to Talk to Youth About Issues Revolving Around the World.”

New Church/Ministries

By Rev. Jeff Zimmerman, Rev. Tom Yang, and Rev. Rebecca Anderson
From CCIW new church ministries and NAPAD. Jeff, Tom work with our new affiliating and emerging congregations in our region. They will share stories to inspire and encourage. Rev. Rebecca Anderson is a new church Pastor with Gilead Chicago, a joint UCC and DoC congregation meeting in the Rogers Park neighborhood on Chicago’s north side. Rebecca will share her passion and vision for Gilead Chicago.

Spiritual Formation through the Generations

By Sheila Spencer – Director Christian Education / Faith Formation – DHM
Sheila Spencer is Assistant to the President and Director of Christian Education and Faith Formation with Disciples Home Missions. Her ministry has included being a resource, leading workshops, writing, planning and implementation of leadership/ministry events for congregations and women.

She leads missionary journeys and encourages women to see life through a new set of eyes. Sheila also provides leadership and training for the Leadership Apprentice (formerly Enablers) program: a leadership development ministry for women of color.

Sheila’s background includes experience as bilingual educator, teacher trainer and literacy coach. Her education includes undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education.

NBA XPLOR and other work

By Mark Anderson, NBA President
Serving as the health and social services general ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the National Benevolent Association partners with congregations, regions, general ministries, and a variety of Disciples-related health and social service providers to create communities of compassion and care. Our shared work advances care for and with others in our communities and raises awareness of needs that are often overlooked and forgotten—needs such as affordable housing; spiritual care for the incarcerated; children and family services; programs for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities; care and advocacy for older adults; hunger and food security initiatives; and other efforts responding to human need in its many expressions.

Bringing All Ages Together in Worship and at Home

By Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove
1 out of every 10 teenagers will still be in the church in their twenties. Why? What happened? What didn’t happen? What can we do to change this trend? Who stayed? Why did they stay? Over the past 15 years lots of research and study has been done to help explain the reasons behind those leaving the church building and those leaving their faith entirely.

Everyone says, “Of course we want younger people in our church,” but the authentic and foundational approaches we are currently using are more focused on numbers than Jesus. We want a person in a pew, not a person seeking God.

There is not a “one size fits all” response to these shifts (or I would be making a lot more money). We will take time to engage in conversation that will help understand both the big (generational theories, technology, and structural shifts) and small (books, resources, and ministries) picture ways to faithfully respond to being “church” in intentional, intergenerational ways in 2018.

Bio: Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove Minister of Family & Children’s Ministries at Disciples Home Mission, Part-Time Pastor at Independence Christian Church, KY. Rev. Dr. Updegrove is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She attended seminary at Lexington Theological Seminary and completed her doctoral work at Claremont School of Theology with an emphasis in preaching. She has worked with kids, youth, and young adults at various stages of her ministry, and has a deep passion for biblical education for all ages as a foundation for deeper spiritual growth. She has two children’s books published, “What is God?” “Who is Jesus?” and “Where is Holy?” http://revoliviabryan.wix.com/whatisgodstories, and docfamiliesandchildren.org

Hospitality: The Front Door to Sharing the Good News

By Rev. Mary Runge
Laity and Clergy are invited to this interactive workshop, where we will explore various ways to share our faith through the spiritual discipline of hospitality. Participants will learn how hospitality is integral in the Scriptures and acts as the primary context for sharing our faith. Participants will share ideas about how to apply this practically in their faith life and church ministry.

Bio: Mary received her Master’s of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary in 2016 and ordained that same year. She resides in Galesburg, IL where she is a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Five years ago we updated our Constitution and Bylaws, which required us to review and update it every five years. The review produced these recommended changes for Regional Assembly action.

The Chateau Bloomington


For individual call in reservations: must ask for the “CCIWRA18” when booking.

Cost: $79 single or double plus taxes.

Reservations Manager (Angie) 309-665-5671 (M-F 8AM-4PM)
Front Desk 309-662-2020 (24 hours)
Central Reservations 866-690-4006 (M-F 7AM-10PM) (SUN 9AM-9PM)

Check In: 3:00 PM or after date on the date of arrival

Check Out: 12:00 PM or before on the day of departure

All reservations must be received on or before: 10/5/2018
Guest rooms that have not been reserved in this block will be release on this date.  Reservations received after this date will be subject to room and rate availability.

Clergy/Partner Lunch

$ 15

  • Supreme Club
  • Chicken Ceasar Wrap
  • Vegetarian

Friday Banquet

$ 30

  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Vegetarian
  • *Choice include: Salad, Vegetable, Potato, Rolls, Cinnamon Rolls, Drinks and Dessert.

Saturday Breakfast Buffet

$ 13


Saturday Boxed Lunch

$ 15

  • Turkey
  • Roast Beef
  • Vegetarian

Register to Attend

Vendor Table Registration

$25 per Table payment is required.
Vendors will also need to submit a General Registration.

General Registration

Early registration discount through May 31st!

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