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Updated: Sep 18, 2017
Events that are of interest to all Illinois churches and members, usually sponsored by the Illinois Conference. 
2017 ACF Fall Retreat September 29 - October 1, 2017: College students, High School students, and Youth/Young Adult leaders interested in ACF ministry are invited to enjoy a weekend getaway full of fun and fellowship at beautiful Camp Akita. It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, relax in the great outdoors, and grow closer to Christ through inspirational messages and practical seminars. The $70 cost also includes 2 nights lodging, 5 meals, outdoor activities, outreach experience, and more! You can pay here online at our conference website by clicking on the "Pay for Events" circle and following the instructions for this even, or you can pay onsite with cash or checks payable to Camp Akita. Regardless of how you pay please fill out the registration form and email it to Include in the subject 2017 ACF Fall Retreat. All youth under 18 are required to submit a filled out Parental Permission Slip. 

Check-in begins at 5pm on Friday, September 29th and Dinner will be at 7:30pm.  Cabins with beds are provided for lodging, please bring your own bedding, towels, and toiletries. Looking forward to seeing you there! For more information contact Pr. José L. Medina Jr. at (815) 566-9079

Registration is now open for the 2017 Children's Leadership Conference!  The 2017 Children's Leadership Conference, "If My People Pray",  is presented by the Center for Youth Evangelism, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists, and the Lake Union Conference.  It will be at Andrews University on October 6-8, 2017.  This year's conference theme is prayer, and promises to be a source of both ministry enrichment and personal growth.  The training will include North American Division Children's Ministry certification for reaching pastors and elders, creative ministries, and a Spanish certification- partnering with parents.  Also new this year is the addition of Adventurer Basic Training.  Join us in learning to minister to our church's greatest resource-the children.  For more information and to register visit our website or email 
PRAYER RETREAT — The Eleventh Annual Illinois Conference Prayer Retreat is October 13-15 at beautiful Camp Akita. The speaker is Dr. Alan Walshe from Andrews University Seminary. The theme is “Learning to Enjoy the Presence of God.” His dynamic presentations will be interactive and practical. General online enrollment is open at The retreat promotional flyer and schedule are also available at this website.

MISSION AKITA — Spring Mission Akita was a huge success!  Now it's your turn.  Plan to join us for Mission Akita Fall 2017.  Please note our new dates:  October 18 - 24 (Wednesday - Tuesday).  Come work, worship, and play together!  Applications are available at
Family Ministries Certification Program  —  Sponsored by the Wisconsin Conference. A program for local church leaders and family ministry coordinators.
Dates: October 19-21, 2017 (Thursday-Saturday)
Place: Waukesha SDA Church 21380 W. Cleveland Ave, New Berlin, WI 53146
Cost: Single—$70.00. Couple—$95.00
Register/More Info: (ministries/family ministries)
Questions: Contact Dr. Abraham Swamidass
Phone: (608) 843-7475 or E-mail
Registration: Thursday—6-6:45 p.m.
Program starts at 7:00 p.m.

The purpose of Family Ministry Certification is to train and equip family ministry leaders to present seminars and help develop effective family ministries in the local church and community. Why train leaders? The enemy’s attack on the family has become more intense than anyone could ever imagine. The need for Family Ministries to be prepared, informed and involved is vital.
The program offers ten modules designed to give a healthy understanding and overview of what is needed in family ministries. When a person attends all ten lectures and fulfills the independent learning requirements of all ten modules, he/she will receive Basic Family Ministries Certification from the Family Ministries Department of the North American Division of SDA. The presenters of these ten modules are family life educators who train throughout North American Division and the Holy Spirit has blessed their ministry to families and the church.
The completion of this certification does not make one an expert rather it makes him/her aware of some of the areas in which families have needs. This gives the trainee an idea where he/she can help with ministry. The aim is to provide trainees a practical and comprehensive resource to help their church to become family friendly and to offer a variety of family life seminars and activities that would help meet some of the needs in their church and community.
Who can attend? Although it is designed to train family ministry coordinators, it is open to church leaders who have a passion for raising healthier families.

Short-Term Mission Trips — The Illinois Conference is trying to gather data for the North American Division on short term mission trips.  These do not have to be out of the country.    If you, or anyone in your church has been involved in short-term mission work in 2016 or 2017, please would you let us know.  You can email the information to, or you can call Shona Cross (630) 856-2800. 

“MADE FOR MORE” (A one day retreat presented by the Illinois Conference’s Women’s Ministries.) Ladies, you are invited to our annual retreat with Keynote Speaker Pastor Anastasia Ferguson-Bansie from Andrew’s University’s Seminary – October 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton, IL.  Her life’s philosophy is simply “To inhale His purpose and exhale His will”.  Cost is:  $60 which includes a light breakfast reception upon check-in, elegant vegetarian and vegan option luncheon, worship, morning and afternoon messages and interesting afternoon seminars.  Call Sarah Aragon at 1(312) 485-6059 to register or go to the for more information and to register and pay online, if you prefer.   (Limited to 100 ladies.)  

GO & TELL — is an evangelism fund for the Illinois Conference. Through GO & TELL we are able to fund evangelistic projects in local churches, and provide financial help for new church plants. Please help us promote this message in every church! This Facebook page is dedicated exclusively to Go & Tell ministries. Click on the link and like the page!

Special offerings are being taken across the Illinois Conference for GO AND TELL. GO AND TELL is raising more evangelistic dollars for planting new churches and for evangelistic projects. Please take time today to prayerfully consider what you can give to GO AND TELL this year. See promo HERE then hit "download" and then "HD." Find us on Facebook: 

For announcements of events sponsored by local churches, please click on the link to the right or below for your area.  Below is a map showing the various areas in the Illinois Conference.