Prayer Retreat 2022

Illinois cOnference Annual Prayer Retreat

"Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to the end (Ephesians 6:18).” This prayer challenge is especially relevant as we face the troubled water around us and before us. Elder James Black and his wife Maxine will unpack our theme of "Praying Our Way Through." We invite you to join us at the Downers Grove Church on October 7 & 8 for our special Conference-wide Prayer Retreat. Plan to be inspired by Elder Black's dynamic presentations, inspirational music, testimonies, food and fellowship, prayer groups, and much more.

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guest speakers

Elder JAmes & Maxine Black

James Black served the NAD for 21 years. He was the director for Youth & Young Adults, Prayer Ministries, Reconnecting Ministries, and office Chaplin. James & Maxine Black are the founders and owners of The DeVan Group. For the past 37 years they have traveled the world serving youth and young adults in the areas of leadership training and community engagement. They are committed to providing support initiatives for encouraging students to perform at optimum levels academically and socially. James has written more than 13 books and resources, and Maxine has served as editor and manager for publishing. Together they used their experience to set up the Creative Book Writing Initiative for students to become authors. They have been married for 40 years and have 3 professional young adult children and 6 busy grandchildren. James and Maxine enjoy traveling, horses, motorcycles, boating, gardening, working with youth, and spending time with family.