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Harvest U Chicago will be hosted at Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Whether you come from across the country or around the globe, you will not return to your church unchanged. You will walk away with a renewed passion, clarified vision, and strengthened by the power of prayer.

Make valuable connections with like-minded leaders and share vision that will encourage growth and revival in your church.

Featuring

James Macdonald
Senior Pastor | Harvest Bible Chapel

Robbie Symons
Senior Pastor | Harvest Bible Chapel Oakville, Canada

Dr. Gene Getz
Speaker & Author

Paul Baloche

Meredith Andrews

Jon Guerra

Vertical Church Band

Sunday
October 23

5 PM  Registration Open
7 PM  Main Session #1
9 PM  Late Night Option: Jon Guerra & Friends

Monday
October 24

8 AM  Registration Open
9:30 AM  Main Session #2
12:00 PM  Lunch on-site
1:15 PM  Workshop 1 
3 PM  Workshop 2
4:30 PM  Dinner (on your own)
7 PM  Main Session #3
9 PM  Late Night Option: God at Work Film Festival

Tuesday
October 25

9:30 AM  Main Session #4
12:00 PM  Lunch on-site
1:15 PM  Workshop 3 
3 PM  Workshop 4
4:30 PM  Dinner (on your own)
7 PM  Main Session #5

Wednesday
October 26

8 AM – Noon
Optional Seminars

*Workshops below are listed in the order taught. For exact times, please reference the conference schedule.

Workshops

All workshops are available to all attendees. No reservations required.

Preaching

1 Clear Your Throat: Finding Your Own Voice As A Spokesperson for God
ADAM BAILIE

 

2 Preaching: The Journey
DOUG HELMER

 

3 5 Key Lessons For Young Vertical Preachers
BOBBY GREENWOOD

 

4 Preaching That Partners With The Holy Spirit
TIM HARKNESS

Leadership

1 Leveraging important pastoral relationships: Biblical Pastoral Pit Crew
JUSTIN ERIKSON

 

2 Strategic Leadership in Seasons of Change
BRIAN WHITE

 

3 Servant-leadership: A Biblical and Pragmatic Strategy
GENE GETZ

 

Student Ministry

1 Recruiting and Training Leaders to Last
LANDON MACDONALD, TOMMY CREUTZ

 

2 How should I spend my time as a student pastor or worker?
NICK ELY

 

3 Jesus, the World’s First Youth Pastor
LANDON MACDONALD

 

4 Building a Student Ministry that lasts beyond its leader
CAL WISEN

Lessons Lab

High-impact mini sessions occurring every 20 minutes with optional discussions following.

 

MON 1:15-2:45
Why and How to do Local Church Apologetics
RYAN JORGENSON

 

Intercessory Prayer
SCOTT BIRD

 

Leading Volunteer Staff and Leaders
MIKE WILLIS

 

Global Partnerships: Why and How?
KIRK VANMAANEN

 

MON 3:00-4:30
Freedom Sessions: Addiction Recovery Ministry in the Local Church
SCOTT HAMILTON

 

Avoiding Mission Drift
AL BLAKE

 

Pastoral Sabbaticals – Why/When/How
BRETT MARAGNI

 

TUE 1:15-2:45
Healthy Definitions of Ministry ‘Success’
LUKE AHRENS

 

When You Feel Inadequate
ERIC POSTELUK

 

A Word to Young Leaders
BROCK GRAHAM

 

TUE 3:00-4:30
Writing Faithful Sermons Faster
RYAN HUGULEY

 

Building a High-Impact Team
DAN HAMMER

 

Defeating the Post-Sermon Blues
RYAN LOWERY

Worship

1 Loving the People More than the Music
ANDI ROZIER

 

2 6 Topics, 6 Worship Leaders, 60 Minutes
EDDIE HOAGLAND, CHRIS MOELLER, CHRIS HERRINGTON, PAUL BALOCHE, ANDI ROZIER, BRENT THOMAS

 

3 One Man Band: leading a worship ministry on your own
TODD RUKES, ADAM BOYLAN, BRETT LOVERN

 

4 Lead Worship and if necessary use songs
PAUL BALOCHE

CHURCH STRATEGY

1 Building and Sustaining Momentum
EARL SEALS, LAVON KOERNER

 

2 Strategic Partnership to Leverage Your Mission
BRENT HALVORSEN

 

3 Making Changes When Things Aren’t Working Like They Should in The First Five Years
JASON DRAPER

 

4 Working on Your Work
SCOTT MILHOLLAND

Children's Ministry

1 The Greater Leader: Creating and Coaching a Team for Greater Impact
SARAH PORTZ

 

2 The Greater Volunteer: Recruiting, Training and Retention Through Intentionality
MOHAN ZACHARIAH, LYNDA SCHLECHT

 

3 The Greater Family: Reaching First Time Families and The Importance of It
GRADY ADKINS

 

4 The Greater Impact: Teaching, Shepherding and Discipleship To Parents and Kids
JENNIFER ABBATACOLA

Ministry & Family

1 Raising Pastor’s Kids Who Love the Church
TRENT & ANDREA GRIFFITH

 

2 Pastors Wives
KATHY MACDONALD, BETSY DIRKSE

 

3 True Multiplying Ministry
JEFF TERRELL

 

4 Marriage and Ministry – How to Thrive
JOHN & BETSY DIRKSE

CHURCH OPERATIONS

1 Successful Ministry Project Management
LAURA WEIGLE, JOE NELSON

 

2 Pledge Campaigns and Building Acquisitions
TREI TATUM, FRED ADAMS, MIKE WILLIS

 

3 Financial & Legal Q&A
FRED ADAMS, CHRIS NUDO

 

4 Human Resources in the Church
TODD RUKES, LUKE MACDONALD

OUTREACH

1 Creating and Sustaining an Effective Community Outreach Ministry
BILL BORINSTEIN

 

2 Short Term Missions: How to Partner with HBF and Serve HBC’s Around the World
LAURA ZIMMERMAN, STEVE STOLTZFUS, MIKE DUBARD, DALE HANSEN

 

3 Church-Wide Prayer Nights That Ignite Passion
JOHN DIRKSE

 

4 Creative Ways to Reach Women for Christ
LYNNE TELLSCHOW, PANEL

Essentials

1 Essentials of Evangelism

ERIC POSTELUK

 

2 Essentials of Preaching
RON ZAPPIA

 

3 Essentials of Prayer
JEFF SCHWARZENTRAUB

 

4 Essentials of Worship: Harvest Worship Philosophy
JAKE FRANCE, KYLE SMITH, CHRIS MOHLER

Elders

1 Working Through Church Issues With Your Elders
STEVE DEEDRICK, JAMIE HART, ROB WILLEY

 

2 Finding Your First Elders and Building A Solid Relationship from the Start
JEREMIAH CANFIELD

 

4 The Changing Role of Elder and Senior Pastor
DAVID WISEN, BRENT HALVORSEN, BRIAN WHITE

Small Groups & Soul Care

1 Mutual Ministry and C.A.R.E.
DAN TURNER

 

1 Our Identity in Christ – helping women replace labels with the Designer’s labels
BETH FREEMAN & LYNNE TELLSCHOW

 

2 Implementing Biblical Soul Care In Your Church
GARRETT HIGBEE

 

2 Increasing SG Participation in Your Church
BEN DOSTI

 

3 Providing the Right Care at the Right Time
NATHAN SCROGGINS

 

3 Small Groups and Church Size
BRIAN BEMENT, TRENT GRIFFITH, MATT TOWNSEND

 

4 Writing Effective Applicational Pulpit Curriculum
BRIAN HOLT & BRIAN BEMENT

 

4 Multiplying Small Group Leaders
STEVE DEEDRICK

Communications/Culture

1 Building a Church Communications Strategy
LUKE MACDONALD, DAN LIDSTONE, DAN SUMPTER

 

2 Establishing a Healthy Culture
SCOTT HOLLINGSHEAD

 

3 Essentials of Assimilation: Building & Driving the Funnel
BILL BORINSTEIN

 

4 Stop The Fighting; Stop The Biting: Cultivating HBF Relational Values
BRYAN PAYNE

Current Issues

1 Innercity Church Planting: Opportunities and Challenges
JON KELLY, KENT STEINER

 

2 Legally protect your church: bylaw changes you should be making
CHRIS NUDO, BRUCE STROM

 

3 Getting Your People Deeper in the Word
BILL CIOFANI

 

4 Transgenderism
ROB WILLEY

Wednesday Seminars

Stick around on Wednesday (8 AM – Noon) for additional in-depth seminars. Your purchase of a Wednesday seminar allows you access to any seminar of your choosing. No seminar selection needed (Additional fees apply).

 

The Playbook: Our Best Practices for Church Planting
JOEL ANDERSON, KIRK VANMAANEN

 

Crisis Counseling: What You Need To Know and Case Studies
GARRETT HIGBEE

 

Leading Well
LYLE WELLS, GEN. ROBERT L VANANTWERP

 

Next Level Worship Leading
ANDI ROZIER, VCB, PAUL BALOCHE

 

Young Leader Track

Leading Volunteer Staff and Leaders

MIKE WILLIS

Strategic Leadership in Seasons of Change

BRIAN WHITE

Healthy Definitions of Ministry “Success”

LUKE AHRENS

A Word to Young Leaders

BROCK GRAHAM

Biblical Answers to Catholic Questions

BILL CIOFANI

Advanced Small Group Leaders

Intercessory Prayer

SCOTT BIRD

Strategic Leadership in Seasons of Change

BRIAN WHITE

Providing Care at the Right Time

NATHAN SCROGGINS

True Multiplying Ministry

JEFF TERRELL

Women in Ministry

Our Identity in Christ – Helping Women Replace Labels with the Designer’s Labels

BETH FREEMAN & LYNNE TELLSCHOW

Pastors Wives

KATHY MACDONALD & BETSY DIRKSE

Essentials of Prayer

JEFF SCHWARTZENTRAUB

Creative Ways to Reach Women for Christ

LYNNE TELLSCHOW, PANEL

The Early Years (Starting a New Church)

Clear Your Throat: Finding Your Own Voice as a Spokesperson for God

ADAM BAILIE

6 Topics, 6 Worship Leaders, 60 Minutes

EDDIE HOAGLAND, MOELLER, HERRINGTON, PAUL BALOCHE, ANDI ROZIER, THOMAS

Making Changes When Things Aren’t Working Like They Should in The First Five Years

JASON DRAPER

Marriage and Ministry – How to Thrive

JOHN & BETSY DIRKSE

When My Church is Navigating Something Hard

Intercessory Prayer

SCOTT BIRD

Leading Volunteer Staff and Leaders

MIKE WILLIS

Legally Protect Your Church: Bylaw Changes You Should Be Making

CHRIS NUDO, BRUCE STROM

Financial Q&A

FRED ADAMS, CHRIS NUDO

Transgenderism

ROB WILLEY

Location

Hotels

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HYATT HOUSE
CHICAGO-SCHAUMBURG

SOLD OUT

Call for Reservations: (847) 706-9007
Use code “Harvest University 2016”
Book Online
Hyatt House Website

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HYATT PLACE
CHICAGO-SCHAUMBURG

SOLD OUT

Call for Reservations:  (847) 330-1060
Use code “G-HBCE” for group rate.
Book Online
Hyatt Place Website

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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
ROLLING MEADOWS

Call for Reservations: (847) 259-6600
Book Online
Holiday Inn Express Website

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HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS
CHICAGO-PALATINE/N. ARLINGTON HEIGHTS

Call for Reservations: (847)-934-4900
Use code “HBF”
Holiday Inn Express Website

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