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We are so excited that the CHIC Council will be meeting in early May for the first time to begin their visioning process for CHIC 2015!
In preparation for their meeting, we’re wondering if you would share your thoughts, hopes, and dreams for CHIC 2015. Maybe even share with us ways that God met you, your students, or those who’ve volunteered in the past at CHIC. Why are you invested in the ministry of CHIC?
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One more thing…
We are so excited that the CHIC Council will be meeting in early May for the first time to begin their visioning process for CHIC 2015! In preparation for their meeting, we’re wondering if you would share your thoughts, hopes, and dreams for CHIC 2015. Maybe even share with us ways that God met you, your students, or those who’ve volunteered in the past at CHIC. Why are you invested in the ministry of CHIC? Click here to share with us!
So, now that we have announced the amazing folks on the CHIC 2015 council. Lets learn a bit more about their roles:
CHIC Chair – Ben Pease
The CHIC Chair partners with the Director of Youth Ministry to partner with YW to dream, vision, create and implement CHIC. The CHIC chair connects with the Council between the Council Meetings for encouragement and as a resource. The CHIC Chair runs the 4 meetings for the Council. They partner with the Director to create an agenda for the meetings. On site the Chair runs council meetings, cares for 1/3 of the team- checking in daily to add support and encouragement and run defense for issues that arise. The Chair partners with Human Resources and Director to determine if students need to be sent home. On site the chairs gifts are used (MC, listening and walking people through issues, etc as needs arise.) The CHIC Chair is a partner in ministry with the ChF team, Events office and the CHIC Council.
Enrichment Services – Sally Carlson
Enrichment Services has the wonderful opportunity to provide CHIC 2012, youth and youth workers, with the space to connect relationally. We do this by providing opportunity in adventure, fun, challenge, and space to simply just be together. Our goal is simple: No matter your cultural background, talent, gifting, creative passion, or social network, that each youth and youth worker have not only a rewarding time at CHIC 2012, but moments that will be significant and memorable in the context of the story of God in their lives. Glimpses of this at CHIC 2012 include: off-site excursions, on-site recreation, creative opportunities, competitive fun, story and talent sharing, and the simple fun of a party! This team plans the Welcome party- partnering with NPU, plans afternoon options on campus for those who are sports minded and those who possess a gift for the arts. The Enrichment team also plans evening options for students prior to the worship time.
Leader Experiences – Ben Kerns
Leader Experiences exists to support the men and women who make CHIC happen through their service as counselors, pastors, and volunteer youth leaders, and to partner with parents and churches in the entire CHIC experience. Our focus is as follows: unifying leaders through their CHIC experiences and drawing them into their larger story as part of God’s family, honoring leaders from registration through debrief by communicating with them as partners, investing in their whole person, and providing opportunities for them to connect with one another and celebrate the movement of God, equipping leaders, in their specified capacities, to bring about the realization of the CHIC vision and values, joining with parents in the life-transforming experience of CHIC, and working with churches to see an integration of the momentum and significance of CHIC into their body-life experience. Leader’s experiences provide a system for care for students and leaders by utilizing the Youth Ministry Network Facilitators and the Youth Ministry Network Leaders. Each Conference will be housed in a dorm. The team will be responsible for morning counselor meetings, closing down dorms each night and time of encouragement for their conference. This team works with YMNF to train and work with RS at CHIC, provide adult training materials for counselors and staff. This team is responsible for communicating to all staff at CHIC before, during and after. The team developed an app for this purpose in 2012.
Small groups and take home resources:
A critical part of CHIC is the processing time that is built into the CHIC schedule as well as the resources we equip students with as they leave CHIC. Individuals interested in serving in this area will brainstorm the most effective way to structure small group time as well as working with UT to determine locations/restrictions. They will also participate in brainstorming and executing all the student follow up materials for the individual students. This team is responsible for the Morning sessions, Base Camps and Focus groups, small groups, pre CHIC Devotionals and post CHIC devotions.
Student Experiences - Dominique Gillard
Every day at CHIC students go through a 3 hour gathering that includes a learning experience and a seminar. Every day centers on a specific theme that will be developed by this I-team. Each member of this team will participate in creating the daily themes, brainstorming learning experiences and related seminar topics. In the final year before CHIC each member will champion a specific theme, coordinating and orchestrating either a learning experience or the seminars.
Member of this I-team should possess the following characteristics:
The Long Road to Justice - Vicki Tsui
The Long Road to Justice is a team committed to infusing and undergirding every aspect of CHIC with biblical principles that bring about God’s justice here on earth. Our I-Team will illustrate the inherent connection between living justly and evangelizing the Good News of the Gospel. Through intense scriptural exploration we will illustrate how the Word clearly exemplifies that it is impossible to separate works of righteousness from our faith. Our team is responsible for illustrating how scripture calls us to live in a manner that embodies God’s love, care, and concern for every element of creation both domestically and internationally. We hope to open the eyes of youth attending CHIC to the need for justice and to catalyze them into becoming actively involved in issues pertaining to compassion, mercy, and justice. This team planned a Base Camp experience, afternoon options, afternoon service opportunities (2012 with KARM and Beardsley Farm)
Mainstage - Angie Wysocki
This team works with UT to set up the staging, lights and sound equipment for Mainstage worship. This team recruits and contracts with speakers and bands for evening worship. They partner with other teams that need talent like Enrichment team- welcome party and block party- early evening options. The Mainstage team story boards each worship set, designs the set, contract for lights and sound, set design. The team is responsible for Production, Music Worship, speakers, side stage, video, web design, publicity video and CHIC store. This team includes original material, CHIC songs, Videos produced for Mainstage, on site videos for the screens. The team also recommends the THEME for CHIC or partners with the CHIC Council to create a seamless theme and focus.
Dominique Gillard: Student Experiences
My name is Dominique DuBois Gilliard. I am a pastor at Convergence Covenant Church in Oakland California. I have a deep passion for discipleship and reconciliation. I also really enjoy working on Christian Community Development initiatives and programs that are focused on empowering young people to reach their full potential in Christ. I am really looking forward to being a part of the 2015 CHIC council because I know the profound impact CHIC has had on thousands of people’s lives. I myself being one of those individuals!
Ben Pease: CHIC Chair
Originally from Massachusetts, I served as a youth pastor there for 6
years before serving at Salem Covenant Church in MN for the past 8
years. I love adventures with my wife and three kids, working with
students (especially in leadership development), and getting outside for
hiking, running, backpacking, and canoeing. I am excited and honored to
serve on the CHIC Council because time and time again, I have seen
students experience God and make decisions at CHIC in ways that have
changed the course of their lives.
Angie Wysocki: Evening Worship/Mainstage
I am a girl that loves adventures, exploring new places, a great story, an even better live concert, a good book, great coffee, a really good Eggs Benedict, a great piece of clothing or necklace that is on sale, a moment that makes me laugh, and a good day of skiing, or a vacation at the beach. Things that I am passionate about are loving my family and friends well, living as the woman that God has called me to be, and helping others experience the thrill of living as a Christ Follower and what that means for the Kingdom of God. I currently live in Roseville, CA but grew up in Denver, CO and spent significant years in Chicago, IL.
Adolescent Health Issues
A Dialogue with Health Professionals and Youth Pastors
Featuring Dr. Duke Han and Dr. Daniel White Hodge
The journey through adolescence toward adulthood includes both opportunities and challenges for health. The developing adolescent brain is faced with making decision regarding risky actions or healthy behaviors influenced by their social milieu. Youth ministers and health professionals working with adolescents have a unique opportunity to help teenagers weather life’s challenges through addressing physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Saturday, February 16th
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
$30 per person
Nursing CEUs available for additional $15 Visit website for more details, information on workshops/speakers and to register.
Ministry Internship & Job Fair
The only ministry internship and job fair in the Chicagoland region
This event is designed to bring together ministries that are recruiting individuals for jobs and internships, and those who are seeking positions. It is open to the public, and has grown to include students from colleges and seminaries all over Chicagoland, as well as adults who are looking for ministry positions.
Professional development opportunities for job seekers include: mock interviews and panel discussions on “first two years in ministry” and “how to candidate for ministry positions.”
Saturday, March 2
10 am – noon
FREE for both job seekers, as well as organizations that have ministry positions available. Visit website for details, information and to register.
Sally Carlson: Enrichment Services
Hi, I’m Sally Carlson and I serve as co-pastor with my husband, Dan Larson, at Norquay Covenant Church in Norquay, Saskatchewan, Canada. I love traveling, playing volleyball, laughing (seriously!), and most of all – being with people (with coffee!). I love CHIC and am really excited be a part of CHIC 2015! My life was transformed when I attended CHIC as a student and I have seen God at work in the lives of so many people through this amazing event. I am so excited to see what God has in store for us at CHIC 2015!
Would you like to spend the summer making a difference?
Merge is going to have a big summer in 2013! They will need a full summer staff to be able to support all of the teams going. Merge will need people based in Mexico, Guatemala and in the Dominican Republic. They are looking for interpreters, construction supervisors and food coordinators/people ministry assistants. This is a great opportunity for college students who have a passion for missions, demonstrate leadership skills, and a desire to work with youth!
The summer staff at Merge will have the chance to grow personally and spiritually — surrounded by people from all over the world. You’ll have a chance to try new things and spend some quality time in the most beautiful places on God’s earth. You’ll also be challenged to take your faith to a new level and learn how to serve like Jesus. Giving you the feeling of being refreshed by the people you’ve impacted during the summer.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to one of the newest chair members
of the CHIC 2015 council, Ben Pease!
Ben is originally from Massachusetts, and served as a youth pastor there for 6 years before serving at Salem Covenant Church in MN for the past 8 years. When he is not busy working with students (especially in leadership development). He enjoys taking on big adventures with his wife and three kids. He also enjoys spending time outside hiking, running, backpacking, and canoeing.
“I am excited and honored to chair the CHIC 2015 Council! I have the incredible opportunity to work with an amazing team of people on an event God has used powerfully to move the hearts of students and leaders, to shape their lives, to advance the kingdom and to bring himself glory. Please pray with us and for us, that we would faithfully follow God’s lead as we dream about and plan for CHIC 2015.”
We are blessed and excited to have such a strong team that will bring a creative vision to CHIC 2015!
Wednesday night of CHIC Judy Peterson addressed John 5’s question, “Do you want to be made well?” with those gathered. You have a “choice to be made well or not – no one can make the decision for someone else.” She spoke the good news that “Jesus came for those who need help getting well” and again reminded the gathering that though “Jesus can make you well, he will not make you well.”
Truth is, we aren’t sure always how to make the better choice: “to stop sinning, you have to stop sinning!” Sometimes it is as easy as not doing something any longer. Other times our actions are a result of systems and structures that make it seem like it isn’t a choice any longer. Then again, its often difficult to see how things could be any different from the way they appear to be now. Continue Reading »