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Vital Merger Workshop

Location: First United Methodist Church , 1032 Maple Ave., Downers Grove, IL 60516


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November 20 ***Cancelled due to low enrollment*** You are encouraged to register for the March 19 workshop.

Registration fee: $20 - lunch box provided


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Speaker: Dirk Elliott

Churches come in all forms of health: some are healthy and growing, others are maintaining the status quo, and some are declining. But they all have one thing in common – they want to be fruitful and healthy. One way this can happen is through partnerships or mergers. Attend this workshop and explore new ways your church might become healthier through a merger.

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Dirk Elliott

Speaker Bio: Dirk Elliott is Director of Congregational Vibrancy and Leadership Development for the Michigan Conference.  Dirk has been a congregational developer for 21 years after serving 18 years in pastoral ministry. He serves on the Path 1 Strategy Team, the New Church Start division of the United Methodist Church. Dirk authored "Vital Merger: A New Church Approach that Joins Church Families Together to Change Lives and Communities."

If you can't make this date, a second identical workshop will be held March 19, 2022, at First United Methodist Church, 503 N. Lily Creel Rd., Freeport, IL.

Sponsored by the Office of Congregational Development and Redevelopment

Watch below the inspiring story of the merger of two churches in Elgin, Wesley UMC and Epworth UMC, to form Journey of Hope.

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