Friday, Nov 9
- 6:30pm - Registration
- 8:00pm - Welcome Session
- 8:45pm - Track Time
The Fall Conference weekend is a unique opportunity for you to honor God in worship, hear the voice of God in his Word, and meet the love of God in the faces of brothers and sisters in Christ.
This fall, over 300 students across Downstate Illinois will join together and devote themselves to learning about Jesus, themselves, and their role as Christ-followers on their campuses.
You are invited to take part in the work that God is doing on your campus. Discover what you've been created for, and be empowered to live the mission wherever you go.
The Fall Conference weekend is a unique opportunity for you to honor God in worship, hear the voice of God in his Word, and meet the love of God in the faces of brothers and sisters in Christ. More than 300 students from across Downstate Illinois will gather for this conference.
The program will provide an opportunity for you to encounter Jesus, embrace the Christian community and empower you to live out God's mission on campus and in the world. Read the track descriptions carefully and talk with your staff member to find the best track for you.
Most of your weekend you will be meeting in your selected track. Please choose carefully! Read the descriptions, recommendations, and talk with your InterVarsity staff for suggestions. For a track description just click on a track title below.
Maybe you are not a Christian or maybe you are uncertain what you believe about the spiritual side of life. No matter your faith background, come explore in a safe environment where you can investigate Jesus, ask questions, and consider next steps in your spiritual journey. This track is also a chance for Christian students to learn how to walk alongside non-Christian friends who are investigating Jesus. If you are already a Christian, you must bring along at least one non-Christian friend to participate in this track.
The Christian life is not for the faint of heart. It is full of meaning, relationships, mission, growth, love, suffering and joy. We will wade into 1st Thessalonians to understand what God is calling us to and how to follow. Along the way, we'll get practical experience in learning how to study the Bible well. Come ready to dig in, expand your appetite for God's word, and be challenged by applications to our lives. (If you have never been to Fall Conference before, then 1 Thessalonians Dig In is for you!)
Put 50+ students in a room for a weekend with boxes of colored markers, an experienced leader, God's inspired Word, and life-changing things can happen. We call it a "Dig-In." You might call it one of the most valuable weekends of your life because you will learn the skill of carefully studying the Bible for yourself and hear a word from God.
We all desire a constantly-deepening walk with God. By digging deep into the life of Abraham, we will learn what it looks like to have a relationship with God that gives life and grows even during failure or doubt. Come ready to study the Bible inductively and sharpen your own Bible-study skills at the same time.
Put 25+ students in a room for a weekend with boxes of colored markers, an experienced leader, God's inspired Word, and life-changing things can happen. We call it a "Dig-In." You might call it one of the most valuable weekends of your life because you will learn the skill of carefully studying the Bible for yourself and hear a word from God.
As part of Jesus' kingdom-building Discipleship strategy, he invites his followers to help others grow. We will explore this invitation together, gaining big picture understanding & practical experience in intentional growth/mentoring relationships. Come expecting to go deep with others and be transformed through relationship!
Diversity is a buzzword in politics and business. Diversity is "in," and its opponents are "out." Can we say anything on higher authority than the current wind of culture? Yes. But how do we form a full picture of the Bible's teaching on the subject? We'll look through the Bible to find God's vision for ethnicity, culture and the role of his people. We'll also learn how to use this same process for other topics. (Previous inductive Bible study training recommended: SGLT, 1 Thessalonians, Genesis Bible Dig In, Mark 1.)
Prayer is our central means for connecting with our Lord. But intercession is more than just connection. In intercession, we strive to lift people up to the throne of Jesus, who has been given all authority, and to bring God’s presence, so that God’s will is done. This takes place through a dynamic partnership with the Holy Spirit. We’ll study to better understand intercession as a practice, and we’ll experience partnership with the Holy Spirit as we intercede together for each other and our campuses.
Discovering God’s calling and pursuing it is often difficult at best. This track seeks to remove several common misunderstandings and barriers to enable graduating seniors to form a dedicated plan to follow that call. This track is designed to deal honestly and practically with the questions many of us face while in the midst of transition from college (decision making, relationships, finances). Join other upper classmen as you deepen your call as a life-long disciple of Christ and as a steward of God's kingdom in life after college.
There is automatic $50 scholarship that will be applied for taking this track
This track is a place for international students who are finding their place in God’s family. Following Jesus is not just for individuals, but God invites us to be a part of a good, beautiful, diverse and messy community made up of people from all over the world. In this track we will explore questions such as: what is God’s community like, what do I do when following Jesus in community is hard, what is my role in this community, and much more.
Check-in is between 6:30pm -7:30pm. Please note that no supper is served Friday night. We suggest you factor in time for a quick bite to eat on your way. Meals all day Saturday and Sunday breakfast are provided.
Downstate Illinois Fall Conference 2018 will be held at the Lake Williamson Christian Center in Carlinville, Illinois.
Lake Williamson Christian Center
17280 Lakeside Drive
Carlinville IL 62626
For more information about Fall Conference, please contact your chapter staff or email conference registrar at email@example.com.
Talk to your chapter chapter staff worker for their input. In general, if you haven't been to Fall Conference before, consider 1 Thessalonians Dig In.
The total cost is $120. An early bird price of $99 is available if you need it AND if you register before 11:59pm on October 21. Please note that the price increases to $145 if you register after 11:59pm on November 4. If you do not pay in full online before arriving, a $25 late fee will be applied to your balance.
Don't let money be a barrier! Talk to your chapter staff or small group leader about scholarship possibilities. Once scholarship requests have been approved and applied to your account, you will receive an email stating any balance remaining to your account. This amount, if any, is due before you arrive, otherwise a $25 late fee will be applied to your account.
In previous years the Urbana Missions Conference has offered a discount. We will update this page when we have more information about if this discount will be available this year.
If you are going to request a scholarship with your chapter staff, only pay the $20. Otherwise, you may pay the full amount when you register. If you do only pay the $20 registration fee (which is nonrefundable and nontransferable), your remaining balance is due before you arrive to Fall Conference, otherwise a $25 late fee will be applied to your account.
Sure thing! Through InterVarsity Giving, you can make a donation of any amount to help students attend InterVarsity's Downstate Illinois Fall Conference.
Be sure to pack:
If you have a car you can drive, please let us know on the registration form. Your chapter ride coordinator will assign everyone to a car. They will email you details the night or two before Fall Conference.
Housing will be done by chapters, but if your room isn't filled with your chapter members, then you'll share a room with IVers from other schools.
The Auditorium is the first building on your right once you pull into the camp. Park in the back and come inside to check-in.
Please contact your chapter staff and our conference registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to cancel. Your $20 registration fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
This Fall Conference is for schools in Downstate Illinois: Augustana IV, Bradley IV, Illinois IV, Illinois Greek IV, International Christian Fellowship, Illinois State IV, Illinois Wesleyan IV, Knox IV, Millikin IV, SIU Edwardsville IV, SIU Carbondale IV and Richland Community College IV. Blackburn College also joins us. If you are interested and your school does not have an InterVarsity chapter on your campus, contact our registrar for more information (email@example.com).
More questions? Ask your small group leader, InterVarsity staff, or email conference registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.