Midwest Connection

Refresh, renew, and relax while learning and being resourced for ministry with others in the Midwest

May 2-4, 2017
Noon to Noon
Manitoqua Retreat Center
8122 W Sauk Trail
Frankfort IL 60423
(Suburban Chicago)

Especially in the early years of church planting, the MNA Midwest Connection was very valuable to Tami and me… to our marriage and our ministry.  It gave us a great excuse to get away from the kids, enjoy extended time together, and make new friends who understood the ups and downs of ministry life.  Instead of leaving feeling small or inadequate, we left encouraged and empowered.  – Steve Resch, planter/pastor/mentor/church planting leader, Gahanna OH (Walnut Creek PC)

Grace: Food for the Soul, Fuel for the Ministry

This event is offered to all in the Midwest Region – church planters and pastors and their wives, ministry leaders – anyone looking for resourcing, encouragement and an opportunity to refresh their vision for ministry and church planting in the Midwest. You’ll get practical tools to take home, plenaries that preach to your soul as well as resource your ministry, times of prayer together for and updates on ministry happening around the region. You’ll make new friends who share your passion for ministry in the region. In other words, time to take a step back and refresh.

A quiet, “set apart” camp will be our location – just 30 minutes away from Midway Airport, but room to stretch out and enjoy nature. Click here to see more about the location.


registration deadline is April 17

Some Topics We’ll Explore:

  • Resilient Ministry: In for the Long Haul – Steve Resch
  • Thriving as a Multi-generational Church and Staff – Hugh Barlett
  • Discipleship Pathways – Kurt Kruger
  • Developing an ESL Ministry in Your Church – Nancy Booher
  • Anxious for Nothing: Dealing with Anxiety and Depression – Stu Kerns
  • Gospel Living in Life, Marriage, and Ministry – Tami Resch/Parakaleo
  • Developing an Outwardly Faced Church – Ryan McVicar
  • Intercultural Competence – Ted Powers
  • Dealing with Gender Identity Issues – Dan Herron
  • Plenary Sessions with Aaron Baker
    • The Gospel for those in ministry
    • the Gospel for the world

Plenary Theme: Rooted in the Gospel

  • The Gospel for Ministry Leaders
  • The Gospel for the World: The Real and Only Hope for Brokenness

 Speaker: Aaron Baker, Senior Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Chicago IL


Registration Fee: $99 (spouses attending with their husbands get a break – only $49!)

On site lodging:

Single for two nights:  $160 per person

Double per person for two nights (with spouse or randomly matched if coming alone): $107 per person

On site meal plan:  $60 per person – Includes Tuesday lunch and dinner, Wednesday breakfast and lunch, and Thursday breakfast

Special dinner out on Wednesday, May 3!

At Giordanos, home of Chicago’s famous deep dish pizza – on us! – for the first 50 registrants.

Not a “camp” person? There are convenient hotels within easy driving distance. Here are a few:

Fairfield Inn and Suites

Holiday Inn and Suites

Sponsored by MNA Midwest.


registration deadline is April 17

Contact Ann Powers with questions.