Midwinter 2022

Together Again

JANUARY 24-28, 2022

The Midwinter conference is an incredible opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues in Covenant ministry. A chance to share interests and ideas, encourage and be encouraged, reflect and be inspired, laugh and have fun! We invite you to be restored, re-energized, and to reaffirm God’s call on your life.

If you have never been to a Midwinter, this will be a time to meet colleagues and develop vital ministry relationships. If you are a long-time attendee, we know you will not want to miss our time together.

2022 THEME

Mission Through the Mosaic

The Evangelical Covenant Church is committed to advancing the mission of God through the multiethnic mosaic of churches, of which we are all a part. We celebrate the diversity of the mosaic of God’s people and churches and seek to reach the entirety of our diverse mission field as well as unify the church by breaking down dividing walls.

Schedule

Monday, January 24, 2022

  • 7:00 am - Registration Opens
  • 4:30 pm - Mission Priority Welcome
  • 6:30 pm - Opening Dinner & Celebration

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

  • 9:30 am – Morning Worship Service
  • 1:30 pm – FREE Initiative Experience
  • 3:30 pm – President’s Update
  • 7:00 pm – Evening Worship Service

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

  • 9:30 am – Morning Worship Service
  • 1:30 pm – Workshops
  • 3:30 pm – Workshops
  • 7:00 pm – Spanish Worship Service hosted by ALIPE

Thursday, January 27, 2022

  • 9:30 am – Morning Worship Service
  • 2:00 pm – All-Midwinter Workshop
  • 7:00 pm – Evening Worship Service

Friday, January 28, 2022

  • 9:00 am – Morning Worship Service

2022 LOCATION

Chicago, Illinois

Join us in the Windy City and take advantage of our proximity to Covenant Offices, North Park University, as well as Chicago’s many attractions—world-class museums, ice skating at Millennium Park, and of course deep dish pizza!

Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Ave.
Rosemont, IL 60018

Travel & Accommodations

Hotel

Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
(847) 696-1234 

Guest rooms (king and/or double queen) are available for as low as $154/night plus taxes. Make your reservation online here or call (847) 696-1234 and request a double or king within the ECC 2022 Midwinter block. Rooms will sell out quickly, so please make your reservations in advance.  

Book Online Here >> 


Airline Travel

United Discount  

United Airlines is offering special discounts for Midwinter. Click here for instructions on how to receive a travel discount. 

To / From O’Hare International Airport: 

Complimentary Shuttle Service: Chicago airport transportation is easy when you take advantage of the 24-hour, complimentary shuttle service, which runs every 15 minutes from the hotel near O’Hare airport. Follow the red shuttle signs at the airport to the designated pickup area, O’Hare bus / Shuttle Center Door One. Shuttle buses have signage that reads “Hyatt Regency O’Hare.” For airport transportation from the international terminal, guests must call the hotel directly. 

Taxi: Approximate cost of a trip from O’Hare to Hyatt Regency is $10–$12. 

To / From Midway Airport: 

Airport Express: Shuttles operate seven days a week, 365 days a year. Go Airport Express is a door-to-door transportation service. They offer shared ride airport shuttles, private van charters, Chicago limousine and car services, and group transportation charters.  

Taxi: Available on a first-come, first-served basis outside of the baggage claim area. All taxis are metered, except for flat fare into downtown Chicago. The approximate cost of a trip from Midway to Hyatt Regency is $65. 


Local Transportation

The Hyatt Regency O’Hare is also conveniently located close to the ‘L’ train. With the Rosemont station less than a mile away, guests can be in downtown Chicago in just 45 minutes. Stop by the concierge desk for train maps and schedules. Complimentary Shuttle drops off at the Rosemont L station by request. 

Free Pace buses are also available and provide circulating service around Rosemont to restaurants, the MB Financial Entertainment District, including the Fashion Outlets of Chicago. 

Parking 

$20 per day with in and out privileges (validation) 


Questions?

If you have questions about Midwinter 2022 please contact CovEvents at events@covchurch.org or (800) 910-2442 for assistance.

Registration Rates

Primary Registrant | $440

Additional Registrant | $410

Retiree, Spouse, Bivocational | $275 

NPTS/CHET Student | $275

Already registered? Claim your Account Here >>

For help with registration, please call (800) 910-2442


Scholarships

Scholarships are available for credentialed, active Covenant pastors, missionaries, and chaplains (military and institutional) who are in good standing, as well as retired Covenant pastors who are not actively serving in a paid ministry position. 

All scholarship applicants will be responsible for paying the $100 non-refundable deposit. Apply for a scholarship and register by December 3 and pay the deposit. Apply for and register after December 3, pay the full amount, and if your scholarship is approved, receive reimbursement minus $100 after Midwinter. 

Please note: The Ministerium has reduced the amount of money available for Midwinter scholarships. All scholarship applications will be prioritized by date received. 

Please read the application for complete instructions. Scholarship applications need to be submitted to your conference office no later than December 7, 2021. Full-time military chaplains submit directly to Develop Leaders by December 14, 2021. All scholarship monies will be mailed after Midwinter. 

Contact Ordered Ministry with questions at (773) 583-3211.  

Download Application 


Cancellation Policy

Contact the events office at events@covchurch.org to request a cancellation. Cancellations cannot be accepted over the phone. Registrations that have only paid the $100 deposit will not be refunded. Cancelled registrations with a balance paid in full and received prior to January 18, will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. After January 18, a $100 fee applies for all cancellations. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis. 

Substitutions will be accepted from the same church or institution, provided the registration and fee paid are the same for the new registrant as the original registrant. To make a substitution, contact the events office at events@covchurch.org Make sure to include the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the substitute. 


Image Policy

Your participation at Midwinter implies permission for the ECC to reproduce your image, likeness, or voice in connection with any recorded display or reproduction of Midwinter in post-event publicity and publicity for other such events sponsored by the ECC. Thank you!


Questions?

If you have questions about Midwinter 2022 please contact us at events@covchurch.org or (800) 910-2442 for assistance.

Pre-Events

Youth Workers Gathering

SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 6:00 PM – MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 4:30 PM 

Registration: $49 

Schedule:  

Sunday, January 23rd:  

  • 6 pm: Load buses for offsite worship 
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner and Conference Gatherings  
  • 8 pm: Joint Worship Service with Children & Family Ministry
  • 9:30 pm – Load buses back to the Hyatt  

Monday, January 24:  

  • 10 am: Morning Session  
  • 12:15 – 12:45 pm: Hosted Lunch  
  • 12:45 - 1:30 pm: Youth Ministry Update – Tim Ciccone  
  • 1:30 pm: Break/Free Time  
  • 2:30 pm: Afternoon Session 

Questions? Email Tim.Ciccone@covchurch.org 


Children & Family Ministry

SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 6:00 PM – MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 4:30 PM 

Rekindle 2022

All children and family ministries people are invited to gather in Chicago just prior to the start of Midwinter for a time of connecting, encouraging, equipping, worship and laughter! The goal is to regather as many people as we can following some of the most challenging years of ministry. We want you to feel seen, heard, and incredibly valued in this season! There is some flexibility for registration. We are planning to have lunch and dinner together. Please be prepared to pay for your own meals. 

Sunday, January 23rd:

  • 6 pm: Load buses for offsite worship  
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner and Conference Gatherings   
  • 8 pm: Joint worship service with Youth Workers Connection 
  • 9:30 pm – Load buses back to the Hyatt    

Monday, January 24:

  • 9am - Coffee & Conversations 
  • 11 am - Refocus: Ministry for Now 
  • 12 pm - Lunch off-site 
  • 2 pm - Dreaming of the Future: Ministry for What's Next 
  • 4 pm - Encouraging Word: Steve Burger 

Spiritual Direction appointments are available throughout the day. You are welcome to join us just on Monday, which does not require registration.  

Questions? Contact Sara Sosa at ssosa@faithcovenant.org 


Covenant Living Communities Chaplains Meeting

SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 1:00 PM – MONDAY, JANUARY 24, NOON 

A meeting of education and inspiration specifically designed to support the work of Covenant Living Communities (CLC) chaplains and to update them on current initiatives. Registration information will be sent to all CLC chaplains separately. Please contact John Satterberg at jhsatterberg@covliving.org with any questions. 


Spiritual Directors Pre-Midwinter Retreat

SUNDAY, JANUARY 2, 3:00 PM TO MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 3:00 PM 

Strangely Wrapped Gifts 

Loss, by its very nature, is loaded with grief and sadness. It comes in many shapes and sizes and often creates chaos in its wake. Honestly, it makes perfect sense that we’re hesitant to explore its transformative depths. And yet…when we seek to understand our story in its faithful fullness, we begin to recognize the wisdom embedded in the losses we’ve experienced. At this year’s retreat for spiritual directors, we’ll gather to explore what lessons loss has for us through some teaching, interspersed with time for reflection and rest. We’ll consider how God is a Midwife – wanting to birth something new in us, the beauty and necessity of welcoming “what is,” and the goodness of the larger story that God is drawing us into. 

Speaker: Beth Miller, Faithful & True

Location: Carmelite Spiritual Center, 8419 Bailey Rd, Darien, IL 60561 

Register Here >>


Association of Covenant Camps and Conference Centers Annual Meeting

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM 

ACCCC staff and leaders will meet for their annual meeting and professional development. Tuesday only $75 with Monday programming and dinner $150 

Register Here >>

Special Events

Midwinter Seminary Class Options

MONDAY, JANUARY 24 – FRIDAY, JANUARY 28 

Students taking Covenant Orientation or North Park Theological Seminary (NPTS) courses at the conference do not need to register separately for Midwinter. Follow the links provided for your class registration.

If students are attending Youth Workers Connection or the Children Workers Connection, separate registration is required. Please use the Midwinter registration form. 

Midwinter Courses: 

  • Old Testament 2 (BIBL 5220) 
  • Christian Education and Formation in the Church (CEDF 5100) 
  • Christian Theology (THEO 5110) 

Covenant Orientation Classes:

  • History of the ECC (ECCO 5020) 
  • Theology of the ECC (ECCO 5030) 
  • Mission and Ministry of the ECC (ECCO 5040) – this class is only meeting in person on Monday afternoon at Midwinter, follow-up class sessions will be online following Midwinter.
  • Vocational Excellence (ECCO 5010) will be taking place at a retreat center from January 19-23. 

ALL classes are registered through North Park Theological Seminary.  

Reach out to SemAcademicServ@northpark.edu with general questions or lrpalmerlee@northpark.edu with Covenant Orientation registration questions.


Meet with Superintendents and Conference Staff

If you would like to make an appointment with a conference superintendent or staff during the Midwinter Conference, please contact them prior to the event. There will be a designated location at the hotel to meet. 

Regional Conferences >>


Preventive Health Exams

TUESDAY, JANUARY 25 ONLY
6:00 AM – 1:00 PM 

Covenant Benefits (previously Bethany Benefit Service) is providing preventive health exams on Tuesday morning at Midwinter, performed by Catapult Health. 

Exams are comprehensive and are considered a full preventive checkup. Each 30 to 40-minute checkup includes eight diagnostic blood tests (with only a finger-prick), medical history, physical measurements, and review of your results, and clinical consultation with a board-certified nurse practitioner. To participate, register, and pay the $25 participant fee during the online registration process. When you complete your exam, Bethany Benefit Service will reimburse you the participant fee on-site, so the cost is free, even if you are not enrolled with Covenant Benefits.


Spiritual Direction

TUESDAY – THURSDAY 

Spiritual direction is a ministry of listening, discernment, and prayer in a confidential setting of encouragement and compassion. Trained spiritual directors are available at Midwinter for a 50-minute session. Capacity is limited, however. Please indicate interest when registering, and you will be contacted with scheduling information at a later date. For details, contact Pam Cobb at pam.cobb@covchurch.org 

Workshops

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26

Challenges in the Ongoing Life of a Multiethnic Church

Michelle Dodson and David Swanson

Multiethnic churches experience unique challenges. Join pastors Michelle Dodson and David Swanson to explore some of those challenges and learn how they have addressed them at their church.

1:30 PM OR 3:30 PM

The Repudiation of the Doctrine of Discovery

Lenore Three Stars, TJ Smith, Curtis Ivanoff, and Jim Sequeira

As a denomination, we voted to stand in solidarity with our Indigenous brothers and sisters by repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery. We clearly stated this is only a first step toward healing a broken past. This seminar will explore the question, "So what's next?" to begin moving our denomination to the next level of becoming a beloved mosaic community.

1:30 PM OR 3:30 PM

Where Is It Written? Mission through the Mosaic

Esau McCaulley

Renowned New Testament scholar Esau McCaulley will seek to answer this age-old Covenant question and to articulate why the multiethnic mosaic is integral to the Church's mission. He will then illustrate the role diversity plays in God's original intent.

1:30 PM

Prophetic Witness: How We Can Respond When Injustice Hits Home

Rose Lee-Norman and Edrin C. Williams

Led by pastors who have shepherded a congregation through multiple tragedies (Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, and George Floyd) in their city and community, this workshop will focus on what the Church can do amid civil unrest to fulfill Jesus's new command to us and to demonstrate to the world that we are Jesus's disciples.

1:30 PM OR 3:30 PM

 

Freedom in Christ through the Lens of a Prison Chaplain

Ieisha Hawley

Ieisha Hawley serves as a prison chaplain at Reikers Island. In this time of cultural fear and discord, come explore what freedom in Christ looks like in her context.

1:30 PM OR 3:30 PM

Understanding Cultural Differences in Caring for Older Adults

Carmen Quinche, Eunice Johnson, and Steve Wong

Crescendo, an initiative of Make and Deepen Disciples, is focused on equipping pastors, staff, and church leaders to unleash the potential of boomers and beyond to engage in the work of God’s kingdom. In this ministry, it is critical that we broaden our understanding of cultural differences in making meaningful connections to mobilize this demographic for missional discipleship.

1:30 PM OR 3:30 PM

The Foreign-Outcaste Woman as the Strong Woman in the Bible and in Pandita Ramabai’s Translation

Boaz Johnson

In our modern Bible translations, "foreign woman" can be translated “loose woman...adulteress" (Proverbs 2:16, NRSV), a perspective that has resulted in much injustice to “foreign," or "other,” women. This seminar will illustrate the transformation of the “foreign” woman into the “strong” woman of Proverbs 31:10. Social reformer Pandita Ramabai rescued outcaste girls in India from high caste men who sought to take advantage of them. So she translated the Bible to address the way women were depicted in Scripture. This seminar will highlight some of her translations.

1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

Lament: Creating Liturgical Space for It

Dominique Gilliard

Lament is a critical spiritual practice that reveals that things are not as God intended. It is a space where we viscerally worship and learn to be honest, vulnerable, and humble before God. When we lament, we beckon the Lord to intervene with righteousness and justice. When we lament, we confess our need for a Savior, conceding that we are too weak to combat the powers, principalities, and spiritual wickedness on our own. Our lamentations declare that only God has the power to truly end oppression, mend brokenness, and restore what sin has perverted. The revelations that lament imbues are critical for our pursuit of Mission through the Mosaic.

1:30 PM OR 3:30 PM

The Residue: Navigating Collective and Personal Trauma and Grief

Susan Cosio and Tammy Hallam

During this season of Covid, racial, and political discord, chaplains and pastors have experienced grief as well as primary and secondary trauma. Understanding the dynamics of personal and collective grief can either divide or unite us. Hearing stories of those who have had significant personal loss can also offer greater understanding of how we can come alongside those who are grieving.

1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

Transitions, Transitions, Transitions!

Mary Hendrickson

From the need to go online, to safety measures, to adapting ministries to a new normal, change has been unrelenting. This workshop presents ways to transition in a healthy way.

1:30 PM

Take Your Church's Temperature

Mary Hendrickson

An introduction to pH, the new church assessment tool from Missional Vitality. This online tool measures church health in three main areas—missional identity, vision, and leadership. Learn what extensive research reveals about church health, experience the new survey, and gain insights into your congregation's missional health.

3:30 PM

Worship: Best Practices for Re-engaging In-Person Worship (Amidst On-Again, Off-Again Pandemic)

Dane Anderson

No matter our ethnic makeup, size, or worship tradition, our churches have had to figure out how to worship in an on- and off-again pandemic. Join Dane Anderson to learn some best practices to re-engage your in-person worship services.

1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

Facilitating Dialogue in the Local Church

Wayne Smith

Embracing diversity during a time of significant political polarization requires intentional, respectful, and caring dialogue. Join Wayne Smith to learn about West Hills Talks, which is patterned after Ted Talks, and how to have meaningful dialogue on sensitive issues in the church.

1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

What We Wished We Knew in March 2020: Observations from a Pandemic by National Covenant Properties and Local Covenant Church Leaders

Rollie Persson and Rob Hall

Join Rollie Persson and Rob Hall, vice presidents of real estate services for National Covenant Properties, as they share observations on how the pandemic has affected local Covenant churches and how facility usage may change post-pandemic. A panel discussion featuring local Covenant church leaders from various size churches will address how they have faced the challenges of the pandemic and how they envision their future ministry.

1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

Pastoral Care for Caregivers

Dawn Lauber

Everyone in our congregations is at some point a caregiver—we take care of infants, teens with mental health issues, aging parents, spouses with substance abuse, loved ones with cancer. These years of Covid have added their own layers of caregiving. Join Dawn Lauber as she offers fellow pastors and chaplains insights and guidance for caring for the caregivers in our congregations.

1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

Global Mission and the Church

Adam Edgerly

How can we as the Covenant Church engage with our world by working to alleviate suffering and to foster human flourishing alongside our global partners? Join Adam Edgerly to hear how the Covenant is partnering with both our national and international partners to share the love of Christ and further the mssion of the church.

1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

Within and Between: Exploring Relational Conflict

Grace Shim

Addressing relational conflict is deeper than modifying behaviors to break the often rigid cycles that keep us stuck. Whether a dyad or a group, we need to explore what is "within and between" to gain self-awareness, increase compassion, and move us toward honest, vulnerable, and hopefully healing engagement.

1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

Pastoral Resilience: Roots and Streams that Promote Resilience and Combat Stagnation and Isolation

Chris Adams

Mission through the mosaic can rise and fall on the character and effectiveness of the pastors leading and equipping for the mission. Join Chris Adams as he shares the roots and streams that promote resilience in pastoral leadership.

1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

The Power of FIVE: Integrate Key Coaching Skills into Your Leadership to Direct Less, Empower More, and Maximize Your Impact

Barbara Ettinger and Bryan Murphy

Leadership in challenging times calls for adaptive skills in five strategic areas: listening, inquiry, feedback, focusing, and follow-up. Strengthen your ability to lead with these five skills to not only advance your own development but also to be better equipped to lead and empower others.

1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

Sexual Violence Uncovered in the Bible: Abuse and Intersectionality

Ramelia Williams and Chris Lee

Join us for a Bible study presentation from the newly launched four-week Bible study series, Sexual Violence Uncovered in the Bible. We will consider the theological, communal, and intersectional implications of pastoring a people who have experienced trauma from the injustice of sexual abuse. How do we steward healing and safe sanctuaries that see the silent pain of the people in our pews?

1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

Dis-Abling the Church: Including and Engaging Those in Your Congregations with Disabilities

Jesse Slimak

Disability impacts 20-25% of the U.S. population. Focusing on accessibility and building authentic relationships with a diverse set of individuals in the church, this seminar will give church leaders the tools to more fully include, support, and engage those with disabilities in their congregations.

1:30 PM or 3:30 PM