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Take the Lead, September 13th – 17th

September 13, 2017 - September 17, 2017

Whether you’re a type A people person or a solitary homebody, if you are a believer you are commissioned to lead! So what does that look like for you? Come explore the keys of leadership, examine your motives, and experiment with your talents as we discover what it really means to lead.


September 13, 2017 - September 17, 2017
Event Category:
Guys and girls 18—30 years old.
Contact us


Journey Conference Center | Oak Brook, IL
Journey Conference Center 943 North Adams Road
Hinsdale, IL 60521 United States
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As Christians, it often seems like although the war is won, we’re in a lot of losing battles! It’s almost as if we don’t realize that victory isn’t a dream or a future event. It’s a reality we can experience right here and right now! We believers live our lives as if the victory Jesus won is great for heaven, but there’s just not much we can do in the present against the world, the flesh, and the devil. When you look at all the daily battles we’re losing, it’s obvious that this is a really common mindset!

We’re losing in schools, in politics, in media, in entertainment, and even in church! People are leaving by the droves! Our generation barely wants anything to do with church at all, and many of the believers who are still in church feel powerless as they lose battle after battle every day.

Okay, that sounds depressing, but it doesn’t have to be! As we said before, we’re in a war that’s already been won! But, we want to see more victories in daily battles!

So, what do we do?

We’ve let the world lead in so many areas. We’ve let the devil set the direction all over the place. That has to stop! It’s time for God’s people to step up and take the lead, determine the direction, and set the course.

Now that doesn’t mean that we expect you to become political world leaders tomorrow (though feel free if you like). What it means is that we want to see you equipped and inspired to lead for Christ wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, and whoever you’re with.

Our goal is to help you grow in your understanding of what it means to lead, find out what talents God has given you to use, and help you work through things that can hinder you from living a life that leads others to Jesus.



  • • Foundations of leadership
  • • Attitudes you can’t lead without
  • • What keeps us qualified?
  • • Discovering and exploring the giftings God has given you
  • • “Help! I’m an introvert!” How to lead if your personality isn’t the big and loud kind
Practical leadership workshops

  • • Leading small groups
  • • Public speaking
  • • Leading through serving
  • • How to use the gift of organization
  • • Sharing truth creatively and compellingly through skits, object lessons, stories, etc.
  • • How to deal with touchy topics
Practical Skills

  • • Working with sound systems
  • • Leading worship
  • • Running equipment
  • • Audio and video Recording

Travel Details

Flights can be booked to fly into:
• O’Hare International Airport
• Midway International Airport
(Please book your flight arrival based on the pick-up and drop-off times listed below.)

Arrival Day: Wednesday, September 13
If driving: please arrive any time before 4:30pm. Dinner will be served at 6:00pm.
Address: Journey Conference Center
943 North Adams Road
Hinsdale, IL 60521
If flying: please book your flight to arrive no later than 4:00pm.
Pick-up times at 1:00pm and 4:00pm.

Departure Day: Sunday, September 17
If driving: participants are free to leave any time after 10:00am.
If flying: please try to book your departure flight for any time after 12:00pm.

Meals and Housing
All meals are provided, as well as housing on-site.

Also Provided
• Snacks
• Washer, dryer, and detergent
• Iron and ironing board
• Towels and washcloths
• Pillow and Bedding

Packing Suggestions
• Please bring neat, casual clothing for your time at the conference. Jeans are acceptable for guys and denim skirts for girls.
• Bring comfortable shoes and athletic apparel for sports and other outdoor activities.
• Cash (in case you want to purchase anything at the Journey Book Tables or Gift Shop)
• Bible
• Journal/notebook and pen
• Water Bottle
• Camera