Friday, September 07, 2007

Praying For & With Emerging Leaders

I am on the planning committee for the Chicago Re:Load. ReLoad ( is a 1 day conference that is held in 20 cities around the nation, a local version of the national conference for urban youth workers sponsored by the Urban Youth Workers Institute ( ) Speakers & partcipants include Phil Jackson (of Tha House), Danny Lopez (formerly of Evangel Assembly & now Lopez Out Loud), Brian Dye (Vision Nehemiah/ Urban Youth Network), Marvin Daniels (KAA), Larry Acosta (UYWI), Ginny Olson (North Park University) and many others.

Chicago's conference is Saturday April 5, 2008, from 8:30a-3pm, (2 general sessions, worship, lunch & 2 workshops, with a planned bonus session ending around 4:30pm)

A suggestion i had was to have something called "Unload", where at any time during the conference, attenders could go to a prayer counselor. We're even suggesting that people skip a seminar (at least 10 options, which would be high quality) if they need prayer -- it's that important. We would love it if you and anyone you know that would be appropriate could come and volunteer. If they could even come for an hour, that would be great.

You may have gotten an e-mail from me about this in October of 2006 for March 2007's conference. Unfortunately, i didn't get the response i had hoped. I only had one other person with me to pray for the over 400 who arrived (another 100 attempted to come from out of state, but couldn't due to the snow that friday). I would love to have 18 prayer counselors (6 per 3 & 1/2 hour shift). If you can't make it or are not interested, i would appreciate a referral to someone else who you think might be interested.

To get a sneak preview of what that will look like, there is something called "Preload", which has a general speaker and only 1 workshop, and an optional lunch. That is happening THIS SATURDAY, September 8, from 8:30 pm - 12noon (lunch follows Preload)

For more information contact myself at or 312-282-2809, or also contact Chicago's coordinator,

Alison Burkhardt
Assistant Director, Center for Youth Ministry Studies
North Park University
3225 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60625-4895
773-244-5207 phone
773-244-5218 fax



p.s. We would also love to have someone coordinate the prayer aspect of the conference. Let me know if you or someone you know might be interested. Thanks again!

JP Paulus
Networking Chicago & beyond...
312-282-2809 = cell
773-783-3970 = landline
jp (at)

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