About

 
Since 1989, the PCA has organized conferences specifically for women. Since 2006, CDM has coordinated several international women’s conferences. This year, however, the conference may be closer to home. Rather than one, larger gathering, 2016 Transformed Conference will be held by seven different churches across the country, and in Canada. CDM anticipates hosting 2,500 PCA women across the locations.

The purpose of the regional Transformed conferences is to provide an accessible (geographically, spiritually, financially, generationally, and ethnically) opportunity to encourage and equip all the women of the PCA. CDM’s goal is to utilize and build up women’s ministry leadership at the local and regional level.

Women of all ages are invited to join us as we seek to be Transformed through studying Romans 11:33-12:2 together.

Registration

 

Early Registration (by February 29): $75 each

Early Registration for High School and College Students (by February 29): $40

 

Registration (March 1-25): $100 each

Registration for High School and College Students (March 1-25): $50

 

Pre-Conference Trainings: $25 each

 

(All registration includes Saturday lunch)

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Guthrie

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible through numerous Bible study books, at her home church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Franklin, Tennessee, as well as at conferences around the country and internationally. She is currently doing graduate studies through Reformed Theological Seminary Global. Nancy offers companionship and biblical insight to the grieving through Respite Retreats that she and her husband, David, host for couples who have faced the death of child, through the GriefShare video series, and through books such as Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow.

Additional Speakers

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Courtney Doctor currently serves as the Director of Women’s Ministry at Kirk of the Hills, PCA church in St. Louis, MO. She received her MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary in 2013. Courtney is a wife, mother, mother-in-law, Bible teacher, and retreat and conference speaker. She is the author of Garden to Glory: a Bible Study on the Bible’s Story (CDM).

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Sandy Hartley is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with AB and MS degrees in mathematics and taught high school and at UTC. At First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, she leads Bible studies and Titus 2 groups, and holds several offices within Women’s Ministry. She has also been President of the Tennessee Valley PresWIC. Currently, she is a Women’s Advisor to the Board of Covenant College and is the Mid-America Regional Advisor for the PCA women’s leadership team. She has spoken at women’s meetings and retreats in both the US and Mexico. Loren and Sandy have an adult son, married daughter, and two grandchildren.

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Kori Porter is a native of Oxford, MS and graduated from the University of Mississippi. Currently, Kori serves on staff at University Reformed Church as the associate director of campus ministry. Kori is pursing a M.A. in at Reformed Theological Seminary. Her joy is found in discipling college-aged women in the Scripture, evangelizing, and being discipled by older women in the body of Christ.

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Tami Resch and her husband, Steve, have co-labored in three church plants since 1991 currently serving Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church in Columbus, OH. As Associate Director and co-founder of Parakaleo, Tami helps church planting spouses take the hope of the gospel to their own hearts and to the hearts of others. She is the co-author of Beyond Duct Tape Holding the Heart Together in a Life of Ministry. She created the Alongside Coach Training, providing women with tools and skills for bringing gospel dynamics into one-on-one conversations. She is an R.N. (retired nurse), a retired home school mom, and the sometimes tired but never retired mother of three and grandma, “Jami,” to Sawyer.  tami@parakaleo.us / www.parakaleo.us

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Jenilyn Swett is a daughter of God who is passionate about hospitality, education, and helping others to know God and themselves better. She believes that all of those things go hand-in-hand, and can be best accomplished when good food, good music, a whiteboard, and fresh flowers are involved. Jenilyn grew up in Minnesota, spent four post-college years in Alabama, and now calls St. Louis, Missouri, home. She received her MDiv from Covenant Seminary and serves as the Director of Women’s Ministry and Adult Education at Crossroads Presbyterian Fellowship.

Workshops

 
Transformed Relationships – Courtney Doctor

Relationships can be deeply satisfying . . . and deeply painful. We all have struggled with different relationships at different times: spouses, friends, parents, children, and co-workers. We know there can be a gap between what we long for in our relationships and what we experience. Join us as we look to see how God is working not only to redeem, restore, and transform us, but to redeem, restore, and transform our relationships as well!

Building a Personal Arsenal of Truth and Beauty – Tami Resch

“Lord, we believe, help our unbelief.” In this workshop, we’ll focus on renewing our minds with the truth of the gospel. We’ll engage and create practical tools for making our theology accessible in the moment of struggle. Come learn the art of speaking truth to our own heart and to the hearts of others!

Generation to Generation: Growing in the Gospel of Grace – Sandy Hartley

This is a workshop designed to encourage you as an older or younger woman to have relationships with those of other generations. We will discuss how the gospel of grace is the basis for Titus 2 relationships of spiritual mothers and spiritual daughters, how you can begin a formal Titus 2 ministry in your church, and how to have casual intergenerational friendships. Growth in the Gospel of Grace takes place in these generational discipleship relationships.

What to Do While You’re Single – Jenilyn Swett

Singleness is not a problem to be solved or a disease to be cured. It’s a season of life that is meant to be lived. How can those of us who are single live fully – even when singleness is hard? What does it look like for us to steward this season well? Join us in exploring what the Bible has to teach us about how to embrace both the blessings and challenges of singleness.

Suffering and the Body – Kori Porter

When sin entered the world, it brought forth suffering and death. Yet through the sacrificial work of Christ, death and suffering are redemptive for the Christian. This truth has huge implications for joy in our present day sufferings. Yet, for many of us, our chronic pain and/or ailments seem to create a desolate life. During our time together we will reconsider what is the purpose of suffering, how Christ’s work brings us hope, why we still suffer after the resurrection, and ponder the joy of heaven to come.

Naperville, Illinois

To make reservations, call the phone numbers listed above and mention Presbyterian Church in America Conference when making your reservation for the discounted rate.  Or click on the link for online reservations.

 

Please note that hotel reservations should be made as soon as possible since our room blocks will be released 4-6 weeks prior to the Conference and the rates will not be available after that time.

Hyatt Place Chicago-Warrenville-Naperville
1-800-590-2796
27576 Maecliff Drive
Naperville, IL 60555

Rate: $99 (plus taxes) for King Room with sofa sleeper; complimentary breakfast, wifi, and parking.

Hyatt House Chicago-Warrenville
1-800-993-1392
27554 Maecliff Drive
Naperville, IL 60555

Rate: $109 (plus taxes) for King Suite with sofa sleeper; complimentary breakfast, wifi, and parking.

 

Residence Inn by Marriott – Chicago Naperville/Warrenville
28500 Bella Vista Parkway
Warrenville, IL 60555
630-393-3444

Rate: $139/night for two bedroom suites. Request rate for Transformed Chicago Conference

Book your group rate for Transformed Chicago Conference

Hilton Garden Inn – Naperville/Warrenville
28351 Dodge Dr.
Warrenville, IL 60555
(630) 393-3223

Rate: $119/night for queen/queen room, including breakfast. Book via this link to receive conference rate.

FAQ

Are children allowed to attend? Is there childcare available?

We are asking that no children (excluding infants) attend the sessions. There will not be childcare at the church.

I can only attend on Saturday. Is there a reduced rate available?

No, we are sorry, but we do not have a reduced rate available for Saturday only.

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I would like to attend one of the training sessions on Friday, but I’m not able to attend the Conference. Is that possible?

Yes! You are welcome to attend one of the Training sessions without registering for the Conference. There is a place online to register for them as well. Men and women are welcome to attend.

How do I register for the pre-conference?

When you register for the conference, there will be the option to register for the pre-conference as well.

What is the refund policy for the Transformed Conferences?

All registrations are transferable without penalty, but they are not refundable.

Can I transfer my registration?

Yes! You are able to transfer your registration. Transfers are the responsibility of the two parties involved. CDM is not responsible to arrange payment for transferred registration. Please email Kathy Wargo with updated information.

How do I change my workshop selections?

Once you choose your workshop, you will not be able to make changes to your registration. However, at the conference, you may attend the workshop of your choice, but we ask that you allow others who registered for that workshop to take their seats first.

What options are available for dining?

Restaurants near the church: Kicks, Eggssperience, Meat Heads, La Hacienda, Culvers (Fast Food/Hamburger place), Carrabas Italian Grill, Outback Steak House.  There are many restaurant options at different price points in downtown Naperville area which is 3 miles from the church. There are also many fast food and sit down restaurants near the hotels. Find more here.

When should I make my hotel reservations?

We have contracts with each hotel, but our cut-off dates are well in advance of the conference so that CDM will not be responsible for any unreserved rooms. Be sure to make your reservations early in order to get the contracted rates.

How do I get from the airport to my hotel?

There is no Hotel/Airport shuttle for O’Hare or Midway. The distance from O’Hare to the church is 33 miles (in light traffic about 45 minutes). Uber can pickup at O’Hare Airport on the departure level at terminals 1, 2, and 3.  Exact areas will be labeled “rideshare” and a call to Uber should be made after getting luggage if checking. Midway: Uber X pickups are upstairs on the Departures level; exit through Door UL-1. UberBLACK and uberTAXI will be downstairs on the arrivals level. Distance and time is about the same. A rental car would probably be a good option.

How do I get from the hotel to the church?

The distance from the Hyatt House and the Hyatt Place to the church is 6-8 miles with a driving time of about 20 minutes.

Is there an official social media hashtag?

Yes! Please tag any social media posts related to the conference (i.e. photos, quotes, updates, etc.) with #PCAtransformed. Be sure to check out the Facebook page and follow the event on twitter.

Are there things to do in the area?

The downtown Naperville area is certainly a highlight. There is a Premium Outlet Mall  and a River Walk.

I would like to stay in the area for worship on Sunday. What time does worship begin?

Naperville Presbyterian Church has worship services at 9 am and 10:30 am on Sunday mornings, with Rev. Chris Hodge preaching.

What if my question hasn’t been answered?

You may contact Kathy Wargo with additional questions.

Schedule

 

Friday, April 8: 7-9 pm

Saturday, April 9: 9 am to 2 pm (with 2 workshops)

Keynote Speaker – Nancy Guthrie

 

Message 1: I Need a Change in What Fascinates Me (Romans 11:33-36)

I need the plan of God to fill me with a fresh sense of wonder.

“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!

‘For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?’

‘Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?’

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”

 

Message 2: I Need a Change in What Motivates Me (Romans 12:1)

I need the mercy of God to move me toward an acceptable kind of worship.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

 

Message 3: I Need a Change in What Shapes Me (Romans 12:2)

I need the word of God to renew me through a new way of thinking.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

 

Friday, April 8, 2016

12-2 pm

Taste of Parakaleo

Come learn practical, visual tools to enhance your “gospel lens” and help you creatively take the truth to your own heart and to the hearts of others. Parakaleo trains, supports and encourages all women in ministry, especially those in church planting. Parakaleo creates relational space for women to engage a robust gospel and see their own stories and stresses in light of God’s bigger story of redemption. Registration for this event can be found at: www.parakaleo.us/transformed-conference

 

2-5 pm – Pre-Conference Optional Workshops:

Women’s Ministry Training – Paula Miles

Our Women’s Ministry Training is designed to give you a framework to think biblically about who God is and who He is calling you as a woman to be in the context of the home, church or workplace. Some of the topics covered are covenant, church, womanhood, and kingdom discipleship. You will also discover practical tools and engaging ideas for cultivating ministry among women. This training is open to all women, but we strongly encourage women’s ministry leaders/teams, Bible study leaders and other leadership women to attend. (Cost for materials and training – $25)

Special Needs Ministry Training – Dawn Clark

“Disability and the Church”

Disability Ministry exists because the body of Christ often attempts to function without all her intended parts. People with disabilities are an indispensable, but often a missing part of the church. These pre-conference workshops will focus on how to make the gospel accessible in word and deed by integrating people with disabilities into the life and mission of the church. (Cost for materials and training – $25)

Children’s Ministry Training – B.A. Snider

“Can you really teach kids deep biblical truths?”

From the littlest preschoolers to your elementary students, discover how to help kids grasp God’s amazing story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation. Learn how God wired our children to grasp spiritual truth as they grow physically and mentally. Get practical tips to partner with parents in helping to raise their children to know Jesus. (Cost for materials and training – $25)

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