Who The Arise and Shine Conference is for Women (18 years old +) interested in deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, each other, and mission in his name. The event is required for all Central Territory female officers, cadets, open to women of the corps, employees, participants in Salvation Army programs, women advisory board members, women’s auxiliary members, friends, and relatives – all women are welcome.
Why The purpose of the Arise and Shine Conference is to gather women together to create united worshippers of Jesus Christ to encourage equip and engage in mission together.
Where Hyatt Regency O’Hare 9300 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Rosemont, IL 60018
When Friday, October 12 – 14, 2018
"I'm an Ohio native, an oldest child, and an INFJ. But the most important thing you should know is that I love words and believe they can change the world. I first learned this as an undergrad at Calvin College, where I worked on the student newspaper and genuinely looked forward to writing papers. After studying theology at Oxford University, I landed my first job copy editing Christianity Today magazine in the suburbs of Chicago. I would go on to launch a women's website (Her.meneutics) and become the magazine's youngest and first female managing editor. Lest you think it's all been upward and onward, at age 27 I went through a major life event that seriously upset my identity and sense of purpose. So naturally, I decided to write a book about work, vocation, and identity, which came out in 2016 from Simon & Schuster / Howard Books. I speak regularly on faith and work, women's vocation, writing, and evangelicalism. I have written for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times and have commented on faith and culture for CNN, ABC, NPR, the Associated Press, Religion News Service, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and McClatchy Newspapers."
Jo Saxton is a leader, visionary, and practitioner. She has served as a pastor at St. Thomas Church in Sheffield, England, and in a wide range of churches in the United States. In 2009 Jo went to work for 3DM where she continues to serve while writing books, speaking around the world, and planting a church with her husband in Minneapolis, MN. Jo’s primary focus isequipping women for leadership and missional ministry. She engages the world in the same way God does—by going out rather than just reaching out.
A 22-year youth ministry veteran, Amy Williams follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, youth on probation/parole and those lost in the criminal justice system – at the core of which life-on-life mentoring is her key strategy. As a certified Gang Intervention Specialist, she heard God’s call to move into a Latino gang neighborhood in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community to be a “Hope Dealer” doing street outreach and walking life with young people on her block. Amy has pursued her calling as a Youth Pastor, Reentry Coordinator for paroled youth, Youth Mentor and Advocate. She has been involved in youth ministry at the local church level, with Urban Young Life and as the former co-founder of Community IMPACT and the Christian Basketball Academy. She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the North Park University Center for Youth Ministries Studies (CYMS). She has been published in various magazines and projects including Crossway Publishing’s Urban Devotional Bible and is a guest blogger for D.L. Hughley and other sites. She is currently working on her first book.
“I take a deep breath and step out on faith. Do it afraid.” Those words have been a mantra for South Side of Chicago Native, Sharon Irving, songstress/songwriter/spoken word artist, worship leader and actress, since she was a little girl, performing in front of the congregation at the south side church in Chicago where her grandfather was pastor. Sharon is an inspiring ‘ voice for the voiceless’ , a passionate wordsmith spewing truth and inspiration, singing songs of life and love motivated by her personal experiences, and undergirded by her Christian beliefs. Sharon has been a part of the worship team at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois for several years, has contributed songs and words of hope before thousands at liturgical and corporate events, youth conferences, including the popular “CHIC”, (‘ Covenant High in Christ’ ),in small clubs and intimate settings all over the country, at the Angola Prison in Angola, Louisiana, and even entertained millions while a participant on Season Ten of “America’ s Got Talent”, where she received the coveted “Golden Buzzer” at her first televised audition, and was chosen by America to compete in the Semi-Finals.