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Reignite Your Leadership Journey with SCD 2024!

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The School of Congregational Development is returning to Chicago this summer as SEE//CREATE//DISCIPLE (SCD) after a hiatus due to challenges posed by COVID-19.

Save the Date: August 4-7, 2024
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL

With more than two decades of providing exceptional learning and networking experiences for United Methodist Church leaders, nationally and internationally, SCD is set to empower and inspire again.

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Interested in sponsoring SCD 2024? Click here to learn more!

Event Overview:

Legacy of Excellence: More than twenty years of fostering growth, learning, and networking with United Methodist Church leaders.

Visionary Leadership: The focus is on shifting from "fixing churches" to embracing the Great Commission of making disciples of all nations (Junius Dotson).

Discipleship Principles: The new SCD will focus on three discipleship principles: SEE//CREATE//DISCIPLE:

  • See: Shifting the focus to seeing and reaching out to all the people Christ has called us to reach.
  • Create: Fostering a new United Methodist movement that loves and serves the present age and beyond.
  • Disciple: Inspiring and equipping participants to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

What to Expect:

Workshops: Choose from an array of workshops designed to provide practical tools, processes, and frameworks for discipleship formation.

Immersive Learning: Experience a deep dive into disciple-making with hands-on, practical insights from episcopal leaders, ministry cultivators, and practitioners across the worldwide United Methodist connection.

Networking: Connect with other ministry leaders, share experiences, and build lasting relationships within the United Methodist community.

We hope you’ll join us at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg in Schaumburg, IL, as we come together for this transformative event!


Lodging for SCD will be at our host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg. We have secured a rate of $149 at this hotel located at 1800 E. Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173.

Please click here to book your hotel through our event portal. If you would prefer, you can also call the hotel directly at 847-605-1234 and asked to be booked directly with group code G-DDMM.

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SCD Programs & Activities:

Sunday, August 4, 2024

  • 3-5 p.m. - Arrival and registration; Ministry Resource Fair (SCD sponsors and UMC General Agencies)
  • 5-6:30 p.m. - Dinner (participants on your own); SCD leaders' dinner fellowship
  • 6:30-7 p.m. -Welcome remarks – Jeffrey M. Campbell & Bishop Dan Schwerin; General orientation – Bener Agtarap
  • 7-8:30 p.m. - Opening worship with Bishop Dan Schwerin

Monday, August 5, 2024

  • 8-9 a.m. - Gathering and worship with Bishop Ruben Saenz, Jr.
  • 9-9:15 a.m. - Intermission/announcements
  • 9:15-10 a.m. - Plenary session (See) with Micheal S. Pope
  • 10-10:45 a.m. - Reflection and integration (Moderator: Motoe Yamada Foor)
  • 10:45-11 a.m. - Transition Break
  • 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - SCD Ministry Track A (Session 1)
  • 12:15-1:30 p.m. - Networking/lunch
  • 1:30-2 p.m. - Intermission/Announcements
  • 2-2:45 p.m. - Plenary session (Create) with Michael A. Beck
  • 2:45-3:30 p.m. - Reflection and Integration (Moderator: Jessica Taylor)
  • 3:30-3:45 p.m. - Transition Break
  • 3:45-5 p.m. - SCD Ministry Track A (Session 2)
  • 5 p.m. - Networking/Self-care
  • Free evening

Tuesday, August 6, 2024

  • 8-9 a.m. - Gathering and worship with Bishop Carlo Rapanut
  • 9-9:15 a.m. - Intermission/announcements
  • 9:15-10 a.m. - Plenary session (Disciple) with Jeffrey Campbell
  • 10-10:45 a.m. - Reflection and Integration (Moderator: Mike Bowie, Jr.)
  • 10:45-11 a.m. - Transition break
  • 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - SCD Ministry Track B (Session 1)
  • 12:15-1:30 p.m. - Networking/Lunch
  • 1:30-2:45 p.m. - SCD Ministry Track B (Session 2)
  • 2:45-3 p.m. - Transition Break
  • 3-4:30 p.m. - Workshop
  • 4:30 p.m. - Onward - Experimental Learning Opportunities (Option 1: FXUM Discovery; Option 2: Teaching church/ministry; Option 3: Affinity Group Networking)
  • Free evening

Wednesday, August 7, 2024

  • 8-9 a.m. - Gathering and worship with Bishop Tracy Smith Malone
  • 9-10:15 a.m. - Moving forward (World Cafe) (Moderators: Owen Ross & Stephanie Moore Hand)
  • 10:15-10:30 a.m. - Acknowledgement and evaluation (Scott Hughes & Naomi Annandale)
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon - Communion and consecration service with Bishop Héctor A. Burgos Núñez
  • 12 noon - Homeward bound

Please contact Bener Agtarap if you have any questions about this event.

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