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Do you want to attend a BGC event? Here’s what’s going on.


transformationTransformation, it’s closer than you think

July 10, 2014 | 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Churches have been given one commission: to make disciples. But many are not living up to this calling. How do we move our churches from stagnancy into transformation and growth—churches which are caught up in the mission of God to make disciples? What does this kind of TRANSFORMED church look like?

Drawing from scripture and a recent series of intense research projects, we will inspire and equip you to see your congregation become reproducing followers of Jesus who can transform individuals and communities. Transformation begins now. And YOU are invited.

Presenters include: Ed Stetzer (president, Lifeway Research), Micah Fries (vice president, Lifeway Research), Rick Richardson (chair, MA in Evangelism and Leadership, Wheaton College), and Dan Weyerhaeuser (Midwest regional coordinator, Christ Together).

Conference fee, including boxed lunch: $35

Learn more: or call 630.752.5904.

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The Hobbit, Fantasy, and Faith Presentation

March 23, 2014

hobbitInstitute of Strategic Evangelism associate director, Jerry Root, is presenting "Why Is Tolkien's Hobbit So Compelling?" on March 23rd at 6 p.m. at Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. 

For Tolkien, joy is the mark of true Fantasy: “The peculiar quality of the ‘joy’ in successful fantasy can thus be explained as a sudden glimpse of the underlying reality or truth.” Fantasy for Tolkien then is not an escape from reality, but is a doorway to reality. From experiencing the joys that a true fantasy provides, someone may be stirred to the real world and the truths that such a story may picture. Tolkien’s world gives spiritual joy, insight and food for spiritually hungry modern people. Come and listen to Jerry unfold how Tolkien’s Hobbit gives us a vision of true life. Sign up here >> 

Seeing Christ in the Darkness: Georges Rouault Exhibit

Through May 13, 2014

assistant carrying cross; christ en croix, golgotha, ecce homoA devout Catholic, Georges Rouault’s faith informed his work, which at times seems to serve as a vehicle for moral judgment and retains vitality and relevance today. Rouault himself said, “All of my work is religious for those who know how to look at it.” Born out of the unprecedented violence of the First World War and Rouault’s intense compassion for the marginalized and underprivileged, Miserere et Guerre stands as a singular achievement in the realms of printmaking and religious art. 

The exhibit is on display in the BGC Museum Sacred Arts Gallery through May 13, 2014.

Correctional Ministries & Chaplains Association Annual Conference

May 29-31, 2014






The CMCA, a network founded by the Institute for Prison Ministries, will be holding its 2nd annual conference for those in correctional ministry. IMPACT 2014 will provide multiple opportunities to receive and share information, build relationships, and collaborate with those who share a passion for correctional ministry. Workshop presenters are hands-on practitioners who understand the challenges and blessings of serving those impacted by incarceration. The event will be held May 29-31 at Wheaton College. Learn more >>