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"A community of Prayer and Global / Local Service based in Hyde Park, Chicago."
- The Gathering Chicago

"The project is geared towards educating inner-city youth with skills in Computer Literacy and music skills."
- Mobile Lab in Rockford

The District can support your Congregation's Mission and Mortar needs.
Contact the District Office for more information
or Download the flier and application here.

CRDT has two new grant programs available:
Being Jesus in the Neighborhood: Congregations can apply for $100 in seed money to start a new outreach project or initiative in their local communities, or to expand an existing one. These should be projects that intentionally engage with the neighborhood immediately around the congregation, or—for those in rural locations—with the town or area around the church. Each congregation receiving a grant will be asked to share a little about their project at district conference.

Give Your Pastor a Break: Congregations can apply for up to $100 for a grant to cover or help cover a guest speaker for an extra Sunday to give your pastor a day off--or at least a day off from having to prepare and preach a sermon. We hope this might be part of the ways you care for your pastor.

Each congregation may receive only one grant per calendar year. Download and complete an application from the website, or contact the district office. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
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District Office Information
Phone: (309) 649-6008
Walt Wiltschek, District Executive
Andrea Garnett, Executive Assistant
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          by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • Deep Change: Discovering the Leader Within
          by Robert E. Quinn
  • The Fly in the Ointment: Why Denominations Aren't Helping Their Congregations...and How They Can Help
          by R. Russell Crabtree
  • Planting Churches in the 21st Century
          by Stuart Murray (recommended reading)
  • The Elephant in the Boardroom: Speaking the Unspoken About Pastoral Transitions
          by Carolyn Weese and J. Russell Crabtree
  • Leading Change in the Congregation: Spiritual and Organizational Tools for Leaders
          by Gilbert R. Rendle
  • Strategic Leadership for a Change: Facing Our Losses, Finding Our Future
          by Kenneth J. McFayden
  • Take This Bread
          by Sara Miles
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
          by Daniel H. Pink
  • Small, Strong Congregations: Creating Strengths and Health for Your Congregation
          by Kennon L. Callahan
  • Bearing Fruit: Ministry With Real Results
          by Lovett H. Weems, Jr. and Tom Berlin
  • With: Imagining the Way You Relate to God
          by Skye Jethani
  • Jonathan Shively
  • Stan Dueck
  • Josh Brockway
  • Lowell Flory
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