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Careers for Christ Weekend
High school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in becoming LCMS church professionals are invited to register for CUC's Careers for Christ Weekend 2017!
The theme for Careers for Christ Weekend 2017 is "Enduring faith. Abiding grace. Abounding love." based on the Bible verse:
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8 ESV)
Highlights of the weekend include:
- Career sessions about CUC's LCMS church professional programs: (Director of Christian Education; Pre-Seminary; Lutheran Teacher Education; Deaconess; Director of Parish Music)
- Personal connections with our faculty and current students
- Group outing to exciting downtown Chicago
- SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY THIS YEAR! Lecture and viewing of a collection of rare Reformation treasures
- Keynote session with Pastor Dave McGinley of Trinity Lutheran Church in the Galewood neighborhood of Chicago
About our keynote speaker …
Dave McGinley is Pastor at Trinity Galewood, a new church plant on mission to look, live and love more like Jesus, located in the city of Chicago just north of Oak Park. Dave and his wife, Gretchen, have three energetic children: Malachi, Raelynn and Romy. Dave is a recent graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis and is also a graduate of Concordia University Chicago where he graduated as a Director of Christian Education. His passions are reading, watching and attempting to play any kind of sport, and drinking LOTS of coffee.
Additional option for young women only!
Young women attending Careers for Christ Weekend 2017 are also invited to a special Women of Mercy event starting 24 hours before Careers for Christ. Learn more about Women of Mercy.
How do you register for Careers for Christ Weekend and Women of Mercy?
The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Guarantee your spot by registering online today!
After you complete the online registration, download a permission form (PDF, 49 KB) and send the completed form, along with your $75 registration fee, to:
Office of Undergraduate Admission
Concordia University Chicago
7400 Augusta Street
River Forest, IL 60305
What are students saying about Careers for Christ Weekend?
"Thank you for being so welcoming and wonderful. This weekend put me at ease, and the love of Christ completely engulfed me through staff and students."
"The career sessions were my favorite part because they helped me discern my possible career path, and they answered many of my questions."
"I really enjoyed the student-led devotion time and the carnival because I got to see student life at CUC really well."
"I love these people so much!"
"I think the trip was great!! It was too short :)"
"The downtown Chicago walk/scavenger hunt was my favorite part because I enjoyed seeing the city and getting to know others better."
"I don't want to go home. It's great here and I can't wait to be here all the time!!"
What else should you know?
What is the schedule for Careers for Christ Weekend? Careers for Christ Weekend begins with check-in at 6:30 p.m., Friday, October 20 and concludes after brunch (around 12 p.m.) Sunday, October 22. An optional campus tour is offered at noon.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, October 20
- Check-in: 6:30 p.m. (Koehneke Community Center - Main Level)
- Group activity
- Keynote speaker
- Time of Prayer and Praise
Saturday, October 21
- Morning devotion
- Career Session 1
- Career Session 2
- Career Session 3
- "Meet and Greet" lunch with church professional faculty and current students
- Lecture by Pastor Jeff Leininger/viewing of collection of rare Reformation treasures
- Group outing to downtown Chicago
- Bonfire and closing devotion
Sunday, October 22
- Worship: 10 a.m. (Resurrection Lutheran Church - CUC Campus)
- Campus tour (optional)
Who attends Careers for Christ Weekend? High school sophomores, juniors and seniors who are considering an LCMS church profession are invited to attend. In recent years, attendees have included students from the Midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Michigan, Iowa, North Dakota and Ohio, as well as Louisiana, Tennessee, New York, North Carolina and Texas.
Where do you sleep during the weekend? Participants stay in residence halls with current CUC students.
How much does the weekend cost? The entire weekend experience costs $75 per person, which includes all activities and materials; housing; meals, including dinner in Chicago; transportation during the event; and a Careers for Christ T-shirt.
What should you bring?
- Clothes for worship
- Casual clothes
- Spending money
- Sleeping bag
Attention youth leaders: We encourage your involvement in the career development of youth group members. Your group is welcome to attend Careers for Christ Weekend if all participants are considering LCMS church profession vocations.