The Pursuit '16

Challenging Boundaries

A Christian Ministry Conference | April 27 - 29, 2016 | London, ON

What is The Pursuit?

The Pursuit is a gathering of ministry workers who are ready to challenge the boundaries of their leadership and vision. It's a year-round experience that will refresh, equip, and empower.

Begin your experience by joining The Pursuit's online community, which includes year-round access to all pre-conference workshop training videos, handouts, and online forums. You'll have everything you need to start learning before coming to the conference!
Pack your bags for London, ON to attend the live conference on April 27-29, 2016! This 2.5-day event includes worship sessions, engaging keynote speakers, over 90 learning sessions, and many networking opportunities.> See our schedule for details.

So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.

Full Schedule

    • 8:00 am Registration Desk Opens
    • 10:30-10:45 am Coffee Break
    • 12:15-1:00 pm Lunch
    • 2:45-3:00 pm Coffee Break
    • 8:00 am Registration Desk Opens
    • 10:30-10:45 am Coffee Break
    • 12:15-1:00 pm Lunch
    • 2:45-3:00 pm Coffee Break
    • 8:00-10:00 pm Meet and Greet Reception
    • 8:00-8:30 am Coffee Break
    • 8:00 am Registration Desk Opens
    • 8:30-8:50 am Worship
    • 10:30-12:00 pm Brunch
    • 12:00-1:00 pm
    • 1:15-2:15 pm
    • 2:15-3:00 pm Coffee Break
    • 3:00-4:00 pm
    • 4:10-4:50 pm
    • 8:00-8:30 am Coffee Break
    • 8:00 am Registration Desk Opens
    • 8:30-8:50 am Worship
    • 10:30-12:00 pm Brunch
    • 12:00-1:00 pm
    • 1:15-2:15 pm
    • 2:15-3:00 pm Coffee Break
    • 3:00-4:00 pm
    • 4:10-4:50 pm
    • 6:30-8:30 pm Banquet
The Pursuit 2016

Full Conference Brochure Download PDF

Keynote Speakers

Pernell Goodyear

John Stackhouse Jr

Greg Thompson

Anthony Bradley

Sponsors

We can't thank our sponsors enough! Because of their generous support, more Christian leaders will be encouraged, equipped, and inspired to do good works for the Kingdom.

Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flow charts. It is about one life influencing another.

Traveling from the U.S.? Here's What You Need to Know!Download PDF

FAQ

  1. What is the address for the London Convention Centre?
    300 York Street, London, Ontario N6B 1P8 Canada
  2. Yes. A block of rooms has been reserved at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel at a discounted price of $140/standard room or $160/deluxe room. You can book a room directly online at the special conference rate. If you are booking by phone or in person, be sure to mention the group code "The Pursuit." The special conference rate will expire on April 8th or when the room block has been filled.

    The address for the hotel is 300 King Street, London, Ontario, N6B 1S2.
  3. The London International Airport (YXU) is closest to the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. It’s about a 15-min drive away. Other options include Lester B. Pearson International Airport (about 2 hrs away) and Detroit City Airport (about 2 hrs away).
  4. The hotel website provides directions and travel information.
  5. Unfortunately, there is no shuttle bus from the airport to the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. The drive is about 15-20 minutes and will cost approximately $26 by taxi. A local taxi provider is Checker Limo (519-659-0400).
  6. The London VIA Rail station is about a 7-min walk from the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel.
  7. Currently, we are not offering discounts for spouses of registrants. Spouses will need to pay full price.
  8. The Online Access Only package is non-refundable.

    The Online Access + Live Conference Pass is subject to the following cancellation policy:

    Before March 25th, 2016 Full refund
    From March 25th – April 8th, 2016 50% refund
    After April 8th, 2016 No refund
  9. Yes. You may transfer your registration to another person at any time. Please contact CCCC to make your change (519-669-5137).
  10. The conference registration desk will open on Monday, April 25th, 2016 at 8 am. It will be open from 8 am to 5 pm daily throughout the conference week, except for Friday when it will close at 11 am.
  11. > We will not be providing hard copy handouts at The Pursuit, so you may want to bring a laptop or a tablet to access the handouts for your chosen workshops. Alternatively, you may choose to print them out at home.
    > Bring your business cards! There will be many opportunities for networking.
    > Bring your friends and colleagues—there is something for everyone on your ministry team at The Pursuit!
  12. Dress is business casual. Some workshop rooms may be cooler than you prefer, so you may want to bring along a sweater.
  13. Full conference registration includes two brunches (Wednesday and Thursday) and one banquet dinner (Thursday night).
  14. Yes, please indicate your preferences on your registration form.
  15. Here are some restaurants in London close to the hotel and convention centre:
  16. If a workshop is cancelled, you will be notified by email and requested to select another workshop.
  17. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Parking Parking is complimentary in the Hilton lot for overnight guests and is located adjacent to the hotel. London Convention Centre Parking Parking is a daily flat rate of $10.00 (including tax) and includes in/out privileges. All parking is subject to availability.
  18. No; however, each workshop will have a 20-min content video that you can access from the online community before and after the conference.
  19. Workshops

    Workshops at The Pursuit have two components: online and in-person. Access the online component by clicking on the workshop title in online community. You will be directed to a course page that contains a 20-min video and other resources (e.g., handouts, PowerPoint slides). It's your responsibility to watch the video before the live workshop and print any resources that you'd like to have in hard copy. The live workshop will focus on application and group discussion.

    Peer Learning

    Do you have an idea to share at The Pursuit? Sign up to speak at a Peer Learning session! This session type is designed for conference attendees to pick up the mic and share an idea, a story, or a strategy from their ministry experience. Four speakers will be chosen for each session. Each speaker will have 12 minutes to present. You can apply to present after you have registered for the conference.

    Knowledge Pods

    Do you feel more comfortable in a small group? Knowledge Pods allow you to gather together with a small group of attendees to have an informal discussion with one of our content experts. Ask questions, share ideas, and challenge your assumptions! Be sure to sign up soon—these sessions are limited to 14 people.

    Rapid Fire

    Let's be honest. Do you get bored easily? Are you constantly flipping through channels when you watch TV? Then Rapid Fire sessions may be for you! This session type switches speakers three times, offering three different insights based around a common theme. Hearing from a variety of experts is sure to keep you engaged.

    Storytelling

    Who doesn't love a good story? Our storytellers will share personal experiences that shaped their leadership and changed their perspective. You won't want to miss the opportunity to challenge your faith and your own leadership. Be sure to sign up soon—these sessions are limited to 25 people.

    Jam Sessions

    Jam Sessions are held at the end of each day and organized by role (e.g., Board Members, CEOs, Fundraisers). Join others in your field to share the best thing you learned during the day from any keynote or learning session. A facilitator will help you to develop a few key themes, and you can discuss how you might implement the new ideas in your ministry. Jam sessions are a great way to re-cap, de-brief, and swap notes with your peers.

  20. TRAVEL OPTIONS By Air
    • The London International Airport (YXU) is the closest international airport to the conference center (about a 15-min drive away). Unfortunately, there is no shuttle bus from the airport to the conference center or the DoubleTree Hotel. The drive is about 15-20 minutes and will cost approximately $26 (CAD) by taxi. A local taxi provider is Checker Limo (519-659-0400).
    • The Lester B. Pearson Airport in Toronto (YYZ) is about two hours away from the conference center. A shuttle service is provided by Robert Q Airbus from the Pearson airport to London, Ontario in state-of-the-art Mercedes Sprinter buses: https://reservation.robertq.com/airbus/
    • The Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County airport (DTW) is also about two hours away from the conference center. Robert Q Airbus also provides a shuttle service from Detroit to London, Ontario: https://reservation.robertq.com/airbus/
    By Train
    • If you like to travel by train, you can book an Amtrak train to Detroit and take a bus from there to London, Ontario. Amrak train schedules may be accessed here: https://www.amtrak.com/train-schedules-timetables
    • Note: There are state law restrictions on Amtrak travel that prevent individuals from taking the bus portion only of a trip—the train must be taken for part of the way if you are booking an Amtrak bus service.
    By Bus
    • Greyhound provides bus services to London, Ontario from different cities in the U.S. Find out more here: https://www.greyhound.com/
    BEFORE YOU CROSS THE BORDER... WHEN YOU CROSS THE BORDER...
    • Tell the officer at the entry point that you are attending a conference on behalf of your employer. If you arrive on public transit and are given a card to complete, the purpose of your visit is business-related, not personal. More information can be found at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/business-who.asp
    CURRENCY
    • The exchange rate as of January 7th is US$1 = CAD$1.40. That means anything you buy in Canada is much less than it appears to be. At these rates, you can estimate the cost in American dollars by multiplying the Canadian cost by 0.71. The transaction on your credit card statement will show the USD expense in the amount column, and in small print (usually on the next line) it will show the Canadian amount and the exchange rate given by the credit card company.
    • All major credit cards are accepted in Canada, including Visa, MasterCard, and AMEX. If you rarely travel outside the United States, you might want to call your credit card company and let them know you are coming to Canada (so they don't think your card has been stolen).
    • If you want Canadian cash, you can get it at a US bank or foreign exchange company before coming. You could also get it at a Canadian airport or use your debit card to make a withdrawal from your account in Canadian dollars at an ATM. To do this, your debit card will need to be part of a network such as Cirrus (Mastercard) or Plus (Visa). Check with your bank to be sure you know the withdrawal limits that apply when out of the country.
    WEATHER
    • The average temperature in April for London, Ontario is between 35 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Towards the end of the month, the highs reach into the mid-60s.
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Online Access Only

$ 395 CAD

This package offers the "light" version of the conference in digital format:

  • Immediate access to over 50 online training videos
  • Digitial downloads of the handouts
  • Access to online forums
  • Access to keynote speaker recordings and rapid fire presentations after the conference

Content from the learning sessions at the live conference will not be available with this package.

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Online Access + Live Conference Pass

$ 695 CAD

This package offers the full conference experience:

  • Year-round access to all workshop content videos and handouts
  • Access to online forums
  • 2.5-day live conference experience in London, ON (includes coffee breaks and two brunches)
  • Additional 60 minutes of learning per session that you attend
  • Additional learning opportunities that are not available online
  • Thursday night banquet + entertainment
ADD-ONS:
  1. $125 One-Day Pre-Conference Session
  2. $175 Two-Day Pre-Conference Session
  3. $60 Extra Banquet Ticket
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