DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI

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FLAGSHIP EVENT

We seek to gather leaders of revival in the Church to encounter God’s refreshment, encouragement and impartation of greater anointing for ministry.

Conference participants can expect an atmosphere of Spirit-filled worship in the presence of God, Holy Mass, inspiring and transforming keynote speakers, breakout sessions, Eucharistic Adoration, a healing service, fellowship and many opportunities for prayer ministry and growth in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

2021 speaker lineup*

*subject to change

what to expect

refreshment & encouragement

encounter worship

praise and worship during the conference will be led by encounter worship.

conference schedule

Schedule subject to change
Monday, dec. 27

6-9:30 PM*
*Optional dismissal; Participants can stay late for additional prayer.

1:00PM                Doors open for Pre-Conference Sessions (Premium Ticket Holders Only)

2:00 PM               [PREMIUM TICKET] Pre-Conference Session

5:00PM                Doors Open

6:00 PM               Encounter Worship / Youth Track Programming

7:00PM                Main Session 1

9:30PM                Children must be picked up from the Youth Tracks

Tuesday, Dec. 28

8:30 AM-10:00 PM*
*Optional dismissal; Participants can stay late for additional prayer.

8:00 AM              Holy Mass (Optional)

8:45AM               Doors Open / Encounter Worship 

9:00AM               Youth Track Programming

9:30 AM              Main Session 2

11:30 AM           Lunch Break / Confessions

1:30 PM               Breakout Sessions 

2:45 PM               Break

3:15 PM               Breakout Sessions 

4:30 PM               Dinner Break

6:30 PM               Doors Open / Encounter Worship

7:30PM                Main Session 3

10:00PM              Children must be picked up from the Youth Tracks

Wednesday, dec. 29

9 AM-10:00 PM*
*Optional dismissal; Participants can stay late for additional prayer.

8:00AM               Doors Open 

8:15AM               Encounter Worship

9:00AM               Youth Track Programming

9:00 AM              Main Session 4: 

11:30 AM           Lunch Break / Confessions

1:30 PM              Breakout Sessions 

2:45 PM              Break

3:15 PM              Holy Mass

4:30PM               Dinner Break

6:30 PM              Doors Open / Encounter Worship

7:30PM               Main Session 5

7:30PM               Youth Track Programming

10:00PM             Children must be picked up from the Youth Tracks

holy mass + EUCHARISTIC ADORATION + CONFESSION

You’ll have opportunities to receive God’s mercy through the sacraments and spend time with the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration with Benediction. 

youth tracks

We have added youth tracks specially broken up for High School (9-12), Middle School (5-8), and Elementary School (K-4) students. These specialized groups will be lead through powerful activations, taught how to hear God’s voice, and empowered to use the supernatural gifts they were given at Baptism. We want the youth of the church to see God’s love made manifest through signs and wonders and know they do not have a mini-Holy Spirit. God wants to love them and love through them.

healing service

We believe that not only does Jesus still heal today, but that healing is one of the most powerful ministries of evangelization. Jesus never preached the Gospel of the kingdom of God without demonstrating the kingdom through signs, wonders, and miracles, with healing as the most frequent demonstration of God’s love.  This will include a time of worship and praise, proclamation of the Gospel and preaching, corporate prayer for healing ending with individual prayer teams for healing. Come prepared for breakthrough!

breakout sessions

There will be unique opportunities for receiving personal prayer and to offer prayer for others. Encounter prayer teams will be available for impartations for greater anointing, Baptism of the Holy Spirit, physical healing and more.

hotels

Our official partnering hotels are the Amway Grand Plaza hotel, and the Courtyard Marriot. Our conference has negotiated a very large room discount for our participants at $119 per night, and an almost 70% parking discount now at only $10 per day.

SOLD OUT  Amway Grand Plaza
187 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

To reserve a hotel room with our group rate, click the reserve button below or call 616-774-2000 and mention the Encounter Ministries guest room block. 

SOLD OUT Courtyard by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown
11 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

To reserve a hotel room with our group rate, click the reserve button below or call 1-877-901-6632 and mention the Encounter Ministries guest room block. Guests staying at this hotel will receive the discounted parking of $10/day.

AC Hotel by Marriott Grand Rapids Downtown
50 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503, US

To reserve a hotel room with our group rate, click the reserve button below. Guests staying at this hotel will receive the discounted parking of $10/day.

 

ticket options

To receive Early Bird pricing, register by Nov. 1

basic in-person

Early Bird: $99 / $119 after Nov. 1
Access to all Conference Sessions 

 

basic online

Watch Online:  $59
Livestream all main* Conference Sessions
*Does not include pre-conference special sessions 

premium

Early Bird: $149 / $169 after Nov. 1
*Access to all Conference Sessions + Monday Pre-Conference Special Sessions + Conference Tote Bag & Special Gift

premium reserved (limited)

Early Bird: $199 / $219 after Nov. 1
All Premium Features + Special lanyard to access RESERVED SEATING SECTION in front (not individually assigned seat)

youth tracks

Conference youth tracks include specialized tracks for High School (9-12) , Middle School (5-8) and Elementary School (K-4) students.

priest ticket

In-Person: 
Early Bird: $89 / $109 after Nov. 1
Access to Conference Sessions + Monday Pre-Conference Sessions + Invitation to hear confessions + concelebrate  liturgies. 

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Watch Online:  $49
 

vendors

Vendor tables are available for the Encounter Conference with the following package options:

Vendor Table: $800
Includes:
One (1) 8′ table; One (1) Conference Pass; Listing in program

Gold Sponsorship: $1500
Includes:
One (1) 8′ table; Two (2) Conference Pass; Special listing in program, Chair Drop (vendor to provide printed materials)

Platinum Sponsorship: $3000
Includes:
Two (2) 8′ table; Four (4) Conference Pass; Full Page Ad in Program; Chair Drop (vendor to provide printed materials); Main Stage Video; Prime Booth Location

faq

General FAQs
Meals

Meals are NOT provided in the registration fee, nor are we offering any meal plans for purchase this year. However, our schedule does provide 2 hour breaks for both lunch and dinner for participants to buy food at the concession stands within the venue, or at the 15+ restaurants/coffee shops connected to the Convention Center by skywalk. So you should not have any trouble finding a great place to eat and be refreshed between sessions!

Food Options:  The DeVos Place Convention Center offers a wide variety of food and dining choices for all budgets.  There is a wide variety of coffee shops and concessions within the convention center as well as a wide variety of restaurants, fast food and to-go options during your time at the conference.  Check out this Dining Guide!

Volunteers

Currently, we are offering our alumni students the first opportunity to volunteer.

Then, we will open up certain volunteer positions to the general public. Any such position would involve an average total of 5-6 hours of volunteer service in exchange for free admission with no meals included. Examples of volunteer roles are Kids Track small group leaders (also receive meals & audio downloads of main stage talks), registration table, information table, name badge checkers for entry to the Main Hall, and post-conference clean-up/tear-down.

Families with Children

Is childcare available for my children under age 6, or is there a dedicated space for small children?

Although no childcare services will be provided, parents are free to bring their small children under age 6 into the main sessions if they are able to quietly color or entertain themselves in their seats. The facility is very large and parents are free to use the back of the Main Hall, the lobby area, or the dedicated room we have reserved for parents with small children immediately across from the Main Hall. We will be livestreaming the Main Stage conference sessions into that room so you won’t have to miss a thing!

K-12 Youth Tracks
While it is not a hard and fast requirement, we highly recommend that all children present who are in grades K-4 attend the Encounter Kids Track, grades 5-8 attend the Middle School Track, and grades 9-12 attend the High School Track. That way, both adults and children/teens receive content customized for them. Please see the links above for more information.
Note: If children ages 6-18 do attend the regular conference with you, they must be registered with the appropriate Youth Track ticket and simply choose from the drop-down list under the ticket types that they will not need to be assigned to a small group.

Are there any accommodations for nursing mothers?

Yes, two dedicated nursing mother rooms are available in DeVos Place Convention Center located on the Street Level and Overlook Level on the west side of the facility, just a short walk from the Main Hall.

Handicap Accessibility

Is DeVos Place handicap accessible?

DeVos Place is fully compliant with the American with Disabilities Act, and provides a full range of accommodations for guests with disabilities to ensure their safety, comfort, and enjoyment of their facilities during our event. DeVos Place is equipped with automatic doors for easy access. Concession stands, counters, and drinking fountains are also at a convenient height for everyone. Guests needing special accommodations or services should make such a request at least two (2) weeks prior to the date of the event to the ADA Coordinator of DeVos Place Convention Center by calling 616-742-6600.

Accessible Parking: Accessible parking is available in the DeVos Place parking ramp located below DeVos Place with entrances on Michigan Street and Lyon Street. Parking lots and ramps surrounding DeVos Place also offer accessible parking. Please refer to the City of Grand Rapids Parking Guide for parking locations or contact The City of Grand Rapids Parking Services at 616-456-3290. To gain access to accessible parking, proper vehicle registration is required as well as a current disabled placard with a matching identification card.

Wheelchairs: Wheelchairs are kept in the First Aid office for emergency use only. Security will operate wheelchairs in the case of an emergency. DeVos Place will have a limited number of wheelchairs on site at all times for guests to use as needed, based on availability. The DeVos Place security office will handle the distribution of all wheelchairs in conjunction with the Event Services staff. All users will be required to sign a wheelchair release form at time of check out.

TICKET FAQS
ESM Students

As a student of our local or satellite Encounter School of Ministry (ESM) this coming fall, the cost of our annual conference is included in your tuition ($99 value). We still need each student attending to register for the conference throught the normal conference registration page, and will be sent a coupon code for a free regular ticket, which could also be applied to one of the higher ticket tiers ($99 off). Therefore, please DO NOT register until you receive that email (or if you have already registered, email support@encounterministries.us to let us know so that we can make the necessary adjustments). In the fall, you will be given instructions from your campus leadership team about how students can register for the conference and sign-up to be considered to be on the prayer team. But, rest assured that your spots for the conference are reserved, whether you choose the regular ticket OR the Premium Reserved ticket option.

Discounted Tickets

Seminarians & Religious
We offer a significant discount for seminarians as well as religious brothers and sisters living in community. To obtain a discount code, please reach out to Rachel Grech at rachel@encounterministries.us, and let her know the seminary you attend, or the name of your religious community.
NOTE: For seminarians, if you would like to altar serve at the conference liturgies, please also mention that in your email as well (not all who volunteer may be needed)

Priests
Priest tickets are available at checkout. Please choose the appropriate category when registering. For priests wanting to concelebrate Mass or hear confessions, instructions for Letters of Suitability/Good Standing will be sent to you. 

ESM Students
Your conference ticket is included in your tuition. Registration must be completed through your student portal, which will be available in October.
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Unfortunately, we are unable to offer discounted tickets for the following at this time:

Deacons
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a discount for deacons at this time. However, we would love for you to assist at our conference liturgies. Simply email rachel@encounterministries.us to let him know you plan to do so.

ESM Alumni/Family
At this time, we are not offering discounts for alumni (will be alumni as of fall 2021), or for current/alumni students’ family members. Therefore, alumnican register in the regular registration portal and pay full price. Alumni who wish to serve as volunteers should contact Rachel Grech at rachel@encounterministries.us for a coupon code prior to registering.

Large Groups
No, we are not offering a discount for large group/bulk ticket sales. Instead, we have simply lowered our regular ticket price as much as possible to allow the most amount of people to attend.

Financial Assistance

No, we do not offer scholarships, housing, or any other form of financial assistance at this time. However, if you would like to volunteer in exchange for free admission, that may be possible (see volunteer FAQ for more details).

If you need financial assistance but do not wish to volunteer, our recommendation is to ask for assistance from your local church community who can more efficiently help you to register. With our small staff and the large amount of emails we get leading up to the conference, unfortunately we would not be able to quickly facilitate pairing you up with a donor/sponsor.

Cancelation & Refunds

Can I get a refund if the conference is canceled due to laws surrounding Coronavirus?

Yes, if the conference is canceled because there is a law in place which will prohibit large gatherings at the time of the event, then you will receive a full refund of your registration cost. If the conference is still proceeding but you have voluntarily decided to withdraw your registration at least three days prior to the event, then you can still contact us to receive a coupon code which will allow you to credit your full registration cost toward any future Encounter event within the next 12 months.

If I can no longer attend, then can I get a refund or transfer my ticket to someone else?

If you have registered for our event but can no longer attend, we are not able to issue a monetary refund, nor are we able to transfer your ticket to someone else. BUT, by emailing rachel@encounterministries.us, we can issue you a coupon code to credit your full registration cost toward any future Encounter event within the next 12 months. If you wish for someone else to use this coupon code in your place (whether for this conference or another one), simply provide the code to that party, and they will enter it when they register themselves for the event.

Can I still come if I can’t attend all the sessions? Is there a discount for partial attendance?

Yes, you are free to attend whatever parts of the conference you are able.  Your registration will get you access to the entire conference, however no discount will be extended for partial attendance.

HOTEL, TRANSPORT, PARKING & NAV
Hotel

Our official partnering hotel is the Amway Grand Plaza hotel, which is connected to the DeVos Place Convention Center via skywalk and has several incredible restaurants attached to it. Our conference has negotiated a very large room discount for our participants at $115 per night, and an almost 70% parking discount now at only $10 per day. To reserve a hotel room with our group rate, simply CLICK HERE, or you can also call 616-774-2000 and mention the Encounter Ministries guest room block.

Transportation

Flights

For attendees who will travel to the Encounter Conference by air, Grand Rapids provides easy accessibility and convenience. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), ranked by Airports Council International as the #1 airport in North America (by size), and is on pace to be America’s second-fastest growing airport in 2018, is served by seven major airlines and offers 140+ daily nonstop flights. For more details on additional transportation options, CLICK HERE.

Non-Stop Routes

https://www.grr.org/nonstop-routes

https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Grand-Rapids-Airport-GRR/Amway-Grand-Plaza-Hotel

Free DASH Bus

The Downtown Area Shuttle, or DASH, is a system of small buses which is FREE to all visitors, connecting key downtown Grand Rapids locations and parking lots. Some of the stops include the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, the Gerald R. Ford Museum, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum (all of these are also within walking distance of DeVos), which you are free to visit during conference breaks! Show your conference badge to receive a discount off of admission. More information can be found here.

 Free DASH routes run every 8 minutes: 

Monday to Friday: 7:30am – 8:30pm

Conference Halls

DeVos Map

All sessions are conveniently located in the Main Hall, and just around the corner is the Kids Track in Ballroom C and the Teen Track in Ballroom A (which will double as rooms for our afternoon breakout sessions). The room reserved for parents with small children with a livestream of the conference will be located in one of the Grand Gallery Meeting Rooms A through F immediately across from the Main Hall. This FAQ will be updated when the exact room is finalized. Dedicated nursing mother rooms are also available located on the Street Level and Overlook Level on the west side of the facility.

Parking

DeVos Place Parking

If you are NOT staying at the Amway Grand Plaza and need closer parking, DeVos Place has parking conveniently located under the convention center. Access to the parking lot is on Michigan Street and Lyon Street. Please note you can no longer access the underground parking garage if you are heading West on Michigan Street. No left hand turns are permitted due to a semi-permanent concrete berm installed for a new crosswalk.

Additional Conference Parking
Additional parking may be available in the City-County Building on Monroe Avenue (across from DeVos Place) or several other parking structures within walking distance. Vehicles that are too large to fit in a parking structure may be given a permit to park on Scribner Avenue during the dates of the event. Parking on Scribner is available on a first come, first served basis.

Hotel Parking (Amway Grand Plaza)

Parking for registered hotel guests at the Amway Grand Plaza is $10 per night for self-parking, or $15 per night for valet parking. BOTH allow 24-hour in-and-out access. [Note: Without our group rate, this would have normally been $32/$35 per day!]. Valet parking is located in the motor lobby off of the Pearl Street main entrance (if heading south on Monroe Avenue, make a right onto Pearl Street). Self-parking is available in the Amway Grand Parking Ramp. The Amway Grand Parking Ramp entrance is also located on the corner of Pearl Street and Monroe Avenue. Oversized vehicle parking is available. Please proceed to the motor lobby off of Pearl Street for directions to our oversized lot. There is no hotel shuttle, but cabs are available (speak to concierge or valet for more info). Or for downtown travel, the free DASH bus is also available (see separate tab for more info).

past conference media

conference playback

partner content

 Streaming playback of our Encounter Conference is available as part of the Encounter Partner Program exclusive media package.
Anyone who feels called to support this mission is invited to become an Encounter Partner.
We are so thankful for those who partner with us to continue advancing this mission for the Kingdom of God. 

PARTNER WITH US
$10/month

By becoming a monthly donor through the Encounter Ministries partner program, your generous support will help us to empower disciples to demonstrate the power and love of God.  An Encounter Partner is passionate about seeing the Church empowered to do the works of Jesus and even greater works. Our partners are committed to supporting the financial needs of Encounter Ministries with a gift of at least $10 a month to make everything we do possible. We invite you to join them.

BONUS: EXCLUSIVE AUDIO AND VIDEO, CONFERENCE RECORDINGS, DISCOUNTED TICKETS & MORE

 

healing testimonies

Sharing testimony is to prophesy what God is going to do again. We hope you will receive inspiration and healing from what God has done in the life of others. 

videos

We offer countless videos of testimonies, inspirational talks, and more to equip and inspire you to live out the power of the Holy Spirit in your life.

speakers

Request Encounter Ministry Speakers for your upcoming event. Availability is limited:
Fr. Mathias Thelen | Patrick Reis | Joe Philip
 Sarah Kaczmarek | Sean Breeden.