Conference participants can expect an atmosphere of spirit-filled worship in the presence of God, 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.
Music led by Encounter Worship. Sessions with Fr. Mathias Thelen, Patrick Reis, and conference speakers. Session includes addresses from speakers and panel discussions on how leaders are implementing the power of the Holy Spirit into their Churches and ministries as well as time to share prophetic senses on what God is doing in the Church in this next season. This will close with a special time for prayer ministry and impartation.
Worship Team and Speaker TBD
Worship Team and Speaker TBD
Celebrant & Homilist: TBD
Worship Team and Speaker TBD
The COVID-19 guidelines in the State of Michigan require us to be in a post-pandemic phase before having an event of our normal magnitude. However, we do have a religious exemption the same as Mass to host events at our local parish. Therefore, we have moved the conference to allow it to continue. We are very thankful to also have the ability to livestream the conference to reach as many people as possible with the transforming power and love of Jesus.
Due to the smaller size of our venue this year, we do not have sufficient space for vendors this year. We look forward to having vendors at our conference again next year.
Unfortunately, there will not be a Kids Track or Teen Track this year. Due to the restrictions of being in a much smaller venue due to COVID-19, we simply do not have sufficient space to host our youth tracks this year. We are hopeful that next year, we will be able to offer our youth tracks again.
Meals are NOT automatically provided in the registration fee, HOWEVER we offering a meal plan for the first 150 people interested this year. Keep in mind that our schedule also provides 2 hour breaks for both lunch and dinner for participants to eat lunch they bring or to partake in of the restaurants within a short driving distance of the conference.
As a student of our local or satellite or online Encounter School of Ministry this coming fall, the cost of the LIVESTREAM of our annual conference is included in your tuition. We do still need each of you who is attending to register for the conference with a registration portal which will open for you in October. Therefore, if you are taking advantage of the free ONLINE ticket, please DO NOT register at this time (or if you have already registered, email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know so that we can make the necessary adjustments). In October, you will be able to register free of charge for the ONLINE ticket directly on your student dashboard. We are opening 100 spots for students to attend in person free of charge with priority given to satellite campus students, however once those spots are filled, then registering and paying full price is the only way for a student to attend in person.
At this time, we are not offering discounts for alumni students (will be alumni as of fall 2020), or for current/alumni students’ family members. Therefore, alumni who do NOT wish to serve as prayer ministers or other types of volunteers can register in the regular registration portal and pay full price. Alumni who will be serving as prayer ministers and/or other types of volunteers must register through a separate link which we can email you upon request. NOTE: Alumni who are serving only as prayer ministers do not receive a discount, HOWEVER alumni who take on an additional volunteer role with an approximately 5-6 hour total time commitment WILL have their admission fee waived. If you are alumnus who would like to volunteer beyond prayer ministry, please email email@example.com to obtain a coupon code prior to registering. If you are an alumnus but have already registered in our regular portal, just let us know and we will transfer your ticket as needed.
Seminarians & Religious – Yes, we do 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 Sean Breeden at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let him 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)
Deacons – No, we are not offering a discount for deacons. However, we would love for you to assist at our conference liturgies. Simply email email@example.com to let him know you plan to do so.
Large Groups – No, we are not offering a discount for large group/bulk ticket sales at this time.
Financial Assistance – No, we do not offer scholarships, housing, or any other form of financial assistance at this time. However, our recommendation is to first ask for assistance from your local church community which can more efficiently help you to register. That being said, sometimes we do have donors contact us who want to pay for someone else to attend. So, if you would like to check with us to see if any of these paid spots are available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
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.
Yes, if the conference is canceled because there is a law in place which will prohibits 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.
Our COVID-19 policies during the conference will match those of St. Patrick Catholic Church at the time of the conference (i.e. the same guidelines which are followed at Mass). The current guidelines are the conference venue will utilize a maximum of 35% of the fire code capacity for social distancing purposes, and masks must be worn at all times. There will also be hand sanitizer stations and additional masks available at the entrance. At a recent gathering, we employed modified guidelines for prayer ministry which included participants staying at their chairs for prayer ministry. Participants simply stood or raised their hand to express interest in receiving prayer. The prayer ministers then stood behind them (wearing masks) to avoid breathing directly into their face. Our prayer ministers have also been instructed to avoid touching any participant’s head or hands as well. We expect we will be employing very similar guidelines, however if there is any change to this, we will update this FAQ accordingly. Even with the most stringent protocols in place, no venue can completely prevent the spread of COVID-19, therefore we recommend that if you have any concerns and especially if you are in a vulnerable category that you strongly consider attending the conference with our ONLINE ticket.
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 Sean Breeden at email@example.com, 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.
All Letters of Suitability/Good Standing for priests attending the conference who wish to concelebrate conference liturgies and/or hear confessions should be MAILED at least two weeks prior to the conference to the address below. Please also email Sean Breeden at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we are aware that your letter has been mailed.
Mr. Michael Andrews, Chancellor
Diocese of Lansing
228 N. Walnut St.
Lansing, MI 48933
If you have a question not addressed on our website or FAQ’s, feel free to contact our Director of Events, Sean Breeden, at email@example.com.
Half of our conference attendees will have sessions in our church sanctuary. The majority of parking for the event is directly next to the church.
The other half of our conference attendees will have sessions in the Parish Life Center, which is directly across Rickett Road from the church. For those who arrive early, there is limited parking available next to the Parish Life Center.
Parking is free for hotel guests.