The Annual Conference & Retreat began in 2007 and was held at 6555 South Cottage Grove in Chicago as a half-day community service event. The Conference was the vision of Prophet L.K. Johnson, but was actualized under Pastor Leverette’s leadership. The conference was originally entitled; The Annual Women’s Conference and was open to women from across the city only. In 2009, the conference was held at the Lake Shore Ramada in the Hyde Park community. Women from across the city participated as speakers, vendors and attendees. The feedback from attendees stated that the location was too small and the event was too short.
In 2010, the name of the conference was changed to its current title: The Annual Conference & Retreat. Due to the phenomenal growth, the new location became the luxurious Oakbrook Hilton & Suites. The conference was extended to 2 days and 2 nights with the inclusion of men, children, facilitators, vendors, small business owners, a banquet-style luncheon and a gospel concert on the last night held in the Crystal Ballroom of the Drury Lane Theater.
Our conference goal is to equip men, women and children with the informational tools needed for “right thinking”, “right decision-making” and to reignite one’s passion for success! We want to arm attendees with the knowledge and connections needed to help everyone become victorious in all of their endeavors. It is not God’s will that we should suffer, lack education, housing, health, and prosperity.
For two days we, provide informative workshops to help attendees with issues that cannot be properly addressed in a regular worship service. The conference is open to the general public and there is no admission or registration fee. The workshop topics include, but are not limited to Money Management, Job Readiness, Health and Wellness, skills for academic success, career development, serving as an Associate Minister, Understanding your Calling, Improving Your credit score, Financial Aid for college, Parenting in the 21st Century, the struggle of the African-American Male, Financial Aid for college, Legal Assistance, Pre-paid funeral arrangements, How to start a small business, Managing church issues, Leadership transitions in the church and more!
The Annual Conference & Retreat is now held in various locations throughout the country. Please check the church calendar for the upcoming Conference & Retreat location. If would like to have any of these workshops conducted at your church, please feel free to call Evangelist Deborah Leverette at (773) 771-3586 to discuss your church’s educational needs.