2019 Conference

Join us in celebrating the annual ECLA Conference


Date: September 27 and 28, 2019

September 27th we will be touring a local library and have a group dinner afterwards for participants, September 28th will be our regular conference schedule.

Location: College Church Commons in Wheaton, Illinois.

  • Address: 332 E. Seminary Avenue, Wheaton, Illinois.
  • Phone: 630-951-6272 (event days only).

Travel Assistance:

Registration – CLOSED

Registration Fees:

  • $60 Individual or Church conference fee which includes annual membership

Registration Process:

Download and Print the 2019 conference brochure and registration application. Please fill this out and mail, with a check or money order (payable to ECLA), to ECLA Conference, P.O. Box 353, Glen Elyn, IL 60138-0353.

You may also pay your registration fees online by credit card or PayPal, using our secure PayPal shopping cart. If paying online, you may download and print the conference brochure, fill it out, scan, and email to membership@eclalibraries.org instead of mailing in the form. Please submit one registration form per person.

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The ECLA scholarship is available for this year’s conference to any first time attendees.

Click here for information on how to apply. 

Keynote Speakers: Dave and Neta Jackson

Keynote Address: “What is your mission: Is your library for Dufflepuds? Or Dawn Treaders?

Do you have a mission statement for your church library? A vision is a lofty goal, but a mission statement will help you navigate the sometimes tricky waters of administrative supervision (which can sometimes feel like control), along with budget constraints and complaints from patrons. Libraries, however–including church libraries–should bravely invite readers to expand their horizons, try new authors, be willing to read the differing perspectives on theological and social issues that exist even within the evangelical church. “Dufflepuds” just want to please everybody and play it safe. Sailing with the “Dawn Treader,” however, might involve some risks–but God’s world is even bigger than we realize.

Book Recommendations from this year’s participants!

Conference Schedule

(7:45) Registration Opens

Continental Breakfast 

(8:15 – 8:30) Welcome

(8:30 – 9:15) Keynote: Dave and Neta Jackson

What is your mission: Is your library for Dufflepuds? Or Dawn Treaders  

 (9:15 – 9:30 ) Break

 (9:30 – 10:30) Workshop #1:

1-Rebecca Deng: Stories of Hope
2-Keith Robinson: How to write apologetics fiction

(10:30 – 10:45) Break

(10:45 – 11:45) Panel: Authorspeak!

Featuring Jarm Del Boccio, Rebecca Deng, Dave and Neta Jackson, Michele Phoenix, Keith Robinson, Alice Teisan and Kelli Worrall

(11:45 – 1:00) Lunch, swap and shop

(1:00-2:00) Workshop #2:

1-Chris Jager (digital presentation): What’s new in fiction?

2-Kelli Worrall: What’s in a story: The role of narrative in communicating redemption

(2:00 – 2:15) Break

(2:15 – 3:15) Workshop #3:

1-Melody Green: Why does story matter

2-Josh Mosey-Books for our kids

(3:15-3:30) Break

(3:30-4:00) Book Giveaway!

(4:00-4:30) Book Swap & Bookstore

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