The first Encounter Conference was held in January of 2009, at CLC in Rolla, MO, and it was at that time called the "ILD Encounter". It was a weekend event for young leaders, which also highlighted/celebrated those individuals who had completed the ILD leadership curriculum (a 12-week leadership intensive). In 2009 ILD Encounters were held in both the CENTRAL division (Rolla, MO) and on the WEST COAST (Fairfield, CA).
Over the next 2 years, The ILD Encounters experienced rapid exponential growth, shifted from a focus on those graduating/finishing the ILD leadership curriculum and developed into an incredible weekend for LEADERS of all ages to come worship, connect, and be inspired.
In 2012 the name of the event was changed to "ENCOUNTER CONFERENCE" and a shift was made to one central geographic location. The focus and spiritual intensity of the conference has stayed the same since it's beginning in 2009.
For many this corporate gathering of leaders in early January, sets the "spiritual tone" for the year.
The Encounter Conference is a gathering of multi-generational leaders for two days of worship, inspiration and connection. You will be inspired from anointed communicators, refreshed by the presence of God and will have the opportunity to connect with leaders from all over.
The Encounter Conference is a LEADERSHIP EVENT. If you are a leader, then it’s for you no matter what your age or position. The Encounter Conference is attended by local church leadership, district leadership, laity, collegiates and teenagers. The Encounter is truly a multi-generational gathering.
Our focus is on developing “NEXT-GEN leaders”. We define a “NEXT-GEN leader” not as an age group or style, but rather a mentality & commitment to mentor & disciple the next generation. While each Encounter Conference has a specific theme, the focus still remains on learning to become leaders who are committed to reach & mentor those who will follow in our footsteps.
There is no registration fee for The Encounter Conference. We try to make it as easy as possible for our District & Churches to bring as many of their leaders to the event as possible. We do take up an offering at the Encounter and allow for leaders & churches to sow into the event.
More info on the next Encounter Conference:
January 11-13, 2024
Location: Euless, TX (Uncommon Church)
January 18-20, 2024
Location: Indianapolis, IN (BFWC)
January 25-27, 2024
Location: Concord, CA (New Hope Church)