The Arise and Shine Conference is for Women (18 years old +) interested in deeper relationship with Jesus Christ, each other, and mission in his name. The event is required for all Central Territory female officers, cadets, open to women of the corps, employees, participants in Salvation Army programs, women advisory board members, women’s auxiliary members, friends, and relatives – all women are welcome.

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Arise and Shine Conference

Friday, October 12-14, 2018

Registration opens March 12

Early Bird Registration March 12 – July 1: Pre-conference + Conference: $129, Conference: $99
Registration July 2 – October 1: Pre-conference + Conference: $159, Conference: $129
Cancellation deadline: September 14

Cost of registration does not include lodging accommodations, book your hotel room

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Goals of Conference

1. Embrace all women...emphasizing unity in Christ among diversity – through worship and shared experiences during the conference
2. Encourage women...in their passion for ministry – through the testimonies and messages of Women who are leading and the ministry of the Holy Spirit to them personally
3. Elevate...their standing in Christ – as vital to the cause of the gospel
4. Equip women ...with tools for leadership and mission (preconference and workshops)
5. Educate women...on issues and opportunities for ministry in their corps, community, world
6. Engage women in action...empowering creativity, vision, collaboration among the women that will result in bringing people to Christ and Glory to God throughout The Salvation Army and wider church in the next five years.

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Special Guests

Katelyn Beaty

Pre-conference Workshop Leader

"I'm an Ohio native, an oldest child, and an INFJ. But the most important thing you should know is that I love words and believe they can change the world.  I first learned this as an undergrad at Calvin College, where I worked on the student newspaper and genuinely looked forward to writing papers. After studying theology at Oxford University, I landed my first job copy editing Christianity Today magazine in the suburbs of Chicago. I would go on to launch a women's website (Her.meneutics) and become the magazine's youngest and first female managing editor. Lest you think it's all been upward and onward, at age 27 I went through a major life event that seriously upset my identity and sense of purpose. So naturally, I decided to write a book about work, vocation, and identity, which came out in 2016 from Simon & Schuster / Howard Books. I speak regularly on faith and work, women's vocation, writing, and evangelicalism. I have written for The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and The New York Times and have commented on faith and culture for CNN, ABC, NPR, the Associated Press, Religion News Service, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and McClatchy Newspapers."

Website: www.katelynbeaty.com
Twitter: @KatelynBeaty

Kristin Schell

Pre-conference Workshop Leader

Kristin Schell is an established speaker and blogger on the subject of food, faith, and hospitality. Passionate about community, she has served at every level, from grassroots-level work in the church and local non-profits as well as our nation's capital. As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband, Tony, and their four children.

Website: www.kristinschell.com
Instagram: @kristinkschell

Jo Saxton

Keynote Speaker

Jo Saxton is a leader, visionary, and practitioner. She has served as a pastor at St. Thomas Church in Sheffield, England, and in a wide range of churches in the United States. In 2009 Jo went to work for 3DM where she continues to serve while writing books, speaking around the world, and planting a church with her husband in Minneapolis, MN. Jo’s primary focus isequipping women for leadership and missional ministry. She engages the world in the same way God does—by going out rather than just reaching out.

Website: josaxton.com
Twitter: @josaxton 

Amy Williams

Keynote Speaker

A 22-year youth ministry veteran, Amy Williams follows her passion to minister to teens involved in gangs, youth on probation/parole and those lost in the criminal justice system – at the core of which life-on-life mentoring is her key strategy. As a certified Gang Intervention Specialist, she heard God’s call to move into a Latino gang neighborhood in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community to be a “Hope Dealer” doing street outreach and walking life with young people on her block. Amy has pursued her calling as a Youth Pastor, Reentry Coordinator for paroled youth, Youth Mentor and Advocate. She has been involved in youth ministry at the local church level, with Urban Young Life and as the former co-founder of Community IMPACT and the Christian Basketball Academy. She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for the North Park University Center for Youth Ministries Studies (CYMS). She has been published in various magazines and projects including Crossway Publishing’s Urban Devotional Bible and is a guest blogger for D.L. Hughley and other sites. She is currently working on her first book.

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Sharon Irving

Worship Leader

“I take a deep breath and step out on faith. Do it afraid.” Those words have been a mantra for South Side of Chicago Native, Sharon Irving, songstress/songwriter/spoken word artist, worship leader and actress, since she was a little girl, performing in front of the congregation at the south side church in Chicago where her grandfather was pastor. Sharon is an inspiring ‘ voice for the voiceless’ , a passionate wordsmith spewing truth and inspiration, singing songs of life and love motivated by her personal experiences, and undergirded by her Christian beliefs. Sharon has been a part of the worship team at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois for several years, has contributed songs and words of hope before thousands at liturgical and corporate events, youth conferences, including the popular “CHIC”, (‘ Covenant High in Christ’ ),in small clubs and intimate settings all over the country, at the Angola Prison in Angola, Louisiana, and even entertained millions while a participant on Season Ten of “America’ s Got Talent”, where she received the coveted “Golden Buzzer” at her first televised audition, and was chosen by America to compete in the Semi-Finals.


Nikole Lim

Workshop Leader

Nikole is the Co-Founder and International Director of Freely in Hope, a nonprofit organization that equips survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence. Freely in Hope operates in Kenya and Zambia providing psychological counseling, health care and high school and university scholarships for young women who desire to impact global communities through their rewritten stories.

Nikole is in the Red Letter Christians network. She consults regularly with international organizations including The Salvation Army, has spoken in faith-based initiatives at the UN Women Conference, and lectures at universities across the country. Nikole graduated with a degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing a masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a native of the Bay Area and is often found buying African fabric on the street. Her heart beats for young women whose voices are silenced by oppression and desires to see every person realize the transformative power of their own story.

Website: http://www.nikolelim.com/
Twitter: @nikole_lim
Facebook: FreelyInHope

Tasha Morrison

Workshop Leader

Tasha is a fellow abolitionist, bridge-builder, engager and a leading voice in the fight against human trafficking. Having worked with youth and serving as a Children’s & the Next Gen Director, she's developed an untamed passion for social justice issues across the globe. She loves challenging others to tap into their God-Given gifts by finding confidence in how God has wired them.

"I do believe that the body of Christ is the only place that is equipped to do this well and do this right. Our goal with Be the Bridge is to be who God created us to be—that credible witness for his glory as it relates to racial reconciliation." Tasha Morrison - Christianity Today January, 2017 

Website: latashamorrison.com/
Twitter: @latashamorrison
Instagram: @latashamorriosn



  • 11am
    Early and Pre-conference Registration
  • 11:30am
    Lunch doors and seating opens
  • Noon
    Pre-conference begins with a Luncheon w/ Special Guests
  • 1:15pm – 2:30pm
    Workshop 1 – Kristin Schell
  • 2:45pm – 4:00pm
    Workshop 2 – Bonnie Camarda
  • 2:45pm – 4:00pm
    Workshop 3 – Katelyn Beaty
  • 2:45pm
    Exhibits Open
  • 5pm
    Dinner on your own
  • 7:30pm
    Doors Open
  • 8pm
    Opening Session
  • 10pm-12pm
    Fellowship in the foyer


  • 8:00am-9:30am
  • 8:00am–9:15am
    Exhibits Open: Coffee & break foods available
  • 9:30am
    United Session
  • 11:30am Lunch Break
  • 11:30am–4:00pm
    Exhibits open
  • 1:00pm–2:15PM
    Workshop (multiple workshops offered)
  • 2:30pm–3:45pm
    Workshop (multiple workshops offered)
  • 3:45pm-6:00pm
    Free Time
  • 6:00pm–9:30pm
    Banquet & United Session


  • 8:30am
    Continental breakfast
  • 9:30am-11am
    Final Service

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Hyatt Regency O'Hare Arise & Shine Discounted Rates

King bedded room: $135
Double bedded room: $140

Call the Hyatt Regency O'Hare for a handicap accessible room and mention that you're coming for the Arise & Shine Women's Conference.

The parking discount for guests with rooms is $20/day. For the guests without hotel reservations the Hyatt will honor a discount of $25/day for parking. As a reminder, there are no in and out privileges