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Inspire 2021 will take place August 5-7, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois

Save the date! Inspire 2021 will be an exciting three days featuring energizing learning experiences, dynamic worship, and meaningful opportunities to connect with people from around the world who serve their local congregations just like you.

This year’s theme, Inspired to Be One, encourages us, in our diversity, to come together in Christian unity. Whether you’re a Sunday school teacher, youth group leader, deacon, praise band member, or just someone who wants to learn, Inspire will have something for everyone involved in a local congregation. Please plan to join us!

Inspire 2021 will feature:

  • Meaningful worship with music and leaders from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Five dynamic plenary speakers who will inspire you on topics of oneness with God, with our neighbors, and with different generations, all for a common mission.
  • Over 80 workshops that will challenge and encourage you in areas of leadership, worship, faith formation, racial reconciliation, church renewal, and more!
  • Opportunities to connect with ministry leaders from around the world who serve their local churches in similar ways to you.
  • A resource-packed expo that will introduce you to new tools and connect you to CRCNA ministries.

Where: The Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park (a suburb of Chicago, Illinois)

When: August 5-7, 2021

Registration: will open January 2021

COVID Update: Inspire 2021 is currently being planned as a live, in-person event. With uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, this event may change to an online, virtual conference with all the same great content. Please check back for further updates as they become available.

Be Informed: Sign up for the Inspire 2021 email list to receive the latest news about speakers, special opportunities, registration, and more! You can also mark yourself as “interested” on the Facebook event page.

Previous Inspires

For a taste of what Inspire 2021 will be all about, visit these pages to learn more about:

Inspire 2019 »

Inspire 2017 »


This chorus beautifully reflects the theme of Inspire 2021. We are Inspired to be One: with God, with each other, with our neighbors, with common mission. Featuring several outstanding worship leaders from the US, Canada, and beyond, the music of Inspire 2021 will display the worship of God around the world.  

Our worship leaders include Navajo worship leader Pete Garcia, gospel musician Jeremy Simpson, Korean worship leader Andy Kim, and Hispanic worship leader Vanessa Alvarez. In addition, we will be hosting Lufhalahala, an acapella group from South Africa.

Father, make us one.  Father, make us one.
That the world will know you have sent your son,
Father, make us one.

Worship will also include a conference choir comprised of many voices from the conference. In our final session of Inspire, we will be Inspired to Go Forth with worship led by Christian Contemporary artist Sandra McCracken. We will end Inspire with communion as we celebrate our oneness through the body of Christ!

Plenary Speakers

Ken Shigematsu

Ken Shigematsu

Ken Shigematsu is the Senior Pastor of Tenth Church in Vancouver, BC, one of the largest and most diverse city-center churches in Canada. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal awarded to Canadians in recognition for their outstanding contribution to the country. Before entering pastoral ministry, he worked for the Sony Corporation in Tokyo. Ken is the author of the award-winning bestsellers ‘God in My Everything’ and ‘Survival Guide for the Soul.’ Ken lives in Vancouver with his wife, Sakiko, and their son, Joey.

Ken will be speaking about survival habits for the soul, exploring how we can live with joy and fulfillment in God rather than seeking happiness through being or doing more. Learn more about Ken’s plenary address.

David Zac Niringiye

David Zac Niringiye (Ph D.) is an Anglican bishop from Uganda. He is a Senior Fellow in a nascent think tank - The Institute of Religion, Faith and Culture in Public Life (INTERFACE). Bishop Niringiye's passion for the Gospel and his burden justice brought an early retirement in 2012 from serving as Assistant Bishop to serve the cause of social justice and good governance in Uganda. He now speaks internationally on the Gospel imperative for social justice in a broken and estranged world.

Bishop Niringiye has previously served at Makerere University, as a Visiting Fellow in the Human Rights and Peace Centre (HURIPEC) Department, in the School of Law, where he was leading a project on Religion, Human Rights and Peace. Prior to this, he served as Assistant Bishop for Kampala Diocese in the Church of Uganda for 7 years. He also served as the Africa Regional Director of Church Mission Society (CMS) and Regional Secretary for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES) in English and Portuguese-Speaking Countries in Africa. His second book, The Gospel and the Common Good, will publish in 2021.

In his plenary session, Niringiye will talk about mission in relation to how we interpret and live out the gospel, focusing on what it takes to seek unity with our neighbors. Click here to read more about Bishop Niringiye's plenary session.

More speakers to be announced soon!