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July 9–11 | Columbus, Ohio

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We know the Gospel is the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ.

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But often we forget the significance of what we have been saved from and our guaranteed future. The Gospel — the saving of our souls — is not something thriving believers move on from, but rather something we move deeper into. That’s why we need to preach the Gospel to ourselves every day.

What is Charis Fellowship Conference?

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Charis Fellowship Conference, previously known as Access Conference, is a three-day gathering of pastors, ministry leaders, and lay people for the purpose of studying the Bible, fellowshipping with other believers, and equipping for ministry. During main sessions we will engage in musical worship and receive biblical insight and instruction from Charis Fellowship pastors that will refocus our hearts on Jesus and what He did for us. Workshops will dig deeper into the Gospel message while providing practical ways we can take that message to those around us, including several ministry-specific discussions in areas such as worship, women, kids, and families.

Charis Fellowship Conference Schedule

MONDAY

2:00 p.m. Check-In
3:00 p.m.
Charis Symposium Session One
5:00 p.m.
Kick-off Party
6:30 p.m.
Charis Symposium Session Two

TUESDAY

8:30 a.m. Check-In
9:00 a.m.
Workshops
10:30 a.m.
Session One: The Grace of the Gospel
12:30 p.m.
Lunch: Grace College
2:00 p.m. 
Workshops
3:00 p.m.
Workshops
5:15 p.m.
Dinner: Encompass World Partners
7:00 p.m.
Session Two: The Peace of the Gospel
8:30 p.m. Late Night Option: Game Show 

WEDNESDAY

7:30 a.m. Breakfast: Assist Church Expansion
9:00 a.m. Workshops
10:45 a.m.
Session Three: The Power of the Gospel
12:30 p.m. Lunch: Inspire with Charis Women
2:00 p.m. Workshops
3:30 p.m. Charis Conversation (Delegates Meeting)
5:15 p.m.
Dinner: Grace Financial & Eagle Commission
7:00 p.m.
Session Four: The Hope of the Gospel
8:30 p.m. Late Night Option: Momentum After Party

THURSDAY

9:00 a.m. Workshops
10:45 a.m. Session Five: Remember the Gospel
12:30 p.m. Lunch: Threefold Communion

All sessions, meals, and workshops will be held at Grace Polaris Church
8225 Worthington Galena Road in Westerville, Ohio

Conference Speakers

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Josh Wilson

Knute Larson

Florent Varak

Timothy Clothier

Dan Allan

Zac Hess

Why should I attend Charis Fellowship Conference?

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In addition to Biblical teachings that will strengthen your personal relationship with Jesus and deepen your commitment to His Church, conference provides opportunity to connect with other believers and network with ministry partners.

Workshops

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Conference features opportunities to engage in discussion and learning experiences that can help provide valuable ideas and resources for ministry and Christian living. These workshops were chosen specifically to facilitate a variety of ministry-specific discussions in areas such as worship, women, kids, and families.

More information on specific workshops will be available soon. 

Registration

Individual Registration $250
Couple Registration $400
Child Registration (Charis Kids) $75
One Day Registration $100
Individual Registration Ages 13–24 Free
Individual Registration Ages 66+ $150

Prices increase by $50 for individual, couple, and senior registration on May 1 and June 1.

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Lodging

Group rate rooms are available at these hotels:
Hilton Columbus/Polaris
Hyatt Place Columbus/Polaris
Hyatt Rooms are Fully Booked
Holiday Inn & Express Suites Columbus

Check out other area hotels or Airbnb for more options.

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Additional Activities

The Charis Symposium will present on Theology of Gender Roles in Church Leadership, based on their findings from their second year of studying this topic. Symposium contributors will frame the discussion, consider leadership examples from both Testaments, define key terms (e.g., pastor, elder, deacon, preaching), explore the intersection between gender and gifting, and draw from our Fellowship’s history of church leadership. By the end of the Symposium, you will have access to a collection of theologically-grounded papers written and read by Charis Fellowship members.  

Join us Monday night as we kick off conference with a cookout! We’ll have burgers, hot dogs, sides, drinks, and desserts — plus family-friendly activities! You don’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with others before conference. 

You can register for this event and purchase your $6 ticket when registering for conference.

All are invited for this Charis family conversation where we will discuss important details and decisions relating to the Charis Fellowship. Local church delegates should plan to attend and participate in this meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Charis Kids is a ministry provided for kids birth–age 12 whose parents are attending Charis Fellowship Conference. Registration is $75 per child and can be completed at the same time as adult registration. 

Charis Kids childcare is available during all conference sessions and meals taking place inside Grace Polaris Church. For safety and security reasons, we cannot provide childcare if you are offsite. A full schedule will be emailed to you once your child is registered. 

Parents will drop off and pick up their kids in designated rooms inside Grace Polaris Church. Charis Kids will have outings and planned activities during their meeting times.

Meal tickets can be purchased when you register. 

Yes! The last session will incorporate threefold communion for all believers. 

Local Guides

Check out our guide to restaurants, coffee shops, and activities!

Conference Staff

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Dan Allan

Tim Hodge

Andrew Saunders

Mischelle Hill

Wade Rininger

Randi Walle

Danny Nathan

Erica Shelton

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