National Diaconal Summit IV 2022

June 2-4, 2022
On the campus of Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL
*not a function of Wheaton College

This three-day event for deacons and deacons-in-training proves to be a rich time of instruction, encouragement and fellowship. Nearly 1,000 deacons serve in the OPC and the summit allows these men to connect as brothers, sharing their burdens and joys. The summit only comes along once every four to five years, and every summit is different, so you don’t want to miss this one. The earlier registrants will have their first choice of workshops, so don’t delay! All registration fees for OPC officers will be waived if you register by April 1, 2022.

If you haven’t been to a National Diaconal Summit, take a look at our FAQs:
Why a summit for deacons?

The OPC Committee on Diaconal Ministries continues to recognize the need to support the local deacon in his God-appointed work and prayerfully strives to meet that need. A unique aspect of the CDM’s approach is their great desire to see local deacons supported not only by the CDM, but by one another. There are, after all, nearly 1,000 deacons in the OPC, representing hundreds of years of experience!

Over the years, the CDM has organized gatherings, called "Summits", primarily for deacons, to bring together the brotherhood of deacons, in person, for fellowship, instruction and encouragement. You won't want to miss it.

What is the cost?

All registration fees for OPC deacons and deacons-in-training will be waived if you register by April 1, 2022. After that date, a $25.00 registration fee will be collected. For those officers outside the OPC, the cost is $150.00.

What can I expect?

Each summit begins with a casual barbecue, "get to know each other" event on Thursday at 4:00 and ends with a devotional on Saturday morning. The full schedule can be found here.

Who is invited?

All church officers are welcome. Deacons and deacons-in-training are especially encouraged to attend.

What are the accommodations like?

With the exception of special needs, attendees will be assigned a room in a dormitory on the Wheaton College campus.

Can I expect my dietary needs to be met?

Food is provided by the Wheaton on-site food service team and can accommodate most special dietary needs, within reason. Please indicate your special dietary needs when you register.

How will I get to the plenary talks and workshops while on campus?

The primary mode of transportation is walking. For those who require assistance with longer walks, we will have golf carts and drivers available. Please be sure to indicate this need on the registration form.

Will there be transportation available from the airport or train stations?

Yes! Vans will run from the airport and train stations to (and from) the Wheaton College campus times that are convenient for arrivals.

Can an officer from another reformed congregation attend?

Yes! There is a $150.00 fee to cover the conference and registration for those officers outside of the OPC.

What are the workshop topics?

You can find a list of the workshop topics here. All registrants are able to choose three workshop topics out of nine options, on a first-come, first-served basis. Classroom space is limited, so register early, to ensure your choices are available.

If you have any additional questions, email: diaconalministries@opc.org.