2022 Crucible Gathering


July 29-30, 2022


Friday, July 29 1:30-4:30 PM

Facilitating the Resistant Participant

Arlington Countryside Church

916 E. Hintz Rd Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Join Byron Myers and Lisa Modrzejewski as they provide carpet practice for challenging participants.  Resistance to doing soul work is usually a master overlay of how the participant is doing life.  Be refreshed as you practice Crucible carpet processes that help resistant participants touch their shadow and experience grace.  Completion of Introduction to Facilitation Training or equivalent required. This pre-gathering session is included in your registration fees.

Friday, July 29 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Chicagoland Redwoods Welcomes You to a Taste of Chicago

Reconnect with Redwoods during this social event.

(meal & drinks not included in Gathering registration)

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

85 S Buffalo Grove Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089


Saturday, July 30 8:00am-8:00pm

Arlington Countryside Church

916 E. Hintz Rd Arlington Heights, IL 60004

8:00     Registration

8:30     Reconnecting Breakfast

9:00     Worship – James Damey

 Keynote by Mikkal Harris

 9:45            Break

10:00   1st Break Out Sessions

                        • Intro to Enneagrams – David Corlew
                        • Crucible Coaching – Byron Myers, Andrea Ray
                        • Next Gen and Mentoring – Jess Donavon, Grayson Ege and Bill Snyder
                        • Parenting & Soul Work – Chris & Lisa Modrzejewski
                        • Retreat Leader Gathering – Roy Wooten

11:15         Break

11:30  Lunch

Annual Meeting

12:00   Worship – James Damey

 Keynote by Deb Gustafson

12:45           Break

1:00     2nd Break Out Sessions

                        • Soul Work & Marriage – Mark & Michelle Hollingsworth, Roy & Devra Wooten
                        • Archetypes – Ken Cox, Andrea Ray, Curtis Gustafson & Scott Ege
                        • Sexual Purity for Men – Judson Poling, Dan Andrews, Doug Harwood
                        • Women’s Issues – Lisa Modrzejewski and Jess Donavon
                        • Halftime: Finding Purpose in Retirement: Bill Snyder, Deb Gustafson and Linda Oury

2:15           Break

2:30     3rd Break Out Sessions

                        • Enneagrams for Everyday Life (advanced) - David Corlew
                        • 2 Year Program Grads Reunion – Judson Poling and  Matt Hayes
                        • Starting and Growing Healthy Communities – Peter & Dawn Aldrich, Terrance Foster, Armando Batiste
                        • Soul Work Group Best Practices – Scott Selby, Andrea Ray, Curtis Gustafson, Lisa Modrzejewski

3:45           Break

4:00     Women’s and Men’s Gatherings

4:45          BREAK

6:00    Banquet

           Keynote by John Casey

8:00     Prayer, Closing Song and Adjourn

Breakout Sessions

Women’s Issues

Parenting and Soul Work

Soul Work Group Best Practices

NextGen and Mentoring

Sexual Purity for Men

Going Deeper with Archetypes

Starting and Growing Healthy Soul Work Communities

2 Year Program Graduates

Intro to Enneagrams

Enneagrams in Everyday Life (Advanced)

Soul Work and Marriage

Halftime: Finding Purpose in Retirement

Retreat Leaders Gathering

Regional Leaders Gathering

Early Bird Individual Pricing - $75

(Price will increase to $100 beginning July 1, 2022)

Individual Registration


Early Bird Couple Pricing - $100

(Price will increase to $150 beginning July 1, 2022)

Couple Registration



A block of rooms is available for purchase nearby at Sonesta Select at 3700 North Wilke Road Arlington Heights, IL 60004. A special discounted rate of $95/night is available to Redwoods.  You can book at this special rate here.  The hotel does not provide transportation to and from the airport but will provide transportation to and from Arlington Countryside Church on Saturday.

Flying In

Chicago has two airports.  Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) is the closest airport to the hotel and Crucible Gathering activities (about 17 miles). There is no shuttle between the hotel and airport.  Typical rideshare rates one-way between airport and Gathering site activities are $27-$50.  If you need transportation to and from the airport, let us know by June 15, 2022 as the committee is attempting to coordinate assistance from Chicago O’Hare Airport (will update here).

Getting Around

Chicagoland has extensive public transportation network including trains and busses. Learn more about transportation options.  If you know Chicagoland Redwoods, reach out to see if they will assist in transportation.


There is not childcare available for the Gathering.  You will need to make your own arrangements.  Except for mothers with children under 18 months, minors should not be present at the Gathering due to the nature of the some of the content.

Fun In Chicagoland

If you are planning to arrive a day early or stay later, here are some suggestions of activities:

Recreational/Sight-seeing activities

Chicago River boat trips – historical and architectural


Chicago Art Museum (downtown)

Field Museum (downtown)

Museum of Science and Industry (south side city)

Lincoln Park Zoo (downtown)

Brookfield Zoo (suburban)

Chicago Lakefront & “Mag Mile”

Navy Pier amusements

Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics – Sunday, July 31 1:10 pm

Sunday Brunches (make arrangements on Saturday for an informal rendezvous with other Redwoods)

Wildberry Pancakes and Cafe

Brunch Cafe-Roselle

Granite City Food and Brewery

Westwood Tavern

Lucky Monk


For a wide selection of what Chicago has to offer, click here: https://www.choosechicago.com/capture-the-excitement/










Here's what we did last year...

2021 Schedule of Events

9:00     Welcome, Prayer, Check In and Worship

9:15      Soul Work for Families  by Chris and Lisa Modrzejewski

10:00   How Do I Know I Am A Leader?  by Byron Myers

10:45    For Better or Worse: The Dance Between Marriage and Soul Work  by Roy and Devra Wooten

11:30    The Hustons

12:00   Annual Meeting and State of the Ministry

12:15    Challenge to Crucible Men by Carl Sutter

1:30      Crucible Chronicles by Bryce Woodason

2:00      Giving to the Crucible Community:  Time, Money Talent  by Bill Snyder

2:50       Soul Work and Christian Faith by Ernest D. Gray

3:20      Chris Cleghorn leads Benediction

Bonus  FREE Deep Dive Session

4:00      Authentic Relationships – The Drama Triangle  by Bob Locascio


Thanks for making the 2nd Annual Online Crucible Conference, October 2, 2021 such a great success.

If you attended any part of the 2021 online Crucible Celebration Conference, we want your feedback! Please Click here to complete a quick and easy Conference survey.

We are thankful for appearances by John CaseyAthol PriorDeb & Curt Gustafson, Terrance FosterPeter and Dawn AldrichApril DameyJeff MadsenAndrea RayBarry ThomasDallen CampbellBoard Chair Linda Oury and Chris Cleghorn.  Enjoy special music from “Crucible Chronicles” by Bryce Woodason and worship led by Nicolas Dunbar.  We enjoyed reconnecting with Redwoods from across the globe during a special Community Gathering.

We are especially thankful for the Conference Committee, Deb Gustafson, Chair, Gary Mullins, Marcus Thorne, Jeremy Driver, and Brittany Duke. Special thanks to Jeremy Driver, our conference tech guru, and Jonathan Strauss, who designed our conference logo and limited edition t-shirt

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