WHY AND?

And. It’s a powerful word. This little word links groups of words together weaving a story that is richer and more varied than it would be if any word in the group was left alone.

Facing the task of evangelizing a previously evangelized culture, Celtic missionaries like St. Patrick discovered the power of and. They developed strong outposts for mission where monastics and poets found receptivity to the good news because their words and ways captivated the hearts of the people. These new followers of Jesus helped establish larger mission outposts as gathering spaces for the church and the community.

John Wesley recovered the power of and. He preached to the masses and developed small bands, classes and societies as a means of Christian discipleship among people the church had nearly forgotten. These methods helped the gospel take root in the United States.

And today, across several continents, Christians concerned with giving a credible witness to Jesus in our time are discovering the power of and. Historic congregations are starting new communities of faith in networks and neighborhoods previously unreached by any church. There is a renewed interest in the Church as a movement of missionary disciples gathered to worship and sent out on mission at home and everywhere in between.
Join hundreds of other leaders--both lay and ordained--from across the nation as we explore the power of and.

PRESENTERS

GRAHAM CRAY

Former Archbishops' Missioner and Team Leader of Fresh Expressions UK

JO SAXTON

Director at 3DM and Pastor, Mission Point Church, St. Paul, Mn

Audrey Assad

Singer-Songwriter and Worship Leader
Nashville, Tn

RENZO BONETTI

Foundation Familia Domo Grande, Verona, Italy

ELAINE HEATH

Professor of Evangelism at SMU Perkins School of Theology
Dallas, Tx

DAVID FITCH

Church Planter, Author, Professor at Northern Seminary, Chicago, Il

JORGE ACEVEDO

Lead Pastor, Grace Church, Cape Coral, Fl

BRIAN SANDERS

Director, Underground Network, Tampa, Fl

SCHEDULE

  • Thursday, April 7
     
    Pre-gathering sessions
     
    New Frontiers in Ministry FormationGraham Cray (invite only)
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    Bringing Church Home: The Amore ProjectTory Baucum and Renzo    Bonetti (Click HERE to register)
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    The Amore Project Intro Dinner with Renzo Bonetti at Downtown Baptist Church (Click HERE to Register)

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  • Friday, April 8 
     
    10:00 - Welcome to the National Gathering
    Audrey Assad, Ronald Gainer, Don Davidson, Gannon Sims and Shannon Hopkins 
     
    10:40 - Plenary #1, AND: Fresh Expressions of Church and the Local Church
    Graham Cray and Jo Saxton
     
    11:45 - Lunch Break
     
    12:30 - Welcome from the Baptist General Association of Virginia
    John Upton
     
    12:45 - Plenary #2, A New Home for Church: Fresh Expressions of Church and the Neighborhood
    Tory Baucum and Renzo Bonetti
     
    1:55  Break
     
    2:15 - Plenary #3, Church Can Happen Anywhere: Fresh Expressions of Church and your Network
    Brian Sanders
     
    3:15 - Break
     
    3:30  - Workshop Session 1
     
    4.20  - Break
     
    4:30 - Workshop Session 2
     
    5:20 - Dinner

    BGAV Pastors Dinner with Graham Cray at Downtown Baptist Church (Click HERE to register)
     
    MSM/Pioneer Learning Community alumni and current participants dinner with Brian Sanders at Convergence (Click HERE to register)
     
    7:30    Audrey Assad in Concert
                (Just a few tickets remain for outside guests. Get them HERE)
     
  • Saturday, April 9
     
    8:30 - Welcome to the National Gathering
    Audrey Assad and Ken Carter
     
    8:40 - Plenary #4, Roots and Rythms: Fresh Expressions of Church and Everyday Life
    David Fitch and Jo Saxton
     
    9:45 - Roots & Rhythms Panel Q & A on Practices
    Renzo Bonetti, Elaine Heath and Graham Cray 
     
    10:15 - Break
     
    10:30 - Workshop Session 3
     
    11:20 - Break
     
    11:30 - Workshop Session 4
     
    12:20 - Lunch Break
             
    1:15 - Plenary #5, As You Go: Fresh Expressions of church and your calling
    Jorge Acevedo
     
    2:20 - Commissioning and Sending

Find a complete listing of workshops HERE.

**Check back for detailed updates on the schedule.

Location

First Baptist Church of Alexandria

2932 King St
Alexandria, VA
22302

WHERE TO STAY

SpringHill Suites 

Alexandria Old Town/Southwest
$149/Night

Courtyard Marriot

Alexandria Old Town/Southwest $139/night

The Sheraton Suites 

Old Town Alexandria
from $159/night

SPONSORS

Be part of the gathering of pioneering leaders!

Join the Movement!

There is no better way to maximize your organization’s visibility at the Fresh Expressions National Gathering than becoming an event sponsor.  Over 400 leaders from across the United States are expected to attend this cross-denominational event.  In addition to event attendees, our message will reach thousands of leaders across our extensive social networks through conference promotions on websites and newsletters.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for almost any budget, and sponsors receive a wide range of benefits as listed below.  Our aim is to deliver an event that exceeds expectations, thus connecting participants to a movement that is empowering and equipping God’s people in every congregation to develop new forms of church that can reach the increasing diversity of our society

REGISTRATION

Single Ticket

Standard Price

$139

  • Price goes up February 29

FAQ

What is the National Cherry Blossom Festival?

The National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place at the SAME TIME as the National Gathering. It draws about 700,000 people from around the world. For this reason, you should book ASAP.

Who is Singer/Songwriter Audrey Assad?

Audrey Assad is an American singer-songwriter and contemporary Christian music artist. Her debut album The House You're Building was named Christian Album of 2010 on Amazon.com and the Christian Breakthrough Album of the Year on iTunes. She will be leading worship at the National Gathering.

Which airport should I use?

The closest airport to the event is Reagan National Airport (7.9 miles), followed by Dulles International Airport (32 miles) and Baltimore Washington International Airport (41 miles).

What are the nearest stops for Metro or Train?

Alexandria Station (1.5 miles, Virginia Railway Express)
King Street Metro Center (1.8 miles)
Union Station, Washington, DC (6.7 miles)

What about Parking?

Participants can arrange hotel shuttles to and from Reagan National Airport and First Baptist from SpringHill Suites, Courtyard Marriot and Sheraton Suites.

First Baptist Church of Alexandria is located at 2932 King Street. There is ample complementary parking available at First Baptist. Guests to the event should use Entrance 4 which is best accessed from the West parking lot.