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Fresh Expressions Gathering
March 30 - April 1, 2022
Reston, VA

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Jesus gives us his peace, and then sends us out on mission.

The last two years have been full of more tumult, upheaval, change, and pain than in any period in decades. The ground has shifted under our feet and by the grace of God we’re learning how to adapt. We’ve pivoted and pivoted again.

Church leaders are looking at a vastly different landscape today. We are tired, yet we also see the opportunities emerging for our families, congregations and our neighborhoods.

To move forward, we must "(re)mission". To do this we ground ourselves in Jesus' peace, acknowledge what we’ve lost, and rediscover our place in God's redemption story.

Register for (re)mission: A Church for the Future, A Future for the Church where you will gather with fellow sojourners to hear from seasoned practitioners and helpful thought leaders who are navigating this new terrain.

United through Jesus' blessing of peace in uncertainty, we will discover new opportunities for congregations, consider how to navigate ongoing changes, and renew our call to lead our churches to join God's mission today. The practice of (re)misson will pave the way to the Church for the future and a future for the Church.

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Speakers

Nona Jones

Nona Jones is a rare combination of preacher, business executive, author, and entrepreneur. She serves as the Head of North America Community Partnerships and Global Faith Based Partnerships at Facebook, author of Success from the Inside Out, co-pastor of Open Door Ministries in Gainesville, FL.

Len Sweet

Leonard Sweet is a scholar of American culture, a visionary leader who "sees things the rest of us do not see." He is a frequent guest lecturer at seminaries, university campuses, leadership events, and he is the author of more than 60 books.

Ken Ulmer

Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer has served as Senior Pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angeles since 1982. He served as President of The King’s University, adjunct professor at Oxford University and founder of The Ulmer Institute, a non-profit organization focused on the research, training and treatment of psychological trauma in urban communities. He is the author of several books, including Walls Can Fall: Race, Reconciliation and Righteousness in a Divided World.

Bruxy Cavey

Bruxy Cavey, author of the best selling book The End of Religion, is Teaching Pastor of The Meeting House  – one of the largest and most innovative churches in Canada. The tagline is : “A Church for People who Aren’t into Church” – and that’s what his congregation tries to be to those who have given up on religion. Bruxy’s engaging style, scholarly rigor, and refreshing honesty make him a popular guest on television, radio, and at university campuses around the world.

Nicole Martin

Nicole Martin currently serves as the Vice President of Church Engagement and Executive Director of Trauma Healing for the American Bible Society. A former management consultant with Deloitte Consulting, The Martin Agency, and Executive Minister at a multi-site church in Charlotte, NC. She teaches courses in Ministry and Leadership Development at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, is the author of two books and is a member of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College.

Tod Bolsinger

Tod Bolsinger serves as vice president and chief of leadership formation at Fuller Seminary. Her has authored three books, It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian: How the Community of God Transforms Lives, Show Time: Living Down Hypocrisy by Living Out the Faith , and Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory.

Shannon Kiser

Shannon Kiser serves as Director of Training, leading our team of mission strategists and trainers in the development and implementation of the Mission Shaped Ministry course through Pioneer Learning Communities. She is also a pastor on staff with Riverside Church in Sterling, VA, a Church that worships in two languages and engages in several fresh expressions of church.

Michael Beck

Michael Beck is Director of Re-Missioning for Fresh Expressions US. Michael serves as co-pastor of Wildwood UMC with his wife Jill, where they direct addiction recovery programs, a jail ministry, a food pantry, an interracial unity movement, and a network of 15 Fresh Expressions that gather in Tattoo parlors, dog parks, salons, running tracks, community centers, and burrito joints.

J.R. Briggs

J.R. Briggs is a Mission Strategist and Trainer with Fresh Expressions US. He is founder of Kairos Partnerships, a ministry seeking to love the Church by caring for Her leaders through coaching, consulting, speaking, equipping and writing. He is an adjunct professor at Missio Seminary, and guest instructor at Friends University. He serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network. J.R. is an author, co-author and contributor of nine books, including The Sacred Overlap.

Sessions

SESSION 1: Wednesday, March 30, 7pm
(RE)MEMBER:
Reviving our Call for the World in Front of Us
Len Sweet, Ken Ulmer

SESSION 2: Thursday, March 31, 8:30am
(RE)ORIENT: Three Opportunities on the Road Ahead

  • Ministry in a Digital Age
    Nona Jones, Michael Beck
  • Ministry in a Traumatic Age Nicole Martin, J.R. Briggs
  • Ministry in a Post-Christian Age
    Bruxy Cavey, Dave Male

SESSION 3: Thursday March 31, 11:15am
(RE)TRAIN: Workshops and Panels

  • Skills to Navigate Shifting Contexts
  • Strategies for Mission-Shaped Church
  • Spiritual Capacities for Enduring Ministry

SESSION 4: Thursday March 31, 7:30 pm
(RE)TELL: Festival of Stories

SESSION 5: Friday, April 1, 8:30 am
(RE)CEIVE: Growing Spiritual Capacity for More Faithful Witness

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