CATEGORY: National Gathering

Linda Mercadante and the Spiritual but Not Religious

Linda Mercadante is one of our keynote speakers for the 2017 NEXT Church National Gathering. She was once a “spiritual but not religious” person, but through an intensive spiritual journey has become a seminary professor, theologian, and ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

Our 2017 Ignite Presentations

We received several submissions for Ignite presentations – and we’re thrilled to share the five we’ve selected for the NEXT Church National Gathering in less than two months!

Tom Charles and Refugee Resettlement

We have done all of this, not just to be nice people, but to welcome “the stranger” as Jesus would have us do (Matthew 25:35), being “doers of the word and not merely hearers” (James 1:22), and always receiving so much more from this experience than we have given. Welcoming refugees has rewarded me with some of the most faithful moments of my life.

Marci Glass: Ninevite Lives Matter

We humans often have a bad habit of “othering” people. By that, I mean we look at someone’s life that seems very different than our own, and we place them in some category at a remove from our concern.

Tamara John and Hope for Life

Tamara John, director for the Hope for Life Chapel RV ministry, and Tom Cramer, presbytery leader for vision and mission for the Presbytery of Los Ranchos, are teaming up to deliver a testimony during the 2017 National Gathering. Here’s a sneak peek into Tamara’s RV ministry.

Transformative Learning at the National Gathering

As pastors and yogis, we have been processing how we bring the most transformational elements from our yoga practice into our work as ministers. We wonder what might change if we thought of our faith as a practice rather than a set of beliefs?

The First-Ever Crowdsourced NEXT Church Band

What if Tuesday morning worship at the NEXT Church National Gathering in Kansas City was led by a band entirely crowdsourced from NEXT Church conference attendees?