2015 National Gathering

March 16th-18th, 2015 || Chicago, IL

Fourth Presbyterian Church


BEYOND: Our Walls, Our Fears, Ourselves

Encountering God’s Transforming Grace

At the 2015 NEXT Church National Gathering our imaginations will be sparked by testimony to the ways the Spirit is leading us beyond ourselves: in campus ministry, building schools in Uganda, to the edges of business, and connecting with local schools. Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman of TMI Consulting will ground us in the necessity of diversity for innovation and Diana Butler Bass will orient us to the landscape of spiritual awakening. The gifts of these speakers share an element of the church pointing beyond itself to the good news of the gospel happening around them.

Worship will renew our hearts and minds in the grace of God, grant us space to acknowledge our fears, and strengthen our courage in the name of the One who calls us.
Workshops — both onsite and in ministry contexts throughout Chicago — will give opportunities to develop skills that deepen our own practice of ministry. Ignite presentations will spark new ideas. Conversations centered around a focused area of ministry will connect us to new conversation partners and help us move forward.
As always, the relationships made and strengthened during the gathering will remind us that we are connected to one another across the church. Pastors, elders, youth workers, educators, congregational leaders, seminarians — join us as we connect healthy and hopeful leaders across our church to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ in a changing world.


Registration is open!

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We’ve got a fabulous group of folks sharing their insight this year. You can read all about the leaders who will preach and present by clicking here.


Access your conference booklet online here!

Here is an overview of what is happening at this year’s National Gathering!

Location and Hotel

Read more about hotel options and the logistics of getting to the Gathering by clicking here.

Childcare Information

Childcare will be available! Click here to learn more.

Scholarship Information

A limited number of scholarships are available. Click here to learn more.

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