Author’s note: In the effort to spark some conversations, the following is in response to a prompt, “So, you have attended a NEXT Church event! What did you learn in Dallas (or Indianapolis or Durham or another regional gathering) that has informed your thoughts about ministry today?” Since I raised this question, it is only […]
On August 18th, teaching and rulers elders from Roanoke, Virginia to Atlanta, Georgia and communities across the Mid-Atlantic met for the NEXT Church Regional Gathering at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Durham, North Carolina. Upon reflection, I imagined this day stretching out like a tall tree reaches up to the sky. Here’s what I mean: We began in […]
This summer, we are inviting leaders and participants from the 2012 gathering to share what they’ve been thinking about or working on since Dallas. Where are we seeing seeds of the NEXT Church? What ideas are taking root? The following was submitted by Andrew Taylor-Troutman: Emily, one of the elders at the church I serve, […]
On July 1, members of the NEXT Church leadership teams (strategy and advisory) hosted a gathering at the 220th General Assembly. Teaching Elder Cindy Kohlmann attended that gathering and offers this report: Here in Pittsburgh, the question underneath all the deliberations, conversations, and discussions is “what’s next for the PCUSA?” What will happen in the […]
As the 220th General Assembly moves forward, we continue to seek folks who are willing to write short dispatches about what they are seeing at GA that will help inform the ongoing NEXT conversation. In the meantime, check out this great summary of Brian McLaren’s talk to commissioners on Monday. (Plus a news article here.) […]
Join us for the NEXT Church Reception Sunday, July 1 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. First Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh Light refreshments available At this informal gathering, meet leaders of NEXT Church and connect with others. Learn about our plans, including regional gatherings, the 2013 national gathering, our upcoming website and more. We hope to see you there.
We are excited to announce the calling of the Reverend Jessica Tate as Director of NEXT Church! Jessica has served as Associate Pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Northern Virginia for the past five years. While there she worked with the congregation to re-develop children’s ministry and adult Christian formation, design and co-lead innovative worship experiences as well […]