Where can I find the schedule?
Just click here to be taken directly to the schedule (found on our “general information” page.)
How do I get to my workshops and breakout rooms?
You will find the Zoom links for your workshops and breakout rooms on our National Gathering Access Page! (You will need to be logged in to your account to access this page.)
What should I do if I have a pastoral need during the Gathering?
We would love to connect you with a NEXT Church chaplain. You can reach out via email at email@example.com or by phone at (678) 404-1238. You will be connected with the first available chaplain who will be back in touch with you promptly.
Please also add your prayer request to our prayer page where chaplains and others will be actively praying for these requests.
What are the ground rules and standards for the live chat?
As a courtesy to participants and hosts, please abide by the following rules:
- Be kind, patient, and assume positive intent!
- Stay on topic – we encourage you to engage the theme!
- Refrain from giving out sensitive information.
- Avoid any material that might be classified as inappropriate. (See our censorship clause.*)
- Help us dismantle white supremacy culture!
Our hosts are here to help us all live up to these standards. If we notice individuals deviating from these rules, we may provide a warning to that person(s). If necessary, individuals may be muted in the public chat.
*Censorship clause: The platform we are utilizing for our 2021 National Gathering does not allow for any material which is “defamatory, obscene, indecent, abusive, offensive, harassing, violent, hateful, inflammatory, or otherwise objectionable.”
What do I do if I can’t remember my username or password?
You can reset your password here. If you can’t remember your username, you can type in the email address you would have used when you registered for the conference. Both the username and email can be used to log in.
If you still can’t log in, you can always register again – the conference is free!
What’s the story with subscription packages?
We are charging a modest fee to make the recordings available to watch following the gathering. Go back and watch your favorites again or catch up on the ones you missed. Wishing you could attend more than one workshop? Now you can!
If you want to share the recordings with your church or organization, you can upgrade to a group/church package based on the membership size of your church or organization. These packages come with broken down recordings and group discussion guides to make them user-friendly. Use the recordings for a devotional, or small group study, or even a staff meeting.
There are already great resources in the package today, but most of the content will be available in the weeks following the gathering. Subscriptions are available to purchase today through the end of the conference.
When will recordings of the National Gathering be available?
We will begin adding videos when the conference ends on Sunday, March 7. Most resources will be available within a week of the conference ending. Please be patient as we continue to add content. (Remember, you must purchase a subscription in order to access these recordings!)
Help! I registered/bought a subscription package, but I don’t know how to access those.
Go to the top of this page and look for the yellow button that says “My Account.” You will be prompted to enter your username and password (you had to create one when you registered, if it was your first time using our system). Once you are logged in, look for “My Materials” and you will find your access pages listed there.
If you are already logged in, you can also access everything by clicking on “National Gathering Access” in the gray navigation bar on this page.
What is happening for Sunday worship?
Share NEXT Church with your whole church! Ahead of the National Gathering, we will load Sunday’s worship service and all its components into your account (under “My Materials”). You can use just the pre-recorded sermon as a guest preacher in your virtual worship service, or use the written liturgy for your in-person worship, or just push the whole service on your platform. If you don’t have a church community using the closing worship service, you can participate with us live on Sunday morning from our live-streaming page.
Is the National Gathering really free?
It sure is! Thanks to our growing list of sponsors, you can watch the live-stream and participate in the gathering for free. You still need to register to get access to our all-access platform where the gathering will be live-streamed.
I am a church member, are you sure this conference is for me?
You are exactly who this conference is for! Church members are heartbeat of their congregations and the ones who can make real transformation happen. We hope you will come with a whole group from your church so you can learn and be challenged together, and that we might grow and learn from you. In fact, we moved our whole conference to the weekend, just so it would be easier for you to attend. We hope you will join us, and if you want, you can bring your pastor, too.
I’m not a Presbyterian, can I still attend?
Yes, please! For years we have welcomed our ecumenical friends to the gathering and the conversation. In fact, many of our leaders and speakers are outside of the PC(USA) circle. We are all strengthened when a broader set of voices is at the table. We hope you will join us and tell your friends!
Questions? Email our info desk and we’ll be happy to assist!