Lay Leaders

NEXT Church gatherings are for EVERYONE who is interested in the health and vitality of the church and we know that health and vitality can’t be achieved without ruling elders, deacons, and church members playing an active role.

We have a number of places in the National Gathering that we hope will be particularly helpful to lay leaders:

  • 20% off registration! Use the code LayLeaderDiscount to receive 20% off your registration. The code is good for the Connector ($152) and Sustainer ($255) levels as well as single day tickets ($80-$111). Make the choice that works best for you and your budget. (If the Gathering is still cost prohibitive, please apply for a scholarship; we don’t want cost to exclude anyone from participation.)  Please note: the lay leader discount code may be applied on the Eventbrite page by clicking “enter promotional code” at the top of the ticket page, which pops up when you click “tickets.”
  • Conversation Groups: New this year, we’re adding conversation groups as an optional opportunity to connect with others doing ministry in similar contexts. There will be a group specifically focused on lay leadership (church members, ruling elders, and deacons), though lay leaders are welcome in any conversation group. Together, you will process what you are hearing and learning at the Gathering and how it might relate to ministry in your context. Sign up for one of these groups when you register. There will designated times and places for the groups to come together throughout the National Gathering.
  • Workshops: Lay leaders are welcome at ANY workshops that are of interest, but two we want to turn your attention to particular are In Ministry Together: How Laity Can Embrace Their Call and Leadership Essentials for Laity. Both of those will be offered on Tuesday.