We believe God calls and equips local congregations for transformation by gathering people in Christ-centered community and dispersing them into the world to seek justice, peace, and reconciliation. Informed by that conviction, NEXT Church strengthens congregations by connecting their leaders to one another, to creative and challenging ideas, and to best practices. Sometimes that kind of connection happens far away — like at a National Gathering — but more often, the kind of connections that lead to real change happen locally, on the ground, when pastors and church leaders can meet together or meet with leaders from congregations near by.

NEXT Church Near You may take on a variety of forms:

  • a regional gathering to inspire and connect — borne out of local collaboration that NEXT Church will help structure;
  • a regional event with a specific focus, like officer training, ruling elder symposium, or Cultivated Ministry training;
  • inviting a NEXT Church leader to speak or preach at your presbytery or congregation;
  • inviting a NEXT Church leader to offer a leadership retreat;
  • inviting a NEXT Church leader to lead a workshop on the Sarasota Statement, trends of healthy churches, or a topic that feels relevant in your community;
  • creating a cohort for new pastors to your area, adapting a model that’s been shown to work.

OCT 21-25

Baltimore, MD

Community Organizing for Church Leaders training


Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Presbytery Fall Fest with Jessica Tate keynoting

JAN 25, 2020

Charlotte, NC

Elder Symposium: Charlotte (more details will be available soon!)

MAR 2-4, 2020

Cincinnati, OH

2020 National Gathering

Want to join in? Want something to happen in your area? Be in touch with NEXT Church Director Jessica Tate about creating an opportunity (