CATEGORY: Gatherings – 2016 National Gathering

2016 National Gathering Theresa Latini

Non-violent communication specialist Theresa Latini delivered three sets of remarks at the 2016 National Gathering. They are posted in order below.

2016 National Gathering Welcome

NEXT Church Strategy Team Co-Chairs Karen Sapio and Shavon Starling-Louis orient us to the 2016 National Gathering

Nones and Dones Book Recommendations

At the 2016 NEXT Church National Gathering, Renee Roederer hosted an optional ministry context conversation on “nones and dones,” people Renee defines as spiritually curious and institutionally suspicious. As part of that discussion, a book list emerged for those looking to learn more: Church Refugees: Sociologists Reveal Why People are DONE with Church but not Their […]

Adaptive Change for Congregations Caught in the Cultural Tsunami

At the 2016 National Gathering, Jim Kitchens and Susan Rothenburg led a workshop called “The Unglued Church: Adaptive Change for Congregations Caught in the Cultural Tsunami.” Below you will find the description for their workshop and the Slideshare presentation of what they shared. Is your church “stuck?” A building too big and a membership too small? […]

Good Design for the Church

At the 2016 National Gathering, Jess Fisher led a workshop called “The Medium Is the Message: Good Design for the Church.” Below, you will find the description of her workshop and a PDF of the presentation she used. Do your ministry’s communication materials match your message? As one theorist said, “the medium is the message.” […]

Holy Ground: Thinking About the Spaces We Worship In

At the 2016 National Gathering, Jess Fisher led a workshop called “Holy Ground: Thinking About the Spaces We Worship In.” Below you will find the description of her workshop and a PDF of the slides she used. The places where we worship affect our bodies, minds, and hearts, yet we often neglect to think through […]

Re-Imagining Short Term Mission

At the 2016 National Gathering, Ellen Sherby led a workshop called “Helping or Hurting? Re-Imagining Short Term Mission.” Here you’ll find the description of her workshop and an associated resource on planning short-term mission projects. Short-term mission trips are a mainstay for congregational mission, but often seem like “voluntourism” or a “mission-cation.” How can we, […]