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By MaryAnn McKibben Dana and Marranda Major (modified from a previous January 2014 post)

Our 2015 National Gathering has a variety of great stuff planned—keynote speakers, testimonies, workshops, and plenty of time for informal conversations with friends, colleagues and the conference leadership. We recognize that great ideas get transmitted in a variety of formats: long-form theological reflection, storytelling, small-group discussion… and after last year’s success, in seven-minute bursts of inspiration.

Ignite is a feature of the NEXT National Gathering in which ten participants at the gathering—that’s people like you—will give quick, tight, thought-provoking presentations designed to spark imaginations and get people dreaming and scheming about the church that is becoming.

We’ve scheduled two slots for Ignite, with five presentations on Tuesday morning and five on Wednesday morning. Ignite presentations will be seven minutes long, strictly and light-heartedly enforced. Dig around on other Ignite websites (or Pecha Kucha, a similar format) to see how others have done it. (You’re free to use images that auto-advance, in the spirit of other Ignite/Pecha Kucha events, but we’re not requiring it.) Or, check out the footage from last year’s Ignite presentation here and here!

Got an idea you feel called to offer to the conference? Want to raise some provocative questions for reflection? What’s your angle on this movement we call the NEXT Church?

Submit your pitch by February 1st, 2015! National Gathering Co-chair Rocky Supinger explains how in this video:


Want to see it modeled? Here is one of the first submissions we’ve received:

We will select Ignite presentations by mid-February, giving you a month to create your content and whittle it down to seven compelling minutes. All Ignite applicants will be entered into a drawing to receive FREE registration to the National Gathering! Decisions will be made based on the quality of the proposal and diversity of topics presented. Scheduled speakers are ineligible for Ignite.

What will you add to the conversation? Help us Ignite what’s NEXT.

2 replies
  1. Kristi Van Nostran
    Kristi Van Nostran says:

    Serving as a PCUSA Mission Co-Worker in El Salvador and planning some mission interpretation travel in March, I’m just finding out about the NEXTChurch conference to be held in Chicago. I would love the opportunity to pitch an Ignite presentation but recognize I have missed the deadline. Is there any possibility you might consider one more proposal if I could get it viral by tomorrow, Feb 7?
    Thanks ; I hope to see you in Chicago!

    • Jessica Tate
      Jessica Tate says:

      Hi Kristi,

      Thanks for your interest. We have already chosen the presentations — and had more than double the number we could use. However, if you want to write a blog post or produce a 7 minute video of your presentation, we’re happy to publish it on our website and push it out that way. Hope to see you in Chicago!


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