Our online roundtables are one-hour conversations around a particular topic hosted via Zoom. We emphasize conversation because this isn’t a traditional webinar where an expert presents information and the rest of us consume it. Our roundtables are designed for collective participation and learning, and for everyone to leave the conversation with more ideas and resources for their ministry.


Wednesday, August 21 at 1pm Eastern

Topic: Panel Discussion on “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo

Facilitator: Jessica Tate

Panelists: Rev. Shavon Starling-Louis & Rev. Lori Raible

In “White Fragility,” Robin DiAngelo explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. The NEXT Church leadership has perpetrated and experienced these unhelpful reactions in our work together. As we work to confront these reactions, we read White Fragility together as a team and are encouraging our leaders to host related conversations about whiteness and white fragility in their own contexts.

Join Jessica Tate and NEXT Church Strategy Team members Shavon Starling-Louis and Lori Raible as they discuss how they have invited such conversations in their own ministry contexts. The focus of the roundtable is to equip church leaders interested in hosting meaningful discussions in the places where they worship and serve.

We invite you to pick up a copy of “White Fragility” and read as much of it as you can by August 21. Write down a few questions you have or topics you’d like addressed as you consider hosting a conversation about the book (and the concept) in your own context and join us for this panel discussion.

Want to know more about the book? Read this recent blog post explaining how the text is impacting NEXT Church’s ministry and work as an organization.



We are serving God’s church in a rapidly changing culture – a time when there are no “silver bullet” solutions to the challenges congregations face. A time when “experts” no longer have all the answers. In this time, our call is to pay attention to the Spirit of God already at work among us; thus, we seek to create what Gil Rendle calls a “community of practice” ­– a place where we bring to consciousness the wisdom and learning we have and share it with one another.


We offer roundtables several times a year in response to current events, input from church leaders, and learnings from other gatherings.


RSVP to reserve a spot and get more information on how to join the conversation.

We use the online meeting tool Zoom for the roundtable discussions. You’ll get an email with everything you need to know to join the roundtable when you RSVP!