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2018 National Gathering Ignite: Lisa Scott Jones

Lisa Scott Jones, Children & Young Family Minister at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, gives an Ignite presentation at the 2018 NEXT Church National Gathering about her ministry with toddlers and their families.

Rockin’ Toddlers is a fun-filled, easy-to-do church outreach program designed to serve and engage young families.

2018 National Gathering Ignite: Mark Elsdon

Mark Elsdon, Executive Director and Campus Minister at Pres House, gives an Ignite presentation at the 2018 NEXT Church National Gathering.

Mark shares a story about how creative revenue generation and a major PCUSA impact investment turned a campus ministry on the verge of closing into a vibrant multi-million dollar ministry serving 750 students per year. How might church capital be leveraged for mission impact in other new and innovative ways in your own context?

2018 National Gathering Ignite: Jason Santos

Jason Santos, Mission Coordinator for Christian Formation at Presbyterian Mission Agency, gives an Ignite presentation at the 2018 NEXT Church National Gathering.

His Ignite presentation is called “Killing Church Softly.” For the last half-century, we’ve increasingly formed our children and youth through developmentally-centered, age and stage, peer-oriented ministry programs that essentially removed them from the corporate life of the church–this ignite presentation highlights the failure of those efforts through generational and identity formation theory.

2018 National Gathering Ignite: Not So Churchy

Paul Vasile and Mieke Vandersall give an Ignite presentation about Not-So-Churchy, located in New York City.

Not So Churchy embarked on a project in which the congregants themselves would interpret and present the scripture readings through song, movement, or other creative means. This project, which has become an integrated part of their liturgical year, has been a rich learning experience for the congregation, and provided an opportunity for the congregants to exercise their creative authority and leadership capacities. Mieke and Paul talk about what they learned and how this has transformed their community’s relationship with Scripture.

2017 National Gathering Ignite: Cultivated Ministry

Becca Messman and Chineta Goodjoin give an Ignite presentation at the 2017 NEXT Church National Gathering about NEXT Church’s latest project: Cultivated Ministry: Bearing Fruit through Theology, Accountability, Learning, and Storytelling.

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2017 National Gathering Ignite: Open Table

Nick Pickrell and Wendie Brockhaus, curators of the Open Table, share about their new worshiping community in Kansas City, MO. To learn more about Open Table, visit their website.

2017 National Gathering Ignite: Peace for Peoria

Stephen McKinney Whitaker gives an Ignite presentation on “Peace for Peoria,” an initiative in Peoria, IL, at the 2017 NEXT Church National Gathering.

2016 National Gathering Ignite: Danita Nelson

Danita Nelson of New Covenant Fellowship of Austin shares about their intentional, multi-national, multi-racial, intergenerational community.

2016 National Gathering Ignite: Miriam Mauritzen

Miriam Mauritzen, associate pastor at First Presbyterian Kalispell, Montana, shares about Serious Ju Ju, a skateboard ministry the church has become involved with.

Learn more about Serious Ju Ju from their website.

2016 National Gathering Ignite: Michael Mair

Michael Mair, pastor in the Church of Scotland, shares his ideas on what makes sacred space at the 2016 National Gathering.