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2017 NEXT Church National Gathering

NEXT Church

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM - Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:30 PM (CDT)

2017 NEXT Church National Gathering

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
This registration level is discounted for church leaders who are not on staff of a congregation or who have no continuing education funds. It provides full access to the National Gathering for individuals who are covering the registration cost out of their own funds. You may choose this option if you are registering ruling elders, lay leaders, college students, retired, etc.
Mar 15, 2017 $189.00 $0.00
Please select this option if your organization is contributing to the cost of your registration. By registering at this level, you support the sustainability of the NEXT Church National Gathering.
Mar 15, 2017 $319.00 $0.00
Please select this option if you would like your registration to include one additional conference registration and lodging assistance to be awarded as a scholarship. You make the conference more affordable for those who need it.
Mar 15, 2017 $638.00 $0.00
Scholarship   more info Mar 13, 2017 $25.00 $0.00
Day Pass-Monday
Monday: Come for worship, a keynote by Linda Mercadante, testimonies, and on-site workshops. Lunch is included!
Mar 15, 2017 $139.00 $0.00
Day Pass-Tuesday
Tuesday: Come for worship, keynote by Soong-Chan Rah, Ignite presentations, and workshops. Lunch is included!
Mar 15, 2017 $139.00 $0.00
Day Pass-Wednesday
Wednesday: come for the final keynote with Rodger Nishioka and closing worship! Lunch is included.
Mar 15, 2017 $99.00 $0.00
Evening Pass
For those community members who would like to attend the keynote address by Linda Mercadante on Monday evening but cannot attend the earlier Monday events.
Mar 15, 2017 $40.00 $0.00
Register children ages 3 months to 5 years by 2/28/17. At the next step in the registration process, please include the attending parent's information as the attendee and add information about the child. If cost becomes prohibitive for your family, please be in touch with us.
Feb 28, 2017 $150.00 $0.00
Make a donation to help us continue the work of NEXT Church! This amount is tax-deductible in the U.S. to the extent permitted by law.
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How do we move across barriers? What will life-giving transformation look like?

The theme for the 2017 National Gathering is "Wells & Walls: Well-Being in a Thirsty World." Our guiding scripture is John 4:1-42-the Samaritan woman at the well.

In John 4 we are told of Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, her encounter with her people, and Jesus' words to the disciples. In the person and story of Jesus Christ we see movement across barriers, new understanding, and life-giving transformation as a consistent pattern.

As we look toward the 2017 National Gathering, as we invite local congregations and regional leadership to come together in the nation's heartland of Kansas City, we recognize there are many walls and wells that manifest in our lives. In March of 2017-

  • we are in the early months of a new US presidency (and after an embittered, fear based campaign season),
  • we watch the global unrest created by the largest refugee crisis in history,
  • we continue-9 months in-with new leadership in our highest PCUSA church offices,
  • congregational life continues to be growing slowly for some and declining for most in the North American church,
  • we negotiate what it means to be a "big tent" denomination that holds space for minority voices,
  • we confess our fears that manifest in racism, homophobia, demonization, and polarization.

In thinking about this national gathering, we want to explore how we-as disciples and as the church-participate in Jesus' pattern of moving across barriers, new understanding, and life-giving transformation. In short, finding and offering well-being.



There is some funding available to seminarians and others in need of financial assistance for registration costs and/or housing. To apply, please fill out this form. We will be awarding scholarships on a rolling basis and will let you know if you have received one (and how to register) on the first Tuesday of each month until we run out! If you have any questions about scholarships, please email


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Marriott Downtown
200 W 12th Street
Kansas City, MO 64105

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM - Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 12:30 PM (CDT)

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