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A Guided Planning Retreat for Becoming the Congregation of Tomorrow

About this Event

The crises of 2020 have accelerated the need for churches to "future-fit" for our new world.

You and your team need space to craft a strategy to take your congregation into the uncertain future. Future Church brings futurist and expert missional practitioners and your team together to chart a course for the road ahead.

This season has left us with many uncertainties. When can our churches safely gather? How do we live in both a virtual and a physical congregation? How can we stay engaged with our people? Yet, one thing we can be certain of - the future of our congregations doesn’t look like the past. The good news is that amidst this crisis, there is great opportunity.

Most churches usually hold a planning retreat with their leadership teams early in the year. This Summit will empower your team to craft a future-focused strategy by bringing thought leaders and experienced practitioners directly to you.

Features:

More than a webcast!

  • Collaborate with your team: A two-day event designed for your team to learn and plan together.
  • Access Leading Thinking and Practitioners: Live, Exclusive Q & A Time
  • Interactive, Ongoing learning process
  • Registrants receive the Future Church Summit Resource Pack ($100+ value) as well as seven complimentary year-long memberships to the FX Connect app.

The future is here, and "church" will never be the same. Gather your team virtually or any way you choose for two days that will equip you to craft a strategy for the changing world.

Details:

More details can be found at: https://freshexpressionsus.org/future-church-summit

This Summit is offered twice, so you can choose EITHER the first option or second:

  • February 19-20 will reflect a Mountain / Pacific friendly schedule
  • February 26-27 will reflect an Eastern / Central / Atlantic friendly schedule

Who should attend this event?

This conversation is oriented around church leadership teams, those on your staff and in your congregation who are discerning, deciding, and implementing ministry strategy. Anyone from your congregation is welcome to participate, but the conversations are meant to spur your lay and clergy leadership to consider the implications and possibilities of the cultural trends that will impact your mission effectiveness.

How many tickets do we need to purchase?

You only need to purchase ONE ticket per church. That's right, only 1 ticket for as many staff/leaders you want to include as per the guidance above (see 'who should attend this event').

What will Fresh Expressions provide?

  • A pre-event prayer guide and experience to facilitate with your leadership team
  • Presentations by thought leaders and practitioners of innovative mission
  • Discussion guides to grapple with the themes of the presentations with your local team
  • Q and A opportunities with presenters
  • 6 month premium subscription to the Fresh Expressions App
  • Future Church Resource Pack (will be physically shipped - 1 per church)

What is the local church responsible for? You will determine whether your team participates virtually or gathers on-site. If your team is participating virtually, your church will be responsible for setting up your group to connect online for group conversation at the assigned times through your own Zoom link or other online platform. If your team is participating together (masked and socially distanced) on-site, you will be responsible for ensuring that the content can be streamed during the presentations, and that you have the appropriate refreshments for your team throughout the day.

Is there a limit on how many from my church can attend? No. However, if you choose to have a large group participating, you will need to consider how to break up your participants in smaller groups for the local team conversations to be effective.

Future Church Summit Schedule Option 1

February 19-20th (Mountain Standard Time)

Friday Evening: Resurrecting Church

7pm - Better Days Ahead: A Thriving Mission in a Polarized, Post-Pandemic, Hyper-Connected World

8pm - Session Two- Minefields and Goldmines: What to Anticipate in the New World

Saturday Morning: Reevaluating Mission

9:30am - The Plans I Have for You: Why Your Church's Destiny Lies in its History

11am - Church has Left the Building: Re-Vitalizing Congregations from the Outside-In

Saturday Afternoon: Releasing Potential

1pm - A New Kind of Local Church: How Experimental Communities and Established Liturgies can Renew the Local Congregation

2:30 pm - Reclaiming the Spirit: The Power to Become the Church of Tomorrow Today

*there will be times in between each session for guided discussion with your team

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Future Church Summit Schedule Option 2

February 26-27th (Eastern Standard Time)

Friday Evening: Resurrecting Church

7pm - Better Days Ahead: A Thriving Mission in a Polarized, Post-Pandemic, Hyper-Connected World

8pm - Session Two- Minefields and Goldmines: What to Anticipate in the New World

Saturday Morning: Reevaluating Mission

9:30am - The Plans I Have for You: Why Your Church's Destiny Lies in its History

11am - Church has Left the Building: Re-Vitalizing Congregations from the Outside-In

Saturday Afternoon: Releasing Potential

1pm - A New Kind of Local Church: How Experimental Communities and Established Liturgies can Renew the Local Congregation

2:30 pm - Reclaiming the Spirit: The Power to Become the Church of Tomorrow Today

*there will be times in between each session for guided discussion with your team

Our Presenters

Leonard Sweet is a scholar of American culture, a visionary leader who "sees things the rest of us do not see." He is a frequent guest lecturer at seminaries, university campuses, and leadership events. He is the author of more than 60 books, 1,500 published sermons, and 200 published articles.

Dr. Dee Stokes - Known as a program builder who utilizes her apostolic gift to repurpose organizations and build influential people who change the world and live out the Gospel practically. Dr. Dee Stokes ministers in a variety of settings, but her passion is preaching, teaching, and empowering others to WIN! Dr. Stokes believes every Christ follower should be involved in their community and as such, she is heavily involved in the city of Thomasville, NC serving on numerous boards including the Thomasville City Schools Board of Education. Dr. Dee serves on the teaching/preaching team at Christ Wesleyan Church, Greensboro, NC. She is President/CEO of a cross-cultural non-profit ministry: Dee Stokes Ministries, Inc. Owns a consulting firm and does leadership development in the areas of cultural intelligence, emotional intelligence, transformational leadership, and burnout. Dr. Stokes recently joined the team at Luther Seminary to begin a trek as a coach/mentor and curriculum developer for ministry innovators. She is also an author and on the Fresh Expressions US staff as the Director of Cultural Intelligence & Trainer.

Michael Adam Beck is Director of Re-Missioning for Fresh Expressions US. Michael serves as co-pastor of Wildwood UMC with his wife Jill, where they direct addiction recovery programs, a jail ministry, a food pantry, an interracial unity movement, and a network of 15 Fresh Expressions that gather in Tattoo parlors, dog parks, salons, running tracks, community centers, and burrito joints. Michael holds a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctorate in Semiotics and Future Studies from Portland Seminary.

Shannon Kiser serves as Director of Training, leading our team of mission strategists and trainers in the development and implementation of the Mission Shaped Ministry course through Pioneer Learning Communities. She is also a pastor on staff with Riverside Church in Sterling, VA, a Church that worships in two languages and engages in several fresh expressions of church. Shannon has also been involved with the Presbyterian Church’s New Worshiping Communities initiative, and has directed the coaching network that supports pioneer leaders. Shannon lives in Springfield, VA with her husband Patrick and teenage daughters Catherine and Suzanne.

For the past 20 years, Keisha Polonio has worked in diverse leadership roles that have served some of her communities’ most vulnerable individuals. She is a results-driven leader, certified growth coach, speaker, and missionary, whose expertise and global heart extend to both the private and public sectors. Currently, Keisha serves as an activist, chief storyteller, and champion for Created Women, a ministry committed to supporting vulnerable women caught in the sex industry in Tampa, Florida. In addition, she passionately works as a trainer and mentor to missional leaders throughout the Tampa Bay Area.

Matt Lake serves as the Lead Pastor of the First UM Church in Williamsport, PA—an urban congregation that consists of a mix of traditional, and contemporary worship experiences. He uses his role as a lead pastor to encourage pioneers AND empower the “priesthood of all believers.” A blended ecology is now emerging at First Church which includes a network of 12 fresh expressions led by various pioneers called the Acts Network. First Church is a pioneering congregation that is integrating both the strengths of the "gathered and sent" dimensions of church together.

Tod Bolsinger serves as vice president and chief of leadership formation. Dr. Bolsinger served as senior pastor of San Clemente Presbyterian Church from 1997 to 2014. Prior to that, he was associate pastor of discipleship and spiritual formation at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood. Holding both a Ph.D. in Theology and Master of Divinity from Fuller, Bolsinger has authored three books, It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian: How the Community of God Transforms Lives (Brazos, 2004), Show Time: Living Down Hypocrisy by Living Out the Faith (Baker, 2005), and Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory (IVP Books, 2015).

Host: Gannon Sims serves as Director of Ministry Formation for Fresh Expressions US. He also coordinates the Fresh Expressions efforts of the Baptist General Association of Virginia, an association of 1400 churches in Virginia and 16 other states. He earned the Bachelor of Arts Degree from Baylor University and the Master of Divinity degree from Duke University. Prior to entering seminary, Gannon worked as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate and as a public affairs officer in the anti-human trafficking office at the U.S. State Department. He has served in various roles at several churches, including Baptist, Presbyterian, and Anglican. Gannon is married to Carey, who also is a graduate of Duke Divinity School. Together they help foster fresh expressions of church through The Center in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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