Jesus gives us his peace, and then sends us out on mission.
The last two years have been full of more tumult, upheaval, change, and pain than in any period in decades. The ground has shifted under our feet and by the grace of God we’re learning how to adapt. We’ve pivoted and pivoted again.
Church leaders are looking at a vastly different landscape today. We are tired, yet we also see the opportunities emerging for our families, congregations and our neighborhoods.
To move forward, we must "(re)mission". To do this we ground ourselves in Jesus' peace, acknowledge what we’ve lost, and rediscover our place in God's redemption story.
Register for (re)mission: A Church for the Future, A Future for the Church where you will gather with fellow sojourners to hear from seasoned practitioners and helpful thought leaders who are navigating this new terrain.
United through Jesus' blessing of peace in uncertainty, we will discover new opportunities for congregations, consider how to navigate ongoing changes, and renew our call to lead our churches to join God's mission today. The practice of (re)misson will pave the way to the Church for the future and a future for the Church.
Nona Jones is a rare combination of preacher, business executive, author, and entrepreneur. She serves as the Head of North America Community Partnerships and Global Faith Based Partnerships at Facebook, author of Success from the Inside Out, co-pastor of Open Door Ministries in Gainesville, FL.
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, leadership events, and he is the author of more than 60 books.
Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer has served as Senior Pastor of Faithful Central Bible Church in Los Angeles since 1982. He served as President of The King’s University, adjunct professor at Oxford University and founder of The Ulmer Institute, a non-profit organization focused on the research, training and treatment of psychological trauma in urban communities. He is the author of several books, including Walls Can Fall: Race, Reconciliation and Righteousness in a Divided World.
Jon Hand and his wife Aimee live in Southern Ontario Canada with their three teenage children. Jon is a third-generation pastor and leading in small, medium, and mega church context for over 20 plus years. Jon has church planted, served in large church leadership roles, been a denominational leader, church consultant, and coach to pastoral and business leaders. In recent years Jon has helped launch the Jesus Collective Network and oversees global leadership development and equipping for Jesus Collective. Jon has served in Northeast US and Canadian Post-Christian contexts. He has a passion to help the church find innovative ways to connect secular people to Jesus.
Dr. Faison has been serving as the Senior Pastor of The Orchard (formerly East End Baptist Church) in Suffolk, VA since November 2014. He has also been serving as the National Coordinating Officer of the Ascent Team of the Baptist General Association of Virginia in Richmond, VA, as well as other leadership positions, since 2001. Prior to coming Virginia, Dr. Faison served as Senior Pastor of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Flemington, Florida. Prior to joining the ministry, he worked in the banking industry for 17 years.
Dave Male was recently appointed Director for Vision and Strategy for the Church of England. The Vision and Strategy is a ten year plan of a Church for the whole nation which is Jesus Christ centered, shaped by the five marks of mission. A church that is simpler, humbler, bolder with three priorities of being a church of missionary disciples, a church where mixed ecology is the norm and a church that is younger and more diverse. In this role he leads a large team which is helping dioceses, churches and leaders to live out the vision and strategy. Dave spent ten years starting and leading the Net Church in Huddersfield which was one of the first fresh expressions of church in the UK.
He has written a number of books and articles on evangelism and pioneering issues and speaks and lectures on evangelism, leadership and pioneer issues both nationally and internationally. His latest book How to Pioneer is now available in America. He is married to Heather and has three grown up children. Much of his spare time is spent playing or watching sport
Dr. Gorham is the President and Founder of Spring in the Desert Ministries, Inc. She holds degrees in Divinity and Applied Developmental Psychology and is a child and adolescent psychotherapist. SDM has grown to include an outreach ministry to young boys in juvenile detention; discipleship, counseling, and spiritual care ministries; and a new church plant, SDM Community Dinner Church, located in northern Baltimore County.
Tod Bolsinger serves as vice president and chief of leadership formation at Fuller Seminary. Her has authored three books, It Takes a Church to Raise a Christian: How the Community of God Transforms Lives, Show Time: Living Down Hypocrisy by Living Out the Faith , and Canoeing the Mountains: Christian Leadership in Uncharted Territory.
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.
Michael 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.
J.R. Briggs is a Mission Strategist and Trainer with Fresh Expressions US. He is founder of Kairos Partnerships, a ministry seeking to love the Church by caring for Her leaders through coaching, consulting, speaking, equipping and writing. He is an adjunct professor at Missio Seminary, and guest instructor at Friends University. He serves as the Director of Leadership & Congregational Formation for The Ecclesia Network. J.R. is an author, co-author and contributor of nine books, including The Sacred Overlap.
We know that Covid Mitigation strategies are an important part of any event taking place right now, so we wanted to share our plans with you. (Updated March 23, 2022)
Masks will be recommended in all indoor public spaces during the conference, with a few limited exceptions listed below. Currently according to the CDC, Richmond, VA is a LOW-TRANSMISSION area for Covid and most mask requirements have been suspended in the community.
We will have a mask-required space in the balcony of the sanctuary where all main sessions and a number of workshops will be held.
The Digital feed for main sessions and a number of workshops will be provided to all participants.
SANTIZER Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the facilities. We will especially emphasize sanitizer in all areas where meals are served or where materials may be shared.
There are a few airports you can consider. The closest and probably preferred airport would be Richmond International Airport (RIC). There are some discount airlines that fly into Newport News and Norfolk which might offer less expensive travel options.
United by Jesus' blessing of peace in uncertainty, we will discover new opportunities for congregations, consider how to navigate ongoing changes, and dedicate time to renew our call to lead our churches to join God's mission.