Fresh Expressions Gathering
March 30 - April 1, 2022

Live in Richmond, VA or Online


Fresh Expressions Gathering
March 30 - April 1, 2022

Live in Richmond, VA or Online


Begins In


Begins In


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.


Two Ways to Join

Live in Richmond, VA

Gather in person with fellow church leaders and missional practitioners.

  • Live worship and learning experience
  • Dozens of live workshops
  • Lunch included

(NEW!) Online Anywhere

Gather online with church leaders from around the world.

  • All main stage speakers and events broadcast live
  • Live broadcast of select workshops
  • Unique, digital-only, interactive workshops
  • Digital networking events with other online participants
  • BONUS: FREE access to all workshop audio recordings


Nona Jones

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.

Len Sweet

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.

Ken Ulmer

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

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.

Wayne Faison

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

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

Linda Gorham

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

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

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

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

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.

Schedule Overview

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SESSION 1: Wednesday, March 30, 7pm
Reviving our Call for the World in Front of Us
Len Sweet, Ken Ulmer

SESSION 2: Thursday, March 31, 8:30am
(RE)ORIENT: Three Opportunities on the Road Ahead

  • Ministry in a Digital Age
    Nona Jones, Michael Beck
  • Ministry in a Traumatic Age Nicole Martin, J.R. Briggs
  • Ministry in a Post-Christian Age
    Dave Male

SESSION 3: Thursday March 31, 11:15am
(RE)TRAIN: Workshops and Panels

  • Skills to Navigate Shifting Contexts
  • Strategies for Mission-Shaped Church
  • Spiritual Capacities for Enduring Ministry

SESSION 4: Thursday March 31, 7:30 pm
(RE)TELL: Festival of Stories

SESSION 5: Friday, April 1, 8:30 am
(RE)CEIVE: Growing Spiritual Capacity for More Faithful Witness

Detailed Schedule


7:00pm — (RE)MEMBER: Reviving our Call for the World in Front of Us 



8:30am — (RE)ORIENT: Ministry in a Digital Age  

10:00am — Break

10:15am — (RE)ORIENT: Ministry in a Traumatic Age

11:15am — Break

11:30am — Workshops Session 1

12:20pm — Lunch Break

1:20pm — (RE)ORIENT: Ministry in a Post-Christian Age 

2:15pm — Panel Discussion 

2:50pm — Break

3:05pm — Workshops Session 2

3:55pm Break

4:10pm — Workshops Session 3

5:00pm — Dinner Break

7:30pm — (RE)IMAGINE: Ministry Experimentation in the Innovation Age – Festival of Stories

April 1, DAY 3

8:30am — (RE)CEIVE: Growing Spiritual Capacity for More Faithful Witness

9:40am Break

9:55am — Workshops Session 4

10:45am — Break

11:00am — (RE)CEIVE: Sent out with the Spirit 

12:30pm — Event concludes

Workshop Schedule

Preconference Seminars

Come to (Re)mission one day early for a day-long deep dive into the topics
that matter most to you.

Only $59 with Conference Registration!

Both / And

Maximizing Hybrid Worship
for Online & In Person Engagement

Jason Moore, a graduate of The Modern College of Design, is author of 12 books, a frequent keynote speaker, and a sought-after trainer.


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Leading Your Church into Deep Change

Adaptive Challenges, Trust, and Resistance

Tod Bolsinger, Executive Director and a Senior Fellow of the De Pree Center Church Leadership Institute.


Pioneering Within the Institution

Lessons from the ongoing transformation of a 500 year old Church

David Male - Director of Evangelism and
Discipleship for the Church of England

Church Beyond Walls

Understanding the Fresh Expressions Journey

Kris Beckert; Pastor, Table Life Church

Luke Edwards, Associate Director of Church Development,
United Methodist Church of Western North Carolina

The Church in the Digital Age

Shaping Disciples and Communities of Jesus in Hyperconnected World

Michael Beck, Director of Re-Missioning for Fresh Expressions
Chris Morton, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Fresh Expressions

Reading the Signs of the Times

The Most Valuable Skill for Today’s Church Leaders and How to Develop It

Len Sweet

Frequently Asked Questions

COVID Protocols

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.

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.


There are a number of hotels offering a discounted room. You can see a full list at But hurry, these prices won't last.