This season has left us with many uncertainties. How do we live in both a virtual and a physical congregation? How can we stay engaged with our people? What does effective mission look like in a season of unpredictability?
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.
Bring your team to the Re-Imagining Church Summit and plan a future-focused strategy for the coming year and beyond.
American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts Members -
$75/church + $10/person for food
* Limited Scholarship Support is available for TABCOM churches. Please contact Mary Miller, Executive Minister at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
General Registration -
$150/church + $10/person for food
Each Church that registers receives a resource box including a series of books to help in the mission forward: Deep and Wild, Contextual Intelligence, Leadership for a Time of Pandemic, and How to Start a New Kind of Church.
A one-day interactive planning retreat
Access Leading Thinkers and Practitioners
Thoughtful, challenging sessions + Q & A times
Learning Continues After the Event
Registrants receive tons of FX resources as well as complimentary six-month memberships to the FX Connect app.
Better Days Ahead: A Thriving Mission on the Other Side of Covid
After 18 months of significant challenges, is there hope on the horizon?
What if there is a future for your church that is more alive, vibrant, and fruitful than you had thought possible? What might that look like? In this session, we will cast a vision of hope for the future church, and invite us to press into the possibilities that God’s Spirit is at work breathing new life and activating new mission energy into the Church of Jesus Christ.
Church has Left the Building:
Re-Vitalizing Congregations from the Outside-In
Congregations that inhabit their buildings but not their communities may be looking at a bleak future. Discover what it means to become a church sent to the world, and why an incarnational church is critical for vibrant ministry in a changing world.
In this session, we explore the promise that every church has unique potential for impact as they join in God’s mission, and projects that a posture of outward-facing mission has the potential to re-energize your existing congregation.
Adaptive Leadership: Leading Change at a Pace that Can Be Absorbed
Change is the name of the game in this season of congregational life. How we go about change is the essential question. The most significant challenge facing most congregational transformation strategies is that they either are too large and all-encompassing or too slow to gain momentum. In this session you will discover an approach, based on the core DNA of your congregation that moves at just the right pace.
Hybrid Church: Embracing a Multi-Modal Ministry Model
What if the future of the church lies in the synergy of the old and the new? How can the depth and the beauty of the established church form disciples who will join in God’s mission, and how can experimental Christian communities help established congregations dream new dreams and reach new people?
In this session, we will explore how this can actually happen in a local congregation, and what it could mean for your church’s mission and ministry.
Led by the Spirit, Empowered for the Mission Ahead
The Church was never meant to rely solely on human strategy or effort. In this closing session, we will call the Church back to Her source of power, unity, and wisdom.
January 29 | 9am-3pmET
9.00-9:30: Welcome, Introductions, and Expectations for the Day
9.30-9.40: Seminar begins with Introductions, and Expectations for the Day
9.40-9.55: Centering in the Word and Prayer
9.55– 10.25: Session 1: Better Days Ahead: A Thriving Mission on the Other Side of Covid
10.25 – 10.50: Team Discussion Time
10.50-11.00: Coffee Break
11.00 – 11.30: Session 2: Church Has Left the Building: Re-Vitalizing Congregations from the Outside-In
11.30-12.00: Team Discussion Time
12.00 – 12.35: Lunch Break
12.35-1.05: Session 3: Adaptive Leadership: Leading Change at a Pace that Can Be Absorbed
1.05-1.35: Dessert & Team Discussion Time
1.35-2.05: Session 4: Hybrid Church- Embracing a Multi-Modal Ministry Model
2.05-3.05: Team Discussion & Planning Time
3.05-3.30: Session 5/Sending & Closing: Led by the Spirit, Empowered for the Mission
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.
Dr. Faison has been serving as the Senior Pastor of 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.
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.
"Combines theory and lots of practical, applicable ideas to give me knowledge that was flavored with inspiration."
Pastor, Catawissa Avenue United Methodist Church
"As a teacher for 40 years, who sat through SO many in-service presentations, I can testify that this has been BY FAR the best presentation I have ever sat through!"
Pastor, Great Plains United Methodist Church
Since the COVID-19 crisis, Fresh Expressions has shared resources that are already practical and engaging—even more so in light of this pandemic.
Operations Manager, Reformed Church of America
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.
What will Fresh Expressions provide?
Is there a limit on how many from my church can attend?
Each congregation is limited to a maximum of 10 participants per congregation. However, it is our recommendation that teams no greater than 7 participants would be the most ideal for the content of Re-Imagining Church.
Where will this event be held?
Live in Grotonwood, MA, with satellite locations Cape Cod, & Boston