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Post Evangelical Collective – October 11-12, 2022

If you are a pastor, artist, or other church leader who feels connected to the post-evangelical space – which is to say that you have felt ecclesiologcally homeless in the larger church landscape. Not quite sure where you fit, but you’re not ready to give up on the church and you’re a part of reimagining what it looks like for our current moment. 

If that’s you, I’d love to have you join us and bring others from your church along with you to the Post-Evangelical Collective Gathering in Denver, October 11-12

Registration is now open HERE

This is a gathering of pastors, artists, and other church leaders in the post-evangelical space in order to connect, share resources, learn from one another, and know that you’re not alone as you seek to lead the church into new spaces.

These are pastors, artists, and other leaders who find the boundaries of evangelicalism too narrow for our experience of God and its politics corrupted by an un-Christlike vision. Who seek a more just and inclusive expression of faith, but also reject the temptation to trade one exclusionary stance for another in the effort to address the need for justice and inclusion. Who believe in the importance of deconstruction, but also believe in rebuilding faith as followers of Jesus. Who see the Spirit moving through new ideas and theological visions, but who also embrace the depth and breadth of historical faith.

This will be an opportunity to build relationships, learn from one another, and see the larger movement that the Spirit is stirring beyond our local context. 

We wanted to continue to make this gathering as accessible as possible while also working to make it sustainable for the long term. As a result, there are several different registration options, including a group discount, buy-one-gift-one for those who are able, and a pay-what-you-can option.

Here’s a bit of what to expect:

Gathering – Oct 11
On Tuesday, we will hear 3 short talks that we will also spend some time interacting with as well.

Gail Song Bantum will help us engage in the realities of the trauma and experience of having lost the spaces and communities where we used to belong. 

David Gushee will help us locate the post-evangelical movement within church history as well as theologically.

Peter Choi from the Center for Faith and Justice will help us think about what it looks like to attach ourselves to a rooted and ancient faith, while also reimagining that faith in our current moment. 

James Paek will be helping to lead some times of worship. 

That evening we will have a time for drinks and a low-key social hang out. In addition, throughout our time together, Spiritual Directors will be available for one-on-one sessions. 

Pre-Gathering Workshops – Oct 11

This year, we will be offering several Pre-Gathering Workshops during the morning of Oct 11 from 9:30-11:30 am. These are meant to be practical and helpful resources as you work to lead in your church context. There will be 4 of these this year

Children’s Ministry in the Post Evangelical Church
with Meredith Miller and Sarah Swartzendruber

Dismantling Toxic Leadership and Learning to Lead With
with Brenna Rubio and Bill White

Developing Leadership Wellness
with Mark Waltz

Gun Violence Prevention and the Church
with Hope Christensen and Mike Martin 

Pop Up Conversations – Oct 12
These conversations led by other attendees of the Gathering are meant to help generate group dialogue around diverse topics 

Here are some of the conversations we’ll be having:

  • Creating Immersive Learning Experiences 
  • Women in Ministry Connect
  • Amplifying Your Voice: Writing and Publishing
  • Advocacy Work and the Pastor
  • LGBTQ Inclusion
  • Post-Colonial Missions
  • Preaching and the Enneagram
  • Why God Can’t Prevent Evil and Why That Matters

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