Pre-Conference Events*


The following Pre-Conference Events will take place on March 15th before the National Gathering begins. Visit this page frequently, as we will be adding more Pre-Conference Events soon. 

*These events require additional registration and costs, which may vary depending on event.

Events Open to the Public & Conference Attendees

Dinner Church Pre Conference

THURSDAY Dinner: Introduction to the Dinner Church movement

Leaders all across the country are rediscovering Jesus' dinner table theology that dominated the Apostolic Era. The present-day Dinner Church movement is giving leaders and churches a renewed ability to reach people who would never attend their Sunday morning gatherings. Join us for this meal, not only to hear the transformation story from a declining urban church in Seattle into a network of dinner churches gathering over 1,200 people weekly, but also to find out how your church can join the movement. 

Speakers include: Verlon Fosner, Chris Backert, Isaac Olivarez, Kendall Vanderslice and Mark Cryderman

From Seating Capacity to Sending Capacity: How Growing Churches Can Multiply Their Reach and Impact through Fresh Expressions of Church

Fresh Expressions are not only vital for smaller congregations or those in need of renewal. Larger congregations across the country are finding the necessity of a mission-based approach to their strategy vital in this new era of culture. While these congregations may be stable or growing, keen pastors observe the changes taking place around them and are positioning their churches to more effectively reach those who will come to church as we know it and ALSO to reach those who will not. This gathering will feature pastors of vibrant churches that are cultivating an environment of permission-giving, recruiting and equipping members of their community to start fresh expressions of church, and making shifts in understanding their own role as a leader.

Speakers include: Travis Collins, Jorge Acevedo & Matt Lake