NEXT CHURCH GATHERING, Seattle, WA March 11-13
What is NEXT Church?
NEXT Church is a network of leaders — church members, ruling elders, youth leaders, educators, pastors, seminarians — across the Presbyterian Church (USA) who believe the church of the future will be more relational, more diverse, more collaborative, more hopeful and more agile. We provide hopeful space for robust conversations about the theology, culture, and the practice of ministry, support strong, faithful leadership in a time of adaptive change, and encourage collaboration and creativity across congregations and geographies. We are fostering a conversation about how to follow Christ in our particular day and age. We are a movement seeking to strengthen the relational fabric of the PC(USA) so that our congregations are strong and healthy enough to be a sustained, effective, faithful and moral voice that is engaged in the transformation of our communities toward the common good.
MISSION STATEMENT: NEXT Church is a purposeful relational community of Presbyterian leaders whose mission is to strengthen a vibrant and thriving PC(USA) that shares the good news of Jesus Christ in ways that matter to and have impact on God’s evolving world.
VISION STATEMENT: We believe God is always calling the church into the future. NEXT Church seeks to follow God by strengthening the relational fabric of the Presbyterian Church (USA). We do this by cultivating congregations and leaders who work in sustained, effective, and faithful ways to promote God’s transformation of our communities for the common good.
Eastminster has budgeted for two scholarships for leaders from the congregation to attend the Next Church National Gathering in March. Our preference would be one male and one female (to even out housing arrangements). We would ask that you would take a look at the website: https://nextchurch.net, look over the national gathering content and workshops (several are specifically designed for elders and lay leaders) and prayerfully consider if God may be calling you to this opportunity. The conference goes from March 11-13, in Seattle. We would leave March 10th, because the conference starts first thing in the morning on March 11.
Our hope would be that whomever attends the conference will participate fully while there, and be prepared to communicate, and where appropriate implement learnings and insight into the ongoing mission and ministry of Eastminster working alongside staff and congregational leadership. This is a great next step after the officer retreat we held in August, as we continue to live out the promises we have made to serve with energy, intelligence, imagination and love. We are asking those interested to apply for this scholarship opportunity by answering a few questions. Please return the application to Kristin, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to return the scholarship application is Wednesday, January 23rd.
Please click on this link to find the application: Next Church Scholarship Application 2019