2017 National Gathering:
Living, Dying, Rising


Living, Dying, Rising, the 1001 New Worshiping Communities annual conference, outlines the story of the life of Christ and also the life of the church. Through the Holy Spirit, the church is freed from fear and invited to journey confidently into new territory as missionaries of shalom.

The conference, which finds its scriptural basis in John 20:19–23, will be held at TradeWinds Island Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida, August 7–10, 2017. Presenters will include the Rev. Juan Sarmiento, associate director for mission, The Outreach Foundation; the Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle of Wayne Presbyterian Church, organizing pastor of The Common Place, a faith-based educational outreach and community center in Philadelphia; and the Revs. Jeya and Daniel So, a pastor couple at the Anchor City Church, a New Worshiping Community in San Diego, who have an amazing vision for church planting. The Rev. Abby King-Kaiser, a dynamic leader in campus ministry at Xavier University, will coordinate worship.

 

Living, Dying, Rising, the 1001 New Worshiping Communities Conference

A National Gathering for Leaders and Friends of 1001 New Worshiping Communities

So I send you . . . Receive the Holy Spirit — John 20:19–23

Registration will open at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 7, 2017, with welcome and orientation beginning at 5:30 p.m. The conference concludes with closing worship at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 10.

Registration

Persons staying at conference hotel (registration includes 3 lunches and 2 dinners):

Regular:  $325

Children aged 3–12 — meals only:  $150 (optional)

Guest/Spouse Meal Plan (for those not registering for conference):  $275 (optional)

Persons not staying at conference hotel (please note, there is a $20 per day parking fee for commuters):

Florida Non-Resident Commuter with Meals: $500

Florida Resident Commuter with meals: $325

Commuter without meals: $225

Registration Deadline:  July 14, 2017

 

Register online 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations made in writing on or before July 7, 2017, will be refunded, minus a $75 handling fee. After July 7 refunds will not be available. To cancel, mail written notice to Eva Slayton, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202, or contact her by email.

Conference Hotels


TradeWinds Island Grand Resort | 5500 Gulf Blvd. | St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Resort | 6000 Gulf Blvd. | St. Pete Beach, FL 33706

The resort is located on eighteen acres of sugar-white beach directly on the Gulf of Mexico and thirty minutes from Tampa International Airport. The two properties are a five-minute beach walk apart. In-room amenities include a wet bar area with refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, and toaster. Ten dining venues are available on-site, including a deli and Pizza Hut Express. Beach amenities include cabanas, volleyball, five swimming pools, two whirlpools, and the High Tide Water Slide.

Single and double occupancy rooms: $129 per night

To qualify for the discounted rate, contact the resort directly and identify yourself as a Presbyterian Church conference attendee.

Available for an additional fee:

Pet-friendly room
Upgrade to ocean view room
One- or two-bedroom suite
KONK (Kids Only, No Kidding) drop-off camps (ages 4–11) and KONK Care at Island Grand (ages 4–12). Call (727) 363-2294 for registration and pricing.

Online: www.tradewindsresort.com/presbycon
Phone: (800) 808-9833 (identify as conference attendee)
Reservations must be made by July 14, 2017.

Travel Information


Tampa International Airport is the recommended airport. It is approximately a thirty-minute ride between the airport and the conference hotels. The hotels do not provide ground transportation. Super Shuttle provides ground transportation at a discounted rate if booked online.

 

A list of exhibitors will be available before the event.

Meet the presenters

Rev. Juan J. Sarmiento is the associate director for mission with The Outreach Foundation. He has served as organizing pastor for Portuguese and Spanish congregations and as Evangelism Catalyst at the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Born in Venezuela, Juan has resourced movements for the development of new congregations in more than 27 countries on three continents. His formal education for ministry includes Columbia, Louisville, San Francisco and Fuller theological seminaries. Juan is the co-author of “The Intercultural Journey: Becoming an Inclusive Church.” He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife Maricela, his 7-year-old son, Jonathan, and their dog, Sparky.
Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle is a native of Philadelphia. She graduated from Central High School (Class of 251) and holds a Bachelor of Science in music from Temple University. After spending a significant time as youth director at Wayne Presbyterian Church, she obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.  She served various other churches in the tri-state area through her music ministry and in ministries of preaching, teaching and pastoral care before returning to Wayne Presbyterian as associate pastor for mission in February 2013. Currently, Aisha is also serving as organizing pastor for The Common Place, a faith-based arts and education center at 58th and Chester streets in Southwest Philadelphia. She is married to Carl Brooks-Lytle and they are the proud parents of a son, Ellington Scott.
Rev. Jeya So is co-lead pastor with her husband, Daniel, of Anchor City Church in San Diego, California. Jeya was born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in Southern California, yet she never learned to surf. She met Daniel while they were both pursuing their Master of Divinity degrees at Princeton Seminary and have worked together in ministry ever since. Together with their amazing 13-year-old daughter, Deleine, they enjoy living in San Diego. Jeya vicariously lives out her dreams of surfing through Deleine. Jeya loves pastoring a 1001 New Worshiping Community where new and creative ways of living out faith and sharing the gospel spring forth and those moments where the connection of faith to the rest of life makes a difference in people’s hearts and minds. 
Born and raised in Michigan (he’s certain to make a hand-map should he discover you’re also a Michigander), Rev. Daniel So loves the amazing people and city of San Diego and is honored to serve side-by-side with his lovely wife, Jeya, as co-lead pastor of Anchor City Church. Daniel serves on the Advisory Board of Justice Ventures International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery and to bringing freedom, justice and restoration through partnership. Daniel is also a hopeless music fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @headsparks or read his personal blog at headsparks.com.
Worship Leader: Rev. Abby King-Kaiser is the senior assistant director for Ecumenical and Multifaith Ministry at the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. After seminary at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, she served as the pastor of a small, urban congregation in Oakland, California, before moving back to her hometown to work at Xavier. In seminary, she interned with Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco while it was a new church development, and started an ecumenical new worshiping community at Xavier three years ago. She is delighted that her role at Xavier allows her to work with and learn from students from a wide variety of traditions and backgrounds and is creating more spaces on campus where they can intentionally build community across difference. Always an artist (and sometimes an artist in public), Abby’s favorite form of social media is Instagram, where you can find her @revabbykk.
Music Leader: Pete Feltman is the director of Music at College Avenue Presbyterian Church in Oakland, California. He is the choir director, a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and teaches music to pay the bills. A graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary, Pete has been grateful to be able to serve the PC(USA) through music for the last five years. In his free time, you can find him bumming around the streets of Oakland on his BMX bike or kicking the soccer ball hither and thither.

Living, Dying, Rising Conference Workshops

 

Future Stories for Church Renewal and Church Planting

This workshop is an invitation to start a transformational process at any given church or to start a new worshiping community. This training will take you step by step into the rewarding, but nevertheless challenging journey of transforming a current church of starting a new one.

You will learn or re-learn how to imagine, write and enact a future story with the goal of creating a holistic process of renewal for your church or empowering a solid group of pioneers to start a new worshiping community in your neighborhood. 

Tobin Wilson was born in Elgin, Illinois. His journey led him to pursue a M.Div. degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served six churches in four cities: Chicago, Minneapolis, Seattle and now in Southern California. Tobin is currently in partnership with the Rev. Alfredo Delgado in a PC(USA) church leading the transformational process that will allow that congregation to become a multicultural and multi-generational church community. Under the one banner of Placentia Presbyterian Church, the leadership is planning to launch a bi-lingual new worshiping community in March of 2017.

Alfredo Delgado was born in Valera, Venezuela. He is the last of ten siblings. He grew up in a very diverse and multicultural environment. Rev. Delgado studied in Bogotá, Colombia, and Caracas, Venezuela, seminaries. When he came to the U.S.A., he received a special training in the PC(USA) in collaboration with Columbia and San Francisco Theological Seminary. Currently, Alfredo is pursuing his Transformative Leadership Doctoral in Ministry degree from The New Seminary of the West and The New York Theological Seminary.

Alfredo has been consulting with Los Ranchos Presbytery congregations for the last seven years. He works with pastors and church leaders to create a new strategy for self-sufficiency among struggling or new churches in our region. Rev. Delgado has been a pastor for the last 25 years and has been in consulting services and leadership development for more than two decades. He has served various communities in Venezuela, Colombia, and the U.S.A. He focuses his ministry on creative and imaginative vision and mission, lay equipping, church growth, evangelism, partnership development, community transformation and institutional renewal.

The Bivo Option

It’s not perfect; but these days more of us are opting for it. Why? What are the opportunities and challenges? How do you find an appropriate “secular” job? How do you balance dual ministries plus family? What are the benefits and liabilities for governing bodies? In this workshop, we’ll take an honest look at a bi-vocational strategy for missional communities. We’ll focus on practical skills, habits, and knacks that will help you succeed. . . and demonstrate how NWC missionaries may find the bivo life to be a relevant strategy for our time.

Tom Bagley was the 2003 founding pastor for a traditional church plant in Atlanta, Ga. He is now the bivo lead missionary for SYNDEO, an emerging New Worshiping Community in downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. He is a Coach and an Assessment Leader for the 1001 Movement.

Leadership for Bi-lingual and Bi-cultural Communities

Ministry in your community is not as simple as pressing two on your phone. With about 1 in 4 people in the United States being able to hold a conversation in a language other than English, the opportunities for including people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds is “beyond words.” Join us to learn together about the key dynamics involved in empowering worshiping communities to minister to their neighborhoods and equipping leaders who will eventually reproduce themselves. A digital resource guide co-authored by Juan will be given to the participants.      

Juan J. Sarmiento is the Associate Director for Mission of the Outreach Foundation. He has served as organizing pastor for Portuguese and Spanish congregations and as Evangelism Catalyst at the Presbyterian Mission Agency. Born in Venezuela, Juan has resourced movements for the development of new congregations in more than twenty-seven countries in three continents. His formal education for ministry include Columbia, Louisville, San Francisco and Fuller Theological Seminaries. Juan is the co-author of “The Intercultural Journey, Becoming an Inclusive Church.” He lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife Maricela, his seven-year-old son Jonathan and their dog Sparky. 

So You’ve Started a New Worshiping Community. Now What?

With a simple Google search, you can find hundreds of possible church planting guides, stories or resources. But what happens after you get started? These resources are much harder to find. How to manage a budget, when to recruit a staff, denominational relationships, sustainability, what success looks like…church planters in the midst of this challenging work have all these questions and more.  Join Ben Collins and Katy Steinberg for an interview style workshop with Q&A to address some of the questions worshiping community leaders have after the initial start-up phase.

Ben Collins is the founding pastor of Collective, a misfit faith community in DeLand, Fla.  Now, 8 years into Collective, hundreds gather regularly for deeply meaningful and cerebrally engaging worship with amazing (largely secular) music. Collective’s mark on DeLand also includes Yoga Chapel, a Foodies group, Sketti night, Pints and Parables, and Sunday Soul Brunch. He gladly shares his experiences and wisdom acquired through both success and failures around programming, budgeting, administration, outreach, equipping leadership, and more. In addition to running Collective, Ben is a father of two young children and husband to wife Stacy.  He is an adjunct professor at Stetson University, and an avid surfer.

Budgeting & Administration for NWC

This workshop presents an overview of the basic essentials needed in budgeting and business administration when starting, or are in the early stages of developing a New Worshiping Community.

Simone Adams-Andrade is the Coordinator for Budget & Mission Effectiveness for Theology Formation and Evangelism at the Presbyterian Mission Agency. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration in Finance, Masters in Business Administration. She also holds a Masters of Divinity from Columbia Theological Seminary.

Funding Your NWC: Grants and Beyond

What NWC grants are available through the Presbyterian Mission Agency? How are they accessed? What actions should one take early in the NWC process to receive gifts from individuals? What other options are being used to fund NWC Join in this wide-ranging discussion on financially sustaining your NWC.

Jon Moore is a Mission Engagement Advisor for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, developing and executing fund development strategies in support of the PC(USA)’s 1001 New Worshiping Communities initiative. He has been matching donors to charity for over 20 years, serving at Fuller Theological Seminary, ChinaSource and Church Resource Ministries (CRM). Previous to that, he spent 15 years in a variety of marketing and management roles in politics and business. Jon holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church PC(USA). He lives in Laguna Beach, California, with his wife, Mia, a widely-respected mixed-media artist.

Tim McCallister began his service to the denomination in 1987 when he worked for the Presbyterian Publishing House in Atlanta and later the Program Agency in New York. Tim transferred from New York to Louisville and was responsible for the administration and management of the Office of Student Financial Aid for Studies as the Associate where he oversaw the General Assembly’s awards, grants, loans and scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students. In 2000 Tim began his service as Associate to the Office of Mission Program Grants where he has managed the awards and grants that support the establishment of new worshiping communities and the transformation of existing congregations. Tim has the rare distinction of being one of the few, if any, staff members to have served at the General Assemblies in Atlanta, New York and Louisville. Currently Tim continues to serve as the Associate for the Office of Mission Program Grants and is also serving as the Associate for the Office of Racial Ethnic Schools and Colleges, and provides budget support to the Racial Ethnic & Women’s Program Area.

Better Together: Creating Great Partnerships Between NWCs and Presbyteries

“The council could be our biggest resource, if only they understood who we were trying to reach!” — An exasperated New NWC Leader.
In this workshop we will learn how to identify and avoid the pitfalls and discover the rich blessings of this particular partnership as you journey with your presbytery and higher councils. Together we will explore ways that NWC leaders and presbytery councils can learn from and grow with one another. We are all better together!

Ayana Teter is a Minister of Word & Sacrament serving as the Associate Minister of Pittsburgh Presbytery.  In addition to serving as ‘pastor-to-pastors’ and congregations she works with the presbytery’s new worshipping communities, international missions and peacemaking & racial justice ministries. A history of experience as parish pastor, therapist, coach and new community partner has forged a deep heart for prayer, passionate worship and communion with God and a desire to see new expressions of the faith spring forth among God’s people.

And a Little Child Will Lead Them

Many can agree that Incorporating children in worship is both a gift and a challenge. We will explore methods and means of allowing children to take a leadership role in worship. We will examine models of children-led worship experiences as well as special services that happen annually to allow our children to share in their gifts in the life of the church.

Reverend Aisha Brooks-Lytle is a native of Philadelphia. She graduated from Central High School (Class of 251) and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music from Temple University. After spending a significant time as youth director at Wayne Presbyterian Church, she obtained a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. She served various other churches in the tri-state area through her music ministry and in her ministry of preaching, teaching, and pastoral care before returning to Wayne in February 2013 as the Associate Pastor for Mission. Currently, Aisha also serves as the Organizing Pastor for The Common Place, a faith-based arts and education center in Southwest Philadelphia at 58th and Chester. She is married to Carl Brooks-Lytle and they are the proud parents of their son, Ellington Scott.

Building a Team

New churches and emerging ministries thrive through collaboration and teamwork that goes beyond the lead pastors. In fact, most NWC leaders have discovered that a huge part of their responsibilities and time is spent cultivating teams of people to carry out things together. We often feel overwhelmed by this dynamic reality. Isn’t it easier just to do things ourselves? In this workshop we will explore some of the benefits and challenges unique to sustaining go-to teams of leaders. We will focus on particular stories and methods that will enable your NWC to build groups that thrive — not only to get the job done, but to connect meaningfully to God and one another.

Sara Hayden is the Southeast Associate for 1001 New Worshiping Communities, and leads her own team for Messy Church, the new ministry in Atlanta, Georgia. She directs Apprenticeships and Residencies for the 1001 movement. 

Connecting to the Maker: Hearts, Souls, Minds and Hands-On

“Practice any art, no matter how well, to find out what’s inside you.” — Kurt Vonnegut.
In this session, we will share how to engage with your community — even the “non-creatives” — to discover and cultivate their God-given creativity. 

Rev. Jeya So is co-lead pastor of Anchor City Church in San Diego, Calif. Jeya was born in Seoul, South Korea, and was raised in Southern California but sadly never learned how to surf. She met Daniel while they were both pursuing their M.Div.s at Princeton Seminary and have been partners in crime ever since. Together with their amazing 13-year-old daughter, Deleine, they enjoy living in San Diego, where Jeya vicariously lives out her dreams of surfing through Deleine. Jeya loves pastoring a new worshiping community where new and creative ways of living out faith and sharing the Gospel spring forth and those moments where the connection of faith to the rest of life clicks in people’s hearts and minds. 

Born and raised in Michigan (he’s certain to make a hand-map should he discover you’re also a Michigander), Rev. Daniel So loves the amazing people and city of San Diego and is honored to serve side-by-side with his lovely wife Jeya as co-lead pastor of Anchor City Church (anchorcity.org). Daniel serves on the Advisory Board of Justice Ventures International, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending human trafficking and modern-day slavery and to bringing freedom, justice, and restoration through partnership. Daniel is also a hopeless music fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @headsparks or read his personal blog at headsparks.com.

Starting a New Worshiping Community

So you have a sense that God is calling you to start a new worshiping community? Now what? How do you get started? What resources are available? How do you find help? This workshop will provide you with an overview of the process, help you become acquainted with the resources, and suggest some next steps for your journey of discernment. This is a workshop for beginners. Come as you are — no experience necessary!

Sean Chow is the Western Associate for 1001 New Worshiping Communities. He desires to be a part of God driven movement that impacts the world for kingdom’s glory. Part of his aim is to prepare, equip and sustain leaders to do the work in which God calls them. Over the years he has been a part of developing new ministries through and with existing congregations.

Vera White has spent the past seventeen years working in the area of church planting. Within a culture marked by decline in church attendance, rapid change in national demographics, and loss of interest in the institutional church, Vera has provided inspiration and support to church planters and denominational leaders who explore new ways of being the church. Vera believes that the best way to make new disciples, especially among young adults and new immigrants, is through the starting of new worshiping communities. Vera is the author of numerous educational and devotional resources.  When not working, Vera loves travel, gardening, cooking and theater.