Are you ready for some breathing space? Are you ready to eat good food and have good conversation? Are you ready to sit back with other church leaders and share wisdom, struggles, and hopes? Are you ready to hang out in beautiful Holland, MI?

Then you are ready for Church Now Cafe.

Monday, August 7, 8:30-4:30 
Tuesday, August 8, 8:30-11:30 

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cafe conversations

Church Now Cafe is a highly interactive, conversation-driven gathering of church leaders across North America. We will focus on hearing the wisdom of Dr. Andrew Root (Congregations in a Secular Age, The Church After Innovation) and then gather for small conversation tables. At these tables, we will add insight, understanding, and questions to this conversation as we move into the coming year of ministry.

The theme for Church Now Cafe 2023 is “Hidden Paths.”

Many congregations continue down the same path year after. However, this path is pushing us beyond our limits. The call to innovate and to move faster, combined with a decline in people volunteering and fewer resources, leaves pastors, leaders, and congregations exhausted. We find new ways to run faster, jump higher, and do more — and we end up even more exhausted. In this, we can only imagine following the path we are already on.

Imagine there are other paths to follow - paths that we can learn from one another and from a trail guide who helps us uncover hidden paths that lead to life for our congregations.

Join us for Church Now Cafe 2023. Dr. Andrew Root, who has written extensively about living wisely as leaders and congregations in a secular age, will be our trail guide. He will help us uncover hidden paths and stimulate conversations with fellow church leaders.

Don’t miss this critical opportunity to discern the hidden paths of ministry and witness for your congregation to walk.

The Details

Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8

Holland, MI at Pillar Church.

FREE - by invitation. You are responsible for getting there and finding a place to stay. (hotels in the area). We will feed you.

Vibrant Congregations. Center for Church Renewal. Luminex Group. Pillar Church. RCA Multiplication. CRC Church Planting. Sunlight Community CRC.

For more information, or if you are in need of financial assistance to attend, contact:

Presenters & Schedule

Cafe Schedule


Soul Care in the Land BetweenMonday, AM

Host: Kris Vos
Presenter:  Jason DeVries
Presenter:  Elaine May 
Presenter:  Andy Bossardt

Telling and Living the Gospel Monday, AM

Host: Larry Doornbos
Presenter: Scott Vander Ploeg
Presenter: Toby Grupen

Navigating a New Phygital World*MONDAY PM

Host: Chris DeVos
Presenter: Aaron Mamuyac
Presenter: Chestly Lundy

How We Should Measure SuccessMONDAY, PM

Host: John Messer
Presenter: Tom Elenbaas
Presenter: Kris Vos

Nurturing a Holy ImaginationTuesday, AM

Host: Keith Doornbos
Presenter: Brian Keeper
Presenter: Jill VerSteeg

Important DiscoveriesTuesday, AM

Host: Randy Weener
Presenter: Keith Reynolds
Presenter: Reggie Smith

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Sunday June 5
5:30 - 6:00 Registration
6:00 - 6:45 Welcome and Dinner on Pillar Lawn
6:45 - 7:45 Opening Celebration

Monday June 6
8:30 - 9:00 Gathering and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:40 Opening, Music and Tim Brown
9:40 - 10:00 Small Group time for reflection in Tim’s insights
10:00 - 10:30 Session 1: Shifting Pastoral Authority 
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 Round Table Conversations
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch Downtown
12:30 - 1:00 Session 1 continued: A New Vision of Pastoral Authority - Scot McKnight
1:00 - 1:30 Round Table Conversations
1:30 - 2:00 Session 2: Shifting Models of Ministry
2:00 - 2:30 Round Table Conversations
2:30 - 3:00 Break
3:00 - 3:20 Session 3: Who’s Afraid of Deconstruction - Kristen Sanders 
3:30 - 4:00 Round Table Conversations
4:00 Finished for the Day (no dinner)

Tuesday June 7
8:30 - 9:00 Gathering and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:40 Opening, Music and Tim Brown
9:40 - 10:00 Small Group time for reflection in Tim’s insights
10:00 - 10:30 Session 3: Phygital Realities
10:30 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:20 Session 3 continued: Phygital and the Body of Christ
11:20 - 11:50 Round Table Conversations
11:50 Cafe ends

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