Beyond: A Conference

February 27 & 28, 2023  •  St. Louis, Missouri

Right now, leaders are carrying a lot. But what if there is a new story being written for the church?

Right now, the narrative surrounding the church can be rather overwhelming for leaders.

Data tells a story of overall decline in attendance and participation. The pandemic challenged our understanding of what it means to be the gathered church.  The great resignation left churches under-resourced at a pivotal time. Younger generations are deconstructing their faith and claiming a new understanding of Christianity. And, divisions within denominations leave many fearful and uncertain about the future. 

What if there was a movement of leadership within the church that was able to look past all the hardships and challenges of today?

What if pastors, staff and volunteer leaders from across the country came together to champion a new day filled with energy, purpose and hope.  And what if we replaced  burnout, despair and uncertainty with conversations of revival, innovation and passion, in pursuit of a new strategy that is both deeply evangelical and unapologetically inclusive?  

Together, we can choose to look BEYOND right now, to a future where the Church is reclaiming and renewing its origins as a vibrant and compelling community of faith that is truly for all people. 

BEYOND this time.    BEYOND ourselves.    And BEYOND Sunday morning.

BEYOND: a conference

Inclusive. Evangelical. Church.

Keynote Speakers

Brian McLaren
Author // Activist // Public Theologian

Dr. Amy Oden
Contemplative Teacher // Scholar

R. DeAndre Johnson
Pastor // Musician

Dr. Kevin Young
Pastor // Early Church Scholar // Post-Evangelical Future Thinker

Robert "Bob" Farr
United Methodist Bishop  // Missouri Conference, UMC

Matt Miofsky
Author // Lead Pastor - The Gathering

Featured Guests

Gabriel Mudd
Artist // Actor // Songwriter // Founder - Q Worship

Perrin Crouch
Pastor // Deacon - Grace UMC, St. Louis

Charity Goodwin
Author // Coach // Facilitator // Assoc. Pastor - The Gathering

Travis Winckler
Pastor - 2nd Presbyterian Church, St. Louis

Beth Lillstrom
Executive Pastor - Ascent Community Church


Ryan Hebel
BEYOND Lead // Worship Pastor - The Gathering

BEYOND: worship

Brittany Radford
BEYOND Host // Site Director - The Gathering

More speakers and guests to be announced soon!  
*Keynote Speakers and Featured Guests may be subject to change.

Conference Schedule

Sunday, February 26, 2023

7:00pm -9:00pm — Pre-Conference Evening Event + Early Registration  
  The Armory - 3660 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63110

Monday, February 27, 2023

Session 1

Session 2

9:00am — Opening Worship
9:15am — Welcome & Introductions
9:30am — Testimonies
9:45am — Great Thanksgiving & Communion
10:00am — Keynote:  Rev. Matt Miofsky (INVITATION)
11:00am — Process-Group Introductions + Q&A with Matt Miofsky
11:30am —LUNCH (on-site)
>Sugarfire Smoke House  (Provided by The Missouri United Methodist Foundation)

12:30pm — Session 2 Introduction
12:35pm — Keynote:  Dr. Amy Oden (HOSPITALITY)
+ Process Group Discussion & Response
1:50pm — Panel Discussion
2:20pm — BREAK

Session 3

2:45pm — Session 3 Introduction
2:50 pm — Keynote:  Dr. Kevin Young (INNOVATION)
3:35pm — Processing-Group Discussion
4:05pm — Interview w/ Kevin Young
4:30pm — Evening Challenge Activity & Daily Wrap-Up
4:45pm — Dismiss to Dinner & Evening Events
5:00pm - 7:00pm — Dinner & Evening Events
City Foundry - 3730 Foundry Way, St. Louis, MO 63110

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Session 4

8:00am — Opening Music & Welcome Back / Recap
8:15am — Keynote:  Bishop Bob Farr (EVANGELISM / NEW STARTS)
8:45am — Interview w/ Bishop Bob Farr
9:15am — Q&A w/ Bishop Bob Farr
9:45am — BREAK

Session 5

10:00am — Session 5 Introduction
10:10am — Keynote:  Brian McLaren (TEACHING / DISCIPLESHIP)
10:55am — Process Group Discussion
11:25pm — Q&A w/ Brian McLaren
12:00pm — LUNCH (on-site)
>Gioia's Deli  (Provided by Eastern Mennonite University). 

Session 6

1:00pm — Session 6 Introduction
1:10pm — R. DeAndre Johnson (HOPE)
1:55pm — Process Group Discussion & Activity/Response
2:25pm —  Next Steps... "BEYOND: a network"
2:35pm —  Closing Worship
3:30pm —  Conclusion & Dismissal 

Schedule as of 2/10/23   (subject to change)


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