Jonny leads the Pioneer Mission Leadership Training program in the U.K. In a culture where the church has declined further than the U.S., this fresh initiative equips faithful pioneers to establish missional outposts where people live and work. Jonny is also a pioneer in experiential worship, using creative settings, art, and multi-sensory experiences. He is the author of The Pioneer Gift, Curating Worship, and Alternative Worship. Jonny is the director of mission education for Britain’s Church Mission Society, where he helps reimagine church and mission.
is the president and founder of Group Publishing and Lifetree Café. He’s the author of many books including Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore and The 1 Thing, and he’s the director of the documentary film When God Left the Building. Thom is the founder of Group Cares, a non-profit organization that provides mission trips for thousands of volunteers each year. Thom’s blog, HolySoup.com, challenges the status quo.
is Group’s Chief Creative Officer. She oversees the creation of Group’s resources, training, and services for children’s ministry, youth ministry, adult ministry, and church leadership. She’s the author of numerous books including Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore, and The 1 Thing. She leads the teams that create Group’s Bible curriculum, vacation Bible school programs, books, magazines, conferences, music, and trainings.
Sally has written and consulted with churches extensively on the ministry of worship. She’s the author of Worship Evangelism, and contributor to Future Church: Ministry in a Post-Seeker Age. She’s an interpreter of North American cultural trends and a guide to the crucial shifts necessary to engage both unchurched and dechurched. Through her company, New Day Coaching, Sally helps congregations build bridges into their communities through impactful spiritual experiences. .
Josh is the author of the ground-breaking book Church Refugees, which examines the phenomenon of the Dones, those people who have fled the church but not their faith. He is a sociologist, professor and researcher at the University of Northern Colorado, where he conducted the study entitled The Dechurching of America: How the Church Drives People Away from Religion but Not from God, which empirically examines the dechurched phenomenon in the United States. Josh is the co-director of the Social Research Lab. He’s also the author The Emerging Church: Religion at the Margins, and has authored numerous scholarly articles and presentations in the field of sociology of religion.
Rick writes and teaches on leadership, culture and faith. He is the author of Sermons Reimagined: Preaching to a Fluid Culture. His books about smaller church ministry have been perennial best-sellers, including the title Thriving Youth Ministry in Smaller Churches, which has remained in demand for over 15 years. Rick has penned hundreds of articles for leading publications in children’s, youth and family ministry and travels widely to speak at conferences, conventions and other leadership events.
Andrea is the founder and president of IER Partners, which has guided and strengthened organizations of all sizes, including Ben & Jerry’s, Celestial Seasonings, CHEFS, Boston Proper, SmartPak, Spanx and World Vision. She’s the author of ThinkAbout: 77 Creative Prompts for Innovators, and BrandAbout. Andrea appears in the documentary film When God Left the Building.