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October 24-26, 2018| Loveland, Colorado


Discovering Direction for the Trail Ahead

Join us for a “think-outside-the-box” opportunity to discuss, learn, and help shape the future of the church. Participate with pastors, church leaders, researchers, and church executives in grappling with present trends and framing solutions.

"Leadership Journal and Group both care deeply about the church, so I'm excited about the opportunity to partner for this year's Future of the Church Summit. Personally, I'm also thrilled to be participating in the Summit again. It's always a stimulating experience to meet with church leaders to talk about what God may have in store in the coming days." —Drew Dyck, Leadership Journal


Shaping the Future of the Church

Unique topics that will frame your viewpoint on where the church is headed.

  • Rethinking Discipleship for a New Generation

    Traditional discipleship programs are producing diminishing results. What will actually work to help tomorrow’s people develop a deep relationship with Jesus that produces real fruit?

  • The Church’s New Role in Racial Reconciliation

    As the nation’s racial divisions struggle, how can the church lead the way to healing and harmony? Explore how some churches are already making strides.

  • Church Security in a Dangerous World

    They call churches “soft targets.” What will tomorrow’s churchgoers expect when it comes to safety and security? What are the realistic (and common) dangers that churches face?

  • Small Is the New Big

    While some large churches will get larger, a new appreciation for smallness is emerging. Discover new—and old—forms of church that empower the unique relational benefits of being small.

  • The Changing Role of the Ministry Leader

    Will the current “professions” of ministry work in the years to come? How will ministry people need to prepare or retool for the demands of ministry in the future?

  • How the New Generation Will Impact the Church

    Why are today’s young people leaving the church? What will it take to keep them engaged? How will their values shape the church of tomorrow? Explore the new research—that may surprise you.


A Unique Line-up of Topics and Speakers

Sessions, Breaks, and Extras for the 2018 Summit.

8:30 – 10:00 am
Session 3
10:00 – 10:15 am
10:15 – 11:45 am
Session 4
11:45 – 1:30 pm
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Session 5
3:00 – 3:30 pm
3:30 – 5:00 pm
Session 6
8:30 – 10:00 am
Session 7
10:00 – 10:30 am
10:30 – 12:00 pm
Session 8

Who Should Attend

Everyone could benefit from this summit

Created for people serving on the front lines of ministry today including:

  • Pastors
  • Denominational leaders
  • Paid and unpaid ministry leaders
  • Church staff teams
  • Seminary staff
  • Media influencers


Act now to save your place

Summit attendance is limited—on purpose!

It’s the only way to guarantee you’ll have face-to-face time with fascinating thought leaders sharing new research and must-have intel on what’s working best in churches like yours. Claim your front row seat at the Future of the Church Summit now, and hear ministry’s most innovative voices share what’s working.

Early Bird

Ends August 3, 2018


Ends September 28, 2018


Starts September 29, 2018

1-2 people $275/person $300/person $375/person
3 or more people $247.50/person $270/person $337.50/person


2018 speakers will be announced soon. Please stay tuned!


What leaders are Saying about Future of the Church

Doug Pollock

Doug Pollock - Author/Speaker/Reflective Practitioner

"It's been said that our future reality is often dictated by our present thinking. If so, I can't think of a more hopeful place to talk and think about a preferred picture of the church’s future than Group's Future of the Church Summit. It's a "shot of espresso" guaranteed to stimulate wholesome thinking about the bride of Christ."

Justin Mayo

Justin Mayo - Founder and President, Redeye Ministries

"Too often people have viewed "the church," "synagogue," and "religion" in a very narrow and negative mindset. This gathering of individuals looks beyond traditional stereotypes and into the reality of what is and the possibilities of what could be."

Lynda Fickling

Lynda Fickling - Director of Servant Ministry/Spiritual Director

"To be included with the level of leadership that was in the room was truly a blessing. Thom and Joani opened the space so that we felt comfortable in sharing our true thoughts and feelings regarding the future of the church. We didn't all agree. We didn't all see the church in the same way, BUT we were able to come to agree on many common areas that we could address and support together. I look forward to continued active listening and returning back to my ministry even more excited than I am right now about the future of the church."

Barbara Huisman

Barbara Huisman - Cana Ministries

"Being at the Summit last year affirmed that church is conversation that leads to action—centered on the good news of life lived out in the world. I was able to return refreshed and challenged to continue to journey, knowing that we are all on the road less traveled! Can't wait to see what happens this year!"