OCTOBER 26-28, 2016

Be a Catalyst for Changing the Future of the Church in Your Community


A “think-outside-the-box” opportunity to discuss, learn, and help shape what the future of the church may look like. Participate with thought-leaders including pastors, cultural influencers, researchers, and denominational executives as we brainstorm and grapple with present trends to frame futuristic solutions. This year’s panel of speakers features Michael Gungor, Grammy-nominated musician and songwriter, and Josh Packard, professor at the University of Northern Colorado and researcher on the de-churched.

"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

Course Benefits

Participants will gain insights into trends that shape tomorrow’s church. Be part of an organic process that will help you shape the future of your ministry.

You’ll get your most pressing questions answered.
At Future of the Church, there’s ample room for conversation. You’ll tackle the big stuff and also zero in on a challenge you face every Sunday morning: re-imagining the Sunday worship hour so it’s rich, relevant, and meaningful.

And at Future of the Church, your voice matters.
You’re more than another body in the audience; you’re invited to share your thoughts, voice your concerns, suggest your solutions.

You’ll learn:

  • Current trends in faith and religion in America
  • Why church attendance is declining and what can be done to reverse the trend
  • Different models for being the church
  • New approaches to ministry to reach the people not attending your church

2015 Topics

    See where the worship experience is headed, and experience what’s working. Change is coming—and you'll be prepared.
    Some of the church’s best and brightest are easing their way toward the exit. Hear from the author of Church Refugees what’s behind the exodus.
    Uncover what makes for a healthy, sustainable church culture, and take a DNA test to
    determine the health of your church’s culture. Get practical help!
    People today are absorbing information in new ways. Master new skills for connecting in powerful ways—skills you can use the very next Sunday.

Who Should Attend

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

Pricing and Details

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. 

$275 when you register by June 19, 2015
$300 when you register by September 11, 2015
$375 regular Rate

Receive 10% off the current registration rate when three or more people from your organization attend Future of the Church Summit 2015! To take advantage of the team discount, please register all participants coming from the same organization under the same account.

This discount will be automatically applied when you register three or more at a time. If you already registered some members of your team and are adding one or two people, please give us a call—we'll give you instructions to redeem the 10% discount. We can be reached at 1-800-635-0404 x4530.

Speaker Bios

2015 Speakers

Joani SchultzMichael Gungor
is a genre-blurring, Grammy-nominated musician and songwriter from Los Angeles, CA. He and his wife lead the band Gungor and have produced the albums Beautiful Things, Ghosts Upon the Earth, and many others, as well as the upcoming album titled One Wild Life: Soul. With thought-provoking lyrics and wide-ranging musical styles, their songs celebrate creation and redemption in the midst of a painful and imperfect world.

Tom SchultzThom Schultz
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.

Joani SchultzJoani Schultz
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.

SallymorgenthalerSally Morgenthaler 
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. .

JoshpackardJosh Packard
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.

RickChromeyRick Chromey
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 SyversonAndrea Syverson
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.

MarciaMcFeeDr. Marcia McFee
is a worship designer, professor, consultant, coach, and visionary. She combines her performance background with a variety of worship and preaching styles in order to bring a fresh Gospel experience to each worship setting. Marcia teaches and speaks across the country and has provided worship design and leadership at numerous international and regional gatherings. She is the creator of the Worship Design Studio, an online resource for the inspiration and education of those who plan worship (worshipdesignstudio.com).


Lifetree Cafe
Experience a different kind of church
When God Left The Building
Documentary coming Spring 2014
Why Nobody Wants To Go To Church Anymore
New book release by Thom and Joani Schultz



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.
Doug Pollock

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.
Justin Mayo

Lynda Fickling - Director of Servant Ministry/Spiritual Director
St. Luke United Methodist Church, Highlands Ranch, CO

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.
Lynda Fickling

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!
Barbara Huisman