Praxis Gathering
This year at the Praxis Gathering we’re submerging into a theology and practice of Loving our Neighborhood.
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Purpose

The essence of God is love (1 John 4:8). When God’s love was poured into the world it looked like Jesus moving into the Nazareth Neighborhood. God himself lingered for 30 years in a place, showing us that the world is not transformed from lofty stages but from the streets. The Church is now compelled, not as those fearing, but as those searching how the Kingdom of God is breaking into our particular and peculiar neighborhoods. This year at the Praxis Gathering we’re submerging into a theology and practice of Loving our Neighborhood. We’ll explore the unique possibilities in the urban, suburban and rural contexts. Join us and 250 + other missional practitioners to be equipped, nourished and sent back into the world.

Practitioners

In our third annual time together, we will plummet deep into the hands-on-work of Loving our Neighborhood with unique emphasis on the challenges and opportunities facing rural, suburban and urban contexts. We’ve gathered some of the best on-the-ground church planters and practitioners to equip us in fresh practices for dwelling in these local places. Additionally we’re excited to offer Neighborhood Immersions, which are missional labs into real-time places in Philly.

Michael Frost

Author of Incarnate and Shaping of Things to Come
Australia

David Fitch

Author of Faithful Presence & Church Planter
Chicagoland

BIO  |  @fitchest

Deb Hirsch

Co-Founder of Forge Mission Training & Author of Redeeming Sex

Don Coleman

Co-founder of East End Fellowship
Richmond

BIO

J.R. Woodward

National Director of V3 Movement & Co-founder of Praxis Gathering
L.A./Seattle

Doug Logan

Author of On the Block and Pastor at Epiphany
Camden, New Jersey

Dan White Jr.

Co-Author of Church as Movement & Co-founder of Praxis Gathering
Syracuse

Christiana Rice

Co-author of To Altar Your World
San Diego

BIO  |  @ctinarice

Joshua Grace

Pastor at Circle of Hope
Philadelphia

Kyuboem Lee

Assistant Professor of Missiology at Biblical Seminary
Philadelphia

BIO

Kevin Sweeney

Co-Planter of Imagine
Hawaii

Christine Sweeney

Co-Planter of Imagine
Hawaii

BIO

Lisa Watson

Assistant to the CEO, Christian Community Development Association
Washington, D.C.

Laurence Tom

Pastor at Chinese Christian Church and Center
Philadelphia

Kristen Snow

Cell Leader at Circle of Hope
Philadelphia

Matt Lin

Church Planter at One Hope
Philadelphia

BIO

Coz Crosscombe

Director of Urban Ministry at Cairn University
Philadelphia

BIO

Daniel Im

Director of Church Multiplication for New Churches
Nashville

Jonathan Davis

Founder of the Small Town Churches Network
Tappahannock

Nicole Watts

Founder/Executive Director of Hopeprint
Syracuse

Matt Tebbe

Co-Pastor at the Table
Indiana

BIO  |  @matttebbe

Tim Soerens

Co-author of The New Parish & Social Entrepreneur
Seattle

Ben Sternke

Co-Pastor at the Table
Indiana

Lori Ruffin

Worship Team at Praxis Gathering
Richmond

Dwight Yoo

Pastor at Renewal Presbyterian Church
Philadelphia

BIO

Christopher James

Assistant Professor of Evangelism and Missional Christianity at University of Dubuque Theological Seminary
Dubuque

Erick Kalenga

Pastor of His Village Church
Culpepper

BIO

J.R. Briggs

Founder of The Renew Community
Philadelphia

BIO

Zachary Ritvalsky

Pastor at Sweet Uniton Baptist Church
Philadelphia

BIO

Place

Location:
Asian Arts Initiative
1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Praxis Gathering this year will be hosted at the Asian Arts Initiative, which is a newly-renovated space located in Philadelphia’s burgeoning Chinatown North neighborhood.Asian Arts Initiative is a multidisciplinary community arts center conveniently located near City Hall and public transportation, with nearby public parking lots and street parking available.

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Neighborhood Immersions

Friday: 2p – 6p

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On Friday from 2pm- 6pm we’re offering 4 different Immersion trips into real-time neighborhoods in Philly, led by authentic practitioners. You will get the privilege of touring a church planter’s locality and see key areas, streets, landmarks, events, buildings and borders that have shaped their missional presence over the years. Along the way you’ll hear their story of loving a neighborhood; what they’ve discovered, what traction they’ve experienced, what hurdles they’ve faced and what hope they have for the future. At the end of the Immersion you’ll enjoy dinner together in their neighborhood.

West Philly

Dwight Yoo & Kyuboem Lee

North Philly

Coz Crosscome & Matt Lin

Kensington

Joshua Grace & Kristen Snow

Chinatown

Laurence Tom

Schedule Coming Soon

Registration

Early Bird price ends July 15th
Regular price ends August 22nd

Where to Stay

Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center City

Hostels

Sponsors