Praxis Gathering
This year at the Praxis Gathering we’re submerging into a theology and practice of Loving our Neighborhood.
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Community has certainly become a buzzword but it is at the pulsing heart of the Gospel. Yet, attempt to weave shared-life together amongst a local people and you will discover how fragmented we’ve become. We huddle with people like us – like interests, like politics, like stages of life, or like races. A slew of social forces seeks to separate us. Can we overcome them? Can the church be vibrant in its mission without vitality in belonging? At Praxis 2019 we’ll explore the hard work of love and life together in community.



In our fifth annual time together, we will plunge into the hands-on-work of Life Together in Community with particular emphasis on creating a missional-community, a tethered community, a multi-ethnic community, a peace-making community, and a healing community. We’ve gathered some of the best on-the-ground church planters and practitioners to furnish us with the possibilities for lighting a path ahead in our churches, in our neighborhoods, and in our world.

David Fitch

Church Planter & Author of Church of Us vs. Them


Christine Pohl

Professor emeritus at Asbury & Author of Living into Community, and Making Room


Jonathan Brooks

Pastor and Author of Church Forsaken

South Side of Chicago

Hugh Halter

Author of Tangible Kingdom, Flesh, and Brimstone

Alton, IL

Nikki Toyama-Szeto

Executive Director of Evangelicals for Social Action

DC Metro

Deb Hirsch

Speaker & Author/ Redeeming Sex

Los Angeles

Dan White Jr.

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


Kyuboem Lee

Church Planter & Professor of Missiology at Biblical Seminary


Taeler Morgan

Church Planter & Coach w/ The V3 Movement


Brandon Wrencher

Activist & Church Planter with The Good Neighbor Movement


Matt Alexander

Church Planting Coach and Lead Pastor of Rhythm Church


JR Woodward

National Director of V3 Movement & Co-founder of Praxis Gathering


Matthew Watson

Pastor of Christ City Church


Justin Fung

Pastor of Liturgy & Spiritual Formation of Christ City Church


Erica Wrencher

Public Educator & Church Planter with The Good Neighbor Movement


Josh Hayden

Pastor & Coach for the Re-Missioning Cohort (V3)

Ashland, VA

Lisa Watson

Leadership Development and Training Director for Christian Community Development Association


Lori Ruffin

Strategic Planner & Operations Manager for the V3 Movement


Dwight Yoo

Pastor @ Renewal Presbyterian Church


Evette Alexander

Spiritual Director


David T. Lamb

Professor of Old Testament / Dean of Faculty

Missio Seminary

Nikki Wiggins

Kids City Director @ Christ City Church


Laurence Tom

The Pastor @ Christian Chinese Church & Center


Coz Crosscombe

Assistant Professor, Center for Urban Engagement @ Cairn University


Andrea Ackermann

Pastoral Associate


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.


Neighborhood Immersions

Friday: 2p – 6p


On Friday from 2pm- 6pm we’re offering 3 different Immersion trips into real-time neighborhoods in Philly, led by authentic practitioners. You will get the joy 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 forming community; 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

North Philly


2019 Praxis Gathering Schedule

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Early Bird price ends July 31st
Regular price ends August 22nd

Do you have kids? Bring them with you.

We want to make Praxis easier for families. This year we are providing childcare at a small additional cost. Local child-workers, with background checks, will graciously care for kids 2 through 8 while you attend workshops.

Where to Stay

Best Western Philadelphia Convention Center


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