2017: Go in Peace: Church as Mission

Gathering 2017

July 6-8

Techny Towers

Northbrook, IL

Gathering documents are now available and registration is open! Before registering you may want to take a look at the list of books to be discussed during Workshop 2 since you’ll be asked to choose one during registration. 

In this gathering we will explore the missional identity of God, the ecclesial prerequisites of mission, the peaceable nature of Christian witness, and the missional dimensions of peace. We hope to shed gospel light on the perplexing cultural challenges facing the church in mission and consider again the invitation to be the church in this challenging age.

We have already confirmed a compelling group of plenary speakers. Gayle Gerber Koontz is Professor Emerita of Theology and Ethics at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. David Fitch is B. R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology at Northern Seminary and the founding pastor of Life on the Vine Christian Community, a missional church in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Shane Claiborne is co-founder of The Simple Way, a new monastic community committed to building a neighborhood in Philadelphia, PA. Michael Gorman is a professor at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland, where he holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology— a United Methodist in a Catholic institution with strong ecumenical commitments.

We are working to secure other speakers and workshop leaders, and we look forward to the good work and companionship we will share.

Further details on the 2017 Gathering will be posted when available.


Special Needs

  • The Ekklesia Project is committed to offering aid to person with financial needs. If this pertains to you, please contact the gathering planner, John Nugent, at epgathering@gmail.com. We also encourage those with greater financial resources to donate additional funds to help make this possible.
  • The Ekklesia Project does not offer childcare. Parents are welcome to bring their children and will be given the opportunity to meet other parents and perhaps coordinate with one another. Several parts of the program are child friendly, as are the facilities at Techny Towers.
  • The Ekklesia Project is able to accommodate certain dietary and handicap accessibility needs. You will be given the opportunity to communicate these needs while completing the registration form.

Transportation & Off-Site Lodging