Check out two great Sentralized Regional events just after the first of the year. The first one is in Chicago, January 13th & 14th. The second one is in Kansas City on February 12th & 13th. The theme of both conferences is “Seeking The Welfare of Your City” (Jeremiah 29:4-7). You can check out the main Sentralized website here, but just click on the banners to go straight to each regional event page.

Some of the sessions will include conversation around:

  • Creating Good News People
  • Moms On Mission
  • Leveraging The Influence of The City Wide Church
  • A Missional Agenda for Neighborhood Transformation
  • BiVo: A Modern Day Guide for Bi-Vocational Saints
  • The Missional Quest: Transitioning Existing Congregations in a Missional Direction
  • The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission
  • Engaging God’s Mission in Your 1st, 2nd & 3rd Places
  • Church Planting With A Missional DNA

ChicagoKansas CitySpeakers will include:

Michael Frost is an internationally recognized missiologist and one of the leading voices in the missional church movement. His books are required reading in colleges and seminaries around the world and he is much sought after as an international conference speaker. He is the Vice Principal of Morling College and the founding Director of the Tinsley Institute, a mission study centre located at Morling College in Sydney, Australia.

Deb Hirsch is an Aussie living in America. She is a minister at the Tribe of L.A. an eclectic bunch of missional artists and vagabonds who meet in downtown Los Angeles. She also serves on the leadership team of Forge American and Christian Associates International. She is co-author of UnTamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship. Her latest book is titled, Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations about Sexuality and Spirituality.

Alan Hirsch is a teacher and key mission strategist for churches across the western world. His popular book The Shaping of Things to Come (with Michael Frost) is widely considered to be a seminal text on mission. Alan’s book, The Forgotten Ways, has quickly become a key reference for missional thinking, particularly as it relates to missional movements. Alan is the founding Director of Forge Mission Training Network. Alan’s latest book, is titled The Permanent Revolution.

Hugh Halter is the founder of Missio, and the author of Sacrilege, BiVo and co-author of The Tangible Kingdom and AND. His latest book is titled FLESH. He speaks extensively, encouraging and equipping pastors in incarnational ministry and missional leadership. He and his wife Cheryl live in Denver, Colorado, and have three adult children.

Dori Gorman co-pastors the Edgewater campus of Community Christian Church on the north side of Chicago. She teaches, produces Sunday celebration services, disciples leaders and provides pastoral care at her church. Dori has also pioneered several initiatives in the city, including a meetup.com group for new parents, a fundraising organization for Swift Elementary School, and an after-school club for middle school students.

Born and raised in London, Jo Saxton worked at the influential St.Thomas’s Church, Sheffield, before moving to southern California with her pastor husband, Chris, and two daughters. Jo is a popular speaker throughout the United States and England, and a director of 3D Ministries, an organization that equips church leaders to create missional, discipleship-centered communities. She and her husband have recently planted a church in Minneapolis. Jo is also the author of three books including More than Enchanting, which explores the subject of women in leadership.

Tim Soren is a social entrepreneur, and co-founding director of the Parish Collective, where he convenes ministry leaders, teaches, and consults with organizations seeking human flourishing in particular neighborhoods while also working collaboratively across the city. As social entrepreneur he is a founding adviser of Impact Hub-Seattle, an innovative co-working space for change makers in both non-profit and business sectors. Tim has written the new book titled The New Parish.

Rob Wegner is the lead catalyst for EnterMission, which sparks holistic transformation of communities by cultivating grassroots movements, coaching and networking churches for local and global impact, and forging transformational partnerships across the domains of society. Currently Rob is working alongside Alan Hirsch in an innovative coaching program called Future Travelers helping mega-churches become missional movements. He is also one of the teaching pastors at Westside Family Church and author of Missional Moves.

Helen Lee has been a writer and editor in the Christian publishing market for more than two decades. She is an associate editor at InterVarsity Press, the author of The Missional Mom, and contributor to numerous other books. She has also served as co-editor and contributor of Growing Healthy Asian-American Churches and has authored many articles and posts for organizations and blogs such as Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, Sojourners, Christ and Pop Culture, and Today’s Christian Woman.

Dave Ferguson serves as the Lead Pastor for a remarkable group of Christ Followers called Community Christian Church and provides visionary leadership for NewThing, a global network of reproducing churches. He is also the co-founder of the Institute for Community (www.instituteforcommunity.org), who partner with real estate developers and apartment communities to accomplish their mission of “helping people build quality relationships where you live and work through the power of genuine community.” He is the author of The BIG IDEA and Exponential and On The Verge.

Darryl Ford serves as pastor at Ikon Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia. His greatest passion is seeing the gospel radically transforming myriad cultures and people groups through creative contextualization without compromise. He wholeheartedly believes that when people awaken to the grandeur of God and His attributes, their greatest affections will be oriented towards Him and genuine transformation (both individually as well as corporately) will occur.

Lance Ford has over two decades of experience as a pastor, church planter, coach, and consultant and is the cofounder of the Sentralized Conference and KC Sentral, a missional training network in Kansas City. He is the author of several books, including the newly released, Revangelical: Becoming The Good News People We’re Meant To Be.

Dan Southerland leads Westside Family Church’s team’s teaching direction and content, maintaining healthy biblical theology, and communicating a clear vision for Westside. Having deep experience in developing innovative and high-profile churches, Dan has authored the breakthrough church development book Transitioning and recent book Chair Time.

Jon Shirley is a respected worship leader with over 20 years of experience as a church leader, songwriter, and recording artist. He has a tremendous passion for developing the character of young worship leaders and a restless fascination with the person of Jesus that has dramatically impacted his vision for the worship leaders of today and tomorrow.

Eric Lerew is a storyteller, disciple maker, church planter, missional coach, and Director of Forge Chicago. His passion is equipping God’s people to live together as missionaries in their everyday lives and to announce and demonstrate the gospel of the kingdom in works, wonders, and words.

Sher Sheets is a barista in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, one of the most diverse in the city, where she also runs JUSTembrace. Shortly after its inception in 2011, JUSTembrace reclaimed a drug house and began to host neighbors for parties. Every year JUSTembrace hosts nearly 150 events in their hospitality house and throughout the community, focusing on living lifestyles of restoration through inclusivity, generosity and hospitality.

Troy McMahon is the lead pastor at Restore Community Church. Prior to planting Restore he served on staff at Community Christian Church in Chicagoland for over 10 years and held numerous roles during that time as part of the management team, from business manager to facility design to launching a couple of new locations.

Scott Nelson serves as the Director of Theology for the Forge America Mission Training Network and is also a Ph.D. Candidate in Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn. He is the author of the five Forge Guides for Missional Conversation (InterVarsity Press) and loves the thrill of helping people discover how God is calling them to participate in His mission to the world. Scott and his family live as missionaries in their condominium complex.

Mischele Brisco is a foster care, adoption advocate. She and her husband have three children; they have adopted two and have been a resource family for more than 60 foster children. She is actively involved in equipping and encouraging those engaged in the foster system.

Brad Brisco is currently the Church Planting Catalyst for a network of Baptist churches in Kansas City. He holds a doctorate in the area of missional ecclesiology; his doctoral thesis was on assisting existing congregations in transitioning in a missional direction. He also serves on the National Leadership team for Forge America Mission Training Network and is co-founder of the Sentralized Conference. Brad is co-author of Missional Essentials and The Missional Quest.