Gathering Sessions

The What's New, What's Now, What's Next Conference features eleven education tracks, including a new track for Music Directors and a track devoted to promoting innovative ministry in today's church.  

You may select one session to attend during the conference during each of the breakouts that will be held on Thursday afternoon, Friday morning and Friday afternoon. Below you will find each session listed by educational track, who will be presenting the session, and when this session will be offered. 

Preview what you will learn at each session HERE and download a printer friendly version of all descriptions.



Parish Administration

Wise as Serpents and Gentle as Doves: Church Security for Today

J. David Simpson, Christ Church Cathedral, Houston
Jeanie Garrett, St. David's, Austin

Architecture & Preservation

Historic Spaces as Centers of New Life

The Rev. Scott Moore, Sts. Peter & Paul Church, Eisleben, Germany


SmartPhone Storytelling: Evangelism on the Go

Jeremy Tackett, The Episcopal Church
Chris Sikkema
, The Episcopal Church


Endowment Governance: A Crash Course in Investor Policy Statement Design  

Sada Guess, Trillium Asset Management
Sonia Kowal, Zevin Asset Management

Faith in Action / Gospel Justice

Change Makers and Disruptors: Organizational Equity, Environmental Justice and Community Organizing /Teen Activists

Rebecca Jackson, Director of Organizational Equity Practice,Trinity Boston Foundation
The Rev. Liz Steinhauser, Executive Director,Youth Programs, Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Boston 

Forming Disciples

Unpacking the Way of Love: A New Call to Christian life and Community

Jerusalem GreerEvangelist for Episcopal Initiatives and Projects
Innovative Ministry

Christian Formation in the Digital Age

The Rev. Chris Yaw, Innovator & Church Next


Empowering Women and Girls in Your Community

The Rt. Rev. Carlye Hughes, Diocese of Newark
The Rev. Megan Froelich
, The Episcopal Church

Music & Liturgy

Start Where You Are: Nuts & Bolts of Parish Music Ministries

The Rev. William Stanley, Associate Rector, All Saints', Beverly Hills, CA
Alan Taylor, Associate for Communications at St. James Cathedral, Chicago, IL
Colin Lynch, Associate Director of Music and Organist, Trinity, Boston, MA
The Rev. Andrew Barnett, Associate for Worship and Music, Washington National Cathedral, Washington, DC
The Rev. Erika Takacs, Rector of Church of the Atonement, Chicago, IL

Stewardship & Fundraising I

Perspectives from the Pew

Kent Woodyard, PushPay

Stewardship & Fundraising II

Major Gifts: Moving from Transactional to Transformational or Where the Donors' Dreams Meet Our Mission

Adam Dawkins, Trinity Church, Boston



Educational Track


 Parish Administration

Odd Couples: Using our Spaces Today

Ann Mellow, National Association of Episcopal Schools

Architecture & Preservation

Mission in the Mortar

Bob Jaeger, Partners for Sacred Places
Taylor Aikin, MBB Architects
Jeffrey Murphy, MBB Architects


Developing a Parish Narrative

The Rev. Matt Heyd, The Episcopal Church of Heavenly Rest, New York


Endowment Investments and the Fossil-Fuel-Free Opportunity

Alison Bevilacqua, 1919 Investment Council
JoAnn Hanson, Church Investment Group

Faith in Action & Gospel Justice

Sharing Stories of Service, Stewardship, 
Collaboration and Transformation 

Chris Anderson, President, In Faith Community Foundation 

Forming Disciples

Meeting Adult Christians at All Stages of the Journey 

Rebecca Hall, St. David's, Austin

Innovative Ministry

Evangelism and Church Planting in the 21st Century

Dr. Sandra Montes, Episcopal Church Foundation
The Rev. Mike Michie


Meditation: A Dynamic Entry Point for New Members and A Tool for the Empowerment of Lay and Ordained Leadership

Justyn Commer

Music & Liturgy

A Mess Worth Making: Clergy-Musician Relationships 

The Very Rev. Dominic Barrington, Dean, St. James Cathedral, Chicago, IL
Stephen Buzard, Director of Music, St. James Cathedral, Chicago, IL 
The Rev. Elizabeth Marie Melchionna, Rector, Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC
Joseph Causby, Director of Music and Organist, Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, NC
Michael Boney, Canon and Director of Music, Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, IN

Stewardship & Fundraising I

Fellowship and Storytelling

The Rev. Chris Harris, Christ Church, Cranbrook
Suzanne Hall, St. James', Richmond
Ellen Hayes, All Saints', Atlanta

Stewardship & Fundraising II

Effective Communication Strategies for Planned Giving: Market Research to Drive your Outreach

Nathan Stelter, The Stelter Company


Educational Track 


 Parish Administration

The 4 Buckets of Church Facility Operational Budgeting

Tim Cool, Cool Solutions Group

Architecture & Preservation

Ever Prioritizing (A Walking Tour): How Trinity Church, Copley Square Chooses What to Restore and When. 

Jean Carroon, FAIA LEED Goody Clancy 


'The West Wing': Control you Political Messaging like C.J. Creeg

Alan Yarborough


Endowment Governance and Faith: Socially Responsible Investment Guidelines 

Alison Bevilacqua, 19/19 Investment Counsel
John Reilly, 19/19 Investment Counsel
JoAnn Hanson, Church Investment Group


Faith in Action / Gospel Justice

New Rectors Share their Faith in Action Stories

The Rev. Elizabeth Marie Melchionna, The Chapel of the Cross, North Carolina
The Rev. Doctor Noelle M. York-Simmons, Christ Church, Alexandria

Forming Disciples

The Spiritual Lives of Episcopalians Now and in the Future

The Rev. Jay Sidebotham, RenewalWorks

Innovative Ministry

Gospel to the Streets: Reclaiming the Role of the Church in Public Witness

The Very Rev. Stephen Carlsen, Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
The Rev. Lee Curtis, Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis
The Rev. Kimberly Jackson, All Saints, Atlanta

The Rev. Joshua Case, Christ Church, Charlotte


Viable and Sustainable Spanish-Speaking Congregations: Outreach to the Young Leading to Strong Communities

The Rev. Javier Viera, Drew Theological Seminary
Vivian de los Santos, Afterschool-on-South, Theological Student and Spanish Language Teacher
Dorothea (Dee) Klikier, St. Peter's, Morriston, New Jersey

Music & Liturgy

The Wilderness

Kate Eaton, Mishkhah
The Rev. Jadon Hartsuff, All Souls, Washington, D.C.

Stewardship & Fundraising I

All Things Come of Thee O Lord: Rethinking the Annual Stewardship Campaign

Jamie McMahon, Calvary, Pittsburgh

Stewardship & Fundraising II

Strategic Stewardship:Your Annual Giving Campaign Re-imagined

Libby Roberts, Lois L. Lindauer Searches


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