TransFORM - a missional community formation network

TransFORM: East Coast Gathering

TransFORM East Coast Gathering - Please RSVP Now!

What Is TransFORM? | Speakers/Workshop Facilitators | Cost/Registration | Schedule
Lodging | Airport | Watch Online | Sponsors


We are gathering missional practitioners on the East Coast to learn from each other and to mobilize others for forming new missional communities.

Whether you’re a pastor, prospective "church planter," or simply interested in finding out more about transformational missional communities of practice, this gathering is designed to inspire and equip you to go and do likewise!

This is a FREE event, but you must RSVP to let us know you are coming! RSVP now »

*If you do not wish to join the TransFORM Network site, please RSVP using our alternate form »


Brian McLarenPeter RollinsKathy EscobarAnthony Smith

Tim ConderBecky Knight, MPHDon HeatleyPam Heatley

Phil ShepherdRich McCullenJan EdmistonJonathan Brink

Samir SelmanovicEliacin Rosario-CruzMark Van SteenwykMark Scandrette

Melvin BrayRussell RathbunAO FloresHeather Kirk-Davidoff

Jason MackAmy CarusoJen BurnsTodd Thomas

Jim WalkerAngela HarmsRev. Vince AndersonShinko Rick Slone

Beth NorcrossMike Stavlund More TBA

Return to Top

This is a free event. We just require that you RSVP here so that we know how many will be attending for planning purposes.

This is a FREE event, but you must RSVP to let us know you are coming! RSVP now »

*If you do not wish to join the TransFORM Network site, please RSVP using our alternate form »

Return to Top


Get the full schedule with workshop descriptions »

Friday, April 30
Time Session Title
9:00 AM Registration Opens / Stillness Meditation with Shinko Rick Slone
10:15 AM Opening Session
Introduction: Steve Knight, Network Coordinator for TransFORM
Featured Speaker: Kathy Escobar of The Refuge
11:45 AM Lunch (on your own)
1:45 PM Workshops:
Constructing an Emergent Theology (Jonathan Brink)
Free For All: Rediscovering the Bible in Community (Tim Conder)
The Missional Church: What's the Attraction? (Don Heatley)
Creating an Emerging Congregation within an Established Church Community (Jan Edmiston)
Sexual Formation: Helping Individuals in Your Faith Community Be Whole People, Body and Soul (Becky Knight)
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Workshops:
"Nuts and Bolts" panel discussion
Simplicity: Life Planning and Money Management (Mark Scandrette)
Rethinking the Role of Artists in the Church (Lisa Cole Hawkins and Jay Smith)
Learning to Love the Other in God, Self, and Society (Samir Selmanovic)
Calling Them Out: Using the Power of Story in the Missional Church (Jim Walker)
5:00 PM Dinner (on your own)
7:00 PM Evening Session
Panel discussion on different expressions of missional community with Samir Selmanovic (Faith House Manhattan), Adam Moore (VOID Collective), Russell Rathbun (House of Mercy), and Lisa Cole Hawkins (Convergence), moderated by Rich McCullen (Missiongathering)
Featured Speaker: Peter Rollins of Ikon
Saturday, May 1
7:30 AM Breakfast at Wesley (light food/coffee available) / Stillness Meditation with Shinko Rick Slone
8:45 AM Morning Session
Featured Speaker: Anthony Smith of Mission House
10:15 AM Workshops
Sustainable Faith: Telling Stories that Compost (Melvin Bray and Russell Rathbun)
Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First (Heather Kirk-Davidoff)
What Context Is Your Community Living In? (Phil Shepherd)
The Big Pink Elephant in the Church (Rich McCullen)
Whose DNA Is It, Anyway? (Todd Thomas)
11:45 AM Lunch (on your own)
Special: Wild Goose Festival lunch discussion with festival director Gareth Higgins
1:45 PM Workshops:
Incarnational Kids: Children’s Ministry in Emerging Churches (Pam Heatley)
Organizing for Jesusistan: Lessons from the Obama Campaign’s Use of Web 2.0 (A.O. Flores)
How to Start Your Own Jesus Dojo (Mark Scandrette)
Creative Missional Liturgy (New Leaf Church with Amy Caruso, Jennifer Burns, and Jason Mack)
Ministry in the Margins (panel discussion with Angela Harms, Hugh Hollowell, Kathy Escobar, Rev. Vince Anderson, moderated by Drew Tatusko)
3:00 PM Break
3:30 PM Workshops:
"Nuts and Bolts" panel discussion
Creation: Do We Care? And If We Do, Now What? (Beth Norcross)
Seeking the Kingdom Within: A Conversation and Practice in Stillness Meditation (Mark Scandrette and Shinko Rick Slone)
Cultivating Liberated Spaces (Eliacin Rosario-Cruz and Mark Van Steenwyk)
FAILchurch: The Downside of Risk (Mike Stavlund)
5:15 PM Closing Session
Featured Speaker: Brian McLaren, founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church
Music by Harp 46
Closing Liturgy with Church of the Common Table and Rev. Vince Anderson
Sunday, May 2
Various Times Choose one or more local faith communities to visit:
Church in Bethesda
Church of the Common Table
New Leaf Church
The Corridor
Kittamaqundi Community
Fairlington Presbyterian Church
St. John's of Baltimore City
Casa Chirilagua
Holy Grounds
Monday, May 3
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Pastors' Social Media Boot Camp with Doug Pagitt (Please note: This is a separate event and costs $95 to attend.)

Schedule is subject to change. Main sessions marked by • will be livestreamed.

Return to Top

We've negotiated a special $80/night conference rate (single or double occupancy) at the following hotel:

Sleep Inn Shady Grove
2 Research Court
Rockville, MD 20850

Download reservation instructions »

There is a shuttle from the hotel to the metro (red line - Shady Grove stop). Take the red line to the Tenleytown stop (nine stops from Shady Grove - ~20 minute ride). Then it’s just a short walk (1 mile) or a ride on the American University shuttle and then a 5-minute walk from American University to Wesley Theological Seminary.

View Larger Map

Return to Top

If you're flying into Washington, D.C., for this event, the best airport to fly into is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA).

Return to Top

We plan to livestream the main sessions of this event via our Ustream channel. More details will be posted soon, including a schedule of times.

Return to Top


Return to Top

Comment by Doreen A. Mannion on February 28, 2010 at 12:07am
For public transportation from airports, DCA is the best because the Metro goes there. For prices, BWI may be significantly cheaper and while it will take longer, there are public transport options from BWI to DC. (Also, you don't have to ride the AU shuttle from the Tenleytown metro to AU then walk to Wesley; there is Metro bus service from the Tenleytown metro that drops you off right at Wesley.)
Comment by Steve K. on February 28, 2010 at 12:13am
thanks, Doreen!
Comment by Beth Kavanaugh on April 9, 2010 at 8:28am
This is going to be an absolutely AMAZING conference! Thank you so much to all who have worked (and are still!) hard to make this happen. I can't wait!
Comment by Vickie Schellert on April 26, 2010 at 6:35am
This looks really exciting! Unfortunately we can't make the trip over the pond but I see some of it will be streamed- will the workshops also be made available at a later time online (please say yes, please say yes!)?
Comment by Steve K. on April 27, 2010 at 12:27am
hey Vickie, check out the schedule above for the times of the main sessions which we will be livestreaming online (via if you want to tune in live or watch the video online later in the archive. Some of the workshop facilitators are also planning to record their workshops, as well, so we'll try to coordinate getting links to all of that content, as well if/when it gets posted.
Comment by Mo Johnson on April 28, 2010 at 9:22am
hello, so any parking advice? Some of us are driving in from the burbs -- but where to park?
Comment by Steve K. on April 28, 2010 at 10:17am
Great question, Mo! Here's the parking info (and I'll add this above as well): Yes, people can park on campus – anyplace that’s legal (we can’t block fire zones) and on the street at the bottom of the hill outside Wesley Seminary.

Additional parking can be found at the Katzen Center (center for the arts at American University) garage up Massachusetts Avenue, but that costs something and I'm not sure what that fee is for daily parking. I think there may also be parking back in the neighborhood behind Wesley Seminary, as well, but you will have to read the signs closely to see where you can or can’t park.
Comment by Mo Johnson on April 28, 2010 at 11:14am
great, thanks!
Comment by Sivin Kit on April 29, 2010 at 8:47pm
have fun everyone!


You need to be a member of TransFORM - a missional community formation network to add comments!

Join TransFORM - a missional community formation network

Mesa logo


+1 TransFORM

© 2014   Created by Steve K..   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service