National Church Leadership Institute (NCLI) 2015

Boston, Massachusetts - August 10th-13th




The headlines tell a story of decline and despair.
But cultural trendlines paint a picture of possibility.

Join the leading practitioners and thinkers in progressive church at this year’s National
Church Leadership Institute where we will curate conversations around five trendlines:
DIY, crowdsourcing, the local food movement, the cloud and the sharing economy.

Together, we’ll have a blast, re-imagine the church and build a more just and generous future!

our blog

  • NCLI Preview: The Local Food Movement and New Church
    20 04-2015
    NCLI Preview: The Local Food Movement and New Church

    Spend a little time with NCLI spaker John Dorhauer this week as he offers a free preview webinar on the connection between the Local Food Movement and re-imagining church in today’s world. Register here for the webinar which is this Wednesday,...

  • NCLI Preview: What’s the Sharing Economy got to do with Church?
    31 03-2015
    NCLI Preview: What’s the Sharing Economy got to do with Church?

    FREE WEBINAR: 4/8 at 1pm ET (or available as a recording) Still trying to figure out what all this trendline stuff is about at the National Church Leadership Institute (NCLI) this year? Join Rev. Canon Stephanie Spellers to learn...

  • NCLI Preview: DIY with Brian McLaren
    16 03-2015
    NCLI Preview: DIY with Brian McLaren

    NCLI Preview: DIY with Brian McLaren FREE WEBINAR: 3/25, 1pm ET (or as a recording) This year’s NCLI conference is going to be a bit different. We’ll have some amazing speakers, but the real focus is empowering you to...

  • What’s all this trendline stuff?
    03 03-2015
    What’s all this trendline stuff?

    FREE Webinar: March 11th, 3pm ET (or available as a recording after!) Join Cameron Trimble and Doug Pagitt in a FREE webinar to get excited about how trendlines like DIY, crowdsourcing, the cloud, the sharing economy and the local...

  • J.C. Austin
    26 02-2015
    J.C. Austin

    The Rev. J.C. Austin is the vice president of Christian leadership formation at Auburn Theological Seminary. He works with faith leaders across the country to develop the personal resilience, entrepreneurial spirit, and practical wisdom they need to lead social...

  • Lisa Anderson
    25 02-2015
    Lisa Anderson

    Lisa Anderson is senior director of Intersectional Engagement & Strategic Convening at Auburn Theological Seminary, an initiative dedicated to equipping bold and resilient women faith leaders with the tools they need for a lifetime of prophetic social justice activism....

  • Bishop Flunder
    24 02-2015
    Bishop Flunder

    Bishop Flunder is much sought after as a preacher, educator and singer. She has been a lecturer, Adjunct Professor and speaker at numerous seminaries to include Lancaster, Duke, Drew, Eden, Yale and New York Theological.  She is the author of...

  • Macky Alston
    24 02-2015
    Macky Alston

    Macky Alston is vice president for strategy, engagement and media at Auburn Theological Seminary, where he works to equip faith leaders to stand for justice through the media. Alston founded Auburn Media in 2002 and served for ten years...

  • Jim Kast-Keat
    23 02-2015
    Jim Kast-Keat

    Jim Kast-Keat is divergent thinker, an ideation specialist, and an aspiring minimalist. He’s the Associate Minister for Education at Middle Collegiate Churchand has been wearing a shirt and tie (almost) everyday for over five years (and yes, there’s a story...

  • Jacqui Lewis
    23 02-2015
    Jacqui Lewis

    Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of Manhattan. Middle Church is a dynamic 900-member multiracial, multicultural, inclusive congregation in which everyone is welcome just as they are as they come through the...

  • Stephanie Spellers
    18 02-2015
    Stephanie Spellers

    The Reverend Canon Stephanie Spellers is a popular speaker and consultant on reimagining the mainline church and embracing new mission contexts. The author of numerous books — including Radical Welcome: Embracing God, The Other and the Transforming Power of...

  • Bruce Reyes-Chow
    18 02-2015
    Bruce Reyes-Chow

    Bruce Reyes-Chow is a San Francisco based Presbyterian ministry, writer, speaker and consultant who muses on faith, race, parenting and technology. Through his experience as a pastor, organizer and blogger he is committed to expressing a Christian faith that...

  • Doug Pagitt
    18 02-2015
    Doug Pagitt

    Doug is a possibility enthusiast who seeks to find creative, entrepreneurial and generative ways to enlist people to join in the hopes, dreams and desires God has for the world. Doug is a speaker and consultant for churches, denominations...


Let's re-imagine church together!

PS: clicking here takes you to the page where you can buy tickets.



We’re thrilled to bring NCLI to the Boston Area this year!

On site: We’ll will spend the days learning on the beautiful campus of Andover Newton, eat fabulous local foods from local food trucks and have the wonders of Boston to explore during our downtime (if we get bored getting body work and relaxing with meditation classes on site!).

Where to stay: We recommend a full immersion experience in the trendlines, taking advantage of the often cheaper options of the sharing economy brought to you by or Of course, there are also plenty of hotels in the area. Recommendations coming soon!

For those of us who love details, here’s a preliminary schedule of events.


Questions? We're happy to talk! Send us an email in the form below.

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