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!



Local Food Movement

The local food movement is an effort to build more locally based, self-reliant food economies. Think: craft breweries and Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs).



(Do-It-Yourself) is the method of building, modifying, or repairing something without the aid of experts or professionals.


The Cloud

At the foundation of cloud computing is the broader concept of converged infrastructure and shared services. This leads to a large efficient structure supporting personalized portable connected devices. Think: servers, iCloud, wi-fi.


Sharing Economy

The sharing economy is a class of economic arrangements in which participants share access to products or services, often enabled by technology and peer communities. Think: Zipcar and AirBnB.



Crowdsourcing = Crowd + Outsourcing. It combines the efforts of numerous self-identified volunteers or part-time workers, where each contributor of their own initiative adds a small portion to the greater result – be it content, ideas or services.

our blog

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Cameron Trimble
    18 02-2015
    Cameron Trimble

    Rev. Cameron Trimble is the Executive Director, CEO of the Center for Progressive Renewal. She most recently served as an advisor to the Congregational Vitality and Discipleship Team of Local Church Ministries for the United Church of Christ and...

  • Carol Howard Merritt
    18 02-2015
    Carol Howard Merritt

    Rev. Carol Howard Merritt (@CarolHoward) is a minister whose writing, speaking, and teaching is anchored in theological wisdom and fresh sociological insight. She’s a sought-after keynote speaker, especially on the topic of ministering in a new generation. After being...

  • Molly Baskette
    18 02-2015
    Molly Baskette

    Molly is the lead pastor of the quirky, loveable and burgeoning community of First Church Somerville UCC in Somerville, Massachusetts, and the author of the how-to manual for church resurrection, Real Good Church: How Our Church Came Back from...

  • Diana Butler Bass
    18 02-2015
    Diana Butler Bass

    Diana Butler Bass is an author, speaker, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture. She holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from Duke University and is the author of eight books, including Christianity After Religion: The End...

  • John Dorhauer
    18 02-2015
    John Dorhauer

    John Dorhauer is the Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference of the United Church of Christ. Is a board member at the Center for Progressive Renewal and Convergence. He has his M. Div. from Eden Theological Seminary (class of...

  • Laura Truax
    18 02-2015
    Laura Truax

    Laura Truax is Senior Pastor at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago. Rev. Truax has a Master’s of Arts in Pastoral Studies with an emphasis in Spirituality and a Master’s of Divinity from Loyola University. Rev. Truax is a teaching...


Let's re-imagine church together!

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If you are a clergy or lay leader within the United Church of Christ, you may be eligible for a scholarship of up to $200 off registration costs. We have limited funds, so apply early! Fill out the short application here.



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.


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