Everyday Churches Unleashing Hope Among Everyday People

Boise, ID May 17-18, 2024


Our neighborhoods are aching for the good news of Jesus Christ.

God wants to empower everyday churches to proclaim the Kingdom in everyday places. Learn how regular congregations are reimagining and reorganizing to bring hope into the cafés, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, and common places we spend our days.

At Gathered to Scatter you will learn:

  • To reach people who might never come to a traditional "Sunday" church
  • To unleash your church's pioneering leaders without destroying your established congregation
  • To develop powerful leaders even if you don't have a big staff

While many leadership events are oriented around well-known speakers, Gathered to Scatter features practitioners who are deeply experienced in leading small- and mid-sized congregations. Join us for a new vision of what an everyday church can be!


A Different Kind of Summit

Practitioner Led

All speakers and leaders are experienced pastors in small- and medium-sized churches

Small- and Medium- Church Focused

Centered on the needs of average-sized Churches

Community Support Oriented
Includes a six-month free membership to FX Connect online community and resource library


Kathleen Blackey
Co-Pastor, Rural Renewal Podcast Host, Lead Team, The Ascent Movement

J.R. Briggs
Award-winning author of The Sacred Overlap and Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure, Founder, Kairos Partnerships

David Blackwell
Senior Pastor, Florence-Carlton Community Church in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana

Robert Frazier
Founder, Redemption Hill, Co-Founder, The City Network, Lead Catalyst, SolidCreative.Media LLC

David Graham
Lead Pastor, Kingdom Church, Twin Falls, ID

Bob Hyatt
Director of Equipping and Spiritual Formation, Ecclesia Network

Jessie Horney
Pastor, Redemption Hill and Preschool Director, Wonder School

Heather Jallad
Associate Director of Training, Fresh Expressions North America

Eliseo Mejia
Lead Team, The Ascent Movement and Director of Expresiones Divinas for Fresh Expressions North America


Friday, May 17
9.00 – 11.30: Pre-Conference Tracks

The Distributed Church
How to Inspire, Launch, and Multiply Micro-Communities
J.R. Briggs, Robert Frazier

Renewing Rural Mission and Ministry

12.00 – 1.00: Conference Begins, Arrival and Welcome

1.00 – 2.15: Session One

The Power of the Normal
God's Passion for Everyday Churches and Disciples
J.R. Briggs

2.45 – 3.45: Session Two

Leadership in Small Congregations
How to Cultivate and Multiply Leaders in Small-Staff Congregations
David Blackwell

4:00-5:00: Workshops

5:00-7:00: Dinner Break (on your own nearby)

7.00 – 8.30pm: Session Three

Doable Mission
How Everyday Congregations Impact Their Communities
Heather Jallad

Saturday, May 18
8.30 – 9.00am: Morning Prayer and Worship

9.00 – 10.00am

Everyday Discipleship
Strategies for Growing Followers of Jesus that Work Anywhere
Jessie Horney

10.30 – 11.30am

Leading Change
How to Honor Your History and Embrace What's Next
David Graham

11.30 – 12.30pm: Lunch Break (included in your registration)

12.30 – 1.30pm: Workshops

1.30 –2:30pm

Naturally Supernatural
The Power of the Holy Spirit for Regular People in Regular Places
Eliseo Mejia



From Traditional Church to Growing Movement
Releasing Pioneers and Starting New Expressions
Heather Jallad
Churches traditionally rely on volunteers to make weekend services and key ministries happen. Unfortunately, this often stifles many of our most capable and entrepreneurial volunteers. But when you encourage people to pioneer something new in the places they spend their days, you churches can reach members of their community who would never show up on a Sunday. Heather Jallad shares her experience of identifying and empowering pioneers, and how they transform traditional congregations.

Church Around the Table
How Established Churches are Reaching Those Hungry for Food and Friends
Eliseo Mejia
Jesus taught his disciples over a table, and the first churches met to share meals and remember his teachings. Today, churches across North America are rediscovering this simple form of church, and finding that their neighborhoods are full of hungry people. Eliseo Mejia shares about the simple power of Dinner Church, how everyday churches can start one, and how they reach across age, language and socioeconomic barriers.

Leading Change in a Change-Averse Church
Bruce Young
Everything changes, but that doesn’t make it easy. Established churches, with familiar faces and rituals, often struggle to embrace change. Bruce Young shares his examples and best practices from his experience of leading change in places that aren’t always built for it.

Re-Presenting the Gospel in Post-Mormon Contexts
David Graham
The Mormon church has profoundly influenced the culture of the Intermountain West. How can Christians present Jesus and the church in fresh ways to people whose understanding of religion was shaped by this movement? David shares his personal experience with Mormonism and revitalizing churches.


Rural Church Leadership
Organizing Congregations to Represent Jesus Well in Small Place
David Blackwell
Churches have long been at the center of life in small town North America. But the pressures on small towns are also making it harder for churches. David Blackwell reminds us that the role of the Church is to represent Jesus well, and helps us understand how the modern church in a small town can reorganize to shift their focus.

Reaching Children and Youth
Even if Your Church Doesn't Have Many
Chris Blackey
Is your neighborhood full of children, but your church is not? Chris Blackey shares about his stories of reimagining ministry to children and youth beyond the confines of Sunday school, VBS and other internal church programs.

Crucified Habits
Key Practices for Evangelism, Discipleship and a Christian Life
Patti Duckworth
No formula can make you a perfect Christian, but there are key practices that Christians have relied on for centuries. Patti Duckworth explores how to develop a cruciform mindset that can overcome our distracted, divisive, and success-driven culture. She examines how to bring a cruciformed mindset into evangelism and disciplemaking.

Discipleship Made Simple
Bob Hyatt
Many pastors struggle with discipleship- not because they don’t want to make disciples, but because no one taught them how. We often look for silver-bullet curriculum, start groups that never reproduce, or meet with people who never seem to grow. Bob Hyatt suggests there is a better, simpler way, where the Holy Spirit can take the lead?