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We are called to rebuild, reconcile, reimagine, and renew the Church.

Join us as we explore why people are leaving the church, the reasons behind the trends, and how we can rebuild the ruins.

June 11 Sunday 6-9 pm

The Barna Group

June 12 Monday 8-5 pm



Practical Labs

Rochester NY

Shrinking congregations, deconstruction, polarization, fatigue, injustice ... These are just a few of the words that come to mind for those doing the work of ministry in the church and the world. While many of us faithfully continue in our work, the headlines and data of people leaving the church show troubling trends even while we see glimpses of God at work in often-unlikely places.

We are called to rebuild, reconcile, reimagine, and renew the Church. Join this two-day conference on Sunday, June 11, and Monday, June 12 on Why People are Leaving the Church: Visions of Hope to learn the reasons behind the trends and what the church can do about the injustices in our world. Attendees will hear from the Barna Group and seminary faculty, alumni, and students who are doing the work in our congregations and communities. These two days will encourage you as we learn together and confront these challenges together. Be energized by the community of faith and head back to your congregations and communities with a fresh set of eyes for the work that God is calling us to do.


Sunday, June 11
4:00 - 6:00 pm — Registration
6:00 - 7:00 pm — Introductions/Prayer/Worship
7:00 - 9:00 pm — Presentation by the Barna Group 
9:00 - 10:00 pm — Reception/Networking

Monday, June 12
8:00 - 10:00 am — Main Session
10:00 - 11:00 am — Session #1
11:30 am - 12 pm – Session #2
12: 00 - 1:30 pm — Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 — Session #3
3:00 - 4:00 — Session #4
4:00 - 4:30 — Main Closing Session

Frequently Asked Questions

Conference attendees are senior church leaders, pastors, seminarians, community leaders, youth leaders, university students, professors, and non-profit leaders. We expect at least 300 attendees.

There are three ways to get discounts: 

  1. Be an enrolled student.
  2. Register before April 1 before the registration rate goes up to $65/per person
  3. Purchase tickets in bulk to receive a group rate. Below are the following discounts:


$300 Bring 10 people from your church or organization


$500 Bring 20+ people within your denomination or organization


$1000 This price point unlocks the freedom to invite generously

An EXHIBITOR is any business, organization, not-for-profit, or ministry that wants to communicate its mission and connect with others to promote its messaging.

A PARTNER is a church or organization that wants to receive a group rate discount in order to provide tickets they can distribute to their leaders, church attendees, board members, friends, and family.

Church and community leaders including seminary faculty will teach on  great topics such as:

  • Leading & bringing polarized people together
  • Gen Z and the Great Commission
  • Hopelessness in Communities and Churches: What to do
  • How to prepare your congregation for the upcoming election
  • Lunch and Learning Lab- Grab your lunch and jump on our bus to take a trip into the city of Rochester to observe firsthand the impact of redlining in a neighborhood. Leading experts will be sharing with you more information as you travel.

Growth and Rebuilding comes from conversation and a deeper understanding of each other and difficult topics. Northeastern is hosting these conversations through a podcast. Be part of the conversation! Watch for upcoming episodes and if you are interested in participating, let us know. Especially if you are already an approved workshop presenter or exhibitor.

During your visit to Northeastern, there will be an opportunity to walk over to the new Golisano Community Engagement Center for a tour.

Accommodations at a local hotel will be available for out of town guests

Actually, there are! Grow with us! The Rebuild conference is literally the beginning of a Masters course. The first Monday consists of a conference for both students and the public followed by all-day classes from Tuesday to Thursday. Learn more and sign up here.

If you have more questions, feel free to contact Kathryn Garrett at 585-594-6800 or email

 "The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet."

Frederick Buechner