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6 Reasons You Will Love the Renew National Gathering October 4th in Nashville

Photo of Bobby HarringtonBobby Harrington | Bio

Bobby Harrington

Bobby is the point-leader of and, both collaborative, disciple-making organizations. He is the founding and lead pastor of Harpeth Christian Church (by the Harpeth River, just outside of Nashville, TN). He has an M.A.R. and an M.Div. from Harding School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of more than 10 books on discipleship, including Discipleshift (with Jim Putman and Robert Coleman), The Disciple Maker’s Handbook (with Josh Patrick) and Becoming a Disciple Maker: The Pursuit of Level 5 Disciple Making (with Greg Weins). He lives in the greater Nashville area with his wife and near his children and grandchildren.
Photo of Jason HendersonJason Henderson | Bio

Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson has spent over 20 years in corporate leadership. His experience includes Fortune 500, military and both public and private organizations. He has led professionally on governing boards, in corporate associations and in over 30 countries. He is the COO for and a team member of He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and the Culinary Institute of America. He lives in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife and two children.

You will be encouraged and strengthened at the National Renew Gathering. This will be our 5th National Gathering, and we have developed a format that people tell us is very spiritually uplifting, relationally engaging, and convicting.

There was once a time when many in our world nodded along with what the church said. They would all lean back on a shared set of values and beliefs upon which most institutions and organizations were founded. Now, what was once accepted truth provokes angry emails and emergency meetings.

Yet the church of the living God remains “the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). Churches teach the truth even when it’s hard. Hard truth is always best taught in relationship.

Hard truth communicates best in relational conversations.

We call this year’s Gathering, “Real Life Theology Conversations.” It will be held at Christ Church in Nashville, October 4th from 12:30 to 8:30 PM.

Here are the six reasons we think you will love our National Gathering.

#1 – Inspirational Main Stage Speakers

David Young and Kimberly Beam Holmes have been added to our mainstage lineup. Shodankeh Johnson and Renee Sproles will emcee and lead us in prayer between our Ted-Style talks and small group discussions.

  • Bobby Harrington – Real Life Theology Hard Conversations and Hope
  • Shodankeh Johnson – Hard Conversations with God
  • Jim Putman – Hard Conversations Require Relationship
  • Tina Wilson – Hard Conversations Require a High View of Scripture
  • Matt Wilson – Hard Conversations on Masculinity Today
  • Orpheus J. Heyward – Hard Conversations on How to Resist Culture
  • Kimberly Beam Holmes – Hard Conversations on Saving a Marriage
  • David Young – Hard Conversations after a Stage 4 Cancer Diagnosis

#2 – Substantive Breakout Sessions

We are providing lots of breakouts for deeper dives on key topics (each session is 50 minutes). You can join the following speakers and topics (more to be announced).

  • Guy Hammond, Strength in Weakness
  • Brett Andrews, New Life Christian Church
  • Andrew Jit, MiT Global
  • Anthony Walker, Hwy 231 Church of Christ
  • Buddy Bell, Landmark Church of Christ
  • Daniel McCoy, editorial director of
  • Joe Beam, Marriage Helper
  • Joel Singleton, San Jose Church of Christ
  • Matt Reagan, Southeast Christian Church
  • Paul Huyghebaert, Grace Chapel Church of Christ
  • Scott Sager, Lipscomb University

#3 – A free copy of the new book by Daniel McCoy and Andrew Jit, Real Life Theology Handbook.

This forthcoming workbook is designed for discipling relationship from ages 13-year-olds and on up. It focuses on the key questions involved in surrendering our lives to Jesus and trusting Scripture in this current cultural moment.

This book is being provided for free to all attendees, just as it is released, courtesy of Journey Christian Church in Richmond, Virginia.

#4 – We designed the event times (12:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.) to be more convenient for people traveling or working.

Instead of meeting from early morning until supper time, we are starting after lunch and going until 8:30. This allows people to travel to Nashville Tuesday morning or, if they live in the Nashville area, they can leave work at lunch and experience the whole event.

#5 – Meet with other leaders beforehand; groups are gathering Monday or on Tuesday morning.

We currently have three small groups meeting before the Gathering. One group is Renew Movement, a new movement gathering to start new churches. Another group is composed of the 25 Renew leaders who lead Learning Communities. And the other group is a meeting of leaders from about 20 churches who are exploring a Hybrid of the Legacy Church adopting Disciple Making Movement principles.

In addition, we anticipate other groups of church leaders in our tribe or who are exploring our tribe connecting together before the Gathering.

#6 – Get a Discount on the National Disciple Making Forum on Wednesday and Thursday.

At the same location (Christ Church, Nashville), the Gathering on Tuesday will flow into Wednesday and Thursday’s 2022 National Disciple Making Forum (October 5–6). Mainstage speakers for this important event include Myron Pierce, Tim Hawks, Alice Matagora, Matt Markins, Dan Lietz, along with Renew speakers Jim Putman, Renee Sproles, Shodankeh Johnson, and Bobby Harrington. If you want the BEST pricing available to both events, make sure you buy a combo ticket. The combo ticket is the ONLY way to get the lowest price to these events. You can find out about the National Disciple Making Forum here.

We hope to see you at the 2022 National Gathering, and if you’re able to stick around, at the 2022 National Disciple Making Forum in Nashville!