sheleads SUMMIT 2018

ChurchTogether: November 10

The world has an old, painful story about men and women. This year the #metoo moment brought to light some of the most disturbing parts of the story and the #churchtoo moment forced us to confront how much the brokenness of the world has entered the Church. This broken story is deeply painful on a personal and communal level. 
It’s easy to believe we’ll never overcome the brokenness.

But this is not how God sees our story.

It’s time to name and lament how the world’s story has limited the Church’s imagination. 
And it’s also time to tell a better story. God is weaving a restoration project in us as individuals and as a body. It will give us a better story to tell the world.

On November 10 we’re gathering folks who both know the brokenness and have better stories to tell. Won’t you join us to hear their stories and share your own?

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Live in Pasadena, California.

Streaming around the country.

Join us onsite at PazNaz in Southern California, or attend one of the streaming sites around the country. If you're interested in hosting a streaming site, please let us know.

Be sure to check back here for more information regarding our Live Streaming experiences.




In the tradition of testimony, our presenters will all share stories of conversion, how they once saw in the world’s ways and how their eyes were opened see to the hopeful vision God has for his sons and daughters. They’ll share both what is broken and what is Good News as they bear witness to what they have seen and heard. As these brothers and sisters share their stories of partnership in the work of the Gospel, together we’ll see in richer detail the truth of God’s Good Story of reconciliation.

Plenary Speakers


ONEYA Fennell Okuwobi

Oneya Fennell Okuwobi is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology studying race and religion at The Ohio State University. Along with her husband, Oladele, Oneya is founding elder of 21st Century, a church plant in Cincinnati, OH. She is co-author of Multiethnic Conversations: An Eight-Week Journey toward Unity in Your Church. It is the first personal devotional and small group study on multiethnic life and church designed for people in the pews. You can find Oneya @Ookuwobi or



Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Seminary, brings to his leadership a deep awareness of the urgency of the gospel of Jesus Christ—and a passion for the vital role that Fuller Seminary plays in the enactment of that gospel. For Labberton, this urgency is informed by a sense of the critical and unique contribution Fuller is called to make to the global church at this moment in time.

In addition to publishing articles in such periodicals as Christianity Today and Radix, Labberton has authored the books The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus (2010), The Dangerous Act of Worship: Living God’s Call to Justice (2007). Yet the work he considers most significant—and that speaks directly to his vision for the future work of Fuller Seminary—is his newest book, Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today (2014). In it he addresses, profoundly and directly, what it means in a broken and hurting world to practice our shared Christian vocation of following Jesus.



Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, leadership coach, entrepreneur and visionary. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, England, Jo brings a multicultural and international perspective to leadership. Having served on the staff teams in churches in the UK and the US, and chaired the board of a non-profit organization, today Jo is the founder of the Ezer Collective, an initiative that equips and invests in women leaders. She also co-hosts the popular podcast Lead Stories: Tales of Leadership and Life with Steph O’Brien. The author of three books, Jo's most recent title is "The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For."

Jo and her husband, Chris, live in Minneapolis with their two daughters. She loves Starbucks, running, her people, and the everyday stuff, like good music, good food, and good books. And Target. She really, really loves Target.




Tara Beth Leach is the Senior Pastor at First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena (“PazNaz”) in Southern California. She is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (B.A. Youth Ministry) and Northern Theological Seminary (M.Div.).

She is a regular writer for Missio Alliance and has contributed to other publications such as Christianity Today, Christian Week, The Jesus Creed, The Table Magazine, Reflecting the Image Devotional, Renovating Holiness, and most recently a chapter in The Apostle Paul and the Christian Life: Ethical and Missional Implications of the New Perspective with other contributors including N.T. Wright, James D.G. Dunn, Scot McKnight, and Bruce Longenecker. Her chapter is entitled “The Symphonic Melody: Wesleyan Holiness Theology Meets New Perspective Paul.” Tara Beth is also the author of the Beacon Hill Press book, Kingdom Culture and the InterVarsity Press book, Emboldened. She has two beautiful and rambunctious children, Caleb and Noah, and has been married to the love of her life, Jeff, since 2006.


Larry Rench

Larry Rench is a film music orchestrator who has worked on hundreds of films, television shows, video games and concerts over the last 30 years. He has been involved in lay leadership at PazNaz since 2000 and was head of the search that led to Tara Beth Leach becoming the senior pastor there. Larry is also involved in other ministries including playing guitar and cello in the worship band.



Inés is an ordained pastor, preacher and reconciler. She is currently an MDiv student in the School of Theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena. She served on pastoral staff at two separate multi-ethnic churches in Arkansas for fifteen years. She has a passion for racial reconciliation and the full inclusion of women in and through the local church. She is originally from Nicaragua, married to Rob and mother to 8-year-old Nash. She also loves the telling of stories over a good café con leche and jamming to salsa music during sermon prep.



Bobby Harrison is a co-pastor at Fellowship North, a church in North Little Rock, Arkansas pursuing the Gospel-centered call of racial unity. Bobby holds an MDiv from Fuller Seminary, and previously served as a LifeGroups pastor and facilitator for the Center for Racial Reconciliation at Fellowship Monrovia. He’s committed to the Kingdom work of equally co-laboring alongside sisters and brothers, together bringing greater beauty to the Bride of Christ, one day at a time. Bobby’s been married to his high school sweetheart, Amy, for 13 years and the two have three kind and courageous kids.



Michelle and Bryan Kim are the founding pastors of Ekko Church, where Bryan also serves as senior pastor. They have four kids, Isabella, Joshua, Matthew, and Madison and live and minister in Orange County, CA. Michelle is a realtor, who studied communications at UCLA and received her MBA from George Washington University. Bryan studied Studio Art at UCI, received his MBA from Regent University, and is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry at Portland Seminary. Michelle is committed to strengthening women and parents discouraged and overwhelmed by the demands of life to continue their journey with Christ in community. Bryan has a heart for equipping and empowering church planters.




Originally from Australia, Mandy Smith is lead pastor of University Christian Church, a campus and neighborhood congregation with its own fair-trade café in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today and Missio Alliance and the author of The Vulnerable Pastor: How Human Limitations Empower Our Ministry. She was also the director of Missio Alliance’s 2017 SheLeads summit and creator of The Collect, a citywide trash-to-art project. Mandy and her husband Jamie, a New Testament professor at Cincinnati Christian University, live with their family in a little house where the teapot is always warm.
Connect with Mandy on Twitter at @uccmandy


Schedule for November 10

For detailed information regarding the below schedule, please check back closer to the Summit launch.

ChurchTogether is for men who long to lead in a way that honors and empowers women.
ChurchTogether is for all who long for the Church to live out the beauty and power of the gospel.
ChurchTogether is for women pursuing God’s call on their lives as ministry leaders.


Attend a Regional Venue

Join others in and near your community at these Regional Venues on November 10 to engage during the day as you participate via Live Stream together.


LOCATION: Life On The Vine HOST:  Juliet Liu

LOCATION: Life On The Vine
HOST: Juliet Liu

LOCATION: Northern Seminary HOST:  David John Hailey

LOCATION: Northern Seminary
HOST: David John Hailey

LOCATION: Bethel Seminary HOST:  Tessa Pinkstaff

LOCATION: Bethel Seminary
HOST: Tessa Pinkstaff

LOCATION: Alliance Theological Seminary HOST:  Amy Davis Abdallah

LOCATION: Alliance Theological Seminary
HOST: Amy Davis Abdallah

Interested in being a Regional Venue for the ChurchTogether Summit?

We're excited to make the ChurchTogether Summit available to Christian leaders all across the country through regional venues. Whether you are a school, church, or ministry organization, we'd love to talk to you about how to become a public host for the Summit in your area!

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Registration & Tickets


Registration is officially open! We're excited to meet you in Pasadena or join you online via LiveStream Access or Regional Venues on Saturday, November 10, 2018. Do be sure to follow us @missioalliance to catch the latest updates. 

Pasadena . . . . $85* / Join us live in Pasadena, California (Childcare available)
Student Rate . . . . $25* / Includes Pasadena Access or Regional Venue Access
Any Regional Venue . . . . $65* / Attend the regional venue of your choice across the nation with a Host
Individual Streaming . . . . $19† / Makes you eligible to view the conference via our LiveStream from your home or office
Viewing Party . . . . $199† / Gather your entire group and watch the conference via LiveStream
Group Rates are available. See below for details.


*All rates are good through November 10. All purchases make you eligible to attend the conference or a regional venue, include the exclusive e-book, “Changing Her Story” and include food in Pasadena or the Regional Venue of your choice.

†All rates are good through November 10. All purchases make you eligible to view the conference via Live Stream and include the exclusive e-book, “Changing Her Story.”



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We're grateful for the good work and kind support of these incredible partners and our Regional Venue Hosts.