Advent is about the expectation of new birth. We are invited as the Church to prepare space for this new life to come into our midst.

More than an event, Advent is a season of spiritual formation for a community, your local community. We can be formed for deep truths. Lament and gratitude converge in this season of the pandemic and longing for God's presence.

This opportunity includes both naming and grieving what as been lost while holding tightly to the hope of what is to come.

In this webinar Aaron Niequist (author of The Eternal Current) will share specific practices for inviting your church into a more participatory posture during Advent.

DECEMBER 1, 2021 // 1 PM EST



Why Advent includes both labor and hope

● How to create a participatory rather than spectator experience.

● Understand the spiritual formation opportunities during Advent

● How to create space for the tension of grief/lament with hope/wonder

● Practical Advent practices for this unique season

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Aaron Niequist is a liturgist, writer, and pastor who recently graduated from General Theological Seminary in NYC. After leading worship at Mars Hill Church (Grand Rapids, MI) and Willow Creek Church (Barrington, IL), he created A New Liturgy - a collection of modern liturgical worship recordings. He then curated a discipleship-focused, formational, ecumenical, practice-based community at Willow Creek called “The Practice”. Aaron released a book called The Eternal Current: How a Practice-based Faith can Save us from Drowning, and continues to create resources to help others flesh it out.  But that’s just job stuff.  The best part of his life is his wife Shauna, and their sons Henry and Mac. Find more about Aaron at

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Lori M. Ruffin is an upbeat strategic thinker. Fueled by a passion to help individuals and organizations fulfill their God-given purpose, she is the Operations Manager for the V3 Movement and the Founder of The COO Team, a virtual operations agency for nonprofits and small businesses. She enjoys helping others cultivate their relationship with God, songwriting and singing. She lives in Richmond, Va., with her husband and daughter. 


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Dan White Jr is a full-time consultant and coach with the V3 Movement. Dan’s most recent book is Love Over Fear (Moody Pub). He’s also written Subterranean (Cascade) and co-authored the award winning The Church as Movement (InterVarsity Press). His most recent venture is co-founding The Kineo Center: A Place and Process for the Renewal of Weary and Wounded Leaders located in Puerto Rico. Dan is married to Tonya and dad to Daniel and Ari. Connect @

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Today's leaders have been trained to draw a crowd and preach a good sermon, but few have been equipped for the future the church is facing. Many are starving for wisdom, guidance and grounded tools on how to cultivate new types of church bodies. When we explore doing this together within a learning cohort, it is a much richer experience than going at it alone.