The Bonfire

Over the last number of years, Bonfire has been a time for leaders across the NAB to gather together to reflect on the missional/formational journey we are on as a conference. It is a time to reconnect with ministry friends, make new ones, and deepen the relationships among this community of leaders.

Our Bonfire gatherings are open to anyone who has gone through Blue Ocean, Light Blue Ocean, or Ethos. If that is you and you’re not already receiving our Bonfire updates, contact Sara-May Cardy to be added to the list.

Our annual Bonfire gathering will be happening virtually this year. If you’ve been through Light Blue Ocean, Blue Ocean, or Ethos, please join us on September 27 and 28. Our speaker this year is Mark Nelson, co-author of Reframation with Alan Hirsch. Mark is also the founding pastor of a faith community called Crossings in Knoxville, Tennessee. He recently joined the faculty at Johnson University to become the Executive Director of the Three Rivers Collaborative, an initiative designed to create and cultivate learning communities for churches in the Knoxville area. He has been in vocational ministry for over thirty years, and he serves on the Forge America board, as well as the Forge Global Leadership Team. He has been married for thirty-four years to Monica, and together they have three grown children.

We are excited to have Mark joining us, along with some other guest speakers, and we look forward to seeing you all via Zoom.

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Year of Bonfire

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were not able to meet for our regular Bonfire gathering in 2020, so in its place, we met monthly for A Year of Bonfire. It was a powerful time to connect with leaders across the conference as we processed conversations around spiritual formation and joining God on mission.

We want to thank everyone who was part of the Year of Bonfire community. It was a blessing to meet with you monthly. We know that within each conversation there was a lot to take in, so we have compiled the recordings for the year into one folder on our Vimeo site.

Make sure to join us for our Bonfire Reunion gathering in September.

Stories from the Bonfire

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