What is a Jesus-centred gospel, and how does it apply to our cultural moment?

May 5 – 6, 2022
Oakville, Ontario, Canada + Online


UNITE 22 is a purposeful global gathering hosted by Jesus Collective, designed to forge unity in our polarized moment and equip us with fresh perspective and relevant tools through a focused exploration of what it means to centre the gospel on Jesus. 

We love church conferences, but this isn’t one…

If you’re looking to lay low and take in one way presentations, this probably isn’t the event for you. UNITE 22 is designed to engage us collaboratively in a two day collective journey of understanding and practical application of the Jesus-centred way. 

We’ll stretch our imaginations with much needed clarity and insight into the distinctiveness of the Jesus-centred gospel. We’ll wrestle together with how this ancient-yet-fresh approach applies practically on the ground to the pressing realities of our day and inspires us as we (re)imagine and (re)build church post-COVID. We’ll slow down to share spiritual practices that form us. And we’ll have lots of time to celebrate and hang out together!

Our hope is that you leave more rooted in your identity in Jesus, encouraged and challenged by what it means to be Jesus-centred, equipped with practices and tools for the realities you face in your context, and with some fun memories with new like-minded friends.

# Who is this for?

Church, ministry, and marketplace leaders and teams around the world who want to:
  • Engage in honest, loving, deep-dive dialogue about key issues and opportunities facing our churches
  • Forge new relationships and community with like-minded pastors and ministry leaders from across North America and beyond
  • Model Kingdom unity and gain new skills to make peace and lead in the Jesus-centred way in polarized environments
  • Celebrate and learn more about what God is doing through Jesus Collective and how you can get engaged

# What to expect

  • Engage with thought and practice leaders across the movement in a mix of thought provoking and interactive experiences
  • Journey together in a collective format to recapture our imaginations for a Jesus-centred gospel and how it applies to the realities of our day
  • Collective’ safe space – take part in a conversational and collaborative approach to tackling key issues together with peer church leaders
  • Intentional social and networking time, including an evening social event
  • Communal spiritual practices + prayer together
  • Practical leadership equipping with like-minded peers
  • Learn about the future of Jesus Collective and options for ongoing engagement

# Schedule

Our annual Partner Summit is a time for the Jesus Collective Partner community to celebrate, build relationships, and discern the Spirit’s leading as we shape this collective together. And we get to hold it in person!

The Partner Summit will take place in Oakville, Ontario (the same location as UNITE​22). It’s free for all Partners, and all Partners are invited to attend and participate.

Pre-conference evening social gathering, featuring conversation with church leaders sharing their experience navigating and innovating through the COVID-19 pandemic. Registration is required. (Additional ticket purchase required)

  • Morning Plenary #1 – What is a Jesus-centred Gospel?
    Followed by interactive processing and application
  • Themed workshops (choose your own)
  • Afternoon Plenary #2 – Jesus-centred Power Dynamics
    Followed by interactive processing and application
  • Themed workshops (choose your own)
  • Evening Program — Plenary Panel and conversation: The Many Gospels’
  • UNITE 22 Social — Chartered buses to a pub crawl in downtown Toronto! (Additional ticket purchase)
  • Morning Plenary #3 – Engaging with the Secular Age
    Followed by interactive processing and application
  • Themed workshops (choose your own)
  • Vision Casting for Jesus Collective & Network Updates
  • Afternoon Plenary #4 – Rooting Our Identity in Jesus
  • Shared spiritual practice and communion

* Exact timing and agenda details subject to refinement/​change

# Breakout Workshops

Guests will have the option of choosing three different interactive workshops to attend throughout the gathering. Each workshop corresponds with one of the main themes of UNITE 22.

  • Reading scripture with Jesus at the centre
  • What does it mean to be a Jesus-centred church?
  • Exploring a Jesus-centred use of power
  • Better Together: Leadership models that empower women to lead
  • Jesus-centred approaches to social justice and racial reconciliation
  • The relevance of Jesus in a secular age
  • Engaging post-Christian communities with the Gospel
  • Healthy identity and transformational practices for Jesus-centred leaders
  • Discipling the next generation towards Jesus
  • Foundations for peacemaking and navigating conflict

# Contributors

Stay tuned for more — we’re shaping a diverse group of teachers, practitioners, and ordinary radicals like you from in and around Jesus Collective to participate at UNITE 22.

# Partner Summit 22

May 4, 2022 (The day before UNITE 22)

Our annual Partner Summit is a time for the Jesus Collective Partner community to celebrate, build relationships, and discern the Spirit’s leading as we shape this collective together. And we get to hold it in person!

The Partner Summit will take place in Oakville, Ontario (the same location as UNITE 22). It’s free for all Partners, and all Partners are invited to attend and participate.

Partners can register for the Summit using the UNITE 22 registration link on this page. When you enter the Partner registration code at checkout, you’ll notice the option to reserve a ticket for the Partner Summit on May 4 as well as the Partner Social the night of May 3.

Curious about Jesus Collective Partnership? Learn more and apply here.

# Registration Details

You can register to attend UNITE 22 in-person or register to access the plenary sessions online in real time via livestream with access to online break-out sessions. Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars.

In-Person Registration

  • Access to all in-person sessions
  • Tickets to May 4 & May 5 evening social events can be purchased separately

Early Bird Deadline: March 12022

  • Individual: $129 Early Bird / $179 Regular / $95 Jesus Collective Partners
  • Groups of 3 or more: $99 pp Early Bird / $139 pp Regular / $75 pp Jesus Collective Partners
  • May 4 Evening Jesus Collective Social Event: $10 pp Early Bird / $15 pp Regular
  • May 5 Evening UNITE 22 Social Event: $10 pp Early Bird / $15 pp Regular


Livestream Registration

  • Access to livestreamed plenary sessions
  • Access to online break-out sessions following plenary sessions

Early Bird Deadline: March 12022

  • $39 pp Early Bird / $69 pp Regular / $25 Jesus Collective Partners


Curious about Jesus Collective Partnership? Learn more and apply here.

# Travel Info

Event Address

2700 Bristol Circle, Oakville, ON, L6H 6E1

COVID-Related Travel & Event Protocols

Travelling to Ontario from within Canada or abroad? Find out how you can follow public safety protocols so we can be safe together.

Travellers from outside of Canada can visit the Canadian Government website for helpful information on traveling to Canada and to determine travel protocols that apply to you. Please consult your local public health office to determine protocols that may apply in your home region.

Travellers within Canada can check out these links to determine which travel protocols apply to you:

Travelling by Plane or Train Within Canada

Provincial and Territorial Travel Protocols

In line with the policies set out by the Ontario Government, we are anticipating that COVID19 restrictions, including vaccine passport requirements and mask wearing, will have been lifted by the time of this event.

Also, the Federal Government has released that the pre-arrival COVID-19 testing requirement at the border for fully vaccinated travellers will no longer be in place by the end of March.


Airports

There are three main airports within driving distance of Oakville, ON.

Toronto Pearson International Airport (VIEW ON MAP) (3045 minute drive to Oakville)

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (VIEW ON MAP) (3045 minute drive to Oakville)

Buffalo Niagara International Airport (VIEW ON MAP) – Requires a car to cross the border into Canada. Roughly 2 hr drive to Oakville.


# A Jesus-Centred Gospel?

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What Does A Jesus-Centred Gospel Mean To You?

In preparation for UNITE​22, we asked our Partners and friends in the community what a Jesus-centred gospel means to them. Check out what some of them had to say.”

# Sponsors

BIC

Be in Christ Church of Canada

Oakville, ON
Emmanuel Bible College

Emmanuel Bible College

Kitchener, ON
EFC

The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada

Scarborough, ON
Food for the Hungry

Food for the Hungry (FH) Canada

Abbotsford, BC
FPBS

Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary

Fresno, CA
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Herald Press

North America
MCC

Mennonite Central Committee

Kitchener, ON
Tyndale

Tyndale University

Toronto, ON
Way Base

WayBase

Burlington, ON