New Room


September 18–20, 2024
The Woodlands, Texas

The Woodlands
Methodist Church


About the 2024 conference

When we started the New Room Conference more than a decade ago, we put a stake in the ground and raised a banner with three tiny Latin words: Sola Sancta Caritas. Translated, it means: “Only Holy Love.”

As we begin a second decade of gathering as an Awakening Fellowship, we think it is time to raise the banner again. This time it shall be: “Greater Love.

Greatness doesn’t always come with size or virality. Often, greater love is shown in small, sacrificial ways. It’s not about size, but quality.

Much of our community gathers weekly in Bands, and at the start of each meeting, we pray the celebrated prayer for awakening from the third chapter of Paul’s letter to the Church at Ephesus. There is a curious and captivating phrase at the heart of the prayer: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power . . .” (vv. 17–18).

The sequence is of paramount importance. The power of God comes from being rooted and established in the love of God. Though power rarely, if ever, leads to love, love always leads to power.

Throughout the three days of the 2024 Conference, we will be asking the question: “How might we become rooted and established in love?”

May it be said of New Room as is sung in the Song of Songs: “Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love” (2:4).

We would love for you to come and join us in that banquet hall this September.

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:12–13


Additional speakers
will be announced soon

Miriam Swanson

Director @ Fusion USA

Mark Sayers

Pastor, Cultural Communicator, Writer, and Speaker

Shelbi Shutt

Pastor @ A Jesus Church (Portland, OR)

JT Thomas

Speaker and Founder @ Civil Righteousness

Sandra Richter

Old Testament scholar, professor, and author

Jon Thompson

Pastor @ Sanctus Church (Toronto, ON), and author

Joe Dongell

Professor of Biblical Studies @ Asbury Theological Seminary

J. D. Walt

Founder and Sower-in-Chief @ Seedbed

Anna Grace Legband

Associate Director of Experiences

David Thomas

Executive Director of New Room

Mark Benjamin

Executive Director of New Room

Lo Alaman

Founder of Urban Hymnal


Disappearing Church, Reappearing Church

Led by Mark Sayers

A Study of Deborah

Led by Sandra Richter

Convergence: Spiritual Gifts

Led by Jon Thompson

Modifying Our Myths About Love

Led by Joseph Dongell

Note: Preconference topics and speakers are subject to change

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1 John 4:7


Wednesday, September 18

9:00 am
Pre-Conferences begin

11:00 am
Check-in opens

1:00 pm
Session 1


3:30 pm
Session 2

5:00 pm

7:30 pm
Session 3

9:00 pm

Thursday, September 19

8:45 am
Session 4


11:15 am
Breakout Session 1

12:30 pm

1:30 pm
Breakout Session 2


3:15 pm
Session 5

5:00 pm

7:30 pm
Session 6

9:00 pm

Friday, September 20

8:45 am
Session 7

10:30 am

11:30 am


In-person at The Woodlands

Streaming / Digital



Group (5+)




Local Gathering (5-20)


Local Gatherings (20+)


Note: Prices increase on august 16


In-person at The Woodlands



Group (5+)


Note: Prices increase on June 1

Streaming / Digital






Reserved rooms with conference pricing

Drury Inn & Suites

28099 I-45 North
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Cost: $123/night

1.3 miles away

Homewood Suites

29813 I-45 North
The Woodlands, TX 77381

Cost: $129/night

2.6 miles away

Hilton Garden Inn

9301 Six Pines Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Cost: $199/night

0.7 miles away

Hyatt Place

1909 Research Forest Dr
The Woodlands, TX 77380

Cost: $199/night

1.0 miles away

Springhill Suites

16520 I-45 South
The Woodlands, TX 77384

Cost: $107-$116/night

4.7 miles away

For additional options contact Garner World Travel
Phone: (770) 222-4412. Email:


How do I volunteer?
If you'd like to volunteer, please submit your information at this page: Volunteer Form
How do I join the Prayer Team?

If you'd like to join the Prayer Team, please submit your information at this page: Prayer Team Form

Where is the conference?

The Woodlands Methodist Church

2200 Lake Woodlands Dr

The Woodlands, TX 77380

Are any meals provided during the conference?
Your conference ticket includes lunch on Thursday, September 19. Attendees are responsible for their own breakfast and dinner. Please note that there will not be the option to purchase dinner on site this year.
Will there be on site dinner options available for purchase?
No, there will not be the option to purchase dinner on site. The Woodlands has many restaurants, some of which are walking distance from the Church.
What airport should I fly into?
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) - 24 miles from venue William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) - 44 miles from venue
Will this be livestreamed?
Yes, access livestream ticket options here.
Can I access the talks after the conference?
Yes, recordings of the conference talks will be available to purchase after the event.
Is there a group discount code or rate?
Yes, purchase group tickets here.
What is included with my pre-con ticket?
All pre-con participants receive lunch and a book by the pre-conference speaker.

New Room is an ecosystem of relationships,
founded and supported by Seedbed.



Convergence: Spiritual Gifts

Led by Jon Thompson
Through the convergence of spiritual disciplines, gifts, and experiences, Jesus demonstrates how we and our local churches can hear from the Father, carry out our ministry, and lead people into revival. Although always God, Jesus deliberately chose to limit His divine attributes and power to show us not only who God is, but also what the normal Christian life should look like. This will be a time to receive tools and be equipped to bring these insights into your local church and communities.


Modifying our Myths about Love

Led by Joseph Dongell
We commonly make unexamined claims about love involving our beliefs about love’s origin, its nature as “unconditional,” its relationship to action, to our emotions and feelings, to truth, and to certain Greek and Hebrew words supposedly offering precise definitional guidance. Many features of these claims end up being inconsistent with each other, and (more importantly) at odds with much Scriptural teaching. Come to learn of 5 key revisions likely needed in our teaching and preaching about the central calling of the Christian life, and of Wesley’s vision for the recovery of the original gospel.


Disappearing Church, Reappearing Church

Led by Mark Sayers

In light of an increasingly secularizing, post-Christian culture, many churches have pursued a strategy of relevance over the last few decades. Yet, this approach has yielded limited results for the gospel. However, both the scriptures and the church’s history present an alternative approach, one that speaks of God’s ability to revive his people and awaken them to the power available in Him.

Could we be on the cusp of such a cycle of renewal, where the empty promises of secularism are proving insufficient, prompting many to seek something more? How might we align ourselves with God’s work in our time?



The Epic of Eden: Deborah, Unlikely Heroes and the Book of Judges

Led by Sandra Richter

The newest Epic study is here! The hero? Judge and prophetess, Deborah, and her courageous commander, Barak.

In this pre-conference gathering, Sandy Richter will run us through the core of her new curriculum, asking the questions: “What is the territory that you can see from where you’re standing that you know belongs to the Kingdom of God, but is not yet in the hands of the people of God? Is it worth fighting for? And what are we going to do about it? Sandy will walk us through the real time and space of the era of Israel’s settlement, the structure of the book of Judges, and the profile of our heroine.

Be encouraged and strengthened by this story of courage and conquest that stands as a critical turning point for God’s people then and can serve as a critical turning point for God’s people now. The cast of characters is full of unlikely leaders. The crisis is insurmountable. The odds are impossible. And, yet, God shows up! This is a moment when the very real past of the people of God collides with the very needy present of the people of God, and forces us to ask ourselves the same question Yahweh asked of the Israelites: Is this territory worth fighting for? Or is it easier to just give up … and assimilate?”

Note: Session members will receive a free copy of Sandy’s new curriculum.