three days of learning and connection,
designed to build lasting fellowship among
awakened leaders with a shared calling.

February 27–29, 2024

Ridgecrest Event and Conference Center
Black Mountain, NC

We aren't meeting to learn more about church.

We are gathering to stoke the fires of awakening
and to forge the kind of friendships that
become the stuff of history.

fellowship partners

al gordon

Rector @ SAINT Church (London)

anna grace legband

Associate Director of Experiences @ Seedbed

austin wofford

Church Planter and Lead Pastor @ Arise Church

brenna bullock

Worship Leader @ Harvest (TWMC) and Bristol House

bud simon

New Room Prayer Team Leader

caz talbot

Head of Worship @ SAINT Church (London)

dan wilt

Director of Learning Communities @ Seedbed

david thomas

Senior Advisor of New Room

georges dumaine

Worship Leader

helen musick

Retired Pastor and Professor, House Church Leader @ Arise Church

ivan filby

Trustee of Seedbed, Inc.

j. d. walt

Sower in Chief @ Seedbed

jessica avery

Director of Awakening Project

jonathan tremaine thomas

Founder & Executive Director @ Civil Righteousness

jon tyson

Church Planter and Lead Pastor @ Church of the City (NYC)

josh lavender

Worship Director @ Trinity Church

lo alaman

Poet-in-Residence @ Seedbed, founder of Urban Hymnal

maddie wofford

Church Planter and Lead Pastor @ Arise Church, owner of Beheld and Sanctuary

mark benjamin

Executive Director of Connection @ Seedbed

mark swayze

Executive Pastor of NextGen Ministries @ The Woodlands Methodist Church

matthew hulbert

Associate Pastor of Faithlink @ First Methodist Shreveport

niko peele

Founder and President
@ Ignite Movement

rob lim

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships and Assistant Professor of Business, Asbury University

sam gibson

Executive Pastor of Ministries @ Church of the City (NYC), Director of pray.nyc

tim johnson

Senior Pastor @ Pfrimmer's Chapel, co-founder of Joshua Center

zach meerkreebs

Asbury University

Unlike the New Room Conference which gathers several thousand people annually in September, our leaders gathering will bring several hundred leaders together in a more focused retreat environment.

The New Room Leaders Gathering is primarily focused on bringing a smaller group of leaders together into deeper fellowship and connection to sow for awakening.

The Leader’s Gathering offers specialized tracks for different leader categories, including Pastors, Worship Leaders, Marketplace LeadersStudent/Young Adult Leaders, and Prayer Leaders.

These tracks will cater to the unique needs and challenges of each group, and provide opportunities for meaningful connections with others in the same area of ministry.

Pastors
Fellowship
Track

Hosts:
David Thomas, Al Gordon, Jon Tyson, JD Walt, and Helen Musick

Intended For:
Senior, associate, executive, discipleship, or children’s pastors.

Focus:
This fellowship is designed to empower and encourage pastors with a vision to persevere faithfully in their calling, with special emphasis given to fostering connections among one another. This track will dive into a diverse range of topics essential to pastoral leadership, expound on learnings from the Asbury outpouring, and help cultivate sustaining practices of prayer and banding as pastors.

YA/College
Leaders
Track

Hosts:
Jessica Avery, Mark Swayze, and Niko Peele

Intended For:
Those working with middle school, high school, college, or post-college age groups, as well as those overseeing young staff. Whether you’re a seasoned ministry expert with a heart for emerging generations or someone who’s deeply concerned about the challenges young people face but isn’t sure where to begin, you’re welcome here.

Focus:
This track focuses on discipleship and investment in future generations. Leaders will be equipped to mentor and guide young adults effectively, with love, intentionality, and empowerment. This track is dedicated to fostering connections among leaders working with the next generation, strengthening the Church community.

Worship
Leaders
Track

Hosts:
Josh Lavender, Caz Talbot, Dan Wilt, Brenna Bullock, and Georges Dumaine

Intended For:
All worship leaders or ministers, including those deeply involved in worship leadership as volunteers. This is especially for those needing community, encouragement, and rest. If you are a musician, leader, vocalist, artist, or pastor with a heart for awakening and a desire for fellowship, the worship leader track is for you. All generations and styles of worship leaders are welcome.

Focus:
This track focuses on connecting, encouraging, and equipping those who desire to lead worship faithfully towards an Awakening move of God. Leaders will receive encouragement, support, and accountability in an environment of trust, courage, and empathy.

Marketplace
Leaders
Track

Hosts:
Rob Lim, Matthew Hulbert, and Ivan Filby

Intended For:
Marketplace leaders/professionals, both emerging and established, who have a heart to contend for the restoration and revitalization of God’s kingdom not simply within church walls but in the marketplace.

Focus:
This track focuses on God’s commission to the marketplace, equipping the saints, and redeeming business skills for the Kingdom.

Prayer
Fellowship
Track

Hosts:
Bud Simon, Sam Gibson, Maddie Wofford

Intended For:
Individuals with a strong passion for prayer and a desire to lead prayer initiatives within their church or community. This may include prayer team leaders, intercessors, and anyone looking to deepen or expand their prayer life.

Focus:
This track will focus on various aspects of prayer, such as prophecy and prayer, building communities of prayer, deliverance prayer, healing prayer, prayer and fasting, and altar prayer ministry, and how to lead engaging prayer meetings.

schedule

Tuesday, February 27

10:30 am
Conference check-in opens

12:00 pm
Lunch available on property
(included with registration)

1:00 pm
Hotel check-in opens

1:30 pm
Opening session (all tracks)

3:30 pm
Break

4:00 pm
Fellowship Tracks

5:30–6:30 pm
Dinner (self-serve)

6:30 pm
Break

7:30 pm
Evening session (all tracks)

Optional
Late-night session

Wednesday, February 28

6:00 AM
Morning Prayer hosted by pray.NYC

7:15–8:15 AM
Breakfast (self-serve)

8:00–8:30 AM
Wake Up Call Live with JD Walt

8:45 AM
Morning session (All Tracks)

12:00 PM
Lunch

1:00 PM
Fellowship Tracks

3:00 PM
Break

3:30 PM
Fellowship Tracks

5:30–6:30 pm
Dinner (self-serve)

6:30 pm
Break

7:30 pm
Evening session (all tracks)

Optional
Late-night session

Thursday, February 29

6:00 AM
Morning Prayer hosted by pray.NYC

7:15–8:15 AM
Breakfast (self-serve)

8:00–8:30 AM
Wake Up Call Live with JD Walt

8:45 AM
Fellowship Tracks

10:00 AM
Checkout (leave key in room)

10:00 AM
Morning session (all tracks)

12:00 PM
Lunch (meet with team or on your own)

1:00 PM
Departure

registration

Please note: Your registration fee includes the conference expenses,
two nights of lodging, and all meals during the conference.

solo

one attendee per room

$649

shared

two attendees per room

$449

group

three attendees per room

$409

faq

The daily schedule includes “All-Track” plenary sessions and specific times with your chosen track. These “Track Times” will have varying structures, with schedules provided on-site. This approach allows us to follow the Spirit’s guidance as we partner with God to bring shape to this inaugural gathering, ensuring a balanced mix of structure and spontaneity. Embrace the journey and the surprises it brings!

Below are the essentials of what you need to know in terms of arrival and departure:

Check-in and start time:

  • Check in opens at 10:30 AM with Seedbed, and the gathering begins at 12:45 PM. Lunch will be available at 12:00 PM.
  • Room check-in is managed separately by Ridgecrest Retreat Center.
  • Departure: On Thursday, the gathering will conclude at 12:00 PM. Lunch will be available on site after the final session ends.
This where the worship leader fellowship will gather this February, along with others.

Accommodation for Tuesday and Wednesday night and 7 meals:

  • Lunch and Dinner on Tuesday
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Wednesday
  • Breakfast and Lunch on Thursday
Tickets are refundable (less a $20 processing fee) or transferrable to another person up until 30 days prior to the event (January 26, 2024). After this time, tickets are transferrable to another person, but not refundable.
Unfortunately, there is no group registration rate available. While we don’t offer a specific group discount code, we encourage attendees to explore cost-saving options like sharing rooms to make the event more affordable for everyone in the group.
No, we will not be livestreaming this gathering. Recordings of the all-track sessions will be available to purchase after the event.
Yes, complimentary high speed wi-fi is available throughout campus.

Ridgecrest Conference Center is located 15 miles east of Asheville, North Carolina, on Interstate 40 at Exit 66.

Physical Address:
1 Ridgecrest Drive
Black Mountain, NC 28711

Ridgecrest has ample free parking on site.

Asheville Regional Airport – 30 miles (30 minutes away)

Charlotte International Airport – 110 miles (2 hours away)

Greenville-Spartanburg Airport – 90 miles (1.5 hours away)

Yes. To add Monday evening to your reservation, contact our team prior to February 2nd, 2023.

New Room is a Seedbed Initiative

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