This traveling “act,” which Publisher’s Weekly said “reinvented the book tour,” set up soap boxes in thirty-two U.S. cities to preach, perform music, and peddle ideas with old-time revival flair.
Tony, Doug and a third friend, Mark Scandrette, rolled into church sanctuaries and basements across the country where religious thinkers lined chairs and stretched out in aisle-ways to talk, argue, laugh, and craft new ways of living faith together. The roadshow brought new allies together and became the first of many efforts to come that combined innovative content with relational events.
Since then, the scope of The JoPa Group’s events have grown to include a host of other offerings.
In past years, Church Planters Academy and Christianity 21 added to the national faith conversation by inviting smart, progressive, and often provocative thought leaders to share their latest ideas and practices. JoPa is always crafting the next innovative event to meet a topical, regional, or national need. This has led to a series of inventive, relational gatherings such as Big Tent Christianity, The Great Emergence, and Funding the Missional Church. And for years, we trained hundreds of clergy in the use of social media at Social Phonics Bootcamps.
JoPa’s newest ventures — Progressive Youth Ministry and the Re|Knew Conference — gather and resource some of the ministry world’s sharpest and most compassionate thinkers and doers. In addition, we recently announced the launch of Learning Adventures, a new undertaking at the intersection of theology, education, and travel.
Just like the Church Basement Roadshow, all of these events find life because of the many socially conscious partners and bright, articulate people who fill both the stage and the seats. JoPa continues to be shaped by attendees who share their own learnings and points of view to help discover better and more hopeful ways of expressing faith in the future.
Tony Jones is the author of Did God Kill Jesus? (HarperOne, 2015), professor in the practice of theology at United Theological Seminary, senior fellow at the Science for Youth Ministry Project at Luther Seminary, and senior acquisitions editor at Fortress Press.
He’s written a dozen books, including The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier and The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life, developed the iPhone app, Ordain Thyself, and has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary, and St. Cloud State University.
Tony is a sought after speaker and consultant in the areas of emerging church, postmodernism, and Christian spirituality, writing, and the outdoors. He holds an A.B. from Dartmouth College, an M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Tony is married, has three children, and lives in Edina, Minnesota.
You can learn more about Tony on his website, youtube, or vimeo or by connecting with him on the social networks below.
Doug is an author, speaker and organizational consultant.
Born and raised in the cold land of Minnesota, Doug graduated from Hopkins high school, Bethel University, and Bethel Seminary. He and his wife, Shelley, have been married since 1988 and have four children.
You can learn more about Doug by visiting his website, vimeo, or youtube page or by connecting with him on the social networks below.