FLUID 2020 YOUNG ADULTS GATHERING

You want more.

You are constantly grasping for something — something that can give you more than what you have now. It is an endless longing, a desire for something else. And you keep thinking to yourself, there has to be more to life than just this.

So, what if we told you that there is more — that God wants to give you more. He wants you to experience a life beyond what you are currently thinking of —a life far better than you could ever imagine. A life found in the Kingdom of God.

The Kingdom of God is here and He wants you to experience all that He has to offer.

There is more. Right here. Right now.

Join 1500 young adults from across Canada on Saturday March 7, 2020 as we journey through The Gospel of Matthew and discover this beautiful invitation into the Kingdom of God.

Our Guides

We are thrilled to have the following speakers & artists that will serve as our guides as we explore The Gospel of Matthew.

Rebekah Lyons

Co-Founder, Q Ideas and
Author, Rhythms of Renewal

mark clark

Senior Pastor, Village Church and
Author, The Problem of God

Shane & Shane

Contemporary Christian
Music Duo

vijay krishnan

Lead Pastor, Upper Room Community Church

Bruxy Cavey

Senior Pastor, The Meeting House and Author, Reunion

Fluid Worship

A Collection of Worship Leaders Across the GTA

CHERYL NEMBHARD

Founder, The Lighthouse Project and
Co-Host, See Hear Love

Nikki Fletcher

Worship Leader and
Singer Songwriter, Sanctus Church Worship

Kevin Chan

Mobilization Pastor,
Bayview Glen Church

Kathy KlassEn

Director of Relational and Spiritual Vitality, Christian & Missionary Alliance 

Chris Tompkins

Executive Director and COO,
Muskoka Woods

Dr. David Sherbino

Professor of Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry,
Tyndale Seminary

Karen Heppner

Pastor of Discipleship, The Bridge Markham 

Tim Barnett

Apologist, Stand to Reason

MONICA KAY

Director, Launch – Youth Unlimited

SHU-ling LEE

Pastor of Cultivation, Richmond Hill Christian Community Church 

Matt Collins

Fluid 2020 Host

MORE TO COME

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*Prices do not include applicable taxes and service charge. Tickets are non-refundable, no exceptions will be given.

SUPER EARLY BIRD

$50

Ends Dec. 13/19

EARLY BIRD

$60

 

 

later BIRD

$70

 

 

Group 5+

$65

 

 

Details

Conference Schedule – Saturday March 7, 2020

8:30am - Registration Opens

 

9:00am - Main Session 1

 

10:15am - Break

 

10:45am - Main Session 2

 

12:15pm - Lunch On Your Own

 

1:30pm - Labs 1

2:30pm - Break

2:45pm - Labs 2

3:45pm - Break

4:15pm - Main Session 3

 

5:30pm - Dinner On Your Own

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7:00pm - Main Session 4

 
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9:00pm - Fluid 2020 Ends

 

The venue

The Meeting House

2700 Bristol Circle
Oakville, ON, L6H 6E1

The Meeting House

Coming From The North

Go southbound on highway 400 or 404. Take 401 west to 403 west towards Mississauga. Take the Regional Road 5/Dundas Street exit from ON-403 W and turn left. Continue on Dundas St W/Halton Regional Rd 5. Turn right onto Hyde Park Gate and then right again on Bristol Circle.

Coming From The East

Take 401 west then to 403 west towards Mississauga. Take the Regional Road 5/Dundas Street exit from ON-403 W and turn left. Continue on Dundas St W/Halton Regional Rd 5.  Turn right onto Hyde Park Gate and then right again on Bristol Circle.

Coming From The West

Take 401 east to 403 east towards Mississauga.  Follow signs for Toronto/Ontario 403/Ontario 401/Ford Drive.  Take exit 106 for Dundas Street and turn right onto Dundas St.  Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Hyde Park Gate and then right on Bristol Circle.

2020 Trailer

our partners

Frequently Asked Questions

I am interested in having my organization sponsor or have a booth at Fluid. Who do I contact ?
Great to hear your interest in partnering with Fluid!  Please email our sponsor coordinator Cynthia at cynthia@fluidgathering.com.
Do you have any posters or marketing material we can use to promote Fluid?

We will have collateral available for download soon!

I will be arriving late to the gathering. What do I do if I miss the registration time?
Not to fret! All you need to do is head directly to the main Info Desk at the West (Main) Entrance when you arrive, present your ticket/registration confirmation and pick up your badge and welcome bag. Please note that you will need to have a badge to enter all sessions and labs.
Are meals provided this year?
Meals aren’t provided but there will be food trucks on site and you will find many wonderful restaurants and fast food options in close walking distance from the venue that will ensure you have your lunch and dinner covered!
Are there hotels close by?
If you would like a hotel nearby go on the venue website here: www.rentals.themeetinghouse.com (go to hotels with preferred rates). When booking a hotel make sure you tell them you are attending an event at The Meeting House to get a preferred rate.
What about parking?
Parking is free at The Meeting House with 400 spots available.
What is included in my registration fee?
Main Conference Registration Fee includes: four main sessions, two lab session, Swag Bag, and more!
What do I do if I lose or forget my tickets?
If you have lost or forgotten your ticket, you can show proof of purchase by using your ID and from the email order confirmation you would have received when you first purchased the ticket.  If you require more help, please contact us at info@fluidgathering.com All registrants will receive a lanyard set at check-in for the gathering. If lanyards are lost during the conference there will be a $15.00 replacement fee since all participants are required to wear one to participate in the event.
Are the tickets transferable?
Yes. Substitutions are allowable. Group tickets can also be substituted when they do not alter the total number in your group.  Please contact info@fluidgathering.com for more info.
Are tickets refundable?

Unfortunately, tickets are non-refundable. If you cannot attend, it may be beneficial to see if someone else on your team, or in your network or organization might want to attend. 

I am interested in bringing a group to Fluid. What do I do?

Great! We highly recommend experiencing Fluid with your young adult leadership team, small group and community. Because we want to accommodate all groups, large and small, we recommend that you register on-line by February 28th, 2020. Please note that due to limited seating and selling out in previous years, group rates may sell out earlier than this date.

The event says “young adults” in the description. Is there an age restriction and what is a “young adults” ?
While there is no age restriction in attending Fluid, our aim is to create a learning environment and explore topics that are mostly suited for young adults (18 to 30ish).  That being said, we definitely encourage pastors and leaders who lead young adults to attend as well, preferably with your group. For those younger than 18 years, we suggest you to consider attending some other fantastic events (i.e., Change Conference) that are geared towards high school.
I have more questions, who do I contact?

Feel free to drop us an email at info@fluidgathering.com.  We will respond within 24 hours.

Our Newsletter

Shu-Ling Lee

Pastor of Cultivation, Richmond Hill Christian Community Church

Shu-Ling Lee is the Discipleship & Downtown Markham Campus Pastor at Richmond Hill Christian Community Church for the English-speaking congregation. Formerly serving as the Worship Pastor, God transformed his passion for worship into a passion for discipleship. He devotes his time to challenge regular Sunday churchgoers into joining God in His mission where He’s placed them.

Shu received his Bachelors degree from York University in Sociology, a Masters degree at Tyndale Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree at Northern Seminary in Chicago, IL.

Kevin Chan

Mobilization Pastor, Bayview Glen Church

Kevin and his family were kingdom workers in the Arabian Peninsula through learning the local language and engaging in gospel proclamation through friendship building. While serving overseas, God affirmed not only Kevin’s calling to serve as a pastor, but his birthright in being a pastor.  Kevin and his family returned from the field in 2017. Kevin has been married to Grace for over seventeen years and together they have four children.  You’ll often find Kevin at the local climbing gym, coaching athletes and helping to grow the sport.

Karen Heppner

Pastor of Discipleship, The Bridge – A Markham Community Church

Karen is the Pastor of Discipleship at The Bridge Markham and she has been on staff there for 12 years. Throughout her ministry life, she has simply loved connecting people with Jesus and to see them become all that God has created them to be. She is also very passionate about the local Church being a place of belonging and for the people in it to relate to one another in healthy, life-giving ways. Karen is married to her husband Ben. They have 3 children, all whom are married and have given them 5 grandchildren! Karen loves to cook, host, and continue to learn however she can.

Monica Kay

Director, Launch – Youth Unlimited

Monica joined the LAUNCH team in 2010 as Coach Coordinator and took on the role of Director in 2013. She has mentored young adults for over a decade, serving nationally with Athletes in Action’s University Division for 10 years, and now continues coaching through LAUNCH. Monica received her Masters in French and English Canadian Literature as well as her Bachelor of Education. She has also benefited from participating in the Arrow Leadership Program. Monica has a heart for helping young people to grow spiritually, in character, and in leadership as they realize their unique God-given potential and make a Kingdom difference.

Tim Barnett

Tim Barnett is a dynamic speaker who provides a perfect blend of expertise and humor in each talk. Using easy-to-follow and visually engaging presentations, Tim trains Christians to think clearly about what they believe and why they believe it. Tim's passion and energy will help motivate you and your group to love God with all your mind.

Tim has worked as a professional teacher since 2008, employed in both the private and public sector. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from York University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Tim also has a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Tim also serves as an adjunct Bible and Science teacher at Innova Academy, a classical Christian school, and serves on the pastoral staff at Cedarview Community Church.

Tim is married, and has three beautiful girls.

Dr. David Sherbino

Dr. Sherbino has been a faculty member at Tyndale Seminary since 1987, serving previously as Chair of the Pastoral Ministries Department, Coordinator of the Worship and Liturgy program, and Dean of the Chapel. He is presently coordinating the master’s program in Spiritual Formation and the doctoral track in Spiritual Formation. He has served as the lead minister in several congregations in Canada and is presently Minister in Association with The Presbyterian Church in Canada.

A commissioned officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, he served for four years as Regimental Chaplain to the Queen’s York Rangers. A popular speaker and church consultant, he regularly addresses various church and ministry groups in Canada and overseas. He has written many articles for church press publications and has recently published Foundations for Christian LivingThe Marriage Preparation Manual; the award winning books Re:Connect: Spiritual Exercises to Develop Intimacy with GodLiving, Dying, Living Forever; and Renew: A Basic Guide for a Personal Retreat. His work on spiritual formation has been produced on several videos. Dr. Sherbino is involved as visiting professor at various theological schools, including the South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies (India), the Alliance Biblical Seminary (The Philippines), BGST (Singapore), and at McMaster Divinity College (Hamilton, ON).

Chris Tompkins

Executive Director/COO, Muskoka Woods

Chris Tompkins leads the senior leadership team in bringing the Muskoka Woods vision to life. He holds a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Guelph, a teacher’s college degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Youth Development from Clemson University. His experience leading in local community, school, church and camp settings has spanned almost 20 years. His current role and expertise generates a demand for him to speak with teens and consult with youth leaders. He is an avid sports fan who enjoys an afternoon with a big cup of coffee and a good book. Chris resides in Stouffville, Ontario with his wife and daughter.

Kathy Klassen

Director of Relational and Spiritual Vitality, Christian & Missionary Alliance

Kathy’s passion is to chase after God with every ounce of her being in such a way that others are drawn into the abundant life Jesus promised and walk that out authentically, resulting in others wanting to follow Jesus too.  She brings a global awareness, having grown up in East Africa and lived out much of her ministry experience in the multi-cultural city of Toronto.  Her 30 years in Disciple Making has included ministering to university students, business people, seniors, and everyone in between.  She is a catalyst for the deeper life as she helps others journey from disillusionment, disengagement and distraction into the vibrant, abundant life Jesus promised, through a balanced grounding in the Bible while experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit.   Despite Kathy’s passion for the deeper things, she is practical, fun loving and contemporary in her approach. She presently ministers in the Eastern Canadian District of the Christian & Missionary Alliance as the Director of Relational and Spiritual Vitality, helping bring renewal to their 87+ churches.

Nikki Fletcher

Worship Leader & Songwriter, Sanctus Church Worship

Nikki grew up in Toronto, Canada, attending a Performing Arts School, and has been an Educator, Writer, and Worship Leader across the GTA for 15 years. She has a love for strong coffee, cat memes & ancient liturgy. Nikki has a Master of Arts in Education & Child Study from the University of Toronto and is currently completing a Master of Theological Studies while leading worship on staff at Sanctus Church.

She is a published, award-winning songwriter with Sanctus Church Worship, and loves teaching leaders and teams from across Canada in creative, spiritual & educational disciplines. Learning and worshipping together is her favourite. She is the proud wife of a kind & hilarious bearded man, and together they have a wild and curious four year old daughter. As a family they love traveling, the outdoors & dinner around the table.

Cheryl Nembhard

Founder, The Lighthouse Project and Co Host, See, Hear, Love

Cheryl Nembhard is an award winning Filmmaker, Playwright & Social Advocate who uses her incredible talents in the Arts to tackle some of the toughest societal topics. Her dedication to Community Service includes working with at risk youth, former gang members, sexual assault victims & teenage mothers. Her Not for Profit Educational Theatre Company, EMG Education has performed special assemblies on topics such as Mental Health, Bullying & Racism in over 150 High Schools across Ontario, impacting over 70,000 students and counting. CBC Canada has recognized her as one of '150 Black Women who are making Canada a better place'.

Among her many awards, She is also the 2017 recipient of the Harry Jerome awards for Social Advocacy. Cheryl is Co Host of 'See, Hear, Love', a nationally televised Women's talk show on YES TV. She recently founded & developed 'The Lighthouse Project', a faith based Mentorship program, where she currently mentors over 40 people. Cheryl is an active Board Member with Brave Canada, a catalytic movement for at risk girls, and she also sits on the national steering committee for “Power of Her” a World Vision initiative for marginalized women and girls globally.

Bruxy Cavey

Senior Pastor, The Meeting House and Author, Reunion

Bruxy Cavey is the senior pastor at The Meeting House, a church for people who aren’t into church. The Meeting House is a multisite Anabaptist congregation in Ontario, Canada where thousands of people connect to God and each other through Sunday services, online interaction, and a widespread house church network. Bruxy and his wife, Nina, have three daughters and live in Hamilton, Ontario. Along with their Saint Bernard, George.

Vijay Krishnan

Lead Pastor, Upper Room Community Church

Vijay Krishnan is the Lead Pastor of Upper Room Community Church in Vaughan, Ontario. After studying business at Queen’s University, Vijay worked in the Toronto business community for 10 years doing CPG and Retail marketing. During that time, he helped launch Upper Room Community Church, and in 2009 transitioned into the Lead Pastor role. Serving in a city marked by continuous growth and affluence, along with religious and ethnic diversity, presents significant challenges and unique opportunities.

Upper Room is committed to being used by God to authentically represent Jesus Christ through a Deep Faith, and a Wide Embrace. Vijay, his wife Jenn and their three boys are thrilled to be in ministry in the local church.

Shane & Shane

Contemporary Christian Music Duo

Contemporary Christian music duo Shane & Shane are the combined forces of solo artists Shane Barnard and Shane Everett. Barnard and Everett met while attending Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Barnard, a native of Lubbock who had been leading student prayer groups since junior high, met Everett, a rock musician from the suburbs of Dallas, shortly after the latter underwent a Christian conversion and started attending Barnard's on-campus Christian fellowship group. At the time, Barnard was already beginning a musical career, having recorded a self-released 1997 album with another Texas A&M student, Caleb Carruth, called Salvation Still Remains. After that duo's amicable split, Barnard started a solo career that included Everett on harmony vocals. After a pair of putative solo albums under Barnard's name and another under Everett's, the duo officially renamed themselves Shane & Shane. After reissuing Psalms under the new group name in 2002, Shane & Shane followed with 2003's Carry Away, 2004's Upstairs, and 2005's Clean. After a live CD and DVD, An Evening with Shane and Shane, the duo took an extended break, returning in 2007 with Pages. In addition to their frequent touring, the duo kept up their prolific output, releasing four albums over the next five years, including a Christmas album called Glory in the Highest. Shane & Shane had a banner year in 2015, with the release of two high-charting new albums. Arriving in April of that year, The Worship Initiative featured a number of well-known worship songs culled from their ongoing series of the same name, while six months later, their tenth album, Psalms II, acted as a sequel to their debut and cracked Billboard's Top 200. Following the 2016 concert album Psalms Live, Shane & Shane returned in 2018 with Hymns, Vol. 1.

Mark Clark

Senior Pastor, Village Church and Author, The Problem of God

Mark grew up in an un-churched family and was a skeptic most of his life. He became a Christian at the end of high school and felt called into pastoral ministry in his early twenties. In 2010 Mark planted Village Church with 16 people, which has now grown into a vibrant multi-site church of over 5000 people with locations in Vancouver and Calgary, Canada. He is passionate about contextualizing the gospel, teaching the Bible, seeing people transformed by Jesus, planting churches, and seeing the gospel advance in North American and beyond. Mark has been featured in Christianity Today and was recently featured in Outreach Magazine as one of the 26 pastors to watch in North America. He is the author of The Problem of God: Answering a Skeptics Challenges to Christianity (Zondervan, 2017), and resides in the Greater Vancouver Area with his wife and their three daughters.

Rebekah Lyons

Co-Founder, Q Ideas and Author, Rhythms of Renewal

Rebekah Lyons is a national speaker and bestselling author of Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose, You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are and Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning. An old soul with a contemporary, honest voice, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety and depression—and invites others to discover and boldly pursue their God-given purpose from a place of freedom. Finding joy in raising a special needs child—Rebekah wears her heart on her sleeve, a benefit to friends and readers alike. Her work has been featured on The TODAY Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Huffington Post, The Tennessean, Publisher’s Weekly, and more.

Alongside her husband, Gabe, she serves as co-founder of Q Ideas, a nonprofit organization that helps Christian leaders winsomely engage in culture. The organization’s global livestream events feature thought leaders such as David Brooks, Malcolm Gladwell, Soledad O'Brien, and Tim Keller. Gabe and Rebekah are raising their four children in Franklin, Tennessee.