Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

We’ve got three important, upcoming events to tell you about: A first-ever “Beta” test of our virtual Chapter House on August 28, an AFFN-Sponsored Worship Workshop in conjunction with Asbury Seminary November 6-8, and a 12-day trip to the Holy Land in October, 2018, with Dr. Teresa Gardner and Dr. Chris Alford:

Chapter House:

Chapter House is a large room or building attached to a cathedral, collegiate church, or religious house where the members of the order meet together. In monastic communities, the monks gather there to share the news and events of the day, read Scripture, or talk theology. We’ve been working on creating a virtual Chapter House, an online experience that will be big enough, yet intimate enough, to accommodate our growing community– and one located so conveniently that you don’t have to leave your home or office.

Mark your calendars for Monday night, August 28, at 6 PM (Pacific DST), and join us for this first-ever Beta test of our new tele/video-conference tool. Dr. Chris Alford will host the event and guest presenters will include Dr. Carl Peters and Dr. Jennifer Harris-Clayton. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with our guests.

AFFN-WebinarTele-Conference Details for August 28: Our new tele-conference tool has video capability, but this first time out we’re going to test only the audio side of things.

Use your phone and dial: (515) 739-1453. When prompted, enter the access code 109084 followed by the pound sign. (Please note: You may experience cheesy “on hold” music for a short spell. Be patient with us; we’re working on something better). Phone carrier/long distance charges may apply.


AFFN Worship Workshop and The Convergence: November 6, 7, 8, 2017:

logo_mark_450The AFFN will host a one-day worship workshop on Monday, November, featuring Dr. Teresa Gardner, Dr. Carl Peters, Dr. Ellen Kohler, and Dr. Chris Alford among others.

Convergence LogoThe workshop will be immediately followed by “The Convergence,” a two-day conference hosted by Asbury Seminary (October 7-8). The Convergence is an annual two-day gathering at Asbury Theological Seminary designed to help church leaders recover ancient pathways for formation and mission in contemporary ministry by bringing together Scripture, Spirit and Sacrament. During our time, we will worship corporately in liturgical chapel services and also explore topics such as “The Power of Liturgy,” “Sacramental Preaching,” “Sacramental Church Planting,” “21st Century Catechesis” and more. We believe that exploring the historic practices of the church will bring new life and substance to the leaders of our day and we would be delighted if you joined with us for this incredible opportunity!

Find all the information you need about Asbury’s Convergence Conference here (including schedule, local hotel recommendations, etc.), and watch this space in the coming days for more details about the AFFN worship workshop.

For travel plans, Asbury Seminary is in the Lexington, Kentucky, metro-area, and air travelers would likely fly into Lexington (LEX). Asbury’s Convergence website has some accommodation recommendations.


Holy Land, 2018, with Dr. Teresa Gardner and Dr. Chris Alford:

Stand at the crossroads and look;
    ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
    and you will find rest for your souls…. – Jer 6:16

Jeremiah’s call to return to the ancient paths is as compelling today as it was 27 centuries ago. It’s a call to walk alongside patriarchs and prophets, priests and kings, disciples and their rabbis– to become a pilgrim– to see, hear, and touch Scripture as they did through the land where most of our faith-forming events took place.

We’re hoping you join Dr. Chris Alford and Dr. Teresa Gardner on the ancient paths in October, 2018, as we travel to Israel and Jordan.

We’ll explore the Holy Land– the “Fifth Gospel,” as Jerome called it– visit major biblical sites, walk where Jesus and his disciples walked, and worship where they worshiped.

Pastor Chris will lead worship and teaching during our trip. Dr. Gardner is known to many in the AFFN community for her international dance and teaching ministry, plus her nearly 50 trips to Israel. Along the way, we’ll have expert, local guides to supplement our journey.

And this trip includes TWO additional once-in-a-lifetime experiences: The stunning fortress of Masada, PLUS a journey to the ancient City of Petra.

It would be a life-changing journey any time, but given recent archaeological discoveries, there’s so much more happening now: The earliest Christian church found in Israel (under a prison), Saul’s likely headquarters when facing the Philistines and Goliath, evidence of the Tabernacle at Shiloh, the burn layer of Nebuchadnezzar’s destruction of Jerusalem, the synagogue where Mary Magdalene worshiped and Jesus almost certainly taught, the place where Paul gave his defense before Festus. We’re still developing the itinerary to make this a rich and rewarding time.

Please join us… 

Our tentative dates and details: October 10-22, 2018. The all-inclusive tour cost includes round trip airfare, first-rate hotel accommodation (double occupancy), all breakfast and dinners, local guides and motor coaches, entrance fees, and tips. The total projected cost for your budgeting is: $5,350. Several factors will contribute to the final price, which we hope will decrease: The total number of folks traveling (we’re gathering more as we go along and that may help bring costs down– so far we have about 20), the air ticket prices we’re able to lock in, etc.).

At this point (August, 2017), we need to identify the folks who are interested in going. The trip is also open to folks not based in the Sacramento area. Be on the lookout very soon for an informational meeting with even more details. So, let’s hear from you!

Sound intriguing? Please email Dr. Chris Alford.


Caesarea, Mt. Carmel at Mukrakah, Capernaum, St. Peter’s Primacy, Mt. of Beatitudes. Dan, Caesarea Philippi (Banias), Golan Heights, Boatride on the Sea of Galilee, Baptismal Renewal at the Jordan River, Ein Gedi, Qumran, Dead Sea, Masada, Mt. of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Mt. Zion, Upper Room, St. Peter Gallicantu (House of Caiaphas), Old City, Rabbi’s Tunnel, Western Wall, Southern Steps and Temple Mount Area, Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum), Communion at the Garden Tomb, Petra



TENTATIVE ITINERARY (This is a tentative schedule and is subject to change)

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Depart U.S. for Israel

Thursday, October 11th
Arrive in Israel – Leave Airport – continue to Dead Sea Area – arrive hotel

Friday, October 12th
Ein Gedi – Masada – back to hotel for “Dead Sea” experience

Saturday, October 13th
Leave Dead Sea area – Qumran – Capernaum – Mt. of Beatitudes – arrive at hotel in Tiberias

Sunday, October 14th
Dan – Judges’s Gate & Abraham’s Gate – Caesarea Philippi – Ben Tal & Syrian bunker – Nimrod’s Fortress – Golan Heights

Monday, October 15th
Boat ride on Sea of Galilee – Synagogue in Magdala – Kursi – Yardenit & baptismal renewal in Jordan

Tuesday, October 16th
Leave Galilee area – Megiddo – Mt. Carmel – Caesarea Maritima
Up to Jerusalem

Wednesday, October 17th
Rabbi Tunnel – St. Peter Gallicantu – Upper Room – Jewish Quarter – Cardo – Shorashim – Southern Steps & Street Ruins – Kotel (Western Wall)

Thursday, October 18th
Yad Vashem – Israel Model & Shrine of the Book – City of David

Friday, October 19th
Mt. of Olives – Garden of Gethsemane – Friends of Zion Museum – Garden Tomb – Archeological Service Project

Saturday, October 20th
Depart Jerusalem for Eilat, overnight in Eilat

Sunday, October 21st
Day trip to Petra; return and overnight in Eilat

Monday, October 22
Depart Eilat, fly to Ben Gurion Airport and depart for US
Arrive home in U.S.