Another Conference…So What’s Different?

5 02 2008

by Tom Sine, Mustard Seed Associates

Conference logoIn the last few weeks, several people have asked me, “What’s different about The New Conspirators conference?” It is a fair questions. One might be tempted to think it will be exactly like all the other emerging church conferences that are happening now. Let me try to explain some elements of our conference that we hope are not only new, but valued by those that come to this gathering on February 28, 29 and March 1 at Bethany Community Church here in Seattle.

Distinctive 1: Hearing from four streams instead of one
Distinctive 2: Bringing new expressions and established congregations together
Distinctive 3: Exploring questions important for the entire church
Distinctive 4: Taking the future of God seriously
Distinctive 5: Taking the future of the world seriously
Distinctive 6: Taking our imaginations seriously
Distinctive 7: Taking connections seriously

Click here to read more about the distinctive characteristics of The New Conspirators.

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The New Conspirators: Modern Monasticism

2 01 2008

by Tom Sine, Mustard Seed Associates

Women back in school

“The monastic stream is different from the other three streams in several important ways. First, most of the groups in the monastic stream have no interest in church planting. Second, while large numbers of twenty- and thirty-year-olds are involved, it is also comprised of a larger number of the over-forty crowd than the other three streams. Is is also significantly more multicultural and multinational than the emerging and missional streams.”

Read the whole article here.





The New Conspirators! Book

1 11 2007

The New Conspirators

Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time

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By Tom Sine
Foreword by Shane Claiborne

Expected release – March 2008

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Tomorrow starts today. It’s a mustard seed world after all. The little things we do or fail to do have immense impact on the world to come.

Jesus understood this truth, and he prepared his followers to act on that understanding. Somewhere along the way, however, the enormity of our trouble-plagued world and the uncertainty lurking beyond our immediate horizon overwhelmed us. We shrank from such big problems and contented ourselves to live in isolation from one another.

In the process, we cut ourselves off from God’s conspiracy: our little acts of faith and compassion prepare the world for the great celebration God has planned for us.

In The New Conspirators, Tom Sine helps us to think critically and creatively about the world we’ve inherited and the global community we’re crafting: strained schedules and divided loyalties, the rising cost of housing, emerging political and economic realities, the plight of the global poor, the vulnerability of the environment.

He then shares stories of churches and ministries that have planted hope in these troubled soils. With inimitable insight and delight, Sine commissions this mustard seed generation to refashion the world according to God’s great vision.

Expected release – March 2008

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