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.





Seed Share: Seattle Stop, Drop & Roll

5 02 2008

by Jonathan Neufeld, Seattle Mennonite Church

High DiveGod is present in our communities and at work in our world. We cannot be effective as followers of Christ unless we take time to observe where God is working and learn from what God is doing. There is no better way to understand God’s presence in our communities than by getting out into the streets. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to go on an urban field trip to a unique Seattle neighborhood. The urban field trip represents the very heart of The New Conspirators conference. It is the best way to observer where God’s shalom kingdom is breaking into our world.

Read Jonathan Neufeld’s notes on this year’s urban field trip.





Seed Share: The House–A New Hybrid in Seattle

5 02 2008
by Eric Likkel, Northwest Hot HouseThe House First Steps

“Churches come in all shapes and sizes. In the emerging stream of church planting, groups intentionally shape themselves for the place and people of their call.

“In some ways, it is like choosing the best vehicle for the journey. To reach some destinations, you fly in a large airplane. Other places are best reached on a bicycle. Most of us value the variety of vehicles available to us, and we do not imagine constructing future travel by always choosing a bicycle over an airplane, or vice versa. In fact, not only will we embrace different kinds of vehicles at different times, we are excited by the advancement of hybrids! Likewise, in reaching out to people, neighborhoods, and cities, we welcome a varity of vehicles and approaches in ministry, including hybrids. We recognize how ‘necessity is the mother [and God is the Father] of invention.’ You might say this is one of the driving impulses of the fresh expressions of church today.”

Click here to read more about The House, a hybrid congregation engaged in the Wedgewood and Ravenna neighborhoods of Seattle.





The Books, Blogs and Websites of Our Speakers

5 02 2008

Books

  • Shane Claiborne, The Irresistable Revolution: Living As an Ordinary Radical (Zondervan, 2006).
  • Shane Claiborne, Chris Haw and friends, Jesus For President: Politics For Ordinary Radicals (Zondervan, 2008).
  • Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson, The Hip Hop Church (Intervarsity, 2006).
  • Mike Riddell, Mark Pierson and Cathy Kirkpatrick, The Prodigal Project: Journey Into the Emerging Church (SPCK, 2001).
  • Mark Scandrette, Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus (Jossey-Bass. 2007).
  • Mark Van Steenwyk ed., The Missio Dei Breviary (Missio Dei, 2007).
  • Lon Fendell, Jan Wood and Bruce Bishop, Practicing Discernment Together: Finding God’s Way Forward in Decision Making (Barclay Press, 2007).
  • Tom Sine, The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time (Intervarsity, 2008).
  • Christine Sine, Godspace: Time For Peace in the Rhythms of Life (Barclay Press, 2006).
  • Christine and Tom Sine, Living On Purpose: Finding God’s Best For Your Life (Baker Books, 2002).
  • David T. Olson, The American Church in Crisis (Zondervan, 2008).

Blogs

Websites

Articles

  • Erik Lacitis, “Homelessness up in yearly count,” Seattle Times (Jan. 26, 2008), accessed January 30, 2008, 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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Where in the world is God calling you to serve?

2 09 2007

Drs. Tom and Christine Sine speak about issues time and simplicity in order to allow for time in service.