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: Mustard Seed vs. Mega-Church

5 02 2008
by Eileen Hansen, Trinity Lutheran Church
“In a religious landscape that celebrates the ‘mega,’ Trinity Lutheran Church conceived a simple vision of smallness through its Mustard Seed ministry. We found we have a number of Christian creatives who are not a part of the core leadership want to create imaginative new missional expressions. We started this ministry because we wanted to help them unleash their imaginations to create new ways to make a difference. We also want to help other traditional churches enable their creative member to create new forms of innovative mission like some of the younger church are doing. In fact, that will be the focus of my workshop at The New Conspirators gathering.”

Read the whole article here.





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.





Recordings From Our Last Conference

5 02 2008

At our last conference, we recorded some of the speakers at workshop sessions. They are available for purchase at lulu.com if you want to refresh your memory or learn what you would be getting into by attending The New Conspirators: What in the World Is God Doing?

Available recordings:

  1. “What’s In Your Wallet? Economic Policy and Poverty in America,” by Romanita and Tali Hairston
  2. “Irresistible Revolution,” by Shane Claiborne
  3. “How did an instrument of torture wind up in Madonna’s cleavage?” by Mark Pierson
  4. “REMix: Igniting Missional Discipleship Pods in British Columbia,” by Mark Anderson
  5. “Godspace: Restoring the Rhythm of Life,” by Christine Sine
  6. “Beyond the Red and Blue Pill: New Forms of Spirituality For a Postmodern World,” by Gary Heard
  7. “Reading the Bible With the Damned,” by Bob Eckblad
  8. “Taking Creation Care Seriously,” by Peter Illyn






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.




Early bird extension!

10 01 2008

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The New Conspirators: What in the World Is God Doing?

Join us at Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA, on February 28, 29 and March 1, 2008 and find out.

For more information visit: thenewconspirators.wordpress.com

The deadline for early registration has been extended to Monday, Jan. 14th! Don’t miss this opportunity to attend at a discounted rate!
Register here: thenewconspirators.eventbrite.com