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 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




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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The New Conspirators: The Mosaic Stream

31 10 2007

by Tom Sine, Mustard Seed Associates

The New Conspirators cover“In the UK, more churches were planted in the last seven years than Starbucks were opened–over 1,000 churches compared to only 750 Starbucks coffee shops. Interestingly, most of these church plants were ethnic and multi-cultural.

“God is doing something through a new generation, as I report in The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed At a Time, which will be published by IVP in 2008. I believe God is working through at least four streams: the emerging church, missional churches, mosaic church plants and the monastic movement. This issue of the Seed Sampler will attempt to describe what God is doing through those in the mosaic stream, which I define as multicultural church plants. While the emerging and missional leadership is overwhelmingly male and white, in this stream, God is doing something new through leaders from a number of different cultures.”

Read the whole article here.





The New Conspirators: Seed Smile–“Caucasian Adventures”

31 10 2007

Attention gamers! Members of the Story Games Discussion Boards attempted to develop a game called Caucasian Adventures, highlighting White Privilege in the style of the overly exaggerated, superficial and simplistic culture-themed RPGs (role-playing games–think Dungeons & Dragons). Below is a map submitted for consideration.

The World of Caucasia





The New Conspirators: Liturgy–Community (Thursday Evening)

31 10 2007

by Christine Sine, Mustard Seed Associates

God who is community come to us this night.

Embrace us in your love,

Unite us with your spirit,

Make us one in you.

(silence)

God of all creation you come to us in community,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

Perfect relationship, perfect community

Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, you come

The three in one, the one in three

You offer us community

That together we might grow spiritually

And become mature in Jesus Christ

We need your community

To keep us accountable to your call

For we are called to serve one another

We need your community

To equip and develop your Holy Spirit gifts

So that we can build one another up

We need your community

For prayer and encouragement

For fellowship and festivity, for worship of you

We need your community

To witness to your all-inclusive love

For only in community are we made whole

One people together, family of the living God

Click here to read the whole liturgy.