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.





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: 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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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: Mosaic Resources

31 10 2007

Tom Sine’s “Mosaic” Book List–download it here

Ethnic Harvest, www.ethnicharvest.org

Latino Leadership Circle, latinoleadershipcircle.typepad.com

Musings of a Postmodern Negro, postmodernegro.com

Next Gener.Asian Church, nextgenerasianchurch.com

Emerging Women, emergingwomen.blogspot.com

djchuang.com

Warren St. John, “As the World Comes to Georgia, an Old Church Adapts,” The New York Times (Septmeber 22, 2007), p. A1. Read the article online here.

Jonathan Petre, “Pentecostals spearhead big rise in new churches,” Telegraph (February 27, 2006), accessed October 16, 2007, here.

Mark R. Francis, “Models for Multicultural Liturgy,” accessed October 17, 2007, here.

Multicultural Liturgy Resources, www.fdlc.org/Liturgy_Resources/LITURGY_&_CULTURE.htm

Duke Center for Reconciliation, Duke Divinity School, www.divinity.duke.edu/reconciliation

John Perkins Center for Reconciliation, Leadership Training, and Community Development, www.spu.edu/depts/jperkins

Living Mosaic Church, Burlington, Ontario, www.livingmosaicchurch.com

Madison Square Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, www.madisonsquarechurch.org





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.