About The Conference

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

God is conspiring through a new generation to re-imagine and create new expressions of discipleship, community, church and mission and to make a difference in our rapidly changing world. At this festival of imagination, we will bring together leaders from the emerging, missional, mosaic and monastic streams of renewal to explore new models, discuss tough questions and create ways to be a difference and make a difference in our churches, communities and God’s world. As far as we know, this is the first time that such a broad range of new conspirators have come together to communicate, connect and create with one another.

Join Shane Claiborne, author of The Irresistible Revolution, Karen Ward of Church of the Apostles, Efrem Smith, co-author of The Hip Hop Church, Dwight Friesen from Mars Hill Graduate School, Julie Clawson, an emerging church planter, Mark Scandrette, author of Soul Graffiti, Christine Sine, author of Godspace, Tom Sine, author of The New Conspirators, and others for this festival of imagination.

We are racing into an increasingly uncertain global future in which the middle class, our poorest neighbors and our planet will face daunting new challenges. In this festival of imagination, we will invite you to create innovative ways to engage these challenges in a way that reflects something of God’s new order.

We have three very clear goals for this festival of imagination:

1. to communicate creative models of what new conspirators are doing to address these challenges;

2. to connect leaders from all four streams in order to share lives, stories and concerns;

3. to create new ways to advance God’s new order in our world, in our lives and in our churches, in response to the growing challenges facing the poor and the planet.

This event is sponsored by Mustard Seed Associates. Our partners include: Emergent Village, Mars Hill Graduate School, Northwest Hot House and Trinity Lutheran Church. Course credit is available from George Fox Evangelical Seminary and Northwest University.

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.

REGISTER online at: thenewconspirators.eventbrite.com

Join new friends at this festival of imagination to communicate, create
and connect to what God is doing through this quiet conspiracy.


Conference Schedule


6:00 pm Registration begins

6:30 pm Doors open

7:00 pm Plenary #1: Joining the New Conspirators: Planting Mustard Seeds in Uncertain Times

· MSA introduces the focus and format of our gathering.

8:00 pm Vespers (Evening Prayer) with Mark Pierson and Christine Sine

8:15 pm Fellowship in the Social Hall—connect with workshop leaders and speakers

9:45 pm End of Day


8:00 am Registration begins

Morning Prayers with Mark Pierson

8:30–9:45 am Plenary #2: The Four Streams

· Worship with Sean Hall: God’s Work in the City

· Tom Sine interviews new conspirators from the four streams

o Tomas Yaccino—La Red del Camino

o Kathy Escobar—The Refuge

o Tim Morey—Life Covenant Church

o Mark Scandrette—Reimagine

10:00 am Coffee/Tea Break in the Social Hall

10:30–11:40 am Workshop Session #1

· Lisa Domke—2008: Do God and Politics Mix?

· Tom Sine—Making It Real

· Julie Clawson—Emerging Women Find Their Voice

· Tomas Yaccino and Roy Soto—Creating Missional Congregations in Latin America

· Christine Sine—Rhythms of Grace For Everyday Life

· Mike Morris—Friars With a Mission

· Jonathan Neufeld and friends—Stop, Drop & Roll Redefined

· Mark and Lisa Scandrette—Intentional Parenting and Missional Living

11:50–12:20 pm Panel Discussion and Q&A

· Tali Hairston—John Perkins Center, SPU

· Dwight Friesen—Mars Hill Graduate School

· Lisa Domke—Presbyterian Church (USA)

12:30–1:30 pm Lunch in the Social Hall

1:45–2:55 pm Workshop Session #2

· Shane Claiborne—Jesus For President

· Dwight Friesen—Established and Emerging Dancing Together

· Karen Ward—Fremont Abbey: Creating a Third Place

· Tim Morey—Creating Missional Church With a Difference

· Bruce Bishop—Holy Loitering: Rediscovering Spirituality For New Expressions and Traditional Communities

· Mark Pierson—The Art of Installation Worship

· Mark Van Steenwyk—Creating Support Groups For Jesus Radicals

· Eliacín Rosario-Cruz and Ricci Kilmer—The Revolution Starts At Home

3:15 pm The Urban Experience: Conspiring in the Streets

· Fifteen minute briefing by Christine Sine and Jonathan Neufeld and then groups set out to four neighborhoods in Seattle to observe what God is doing. Be sure to get dinner in the neighborhoods you visit.

7:00 pm Registration begins/Doors open


7:30 pm Plenary #3: Ordinary Radicals Making an Urban Difference

· Shane Claiborne talks about his community in Philadelphia, PA, and the fire that destroyed part of their urban neighborhood.

· Open Mic Time for groups to share what they learned on the urban experience, facilitated by Jonathan Neufeld.

9:15 pm Vespers (Evening Prayer)

9:45 pm End of Day


8:00 am Registration begins

Morning Prayer with Mark Pierson

8:30 – 9:45 am Plenary #4: Beloved Community/Beloved Church

· Worship with The Good Foot and Ohmega Watts: God’s Work in the World

· Efrem Smith shares how Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of the “Beloved Community” requires a “Beloved Church.”

10:00 am Coffee/Tea Break in the Social Hall

10:30 – 11:40 am Workshop Session #3

· Andrew McLeod—Creating Cooperatives 1: Reclaiming Biblical Community

· Shane Claiborne—New Monasticism Sharing the Compassion of Christ

· Efrem Smith—Post-Black/Post-White Church

· Romanita Hairston—And a Child Shall Lead Them: Models of Youth Empowerment

· Eugene Cho—Quest: A Missional Journey

· David T. Olson—The American Church in Crisis

· Mark Van Steenwyk—Embodying the Gospel in the Empire

· Devin Erhardt—Social Entrepreneurship For Change

11:50 – 12:20 am Panel discussion and Q&A

· Eileen Hanson—Trinity Lutheran Church

· Roy Soto—Comunidad Cristiana Shalom

· Mark Van Steenwyk—Missio Dei

12:30 pm Lunch in the Social Hall

1:45 – 3:05 pm Workshop Session #4

· Mark Scandrette—Entering the Jesus Dojo

· Eileen Hansen—Creating New Expressions in a Traditional Congregation

· Tom Balke—Resourcing the Creative Edge

· Andrew McLeod—Creating Cooperatives 2: Making a Real Difference

· Tim Morey—Creating Missional Churches With a Difference

· Mark Pierson—The Art of Installation Worship

· Tomas Yaccino and Roy Soto—Creating Missional Congregations in Latin America

· Julie Clawson—Emerging Women Find Their Voice

3:15 pm Panel discussion and Q&A

· Lisa Scandrette—Reimagine

· Mike Morris—Peaceworks

· Andrew McLeod—South Sound Coops

3:45 pm Plenary #5: Imagine That! Creativity and Sharing Time

· Tom Sine leads us in group discussion and sharing time to further develop and solidify your creative ideas for how to be a difference and make a difference in your lives, churches and communities.

5:15 pm Commissioning the Planting of New Mustard Seeds

5:30 pm End of Conference/A New Beginning

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