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Last Week to Register!

Posted in Conference, Description, MSA, registration on February 21, 2008 by jnaegeli

Hello fellow conspirators!

There is only one week until our Festival of Imagination! If you haven’t registered yet, register online here. (You can also register at the door with cash or check.)

For those of you who cannot attend, look for an announcement on mp3s and CDs of the plenaries and workshops. They will become available for purchase the week after (we hope).

In addition, visit the conference online discussion board during the conference to see what people are talking about and join the conversation.

Hope to see you there!

Another Conference…So What’s Different?

Posted in book, Christianity, Conference, Conspiracy, Creative, Description, Emerging Church, Imagination, Missional, MSA, Multicultural, New Monasticism, Tom Sine on February 5, 2008 by jnaegeli

In the last few weeks, several people have asked, “What’s different about The New Conspirators conference?” It is a fair question. One might be tempted to think it will be exactly like all the other emerging church conferences that are happening now. Let us 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

In the last five years, there has been an array of conferences and “learning parties” on the emerging church. Since we at MSA believe that God is at work through the innovators and risk-takers of more movements than just the emerging church, we will bring together the leaders of four streams of renewal: Missional, Mosaic, Monastic and, of course, Emerging. To read about the streams, click here.

Distinctive 2: Bringing New Expressions and Established Congregations Together

At many emerging gatherings, a few older people are in attendance, but they often seem to be looking in from the outside, pressing their noses to the window, trying to make sense of the emerging edge. They rarely seem to be brought into the conversation as full participants. We want these more mature Christians to participate by sharing their experience and insights, and also by being open to learn from younger risk-takers.

Distinctive 3: Exploring Questions Important For the Entire Church

Younger leaders in all four streams are not only creating new models from which we can all learn, but they are also raising important questions that the entire church needs to re-examine. We hope to struggle with these two questions at our gathering:

1. What does authentic faith look like?

2. How can we make mission more central to our gathered lives?

Distinctive 4: Taking the Future of God Seriously

One of the major characteristics of young leaders in all four streams is that they tend to spend much more time discussing the kingdom of God and exploring how to fully embody it in their lives and communities. In the life, death and resurrection of Christ, another world has broken into this one! Justice is coming for the poor, the disabled are being healed, creation is being restored and shalom is coming to the nations! Throughout our time together, we hope and pray that you will hear the clear invitation to live into, serve and celebrate the new world that is breaking into this one.

Distinctive 5: Taking the Future of the World Seriously

Most of the conferences I have attended, and most of the leaders with whom I have worked, tend to unconsciously work from the unstated assumption that the future will pretty much be an extension of the present. In a world changing as rapidly as ours, it is absurd to operate as though the future is static–as though we are frozen in a time warp. At the beginning of this gathering, we will provide a brief outline of some of the new ways we can respond to the challenges likely to confront those in both established and experimental churches.

Distinctive 6: Taking Our Imagination Seriously

One of the most compelling characteristics of young leaders in all four streams is the unusual level of imagination, innovation and entrepreneurship that these young leaders demonstrate. In that spirit, we are calling our gathering “a festival of imagination.” Essentially, we want participants to imagine new forms of life, community, worship, advocacy, mission and celebration that 1) more fully give expression to that world that is already here, and 2) more effectively engage the new challenges of our increasingly uncertain future.

Distinctive 7: Taking Connections Seriously

We really want the conference space to be a place of learning, discussing and creating, but we hope it will also be a place of connecting, especially with other participants. To meet this end, we will have an informal hangout space with abundant coffee, wireless internet and places to meet up with new friends. Speakers will be available to chat in the gathering place after the Thursday evening session and throughout the conference.

We hope this will be a worthwhile gathering in which to communicate, create and connect. Consider joining us for “The New Conspirators: What in the World Is God Doing?” and let us know if we succeed in creating a different kind of gathering.

Course Credit for The New Conspirators

Posted in Christianity, Conference, Conspiracy, Description, Imagination, Links, MSA, Partners, registration on January 18, 2008 by jnaegeli

Several institutions of higher education are partnering with us to bring students to the conference. We at MSA feel that students will greatly benefit from meeting with creative innovators, practitioners of new forms of church and advocates of alternative lifestyles. Therefore, the following universities and seminaries are offering course credit for attendance:

1. Northwest University in Kirkland, WA–The School of Ministry is offering PMIN 3842: Emerging Models of Church Growth, which includes a pre-conference on Feb 21st. Attendance is also part of the PMIN 4303 21st Century Leadership course. Click here for more details.

2. George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Portland, OR–Contact information for conference credit coming soon.

3. Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, WA–The School of Theology is offering internship credit for undergraduate theology students. It is posted at the Career Development Center and the School of Theology internship page (which requires a login and password).

4. Mars Hill Graduate School is promoting the conference to its students as an important opportunity to rub elbows with church and community leaders doing new and imaginative things to make a difference in the world.

5. Fuller Seminary is offering independent study credit for DMin students. Click here for contact info.

The New Conspirators!

Posted in Description on November 20, 2007 by Eliacín

The New Conspirators!

What in the World is God Doing?

What in the world is God doing? God is conspiring through a new generation to re-invent the church and make a little difference in the world…and those of us from all generations can be much more a part of this conspiracy of creativity.
Join us for this festival of imagination and spend some time with those on the innovative edge creating new forms of life, church, mission and celebration. We will bring together leaders from the emerging, missional, multicultural and monastic streams to explore new models, discuss tough questions and create new ways we can be a difference and make difference in our own congregations, communities and God’s world.

What in the world is God doing? Join us at Bethany Community Church in Seattle February 28, 29 and March 1, 2008 and find out

  • You can join Tim Morey, pastor of Life Covenant in Torrance California, and learn how and he and his friends have planted three missional churches in Southern California in the past three years that are already making a difference both locally and globally
  • Karen Ward will share what is happening in the Fremont Abbey here as they create new forms of ancient future faith here is Seattle

What is God doing? Clearly something new, experimental and often risky. You will have the opportunity to hear what God is doing through the emerging, missional, mosaic and monastic movements and actually create ways God might more fully use our mustard seeds to be more a part of this quiet conspiracy.