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Blogging from the New Conspirators Festival

Posted in blogs, Conference, Conspiracy, Creative, Imagination, MSA on February 29, 2008 by Eliacín

Follow the Festival of Imagination through the eyes, mind and heart of the following bloggers –

  • Eliacin will be posting updates and hopefully photos at Kingdom Praxis.

More will be added to the list during the weekend.

Update: You can see some photos of the event here.

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!

CRM Missio Sponsorship

Posted in Conference, Links, MSA, New Monasticism, Partners on February 11, 2008 by jnaegeli

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Missio, a ministry of Christian Resource Ministries (CRM), has come on as another sponsor for The New Conspirators conference.

Missio is “apprenticing a global network of missional leaders and their communities to transform the world’s culture, inform the greater church, and empower a new era of spiritual leaders who are culturally savvy, deep in character, and clear in calling.” Their major program is MCAP (Missional Church Apprenticeship Practicum), a 7-month online, collaborative learning environment for missional leaders, church planters and pastors.

Check out the creative ways Missio is changing the church and the world.

Photography on Display

Posted in Conspiracy, Creative, Imagination, MSA, Multicultural, Partners, Seattle on February 8, 2008 by jnaegeli

One of MSA team members, Eliacin Rosario-Cruz, is showing his photography at the Q Cafe through the end of February. Q Cafe is a ministry of Quest Church, pastored by Eugene Cho, one of our workshop speakers. If you have time before, during or after the conference, feel free to go down there and check it out!

Here’s the link to the Q Cafe Art Gallery: http://qcafe.wordpress.com/art-gallery/

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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.