Conference & Speaking Topics



Conference and Speaking Categories:

Lifestyle-Mission-Spirituality
Future Church and Global Issues
Imagine That! Creativity Workshop



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To Garden With God

Speaker: Christine Sine and/or Andy Wade
Purpose/Audience: experiencing God in the garden
Format: 1 hour lecture or 6 hour workshop

Description: everyone is planting a vegetable garden today. In response to the recession many individuals and churches are planting community Even the White House has started a vegetable garden to supplement their salads yet few of us know how to connect these experiences to the biblical story and our Christian faith. This seminar explores the ways that the life death and resurrection of Christ is enacted in our gardens. It is an interactive session that provides opportunity for reflection and prayer as well as providing  practical hints on gardening.


Justice at the Table – food, faith, and justice

Speaker: Andy Wade
Purpose/Audience: Learning together about the connections between food, faith, and justice at home and in the church.  Individuals, small groups
Format: 6 hour workshop

Description: Justice at the Table is an interactive workshop during which we will explore together the intricate connections between our faith and the food we eat. Not only will we will challenge ourselves and each other to bring our eating and buying practices more in line with our beliefs, we will also draft a “Justice at the Table Plan” to help us implement those changes!

Cost includes Ricci Kilmer’s excellent booklet, “Justice at the Table”


Living on Purpose: Finding God’s Best for our Lives

Speakers: Tom and Christine Sine
Purpose/Audience: Helping Christians think about their own life purposes and future.
Format: Can be taught as a single lecture (1hour) or as a 6 hour creativity workshop.

Description: Are you looking for something more than the 24/7 rat race offered us by modern culture with church on Sunday? We invite you to discover in an ancient story the possibility of a whole life faith that is connected to God’s dream and God’s purposes. We will discuss how we can discern God’s purposes and develop creative imaginative new ways to express these in our lives and congregations by creating timestyles, lifestyles, celebrations, worship venues and Christian outreach for the Third millennium. As part of the process we will examine the development of mission statements to help Christians establish our spiritual and lifestyle disciplines. We will also discuss how we can more effectively use our time and resources for God’s purposes This can be taught as a creativity seminar


Rediscovering Celtic spirituality for Christian life today

Speakers: Tom and/or Christine Sine
Purpose/Audience: general audience
Format: 1-2 hour seminar

Description: From the fifth through eight century, Celtic Christian spirituality swept through Ireland, Britain and into Europe re-evangelizing and revitalizing parts of the early western Church. This seminar provides an introduction to Celtic Christian Spirituality and an exploration of how we can integrate aspects of this into our modern lives.


Putting First things First

Speaker: Christine Sine
Purpose/Audience: Christians desiring to reflect on their lives and discern God’s purposes
Format: 3-4 hour creativity workshop

Description: examines the development of mission statements to help Christians establish our spiritual and lifestyle disciplines. We will also discuss how we can more effectively use our time and resources for God’s purposes


GodSpace – Finding A Peaceful Pace in a Hectic World

Speaker: Christine Sine
Purpose/Audience: Christians desiring to reflect on their lives and discern God’s purposes
Format: 1 – 3 hour workshop or can be done in conjunction with Putting First Things First as a 4- 6 hour creativity process.

Description: Are you living in a hectic 24/7 world in which the rhythm of your life is determined more by the pressures of the culture around you than by the values of your faith? We believe that God has a way of life for all of us that is less stressed, more festive and more satisfying than anything the rat race has to offer. This workshop examines how we can more intentionally connect our lives to God’s purposes. It explores the life of Jesus and the rhythms he lived by as a foundation to help us establish spiritual and lifestyle disciplines that provide a rhythm to life that flows directly from our faith and the values of God’s kingdom.


Shalom – Living towards God’s Vision

Speaker: Christine Sine
Purpose/Audience: Christians desiring to reflect on their lives and discern God’s purposes
Format: 1 hour lecture

Description: God’s dream is for a world in which all people and all things are restored and made whole through the redemptive work of Christ. This talk provides a Biblical basis for a whole life faith through the study of the word “Shalom.” It goes on to discuss how God wants us to be a part of the fulfillment of this vision.


Theology of Christian Mission

Speaker: Tom Sine
Purpose/Audience: Christian mission and development agencies
Format: 2-6 hour (flexible) creativity process

Description: An interactive process designed to enable Christian mission organizations to develop a holistic biblical theology for their relief and development work.


Rediscovering Global mission for 21st Century…. Doing Justice, Loving Mercy & Caring for Creation

Speakers: Tom and Christine Sine
Purpose/Audience: Christian mission organizations as well as those developing local Church mission
Format: 6 hour creativity workshop

Description: In this seminar we will take you on some trips back to the future to explore how globalization, climate change and economic turmoil are impacting the lives of our poorest neighbours, of the middle class and of God’s creation. We will discuss how we can prepare the church for new forms of Christian mission in the 21st century with particular emphasis on what a new generation can do to follow Jesus by making a difference in their world.



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Shifting the Church into the Future Tense

Speaker: Tom and Christine Sine
Purpose/Audience: Helping congregations think about the future of their church.
Format: Can be taught as an evening presentation (1hour) or as a 6 hour creativity workshop.

Description: We live in a rapidly changing world and we as God’s people need to change in order to be effective representatives of Christ in the world of the future. In this seminar we will look at global, national, and local trends that are likely to challenge the church in the next 10 years. We will then help participants to understand not only God’s purposes for the future but also creative ways to put God’s purposes first in our lives, families and congregations. Finally we will encourage participants create new possibilities for their own lives and churches including: new vocational opportunities, new time-styles and lifestyles, new forms of community ministry and new Christian celebrations.

This subject can be adapted for a wide range of audiences including mission organizations, churches, college groups, Christian educators and administrative staff. See detailed description for Shifting the Church into the Future Tense workshop at end of document.


Turbulent Times Ready or Not

Speaker: Tom Sine
Purpose/audience: Helping congregations to respond to the turbulent times in which we live
Format:  Can be taught as a single session or as a 4 hour creativity process

Description: We live in a turbulent world in which economic downturns, conflict in the Middle East and climate change are impacting all our lives. In the not too distant future it is possible that peak oil and water scarcity will add to our challenges. God’s people should be the first to engage these challenges in order to effectively be God’s representatives in the world of the future. In this seminar we will discuss some of these challenges and ways that Christians are already responding. We will enable participants to create new possibilities for their lives and churches that enable them to be effective responders.


Raising Up a New Generation

Speaker: Tom Sine
Purpose/Audience: Church leaders, parents and those working with Christian youth
Format: 1-2 hour interactive session

Description: Looking at our changing world and the challenges facing the next generation regarding their lives, families and churches for the next millennium and discussing how we can prepare them to best serve Christ in a new millennium.


The New Conspirators: learning from a new generation of leaders

Speaker: Tom Sine
Purpose/Audience: Those interested in the emerging post modern Church and the creative new expressions of Church that God is raising up around the world.
Format: 1 hour lecture

Description: Sublime, Bliss, Warehouse, Cityside Baptist, the Ooze, & the Forge are only a few of the new ministries and church plants started by emerging leaders around the world. This is a great way to learn more about what God is doing through a post modern generation as a stimulus for encouraging your own creativity.


 

Imagine That!

Speakers:Tom & Christine Sine

Helping you anticipate and engage the future today

  • Making life decisions in a rapidly changing world
  • Doing church planning at threshold time
  • Preparing a new generation for a new millennium

Habitat 2022
Participants will join in a process to design a picture of their ideal future for the year 2022

Back To The Future – Anticipating New Opportunities
This session will outline global, national and local challenges and opportunities confronting our lives and churches in a new millennium. Small group discussion focusing on the implications of these changes and opportunities for our lives, congregations and a new generation will follow this session.

Break

Back To The Past – Discerning God’s Purposes For Our Lives And Churches
Here we will attempt to help participants to understand not only God’s purposes for the future but also creative ways to put God’s purposes first in our lives, families and congregations.

Lunch

Back To The Present – Creating New Possibilities For Our Lives And Churches
Here each person will choose to participate in a small group in which they will create new possibilities for their own lives and churches including: new vocational opportunities, new timestyles and lifestyles, new forms of community ministry and new Christian celebrations.

Creativity Feedback
First each small group will share their creative new ideas for both their lives and congregations
Second we will ask what ideas particularly capture people’s attention and wish to follow up.

Building a Bridge Back Home

  • We will ask people to spend some time in prayer, imagining one or two possibilities for their own future and that of their church.
  • Each person will share their ideas and a couple of initial action steps with one other person.
  • We will ask a few of the participants to share their ideas and initial action steps with everyone else.
  • We will conclude with leadership praying for all the new possibilities and commitments for life and mission in a new millennium.

If you are interested in a Creativity Workshop please contact:

Tom & Christine Sine
510 N.E. 81st
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone: (206) 524 2111 or 206 524 2112
E-mail: mail@msainfo.org