The Deeper Church Non-Conference sponsored by missonalcommons.org is worth noting. As a rule I do not promote conferences and seminars on my blog — except the ones I speak at, of course, which is shameless self-promotion I admit. There are just too many conferences and most of them cost a small fortune. But these guys are doing something different — a non-conference for FREE!
That’s right, kiddies! Free. FREE! No charge, no fancy promo, no sign-up now and get a big discount. They do have a Facebook page where you can tell them you’re coming, but that’s it. Also, no paid speakers, no book signings, no celebrity guru stuff. Here’s what David Fitch (The Great Giveaway) says:
Amazing! We’re doing it again. A bunch of us missional pastors/leaders/church planters are gathering in Ft Wayne, Indiana to encourage each other and discuss the stuff of doing missional church as communities. We call it a Non/Conference because there are no fees, no paid speakers and big sponsors selling stuff. - IT’S FREE!!!! – It’s just a bunch of people gathering to pray, talk Missional church and encourage one another in the Spirit. This year, on the Friday night, we’re gathering to discuss the questions of racism and diversity in missional church. We’re reading Soong-Chan Rah’s book The Next Evangelicalism. If you come to this, be sure to have read the book, and be prepared for some serious theological/cultural engagement. On Saturday, the day is wide open for conversations led by various pastor/leaders. NO PREPARATION NEEDED – JUST COME AND JOIN IN!! The theme is “Deeper Church: Churches as Whole Communities.”
I sat in on David’s seminar at NOC09, and he had some really good stuff to say about what his small missional church is doing in the Chicago area. So, he’s doing the ministry he talks, teaches, and writes about. Anyway, click on over to his blog, and read the rest for yourself. I may just show up there in Ft. Wayne for this one.