Get ready! This year Inhabit will feature 5 incredible one-day Pre Conferences for you to choose from. To Register just click the link of any of the titles and sign up for the preday, or better yet register for all three days! You'll pick your preday with a dropdown selection.
A movement is growing in neighborhoods and cities all over North America to build resilient community wealth through entrepreneurship while also reimagining how we spend and invest locally. Local churches have an incredible opportunity to catalyze this movement and in the process, engage in God’s dream for our neighborhoods that’s financially sustainable and gets way beyond the historic model of charity.
We believe it's more important than ever to convene practitioners from around the country to explore the unique gifts and challenges of faithful presence in rural communities. Our conversations are often imbalanced, focusing primarily on cities and suburbs. But as we were reminded throughout 2016, rural people, places, and ministry matter—for their own sake, but also because urban and rural parishes are ecologically, economically, politically, and spiritually linked. We can only flourish together.
God’s designed people to live in community while inhabiting physical places that nurture our individual and community wellbeing. In other words, people and places go together! In Designing Neighborhoods you will learn fundamental design and development principles that make towns, neighborhoods, and streets great places--thereby conducive to community thriving; plus practical tools for redesigning, placemaking, and redeveloping hurting places in your community.
The work of peacemaking is often stigmatized as soft and idealistic that is either reserved for political power brokers or those on the fringes of society. As followers of an enemy-loving God, it is clear that peacemaking is neither soft nor idealistic, but a subversive, costly way of life that moves us toward conflict/brokenness armed to heal rather than to win. How might we inhabit our neighborhoods equipped with a tangible set practices to engage in the beautiful and broken realities of our place as partners in God’s mission of reconciliation? This event will offer a theology and practice of peacemaking and feature diverse practitioners who are living it out in the everyday realities of their place.
A growing groundswell of leaders are discovering that everyday neighborhood life is disconnected from our church expressions. The corrective to this uprootedness is not found in cooking up new techniques for a trendier church. Rather the hopeful possibilites are found in the work of starting new faith-communites; planting churches that are place-based. Gather with us for pre-day of discussion and discovery around church planting that loves and listens to the neighborhood.