Inhabit: The Great Local Convergence


April 28, 2017 – April 29, 2017 all-day


The Seattle School
2501 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA 98121


$69 Pre Conference Only | $119 Conference Only | $169 Pre Conference + Conference


Katie Metzger

Inhabit is a two-day conference intentionally designed to engage, encourage, and empower innovative, missional practitioners as they go about practicing the way of Jesus in place. Join together with hundreds of localizing movements from across the church and in the public square that are growing the fabric of love and care in and across neighborhoods.

Inhabit was founded in 2010 through an energetic partnership between The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and the Parish Collective as both organizations began to entertain a simple hunch: What if God is up to something really big and global but it can only be discovered through the small and local? It was through the exploration of that question that Inhabit was born—a gathering for the sake of reimagining church and transforming neighborhoods. With a dynamic mix of participatory environments, insights from seasoned leaders, and rich storytelling, the Inhabit Conference is a uniquely creative event year after year.

Each year hundreds of practitioners, pastors, social entrepreneurs, church planters, community leaders, environmentalists, denominational executives, publishers, professors, urban planners, and artists from all over the globe come together to connect, collaborate, and celebrate the good work being done in thousands of neighborhoods and parishes. They share a common vision for seeing the transformation of the church through their participation in their neighborhood. They are educated yet grounded in practice, committed to interdisciplinary work, and invested in the flourishing of the Kingdom of God.

This year’s theme, “The Great Local Convergence,” invites us to celebrate and join God’s ongoing work to re-found the church in the everyday context of the parish. Hundreds of movements from across the church and in the public square are converging in their local contexts, knitting together a fabric of care, reconciling old divides, and witnessing the birth of new possibilities across sectors, denominations, and barriers that once seemed insurmountable.

To maximize the depth and vitality of this Great Local Convergence, we are thrilled to announce several brand-new features that will make Inhabit 2017 more compelling than ever: new experience-based Environments during the conference, an innovative new app, a pre-party at Abbey Arts, and a vibrant Friday night celebration featuring food trucks, a pub crawl, and more. But we might be most excited about the brand-new pre conferences on April 27, five one-day gatherings that will dive into unique themes about the ground-up restoration and renewal of our local contexts. You can read more about each pre conference and register here.

In essence we believe God is re-creating our world, and we want to join in. We don’t know the future, but we do believe that God is at work, and we believe we need each other. 

Join us!


Pre Conferences

Neighborhood Economics: Accelerating capital and entrepreneurship into our neighborhoods

Rural Church Presence: Convening rural church expressions committed to faithful presence

Designing Neighborhoods: Engaging the built environment through place-making and urban design

Everyday Peacemaking: Contending for reconciliation within local conflicts

Starting Parish Churches: Exploring how to plant neighborhood expressions of faith

This year we’re honored to welcome back Gideon Tsang, Reesheda Washington, Derrick Braziel, Leroy Barber, and a whole bunch of other new and familiar faces. You can check out the full list of presenters to find out who else is coming, and be sure to visit the Inhabit blog to learn about the new offerings and why we are so excited for this year’s conference.

The Parish Collective connects and resources people of faith in particular neighborhoods to be the church together in the places they live. Their grassroots-level work weaves together neighborhood churches, missional communities, and any group of Christ-followers desiring renewal in the parish.

The Parish Collective is committed to neighborhood reconciliation and parish renewal through the work of coming alongside parish movements, developing rooted postures and practices for becoming more present in our neighborhoods, and inspiring greater participation in what the Spirit is up to in our unique contexts.

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