Leadership in the New Parish is designed to embolden pastors, lay leaders, churchgoers, theologians, entrepreneurs, community developers, and place-makers with a heart for reimagining church and transforming neighborhoods.

Leadership in the New Parish is a collaborative, imaginative, transformative program co-created by The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and the Parish Collective. Curated by Dr. Dwight Friesen, Paul Sparks, and Tim Soerens, Leadership in the New Parish is a practitioner think-tank that equips leaders to boldly follow God into their neighborhoods and listen well to God’s desire for shalom by engaging the intersection of God’s story, their personal stories, and the stories of their unique neighborhood contexts.

2017-18 Program

Leading by Example October 18-21, 2017
Leading Your Group January 17-20, 2018
Leading with Collaboration April 25-28, 2018
Leading through Adaption June 13-16, 2018

The Leadership in the New Parish is a hybrid program designed for an intimate cohort of practitioners converging over four intensive Wednesday-Saturday sessions in Seattle, WA.

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Application Process

The Leadership in the New Parish admissions process is intentionally designed to offer a taste of the experiential and relational nature of this program, while providing us with an opportunity to get to know more of you and your neighborhood context. To facilitate the uniquely experiential and formative ethos of this program, the Leadership in the New Parish certificate is designed for an intimate cohort of practitioners, thus seats are limited.

The Seattle School is receiving applications for our 2017 cohort beginning in October. If you’re considering joining us this fall, now is the time to apply! If you’d like to connect about Leadership in the New Parish or if you have questions, we’d love to speak with you. Email lnp@theseattleschool.edu and we will follow up with you personally.

Costs & Accessibility

Leadership in the New Parish is intentional, experiential, and intensive. Tuition for the 2017-18 program is $3,650. Participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging in Seattle, WA. Payment plans are available and allow participants to divide the total cost of attendance into installments.

We believe in the impact that Leadership in the New Parish has on leaders and the communities they serve. We are investing in this through a limited number of grants. To inquire about LNP and the grant funding available, email lnp@theseattleschool.edu

To apply for a grant, submit the online application, create a 5-minute video, and write a 2-3 page essay. The video should feature you in your neighborhood context and engage the climate of your neighborhood and the nature of your presence/practice there. A simple video captured on a phone is fine! The essay should be 2-3 pages discussing your vision for revitalized work in your unique neighborhood and the ways you believe this certificate will inform and shape that work. Videos and essays must be submitted to lnp@theseattleschool.edu by August 21. Grant notifications will be made no later than August 31.

Apply by August 21 to be eligible for grant funding.

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