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 11-14, 2017
Leading Your Group January 10-13, 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.

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