ABOUT THE AUTHORS

PAUL SPARKS, TIM SOERENS, AND DWIGHT FRIESEN

Over the years Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, and Dwight Friesen have walked the streets and shared stories together with faith communities in hundreds of parishes. They have become trusted guides in cities, suburbs, and towns all across North America. Groups transitioning toward a more tangible and compelling way of being the church have learned to count on the authors’ combined experience in parish ministry, community organizing, and academic research. While Paul, Tim, and Dwight each have their own unique biographies, together they have partnered in the formation of the Parish Collective, the Leadership in the New Parish, and the Inhabit Conference.

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THE NEW PARISH

UNDERSTANDING THE VISION & REVIEWING THE ENDORSEMENTS

Common perception holds that the western church is dying. But, this book describes an amazing movement of love and compassion that is springing up in the everyday life of neighborhoods all over North America.

Welcome to the phenomenon that has escaped traditional measurements of success. It cannot be discovered within the walls of church buildings. You don't hear about it on the news. But, it is happening!

This book is filled with stories that light your imagination and practical insights for making the transition. Discover The New Parish, and learn how you can participate in what God is doing in the place you live.
Hands down, one of the most exhilarating books I have read in a long time.
-Phylis Tickle

This is hands-on missional ecclesiology in its most generative mode.
-Walter Brueggemann

This book is a much needed antidote to the endemic alienation of our time!
-Alan Hirsch

In a society addicted to the next technique, here is thought-provoking and refreshing solution.
-Felicity Dale, Author/Editor, The Black Swan

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THE NEW PARISH EVENTS Salons, Charrettes, Conferences

Book a New Parish Event in Your City

CHARRETTES: Collaborative & Tactile  SALONS:  Intimate & Practical   KEYNOTES:  Inspiring & Challenging  

With the release of The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches Are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community, Parish Collective, The Seattle School, and Intervarsity Press are sponsoring a series of events to awaken the church to what God is doing in neighborhoods and help provide support to those making the transition. We’d love for you to consider hosting an event in your area, or inviting your team to the Seattle area for events and training opportunities that will be hosted there. For Booking Inquiries email us at: info@parishcollective.org

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Leadership in the New Parish Certificate

Join the authors along with The Seattle School and Parish Collective in reimagining missional innovation & church revitalization in your neighborhood.

The Leadership in the New Parish Certificate is an imaginative, collaborative, and transformative process where leaders join together to passionately engage the intersections of God’s story, their personal story, and the story of their particular neighborhood. It is for pastors, lay leaders, churchgoers, theologians, and entrepreneurs with a heart for reimagining church and transforming neighborhoods.
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Reviews to Consider

Reviews to Consider

  • It is time for a paradigm resurgence in the church... I am grateful for this beautiful picture of what it means to live a whole way of life together.

    - Linda Bergquist, co-author Church Turned Inside Out and The Wholehearted Church Planter
  • Across North America and around the world, churches are...connecting with neighbors to weave a fabric of care in their communities. The New Parish is the handbook for that movement.

    - John Pattison, Co-author, Slow Church, Managing Editor, CONSPIRE Magazine
  • Beyond Missional, The New Parish offers a vision for Christian community that honors place amidst fragmentation. This book will inspire a new generation of Christian leaders.

    - Tremper Longman III, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
  • What a gift the notion of the parish is for our time. And what a joy to know this Collective that's figuring out how to breath life into this ancient notion in our time.

    - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Strangers at My Door
  • Church leaders take heed, the New Parish is, without question, the church of the future!

    - Christopher Smith, co-author, SLOW CHURCH
  • The New Parish encourages us to practice an incarnational faith that not only transforms our neighborhoods but our own lives as well … We need solid guides for this path, and Sparks, Friesen, and Soerens are just that.

    - Kathy Escobar author of Down We Go:Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus
  • Across North America and around the world, churches are...connecting with neighbors to weave a fabric of care in their communities. The New Parish is the handbook for that movement.

    - John Pattison, Co-author, Slow Church, Managing Editor, CONSPIRE Magazine
  • Warning:  Don’t read this book unless you care about the ministry of the church in the next decade.

    - -Dr. Keith R. Anderson, President at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
  • Beyond Missional, The New Parish offers a vision for Christian community that honors place amidst fragmentation. This book will inspire a new generation of Christian leaders.

    - Tremper Longman III, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
  • The New Parish is a book to fire a new revolution in the way Christians understand and share their life together.

    - Dr. Ash Barker, Founding Director of Urban Neighbors of Hope
  • Beyond Missional, The New Parish offers a vision for Christian community that honors place amidst fragmentation. This book will inspire a new generation of Christian leaders.

    - Tremper Longman III, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
  • It is time for a paradigm resurgence in the church... I am grateful for this beautiful picture of what it means to live a whole way of life together.

    - Linda Bergquist, co-author Church Turned Inside Out and The Wholehearted Church Planter
  • The New Parish encourages us to practice an incarnational faith that not only transforms our neighborhoods but our own lives as well … We need solid guides for this path, and Sparks, Friesen, and Soerens are just that.

    - Kathy Escobar author of Down We Go:Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus
  • Beyond Missional, The New Parish offers a vision for Christian community that honors place amidst fragmentation. This book will inspire a new generation of Christian leaders.

    - Tremper Longman III, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Paul, Tim and Dwight enflesh this ancient Christian practice with 21st century creativity and acumen. This book is a must-read for church leaders and every-day faith practitioners alike.

    - Tony Kriz, author of Neighbors and Wise Men
  • Beyond Missional, The New Parish offers a vision for Christian community that honors place amidst fragmentation. This book will inspire a new generation of Christian leaders.

    - Tremper Longman III, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
  • The New Parish is a book to fire a new revolution in the way Christians understand and share their life together.

    - Dr. Ash Barker, Founding Director of Urban Neighbors of Hope
  • Church leaders take heed, the New Parish is, without question, the church of the future!

    - Christopher Smith, co-author, SLOW CHURCH
  • Strong communities, strongly rooted in place, are the future: for food, for energy, but also for our spiritual life. This is a powerful account of a necessary future

    - -Bill McKibben, author Wandering Home
  • Warning:  Don’t read this book unless you care about the ministry of the church in the next decade.

    - -Dr. Keith R. Anderson, President at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
  • Paul, Tim and Dwight enflesh this ancient Christian practice with 21st century creativity and acumen. This book is a must-read for church leaders and every-day faith practitioners alike.

    - Tony Kriz, author of Neighbors and Wise Men
  • What a gift the notion of the parish is for our time. And what a joy to know this Collective that's figuring out how to breath life into this ancient notion in our time.

    - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Strangers at My Door
  • Across North America and around the world, churches are...connecting with neighbors to weave a fabric of care in their communities. The New Parish is the handbook for that movement.

    - John Pattison, Co-author, Slow Church, Managing Editor, CONSPIRE Magazine
  • Paul, Tim and Dwight enflesh this ancient Christian practice with 21st century creativity and acumen. This book is a must-read for church leaders and every-day faith practitioners alike.

    - Tony Kriz, author of Neighbors and Wise Men
  • It is time for a paradigm resurgence in the church... I am grateful for this beautiful picture of what it means to live a whole way of life together.

    - Linda Bergquist, co-author Church Turned Inside Out and The Wholehearted Church Planter
  • In a time of uncertainty and change for the church, Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight Friesen arise as expert guides to a new/old way forward - the parish context.

    - Kelly Bean, Co-founder of Convergence, Executive Director of African Road
  • The New Parish encourages us to practice an incarnational faith that not only transforms our neighborhoods but our own lives as well … We need solid guides for this path, and Sparks, Friesen, and Soerens are just that.

    - Kathy Escobar author of Down We Go:Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus
  • The New Parish encourages us to practice an incarnational faith that not only transforms our neighborhoods but our own lives as well … We need solid guides for this path, and Sparks, Friesen, and Soerens are just that.

    - Kathy Escobar author of Down We Go:Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus
  • Strong communities, strongly rooted in place, are the future: for food, for energy, but also for our spiritual life. This is a powerful account of a necessary future

    - -Bill McKibben, author Wandering Home
  • Across North America and around the world, churches are...connecting with neighbors to weave a fabric of care in their communities. The New Parish is the handbook for that movement.

    - John Pattison, Co-author, Slow Church, Managing Editor, CONSPIRE Magazine
  • It is time for a paradigm resurgence in the church... I am grateful for this beautiful picture of what it means to live a whole way of life together.

    - Linda Bergquist, co-author Church Turned Inside Out and The Wholehearted Church Planter
  • Strong communities, strongly rooted in place, are the future: for food, for energy, but also for our spiritual life. This is a powerful account of a necessary future

    - -Bill McKibben, author Wandering Home
  • In a crowded culture of books on missional theology and ideas, this book stands out.

    - Jon Tyson, Author Sacred Roots, Why the Church Still Matters
  • The traditional idea of a “parish” is just what this book is reclaiming -- “churches rooted in the neighborhood.” ...It is much needed, and I am so thankful for it.

    - -The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel, VIII Bishop of Olympia
  • Here is a must read book... We urge you to use this as a study guide in your congregation in re-imagining how to become a source of compassion and hope in your parish.

    - Christine & Tom Sine, Mustard Seed Associates
  • In a time of uncertainty and change for the church, Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight Friesen arise as expert guides to a new/old way forward - the parish context.

    - Kelly Bean, Co-founder of Convergence, Executive Director of African Road
  • Church leaders take heed, the New Parish is, without question, the church of the future!

    - Christopher Smith, co-author, SLOW CHURCH
  • Across North America and around the world, churches are...connecting with neighbors to weave a fabric of care in their communities. The New Parish is the handbook for that movement.

    - John Pattison, Co-author, Slow Church, Managing Editor, CONSPIRE Magazine
  • The New Parish encourages us to practice an incarnational faith that not only transforms our neighborhoods but our own lives as well … We need solid guides for this path, and Sparks, Friesen, and Soerens are just that.

    - Kathy Escobar author of Down We Go:Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus
  • It is time for a paradigm resurgence in the church... I am grateful for this beautiful picture of what it means to live a whole way of life together.

    - Linda Bergquist, co-author Church Turned Inside Out and The Wholehearted Church Planter
  • In a crowded culture of books on missional theology and ideas, this book stands out.

    - Jon Tyson, Author Sacred Roots, Why the Church Still Matters
  • What a gift the notion of the parish is for our time. And what a joy to know this Collective that's figuring out how to breath life into this ancient notion in our time.

    - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Strangers at My Door
  • Paul, Tim and Dwight enflesh this ancient Christian practice with 21st century creativity and acumen. This book is a must-read for church leaders and every-day faith practitioners alike.

    - Tony Kriz, author of Neighbors and Wise Men
  • In a crowded culture of books on missional theology and ideas, this book stands out.

    - Jon Tyson, Author Sacred Roots, Why the Church Still Matters
  • Beyond Missional, The New Parish offers a vision for Christian community that honors place amidst fragmentation. This book will inspire a new generation of Christian leaders.

    - Tremper Longman III, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Paul, Tim and Dwight enflesh this ancient Christian practice with 21st century creativity and acumen. This book is a must-read for church leaders and every-day faith practitioners alike.

    - Tony Kriz, author of Neighbors and Wise Men
  • Here is a must read book... We urge you to use this as a study guide in your congregation in re-imagining how to become a source of compassion and hope in your parish.

    - Christine & Tom Sine, Mustard Seed Associates
  • Across North America and around the world, churches are...connecting with neighbors to weave a fabric of care in their communities. The New Parish is the handbook for that movement.

    - John Pattison, Co-author, Slow Church, Managing Editor, CONSPIRE Magazine
  • In a time of uncertainty and change for the church, Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight Friesen arise as expert guides to a new/old way forward - the parish context.

    - Kelly Bean, Co-founder of Convergence, Executive Director of African Road
  • What a gift the notion of the parish is for our time. And what a joy to know this Collective that's figuring out how to breath life into this ancient notion in our time.

    - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Strangers at My Door
  • Across North America and around the world, churches are...connecting with neighbors to weave a fabric of care in their communities. The New Parish is the handbook for that movement.

    - John Pattison, Co-author, Slow Church, Managing Editor, CONSPIRE Magazine
  • What a gift the notion of the parish is for our time. And what a joy to know this Collective that's figuring out how to breath life into this ancient notion in our time.

    - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Strangers at My Door
  • The traditional idea of a “parish” is just what this book is reclaiming -- “churches rooted in the neighborhood.” ...It is much needed, and I am so thankful for it.

    - -The Rt. Rev. Gregory H. Rickel, VIII Bishop of Olympia
  • Strong communities, strongly rooted in place, are the future: for food, for energy, but also for our spiritual life. This is a powerful account of a necessary future

    - -Bill McKibben, author Wandering Home
  • Paul, Tim and Dwight enflesh this ancient Christian practice with 21st century creativity and acumen. This book is a must-read for church leaders and every-day faith practitioners alike.

    - Tony Kriz, author of Neighbors and Wise Men
  • The New Parish encourages us to practice an incarnational faith that not only transforms our neighborhoods but our own lives as well … We need solid guides for this path, and Sparks, Friesen, and Soerens are just that.

    - Kathy Escobar author of Down We Go:Living into the Wild Ways of Jesus
  • Strong communities, strongly rooted in place, are the future: for food, for energy, but also for our spiritual life. This is a powerful account of a necessary future

    - -Bill McKibben, author Wandering Home
  • The New Parish is a book to fire a new revolution in the way Christians understand and share their life together.

    - Dr. Ash Barker, Founding Director of Urban Neighbors of Hope
  • What a gift the notion of the parish is for our time. And what a joy to know this Collective that's figuring out how to breath life into this ancient notion in our time.

    - Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of Strangers at My Door
  • Paul, Tim and Dwight enflesh this ancient Christian practice with 21st century creativity and acumen. This book is a must-read for church leaders and every-day faith practitioners alike.

    - Tony Kriz, author of Neighbors and Wise Men

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