Reasons to attend
Explore solutions to today’s critical issues with pastors, non-profit practitioners and other community development leaders from around the country.
Expand your personal “idea bank” through dialogue in economics, leadership, and the dignity of the human person.
Connect conference content to provided tools and resources for use in your own continuing ministry.
Grow in the effectiveness and transformative capacity of your work by exploring ideas both in alignment and in tension with what you see happening in your ministry and community.
Thriving Churches Conference Speakers
Assistant Professor of History and Christian Apologetics, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. John Wilsey
United States Regional Facilitator, Partners Worldwide
Mr. Rudy Carrasco
Vice President of Economic Initiatives, The Institute for Faith, Work and Economics
Dr. Anne Bradley
President, Acton Institute; Pastor, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Grand Rapids, MI
Rev. Robert Sirico
Conference fee and covered expenses
There is no conference fee for the leaders in urban ministry selected to attend the conference, and no fee to apply.
Lodging (for out of town participants) and meals for the duration of the conference will be arranged and paid for by the Acton Institute.
A financial aid request is included in the application form for those in need of travel assistance to and from the conference. Travel funding is limited.
Application process and conference fee
The conference is limited to pastors and urban ministry practitioners in the Pacific NW region of the United States (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington). Though there is no required deposit to attend, all confirmed participants commit to participating fully in the event.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and responses can be expected in 10 to 14 days.
Conference dates and location
March 23-25, 2017
Seattle (SeaTac), Washington
Participants should arrive at the hotel in time to check-in, register and attend the opening reception at 5:45pm. Lodging, for out of town participants, and meals for the duration of the conference will be paid for by the Acton Institute.