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Developing economic leadership in urban ministry

How do we shepherd the flock in the search for economically healthy and socially just urban communities? What is the role of the local church in sustainable human development? Where do we find guidance for those facing unemployment and neighborhood displacement? Join us to explore how moral and economic clarity give direction in our mission to be true disciples, fostering effective charity, empowering our congregations and creating a context for urban flourishing.

Thriving Churches: Flourishing Communities (TChurches) conference participants will envision a new framework for examining complex problems facing today’s city, founded in a Biblical economic worldview. Participants will network with other catalysts for growth in their community, ground discussion in continued emphasis on real world applications of Biblical principles, and develop leadership capacity through the resources offered for each session.

Note: Conference participants must currently live and work in the Pacific NorthWest region of the United States (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington). Participants will represent a variety of religious traditions and backgrounds, and all attendees must share a commitment to religious values and a respect for the rights of individuals.

Thriving Churches Conference Speakers



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
Cedarbrook Lodge
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.


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