The New Parish Conference is a two-day conference intentionally designed to engage, encourage, and empower innovative, missional practitioners as they go about practicing the way of Jesus in place.
The New Parish Conference was founded in 2013 through an energetic partnership between ForMission and Parish Collective as both organizations began to entertain a simple hunch: What if God is up to something really big and global but it can only be discovered through the small and local? It was through the exploration of that question that New Parish Conference was born—a gathering for the sake of reimagining church and transforming neighborhoods. With a dynamic mix of participatory environments, insights from seasoned leaders, and rich storytelling, the New Parish Conference Conference is a uniquely creative event year after year.
About the Parish Collective
The Parish Collective connects and resources people of faith in particular neighborhoods to be the church together in the places they live. Their grassroots-level work weaves together neighborhood churches, missional communities, and any group of Christ-followers desiring renewal in the parish.
The Parish Collective is committed to neighborhood reconciliation and parish renewal through the work of coming alongside parish movements, developing rooted postures and practices for becoming more present in our neighborhoods, and inspiring greater participation in what the Spirit is up to in our unique contexts.
We are passionate about equipping a generation of leaders to revive the church and reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. ForMission equips Christian Leaders to transform their communities through accredited training, thought leadership and missional support. Our academic programmes are an important part of what we do however they only tell part of the story of who we are.
Springdale College started life in 1980 asa mission college in Selly Oak, Birmingham, where prominent missionary Lesslie Newbigin taught in his last years of active ministry. In 2009 Springdale College joined Together in Mission to become a mission agency; with practical courses accredited by York St John University, for students from a wide range of denominations and networks. Today, Springdale College and Together in Mission are now known as ForMission.