Join us on October 4-6, 2012, in Ann Arbor, MI for the first Great Lakes Blue Ocean Conference!
What is it?
Are you eager to empower faith in increasingly secular places? Or perhaps to learn how to share faith with those who are turned off by contemporary religious expressions? Join the conversation as we explore the exciting opportunities found in the intersection of following Jesus and connecting to secular culture. We’ll chat about how to engage with modern culture and start fresh faith conversations with non-churchgoing folks.
You will have the opportunity to hear from and interact with several faith practitioners and speakers who are nationally recognized church and cultural experts that are developing innovative models and pathways to introduce Jesus to an ever-increasing secular society.
In recent surveys, the fastest growing religious identification category is 'none.'
-- Putnam, American Grace
Starts: Thursday @ 7:00 pm
|WHERE:||Ann Arbor Vineyard
2275 Platt Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(see map on the right)
Select ticket type, fill in your registration information, and purchase tickets above. A confirmation email will be sent to you regarding your purchase.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS Sept 8th!
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL -- Tickets purchased before Aug 15th receive a $15.00 discount.
||GENERAL ADMISSION -- Tickets are $60 per person and include snacks, drinks, lunch on Friday, and conference materials.
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"Well of all church youth group graduates leave faith within two years."
--Sources: Southern Baptist Convention, Josh McDowell Ministries
Dave is the author of Not the Religious Type: Confessions of a Turncoat Atheist. He developed the popular Seek Course for people who are exploring faith. Along with Charles Park, he also convened the Blue Ocean conversation.
Dave has a background both in theology (Fuller Seminary, '87) and the arts (Stanford University, '84, and a decade as a working playwright). Dave pastors the Vineyard Christian Fellowship--Greater Boston, keeps his hand in some fiction writing, and lives just outside Boston with his wife, Grace and their five children.
Charles Park is the Senior Pastor of The River in New York City. Charles and his wife Caroline moved to New York in June 2004 to start the Manhatten-based Vineyard. Charles studied (a little too much when he was young), earning a PhD in Economics at M.I.T. After striving hard to achieve the American Dream, he found getting tangled up with the story of God made life much more interesting and unpredictable. Of all the great heroes of Western Literature, he most identifies with Forrest Gump. "Life is like a box of chocolates."
He and Caroline live in Manhattan with their three children, Clara, Ariel and Caleb.
Church is the only organization that exists for the benefit of its non-members.
-- G. K. Chesterton
Written in 2009 for a Northeast Blue Ocean Summit, Blue Ocean Churches (previously named "Culture Center Churches") turned out to be a smashing success. In it, Dave Schmezler shares his experiences of planting a church in the heart of secular America. This manual chronicles the trials and errors of the Greater Boston Vineyard as it grew from 30 people to over 800 in an area of less than 3% churchgoers. Dave shares useful tips and advice for anyone looking to build a community of vibrant faith in this changing world.
Click the picture to download the manual for free or you can purchase a hard copy for $10 (free shipping) here: Blue Ocean Faith.
Written back in 2008, Not The Religious Type, Confessions of a Turncoat Atheist was one of the inspirations for these annual conferences. The intriguing topics raised in this book begged for larger discussion. The book has since served as the jumping off platform for our larger conversations about faith and secular culture. Click on the picture to purchase and read more about the book.