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The New Conspirators: Creating the Future One Mustard Seed at a Time [Paperback]

By Tom Sine (Author)
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Sine shares stories of churches and ministries that have planted hope in this troubled world. With inimitable insight and delight, he commissions this mustard seed generation to refashion the world according to God's great vision.

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"If you have faith as small as a mustard seed," Jesus says in the Gospel of Matthew, "nothing will be impossible for you." That sounds good, but does it work in a world where seeds are genetically altered by an impatient few and hard to come by for countless others? In a world where the gulf between the very rich and the profoundly poor is constantly growing, can a mustard-seed faith make any difference? And can such a little bit of faith be sustained in a world whose future is so uncertain on so many fronts? Tom Sine says yes, and he has the audacity to try to prove it in his latest book. In The New Conspirators Tom surveys the landscape of creative Christianity, where streams of renewal are flowing freely from diverse sources: The emerging church Contemporary monastic movements The missional church The mosaic movement Individuals and communities of faith are coalescing in, and drawing energy from, these four streams to retrofit the church as it leads, serves and gives witness to the kingdom of God in the turbulent times facing us. Read the book and you'll want to-and be prepared to-join God's conspiracy to create a better future.

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Organized as a series of conversations, this book explores the "lively edge" of Christianity in the U.S. and the U.K. Sine, who wrote The Mustard Seed Conspiracy in the early 1980s, has always championed Christian subversives and exiles who act in small but significant ways to care for the poor and marginalized. This book begins by delineating four streams of Christian expression that greatly challenge the norms and assumptions of traditional churches. These streamsemerging, missional, mosaic, and monasticfrequently flow into each other, and Sine does a fine job of defining them as separate but interdependent entities. Sine looks to these streams for tentative answers to several difficult questions, such as "Did we get what it means to be a disciple wrong?" and "Did we get what it means to be the church wrong?" As he explores these questions, Sine considers the context, particularly what he calls "the global mall" in which the church must define and distinguish itself. Sine is unflinching in his assessment of Christian consumerism, but his tone is never angry. Rather, he exudes childlike enthusiasm as he shares example after example of Christians all over the world who are expressing their faith through profoundly countercultural acts of mercy, justice, love and compassion. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  • CBA Retailers - 04/01/2008 page 46
  • Publishers Weekly - 01/14/2008 page 55

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Studio: IVP Books
Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.78" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2008
Publisher   IVP Books
Edition  Wellness Centra  
ISBN  0830833846  
ISBN13  9780830833849  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tom Sine (Ph.D., University of Washington) is a futurologist who consults with Christian organizations around the world. He has taught at Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Washington. His previous books include Wild Hope, The Mustard Seed Conspiracy, and Cease Fire.

Tom Sine currently resides in Seattle, in the state of Washington.

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Conversations on fresh expressions in the global church  May 16, 2008
"In spite the fact that our world is changing at blinding speed and the church is going through some very tough times, God is still at work in ways that aren't always immediately apparent. For some reason, God seems to delight in conspiring through the small, insignificant and ordinary to renew the church and transform the world." - Tom Sine

This book was long due. Tom Sine spent 3+ years collecting stories, interviewing people, bugging friends and collecting the data that end up in this fantastic book.

You might have heard authors talk about books taking a life of their own, and that is true of this one. As a friend of Tom I was fortunate enough to be around while the book was taking shape. Originally it was meant to be a reincarnation of a his book The Mustard Seed Conspiracy, published in the mid-80's. But that would not hold up to the amazing stories of creativity and faith that Tom was listening. Tom later decided that this was meant to be an entire different book about the God's new conspirators in the here and now.

While many of the current books in the Christian circles cover one topic - Tom have ventured to explore what he calls in the book the 4 streams of renewal for the church and the world:
The Emerging Church
The Missional Church
New Monasticism
The Mosaic (Multi-Cultural) Church

Lots had and is written about the Emerging Church and Missional church. New Monasticism is a hot topic these days. So I am glad Tom included what the multi-cultural church is doing as a fresh and challenging expression in contemporary Christianity.

In this book Tom engage us in five conversations:

Taking the New Conspirators Seriously
Taking the Culture Seriously
Taking the Future of God Seriously
Taking the Turbulent Times Seriously
Taking our Imaginations Seriously

I think it is very important to point out that this is a book on a global expression of the new conspirators. The stories and examples does not come from the western hemisphere alone. This is not an American book. Though the book you'll read stories of ordinary people confronting the powers and living out God's Kingdom values in Africa, UK, Latin America, Australia, USA and all over the world.
encouragement for conspirators!  Apr 29, 2008
tom sine is one of the best, encouraging, honest voices to those who are committed to living out their faith in Jesus in new, creative ways. this material highlights that change is coming whether we like it or not and we need to consider our response as Christ-followers. what i like about "the new conspirators" is that it values a diversity of backgrounds/streams/callings and really asks the question "how are we willing to participate in advancing the kingdom of God in and for this next generation?" tom has been around a long time and continues to challenge all of us to keep listening for God, work toward reconciliation & restoration, be present in our neighborhoods, our communities, and be willing to go into uncharted territory for the sake of others. as a pastor & consummate dreamer, i felt less alone in our ministry and challenged & encouraged to keep re-imagining the future.
Read at Your Own Risk!   Apr 8, 2008
Tom Sine's book ( is driven by a concern shared by many that Christians have unconsciously imbibed (and therefore, live by) secular notions of success and the good life. This is, of course, more and better of everything that we can get our hands on, without recognition of the cost it exacts on our lives and our world, and primarily, our understanding of Christ and his Kingdom. Thankfully though, Sine offers more than a robust and needed critique of the way the church has bought into the culture; he offers concrete, engaging, and stirring examples of how others are engaging the challenges he places before us.

The roads Sine shows us are appealing in both their distinctiveness and their common concern for knowing Jesus and serving the world in which we live, particularly the poorest among us. He does this by introducing his readers to four different movements that are, to over-simplify, doing church differently. He calls these movements the streams - monastic, mosaic, missional, and emergent - and the way he talks about them and the challenges they are confronting will leave you wanting to choose anything but the "global mall" faith that has become the norm for so many of us.

Through this book and a conference he recently held ( which I attended, Sine has challenged me to address the places in my life (and my paradigms) that have come to look more like the consumer culture than Christ's kingdom. In his role as co-founder of the Mustard Seed Associates ( he has spent many years acting as a connector and catalyst for Christians who are seeking to re-imagine culture and faith expressions. In his book, and in the conference that MSA just held by the same name, Sine has utilized his many roles and talents as connector and author to offer us - to borrow Shane Claiborne's words - "a gift to the church," that is challenging, appealing, and ultimately, a must-read for those who are concerned with the ways Christianity has bought into the world's view of what makes for a good, satisfying, and fulfilling life - and particularly If you don't even know why your faith doesn't seem to make sense anymore.
Helpful New Directions  Apr 5, 2008
I've been looking forward to reading this book ever since I heard it was coming out. Tom Sine's work has been widely cited for quite some time, and for good reason. He's smart, encouraging, witty, engaging, and kicks your butt, all at the same time.

There are aspects of The New Conspirators that will seem redundant to folks who swim in the emerging church stream. You'll get similar summaries of the emerging movement as you'll find in Robert Webber's "The Younger Evangelicals," Bolger and Gibbs' "Emerging Churches," or Dan Kimball's "The Emerging Church." However, what this book gives you that the others don't is a sense of how the emerging church thing fits in with other kinds of movements, that aren't necessarily "emerging church" in nature.

Sine traces out four streams: emerging church, missional, mosaic, and monastic. Admittedly, some of the differences in categories are a little artificial, as there is significant overlap between several of them. But I think the separations actually helps the book a little in the sense that there are many people who could read this and think, "Oh, you mean, I can be engaged in new kinds of thinking and creative expressions of the way of Jesus, without being affiliated with the emerging church? That's great - because I've heard those emerging folks are a little wacky."

The areas of overlap are primarily concerning the missional, monastic, and emerging thrusts. But I really think that the inclusion of the mosaic element is what makes this book shine. Sine takes the time to discuss the exciting expressions of church that are taking place within the North American multicultural context, but he also highlights the movements taking place in the global South and East. That's the part of this whole "conversation" that's been missing for a long time. We in the West have (predictably) assumed that we've got it all figured out . . . meanwhile the Spirit is alive and moving in places we've barely heard of.

The New Conspirators serves as a really terrific primer and conversation starter for people who are new to a post-Christendom thought process, and it represents a good "next step" for those who are already in sync with that.
There Will Be Blood  Feb 28, 2008
Ok, we always suspected that there were not easy answers, no one fix for the spiritual angst and restlessness that confronts us as we jostle through our culture listening to bits and pieces from people's stories.
I assume most people, like myself, want to be invited into the conversation, though, and want to find a way to bring God along without the religious baggage. Jesus unencumbered.

Sine's book gives us the handles we need to do just that. It's cool that he doesn't champion one theory or push one particular method, but instead reports what God seems to be doing in spite of us among those who want to get their hands dirty in ministry and those to whom the traditional image of the church has lost appeal.

I was really pumped and challenged to learn in The New Conspirators what God is doing through this new generation of innovators and risk takers that really seems to make a difference in their world. I like the sense of honoring the smaller things, the things that don't get the headlines or get marketed in a 12 disc DVD series. The New Conspirators is the first book I have found that not only focuses broadly on the emerging stream but on the missional, mosaic {multicultural church planters), and the monastic streams as well. I was moved not only by the imaginative new models of community, celebration, and mission these young conspirators are creating but also the meaty questions they are raising for all of us about what it means to be a follower of Jesus, be the church, live responsibly, and do mission. The New Conspirators is a wonderfully balanced book of information and insight. It's both prophetic and practical.

As a pastor in a traditional church that is morphing into a missional community, I read Tom's insights and observations with fear and trembling. If we follow where God seems to be leading, there will be blood. The death of unexamined assumptions has to happen to find the spiritual foundation on which to change the way we think about God's Kingdom and the communities through which it grows.

The New Conspirators address that fear and calms it somewhat by demonstrating that God's works through small mustard seeds to engineer large vision. Cool, Eh? I think so. I'm bringing my copy to all my board meetings!

Stan Thornburg

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