unitive

If a cord of three strands is not easily broken, imagine the sheer beefiness in cord with hundreds of strands. Oh yeah, you know it…The Unitive is puttin’ on a conference.
Spend a good half decade flying solo in the Minnesota north woods without any kind of phone or friend in the world, and you’ll realize that the human condition is ill-suited for lengthy solitude. I was that guy at the turn of the millennium. Alone. Sad. Suicidal.
Spend the next decade residing in close quarters with real believers, hanging out at church with friends, camping, travelling, living life ― together with a tribe of real people. I’ve been that guy since 2004, and I have learned that the human condition is well-suited for community.
We love getting together, and it’s really good for us.
We gather at pubs for brewskis. We meet with friends for dinners. We hang out at churches with true family, laughing, screaming, crying, praying, listening, conversing, sharing…. Togetherness.
…the kind of togetherness that can’t be found in megapixels or mpegs.
So, The Unitive is going flesh and blood at this summer’s end ― August 29 ― drawing together the living, breathing people behind the texts you read here and a few other excellent speakers. We’re hosting a true blue rendezvous, and you are absolutely invited. For realzies.
We’re calling it “The Unitive One Day.” Unlike most conferences, this baby is el cheapo: just $25 gets you in. We will gather. We will hear from dynamite speakers. And we will dial the whole day in on one big theme ― the future.
What will Jesus’ Church look like in 50 years?
What will remain, and what will transform?
What will we ― Christ’s very body ― value?
So, mark your calendars for August 29. Get registered here. And start looking forward to these highlights:
 18-minute presentations fostering focused engagement
 highly interactive panel discussions
 time for intentional connection, meeting other students and college pastors
 an after-party (with a $10 cover) hosted by our friends at Envision, where you’ll eat and connect with other like-minded folk and receive a pre-release copy of Matt Chandler’s newest book for free (like I said, muy el cheapo) 
Plus, we’ve invited a whole grip of legit speakers:

Bill Clem, Pastor of Leader Formation at Imago Dei Community and author of Disciple: Getting Your Identity from Jesus.
Jeff Bethke, speaker and author of the forthcoming Jesus > Religion.
Jason Ostrander, speaker, provocateur & Executive Director of Group Publishing
Michael Anderson, former director of The Resurgence and partner in the Baji Group
And more!

This rendezvous is for students, for pastors and yes, for bears, brown or black.* Seriously, ladies and gentlemen: We can’t wait for this!
Contact Bryan Halferty directly with any questions: bryan.halferty@mercercreek.org.
Register here.
And we’ll see you at The Unitive One Day ― August 29!
* If you bring a bear, though, please respect all Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife rules and regulations. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to follow them; just please at least respect them. Also, bears will not need to be muzzled, but you will need to keep them on a leash made of heavy chain. Also, bears will need to bring their own seating. View Larger

If a cord of three strands is not easily broken, imagine the sheer beefiness in cord with hundreds of strands. Oh yeah, you know it…The Unitive is puttin’ on a conference.

Spend a good half decade flying solo in the Minnesota north woods without any kind of phone or friend in the world, and you’ll realize that the human condition is ill-suited for lengthy solitude. I was that guy at the turn of the millennium. Alone. Sad. Suicidal.

Spend the next decade residing in close quarters with real believers, hanging out at church with friends, camping, travelling, living life ― together with a tribe of real people. I’ve been that guy since 2004, and I have learned that the human condition is well-suited for community.

We love getting together, and it’s really good for us.

We gather at pubs for brewskis. We meet with friends for dinners. We hang out at churches with true family, laughing, screaming, crying, praying, listening, conversing, sharing…. Togetherness.

…the kind of togetherness that can’t be found in megapixels or mpegs.

So, The Unitive is going flesh and blood at this summer’s end ― August 29 ― drawing together the living, breathing people behind the texts you read here and a few other excellent speakers. We’re hosting a true blue rendezvous, and you are absolutely invited. For realzies.

We’re calling it “The Unitive One Day.” Unlike most conferences, this baby is el cheapo: just $25 gets you in. We will gather. We will hear from dynamite speakers. And we will dial the whole day in on one big theme ― the future.

What will Jesus’ Church look like in 50 years?

What will remain, and what will transform?

What will we ― Christ’s very body ― value?

So, mark your calendars for August 29. Get registered here. And start looking forward to these highlights:

  •  18-minute presentations fostering focused engagement
  •  highly interactive panel discussions
  •  time for intentional connection, meeting other students and college pastors
  •  an after-party (with a $10 cover) hosted by our friends at Envision, where you’ll eat and connect with other like-minded folk and receive a pre-release copy of Matt Chandler’s newest book for free (like I said, muy el cheapo) 
Plus, we’ve invited a whole grip of legit speakers:
  • Bill Clem, Pastor of Leader Formation at Imago Dei Community and author of Disciple: Getting Your Identity from Jesus.
  • Jeff Bethke, speaker and author of the forthcoming Jesus > Religion.
  • Jason Ostrander, speaker, provocateur & Executive Director of Group Publishing
  • Michael Anderson, former director of The Resurgence and partner in the Baji Group
  • And more!

This rendezvous is for students, for pastors and yes, for bears, brown or black.* Seriously, ladies and gentlemen: We can’t wait for this!

Contact Bryan Halferty directly with any questions: bryan.halferty@mercercreek.org.

Register here.

And we’ll see you at The Unitive One Day ― August 29!

* If you bring a bear, though, please respect all Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife rules and regulations. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to follow them; just please at least respect them. Also, bears will not need to be muzzled, but you will need to keep them on a leash made of heavy chain. Also, bears will need to bring their own seating.


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one problem with pastors & podcasts. (from the file cabinet)

the podcast proliferation over the last few 10 years has changed the shape of the church. many are functionally pastored by someone they don’t know (and don’t live near). if they still attend a gathering they (often) sit with a critical disposition, assessing the (merit of the) sermon through the theological grid of their favorite podpastor. so. functionally. they live theologically and spiritually fractured as they’re submitting to someone they don’t know and critically assessing someone they can touch, see and speak with. 

as we already seeing have seen, many stop gathering and download and upload by themselves hoping that their podpastor does a satellite near you them.


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