Paul Sparks

Paul Sparks is a leading voice in the growing Parish Movement. His place-based experience and trusted friendships in cities across North America make him an indispensable guide for local churches, academic institutions, and community organizations. Paul has done tours and trainings in neighborhoods all over the world and is the co-author of the award-winning book The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship, and Community. He is the Co-founding Director of the Parish Collective, where he works to identify, connect, and resource churches and groups that seek the flourishing of their neighborhood. He is also the co-founder of the annual Inhabit Conference in the US, the New Parish Conference in the UK, and co-designer and instructor of the Leadership in the New Parish certificate at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology.

How to Connect Neighborhood Churches to Your Local Community

About every six weeks for the last five years, John and Peter have hosted online / dial-up conversations with community-building pioneers as their guests. For their February 20, 2018 dialog they invited Paul Sparks, a leading voice in the growing...

Parish Portrait: Mt Scott-Arleta, Portland, OR with B.D. Dormaier

How a few plants, a mural, and less pavement could bring more to a neighborhood than one big ministry. Parish Portrait: Mt Scott-Arleta, Portland, OR with B.D. Dormaier from Parish Collective on Vimeo. Home page image: Ron Dunnigton