WHAT IS SEEDBED?
Founded on January 6, 2012, Seedbed is a twenty-first century movement and media platform whose mission is to gather, connect, and resource the people of God to sow for a great awakening.
NOW, WHAT ABOUT THIS “GREAT AWAKENING” WE ARE SOWING FOR?
Awakening is the outcome of encountering Jesus, by which the love of God the Father is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
Awakening both results from and leads to
1) renewal of the Church,
2) evangelization of a generation,
3) deep wholeness in people, and
4) transformation of society.
The common thread of the Christian story and the great urgency of our day, awakening unfolds in small ways which produce vast blessing to all of creation.
Awakening comes most readily to those who are desperate for more of God, to any disciple of Jesus thirsty for a manner of prayer and quality of relationship that bear the marks of plain, Scriptural Christianity—the measure of which is holy love.
The Church cannot manufacture awakening; it is ultimately a work of God and a sign of His presence. But we can sow for awakening, remove impediments, and posture ourselves to receive it.
We do so by uniting in travailing prayer, banded discipleship, the ministry of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit, and the bold expansion of God’s Kingdom.
HOW DO YOU RESOURCE THE CHURCH?
We publish Bible studies, books, small-group studies, training courses, videos, podcasts,
conferences, and articles every day. We do print, digital, electronic, online, offline, web-based applications, social media, and good old-fashioned word of mouth messaging. We are out to develop a new class of disciple-making resources in every way we possibly can. And yes, in the spring of 2016, we released our first record! We aspire to develop resources in languages other than English as the need presents itself and the financial and human resources become available.
WHAT IS THIS “NEW CLASS OF DISCIPLEMAKING RESOURCES” YOU SPEAK OF?
Thanks, we are glad you asked. We find much of the discipleship materials across the church to be helpful, as far as they go. They just don’t go far enough. Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead to save us from sin and death. This core doctrine of the church is actually only the first half of the gospel. So what’s the second half of the gospel? Jesus lived, died, and rose from the dead and lives to deliver us from the power of sin and death and join us into the mission of his kingdom. We need discipleship resources that help actualize the shifting of the center of gravity from the pull of sin to the holy love of God in Jesus Christ. The challenge for the church of our time is moving people from making decisions to trust Christ to actually following Jesus in close discipleship communities with others in order to join God’s mission in the world to bring forth his kingdom.
SO WHAT IS THE “SECOND HALF OF THE GOSPEL?”
To review: justification by grace through faith = the first half of the gospel. It happens as the Holy Spirit empowers us to confess and repent from our sin and receive the grace of God in Jesus Christ who saves us from sin and eternal death. The second half of the gospel is sanctification by grace through faith. Sanctification is the life-long process by which the Holy Spirit reorients our affections, realigns our dispositions, and transforms our lives for the sake of others. To be sure, Seedbed is all about justification, but for us that’s only the beginning. The core emphasis of our resourcing is banding people together into the brand of discipleship that not only transforms lives, but changes the world. We call it the second half of the gospel. Another thing you might hear us say is, “The best of the gospel is the rest of the gospel.” See the video below for more on that.
WHAT IS THE NEW ROOM CONFERENCE?
New Room Conference is grounded in a conviction that people do not need more content and programs, they need more of God.
This is more than a three-day event in September. It is a place, an “on-earth-as-it-is-in-heaven” space we share and hold between us—holy ground—an ongoing, unceasing, ever-surprising meeting with God. And as Jesus reveals himself and his purposes, men and women begin to give themselves unreservedly, with an uncommon abandon, to him alone.
The small fires of great awakening are lit. And everywhere that happens, from the Day of Pentecost forward, a door opens into a new room for the ever-expanding kingdom of heaven on earth.
Let’s be clear. All of this is for awakening. The measure of a meeting with God is not so much what happens in the meeting, but where the meeting goes next. Our attendees are made up of leaders and learners, pastors and volunteers, male and female from many denominational backgrounds, and these are the people through whom the Lord will launch many movements.
In the New Room community, we’re finding a transcendent fellowship of travailing love, existing in the courts of heaven and moved on earth by the unseen hand of God, to do impossible things in unimaginable ways. Join us.
HOW DO YOU CONNECT PEOPLE?
We want to see connections develop in both macro and micro dimensions. We believe they happen best in the hands of the people. As a result, we see our task as that of creating opportunities and developing ways and means for connections to emerge. This is what the New Room Movement is all about. We create collectives designed to gather and connect people around particular affinities and areas of mission and ministry. We host the annual New Room Conference and regional gatherings throughout the rest of the year.
If you are reaching out about an interest in publishing Seedbed, please know that we are honored that you would consider us to steward your work. However, at this time we are not accepting unsolicited manuscripts for publication. Due to the high volume of emails we receive about publishing, we are unable to respond personally to every request. We pray your work finds a suitable platform and enriches God’s people.