Explore Seattle’s unique spaces, places, and people!

One of the aspects that makes the Lead Conference distinct is that it takes place in different cities each year. Instead of spending the whole conference at one location, we will spend Monday afternoon exploring what makes Seattle unique. There will be 6 options of places to visit and then an invitation to eat dinner with the people who joined you at the site to continue discussion.

These site immersions are an opportunity to hear people’s stories, explore the city, experience creative spaces, and learn about different approaches to business, life, and ministry. It will also be a time of asking questions and reflecting on what insights or take-aways you can use in your context.


Resistencia Coffee

Neighborhood coffee shop in the heart of South Park, Seattle. The coffee shop is locally and POC-owned and started by church folks who wanted to be good neighbors in their community first before any kind of formal worship. The coffee shop works to create space for community to thrive together around great coffee and healthy food.

Learn about the coffee shop and how they are currently working to raise the StartUp capital for Resistencia, to build a Third Space for neighbors of all ages.


Shared Breakfast

This immersion takes place where our conference is hosted! Shared Breakfast is a ministry of First Church that started in 1997. Learn from Rev. Jeremey Smith about this feeding ministry that meets people where they are each Sunday. Sponsored through donations and leadership provided by volunteers, this ministry feeds 280-350 people each week.


Rainier Ave. Church

Rainier Ave Church is committed to serving the diverse communities that call the Rainier Valley home. Learn about their youth training/mentoring program through their cafe as well as the partnership with World Relief and Welcome Home Washington to provide assistance and housing for our refugee neighbors.


Hillman City Collaboratory

A social change incubator where community forms across boundaries and visionaries bring their dreams to life. The Collab is a space and a community. Learn about their approach of enhancing the work of their partners and to support the abundant brilliance in their neighborhood.


Seattle Against Slavery

Seattle Against Slavery mobilizes the community in the fight against labor and sex trafficking through collaboration with local and national partners. Learn about their vision of a community where no one is exploited for labor or sex through their model of education, advocacy, mobilization, and technology.


New Horizons

New Horizons’ priority is singular: meet youth where they are. Street life presents a multitude of challenges that must be addressed before youth can begin to apply for jobs or housing. Since 1978, the organization has started with the basics – food, shelter, clothes, a hot shower – and let youth walk their own pace toward higher level resources like job training, case management, and permanent housing. Learn about how this organization partnering with youth experiencing homelessness on their journey toward sustainability.