begins at 1.45pm
SERVING THE URBAN POOR
Jayakumar Christian from World Vision will be speaking on Who is your neighbour? He will explore the Church’s role in city transformation, why Christians should work among the poor, locally, nationally and globally, going beyond social action to the theological imperative and practicalities of working with the poor and vulnerable no matter the context.
THINKING THEOLOGICALLY ABOUT CITY TRANSFORMATION PART 1
Gerard Kelly leads this session with Jonathan Tame, they will be helping us think through theologically what the Bible is teaching us about the transformation of places in the context of future eschatology. What are we really hoping for when we pray for city transformation? Are we seeking a new form of Christendom? Why is unity of the body of Christ so important to mission? Should we be seeking social and cultural transformation as well as spiritual transformation? Why should the church be particularly focused on the poor and vulnerable? Come and join in the discussion.
THE ONE PEOPLE COMMISSION ASKS IS YOUR UNITY A WHITEWASH?
Is your community ethnically diverse, but your unity movement a whitewash? Have you struggled to connect with local churches from different ethnic backgrounds? Come and hear stories of how ethnically diverse unity movements are being built across our nation, learning more about how you can overcome the challenges and experience the joys of unity in our diversity. Contributers include Yemi Adedeji, Steve Clifford
When people lead, things change. We know that Christians are called to be a transforming part of public life. In all the spheres where God’s people are called to demonstrate his coming Kingdom, it is leadership that makes things happen. Our churches are filled with people of influence (and potential people of influence) who can be a voice for God and a voice for good, wherever they are called. How can you support, equip and release these people into public leadership while also drawing them deeper into the life of the church? How can we all play our part in developing a culture of public leadership in the UK church?
IT'S A WORLD WIDE MOVEMENT!
Unity for the sake of city transformation is breaking out all over the globe. This seminar will be bringing together some key international leaders from cities in Australia, Africa, India, USA, Philippines and across continental Europe. You will hear inspiring stories of city transformation arsing from the core values of unity, prayer and mission with input from Ian and Letitia Shelton from Australia, Mac Pier and Tom White from USA and Arthur Thangiah from India.
SPIRITUAL UNITY AND TRANSFORAMTION IN EUROPEAN CITIES PART 1
Representatives of city networks and prayer initiatives from the European continent will have the opportunity to meet each other. The aim is the mutual perception of what God is doing in their respective cities. These two seminar blocks are closely related and work best if you attend both. Eight cities from different parts of the continent (Lyon, France; Oslo, Norway; Berlin, Germany) will provide a short presentation (TED talk style) about the challenges and needs of their city. Led by Dr. Rainer Schacke and Rev. Axel Nehlsen, Gemeinsam fuer Berlin / Together for Berlin
RAISING FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR CITY AND TOWN TRANSFORMATION
A new model of funding is going to be needed to resource this growing movement across the country. Giving has traditionally been allocated to individual churches, national denominations and organisations and international mission, however if God is calling us to bless our cities and towns resources will have to either be reallocated or raised additionally. How can we resource this move of God going into the future. This seminar will be led by Mike O'Neill CEO of Stewardship with contributions from Andrew Street from Bristol: A businessman involved in the Bristol unity movement and is setting up a city fund for the city to use. Matt Bird of the Cinnamon Trust, Bob Dole and Ray Nixon American philanthropists who support the work of Mac Pier from New York City Leadership and the Global expressions of Movement Day. Matthew Porter from Newham unity movement and Graham Hutchinson One Voice York unity movement
PARTNERING FOR THE COMMON GOOD
THE CHURCH ON MISSION TO SEEK THE PEACE OF THE CITY - Kevin Palau from the Palau Assoication will lead this seminar asking, "What does a sustained, holistic, unified “Gospel Movement” look like in a city? How can the Church collaborate with city leaders for the good of the community?"
For the last ten years, the Luis Palau Association and the churches of Portland, USA have been on an unlikely journey that is shaping them AND their community. They will share lessons they have learned along the way, both personally and from studying over 200 similar “City Gospel Movements” across the U.S. and beyond.
LESSONS FROM THE CAPITAL: Share Jesus International
Andy Frost has been involved in helping to lead pan-London projects for 15 years. Working with 100s of churches, he has helped lead Soul in the City, More than Gold, Pentecost Festival and Crossing London to name just a few! Presently he is chair of the London Mission Collective and will be sharing practical insights, lessons learned and hopes for the future when working in a city of 9 million people.
begins at 3.15pm
MAKING JESUS KNOWN IN OUR COMMUNITIES
How can we reach as many people as possible in our communities with the Gospel? What simple practical tools can help us be more effective in our evangelism? How can we best make Jesus known, see our Churches grow and the future of Christianity in the UK flourish?
This seminar is led by Gavin Calver Director of Mission at the Evangelical Alliance.
Also contributing, Nic Harding, former leader of Frontline Church Liverpool and now leader of Together for the Harvest a unity movement across Liverpool.
THINKING THEOLOGICALLY ABOUT TRANSFORMAITON PART 2
Gerard Kelly and Jayakumar Christian will be helping us think through theologically what the Bible is teaching us about the transformation of places in the context of future eschatology. What are we really hoping for when we pray for city transformation? Are we seeking a new form of Christendom? Why is unity of the body of Christ so important to mission? Should we be seeking social and cultural transformation as well as spiritual transformation? Why should the church be particularly focused on the poor and vulnerable? Come and join in the discussion.
LICC explore how we can transform our places.
Churches working in city or town transformation have made great strides in learning how working together can impact social policy, social provision and business investment. However, how can inter-church working transform the places where the majority of God's people regularly engage? These places may include workplace, nurseries, clubs and gyms to name a few. In this seminar led by the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, Neil Hudson and Mark Grenne explore this emerging paradigm and how co-labouring churches might empower their church communities to be of greater impact in the wider communities around them.
BUILDING A CHURCH FOCUSED ON TRANSFORMING A CITY
Alan Platt leads Doxa Deo a 30,000 strong church in Pretoria which is now planting around the world. He created a vision for the church where members are enabled and supported to serve in the city in the spheres of life to work for its transformation. The Church as a whole community then expresses its self in those spheres by running schools, supporting people into employment, running radio stations and children's homes, empowering city leaders and much more.
“The church is called to inculcate the character of Christ into the core of the community. How we go about this, needs wisdom, understanding and strategy. God is downloading the frequency of His heart and mind to empower the Church to engage with boldness, the ‘lostness’, ‘pain' and ‘brokenness' of every region. We trust our dialogue together in this regard, would bring clarity for us to move forward to greater impact.”
SPIRITUAL UNITY AND TRANSFORMATION IN EUROPEAN CITIES PART 2
Representatives of city networks and prayer initiatives from the European continent will have the opportunity to meet each other. The aim is the mutual perception of what God is doing in their respective cities. The two seminar blocks are closely related and can only be booked together.
In this second half we will be working in groups depending on the interest of the participants: Intercultural work / refugees; Generation Y / Young people; Prayer campaigns; Evangelism; possibly other issues. Led by Dr. Rainer Schacke and Rev. Axel Nehlsen, Gemeinsam fuer Berlin / Together for Berlin
JUSTICE IN THE CITY
We are told to “Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with God”…but does doing justice too often get lost? How can churches work to tackle the underlying causes of injustice in our society? Rachel Lampard and colleagues from the Joint Public Issues Team, a collaboration of national Churches working for peace and justice, will engage in an interactive session looking at how we can seek justice in the city.
CHURCHES TOGETHER GROUPS: TRANSFORMING OUR COMMUNITIES
Hundreds of Churches Together groups in towns and villages have the vision for transformational mission that makes a difference in their local community. The theological vision, the role of Churches Together in England re mission, and examples from cities, towns and villages, will be shared with time for questions.
LEADING TO INFLUENCE by CELIA APEAGYEI COLLINS
This seminar is designed to look at the leadership that will be needed to see the transformation of our cities and towns. What are the qualities and skills of leadership we will need to develop in the future in order to see cultural, social and spiritual change over the long term. This seminar is relevant for those in church life and those leading in the cultural spheres (business, arts education, health, politics etc) Celia has been listed as one of the top ten most influential black christian women in the UK. Working in both church and secular spaces she believes that everyone has a specific gifting as well as sphere of influence within which to effect spiritual change, social reform and economic development.
TRANSFORM THE LIVES OF VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN YOUR CITY WITH KRISH KANDIAH
Each year, 35,000 children in the UK are taken into care, as a result there is a massive need for more foster carers in our towns and cities and thousands of children are waiting for adoptive families. 'Home For Good' is responding to this need by working alongside church unity networks to provide a strategic and co-ordinated response. Come and hear how the church unity leaders in Reading and Southampton and other places responded and how your city or town could do the same.