Discipling the Whole Church to reach the Whole Nation: Learning to be missionary disciples together
A consultation on Evangelism, Mission & Discipleship for the Churches in England
Churches Together in England appointed Rev'd Dr Ben Aldous as the new Principal Officer for Evangelism & Mission in July 2019, and together with the General Secretary, Rev’d Dr. Paul Goodliff, a consultation will be convened for those who hold national responsibilities for evangelism and mission, or a similar post. This invitation goes to our member churches, Bodies in Association that have a mission and evangelism focus, Intermediate ecumenical bodies and others who work in the wider unity movements of the churches in our nation.
We are pleased to announce that Rev’d Dr Joel Edwards has agreed to be our key note speaker and help us reflect upon the intersects between mission, evangelism and discipleship. Joel is a writer and broadcaster and was the General Director of the Evangelical Alliance between 1997-2008 and International Director for Micah Challenge from 2009-2014. Joel brings a rich perspective as a member of the African-Caribbean community and will draw on a wide range of sources to help us during our time together.
CTE provides an ecumenical space, akin to a ‘big tent’, within which the churches can conduct conversations and develop strategies for mission, and this consultation provides such a space. The event aims to bring together the churches, wider ecumenical movements and instruments and offer the opportunity to explore how we might work closely together in reaching England with the good news of Jesus Christ. We especially welcome people under the age of 35 bringing their fresh perspectives to the conversations, and member churches are encouraged to seek out suitable representatives where possible.
An often neglected, and vital element in effective mission, is the calibre of discipleship and this consultation seeks to not only explore mission strategies for the transformation of communities, and the means of effective evangelistic work, but also to see how we might strengthen the means of discipling Christians so that they are confident and courageous witnesses to Christ. We hope to come together to share on the pilgrimage of what Pope Francis calls being 'missionary disciples’.
To enable us to hear from as many different churches and organisations during our time together we will be using a PechaKucha style of presentation. PechaKucha (a Japanese word meaning chit chat) is a storytelling format, where a presenter shows 20 slides for 20 seconds of commentary each (6 minutes and 40 seconds total). We hope to hear around 25 different presentations during our gathering as well as creating space to reflect, talk, share best practice and consider future collaborations.
When: 11.00 am on Wednesday 25 November to 3.00 pm on Thursday 26 November 2020
Where: High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8SG. Tel: 01992 463016
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