National Church Planting Forum
22nd February 2017, 10:00am-4:00pm
Birmingham Citadel Salvation Army Hall.
The National Church Planting Forum is to facilitate a gathering of strategic Church Planting leaders to explore issues and exchange ideas through conversation and dialogue.
The Forum is about creating a shared space where we aim to:
The Forum is structured around the presentation of mini seminars on church planting themes followed by facilitated conversations in break out groups to explore issues and exchange ideas on several church planting concerns and issues. There is plenty of time for friendship building and networking over coffee and lunch, with time for reflection, prayer and worship. The day concludes with feedback sessions to correlate our shared thinking and conversations and to identify possible next steps.
To join us go to Eventbrite or call us on 0121 458 5240.
We are delighted that our sponsoring partner for this year’s Forum are:
Church Planting and rebirthing a movement (Andrew Vertigan)
The renewal of mission and the birthing of Fresh Expressions of Church in the Salvation Army is a story that explores the rebirth of a missional movement that has rediscovered its roots and heritage. This mini seminar tells this story particularly drawing on key lessons in rebirthing movements. Andrew Vertigan is The Salvation Army’s National Mission Enabler for Fresh Expressions. His role is to encourage The Salvation Army to pioneer and plant new expressions of church across the country, continuing a long history of church planting in The Salvation Army.
Church Planting in reaching subcultures (Andrea Campanale)
The church has struggled to reach into many of the UK’s subculture groups and this mini seminar tells the story of how one missional practitioner has engaged in building relationships with steam punks. The lessons learned will help other missional practitioners consider how to reach people that form alternative identifiable communities. Andrea set up Sacred Space Kingston to do outreach to those who would describe themselves as spiritual and not religious. Five years ago she created a small missional community out of this project. She also works for CMS in networking pioneers across the UK, as well as setting up hubs to take the training from their base in Oxford to other parts of the country. She teaches on pioneering mission, fresh expressions of church and church history, and has written a chapter in the book ’The Pioneer Gift’ on developing a local theology around the issue of shame.
Church Planting and Creation (Trevor Hutton)
How does the doctrine of God the Creator and Creation shape and inform church planting practice? Drawing on insights from Jürgen Moltmann this mini seminar will offer several practical reflections that root planting in God’s engagement with creation. Trevor leads Forge England and Wales a missional training agency led by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost, teaches missional theology at a number of theological colleges in the UK, and pioneers missional communities in South Manchester as a church planting practitioner.
Church Planting and tables of hospitality (Emma Scott)
Through establishing tables of hospitality and “mission clusters” in the community, God’s hospitality is modelled through a rhythm of life that offers fun, friendship and faith. This mini seminar highlights key principles and lessons on how to form new communities through hospitality and relationships. Emma has been a Salvation Army officer for the last 8 years and has, along with her husband Mark, led churches in Kent and now Mitcham in Surrey. Her heart is always open to sharing life with others and along with her family she tries to see her faith, not as something she does but of who she is. She has a strong sense of justice and looks to put that to good use wherever possible particularly in the life of her community.