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MODEM Conference 2017: What is the Church For?

  • Course Dates: Thu 7 December 2017, 12:00 pm to Fri 8 December 2017, 2:00 pm

This year’s annual MODEM Conference returns to Sarum College.

The conference brings together experts from the fields of leadership, management and ministry for stimulating conversations
between church and business communities.

This conference aims to help all to understand more about what is the church for, to help churches to mobilise and organize beyond Sunday morning.

Keynote Speakers

Professor Mike Higton on ‘The Church as Witness’

Dr Graham Adams on ‘The Church and the Solidarity of the Shaken’

Both keynote speakers plan to be with us throughout the conference, so that the whole community can develop its thinking and development and make good use of the wisdom and ideas of the speakers, as well as of each other.


The programme will include talks from keynote speakers, contributions from members of the community, opportunities for discussion in groups, and the option of joining in the rhythm of worship at nearby Salisbury Cathedral.

The aim is to uncover different perspectives, to make new connections and to open up conversation which will continue beyond the life of the conference. It is anticipated that the title of the conference will trigger a far-ranging set of responses and we are looking to seeing what emerges as we explore the terrain together.

Outline Timetable

Thursday 7 December

  • Arrival from 12 noon (coffee available)
  • Lunch at 1pm
  • Sessions start at 2pm
  • The programme will allow delegates to attend Evensong in Salisbury Cathedral at
  • Dinner at 7pm
  • Between Evensong and Dinner there will be a free public book launch for Leading by Story: Rethinking Church Leadership by Vaughan S. Roberts and David Sims, recently published by SCM Press
  • After dinner, participants will be free to develop their conversations in the College bar or at a nearby pub

Friday 8 December

  • Delegates will have an opportunity to attend Morning Prayer (and communion) in
    Salisbury Cathedral at 7.30am before breakfast at 8.15am
  • Sessions start at 9.15 am
  • Departure and the MODEM AGM after lunch

Booking Information

Early Bird discount until 30 September: residential £130; non-residential £80. Thereafter: residential £140; non-residential £90.

Residential fee includes ensuite accommodation and all meals. Non-residential fee includes lunch and supper on first day, and lunch on second.

In addition, there is a £10 discount on all fees for MODEM members, students (including Sarum College postgraduate students), and ministers-in-training.

For all booking enquiries please contact Alison Ogden
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

Please note the date referenced in the annual course brochure listing was incorrectly printed as 7 and 8 December 2018

Course Details

Thu 7 December 2017, 12:00 pm
Fri 8 December 2017, 2:00 pm
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Mike Higton is Professor of Theology and Ministry at Durham University, where he is the academic lead for the ‘Common Awards’ partnership, by which Durham validates most of the Church of England’s ordination training across the country, along with training for various other forms of ministry and for a number of ecumenical partners. Graham Adams is Tutor in Mission Studies at Northern College (United Reformed and Congregational) within the theological partnership of Luther King House, in Manchester, and Programme Leader for its MA in Contextual Theology. He also teaches for the Congregational Institute in Practical Theology.
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Early Bird discount until 30 September: residential £130; non-residential £80. Thereafter: residential £140; non-residential £90.