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Preparing for 2030: Mission, Megatrends and the Future of the Church

  • Course Dates: Thu 23 April 2015, 12:00 pm to Sat 25 April 2015, 2:00 pm

2030 is being seen as a major tipping point for a number of contemporary crises.

Global warming, ecological degradation, biodiversity, over population and the increasing scarcity of clean available water.

Arguably the church has been in crises ever since the collapse of Christendom and the rapid expansion of popular culture and new technologies in the 1960’s. Responses to the increasing marginalization of the church from public life and social influence have been many and varied, but very few have stemmed the tide of decline or created new benchmarks to guide our mission and measure success.

While cycles of growth and decline have affected the church before throughout history, the tsunami of cultural change that is sweeping all before it in our time raises fundamental questions about the very nature and possible futures of the church which none of us can predict or anticipate. This is not an easy time to be in church leadership.

This conference will attempt to bring to the fore the major cultural shifts and global megatrends to which the church must respond if it is to survive, as well as suggest forms of leadership and mission that must now become our common agenda.

Please note that this conference has been deferred until June 2016. Further details here.

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Thu 23 April 2015, 12:00 pm
Sat 25 April 2015, 2:00 pm
£170 – £240
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Colin Greene has over thirty years of experience in theological education and parish ministry. He has taught theology in England, Africa and the US. Before returning to the UK in 2008 he was Professor of Theological and Cultural Studies at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He worked for seven years for the Bible Society as Head of Theology and Public Policy. He has published a number of books and book chapters and his first book Christology in Cultural Perspective won a prize from the Academy of Parish Clergy in the US as one of the top ten books in 2004. In 2008 he published along with a former colleague Metavista: Bible, Church and Mission in an Age of Imagination. As well as being Programme Director for the MA in Theology, Imagination and Mission at Sarum College he runs his own consultancy in the areas of mission and cultural and biblical engagement as well as being Rector of St Gregory's Marnhull, Dorset; Ronald Boyd-MacMillan is the Chief Strategy Officer for Open Doors International, the world’s largest organization assisting persecuted Christians in over sixty countries. He has enjoyed contrasting careers as a bible smuggler in Cold War Eastern Europe, a pastor in Bristol, a journalist in Hong Kong, a trainer of underground preachers in China, and as President of a speech tuition agency for senior bankers and business leaders. He has over 30 years experience of ministering among persecuted Christians on three continents.
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Please Note:
This conference has been deferred until 2016. The provisional dates are Monday 27 to Wednesday 29 June 2016. Contact Alison Ogden for all enquiries.