Conference will put people at heart of mission
Published on 4 November 2019 2 minutes read
Internationally renowned author and practical theologian Alan Hirsch will be leading a two-day conference in Edinburgh this month on how to build and empower successful teams. With a focus on mission, church planting, discipleship and renewal, Enabling Vibrant Teams will be held at Central Hall Edinburgh on 19-20 November. Everyone is welcome to join this all-churches event.
Rev Bob Mallinson, convener of the Kirk's Priority Areas committee issued a warm invitation to everyone working on Christian mission.
"We are really excited to be welcoming Alan to be with us to help us to unpack and explore how using the gifts described in Ephesians 4 can release the dormant potential that lies within the Church," he says.
"This conference comes at a crucial time in the life of the Church of Scotland, with significant change taking place and much uncertainty as to what the future holds. This I believe is an opportunity to start re-shaping our understanding of ministry within the Church and positively shaping the future of the Church of Scotland as well as the Church in Scotland. I would like to invite you to come and join us on the 19th and 20th November and be part of the re-shaping of the Church for the generations to come."
Reactivating the Body of Christ
Alan, co-founder of the masters degree in Missional Church Movements at Wheaton College in Illinois, began his ministry in Melbourne, Australia, leading a local church movement and developing the Forge Mission Training Network.
His books on developing missional leadership have influenced church leaders and are helping revitalize church movements across the world. His latest book is 5Q:Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ.
So what can we expect from the conference?
Alan says his focus now is on helping traditional churches transition towards missional movement. Starting with the Biblical message in Ephesians 4 11-13, the conference will put people firmly at the centre of mission looking at how we can release the potential in the people around us as we build our teams.
Alan describes his vision for the church as "a dynamic, high-impact, spiritually authentic and sustainable people movement in the Way of Jesus our founder".
"I wholeheartedly believe that the form of the church that will advance the cause of Jesus in the 21st century— and reverse the decline of the church at the same time—is that of the apostolic movement with all its spiritual dynamism and missional energy."
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