Global Connections conference: From where I’m sitting

Global Connections conference: From where I’m sitting

I am excited to be one of the contributors at the Global Connections conference in May.  I find this a fascinating conference in comparison to many others I go to as this is one of the few conferences where I see not just training or abstract research being presented, but instead new agreements and partnerships are developed that impacts mission around the world.

Here’s the blurb for what’s going on at the conference this year, I’d love to see you there:

We are used to hearing mission leaders, typically European and American men in their fifties describing what the most important issues in mission are. But is this the full story? At the GC Conference in May 2016, we will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of voices; under thirties, women in mission, missionaries from the majority world and leaders of international networks sharing from their perspective on mission today. In a diverse world, it is important that we listen to a range of opinions to really understand what is going on. This conference is a start in that process and we hope will be challenging and inspirational.

Our Bible reflections will be given by Steve Timmis from Crowded House, and there will also be times of worship, prayer and reflection led by Luke Hamlyn.

Contributors include: Adam Lowe (WEC), Chris Kidd (All Saints Didben), Harvey Kwiyani (Missio Africanus),  Israel Oluwole Olofinjana (Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World), Lesley Cheesman (Agapé), Lucho Sanchez (Latin Link), Mark Oxbrow who will be bringing videos of leaders from around the world (Faith2Share), Philipa Kalungi (OMF), Ruth Wall (former All Nations), Sarah Brighton (Hope UK).

The programme will include plenary sessions led by the various groups above, opportunity for discussion and workshops as well as times of prayers and reflection to listen to what God might be saying to us.

Global Connections Conference: From Where I’m Sitting: Mission from different perspectives.

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I’ve been excited to hear some of the details of the next Global Connections Conference, running 3rd-5th May 2016.  The conference is described as:

Often defining what mission is all about is left to missiologists and those who think of themselves as experts. Our next residential conference (which takes place every two years or so) will give the opportunity to hear from voices which are often left out. Entitled From Where I’m Sitting: Mission from different perspectives, we will be able to listen to: the under thirties, women in mission, missionaries from the majority world and leaders of international networks all giving their perspective on mission today. Our Bible reflections will be led by Steve Timmis from Crowded House. See our website for further information and to grab an early bird place.

Code of Best Practice for church partnerships

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Do check out The Code of Best Practice for Church to Church Partnerships (C2CP).  

Global Connection have designed this to provide help for churches to think through these issues as they form partnerships with other churches, denominations or local organisations in cross-cultural settings both abroad and in the UK.

These brief principles and guidelines have been developed by a group of church leaders from a variety of backgrounds, all of whom have significant experience in cross-cultural partnerships. It is an excellent resource, as well as being short and succinct: so please make it known to leaders and mission groups in your church. Now available to download from their website.