IT’S SO EXCITING WHAT GOD IS DOING AROUND THE NATION. REFORMING HIS CHURCH ACROSS CITIES AND TOWNS TO WORK TOGETHER, AS ONE BODY, FOR THE SAKE OF OUR PLACES.
The Gather National Summit is a wonderful opportunity to meet together as leaders of these unity movements.
This is a Summit not a conference, it’s a large conversation where we will all contribute and take part. Most of the time will be spent in peer to peer mentoring, sharing your stories and learning from others. We will discover new ideas to develop best practices, tackle practical issues together, encourage and pray for one another, praise God for all that he is doing, and dream bigger dreams for our places.
Each of the Plenary sessions will include worship, Bible study, panel interviews and lots of discussion times round the tables. We’ve gathered input from unity leaders across the country and we hope to give time to some of the key issues you are facing in unity. Our desire is to see every unity group equipped to take the next step forward in blessing their city, borough, town or village.
The Themes for the main sessions will be:
- CELEBRATING UNITY
- BUILDING and HOLDING UNITY
- IMPACTING SOCIAL ISSUES
- EVANGELISM and OUTREACH
- MOVING FORWARD
Our Bible Studies will be an exploration of prayer through the cities of Acts. Looking at:
- Praying for one another
- Praying for your place
- Praying for unity
- Praying for vision
We are excited to hear each others’ stories and support and learn from one another’s struggles and look forward to having you with us.
Yemi Adedeji, Director of One People Commission
Christian unity is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and uniqueness. This session will be delving into the realities of building bridges between different ethnic cultures and developing a greater experience of unity within our diversity.
Graham Hutchinson, Former leader of One Voice York
We all understand the biblical mandate for unity and the importance of building unity as the body of Christ, but as we develop our unity groups, we need an even deeper theological understanding for the whys and hows of this move of the spirit.
Stephen Sutton, Transforming Teeside
How do you create unity where there is none? What are the strategic pathways to grow from those early beginning stages? What can we learn from others’ experiences. This session will provide a chance to get into the practical nitty gritty of growing a unity movement from scratch.
Jo Frost, Director of Communications and Membership at the Evangelical Alliance
Communicating the message of the church to the world is becoming both easier and more difficult. In an age of social media and instant information we can get overwhelmed with the options available. On the flip side we may feel that our message seems irrelevant to our culture. Come and discover new ways of communicating as a unity group with your community.
Roger Sutton, Director of GATHER and Movement Day UK
When your unity movement is well established and starting to love the community through prayer, mission and social action, what next? Find out how the Movement Day process can help your movement step forward to see the Social, Cultural and Spiritual transformation of your place.
Paul Goodliff, General Secretary of Churches Together in England & Robert Mountford, City Vision Ministries
Do you want to see more denominations included in your unity group? Are you seeking to build relationships with leaders from differing traditions. Come and explore ways to overcome boundaries and increase unity in your place.
John Keskeys, Stewardship & Lloyd Cooke, Saltbox & Matthew Porter & Simon Clinton, Transform Newham
What kind of structure works for your unity movement? What kind of fundraising opportunities are there to support all that God is doing through unity in your place? This session will share different examples of structures from registered charities to relational networks to give you a chance to discuss what works for your context.
HANDING OVER WELL: TRANSITIONING LEADERSHIP
- Graham Hutchinson, Former leader of One Voice York
What do you do when leaders in your unity movement retire or move on to another place? How does a unity group keep momentum and raise up new leaders? Graham Hutchinson has recently been through this process in York. Come and share your stories and discuss the issues you’re facing in your group.
Rachael Heffer, Unity Programs Manager at the Evangelical Alliance & Phil Knox, Head of Mission to Young Adults at the Evangelical Alliance
How do we develop greater confidence in ourselves and our unity movements to become increasingly effective in making Jesus known to those around us? In this session we will explore together the common misconceptions around faith-sharing, the cultural reality and the power of story, and how we can practically encourage individuals and our churches in effective outreach by means of practical tools, and vision-sharing.
A Few More Details
The Summit will be held at The Ridgeway Centre, Milton Keynes MK12 5TH
We’ll be starting at 11am on 26th June and finishing by 1pm on 27th June.
Accommodation will need to be individually arranged. There are many options in Milton Keynes which are near to the venue. Ticket price is £65 for the 2 days. We are providing meals and some light evening entertainment. So bring your best quizzing brains and we’ll see which unity group is the brainiest!
See you at the Summit.
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