Bookings are now open for a national event to review the fresh expressions movement so far and to look to the future.
At the heart of the day conference will be a keynote speech from the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams - his final address to the movement he helped to found. Following the missionary Spirit – going forward with fresh expressions, at HTB Brompton Road on Thursday 22nd November 2012, will also involve contributions from major denominational leaders spelling out their vision for new forms of church in the coming years.
Speakers will include Martyn Atkins (General Secretary, Methodist Church), Val Morrison (Moderator of the General Assembly, United Reformed Church) and Graham Cray (Archbishops' Missioner and leader of the Fresh Expressions team).
The programme - running from 11am to 4pm (arrivals from 10am) - is set to involve round table discussion and a question and answer session, with prayer and worship led by Tom Smith (HTB), City of London new-monastic community Moot, Methodist youth church re:generation and others.
The conference is for Christians of all denominations and streams interested in fresh expressions, the mixed economy or mission-shaped thinking.
Norman Ivison, Director of Communication for Fresh Expressions, said,
Identifying that critical tipping point when encouraging organisational change is key. I pray that Following the missionary Spirit will help us see how far we have travelled and what more there is to do as we encourage new forms of church to start and grow and, importantly, serve the communities and networks in which they are placed.
Places for the conference at HTB, Brompton Road, London, SW7 1JA, cost £15 (including lunch and refreshments).
Book online at www.freshexpressions.org.uk/missionaryspirit.