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Spurgeons conference to explore evangelical spirituality

The next day conference in January at Spurgeon’s College will focus on the recent resurgence of evangelical spirituality ...

The next day conference in January at Spurgeon’s College, one of the UK’s largest theological seminaries attracting students from all kinds of church backgrounds, will focus on the recent resurgence of evangelical spirituality.
 
The conference title is Exploring Evangelical Spirituality Past, Present and Future Perspectives and it will take place at Spurgeon’s College on Friday 11 January from 10am-5pm.
 
Over the past 30 years evangelicals and others have rediscovered some of the richness of their traditions of spirituality. This conference aims both to reflect critically on this resurgence and to analyse the dimensions of evangelical spirituality in some depth; at the same time it seeks to integrate knowledge and practice in this area.

The conference will therefore close with a communion service – a central part of the day – which will draw on material from CH Spurgeon’s own communion meditations and hymns.

Conference speakers are:

  • David W Bebbington – Professor of History at the University of Stirling and the author of the seminal Evangelicalism in Modern Britain (London: Routledge, 1993 [1989]). He is recognised as a world authority on evangelical and Baptist life. His most recent book is Victorian Religious Revivals (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012). David will speak on Holiness in the Evangelical Tradition
     
  • Lindsay A Caplen – Pastor of South Woodham Evangelical Church (BU) and a Trustee of BMS World Mission. She is a former student of Spurgeon’s College. Before coming to College she worked for a national crime prevention charity and spent a year seconded to the Home Office. Lindsay will be involved in leading worship, including communion, and will give the conference sermon
     
  • Peter J Morden – Tutor in Church History and Spirituality at Spurgeon’s College, where he also serves as one of the chaplains. He is the author of two books on Spurgeon: C.H. Spurgeon: The People’s Preacher (Farnham: CWR, 2009) and Communion with Christ and his People: The Spirituality of C.H. Spurgeon (1834-92) (Oxford: Regent’s Park College, 2010). Peter will speak on Evangelical Spirituality: Pathways for the Future and help lead the communion service
     
  • Ian M Randall – for many years Tutor in Church History and Spirituality at Spurgeon’s College, he has also served as Director of Baptist and Anabaptist studies at the International Baptist Theological Seminary, Prague. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Evangelical Experiences: A Study in the Spirituality of English Evangelicalism, 1918-1939 (Carlisle: Paternoster, 1999) and What a Friend we have in Jesus (London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2005). He will speak on Learning from the Moravians about Prayer and Mission.

 Peter Morden commented: "I am really excited by the prospect of this conference. I believe this will be a really significant day, enabling evangelicals and others to explore the riches of evangelical spirituality and the ways this can strengthen our spiritual lives today."
 
To attend the conference, please email Terry Wright at churches2013@aol.com for a booking form. Prices are £30, including lunch and refreshments and just £15 for full-time students (any institution) and the unwaged. For more information about Spurgeon’s College, see www.spurgeons.ac.uk 

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