‘Gathered community has power’ says evangelist
Andy Frost, Director of Share Jesus International, believes that the Church is uniquely positioned as a unified community offering hope and reassurance in these uncertain and divided times.
The Long Story Short author, hopes the impact of the upcoming Ekklesia conference for church leaders will have a lasting legacy across UK towns and cities.
Frost insists, “Church leaders can and should be confident in the power of the gathered community.” The Ekklesia conference which is aimed at church leaders and leadership teams, aims to provide practical insights and a heightened sense of purpose in the power of gathering together as church to see our nation transformed by the gospel.
The overnight conference, Share Jesus International’s first conference of this nature, will host interdenominational leaders and speakers. Rob Parsons OBE, founder of Care for the Family, and international speaker Krish Kandiah will be contributing alongside leaders from the Baptist Church, the Church of England, The Methodist Church, New Frontiers, Pioneer, and Elim, and sharing form their experiences across the denominations.
Frost says, “For almost 2,000 years, groups of Christians have gathered in many different spaces, from people’s homes to ornate cathedrals to underground caves. There is something vital about gathering together as followers of Jesus. As an organisation we are passionate about equipping the local church for mission. We are thrilled to be co-ordinating Ekklesia because it will help local churches to learn from a variety of church networks and to think through how they can strategically use their gatherings for the greatest impact.”
The programme will include worship, teaching and stories from churches, giving space to unpack some of the thinking and the practical ideas that help effectively bring about Kingdom change.
Mark Waterfield, leader of Hope Church, Newham and Ekklesia Host says, “As a church leader, I am always looking to learn how we can do things better. As you would look under the bonnet of a car to see how it works, this first Ekklesia conference will be a great opportunity to see how churches are successfully helping disciple their congregations and engage missionally with the world."
The conference will run from 6pm on Wednesday 20 March to 8.30pm on Thursday 21 March and will be hosted at The Ridgeway Centre, Milton Keynes. For more details go to: https://www.sharejesusinternational.com/ekklesia/
See also Andy's guest blog here