A Relational Mission Conference 30 May - 2 June 2018
A Relational Mission Conference 30 May - 2 June 2018
We live in a broken and hurting world, a world characterised by a climate of fear. The Church is called to serve that broken world, but in such a climate God’s people can also become fearful and try to hide in the shadows.
David faced similar circumstances in his day, yet when everyone around him stepped back in fear, David stepped forward, confident of who God was and what he had been called to do.
David had lived his life out of sight until this point, yet what he had learned of God prepared him for the moment when he was called to make an impact in his nation.
David showed true COURAGE.
God has prophetically encouraged us as a family to raise our expectations and take giant steps forward. He has promised to 'enlarge our tents', an enlargement that will see us change nations and bring Kingdom impact to different continents and cultures across the world. He has asked us to plant Kingdom seeds in spiritually barren land. This will require COURAGE.
In May 2018, we are calling on our family to gather, to join hands across the generations and explore what it means to be courageous as a family and as individuals. To stand up and step out to face the challenge our broken world has laid before us.
COURAGE is expressed through faith in God’s promises and in his power to fulfil them, and through action to play our part. David embraced this and defeated the giants of his day, imagine what we can do in ours.
For this event, we have felt stirred to bring the next generation alongside our existing leaders. To embrace and take steps towards this we have decided to invite our students & 20s (SENT) to join with us, so we can be family together and learn from one another.
While SENT will have their own programme running alongside the main conference programme, there will be plenty of opportunities to join together, particularly in the evening sessions, some seminars and socially across the period of the event.
So, if you are in (or aspiring to) a leadership role within your local church or workplace then this conference is for you!
Example of these roles could be... elders, those leading church plants, small group leaders, children's and youth work leaders, ministry leaders, community champions, workplace managers, directors and entrepreneurs.
If you are a student or are in your 20s then this event is for you!
Alongside our standard conference ticket (that will give you full access to the leadership programme) we have now released day tickets.
Tickets are for those in or aspiring to a leadership role
Make sure you read the FAQs before purchase so you are aware of the associated terms & conditions.
Standard priced and Day tickets are on sale now for students & 20s.
Please book through the Sent website to be sure of getting on the correct stream.
We believe this is a strategically significant conference for our family of churches that will set the trajectory for us for the years ahead.
It is an opportunity to...
Please prioritise getting to this event, it is one not to miss out on!
We have a host of main and seminar speakers lined up for the event. Some will be speaking in the leadership stream, some in the students & 20s stream, and some in both.
Tom leads the SENT team and is also part of the eldership team at Hope Church, Ipswich. He and his wife Sarah have three young children.
Stef lives in London with his family, where he belongs to and serves Revelation Church London as one of the elders. He loves books, history, drinking coffee with Davina and telling his kids bad jokes.
Stef will also be leading seminars, with Maurice Nightingale, in the Sent and Leadership streams.
Mike heads up Soul Survivor ministries as well as pastoring the associated church – Soul Survivor Watford. Mike speaks at conferences around the world, trying to make people laugh and point them towards Jesus at the same time. He has written a number of books the latest of which is called ‘Everyday Supernatural’.
Mike will also be lading a seminar in the Leadership stream.
Nick and Marlene are the founders of Pioneer61, a ministry to some of Mozambique's most needy people. Their passion is to pioneer generations into fulfilling their purpose for the Kingdom.
Edward Buria is the founder and senior Pastor of Kambakia Christian Centre in Meru, Kenya, and has planted many churches in Kenya and other countries in Africa. He provides apostolic oversight for the Newfrontiers churches in the region. He and Fridah have four grown up children – Mercy, Joy, Samuel and Joel – and five grandchildren.
Tom is on staff at Radiant Church in California, where his role includes preaching and leadership development. He also serves beyond the local church with other plants and leaders, and partnering through friendship with the Confluence (formerly Newfrontiers USA) family of churches.
Adam and Susie have three children and are in leadership at Cornerstone City Church, Medway. Throughout the ups and downs of life they have learned that the one thing that needs to remain constant is humble dependence on God. One way this is expressed is through prayer and fasting, both alone and with others. They are part of Mike Betts’ wider team, helping to get Enough prayer up and running in RM and now with particular responsibility for developing and recruiting a new wave of 'prayer warriors' who will provide ‘air cover’ across RM.
Steve has been working with youth at risk since 2003. In London and Essex this involved pioneering interventions for students at risk of school exclusion and gang involvement. Steve is now based in Cape Town, South Africa, working for The Sozo Foundation, an NGO working with young adults. He has been one of the key pioneers of the Sozo Youth Café – an innovative project helping unemployed young people find work through skills training run in partnership with the Western Cape Department of Social Development, and various large donors and funders.
I'd say my favourite colour was blue, but my favourite footie teams, namely Arsenal (where I'm from) and Lille (where I now live) play in red and white. However, most of the things in life I love are brown; e.g. coffee, steak, good scotch, wooden stuff and my calf-skin leather journalling Bible...ah, that smell! Factoid: the wife, kids & I were all born in different nations. Excited to be an expression of God's family in France through Eglise Coeur de Grâce!
As Lead Pastor of Victory Church, Cwmbran, Clyde has overseen a significant pioneering work in South Wales, UK and has a passion to see the gospel proclaimed to the nations.
Rob heads up the eldership team at Christ Community Church, Attleborough. His big passion is introducing people to Jesus Christ. He also heads up an initiative called Who Cares Mission that has worked with 150 churches in three counties. He is the author of Who Cares? There is hope when life hurts most. He is married to Christine and they have two kids, Ophelia and Sebastian.
Wouter leads the team at Life Church in Peterborough and is passionate to see a new generation reached with the gospel in new and inventive ways. Father to three girls, he is a keen balloon modeller, story writer and runner.
Simone is a mum of three girls and works part time for Life Church in Peterborough as a kids’ worker. She's passionate for families to live a natural supernatural lifestyle and for children to reach their full potential in God. She loves cooking, baking and having a house full of people. And she tries to do some running now and then!
I’m married to Lydia and we have four young children. We moved to Helsinki in 2013 and have been on an amazing journey planting Risen Light Church. Finland is a wonderful place and we feel blessed to live in the capital city. My professional background was as a university lecturer, but I currently work as a primary school teacher. I enjoy reading, being with family and friends, sauna, walking on the sea (in winter!), taking photographs and supporting my beloved Portsmouth FC!
Between them, Daniel and Anna Goodman grew up in Africa, Asia, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe. They now live in the UK, where Daniel is Eldership Team Leader at City Church Cambridge and Anna is taking a break from her work at The Brain Repair Centre and the University of Cambridge, to be a full-time mum to their two little boys. Together they feel commissioned to present people 'mature in Christ' and to play a part in 'equipping them for works of service'.
With a background in engineering & the RAF, Maurice now works with Mike Betts on the Relational Mission leadership team, with responsibility for church planting across Europe.
Martin lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Jane, and has three grown-up daughters. Martin has led the Jubilee+ team since it was set up by Newfrontiers in 2012. Before that, he led Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury and helped develop its strong emphasis on social action and community engagement. Martin is co-author of the books The Myth of the Undeserving Poor and A Church for the Poor.
The conference is spread over 4 days. Registration opens at 6pm on 30 May 2018 and the event concludes at 5pm on 2 June 2018.
The programme will consist of a mixture of joint main sessions where students & 20s join with the main conference (in the evenings) and some with specific sessions focused towards students & 20s and the leadership audiences.
The main sessions will be complemented by a series of seminars spread over the conference period and other opportunities to meet, connect and find out more about the Relational Mission family.
The following programmes are correct at the time of publishing, but are subject to change.
If you feel some further information on this will help you with your booking, please contact us.
Where it is and where to stay...
Where it is and where to stay...
Friends House is located in the heart of Euston, directly opposite Euston Station, and a short distance from King's Cross and St Pancras International Stations.
By rail: From its position opposite Euston’s rail and tube stations, it is a ten minute walk from King’s Cross Station and St Pancras International Terminus. All major rail terminals are easily reached by tube.
By tube: The nearest tube stations are Euston and Euston Square, which are on the Northern, Victoria, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City lines and overground.
By bus: Numbers 10, 18, 30, 73, 205 and 390 pass the door whilst 59, 68, 91, 168 and 253 stop nearby.
By car: Friends House is within a metered parking zone (Monday to Friday 08:30 - 18:30 and Saturday 09:00 - 13:30). There are alternative, longer-term parking facilities under Euston Station. Please note that Friends House is within the congestion charge zone (though Euston Station is just outside it).
International visits: St Pancras International Terminus is a ten minute walk away. Nearby Paddington Station offers a frequent shuttle service to Heathrow Airport. All London airports are easily reached from Euston.
While accommodation for the duration of the conference is not included in the ticket price, we have listed below a number of suggestions of accommodation providers (direct and internet search based) that may help you in making your accommodation choice.
Think creatively when booking. For example it may be cheaper to hire a house for a group of delegates to stay at and split the cost, rather then go for separate hotel rooms.
Generally the earlier you book accommodation the cheaper it is, so get in fast.
Suggested options (at various rates):
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. Please indicate when making your booking if this is something you require and we will be in touch nearer the time to see how best we can serve you.
We will endeavour to make this available within the main sessions. This will be dependent on demand and availability of interpreters. Please indicate when making your booking if this is something you require and we will be in touch nearer the time to see how best we can serve you.
We will endeavour to make this available within the main sessions. This will be dependent on demand and availability of translators. Please indicate when making your booking if this is something you require and we will be in touch nearer the time to see how best we can serve you.
There are no creche facilities at Friends House, though babies are welcome. The building is fully accessible for pushchairs, though you may not be able to bring your pushchair into the main auditorium if it is full. It would be helpful to know if you intend to bring your baby with you, so please indicate as such on the booking form.
As this is an adult conference, we are unable to accommodate children at this event and there will not be any provision for them within the building. Though if you want to come as a group from your church, you could split who goes to the conference and who takes the kids to see the sights around London. If you have no choice but to bring your child, you will need to purchase a full price ticket for them.
There will be a number of price breaks leading up to the event, with the full ticket price being £119. It’s worth booking in early to take advantage of the special early bird deals.
Substitute delegates are permitted but we ask that, where possible, you let us know of any name changes to the ticket at least 7 days prior to the event.
Tickets will be exchanged for badges upon arrival to the Conference. Badge holders only are permitted to attend the Conference.
These are now available, find out more information HERE
It’s simple! The SENT delegates will have their own programme, as will Leadership Conference delegates. There will be some separate sessions during the day but each evening we will be joining together.
Please note: You will not be able to switch between the two programmes. If you’re a student or in your 20s, you’ll follow the SENT programme and if you’re a leadership delegate, you’ll follow that one. This will be managed at the event.
There will be plenty of social time to hang out with each other within the programme as well.
Seminar information has now been released. Find out more HERE
We are so excited to be holding our Courage Conference at Friend’s House. It’s a great venue, in a great location. Because it’s a new venue, some things may be different to how we have run our previous conferences at King’s Church, Norwich. Different is ok. In fact, sometimes different is good!
The great news is that we’re in Central London so there’s food and drink available literally everywhere you turn! You are responsible for arranging your own meals throughout the Conference.
There will be a number of Relational Mission recommended books available at the Conference. Friend’s House have their own bookshop, which you are welcome to visit. However, Relational Mission would not necessarily endorse all of the books available from it.
There is a lovely café in Friend’s House, where you can purchase refreshments. We will not be providing refreshments free of charge
Will you partner with us?
Will you partner with us?
On 30 May - 2 June 2018, we are gathering as a family of churches for our Courage conference. This time together will be an important milestone in our history. Dreams will be born and commitments will be made to attempt bigger things, to be bolder and more courageous. We believe that ripples will go out from here to the uttermost parts of the earth.
We believe God wants to strengthen and extend our work across the board, in encouraging and supporting our family, in empowering the poor, in sharing the gospel with our neighbours and the nations...
God has given us exciting dreams for this next season: 20,000 people praying, leaders raised up, and churches planted into every nation of Europe. See the 'How will the offering be used?' section for more details.
Would you partner with us and invest in this vision? We are believing for €112,000 - or £100,000 - to help us bring these dreams closer to reality.
You can participate as a church or as an individual - some churches will be taking up special offerings in advance of the conference and bringing the totals to London in May. Some will be prayerfully considering how much to give from their regular offerings for the work of RM. Individuals who feel called to participate in this vision are also welcome to give. Scroll down to find out how you can give.
Your giving is a decision to invest your money in another kingdom: one which is not of this world and one that will outlast stone and steel, gold and glass. This world will pass away, but what we invest in Jesus’ Kingdom will last forever.
A courageous vision needs courageous givers to support it. Will you partner with us? Will you step up, step forward and answer the call?
If you are a part of the leadership team of a church we would encourage you to partner with us and show the courage offering video at the next appropriate church meeting, then to take up an offering. The video can be downloaded or streamed from Vimeo (where it is hosted).
Powerpoint slides (16:9 / 4:3) to complement the video and help facilitate can be downloaded. Graphics resources relating to Courage to include in your church's visual presentations or social media are also available.
Please use your usual mechanisms for collecting appeal donations and claiming Gift Aid.
If your church is represented at the Courage Conference, then you can bring the money raised and place it in the offering (via cheque).
If this is not possible then please then send through a cheque or make an electronic payment reflecting the total money raised.
If you represent a business or charitable organisation but feel stirred to ask this organisation to contribute to the appeal then please send a cheque or electronic payment as outlined in the How can I make a Donation section?
If you would like to contribute to this offering directly (and you are attending the Courage Conference) then prayerfully consider how you would like to contribute and give during the offering night at the conference.
If you are unable to attend the conference and wish to respond to this call then please please send a cheque or electronic payment, outlined in the How can I make a donation? section.
We would also love as many as people as possible to get involved, so it would be great if you could help us publicise and share about the appeal with your networks & connections on social media.
There are 4 different ways below that you can give:
1 - Online
Visit the Relational Mission Just Giving Courage Page or click the donate button to give with JustGiving.
Please quote reference COUR18.
2 - By text
Text COUR18 and the amount of your gift to 70070.
e.g. to give £10, text COUR18 10 (please leave a space before the amount of your donation)
3 - Bank transfer
You can make a payment via bank transfer to our CAF Bank:
Account Name: Relational Mission
Account number: 00022890
Sort Code: 40-52-40
If you wish to make a transfer from outside the UK please contact us for international bank numbers and codes. Payment via Paypal or Stripe is also possible.
Please include the reference COUR18 with your payment so we can allocate you donation appropriately.
4 - Cheque
Cheques should be made payable to Relational Mission and sent to:
Relational Mission (COUR18)
Jubilee Family Centre
Norwich Road, AYLSHAM
Please write on the reverse of your cheque, or with an accompanying note, the reference - COUR18
If you are a UK tax payer, we'd like to invite you to add Gift Aid to your giving. Please complete and send this form in with your cheque.
If you have any questions regarding the appeal or about making a donation please email us.
Relational Mission a registered charity in England No: 1150583.
All of the funds received will be used to ensure the success of the initiatives and areas outlined on these pages. A minimum of 90% of the donations received will go directly into the initiatives and areas outlined. Accountability and transparency are amongst our key principles and we want to ensure that the money raised is used effectively to meet the needs outlined and in line with the UK Charity Commission's good practice guidance and regulations. As a result, a small proportion of the funds raised (no more than 10%) is used to cover the necessary governance, monitoring and promotional costs incurred to enable these transformational initatives to go ahead.
If more money is raised than can reasonably and efficiently be spent in relation to the needs identified, we would use any surplus funds to support the day to day running of the Relational Mission charity.
All the information and resources you need should be outlined on these pages.
If you have any questions or queries then please contact Alison Sutton.
help us spread the news about the Courage Conference
help us spread the news about the Courage Conference
We would love as many as people as possible to make it to our Courage conference, so it would be great if you could help us publicise and share about the conference in your churches / on social media.
We have produced a few resources to help you...
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