The Diocesan Conference 2019 had a particular focus on how we develop a missional culture where all God’s people can flourish together in their life and ministries. Spiritually and emotionally healthy patterns of life are essential if we are to walk in the way of Jesus, let alone sustain our readiness to engage deeply in his mission in the world.
We are called to abide deeply in Christ (John 15) as well as to abound in the work of the Lord (1 Cor 15). These two are integral to Christian discipleship and mission. The conference provided an opportunity to reflect on how this should shape the culture of the diocese at a ’tipping point’ in seeing our vision for spiritual and numerical growth become a reality touching every part of the diocese – villages, towns and cities – hospitals, prisons and schools.
Every person and every parish has a part to play in this adventure. Our speakers, Dr Jane Williams and Professor Tom Greggs drew on biblical and theological wisdom that should challenge our thinking and inspire our praying. There is too much at stake in our society and world today for us to be overwhelmed by the scale of the challenges and opportunities before us. We need to be part of a movement that is Abiding and Abounding in the power, grace and wisdom of God.
The Keynote addresses can be downloaded below: