I have been involved with the East Of Edinburgh Gospel Partnership (EoSGP) for some time now. It is a group of churches across the city from different denominations trying to come together to work more closely in partnership in terms of training and resources etc. It has been of benefit to me personally in establishing friendships with a number of men in the city centre. It has also been good in getting this conference off the ground and linking up men in the city seeking to plant churches.
Date: 6:30 p.m., Fri 2 Nov, 2012
Venue: Carrubbers Christian Centre, Edinburgh
Church Planting (Friday 2nd Nov and Sat 3rd Nov)
The EoSGP is holding its second annual church planting conference. In 2012 we will be thinking about the kind of churches we should aspire to plant. What does it mean to plant contextualised churches that are gospel centred, biblically rooted and faithful to the Word? Teaching us about Planting Biblical Churches are Tim Chester and Stephen Beck, both of whom are gifted teachers and skilled church planters. The conference is an exciting opportunity for everyone who is interested in church planting in Scotland to come together to learn, share and encourage each other.
Tim Chester (Key Note Speaker): Tim Chester is a pastor with The Crowded House in Sheffield and director of Porterbrook Seminary. He is the author of a number of books including most recently ‘A Meal with Jesus’ and ‘Everyday Church’. He is married with two daughters.
Stephen Beck (Key Note Speaker): Born in New York and raised in Germany, Stephen has planted churches in the Pennsylvania, Toronto and Germany. He is professor of practical theology at the Giessen School of Theology. Parallel to his teaching, a ministry of mentoring young church planters began in 2006, called City Mentoring Program. Through this ministry, over 15 churches have been planted in German cities so far. In November, 2011 his first English title was published: ‘Smart Builder: A God-Centred Spirituality In A Me-Centred World’.
Friday 2nd Nov 12 6pm Registration open 6.30pm
Pre conference meeting: Reaching Scotland’s Schemes (Mez McConnell). An additional session for those in a council schemes etc.
7.30pm Conference welcome
7.45pm Planting Gospel Centred Churches (Stephen Beck)
8.30pm Guarding Your Heart and Staying Pure (Tim Chester)
Saturday 3rd Nov 12 9.30am Registration
10am Planting Biblically Rooted Churches (Tim Chester)
10.45am Introducing Apprenticeships (Bonar Trust & Mez McConnell) 11.15am Coffee 11.30am Seminars a/ Disciple making in the church plant (Tim Chester) b/ Starting from scratch – how to get a new church off the ground (Stephen Beck) c/ Training future leaders (Mez McConnell)
12.30 Faithful to the Word (Stephen Beck) 1pm Lunch (provided) Post Conference Lunch– Developing Partnerships and a Church Planting Network in your city (Stephen Beck, Tim Chester & Neil MacMillan)
Book online at www.thegoodbook.co.uk/inthiscity2012 (£10.50 per person)
It should be worth a look if only to come and find out about 20schemes!