Seminars, 2.30pm - 3.45pm
MINISTERING IN THE SPIRIT: WHY MINISTRY MATTERS
Eleanor Mumford - AUDITORIUM
“Ministry is meeting the needs of others with the resources of God.” This is what John Wimber taught us as we first set out to explore the Gifts of the Spirit and how to use them to great effect, for the blessing and healing of others. We might do well to re-visit this most cardinal of Vineyard values.
Steve Barber - F1
Steve is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus and seeing churches planted. This session will look at and grapple with questions such as; “Why do we plant churches?”, “How do churches get planted?” and “How do you explore the idea of church planting?” For the church to have a future, the next generation needs to take the baton and face the challenge that God is
looking for future leaders of His church.
Steve, with his wife Juliet, leads the Leicester City Vineyard and heads up church planting for Vineyard Churches across the UK and Ireland.
THE VITALITY OF SMALL GROUPS
David & Alison Flowers - G4
Small groups are different from big groups. They reach the parts big groups can’t reach. Healthy, vital, welcoming small groups are where people are changed and healed and find community. Many people around us are lonely and unsupported, small groups provide a lifeline to the living God. In this seminar David and Alison will share ideas on how to run an effective small group, how to release small group leaders and how to develop a culture of sharing life in small groups in your church.
David and Alison are Senior Pastors of the Wharfedale Vineyard and Area Leaders for the North. They have led many small groups, trained many small group leaders and would describe small groups as being the heart of their church.
YOU GET IT TO GIVE IT: RELEASING NEXT GENERATION LEADERS
Eric Pickerill - F3
“You get it to give it” summarises one of our core Vineyard values. In this seminar we will discuss how to give it away to the next generation of leaders. We will talk not just about developing a vision for young leaders, but we’ll get into the nuts and bolts of how to do it.
Before planting Vineyard Amsterdam in 2008, Eric Pickerill served on the senior pastoral team of the Columbus Vineyard where he pastored young adults in Joshua House, developed the internship programme, and coordinated the sending of over 20 church planters.
FORUM - FOR ASSOCIATE LEADERS LEADING FROM THE SECOND CHAIR
Tom & Helen Murphy - F5
They say it’s lonely at the top. It can be even lonelier when you are almost at the top. Church leaders who hold ‘second chair’ positions are under tremendous pressure. They are expected to do their jobs and provide leadership but defer to the top leader too. It’s a demanding balancing act. How can they lead effectively while serving under someone else’s leadership?
Tom and Helen have been second chair leaders in the Vineyard for over a decade now and they are keen to meet other second chair leaders.
Seminars, 4.15pm - 5.15pm
LEADING FOR THE LONG HAUL
John Wright - AUDITORIUM
The percentage of Christian leaders who don’t make it for the long haul is alarmingly high! Drawing on his own experience of 25 years in pastoral leadership and the experience of others, John will be looking at what we can do personally to sustain and thrive in ministry long-term.
John, with his wife Debby, leads Trent Vineyard which they planted just over 15 years ago.
ECCLESIOLOGY AND THE GATHERED CHURCH
Rick Williams - F1
It is not uncommon to hear the view that Christians can do without the church (certainly in its gathered form). Is this true or a fundamental distortion? What are the 21st
Century cultural realities to be considered? What does the Bible teach about the true nature of the church and how it functions? In short, what is God’s plan for the church?
Rick is married to the lovely Lulu and they have two grown up children. Rick now serves as the Associate National Director for VCUKI with particular responsibilities for overseeing church development.
Jamie & Linda Watters - G4
Often we come to Jesus full of expectation and excitement when we become Christians and then it’s as though we settle for far less than what God has for us. It is vital to grasp that He didn’t call us to where we are so we could settle down and live comfortable lives in superficial peace. Our lives as Christians should be marked by continual surrender and obedience to Jesus. It’s all about trusting in Him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through. Our passion and goal for this workshop is to inspire and challenge people to live their lives that way, to grow as disciples and experience all the things of the Kingdom they can this side of Heaven.
Jamie and Linda are the Senior Pastors of Glasgow Westend Vineyard and are the regional overseers for Scotland and Ireland.
EXTENDING THE KINGDOM WELCOME
Paul Nation - F3
Originally intended as a slur on his character, perhaps one of the greatest accolades that can be given to Jesus is found in Luke 15, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them”. This seminar will look at the costs and blessings of leading churches that seek to follow Jesus’ example of extending the Kingdom welcome.
Paul and his wife Fiona now lead the Bournemouth Vineyard. The strap line that defines their expression of church and family is “we are imperfect people, building a church where the imperfect are perfectly welcome”. Come to this seminar - you’ll be most welcome!
FORUM - FOR TRUSTEES
Peter Sturrock - F5
The forum will include a presentation of the duties of trustees and an update on the ‘legal landscape’ affecting churches.
Peter Sturrock leads Aberdeen Vineyard and serves VCUKI as general counsel in legal matters.