A weekend for those considering the call or training for vocational ministry.
Navigating the journey into Independent church ministry can seem bewildering. There are so many questions to answer and directions to choose.
- How do you test your calling?
- What will your training look like?
- How will you find your first ministry role?
The Hub Conference is here to help. Whether you are exploring the call to ministry or you’ve already started the journey, it’s a weekend dedicated to serving you and your church.
Experienced gospel workers who are well-placed to answer all of your difficult questions are on hand to give one-to-one mentoring and practical seminars. You can also meet representatives from theological colleges and training providers.
On top of that, it’s a chance to be fed with great Bible teaching, to meet others at a similar stage on their journey, and to worship our great God together.
Who is The Hub Conference for?
It's for those considering ministry to reflect, pray and gain wisdom from those who have done the same.
It's for those in training – whether full-time, or part-time alongside a ministry or secular job – to help make the most of this unusual but precious season of life.
It's for those looking for a first role to understand the breadth of ministry opportunities within the FIEC and pursue discernment for the next step.
In our main meetings, Richard Lacey (pastor of Woodgreen Church, Worcester) and Mez McConnell (pastor of Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh) will teach from the Bible and share insights from ministry life.
There are two seminar slots at The Hub Conference. You will need to choose your seminars when you book for the event.
The first selection tackle questions you may have about ministry and training:
> Is ministry for me?
For many the most difficult question is working out whether full or part time Christian work is for you. This seminar helps you think through some of the questions you should be asking and how to prayerfully find answers.
> Parenting through change
Changing job and location (perhaps more than once in the next few years) can bring stress to a family. How do you parent through these kinds of significant changes? This is a very important practical topic that many young families do not consider.
> Independent church ministry
What is so special about ministry in an Independent context? Sometimes Independency is defined by what is not: but we have positive convictions about Independency and the opportunities ministry in this setting affords that we would love to share with you.
> Making the most of college
For those who choose residential or part-time college it is important to think about how to make the most of these few years, especially as it relates to involvement in the local church and building a network of friends within the college environment.
> Choosing your first post
For those reaching the end of a training period, it can be daunting to make decisions about where to serve next. What kind of role? What kind of church? What location? This seminar is here to help you think through the questions you should be asking and provide ideas for where some of the answers may be found.
> Serving in a team
Many of us in ministry enjoy serving in teams, but it requires particular carefulness to serve in a team well, especially when you’re not ‘number 1’ or when you’re team is made up of unpaid volunteers. This seminar is here to help you think through some of the issues you will encounter and how to make the most of being in a team environment.
The second selection of seminars are focused on establishing disciplines for healthy ministry:
McCheyne famously said that “your people’s greatest need is your personal holiness.” This seminar is here to help you think about how to fight for holiness and establish patterns that will develop progress as you continue in ministry.
The Bible is clear that following in Jesus' footsteps is to undertake a life of suffering. What does this look like in ministry and how can we set ourselves up for a lifetime of effective service in the context of having to suffer for Christ?
Too many of those in ministry lack meaningful friendships or under-invest in those they do have. We need to see both the importance of ministry friendships and understand some of the strategies we can use to invest in them.
Ministry is – by definition – about service. We follow the servant King. What does it mean to be a servant leader – shepherding the flock whilst remaining humble and servant-hearted? How do we have the right attitude without becoming a ‘doormat’?
Many people in ministry are left to their own devices. Some tend to laziness. Others tend to overwork. How can we establish healthy patterns of self-discipline that honour the Lord and serve our church and family?
This seminar will help you to give careful thought to your marriage, how ministry will impact it and how you can make your marriage flourish. If you’re coming as a couple to the conference then please attend this seminar together.
What does singleness in ministry look like? How can we rejoice in singleness and make the most of it, develop meaningful relationships, but also put in place checks and balances to guard against sin?
Venue & cost
We’ll gather at Horwood House – a superb venue near Milton Keynes. The conference will begin with an evening meal on Friday 10 January and close with lunch on Sunday 12 January.
The conference costs £180 per person or £300 for a married couple and includes your accommodation and all your meals. We offer a reduced rate for married couples because we think it’s really important that you travel on this journey together – so please try and attend alongside your spouse.
At FIEC, we want to encourage Independent churches to be training the next generation of gospel workers. That’s why we subsidise the cost of this conference. But we also suggest your church offers to pay half your cost of attending The Hub. If you haven’t spoken to your church leadership about this, please do so.
If cost is still prohibitive, please contact our Training Director Adrian Reynolds. We don’t want financial issues to prevent anyone attending and Adrian will deal with enquiries like this in the strictest of confidence.
Book your place by clicking ‘Book now’ on this page. Full Terms & Conditions are available here.
Please note: You cannot book for The Hub Conference without a reference from one of your church leaders.
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There is no facility for children to be accommodated at The Hub Conference and so couples with children are encouraged to make arrangements with family or friends for childcare during the weekend.
However, babies up to 12 months old may be brought to the conference but they will remain the sole responsibility of parents during the event. We will have a dedicated parent and baby room and would ask that you would make use of this – especially if babies are disruptive during main meetings.