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Authors Inspire Women at London Conference

Christian author Natalie Brand was among the speakers at the annual London Ministry Wives Conference earlier this month. Elinor Magowan describes her experience of the event.

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Natalie, who lectures and supervises research at Union School of Theology in South Wales, spoke about some of the themes in her 2018-published book, Prone to Wander.

During two sessions, she challenged the 120 women present not to live on ministry ‘left-overs’, not to be ‘sheep who stray’, and not to opt for an ‘easy ride’. She encouraged them to search their hearts, identify their secret sins, and to look to the Lord Jesus.

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Using Elijah and Job as examples, she illustrated the triggers of burnout and grief that can lead to ‘wandering’. She told the women: “We are to focus on our union with Christ who holds us fast.” 

Everyone attending the gathering, held at Trinity Road Chapel, Tooting, was given a copy of Natalie’s book (and a bar of chocolate!).


Online blogger Catherine Brooks, who writes about life as a busy Christian mum, also gave a talk.

Catherine and her husband, Mike, have four children aged under ten and are part of a central London church engaged in mission to people living in a large area of social housing.

The day was time very well-spent, with good teaching, heart-warming application, inspiration to continue in ministry, and fellowship with other women in similar situations.

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Most of the women who took part live in or close to the capital, but some travelled from Marlborough, Surrey, Kent and places north of the M25.

It was great to chat with so many people, including women from Holland and Italy whose husbands are students at London Seminary.

The London Ministry Wives Conference was launched in 2006 by a group of FIEC pastors’ wives who were eager to reach out and offer support, encouragement and fellowship to women who serve alongside their ministry husbands.

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Elinor Magowan - FIEC Women’s Ministry Co-ordinator

After studying History and Law, Elinor worked as a Solicitor, then a UCCF Staff Worker. She is married to David and has been a ministry wife in North Yorkshire and Reading. For the last four years she has been the Women’s Pastoral Worker at UFM Worldwide, but now works with Elisabeth Smyth as FIEC Women’s Ministry Co-ordinator.