Jump on board!
As far as conferences go, The Hub Conference is pretty unique. It’s tailored specifically to help individuals find a clear route into Independent church ministry. Bookings for the 2014 event have just opened and Trevor Archer tells us what makes The Hub so special.
The Hub Conference 2014 has opened for bookings! This is the second time we’ve run our conference for those on their journey into ministry, and I’m actually even more excited than when we launched the inaugural conference for January 2013.
Though that first conference was an excellent weekend, there was of course much to learn. We’ve listened to feedback from last year’s attendees, as well as carefully critiquing as an organising committee, to make sure that The Hub 2014 surpasses the 2013 event – especially for those who a returning for a second time.
This year we’re planning to give more help with the practical details of finding employment in an FIEC church, linked with our soon to be re-launched Ministry Introductions service. We will also be giving a higher profile to Bible Colleges and training courses for those who are weighing-up the available training options. I also think the seminar options we are offering are quite exceptional – as you’ll see in the brochure or on the event page.
One of the unique strengths of The Hub is the high ratio of experienced gospel workers to attendees (approximately 1:4). These experts and veterans are not simply there to run quality seminars but more importantly to be available for quality time with individuals and couples during the conference. We are very committed to walking through training with the men and women the Lord is raising up and to supporting their sending churches in this great gospel endeavour. So our team of around 40 gospel workers is vital to this aspect of The Hub.
I am delighted that Mike Tindall, the pastor of Grace Church Manchester, will be speaking at our two main sessions on the theme of ‘Watch your Life and Doctrine closely’. Mike grew up in our youth group when I was pastor of Chessington Evangelical Church. He worked in industry before being supported by the church in Chessington to train for pastoral ministry. Mike is part of the Acts 29 Europe church planting network and will bring a lot of his pre- and post-college experience to his ministry at The Hub.
Remember, The Hub is not only for those already on the “training bus” but also for those just looking at the possibility of training for gospel ministry. This is another unique thing about The Hub: the many opportunities to chat with those who are just a couple of years ahead of you on the journey who can help you avoid some potholes along the way! It’s also a conference for the full gamut of ministry roles – including pastors, women’s workers, church planters, evangelists and youth & children’s workers – with seminars to help you discover what type of ministry you might be most suited to.
We were fully booked for the 2013 event and ended up with a long waiting list, so my advice is to book early to avoid disappointment.
I look forward to seeing you there!
The Hub Conference 2014 will take place from the 17th-19th January. You can find everything you need to know here. Brochures will also be available soon.