Changes to 2022 Local Conferences
We’re very sorry. We need to change our plans for the Local Conferences that were scheduled after the Easter break.
We had nineteen of these local days planned from April to June but we’ve realised that we simply don’t have the capacity to deliver all of these with our current resources. We’re a key man down and we’re all longing and praying for a full return to health and work for our dear colleague; the reality, however, is that we’re not going to be up to full strength any time soon.
It's been clear to us over the last month or so that, whilst we might have time in the diary to deliver the days, they inevitably take up unseen time – preparation and travel for example – notwithstanding the other parts of our work which we must not neglect. We are cautious about burning out ourselves in trying to deliver an unrealistic timetable.
On the other hand, we also really value the time we spend with local church leaders in their settings. We’ve always enjoyed this; and continue to see it as a key element of our ministry in our calling of serving FIEC churches. Our decision a couple of years ago to multiply the conferences, essentially making them hyper-local, was the right one - but has also left us a timetable in 2022 that we cannot simply deliver.
We don’t want to lose our connections, however, nor the ones that local church leaders make with one another. So, we’ve taken the difficult decision to merge some of the days together.
We realise that’s not ideal. For one thing, it means some people will have to travel further. For another, the value of making the days local was that they enabled local discussions and we’ll have to work hard to preserve that.
We trust and hope that you will understand the decision and still make the effort to join us. We’d certainly miss you if you were not able to make it. But we also understand that the day might not be quite so convenient. However, more positively, we hope you can also see the value and importance of leaders “spurring one another on to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).
Thank you for your patience and understanding – we look forward to seeing you at one of the Local Conferences soon.
Here is our plan:
- Newtown (27 April) will remain the same and will be led by Ray Evans
- Cardiff (28 April) will remain the same and will be led by Ray Evans
- Danbury (4 May) and Cambridge (12 May) will be merged into the Cambridge day on 12 May and will be led by Adrian Reynolds
- Farnham (11 May), Dorset (17 May), Waterlooville (13 June) and Sussex (27 June) will be merged into Waterlooville (13 June) and will be led by Adrian Reynolds
- Aylesbury (13 June) will remain the same and be led by Ray Evans
- Stoke-on-Trent (19 May) will remain the same and be led by Adrian Reynolds
- Kent (25 May) will remain the same and be led by Andy Hunter
- London (26 May) will remain the same and be led by Trevor Archer and Andy Hunter
- Bristol (8 June), Gloucester (8 June) and Swindon (16 June) will be merged into Gloucester and be led by Adrian Reynolds
- Rhyl (8 June) and Liverpool (9 June) will be merged into Liverpool (9 June) and be led by Adrian Reynolds
- Kendal (28 June) will remain the same and be led by Andy Hunter
- Looe (30 June) will remain the same and be led by Ray Evans
Pictured above is the Local Conference we held a few weeks ago in Leeds.