Connecting leaders

Connecting Leaders

With less than a week to go until our Leaders’ Conference, here are some of the highlights in store for people attending our biggest-ever gathering.

This year’s conference has been designed to offer opportunities for people at every level of leadership to skill-up. So, whether you’re a pastor, women’s worker, children’s worker, evangelist or in any other type of leadership position, there will be some great stuff specifically for you.

Our fantastic line-up of speakers has been hand-picked to bring you the best teaching, support and ideas to help you to develop, and enable you to go back to your church feeling re-invigorated.

Look out for the pre-conference mailing coming in the next few days for all the important information you need to know. To whet your appetite, here are one or two highlights for to look out for this year.

FIEC Events app

FIEC Executive Director Phil Topham said: “We’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new conference app that, among other things, will allow people to connect with others during the event. It’s our sincere hope that these connections will then be developed beyond the conference.”

The password-protected app, only available to delegates, will be available to download free of charge for Apple and Android devices, or it can be accessed in a web browser. If users give their permission, their contact details and church role will be made available to other app users who can then invite them to connect.

Phil said: “For example, if you’re a church youth worker and you share your details on the app, other youth workers attending the conference who’ve done the same will be able to invite you to meet for a chat. It’s our hope that these meetings will lead to lasting friendships between people in similar ministries.”

The app will also allow people to combine elements from the conference programme in order to build their own schedule. It will also list offers from the conference bookstall run by 10ofThose, while the app’s QR code-reader will facilitate easy book-ordering for upcoming titles too.

While printed conference programmes will be available as usual, the app, with its venue maps and information about all of the speakers, provides everything delegates will need on their mobiles.

Meeting others in ministry

A two-hour arrival reception from 2pm on Monday will give people the chance to refresh existing connections, while enabling newcomers to meet members of FIEC’s ministry team and Trust Board.

Phil said: “We’re really keen to facilitate an environment where fellowship between individuals and churches can thrive. We want as many of FIEC’s 630 churches as possible to link with one another and find ways to support one another.”

Delegates and speakers will be travelling from far and wide, and those with the furthest to travel will include around 70 church leaders from Scotland.

Phil said: “We have a superb programme. As well as being interviewed on the main stage on Tuesday evening, Mark Dever (9Marks President) will be hosting two seminars that will help us to think through training elders, as well as sharing his wisdom on expository preaching.

“Meanwhile, Colin Smith, who previously served in Enfield, London, will be bringing us the main Bible teaching as we think through the character and gifting of leaders.”

Additional conference rooms booked at nearby venues mean that more seminars will be held than ever before.

You can find all that’s on offer by downloading the app – the link will be sent in your pre-conference email later this week.

Connecting from afar

People who aren’t able to make it to the conference will still be able to join in. The main teaching sessions will be livestreamed on YouTube, and FIEC’s Twitter feed (which will link to the livestream) will be updated throughout the event.

Audio recordings from all the talks and seminars will be posted to our website after the event, along with videos shot during the livestream.

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