LC2023 report

Ministry of Justice (Leaders' Conference 2023)

Nearly 1,000 church leaders from more than 500 churches across Britain gathered last week at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool for FIEC’s annual Leaders’ Conference.

The theme for the 2023 conference was the justice of God: what it means to follow and love the God of justice as he ultimately brings all things under Christ the just and righteous ruler.

Plenary talks and main session seminars covered justice in God, justice in God’s people, and justice in God’s world: what do we learn about these things in God’s word and how should they be applied in the context of local churches.

Main session speakers included Ray Brown, pastor at East London Tabernacle Baptist Church, Colin Adams, pastor at Greenview Church in Glasgow, Matt Oliver, pastor at Hardwick Baptist Church in Stockton-on-Tees, John Stevens, FIEC's National Director, and Jason Roach, Director of Ministries at London City Mission.

  • Main sessions 01

    Main gathering

  • Main sessions 02

    Jason Roach

  • Main sessions 03

    Stage interviews

Seminar sessions, led by gospel workers in FIEC churches and partner organisations, included theological reflections on the theme and other areas connected to church life including equality, welcome, the environment, and more.

  • LC2023 seminars 01

    Tim Farron and James Mildred

  • LC2023 seminars 02

    Kay Morgan-Gurr

  • LC2023 seminars 03

    Inonge Siluka

A significant part of the conference aims to help church leaders from across Britain connect and support one another in ministry. Mealtimes seating 1,000, long refreshment breaks, and an evening prayer gathering helped men and women attending to love and encourage one another.

  • LC2023 lunch and prayer 03

    Mealtimes for 1,000 church leaders

Video of the plenary talks and main session seminars, and audio of the other seminars, will be available to watch or listen to soon on the FIEC website. You can listen to a playlist of the songs included in the programme on our Spotify playlist below:

You can watch or listen to the talks from the main gatherings using the links below:

The audio from the other seminars were recorded, with some having video recording too. You can watch or listen the seminars below:

The 2024 Leaders’ Conference will again take place at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 November 2024. The theme will be “The Good Shepherd: Looking to Jesus, Loving Like Jesus”.

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