Raising New Leaders
What part should FIEC play in raising the next generation of church leaders?
Raising leaders is the job of the local church.
2 Timothy 2 shows us how Paul exhorted Timothy to entrust the gospel message he’d received to others. They in turn were to teach others this same message, thus raising up the next generation of gospel ministers.
The New Testament epistles were written to local churches and their leaders, so this work of raising workers is to be done in that context. So, what part should an organisation like FIEC play in raising the next generation?
Our role is to support your work and ministry – and we’re keen to do that when it comes to identifying future leaders.
That’s why The Hub Conference exists. It allows people who are considering the call to full-time gospel ministry to take some unhurried time to prayerfully consider the next steps. It also caters for those already in training or looking for their first ministry post.
People can only attend with the backing of their church leaders, so those coming along to The Hub can’t self-select. All who attend are being cheered on by their local church.
What’s on offer?
As well as great Bible teaching and times of corporate worship, the biggest advantage of The Hub is the chance to get one-to-one advice from our team of experts. Every year we bring together experienced ministers and ministry couples to offer some unbiased and objective guidance to those who attend The Hub. Their role isn’t to work out if someone is gifted for pastoral ministry, but they want to help local churches with this process.
We also have representatives on hand from Bible Colleges to help people think through various theological training options.
The Hub is designed to do exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a “hub” whereby people at various stages of their journey into ministry can meet others on that same journey, as well as gleaning advice and prayerful guidance from ministry experts and training providers.
To top it off, 10ofThose will provide an extensive bookstall with great deals to fill the bookshelves with good resources.
So, before all the Christmas preparations step up, I’d encourage you to consider who you could send to join us from 10-12 January 2020 in Milton Keynes. The Conference costs just £180 per person or £300 per couple and it this gives delegates full-board accommodation from Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime.
Please prayerfully consider sending those people you’re investing in. Or, if you’re keen to train for ministry, I’d encourage you to talk to your church leaders about the next steps – maybe you could join us too.