Space, Time, and Wisdom for Future Ministry (The Hub 2022)
More than forty men and women thinking about, or in the middle of, ministry training met at The Hub in January 2022. One of those forty shares why she attended and what it was like.
In 2022, I will come to the end of my ministry training at Woodgreen Church in Worcester, through which my church leaders have been keen to equip me for future ministry in the local church context.
So, they encouraged me to come along to the Hub conference in January to get input from other experienced gospel workers from a variety of FIEC churches.
Space to think
I was excited to have an opportunity to ask my questions about working in gospel ministry at the conference - to people who have taken different routes into their roles.
Often in a busy week, with studying and ministry responsibilities coming one after the other, there isn’t much time to spend thinking clearly about future steps. I hoped The Hub would offer this space and time for reflection and prayer, as well as wisdom from others.
The conference itself met my expectations and exceeded them in terms of teaching and encouragement from God’s Word. The sessions we had all together - hearing from the books of Matthew and 1 Corinthians - were refreshing and joining together in singing with Christians from all over the country was definitely a highlight.
Hearing from individuals their testimonies of church planting and women’s ministry helped to broaden the picture of gospel work nationwide. The practical seminar sessions on offer helped me to really think about the way to approach my next steps in ministry and gave me good questions to ask of any role I look at in the coming months.
Experienced gospel workers
One of the great things about the conference was the time between sessions and over mealtimes to talk to different people from different ministry contexts. I loved hearing stories of people thinking of going into gospel ministry or pursuing more training.
"Seeing how God has used so many different paths to draw people into gospel work and how he is glorified in each one is a great comfort."
The opportunity to talk to someone with experience of gospel work, and receive the feedback from that conversation to share with my church leaders, was really valuable.
Having guidance on the next steps that I could take has been really helpful, but I was encouraged to know that there is no right or wrong answer to the question of what to do next. Seeing how God has used so many different paths to draw people into gospel work and how he is glorified in each one is a great comfort.
Three reasons you should go to The Hub
If you are thinking about ministry in the future, whether full-time or part-time, in the local church or in the global mission field, here are three reasons why you should go to The Hub conference next year:
Everyone is there for the same reason: they want to be part of God’s plan of salvation for all people at all times in all places, to see His kingdom grow.
So, in even the casual conversations, you will be encouraged to see how you are united in mission with brothers and sisters from vastly different contexts to your own.
Time free from distractions
Getting away from home and your normal day-to-day rhythms gives you space to really think and pray about the future.
The schedule isn’t jam-packed, which allows you to take time to reflect on the teaching and conversations you’re having. It really is worthwhile to have that time before the business of life takes priority again.
It may sound like a trivial point, but the comfortable accommodation and tasty food makes the whole experience much more relaxed and allows the focus to be on the most important things.
I was very grateful that all the fruitful conversations I was having were accompanied by two great nights’ sleep!