College Conference is both the name given to the association of former students of Spurgeon’s College and an actual conference which is held on the second Thursday in June each year. This year it will take place at the College on Thursday 8th June.
Our incoming Conference President, Dotha Blackwood, is also a tutor and Chaplain at Spurgeon’s College and will be well-known to some of you. Dotha’s chosen theme is ‘Transforming Worship’. We are excited to welcome guest speakers Doug Williams (Emmanuel Community Church International) and Sara & Sam Hargreaves (Engage Worship) to help us to explore the following ideas.
Worship is at the heart of who we are and what we do, our relationship with God. We gather to worship; we pray and sing our worship, that is, we engage in various ‘acts of worship;’ we worship in the ‘everyday everydayness’ in our homes and places of work. In this post covid, postmodern post Brexit post ‘post’ context in which we live, work, and serve, what do we mean when we say ‘worship’?
At College Conference this year, we focus on the theme ‘Transforming Worship,’ and ask the question, how should our worship be transformed and transforming? Is it about transforming how we worship so that our worship transforms us, enabling and empowering us and others to be transformed and to transform their environment and communities?
We pause to reflect on, and re-equip ourselves to, ‘equip the saints for the work of ministry’ wherever they find themselves. We will think about the past, the present and the future; reflect on some of the things that have changed; reflect on accessible worship; worship for all; and how, as the gathered and scattered people of God we can transform our worship and be transformed in and through worship and continue to be the agents of transformation in the private and public spheres to which God has called us. We will engage in ‘Transforming Worship.’
We will also be presenting some specially recorded content from Josh Green (24-7 Prayer International), Bernice Hardie (Wave For Change), Ruth Rice (Renew Wellbeing), and Katie Tupling (Disability and Jesus).
Tickets are priced at £20 per person and include lunch and refreshments. The main sessions will be held in the Chapel with refreshments served in the main building. We also hope the weather will allow us to enjoy the gardens at lunch and break times.
Attendance at College Conference is by invitation only. If you’re a member of Conference and have not received your invitation then do contact us directly.
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