Thursday 11th June 2020

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, we were not able to hold College Conference as normal this year. However we did run a virtual programme instead. The live sessions were recorded and can be viewed below or directly on our YouTube channel.

Thanks to those of you who attended the virtual reunion in the afternoon. It was great to see so many of you there!

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Session 1: The nones, the gones and those taking a peek: mission’s shifting landscape

As our churches have gone online, we’ve been aware of people dipping in and out of services; we are also coming across more people who used to be in church along with those who’ve never darkened our doors. In this session Rev Dr Sally Mann and college VP Simon Jones explore how we might engage missionally with this diverse and fascinating group of people.

Session 2: COVID-19, ministry and me

Thriving or surviving? Tech lover or technophobe? Well, ill or somewhere in between? This session invites us to consider, how we as ministers and leaders can be cared for in the COVID-19 crisis no matter what our experience. With competing demands, new technology and a global pandemic, how do we, as disciples ourselves experience the COVID-19 crisis and find help in our own times of need?

Click here to download the reading list for these sessions.

You can purchase a copy of Simon Jones’ ebook Building a Better Body from our online shop.

Why do people struggle with church? And how can we use those struggles to create churches that are worthy of Jesus? This is a book for those who have given up on church, those looking for reasons to stay, and those who love and lead churches. Can we build a better body? Simon Jones thinks so. How about you?

‘If in future years the local and national is to “stand firm in one spirit, contending as one for the gospel” then we must hear the challenges of this book’ Rico Tice

‘Thoughtful, honest (painfully!) and to the point, but carrying a message of hope.’ Ian Coffey

‘Simon Jones has caused me to ponder and pray. I finished the last page with renewed hope for a very different kind of church.’ Eddie Gibbs

‘Challenging and liberating’ Rob Parsons

‘Refreshingly honest and wonderfully practical.’ Nick Pollard