Author: Bible Society, 7 November 2023
Bible Society has hosted a significant conference for church leaders and influencers who came together to reflect on how to do Bible mission together in a changing world.
The Kingdom Calling event saw participants spend time in conversation, worship and prayer. Contributors included Bible Society’s President, Archbishop Angaelos, Youthscape’s Martin Saunders, Christian Aid’s Lisa Adjei, CAP’s Lyn Weston, Elliot Vanstone, representing the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, and Andy Atkins from A Rocha. Bible Society’s research team and its Head of Public Engagement, Helen Crawford, also outlined their work to the conference. Among Bible Society’s findings is that since the pandemic, more people have moved from the colder end of the belief spectrum towards the warmer, with potential impact on mission strategies.
Bible Society’s Chief Executive, Paul Williams, interviewed Jenny Baker from the Celebrate Trust, and Emmanuel Adeseko from New Covenant Ministries, and closed the day in reflection with Celia Apeagyei-Collins from the Rehoboth Foundation and Roger Sutton from the Gather Movement. An optional seminar on what Christian communicators can learn from Jordan Peterson’s communication style was led by Tim Allen from Purley Baptist Church.
Paul Williams said, ‘So many leaders spoke to me in glowing terms of how much they appreciated the day, of being part of it, of the programme and content, of the venue and the hospitality, and of the relationships and friendships formed or nurtured.’
A further conference is planned for next year.