Last year I ran some posts on the the Reaching the Unreached conference organised by the South-East Gospel Partnership at St Helen’s, Bishopsgate, London with a view to raising the profile of mission to the council estates and disadvantages areas in the UK. My posts were Melvin Tinker on success, David Smith on the missionary challenge, David Smith on evangelicalism and social class and the conference audio.
A second conference is being held on Saturday 22 May 2010, this time at St Andrew’s, Kendrey, in Barnsley. The conference blurb says:
Does the gospel work in the hard places of our land?
Council estates, urban priority areas, low income households: the gospel can seem so weak in the areas where we’re ministering – are we doing something wrong? Is the word of God as powerful and effective here as in neighbouring areas where churches seem to be flourishing? Should we change our methods – or even our message?
Following last year’s first ‘Reaching the Unreached’ conference, this year’s programme is aimed at those already involved in ministry in the ‘hard places’ of our country. Through the day’s talks and case studies, our speakers will reaffirm the confidence we have in the gospel as the power of God for salvation, whilst thinking carefully about how we apply these truths in our particular ministry context. As well as encouraging one another and providing a forum for urban ministers to network, we also want to identify and think about the key issues we all face.
Here’s the programme:
Session 1: Acts 10: ‘Two Conversions: the unthinkable reach of the gospel’ – Steve Casey
Session 2: Why we need to preach God’s sovereignty – Duncan Forbes
Session 3: Case studies, discussion and prayer
Session 4: Zechariah: ‘Persevere’ – Simon Smallwood
For more information go to www.reachingtheunreached.org.uk.