London Men’s Convention

2014LMCflyerfront_001The promotional materials for this year’s London Men’s Convention are now available.

The theme for this year is Resurrection. Writing in the flier, the Convention Chairman, Richard Coekin  says (and the capitals are original)

He’s ALIVE! Jesus is alive today! He’s dealt with our sins! He’s ruling in heaven right now! He’s coming back soon to judge! He’ll resurrect the creation! Our resurrection is guaranteed by his! And much more… This is HUGE! The resurrection of Jesus is MASSIVE. It was absolutely central in the preaching of the early church. But…It’s NEGLECTED!Jesus’ resurrection is unknown to most of London today and often  undervalued in our churches…

And so the conference theme this year is dedicated to rediscovering and celebrating the glory of Jesus’ resurrection and ours in the Bible. There’ll be an emphasis on learning how it transforms and challenges our lives, our witness, our work and our involvement in our communities.

The speaker line up includes Vaughan Roberts and Graham Daniels on main stage. And the three seminars are being run by Mark Greene from the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, Pete Woodcock, Lead Pastor at Cornesrtone Church, Kingston and Dan Strange, lecturer at Oak Hill Theological College. That’s a terrific line up, especially given the subject matters that they’ll be addressing. Mark’s speaking on how the resurrection shapes our working lives. Pete’s thinking about the evangelistic implications of the resurrection. And Dan’s on the resurrection impact on our involvement in society.

It’s taking place at Westminster Central Hall on Saturaday April 26th. The convention is repeating the pattern of early and late slots to accommodate the demand. Booking information can be found here.

9 thoughts on “London Men’s Convention

  1. Windy_London March 6, 2014 / 11:48 am

    This is going to be a wonderful event. I am convinced that the resurrection is a vital topic and the convention will have some of the leading thinkers to stimulate and encourage. The lack of diversity of speakers may attract a narrower audience than deserved, but that is a general challenge to us as conservative evangelicals, not particularly the fault if the organisers.

    • theurbanpastor March 6, 2014 / 5:29 pm

      What do you mean, Graham. We have a Welsh sportsman, a posh Oxford Anglican Vicar, a Free Church Essex boy and, in Pete Woodcock a man who’s never been to College. That’s not awful for diversity. But youre right. Raising up the next geenration of platform speakers for events like this is a challenge.

      • Windy_London March 6, 2014 / 7:19 pm

        God has given us the privilege of ministering in the most diverse city in the world, ever! Only 45% of Londoners tick the census box “White British”, so joking aside, the platform is hopelessly narrow. I’m guessing Oakhill & Wycliffe are training dozens of people from a wide variety of backgrounds to make sure that in 20 years the situation will change. We shouldn’t be satisfied that the platforms of Acts29 & LMC only have white guys. Keller says that people go to churches where they identify with the leader down the front. If we want to reach the other 55% of Londoners we’d better get evangelising, planting and training in Lewisham, Brick Lane, Stratford, where there are currently zero Christianity Explored courses being offered (according to the CE website).

      • theurbanpastor March 6, 2014 / 7:42 pm

        You’re right that the platform isn’t representative of London’s ethnic mix. I ‘happily’ concede that. But there’s not much we can do about who’s available from our ‘theological constituency’ to speak at this event. As you point out, unless we’re missing something, there simply aren’t yet the guys from a non-white British background who can do a job for us. If we’re wrong on that, then please let us know who we’re overlooking because we’re as keen as you are to see diversity at the front.
        I couldn’t agree more about your desire to reach the 55%. I share it. I’m not the guy to do it. But have I mentioned The Antioch Plan?!! If you know of pioneer planters looking for funding and training then send them our way!

      • Windy_London March 6, 2014 / 9:35 pm

        I’m with you brother. First we need to plant churches in diverse areas, then do the evangelism, then train people up. Antioch is a great step in the right direction. Even Passion for Life can help us push the boundaries of our comfort zone reaching new & different people.

      • Windy_London March 7, 2014 / 8:03 am

        Here are 10 men I’ve enjoyed listening to: Andrew Muwowo, Roy Khakhria, Jonathan Oloyede, David Ng, Vijay Menon, Imtiaz Khan, Krish Kandiah, Chris Enwerem, Vincent Aun, Jason Roach

      • theurbanpastor March 7, 2014 / 8:38 am

        Thanks Graham. Do you happen to know whether they could all sign the Gospel Partnerships Statement of Faith?

      • Windy_London March 7, 2014 / 7:15 pm

        Andrew is on the board of Crosslinks, Roy trained at St Helens & St James Muswell Hill, David trained at Cornhill & Moore & worked at St Ebbes & Crosslinks, Imtiaz trained at Oakhill and heads up Muslim outreach at LCM, Vijay works at St Helens. All would sign the UCCF statement, and I think Krish is the only egalitarian of the bunch, although Turnbull gave him a job at Wycliffe so he can’t be too heterodox. There are some good Latin American speakers too.

  2. chrisenwerem July 8, 2016 / 4:40 pm

    I just come across this post and particularly found the conversation with Graham very interesting. I am not London based but I am wondering whether there are any reasonable attempts made to examine the ‘theological compatibility’ with ethnic minority church leaders and ‘ethnic minority’ churches and seek possible partnership. I remember trying to suggest to someone at Birmingham that the language we used to check the theological stance is limiting. For example, the language of ‘reformed’ will mean different thing from different people. I found it disturbing that today we still struggle to work together. It is not a great sign !

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