The Salt & Light Advance team delighted that we can regroup, as a family of churches, in February 2022, at our annual leadership conference.

New venue!

Due to the unplanned closure of the Bristol hotel, we have moved the event to The King’s Centre Oxford.

  • The reshaped event runs from 10am Saturday 19 to 4pm Sunday 20 February.
  • The conference itself will be at The King’s Centre.
  • For delegates further afield, who need overnight accommodation, are asked to book a local hotel for Saturday night only. Further details here.
  • The overall cost for the event will be considerably less than it would have been at the Bristol hotel, with weekend tickets at £100.
  • Additionally, we’re delighted that a generous gift means we can offer significantly discounted rates for those who are 40 and under. As we move forward into a ‘post-Covid world’ we want to do so as multi-generations walking together, so please invite your younger leaders!
  • To serve local churches while many of their leaders at the conference, we will livestream a special Sunday session, 11.30am-1.00pm, including worship and teaching.

What is the conference about?

Our conference theme will be Refreshed and Refocused, and a fantastic line-up of guest and in-house speakers will help us explore how we move forward as churches, into a world reshaped by Covid.

We’ll ask, what is new, and what is the same? How does our mission and evangelism and community service work now? How do we reach out to people who are not like us? What have we learned through a season of constraint and challenge? What does God want for our family of churches as we move forward?

The programme will include plenary sessions, a range of seminars and workshops, worship, and opportunity for personal ministry and refreshing.

Speakers

Frog and Amy Orr-Ewing

We are delighted that Frog Orr-Ewing has accepted our invitation to be guest speaker. Frog is an evangelist, apologist and church planter. He is married to Amy, who is also a very well-known apologist.

Together they planted and led Latimer Minster as a Anglican ‘Fresh Expression’ in South Buckinghamshire from its roots in a pioneering mission initiative.

Formerly The Revd Canon Francis Orr-Ewing, Frog is also Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow of Mission in the Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy, and Programme Leader for the MA Mission at Winchester University.

Steve and Bev Jones

The conference will be hosted by Steve and Bev Jones, with others from the S&L Advance team.

Steve and Bev lead the Advance team, as well as leading the church in Oxford, from where they support and encourage leaders across our family of churches.

Outline programme

The programme deliberately has generous breaks, to allow us to connect well with each other, at this our first in-person leadership conference since 2020.

Saturday 19 February
10:00 Doors open, refreshments
11:00 Session 1: Refreshed and refocused (Steve Jones and team)
13:00 Lunch
14:30 Session 2: Touchpoints for the gospel (Frog Orr-Ewing)
15:45 Free time and refreshments
16:30 Session 3: Workshops on the theme of reaching different kinds of people, plus options for prayer
17:30 Refreshments/break
18:00 Session 4: Workshops on the theme of reaching different kinds of people, plus options for prayer
19:30 Session 5: Celebratory banquet

Sunday 20 February
10:00 Session 6
11:00 Refreshments
11:30 Session 7: Being empowered by the Spirit to participate in God’s mission (Frog Orr-Ewing) [live-streamed for Advance churches]
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Session 8: Reflecting and processing in teams
14:45 Refreshments
15:15 Session 9: Forward together! (Steve Jones and team)
16:00 End

Further info, FAQs and booking

For 2022, we’re delighted that a generous donation means we can offer significantly discounted rates for those who are 40 and under. As we move forward into a ‘post-Covid world’ we want to do so as multi-generations walking together, so please invite your younger leaders!