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Church Society is involved in hosting four annual conferences: the Church Society Conference, the Junior Anglican Evangelical Conference, the Fellowship of Word and Spirit Conference, and the ReNew conference.

forthcoming conferences

Refresh: Renewing our passion for godliness

The 2021 Fellowship of Word and Spirit conference will explore the theme of godliness, reflecting on how it has been understood by Christians in the past, as well as specific areas of application for today. We will have plenty of time to consider the implications for our expression of faith in the church and how we should address issues arising in our community.

The distinctive of this conference, is that we actually “confer”! That is, we foster a forum for debate, sharing ideas and encouraging one another in ministry. Each session is rooted in good teaching, but has substantial time for interaction, application and deepening our appreciation of it. We are committed to reformed theology and its application to the whole of life, but are ready to encourage and help each other wrestle with its challenges. We are a genuine fellowship, with plenty of time given for spiritual encouragement and prayer, for cultivating friendships old and new, and for resting from the usual frantic pace of ministry. We hope it will be a time of genuine spiritual and physical refreshment for both clergy and lay people.

We are planning for this to be a residential conference as usual, this time at Kings Park Conference Centre in Northampton, from 1st-3rd February. Please be assured that the conference centre is working very hard to ensure that they are Covid-secure and following all the appropriate guidance and regulations. We will also review the situation in January and make any necessary changes to ensure that we are running the conference in a way that is safe and legal.

Further details and the booking form can be found here.

Annual Conferences

Fellowship Conference
For many years the ‘Fellowship of Word and Spirit Conference’, this conference continues to be an important part of our annual calendar. The conference offers theologically rigorous Reformed teaching, with ample opportunity built into the programme for application, reflection and prayer. We welcome all clergy and lay people to this conference, usually held over three days in January or February.

Dates for future conferences:
2021: 1st-3rd Feb, King’s Park, Northampton
2022: 31st Jan-2nd Feb, Cloverley Hall, Shropshire
2023: 30th Jan-1st Feb, tbc
2024: 5th-7th Feb, King’s Park, Northampton

Resources from previous conferences:
2020: Preaching to the Heart
2019: Live the Word: refreshment from the Reformed doctrine of Scripture
2018: Crying in the Wilderness: Post-Christendom Mission

Church Society Conference
This annual day conference addresses key issues for the contemporary Church of England from biblical, historical and pastoral perspectives. The Church Society Conference is usually held in May, and the Church Society AGM takes place during the conference.

Resources from previous conferences:

2019: Redeeming Love and Faith
2018: ‘Flourish: a strategy for gospel growth in the Church of England
2017: Knowing God and Making Him Known
2016: Be Faithful! Remaining steadfast in the Church of England Today
2015: Transforming the Church
2014: ‘Positively Anglican!’.

2020 Regional Conferences
In 2020, as part of our commitment to supporting churches around the country, Church Society planned to host a series of four regional conferences, replacing our usual annual day conference. Unfortunately we were only able to hold one of these events before the coronavirus lockdown. You can listen to Lee Gatiss’s talk from this conference and download the conference booklet here.

Junior Anglican Evangelical Conference
Established by John Richardson in 2011, Church Society has hosted this conference since 2014. It is specifically for those who are ‘junior’, that is anyone considering ministry in the Church of England, lay or ordained, through training, curacy and the first few years of incumbency or the equivalent. The conference aims to help anyone in that category be more effective as an Anglican Evangelical, making the most of every opportunity to reach the lost for Jesus, build up the church through his word, and send workers into God’s harvest field. JAEC is usually held in the last week of August.

Resources from previous conferences:
2020: Anglican Essentials
2019: The Future Starts Now
2018: The Gospel in the Parish
2017: Reforming and Renewing the Church
2016: Reach, Build, Send
2015: Feed My Sheep
2014: The Effective Anglican
2013: Confident and Equipped

The ReNew conference seeks to advance Anglican Evangelicalism across the UK with an agenda of pioneering, establishing and securing healthy Anglican churches. ReNew seeks to support both Church Society and AMiE in their work, and we are glad to be partners with this annual conference, usually held in September. Resources from the ReNew conference can be found on the ReNew website.