Information from https://fiec.org.uk/events/event/leaders-conference-2017
The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches is a family of over 560 local churches who are united by the gospel and by a common purpose. As a Fellowship they exist to encourage and equip families of independent churches to thrive.
This conference is for all leaders or staff members in FIEC churches, as well as leaders from churches that are considering FIEC affiliation.
Every Christian has been transformed. Once we walked in darkness, now we walk in light. Our hearts of stone have been transformed into hearts of flesh. We are new creations – the old has gone and the new has come.
And Scripture teaches us that our transformation is to be ongoing. We are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The word of God should continue to change us; both as individuals and as churches.
We long to be a family of churches which are continually transformed so that we become communities of salt and light equipped by the Holy Spirit to transform the lives of individuals, our neighbourhoods and ultimately our nation.
But what does leading a transforming church look like?
Perhaps you feel like you’ve been doing the same things year after year without seeing any transformation. Perhaps you’re not sure how to lead a church through change. Or maybe you feel like your church has just got too comfortable.
The programme for our 2017 Leaders’ Conference has been designed to help you lead a Transforming Church. That’s our main theme. You’ll meet others in ministry, learn from the wisdom of experts and be refreshed in your faith.
We hope that our brand new venue, together with it being a slightly shorter conference, will mean more churches can bring their whole leadership team, and that it might also be easier for those who are in secular work to take time off to join us. Whether you are a pastor, pastor’s wife, elder, deacon, youth worker, women’s worker or other ministry leader, this is the conference that will envision you for gospel work in the year ahead.
Thabiti Anyabwile is one of the pastors of Anacostia River Church in Washington DC. He previously served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands) and as an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church (Washington, DC) and Church on the Rock (Raleigh, NC). After a few years as a practicing Muslim, Thabiti was converted under the preaching of the gospel in Washington DC. He and his wife, Kristie, have three children. Thabiti is the author of several books and he sometimes blogs at The Front Porch and Pure Church. Twitter: @ThabitiAnyabwil
Kristie Anyabwile is a pastor’s wife, mum, speaker and writer. She joyfully supports Thabiti as he pastors Anacostia River Church and disciples women there as well as speaking and writing about marriage, motherhood, and ministry. She has degrees in History and in African American Studies from North Carolina State University. You can find her blog at iamconvinced.wordpress.com. Twitter: @kanyabwile.
Matt Schmucker was born in Pennsylvania into a large Roman Catholic family (seven sons!) and was converted in his senior year at university. For 25 years, Matt served as an elder at Capitol Hill Baptist Church and oversaw the 9Marks Ministries. Today he organises Together for the Gospel (t4g.org) and CROSS (crossforthenations.org), a student missions conference and helps pastor Anacostia River Church in Washington DC. He is the co-author ofElders in the Life of the Church. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have five children.
Michael Reeves is President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology, which has hubs across the UK making an accredited theological education geographically and financially accessible for all. He is the author of books such as Introducing Major Theologians,Why the Reformation Still Matters, The Unquenchable Flame, The Good God and Christ our Life. He is married to Bethan, and they have two daughters, Lucy and Mia.
Paul Rees grew up in Wales and worked as a dentist for ten years before studying theology at Moore College in Sydney. Married to Shiona they have four children. After leading a church in the US they moved back to the UK in 2009 and now live in Edinburgh where he is Lead Pastor at Charlotte Chapel. Paul is an enthusiastic supporter of Welsh rugby; Scottish dancing, live music and eco-houses.
Adrian Reynolds will become FIEC’s new Training Director from April 2017 after he finishes work as one of the leaders of The Proclamation Trust. He and his wife Celia and daughter Isabel are moving to Market Harborough and will worship at Christchurch. They have two married daughters. Adrian has written a number of books including two in our FIEC Ministry Journeys series:To Fly To Serve and Glorious Union. He is a keen musician.