The opening week of last year’s Convention included a host of respected speakers and Bible readers covering a number of subjects and themes.
The morning Bible reader was Christopher Ash, Writer-in-Residence at Tyndale House, Cambridge. After thirteen years in secular work, he has been a local church pastor, and Director of the Cornhill Training Course.
Among the many others contributing to the programme was Tim Chester, pastor with Grace Church Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire, a faculty member of Crosslands Training and chair of Keswick Ministries; Tom Putt, Associate Minister of St John’s and St Andrew’s in Yeovil, Somerset; Michael Harvey, who has spoken to thousands of Christians in his seminars and is author of the books, Unlocking the Growth and Culture of Invitation; Revd James Robson, Ministry Director for Keswick Ministries and Richard Dannatt, the professional head of the British Army and President of Help for Heroes.
Other speakers included Phil Moore, Jonathan Clarke, Ben Cooper, Alasdair Paine, Steve Brady, Martin Erwin, Louise Morse, Mel Lacy, Ben Cooper and Christopher Chia.
Music was led by Colin Webster, originally from Stonehaven in Scotland, who has been serving as a minister and evangelist at Cornerstone Church, Nottingham, for 20 years.
Seminars included a series on our home as the sphere of mission and ministry: Louise Morse helping us see why God created old age on purpose and Mel Lacy focusing on the family; Ben Cooper helping us see Matthew’s Gospel as Missionary Training in our School of Biblical Studies; Chris Chia giving seminars on “Going the Distance” in ministry service. Martin Erwin and friends from London City Mission helped us see this country as our ‘mission ﬁeld’ and General the Lord Dannatt considered leadership with the title Sent to the front line: Leadership in a complex world.
Evening celebrations saw a series on Isaiah 40-55, chapters that help us have a fresh vision of God and His work. Programme and speakers included Tim Chester, Alasdair Paine and Tom Putt:
- Saturday: God’s Comfort (Isaiah 40:1-11), Tim Chester
- Sunday: God’s Dependability (Isaiah 40:12-31), James Robson
- Monday: God’s Remedy (Isaiah 42:1-9), Chris Chia
- Tuesday: God’s Summons (Isaiah 45:14-25), Steve Brady
- Wednesday: God’s Suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-53:12), Alasdair Paine
- Thursday: God’s Heart for the World (Isaiah 49:1-13), Chris Chia
- Friday: God’s Invitation (Isaiah 55:1-13), Tom Putt