Friday, April 28, 2006

Together for the Gospel (UK)

Together for the gospel is now happening in the USA. Liveblogged by Challies. How and who can make this happen in the UK? I really think we need this... to unite on this sort of basis:
"We are brothers in Christ united in one great cause -- to stand together for the Gospel. We are convinced that the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been misrepresented, misunderstood, and marginalized in many churches and among many who claim the name of Christ... We are also brothers united in deep concern for the church and the Gospel. This concern is specifically addressed to certain trends within the church today. We are concerned about the tendency of so many churches to substitute technique for truth, therapy for theology, and management for ministry... that God's glorious purpose for Christ's church is often eclipsed in concern by so many other issues, programs, technologies, and priorities.... [there is] confusion over crucial questions concerning the authority of the Bible, the meaning of the Gospel, and the nature of truth itself... We stand together for the Gospel -- and for a full and gladdening recovery of the Gospel in the church."
We have the excellent newfrontiers Leadership conference and the proctrust Evangelical Ministry Asembly but can the gap be crossed and the circle widened to include more, without diluting the foundations of the gospel?

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  1. A great idea, although it might be a bit harder to pull off in the UK on the same scale. Although those part of the conference do have some diversity of background, there was a considerable unity on things like Reformed doctrine, innerancy, complimentarianism, opposition to emergent/open theism etc.

    Still, doesn't stop us trying. There are quite a few of us reformed evangelical charismatic bloggers in the south of England, so perhaps we can arange our own conference! Just need a location and some speakers...

  2. Let's do it.

    I'll come and help-out with the music.


  3. It's called Word Alive, isn't it?


    Nah, ok, T4G is for pastor-teachers/elders. So what you want is for NF leadership conf to combine with Proctrust EMA to combine with Banner Ministers' conf... what Bible teachers would you have Dave?

  4. I agree that we really do need it. I think the great thing about it is not just the big names, and the unity displayed, but the one-off nature of it. Because of this it is a call to action. So it becomes not just a demonstration of unity (as EMA, Word Alive are to some extent) but a call to stand up and join together for something... for the gospel.

    However I do think that there are already plenty of conferences resourcing church leaders, and a conference with a vision, and call to action needs to be aimed at ALL the church in the UK.

    Oh, and why not hold it in the north, or at least in one of the poorly evangelised provincial cities of the UK. There may be a lot of 'reformed evangelical charismatic bloggers' in the South of England, but is the South of England where the biggest need is?

    But take Mark's comment seriously. I would never have thought something like 'Beginning with Moses' could be created by a few like-minded people who weren't also leaders in a parachurch org, or large city church, but it was done.

    Just me thoughts..

  5. i think Moses works because

    1. we don't take ourselves too seriously.
    2. we tried instead of not trying.
    3. we have the cheek to ask the people who know better than us to help us and give us stuff.