Friday, December 07, 2007

Driscoll on a mission

Terry Virgo reports that Mark Driscoll will be at Together on a Mission in 2008. As does Adrian Warnock. I heard a rumour about that two days ago... ooo. "Mark Driscoll whose emphasis on the Word of God will do us enormous good". With Don Carson, Terry Virgo and John Piper at New Word Alive (with Piper also at Cheltenham Bible Festival and at UCCF Forum), it should be a good year for Bible teaching at conferences in the UK. I ponder who might be at NWA in 2009? CJ Mahaney? Wayne Grudem? Mark Dever? Tim Keller? Liam Goligher? Mark Driscoll? Greg Haslam?

Conferences aren't everything but they can be a good service to the church. I'm looking forward to being at New Word Alive (where I'll be teaching some theology of speech), Together for the Gospel, Forum and maybe Together on a Mission during 2008. What's more vital is good Bible teaching week-by-week in our churches. Hopefully good Biblical conferences serve to equip the church and equip it's teachers for increasingly faithful ministry. The task is simple: Preach the Word. The challenge is to do it.


  1. I think the Cheltenham Bible Festival (which John Piper was planned to speak at) has been cancelled. I think the reason is the cost of the event.

  2. That's a shame.

    I have a conference dream - which is to see Together on a Mission, EMA, NWA some how come together. Given John Piper has/will speak at all of them... maybe just maybe someone might be able to draw these strands together one day.

    Ever the optimist.

  3. I am assume that the money that would have been spent on Cheltenham will be spent on helping local churches, which I suppose could be a good thing.

    I would quite like to see more regional conferences, financed in a similar way to the Keswick Convention (free entrance, but supported by donations). Regional conferences could allow people from churches in the same area to meet and get to know each other.

  4. Hoorah! The conference centre is 20mins walk away from my house... I will be there!

    I love your optimism Bish, is it too much to ask that evangelical leaders in the UK could get Together and do some kind of conference, For The Gospel?

    Gutted, I wanted to go to Cheltenham this year... on regional conferences, look watch this space for 'Bible by the Beach', coming to Eastbourne soon...

  5. Ben - Newfrontiers are doing exactly what you suggest! After the felling of the massive oak which was Stoneleigh (which I think was something like the largest single-site Bible Week in the UK by the time it was closed), lots of little saplings are popping up. I've copied a web address below for anyone who's interested.

    The idea is that, whilst we stay on a mission footing, local churches get together to host more regional events with a similar equipping theme to Stoneleigh. This has several benefits:

    - It caters for our children. Leaders and students and twenties have Brighton, and our teenagers have Newday. These events will fill the gap Stoneleigh left in terms of children's ministry.
    - It's an opportunity for the regular church member (who may not be involved in Newday or have the opportunity to get to Brighton) to receive the kind of equipping that goes on at such conference.
    - It's an opportunity for those from outside Newfrontiers (who are most welcome) to come and see what we're about.

    Follow this link to see more: