Sunday, August 30, 2009

Mobilising UK Student Leaders for Mission

This week I'll be at our annual national student leaders conference, Forum. There should be about 1000 of us on site, mostly student leader plus the staff & relay teams and guests. We're joined this year by Terry Virgo, Lindsay & Ann Brown, Keith Walker and Krish Kandiah on the speaking team which should be brilliant.

I'm speaking on one of the morning tracks on "Transformed by the Gracious God" and then a workshop which will essentially be an interview with Terry Virgo on keeping going in grace.

This is the highlight of the off-season in student mission, gathering to believe the gospel and be sent afresh by God to live and speak for Jesus on campuses all over England, Scotland and Wales, expectant of what He will do to build the churches of our land, as students unite across denominations and movements to make Jesus known.

Usually I turn up and have the opportunity to serve South West students I know. Having been on paternity leave during our regional CU leaders weekend earlier this year it feels a little strange. They are known to Jesus though, and I'm there to bring his word to them - and I know I'll have the privilege of getting to know them through the week, and I trust seeing God changing hearts, ripples that will flow out to hundreds of campuses and who knows beyond that to the nations...

I think of Forum five years ago, Terry Virgo was main speaker that year too, leaders came from Reading CU and were equipped and affected for mission, then six months later they ran an Alpha course, and Anna Hopkins did the course and God graciously saved her, and now she's about to take the gospel to Paris... we'll be praying for her during Le Monde on Wednesday evening.

I may or may not blog from the conference, I'm sure some will and you'll be able to follow them at UCCF Bloggers and probably on Twitter via #uccf.