This conference is a collaboration between the International Research Consortium (IRC) and Church Mission Society (CMS).
Eight papers from a wide variety of speakers will be available in video and text formats for engagement before 23 June and discussed in two parts from 9.30am-11.30am and 7pm-9pm UK time on the day.
“The IRC is an annual meeting of scholars and practitioners from around the world who share their research on missional churches and is pleased to share this platform with CMS who have many similar interests, including a vision for forming disciples of Jesus at the edges.
Christian discipleship is a much-vaunted idea which is understood in many different ways across the wide variety of Church traditions. In the Church of England, in particular (though not alone amongst mainstream UK churches), creating the conditions for ‘whole life discipleship’ in local churches has proved particularly elusive systemically over many decades. That is, despite its espousal from the leadership and great many reports being written, it has remained just an idea in the minds of some, bearing little relationship to cultural and behavioural change on the ground. Currently one of the strategic objectives of the English Anglican Church is to create a new generation of ‘missionary disciples’. This conference opens up these questions: What is discipleship that is connected deeply to the mission of God, what does it look like? How are disciples formed? How do the individual and the community as a whole combine to enable discipling to happen? What do we learn about discipleship from reverse missionaries and from the edges of church?
All the papers for the conference will be available as recordings (with supporting texts) three weeks before the conference event (on 1 June), which will consist of two, two-hour sessions discussing the papers and the overall theme of the conference. The conference fee of £10 gives each delegate access to all the papers and both sessions as follows (closing date for registrations is 31 May):
Session 1: 9.30am-11.30am
Session 2: 7pm-9pm
Speakers and facilitators: Harvey Kwiyani, Guichun Jun, Mike Harrison, Naar Mfundisi-Holloway, Steen Olsen, Dean Eaton, Noel Due, Stuart Burns, James Butler, Nick Shepherd, Diana Greenfield, Nick Ladd”