London evangelicals fly in for intensive
Two leading British evangelicals will visit Sydney in mid-August to speak at a ministry intensive at St Andrew’s Cathedral.
Organised by Ministry, Training and Development around the theme of “Changing to stay faithful”, church planter Richard Coekin will join the leader of the Cornhill Training Course, Christopher Ash, on the platform for the day-long conference.
The director of MT and D, Phillip Jensen, says the pace of societal change is accelerating. “We are therefore under great pressure to change the way in which we minister to adapt to our changing world. yet faithfulness to the ‘old story’ is what we are required to do. So we cannot change our message even while we are changing our methods.”
It is a pressing issue, he adds. “not even staying stationary is an option because if the world changes, our message will be misrepresented or misheard if we express it in old words, old music and old culture.”
He believes Mr Coekin and Mr Ash, being at the forefront of ministry in the 21st-century culture of London, have much to teach Sydney ministry workers. Christopher Ash is also the author of two books on marriage and will speak at a separate evening session on the issue of marriage and ministry, which will be open to ministry workers and their spouses.