I'm really looking forward to the Ministers' Conference this week. We're at High Leigh in Hoddesdon, with three speakers, David Kerrigan, BMS General Director, leading the Bible Readings; David Shosanya, Regional Minister in the London Baptist Association; and Maggi Dawn, singer/song-writer, priest, theologian, author, broadcaster, and blogger. The theme is Engaging with Word and World.
The annual conference provides some input but also creates space apart from the regular rhythms of ministry, and while we hope that people will be nourished by the worship and the addresses, we certainly expect that refreshment will come through being with friends in a relaxed environment.
In particular I'm looking forward to an informal concert to be given by Maggi on Tuesday evening. I'm not sure that we'll be able to create the ideal ambiance at High Leigh, but this is something different for our conference and it'll be great to have some good music. Maggi is taking a session on Wednesday on Preparing for Advent, so there's a welcome emphasis upon the creative this year.