The Hub Conference
There has never been a clear 'route' into ministry for men and women from FIEC Churches, let alone a means of fellowship, networking and identity for those wishing to be trained for Independent church ministry. Now there is: it’s called The Hub Conference.
HUB (noun) a centre around which other things revolve or from which they radiate; a focus of activity, authority, etc.
The Hub Conference is an annual weekend conference in January (starting in 2013). Led by experienced FIEC pastors, evangelists, church planters, women’s workers, and children & youth workers, our aim is for it to be the primary place in FIEC where individuals in, or considering, training can access the information, resources, advice and financial help they need. The conference will provide two ‘streams’:
- Stream One: Just Looking is for those who, with the written support of their church leaders, can come to explore what is entailed in gospel ministry. It will be a place to ‘just look’ without any formal commitment by the sending church or the individual involved.
- Stream Two: Just Started is for those already in formal training, whether in a college or on a church-based course. It will provide the opportunity for such trainee gospel workers to network, build friendships and be practically helped along a route into Independent church ministry.
The Hub Conference took place for the first time from 18th to 20th January 2013 at the De Vere Hotel in Harben, near Milton Keynes. Our main speaker was Julian Hardyman, senior pastor at Eden Chapel in Cambridge, who was joined by an experienced team running seminars on a range of key topics. The team was also available for one-to-one consultations with attendees, helping individuals to consider the route into ministry that will be most suitable for them. You can see a few photos from the conference here.
Our ambition for FIEC Churches is that they become communities where every member is encouraged to grow as a follower of the Lord and use their life and gifts for His glory.
We are working with both colleges and churches that provide theological and ministry training to ensure that they understand the particular needs and challenges of ministry in Independent Churches.
Starting in September 2012, a number of FIEC churches and individuals will be helped by the launch of Partners in Training. This scheme will provide financial help for employing and mentoring new gospel workers.
Prepared for Service is a two year part-time programme of training which provides teaching, pastoral care and practical experience for individuals with the support of their local church.