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7th-9th January

Greg Allison - Mez Mconnell - Robert Oliver - John Benton Lewis Allen - Luke Jenner - (Women’s Track) Jane McNabb This conference is especially useful to men and women involved in Christian ministry and church leadership


Welcome to the 2014 Carey Conference. The publication of Sojourners and Strangers by Gregg Allison in November 2012 presented us with a rare treat – a Baptist ecclesiology. For over 40 years the Carey Conference has helped us to work out what it means to be both reformed and baptist, not least in our understanding of the church. It is therefore a privilege to welcome Dr Gregg Allison to the conference this year. In three sessions he will help us to see the Biblica vision for the church, the necessity of its purity and unity, and work out principles of church government. If you have read the book, then you will already be looking forward to these sessions for both Biblical insight and practical wisdom. At the heart of the church is the worship of God and fellowship with His people. Yet the gift of the Lord’s Day has been lost in recent years in controversy over the covenants. The principle of one day in seven is now largely discarded in evangelicalism, with believers attending only once on a Sunday and regarding that day as little different to any other. We are the poorer for this loss, and Lewis Allen will lead us on reflections of how to make good use of the Lord’s Day both personally, and as churches. John Benton always provides stimulating and edifying ministry at the Carey, and this year reminds us of the priority of godliness for the pastor. How many of us find that the busyness of ministry impoverishes our prayer lives and our devotions? It is not enough to teach the Bible, or to urge others to grow in grace if we ourselves are paupers in this regard. Over the years the Carey has reminded us of the mission of the church to bring the Gospel to the world. Yet if we look at our churches, we see that we are reaching only a narrow section of British society. Mez McConnell has a burden to bring Christ to the housing schemes of Scotland, and will seek to challenge us in this regard. We cannot help but see the importance of understanding the relationship of church and state today. Robert Oliver will bring an historical paper on Edward Ludlow, a 17th century Baptist and Parliamentarian who was involved in the execution of Charles I. What principles guided Ludlow’s thought? Please plan to join us for the Carey Conference in Swanwick 7-9 January. All pastors and wives are warmly welcomed, along with men and women involved in Christian ministry and church leadership. There is a special track for women at the conference, and this year we are glad to have Jane McNabb leading those sessions.

Prices

Fees include cost of accommodation, meals and refreshments, VAT and the conference fee. Unless the conference is over-subscribed deposits are non-returnable. A deposit of £50 per person can be made and the remaining fee paid by 31st December 2013. Cost per person: Full conference £142 Students (in full time training) £117 Day Visitors: £22 per morning (incl.coffee and lunch) £23 per afternoon/evening session (incl. tea and supper). Please note: Tuesday lunch is available at the cost of £6.50 per person. A limited number of day visitors can be accommodated but priority of booking will be given to those attending the whole conference.

This is an opportunity for spiritual challenge and refreshment as we look to begin another year of ministry.


Programme Wednesday 8th

Thursday 9th

7.45

Prayer

Prayer

8.30

Breakfast

Breakfast

Sojourners & Strangers 2 Gregg Allison

Sojourners & Strangers 3 Gregg Allison

Coffee

Coffee

Time

9.30

Tuesday 7th

Registration From1.30pm

11.00 11.30

How well do Pastor’s know God? John Benton

Women’s Track Jane McNabb

1.00

Lunch (if pre-booked)

Lunch

2.30

Baptist Regicide Robert Oliver

Free Time

4.00

Tea

Tea

4.30

The Lord’s Day Lewis Allen

Women’s Track Jane McNabb

Q&A

6.30

Evening Meal

Evening Meal

8.00

Sojourners & Strangers 1 Gregg Allison

Reaching the Poorest Mez McConnell

Conference Sermon Luke Jenner Lunch


Speakers Robert Oliver Gregg Allison

Dr Gregg Allison is professor of Christian Theology at Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, KY. He served with Campus Crusade for 18 years, including ministry in Europe. He is the author of Historical Theology, and Sojourners and Strangers.

was pastor of the Old Baptist Chapel of Bradford on Avon for 35 years, and taught at LTS for 20 years. He is currently visiting professor of Westminster Theological Seminary, and Puritan Reformed Seminary in the USA, and a Fellow of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, Escondido, California.

Baptist Regicide

Edmund Ludlow was involved in the execution of King Charles I. His unedited journals have only recently emerged, and tell a story not of political intrigue but spiritual conviction. Is the King or the Law the ultimate authority? There are obvious applications to the present day as we think about the political arena.

Sojourners & Strangers

Dr Allison’s recent book sets out a Baptist ecclesiology, and he will be opening up this theme at the Conference in 3 sessions: 1) The Biblical vision of the Church - what are the Biblical marks of the church? 2) The Purity of the Church – its holiness, and its unity. 3) The Government of the Church – how do we find the balance between leadership by elders and congregational decision making? How do we emphasise the autonomy of the local church, but also our commitment to other Gospel churches?

Lewis Allen

was for 12 years Pastor of Gunnersbury Baptist Church, West London. In 2010 he moved with his wife and five children to Huddersfield West Yorkshire to begin planting Hope Church. Lewis has a heart for training and mentoring, and for seeing churches grow in their confidence in the Gospel. He is the Assistant Director of the Christian Ministry training Course.

The Lord’s Day: engaging the mind, refreshing the soul.

There is confusion about the Lord’s Day. Is there a continuing obligation to devote one day a week to the Lord? And what does that mean practically speaking? How can we encourage our churches to keep the Lord’s Day in a way which honours God, refreshes the soul, and serves others?


John Benton

has been pastor of Chertsey St Baptist Church, Guildford for the last 33 years. He is also managing editor of the monthly Christian newspaper, Evangelicals Now.

How well do pastors know God?: the devotional life of a minister.

These days there are a lot of excellent courses which teach ‘Bible handling skills.’ All this is good and necessary. But if a pastor is ministering out of a rather superficial acquaintance with God at the experimental level then we are selling our congregations short. If preachers are to truly convey information about God they must do it out of intimacy with God.

Mez McConnell is the church planter

and senior pastor of Niddrie Community Church, Edinburgh, Scotland and is currently planting in Greendykes, a neighboring scheme. Mez is the founder of 20schemes and has been involved in full time pastoral ministry since 1999 in various capacities, planting three churches He has written ‘Preparing for Baptism’, and ‘Is There Anybody Out There’.

Reaching the Poorest

The vision of Mez’s ministry in 20schemes (launched in November 2012) is “Planting Gospel centred churches in Scotland’s poorest communities”, and “growing the next generation of indigenous leaders”. He will be sharing his burden to reach the housing schemes for Christ.

Luke Jenner

is a happy migrant, having moved from the Home Counties to West Yorkshire three years ago. Since that time he has been pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Halifax. He is married to Miriam and they have one baby daughter.

Conference Sermon

Luke will be closing the 2014 conference for us with his conference sermon.

Jane

McNabb is married to Wes, one of the Ministers at The Slade Evangelical Church Plumstead, South East London. She is Mum to Caitlin (17) and Caleb (15). She loves to teach... whether English at the Slade’s English corner or the Bible to women through speaking or writing. Jane is involved in The London Ministry Wives Conference, The London Women’s Convention and The FIEC women’s team. Women’s Track

In our two sessions, based on the first two chapters of Luke, we will be looking at Zechariah and Elisabeth and how God uses ‘An Ordinary Couple in Extraordinary times.’


The Venue The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire DE55 1AU Tel. 01773 526000

How to find The Hayes Conference Centre By Road

The Hayes Conference Centre is only 5 miles from the M1. From Junction 28 of the M1 take the A38 dual carriageway towards Derby. Leave the A38 at the marked exit for the A615 Matlock/A61 Chesterfield and then, at the roundabout, take the B6179 towards Swanwick and Ripley. At the traffic lights in Swanwick turn left towards Somercotes (B6016), then 500 yards down the road past school buildings turn right signed Conference Centre into Hayes Lane. The Conference Centre is straight ahead.

By Train

Our local British Rail station is Alfreton Station on the Sheffield- Nottingham Line, although trains are limited. It is about three miles from the centre. It may be easier to travel to Derby station catching a bus or taxi from Derby. Taxi sevice can be obtained for those arriving at Alfreton or Derby by phoning 01773 836100. There is transport to bus station via link bus.

By Bus

From Derby take the 91 or 92 to Mansfield and ask to disembark opposite ‘The Gate Inn’ Swanwick. Then walk down Hayes Lane, the Conference Centre is straight ahead – a five minute walk!


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Day Visitor

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Single room Tuesday Lunch (additional cost of £6.50)

Tuesday pm Wednesday am Thursday am

Residential Full rate

142.00

F/T Student rate

117.00

No. of persons

Day Visitor Morning (incl. lunch)

22.00

Afternoon/Evening (incl. eve meal)

23.00

Tuesday lunch

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Fees include cost of accommodation, meals and refreshments, VAT at the current rate and the conference fee. Unless the conference is oversubscribed deposits are non-returnable. The student rate is available for those in full time training. A deposit of £50 per person can be made and the remaining fee paid by 31st December 2013 A limited number of day visitors can be accommodated but priority of booking will be given to those attending the whole conference. Cancellations made after 22nd December 2012 may incur the full charge. Cheques (made payable to Carey Conference) and sent with a booking form to: Hugh and Lois Collier, The Manse, 47 Long Street, Great Ellingham, Norfolk NR17 1LN Bookings and payments can also be made on-line at our website: careyconference.org

Booking Form

Payment details Cost per person (£)

Wednesday pm


The Carey Conference is a ministry of Reformation Today Trust Registered charity No 1017000 For more details and to make your booking, please contact: Hugh and Lois Collier The Manse 47 Long Street Great Ellingham Norfolk NR17 1LN HughCollier@talktalk.net 01953 453347

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