Connecting Disciples 2017
Thank you for your interest in Connecting Disciples 2017 - the
Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network conference for
Methodist lay employees and children and youth workers.
This year we are delighted to be holding two conferences with
the option of you attending one:
- Monday 6 - Thursday 9 March 2017 at High Leigh Christian
Conference Centre, Hoddesdon
- Friday 9 - Sunday 11 June 2017 at Cliff College, Calver,
Connecting Disciples is an opportunity for networking, learning
and development and reflection. The theme for both events
Be the change
Holiness and Justice
For more information about Connecting Disciples take a look at
this video which gives an overview of what
happened at the 2016 event and details about the recently held
March event can also be found below.
Bookings for the June event is currently open with a deadline of
9am on Monday 24 April 2017. Further details on how to book
your place are below.
The June Event
The Conference will begin with registration at 4.15-5.45pm on
Friday 9 June and will finish at 3.00pm on Sunday 11 June following
The programme will include Bible studies, class meetings,
workshops/seminars with entertainment being provided to help you
mingle and unwind after a busy day and we are particularly pleased
that the extremely funny comedian Tony
Vino will be doing a set for us on the Saturday
The Worship Group will be led by OneSound's Matt Beckingham and
there will be the opportunity to take part in a Prayer Pilgrimage
around Cliff College and its grounds as well as praying under the
Connecting Disciples will give you the opportunity to meet
others, share ideas, discuss issues and will help to support you in
your professional development.
This year it will feature a number of workshops and seminars led
by a variety of facilitators on the following subjects as well as
Children, Youth & Family Stream
- Holy Habits for Children and Young People - Meg
How do we help our children and young people develop positive
habits that will enable them to live out the Christian faith and
grow in discipleship? This workshop will explore why this is
important and some ways it could be done.
- Holiness at Home - Gail Adcock
What does it look like to create spiritual habits at home as a
family? Join us to explore some ways to develop and
incorporate these into everyday life through the routines families
often share. We'll consider how this can become daily
practice for parents and children amongst the busyness of
everything they do.
- A level playing field or a whole different ball game? -
Exploring our hopes for our work with young people on the
Through guided input and small group discussion we will explore
the hopes we have for our work. What are the intended outcomes? Who
gets to decide about which outcomes are most important? Who funds
our work and what expectations do they have? We want
people to thrive but what does that mean- economically, socially,
spiritually? How do we understand the importance of helping
to create a level playing field where every person has the same
opportunities to flourish and what do we need to identify, work
towards and pray for if God's will is to be done on earth as in
We will analyse current models of monitoring, evaluation and
participation and explore current models of youth and community
work practice. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on
their deep-rooted hopes for the work in which they are involved and
to consider how it might develop in light of the learning from the
- Resources Download for Children, Youth & Family
Workers - Gail Adcock & Meg Prowting
Want to know what resources are out there for children, youth
and families, and ways you can use them? A whistle-stop tour
through resources galore focusing around the themes of social
justice and personal discipleship. Bring your ideas with you to
- How to equip the Church to seek Justice - Tim Baker,
All We Can
Throughout the Bible, the people of God are called to 'defend
the rights of the widow' and stand up for the most
vulnerable. In this interactive and multimedia workshop, you
will find out how you can resource others in your churches and
communities to be a part of All We Can's work with some of the
poorest and most vulnerable communities in our world and be
inspired by stories of transformation in the most unlikely
- Managing Change in a Church Environment - David
In the session we will look at, achieving the Goal and momentum
for change, communication strategies, managing the risks, scope
management and expectation setting.
- Global Poverty: Is Aid the Solution? - Justin
We live in a world where more people have access to a mobile
phone than a toilet, and as Christians we are desperate to
respond. But is Aid the solution the world requires?
This seminar will explore the Aid model and raise some challenging
questions about the nature of global poverty and our response to
- Through Julian's Window - Sara
What does it mean to be a disciple? What does being a
disciple ask of us? We will explore what discipleship - an
active choice to follow Jesus - means by looking through Julian's
windows: love of God; service of others; and service to others.
We are also delighted to have some engaging reflections around
the theme and the Revd Loraine Mellor, President Designate, will
lead us in closing worship.
There will also be the opportunity for an Information Exchange
to have your voice heard on issues that affect you, as well as to
share questions, ideas and resources with those in similar
Bookings & Fees:
There are still places available for the June event and
the deadline for reservations has been extended to Monday
24 April 2017 at 9am, therefore we urge you to book
quickly to get one of the remaining spaces.
All attendees are required to pay a fee. We encourage
Circuits and Districts to support you in attending this Conference
as part of your ongoing personal and professional development.
Payments will be taken automatically as part of the booking
process via credit card. The amount that you will need to pay
will depend on the type of room you book.
Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first come first
served basis and we would recommend that you book early to avoid
can be made here.
Should you need to change or cancel your booking please contact
us as soon as possible on D&MConference@methodistchurch.org.uk.
Please note we are unable to reimburse any fees for cancellations
made after Monday 15 May 2017.
The breakdown of the fees per person are as follows:
Connecting Disciples 2017 Booking Fees
9-11 June 2017, Cliff College, Calver
EARLY BIRD FEE PER PERSON (for bookings made before 9am on 6
FEE PER PERSON (for bookings made after 9am on 6 February
The March Event
We were delighted to have 85 delegates attend Connecting
Disciples on 6-9 March at High Leigh Conference Centre in
The conference offered 24 workshops on many subjects
- Intentional Health - Healthy Communities through your Local
- Social Media as part of a Church Communications Strategy
- What kind of church does Jesus desire....for people with
- How can Customer Journey thinking help the Church to serve
communities more effectively?
- Agents of Change: working with - and learning from - children
and young people on issues of faith and justice
- Living by the Rules - Developing Rhythms and Patterns for
Growing in Holiness
The programme was packed with Bible Studies, Worship, A Prayer
Pilgrimage and a Market Place.
Revd Dr Roger Walton, President and Ms Rachel Lampard,
Vice-President gave some truly inspiring keynotes on the theme of
Holiness and Justice.
Delegates were kept entertained in the evenings with a quiz,
beer and hymns and a set by comedian Tony Vino on the last