CPL is running its first ever retreat for pioneers at Launde Abbey, May 7-9th. It is led by Adrian Chatfield, part of the CPL team and Tutor at Ridley Hall, Director of the Simeon Centre for Prayer and the Spiritual Life and a member of the National Fresh Expressions Team
Dave Male and his colleague Paul Weston have just published a new book which aims to reform, reimagine and renew a theology,vision and practice for evangelism. It aims to be both theologically rigorous and powerfully practical as it seeks to ask what evangelism should look like for our times.
More information on the book at http://www.brfonline.org.uk/add/9780857461698/
‘This book is a treasure store for church leaders who long to se the gospel reach our land anew, giving rich, biblically rooted guidance on what sort of evangelism is appropriate for our age.’ John Inge, Bishop of Worcester.
The dates for the Breakout Pioneer Gathering for 2013 of which CPL are one of the partners is Sept 11-13th at High Leigh Conference Centre. Booking details will soon appear on the website below. This website also contains details and resources from previous conferences,
A new book for pioneers written by pioneers is due out in August. Edited by David Male the book provides both theological and practical wisdom for all those pioneering. Adrian Chatfield and Peterson Feital from CPL are both contributors. Other authors include John Drane, Richard Bauckham,Graham Cray and Lucy Moore.
You can pre order the book at http://www.brfonline.org.uk/add/9781841018270/
David Male will be speaking at the CRE .
Thursday 12 May 12.30 -1.30pm – Navigating the New Waters
What does missional leadership look like for these new times?
Life in the UK is changing at a huge rate and for the church it can feel bewildering. This is particularly true when we consider that over two thirds of the population have never been part of a church and are not beating a path to our door. We need leaders who are missionaries. We need leaders who are able to recreate church in new places. We need leaders rooted in the gospel and free to see how this works out in their context. What might the character, gifts and skills of such leaders look like? How do we develop and train people for this role? If you want to set out into the deep waters of God’s plans for his church, this seminar is for you. If you are a leader wondering how to get your church to set out into those waters, this is for you. If you are wondering how we reach our nation for Christ, this is for you.
Pioneers meet up with Gordon MacDonald
A small group of pioneers spent a morning meeting with Gordon MacDonald, the author and speaker from the United States. They talked with Gordon about the work life balance for a pioneer and dealing with transitions both personally and with a church. It was wonderful to gain from Gordon’s wisdom and insights of 50 years in ministry.
Booking is now open for our conference on 5th March 2011 with Laurence Singlehursts. Space is limited so please book soon through our events page
The Centres first conference was held at Ridley Hall on Saturday 6th November. The day was led by Dave Male and Adrian Chatfield from the centre. They helped those attending to think about how community, leadership and worship might shape the future of the church.
We looked at what Wayne Rooney, Richard Dawkins and Jade Goody tell us about the culture which we and the church are part of. Adrian Chatfield challenged everyone to ‘reinfect the world with worship at home, on the street,at work and through the calendar. Dave Male asked how we are enabling leaders to navigate the open seas when we have been used to following roads. The talks will soon be available on this website as audio files.
The talks are now available to listen here
Dave Male spent a week in Denver , accompanied by students from Ridley Hall, Cambridge. We were mostly working with an amazing church called Scum of the Earth, a church for the left out and right brained. To find out more about them see http://www.scumoftheearth.net/
Plus we had time with Nadia Bolz-Weber from House for All Saints and Sinners an amazing Lutheran Church.http://www.houseforall.org/
Jay Pathak from Mile High Vineyard Church http://www.arvadavineyard.org/index.cfm/id/16/People/
Dave Meserve from Urban Skye http://www.urbanskye.org/index01.php
Billy Waters from Wellspring Anglican Church http://www.wellspringcolorado.com/
It was great to see and experience the variety of church planting that is happening in Denver presently.
Dave Male and Adrian Chatfield spent a great day working with DMin students from George Fox Seminary, Portland, USA. http://www.georgefox.edu/seminary/
There were 20 students from America, Europe and Africa who wanted to hear what was happening with pioneers and fresh expressions in the Uk. David and Adrian were joined by Maggi Dawn who talked about her new book The Writing on the Wall.