Reimagining Church

A weekend gathering for pastors, pioneers and planters to explore the Anabaptist Mennonite Network vision for the formation and growth of  Jesus-centred, multi-voiced, culturally appropriate communities, rooted in peace, justice and simplicity.

11am, Sat 19th to 4pm, Sun 20th March 2022 

The Woodbrooke Centre, Birmingham

Through teaching, conversation, worship and reflection we will imagine together what it looks like to express Anabaptist ethos and practice in both new and established churches and missional communities.

Through the weekend, two streams will be running for…

A.    Those in existing churches looking to become more rooted in Anabaptist ethos and practice

B.    Current or potential pioneers of missional communities exploring how their ministry might be shaped by Anabaptist ethos and practice

Some programme highlights:

Stuart Murray Williams, author of Church After Christendom and The Naked Anabaptist, will be helping us to consider the bare essentials of an Anabaptist approach to being and forming church in a Post-Christendom era.

 

Juliet Kilpin and Karen Sethuraman, founders of AMN projects Peaceful Borders and SoulSpace, will share their stories and give insight into how they express the Anabaptist values of peace and justice – Juliet as she accompanies those responding to forced migration, and Karen working for peace in a Belfast neighbourhood.

 

Lloyd Pietersen, author of Reading the Bible After Christendom, will be exploring how, from an Anabaptist perspective, we might approach the Bible and theology as churches and missional communities.

 

Barney Barron, Lynsey Heslegrave and Alex Ellish, from the AMN Church Planting and Pioneering initiative, will be encouraging conversation about worship, prayer and discipleship and helping us discern together the future of the network of churches, projects and missional communities going forward.

 

There will also be space for encountering God with different expressions of worship and prayer over the weekend, including through an experience of Godly Play and ending our gathering by breaking bread together.

Cost: £166 per person

including accommodation and meals

We don’t want cost to be a barrier, so bursaries from the AMN are available, please speak to Barney, Lynsey or Stuart before booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

What exactly is included?

Accommodation for Saturday night, and four meals (Sat – lunch and dinner, Sun – breakfast and lunch)

What is the venue like?

More details can be found on The Woodbrooke Centre website.

Please note that there is a strict no alcohol policy in all its public spaces, and smoking is only allowed in designated areas only.

Can I cancel?

You can cancel your booking up to 9 weeks before the event without any cost. After that time, we are charged the following rates, and will need to pass these on to you:

7-9 weeks – 30%

4-6 weeks – 50%

2-3 weeks – 75%

1 week – 100%

What about Covid-19?

Like any other event, we will be guided by the advice that is in place at the time. The venue will comply with all legal requirements, and we will plan the programme as responsibly as possible. We encourage you to contact us regarding any particular concerns.

Why is this an invitation only event?

If the event becomes too large, it will be difficult to include the level of personal interaction that we feel is important. We have therefore decided to limit numbers and prioritise those with whom we are already connected, or who have expressed interest previously. If the demand exceeds the maximum for this event, then we will happily consider arranging another.

Why is the cost so high?

The price only includes what the venue is charging for accommodation and meals. The AMN is covering all the additional costs of organising and delivering the event, and is offering bursaries for those who need them.