European missions conference

This year hosted by BCM, the European Association of Urban Missions conference from 26th to 28th September is for anyone involved in urban mission.

Serving the city: Sharing light & hope in times of struggle

26th to 28th September at King’s Park Conference Centre

The conference fee is €325/£275 per delegate. To book your place, register by completing the online booking form where you will find details of how to pay.

The European Association of Urban Missions has been operating for over thirty years. It provides a network between similar organisations from across Europe so that staff can share experience and good practice and see what God is doing in other countries.

Over the decades staff exchange visits have proven to stimulate, envision and enthuse workers and even birth new projects. Every three years a conference is held so that we can meet face to face, share and explore some of the fresh challenges that we all face.

The conference fee is €325/£275 per delegate. To book your place, register by completing the online booking form where you will find details of how to pay.

The European Association of Urban Missions has been operating for over thirty years. It provides a network between similar organisations from across Europe so that staff can share experience and good practice and see what God is doing in other countries.

Over the decades staff exchange visits have proven to stimulate, envision and enthuse workers and even birth new projects. Every three years a conference is held so that we can meet face to face, share and explore some of the fresh challenges that we all face.

Birmingham is the UK’s second largest city situated near the geographic centre of England. At the forefront of the Industrial Revolution, by the 18th century it was the greatest industrial city in the world.

Today Birmingham is a vibrant multi-cultural hub, home to great architecture, more miles of canal than Venice and the youngest population in Europe. It is the birthplace of the Balti curry and has over 100 Balti houses. Around 40% of British jewellery is made in the city’s Jewellery Quarter.  

The Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery has the world’s largest collection of Pre-Raphaelite paintings. Birmingham is also famous for its Spaghetti Junction, the most complex interchange on the British road system and 50 years old this year. Cadbury’s chocolate has been produced at its factory in the Bournville area of the city for over 150 years. Birmingham’s public library is the largest in Europe and is a masterpiece of modern architecture.

The Programme

Speakers

Simultaneous interpreting from English into German will be available for the conference opening, all plenary sessions, morning devotions,  Tuesday evening’s concert and Wednesday’s feedback session and conference closing.

Martyn Pearson has served with Slavic Gospel Association since 2004. The SGA is committed to working in partnership with local churches across Eastern Europe and central Asia, helping them to address the particular challenges of building the church in former Communist lands. Its work involves training workers, supporting leaders, publishing literature and distributing aid. They have worked extensively in Ukraine for many years.

John Stevens is the FIEC National Director, a role held since September 2010. He is also one of the pastors of Christchurch Market Harborough. Born and raised in Birmingham, John studied Law at Cambridge University where he became a Christian in his final year. He then taught Law for sixteen years and served as the Deputy Head of the Law Faculty at the University of Birmingham.

Prof Steve Sturman has worked as a hospital specialist in Neurology and Neurorehabilitation for over 30 years. He is Associate Head of Doctors Ministries at the Christian Medical Fellowship, a national organisation bringing together over 4,500 Christian healthcare workers. He has been in local church leadership for many years. During the Covid epidemic he developed pastoral care services for CMF and continued his work in the NHS.

Dr Felicia Wong is a GP in London and Head of Doctors’ Ministries at Christian Medical Fellowship which unites and equips Christian doctors and nurses to live and speak for Jesus Christ. She is passionate about sharing God’s Word to encourage others, especially in healthcare, to live the whole of their lives for Jesus Christ as their greatest treasure and joy.

Major Alison Raybould has been a Salvation Army Officer since 1990. Her upbringing helped springboard Alison into diverse ministry, including soup runs in Glasgow and church leadership roles. Her passions include Christ, chaplaincy and coffee. Alison is a ‘realist stubborn optimist’ who campaigns for social justice, believes in the power of love and refuses to lose hope. Her present role is Anti-Trafficking & Modern Slavery Coordinator (Scotland).

Bob Telford was converted to Christ at age 18, partly through the ministry of Billy Graham. He studied at Bible College for 3 years where his gift and calling as an evangelist was recognised. Bob spent 5 years working with the Birmingham City Mission and pastoring a church. In 1977 he began a ministry of itinerant preaching and teaching around the UK with Counties. He is a frank, funny and compelling speaker who is passionate about proclaiming the gospel.

Viv Dickenson became Chief Executive Officer of CrossReach in June 2017 having been Director of Children and Family Services. She graduated in Psychology from St Andrews University and has qualifications in counselling and leadership in Social Services.  She worked for 10 years in the management teams of HM Prison Service England and Wales. Her career with CrossReach has included work in the fields of Addictions, Mental Health and Homelessness.

Jack Wakefield leads Tearfund’s plastic pollution campaigning in the UK, and loves supporting Christians as they discover how to connect worship and justice together by speaking up and living differently to participate in God’s kingdom work. He’s passionate about Jesus, zero-waste and mountain climbing, and lives in Worcester with his wife, Caitlin and noisy dog, Disco.

Mark Cuthbert is a Pastor and leader at Betel UK, an independent Christian charity for men, women and families affected by drug and alcohol addiction and homelessness.  He has been involved in the work of Betel since 2005, has seen hundreds gain freedom over their addictions through the power of the gospel, and is passionate about seeing lives transformed.  Mark has a BA in Theology and is studying towards an MA in Theology and Ministry.

Veronika Raszková has led Slezská diakonie centre for people living with dementia in Ostrava, Czechia since 2019. She joined Slezská diakonie shortly after graduating in social work  with a medical specialisation. In her career she has also worked with homeless women and mothers with children. She was born into a pastor’s family and ministry has been part of her life ever since.

Christoph Zingg has been a pastor and manager of Christian not-for-profit organisations and NGOs for almost 30 years. He is an experienced fundraiser for social projects and value-based communication between Christian and secular partners. Successful fundraising starts with connecting people and sharing values such as humanity, dignity and humility both from a christian perspective and from the perspective of different worldviews. In his seminar Christoph will show examples of a sustainable fundraising and encourage participants to share examples from their own fundraising experience.

The conference centre

King's Park Conference Centre

Kings Park Road, Northampton, NN3 6LL

King’s Park is equipped with excellent conference facilities and en-suite accommodation.
It is set in a peaceful environment on the edge of Northampton, about an hour’s travel from Birmingham.

There is more information on the King’s Park Conference Centre website.

If you would like any more information about the EAUM conference, contact Hannah Noble at hannah@birminghamcitymission.co.uk