2nd & 3rd March 2022

Elim Church Wimbledon and live-streamed
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Day 1: 2pm – 9pm | Day 2: 9am – 5pm

THE FUTURE OF THE LOCAL CHURCH IN AN EVER CHANGING WORLD

What should church leadership look like in these uncharted waters?
How might the shape of the local church need to change?
What does biblical truth mean for how we do discipleship?

Who is Ekklesia for?

The conference is aimed at those involved in church leadership.

Since we started we’ve had vicars and pastors, deacons and elders, youth workers and community workers, lay preachers and mission enablers join us. Some leaders come alone and some come as a team from their local church. This is a great opportunity to learn together!

Ekklesia 2022 contributors
We’re busy organising an incredible lineup of inspirational speakers. Please come back regularly, to see this list of contributors as we confirm them.

Rev Anne Calver

Unleashed

Anne is the Overseer of Unleashed, a new Church movement seeking to mobilise the body of Christ to be like the Acts Church today. She is married to Gavin and has two children; Amelie and Daniel.

Ian Henderson

Naked Truth & Visible

Ian Henderson has lived with his family in Manchester since 2001. For the first 6 years he and his wife pioneered a youth community project (EDEN/Message Trust) in Harpurhey, which at the time was the most deprived ward in the UK. Ian then joined the Trust’s leadership team as an executive Director. In 2014 he left the Message to start Naked Truth & Visible.

Rev Dr Israel Oluwole Olofinjana

Director of One People Commission, EA

Rev Dr Israel Oluwole Olofinjana is an ordained and accredited Baptist minister and has led two multi-ethnic Baptist churches and an independent charismatic church. He is the founding director of Centre for Missionaries from the Majority World, a mission network initiative that provides cross-cultural training to reverse missionaries in Britain. Israel is an honorary research fellow at The Queen’s Foundation for Ecumenical Theological Education in Birmingham and is on the advisory group on Race and Theology at the Society for the Study of Theology (SST). He is a consultant to the executive team of Lausanne Europe, advising them on matters related to diaspora ministries in Europe. He is on the Christian Aid working group of black majority church leaders exploring the intersection of climate justice and racial justice.

Dr Amy Orr-Ewing

Speaker & Theolgian

Dr Amy Orr-Ewing is an international author, speaker and theologian who addresses the deep questions of our day with meaningful answers found in the Christian Faith. She is passionate about the intersection of questions of meaning and faith with the marketplace, education, leadership and policymaking and has nearly 25 years’ experience working in the field of public theology. During that time Amy has pioneered as a female leader in many settings and has co-created global initiatives including REBOOT and Festival of Thought. She has led international teams of motivated speakers and thinkers and has launched various women’s leadership initiatives within the church and workplace. Amy regularly addresses leadership teams and conferences where she draws on her extensive experience and insights to coach leaders. Amy offers workshops, seminars and intensive leadership input in areas such as Creativity vs Management, Caring Who Gets the Credit, When Women Stay Quiet, Trauma-Informed Leadership, Measuring the Right Things and What Feedback Can’t Tell You.

Rev Pete Hughes

Lead Pastor of Kings X Church

Pete Hughes, along with his wife Bee, leads King’s Cross Church (KXC) in central London. Pete is the author of the book “All Things New” and is part of the leadership team of the Wildfires Conference.

Dr Ruth Valerio

Global Advocacy and Influencing Director at Tearfund

Ruth is an environmentalist, theologian and social activist. She holds a doctorate from King’s College London, and honorary doctorates from the Universities of Winchester and Chichester. She is Canon Theologian at Rochester Cathedral and her home church is part of the 24/7 Prayer Network. She enjoys living sustainably – practising what she preaches and inspiring others as she does so – in your the South of England with her family. She is the author of L is for Lifestyle:Christian Living that doesn’t cost the earth, Just Living:Faith and Community in an age of Consumerism, and the children’s book Planet Protectors: 52 ways to look after God’s world. She also wrote the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2020 Lent book, entitled Saying Yes to Life. Ruth is a regular contributor on Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.

Rev Paul Lloyd

Victory Outreach Manchester

Paul Lloyd is a testimony to the transforming power of Jesus Christ. In 1995 Paul was a heroin addict and violent criminal when a friend told him that Jesus was real and there was a way for Paul to be forgiven and be freed from his lifestyle and the guilt and pain that it caused by believing that Jesus was the Saviour of the world.

Paul took him up on his offer and a journey of change and challenge began. Today Paul is a husband to Vicky, father to Lilie and Tomas and Senior Pastor of Victory Outreach Manchester church which has extensive ministry to Gang members and addicts. He is also a church planter and Regional Pastor overseeing churches throughout the UK, and Europe.

Sanjay Mahtani

Oxford Community Church

Sanjay has been an Assistant Pastor at Oxford Community Church since 2020, with responsibility for local mission. Prior to this, he spent 7 years as a consultant to social impact organisations, which included some co-founding, some investing and lots of strategic advising. His experience spans social enterprises, start-ups and Christian ministries in South Asia and Europe. He lives in Oxford with his wife Jenny and their daughter.

Putty Putman

The Chapel

In the process of obtaining a Ph.D. in theoretical quantum physics, Putty Putman ran headlong into the power and reality of the Holy Spirit during a supernatural encounter in China. Following the leading of Jesus to sell everything he had to purchase the pearl of great price, Putty terminated a successful career in physics to pursue learning, leading, and training others to move in the power of the Holy Spirit.

As a gifted communicator with a knack for preaching and writing, Putty travels around the world to equip and train others in the power of the Holy Spirit, sharing his unique perspective and experience along the way. Putty believes the answer to the problems of the present is the future, and the future has never been more critical than right now! Putty was the founder of the global training program School of Kingdom Ministry and presently lives in Hinsdale, IL with his wife Brittany and three children.

Ekklesia 2022 hosts

Andy Frost

Andy Frost has been the Director of Share Jesus International since 2008. He presently heads up the London Mission Collective; works with Care for the Family on the Kitchen Table Project and Gather on church unity and mission.

Mark Waterfield

Mark leads Hope Church Newham a diverse and growing church in East London, where he is a gifted preacher. He heads up Stratford Church Leaders – a multi-denominational gathering focusing on transforming the community it serves.

Mark, along with Andy Frost, has pioneered Church leader round tables in London and the Ekklesia Conference

Nicole Lewis

Nicole works for Agape UK and serves as the UK Associate National Student Director. She is also the London City Coordinator for Agape UK.

Nicole is passionate about seeing people fall deeply in Love with Jesus and walk with Him for a lifetime. She currently lives in London, where she loves to go on long rambles or what she calls her #wanderwalks and describes herself as a beautifully black and wonderfully white woman.

Lucy Grimble

Worship leader

Lucy has been leading worship and writing songs for over 10 years, both as a solo artist and with her talented band of musicians and singers. Her heart in worship is simply to create a space for people to encounter the love of God. In her worship expression and the songs she writes, she wants to create a sound that unites people and ignites hearts to love God, love themselves and love one another more.

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‘Leaders need to keep growing and keep healthy, and leaders must stay learners. Ekklesia is a great way to do this.’

Wolfgang Ecklebew (Every Nation)

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‘Five Star Rating. This excellent church leaders conference was run with smooth efficiency. Speakers were passionate, well informed and left us aglow with renewal passion and vision and hunger to spread the Gospel.’

Dr Taiwo Okun
(Christ Nissi Family Resource Church)

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‘Ekklesia has inspired and encouraged me in leadership. Learning from and sharing with other church leaders from many denominations has been so valuable. Listening to key-note speakers and then having the chance to together is a great balance. It has been thought provoking, refreshing and needed!”

Rev Sharon Lovelock (Methodist)

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‘Ekklesia is a great chance to get away from the pressures of ministry for a time of practical tailored input and sharing and prayer ministry.’

Dave Simms (Congregational)

The Vision

For almost 2,000 years, groups of Christians have gathered in many different  spaces, from people’s homes to ornate cathedrals to underground caves. There is something vital about gathering together as followers of Jesus.

Ekklesia is an overnight conference for church leaders, to explore together, the power of the gathered community.

This is a space for the raw and the real – a space to unpack some of the thinking and the practical ideas that help us effectively bring about Kingdom change.

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