Wed 3rd March @2pm – Thu 4th March 2021 @9pm

Elim Wimbledon Church, 76 Kingston Road, London, SW19 1LA
& Streamed Online

In 2021 Ekklesia will be hosted on one site, in the Elim Wimbledon church, in south west London.

We will have a limited number of tickets available for people to attend in person while socially distancing* and we’ll also be live-streaming the event (ticket required).

There are a limited number of tickets to attend in person, so book now to make sure you don’t miss out!

Tickets are required to access the live-stream but our heart for Ekklesia is to serve the church and we don’t want finance to stop people attending. However, there are costs incurred in hosting this event and if you’re able to support Ekklesia by giving a donation for your Virtual Ticket, that would be much appreciated. Suggested donation £20 per person.

*Please note that should the situation change and it is no longer possible to attend in person, then your ticket price will be completely refunding and we will give you a complimentary live-streaming pass.

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!

In 2021, you can attend in the following ways:

  • You can come in person. (The venue will be Covid secure but capacity is limited).
  • You can join us online by yourself. (And there will be the option to connect virtually with other leaders from across the country to contextualise and discuss the presentations).
  • You can join us as a group online! Why not think about viewing Ekklesia with others together in your locality in the church building or in someone’s home (where legislation allows!).

Check out some of the feedback from Ekklesia

This page will continue to be updated with contributors as they are confirmed.

Confirmed Contributors

J. John

Keynote speaker

J.John is described as a creative speaker with an appeal that transcends gender, age, race, culture and occupation. His much-loved art of storytelling helps people to discover spiritual meaning in a way that makes sense of everyday life.

Sim Dendy

Sim is married to Lottie with four growing children and is the Senior Leader of Freedom Church UK based in Hampshire. He has been a church leader for over twenty years, is a popular presenter and communicator, part of the leadership team for Spring Harvest and author of Simply Church and a co-author of Only the Brave. Sim loves to support the local church through investing in leadership and is committed to training, mentoring and releasing leaders for churches all around the world.

Martin Saunders

Martin is the Deputy CEO of Youthscape, one of the UK’s leading youth ministry organisations. He is also the founder and director of Satellites, a new movement helping young people to put God at the centre of their lives, which includes an annual summer festival at the East of England showground. He’s the author of a number of books including The Man You’re Made to Be and We Are Satellites, and is the youth minister at St Mary’s Reigate, in Surrey. He’s married to Jo and they have four children.

Helen Shannon

In 2010 Helen & her team planted an estates church on the estate where she lives in East Finchley called [email protected] from St Barnabas North London, which she still leads today. She also is one of the founding trustees and Projects Director for Hope North London and is a Bishop of Islington’s Associate, heading up a group that facilitates church plants on estates. Her vision is for there to be a worshipping community on every estate in London. Helen is married to Mark and they have 6 kids and 1 grandchild.

Check out [email protected] celebrating 10 years ebook here.

Andy Frost

Ekklesia Host

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.

Chris Frost

Ekklesia Host

Chris is the team leader at Gateway church, Leeds and part of the ChristCentral churches  apostolic team. He loves to encourage others to share their faith through resources such as

Caroline Millar

Ekklesia Host

Caroline is director of recently established Chalk Lab, seeking to help churches grow in unity and diversity, reaching out with the gospel and positively impacting their communities. She works with City to City and the Evangelical Alliance on the Being Human project. Previously she was Church Development & Partnerships Director for London City Mission and worked on Commercial Partnerships and City Operations for London 2012 for the Mayor of London.

Mark Waterfield

Ekklesia Host

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

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.

‘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)

‘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)

‘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 as been though provoking, refreshing and needed!”

Rev Sharon Lovelock (Methodist)

‘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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