Bearing Fruit and Growing
Preaching and the mission of God
The church has been given a mission.
It is the preaching of the word of God to build believers, reach the world and declare God's revealed mystery to the spiritual powers. It is this vision that we need to recover, alongside the part that Christ has called us to play in it as his heralds.
The church has been given a mission. Is it yours?
This year's EMA will run from Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th June. Each day begins at 10.30am and concludes at 4.30pm.
The cost for three days is £120, or £55 per day for one or two days. There are reduced rates for students (£27.50 per day, or £70 for 3 days). This year we are repeating our newcomer buddy rate, which is £210 for 3 days for two people, one of whom has never been to EMA before.
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One of the exciting features of the EMA are the variety of seminar streams available to delegates. We have a mix of streams relevant to our theme alongside streams that reflect the core of the work of The Proclamation Trust - preaching and teaching the word of God faithfully.
Smaller seminar streams are size limited and most are filled on a first come first served basis. Only 3 day delegates can sign up for smaller streams as each day will build on the previous day’s input. If you sign up for the preaching masterclass, we will confirm your place once we have finalised that particular seminar. The main seminar stream is three individual one hour seminars.
Main seminar stream
The preacher and evangelism (Richard Borgonon). Preachers should be personal evangelists and Richard will encourage us to see how we can fulfil this high calling.
Preaching and connecting (Justin Mote). Preachers always need to work hard on connecting the text to hearers. This work of application cannot be taken seriously enough and we often cut corners or develop applications that are not rooted in the text. Justin will help us think how to find lines of application that are faithful and ‘get under the skin.’
Preaching and mission (Neil Watkinson with Denesh Divyanathan). Neil, PT’s International Director will chair a session with input from Denesh helping church leaders understand how they can engage with mission, both at home and abroad.
Preaching Acts (Chris Green). Acts is the missionary book par excellence but is far from straightforward when it comes to preaching. Over three sessions, Chris will help us see how the book functions and how it can best be preached, including understanding the joys of doing so.
Preaching Refresher (Stephen Boon). Stephen (one of PT Cornhill’s Lecturers) will lead three sessions helping those starting out get to grips with preaching. This is ideal for first timers at the EMA or those needing a timely reminder of foundational skills.
Preaching Masterclass (Christopher Ash). Christopher will lead three boardroom style sessions looking at some general principles of preaching Old Testament narrative, and then spending most of the time putting these into practice working through the book of Ruth. This masterclass is intended for those with 10+ years of preaching experience and, unlike other seminars, some pre-work may be required.
Women’s ministry: keeping evangelism on the agenda. In this seminar stream, we will be thinking about how to keep evangelism on the agenda, both personally and corporately. We will be reviewing some of the resources that can be used. This stream is suitable for women working in women’s, student, youth and children’s ministry, whether here in the UK or overseas. Speakers will be Carrie Sandom, Daphne Ross and Rico Tice (on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively).
Rethinking evangelism (Neil Powell with Mike Reith and Pete Sanlon). The aim of this stream is to re-energise church leaders about the need for and purpose of evangelism in the local church. Mike Reith will tackle the place for personal evangelism, Pete Sanlon will address how the church leader energises his church for evangelism and Neil Powell will focus on the role local partnerships can play.
Rethinking mission (Steve Smith with Graham Miller, James Poole and John McLernon). In this stream we want to help church leaders think about the task of mission in the 21st Century reflecting the changing shape and geography of Christianity today. Day 1 will cover misson in the UK and Europe, Day 2, mission from the UK and Europe, including how we raise the next generation of multi-cultural workers. Day 3 we want to reflect on misson to the UK and Europe and what it means for local churches to receive workers from overseas.
The Barbican is a purpose built conference, exhibition and concert venue in the heart of the city of London. It gives us main meeting space, break out venues, coffee bars and restaurants, a bookshop venue and plenty of networking space, both indoors and outdoors.
- Comfortable seating and lounge areas
- Cafes and a range of restaurants - open before and after hours
- Large EMA bookstore
- Bookable meeting rooms for delegates
- Free public wifi for all delegates
- Easy access central London location
- Within 5 minutes walk of Moorgate and Barbican tube stations (District, Northern, H&C and mainline trains)
- Less than 10 minutes walk to Bank (Central, Waterloo & City)
- Car parking on site (charges apply)
About the EMA
The Evangelical Ministry Assembly is a three day event for all those with responsibility for teaching and preaching the word of God in the local church. We recognise that such ministry is sometimes counter-cultural, can often be lonely and is always hard work. The EMA therefore is planned to both challenge and encourage preachers in the task to which Christ has called them and provide a place to meet others involved in the same ministry so that we can spur one another on.
What do we stand for?
- Evangelical - We are unashamed to follow the whole truth of biblical Christianity, and committed to the paths of Christian orthodoxy/evangelical doctrine.
- Ministry - We are unashamed to recall ministers to the work of biblical preaching and teaching, believing that this alone with equip the saints for the work of ministry.
- Assembly - We are unashamed to witness to the sufficiency of Scripture and the power of the Gospel as the only hope for genuine Christian unity.
What do we offer?
- Biblical truth taught clearly and powerfully.
- Stimulation for the mind and heart.
- Encouragement through meeting with hundreds of other like-minded evangelical ministers across denominations.
Maps and directions
This year we have a limited number of beds available with church families in London. If you would like to come to EMA but accommodation costs would otherwise be prohibitive, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and availability.
The following are some accommodation options that may/may not be helpful to you as you plan your stay in London. We have tried to include a variety of options for the more upmarket to the cheapest we know of but this is by no means an exhaustive list! If you find other good options then please let us know so that we can pass the information on to others…
5 minutes walk away:
- Citadines London Barbican – apartment accommodation from £92-150 per room per night
- Malmaison London – from £200/night
- Travelodge, Central City Road – from £80/night
10 minute walk away:
- Thistle Barbican – from £150/night for a room
- The Zetter – from £200/night for a room including breakfast
- London Hyatt hotel – from £220/night
- Holiday Inn Express, Old Street – from £125/night
Tune Hotel, Liverpool St/Kings Cross – budget hotels run by a Malaysian hotel group. Rooms come with or without windows(!) and prices start from £35 (double with no window), £45 (double with a window).
Slightly further afield:
- Ibis, London City (between Liverpool St and Aldgate Stations) – from £100/night
- The Highbury Centre (nearest station is Highbury and Islington) – from £37/night - limited number of rooms
- Other London Travelodges may be available from about £45
Safestay, Southwark – a clean, new, safe hostel near Elephant and Castle. From £21 per person per night including a continental breakfast. Private en suite rooms from £66/night.
Z Hotel, Soho – a new designer hotel in the heart of Soho with very reasonable rates – £85 and up.
Russell’s B&B, Hackney – reviewed as having excellent breakfasts and comfortable, clean rooms, this is a bus ride away from the Barbican. Doubles from £98.
University and youth hostel options (hopefully slightly cheaper)
- UCL Halls (from £39)
- University of London (from £37)
- Intercollegiate Halls
- London Met
- University of Wesminster (from £37)
- The City of London YHA hostel (close to St Paul’s Cathedral) has a few single rooms. Breakfast is included in the £22-£35 shared room price.
Or why not try finding something through airbnb - private B&B networking site – you can find some amazing and cheap accommodation options here if you have the time to hunt!
The bookstore has always been an important part of the EMA but after our move to the Barbican in 2013 we have been able completely to rethink it. Buying Christian books is now only a web-click away. However, online buying does not allow you to browse or get advice. So, again this year, our bookstore is stocked with useful, carefully chosen titles from all the major publishers. Make use of this unique opportunity to browse their publications and buy at web prices. Staff will be on hand to give advice and help. The bookstore is also open to the public so if you have church members who work in or near central London, encourage them to visit too.