As part of our desire at Sanctuary First, to contribute to the future shape and mission of the church. Sanctuary First hosted a conference at Tulliallan Police College to seek to inspire ministers and congregations to begin to re-think how church might be in the future. The Conference was held from 11-13 January 2019.
Our aim is to inspire the Church to look again at the Church Without Walls Report and see the timeless themes that continue to be relevant to us as a church. Working from our strengths we are asking; How can these themes be best communicated in an age of social media and advancing technology?
How can Sanctuary First as an online church be used to keep alive the faith of literally thousands who no longer attend conventional church?
How can we also be a collaborative partner in helping a new kind of church emerge that takes notice of the changing culture that has been brought about by the communication revolution of the past twenty years?
What does it mean today to be a Church Shaped by the Gospel, Shaped by our Locale, Shaped by the Gifts of God’s People and Shaped by Friendship?
We’re delighted that Professor Len Sweet joined us by a live link from New York State. Professor Sweet was also with us in 2005 when we had the Stakeholders Conference in the Edinburgh
Dr Pete Phllips from Durham University is a key influencer in the Church of England’s communication strategy, and we're thrilled that he will be also joined us at the conference.
The conference also featured contributions from Scotland: