Devoted Leaders Conference

Devoted Leaders Conference.

Devoted Leaders 2023.

We're excited to announce that our confirmed main speakers in 2023 include: Amy Orr-Ewing and Gavin Calver. We've also kept the super early bird price the same for 2023, so get in early to secure the best price.

Super Early Bird bookings for Devoted Leaders 2023 are now open and we'd love you to join us! Our first price break will end at 23:59hrs on 31st August 2022. The dates for 2023 are: 27-29th June 2023, in Darlington, UK.


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Confirmed Speakers for 2023:

We've included some bios for our confirmed speaking team below.

AmyDr 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. Travelling internationally Amy is a regular speaker across university campuses, businesses, parliaments, churches and conferences as well as on TV and radio. She is the author of multiple books including ‘Where is God in All the Suffering?’ and bestselling, ‘Why Trust the Bible?’.

GavinGavin Calver Gavin Calver is the CEO of the Evangelical Alliance. He has a burning passion to see the church working together to share the Gospel throughout the UK. Formerly the leader of Youth for Christ and chair of Spring Harvest, he’s an ordained evangelist and regular public speaker, and has authored six books. Married to Anne, they have two children, Amelie and Daniel. He loves new challenges, is a passionate AFC Wimbledon supporter and was part of the team that broke the World Record for the longest 5-a-side football match.

JeremyJeremy Simpkins has been involved in leading Newfrontiers churches for over 25 years now. In 2009 Jeremy & Ann moved from the church they had planted in Teesside to lead Christ Central Manchester.

In 2011 when Terry Virgo multiplied Newfrontiers from one apostolic team to multiple teams, Jeremy started to lead ChristCentral. In 2014 the team in Manchester appointed a local pastor to lead Christ Central Manchester, releasing Jeremy to lead the ChristCentral team and travel amongst the churches which the team serves.

After 7 years in Manchester, Jeremy & Ann then spent 4 years as part of City Church Sheffield. More recently they have felt called to serve more locally and are now part of the ChristCentral church in Macclesfield. Jeremy & Ann often travel internationally together and both love to support, encourage and develop local leadership teams and other ministry areas.



Bookings are still open for our 2022 event
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Devoted Leaders 2022.

Let us invite you to join us for our Devoted Leaders Conference (28-30 June 2022) as we gather 100s of leaders from across the UK and further afield. This will be an in-person conference for church, marketplace and emerging leaders. We're praying for a time of encounter, encouragement and equipping; three things we all need in this season!

Jeremy Simpkins

One of the reasons ChristCentral exists is to raise up leaders; men and women who can bring leadership in the context God has given them. This may be the local church, in business, or trans-locally serving our wider family of churches.

To do this we know it is vital to gather leaders for extended times of being in God's presence, where there is space for worship, the prophetic and teaching & training. We believe that as we gather together this event will provide a setting where God can speak, shape and re-arrange us as a family of churches.

We'll be hosted by Kings Church Darlington in their fantastic venue, which not only houses their Sunday meeting spaces but the amazing social action and outreach programmes that they are involved with 7-days a week.

We expect that this event will also be something which people who can't travel or who are based outside of the UK can access online in some format as well.

So please do get booked in early for the best prices, we look forward to seeing you as we gather together in June.

Jeremy & Ann Simpkins
ChristCentral Team


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Speaking Team:

We've included some bios for our confirmed speaking team below.

TerryTerry Virgo now based in Sussex is the founder of Newfrontiers, a worldwide family of churches together on a mission to establish the Kingdom of God by restoring the church, making disciples, training leaders and planting churches. Newfrontiers began in the South East of England but is now represented on every continent, serving nearly 1,500 churches across 70 nations.

A well-know Bible teacher, Terry speaks at conferences internationally. Terry and his team hosted the Stoneleigh Bible Week (a Bible Week held at the NEAC, Warkwickshire) and Together on a Mission (a leadership conference held in Brighton, UK). Both of these conferences saw thousands gather together from around the world for teaching and equipping.

Terry has written several books, including: The Spirit Filled Church, God's Lavish Grace, God Knows You're Human, God's Treasured Possession, The Tide is Turning and No Well-Worn Paths which is his auto-biography.

Having handed on the leadership of Newfrontiers, Terry now travels internationally speaking at Conferences and to groups of church leaders. Terry is married to Wendy and they have 5 married children.

NickyNicky Gumbel is Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), a Church of England church in central London with 10 Sunday services on six sites with a regular attendance of over 3,700 people – most aged between 18 and 35.

Nicky Gumbel has written several best-selling books. Questions of Life – the Alpha course in book form – has sold more than a million copies worldwide. He is also a Trustee of the Church Revitalisation Trust.

Nicky is married to Pippa. Together they write a daily Bible commentary called the ‘Bible in One Year’ which has over 3.5 million global subscribers. They live in central London and have three children.

Nicky will be joining us by video

JeremyJeremy Simpkins has been involved in leading Newfrontiers churches for over 25 years now. In 2009 Jeremy & Ann moved from the church they had planted in Teesside to lead Christ Central Manchester.

In 2011 when Terry Virgo multiplied Newfrontiers from one apostolic team to multiple teams, Jeremy started to lead ChristCentral. In 2014 the team in Manchester appointed a local pastor to lead Christ Central Manchester, releasing Jeremy to lead the ChristCentral team and travel amongst the churches which the team serves.

After 7 years in Manchester, Jeremy & Ann then spent 4 years as part of City Church Sheffield. More recently they have felt called to serve more locally and are now part of the ChristCentral church in Macclesfield. Jeremy & Ann often travel internationally together and both love to support, encourage and develop local leadership teams and other ministry areas.

TerryJohn Archer is a British comedy magician, television writer and actor. John a former police officer began working full time as an entertainer in 1996. He has won multiple awards and accolades for his work and appears regularly on television most recently on Britains Got Talent.

John says he became a Christian when he started going out with a christian at the age of 19, and was dragged along to church. He heard a lot of sermons and asked a lot of questions, and then met a guy at Art college who played in a Christian rock band in the 80s. This guy led him to faith, which came as a gradual process and then a point of decision. John is married to Julie, they live on Teesside and have three children.

John will be joining us for an evening of comedy and entertainment on the Tuesday evening (which includes a meal together).

GinnyGinny Burgin - born and brought up in Sheffield, Ginny and her husband Stuart have been part of City Church Sheffield and it's Baptist predecessor for over forty years.

Ginny is currently on the staff of City Church serving both pastorally and prophetically as well as travelling in the UK and Canada to help teach and train in these areas. Ginny is also part of the ChristCentral Apostolic Team.

Ginny has held a long standing expectation to see revival in the UK and is passionate to see local churches thrive and grow as they experience the work of the Holy Spirit in their midst. Stuart is now retired so spends much more time travelling with Ginny, and helping to entertain their four lively grandchildren. Ginny recently published a new book "Overpowering Nemo - Encountering Deliverance and Walking in Freedom".

ChrisChris Frost has been based at Gateway Church, Leeds for over 20 years, which God is growing into a large, ‘all-sorts’ family, that impacts the local community and the world. Following work in television and marketing, Chris went full time for the church in 2008 and has led the team there since 2015.

Chris serves other churches with teaching and training in a wider context as a part of the ChristCentral Apostolic Team as well as the Ekklesia conference team, and through creating resources such as oneobjection.com. Married with two kids, he has an MA in Mission and is finishing off an MSc in Senior Leadership.

JosephJoseph Mwila - Joseph is the founder of Dayspring Church and leads a ChristCentral apostolic team based in Zambia and gives apostolic oversight to over 40 ChristCentral churches in Zambia and neighbouring African countries.

Joseph is married to Lillian, they have four lovely children, as well as countless spiritual children.

Alongside planting 13 churches, their community outreach programme, Streetlife Project (led by Lillian), runs two orphanages, serves over 1,500 meals to children in poor communities and sponsors over 150 orphans back to schools and colleges.

Based in Zambia, Joseph works internationally and is a regular speaker on both National Television and at international conferences. Joseph has pioneered the Zambian School of Leadership, the Zambia 2050 Young Entrepreneurs Business Initiative and founded the University of Kitwe.

GrahamGraham Pyman - Graham is married to Sarah and they have 4 school age children. Graham leads the team at Jubilee Church in Derby (UK) and is part of the apostolic team that serves ChristCentral. He works primarily with churches across the Midlands in the UK and Cambodia in South East Asia.

Graham & Sarah are approved foster carers for their local authority and as well as looking after children, work with them to help encourage foster care recruitment in the city. Graham is also a Director of ChristCentral Churches (the charitable body that provides a legal, financial and governance framework to ChristCentral) and is the chair of governors at a local secondary school.

Sarah trained and worked as a Learning Disability nurse and now leads Smile, Jubilee’s respite facility for children with additional needs. On a day-off they enjoy country walks and pub lunches together!

AndyAndy Robinson is part of the senior leadership team at Lifespring Church in Horsham and the apostolic team that serves the ChristCentral family of churches within Newfrontiers.

Andy is married to Hazel and they have two sons who are married giving them the daughters they have missed for so long! They also became grandparents in 2020 for the first time which they really love even though they protest that they are not old enough for that particular title. Hazel works in a local GP Surgery as a clinical pharmacist 3 days a week which she loves.

Andy left a successful career as sales director of a large multinational technology company when he was employed by the church in January 2006. To relax Andy loves to cook, go walking or cycling with Hazel. His greatest pleasure is found riding his BMW 1200 Motorbike to far-flung places across Europe and usually Hazel can be found there, right behind him, quite literally, riding pillion on their holidays.

Andy and Hazel are regularly found on stage or in front of the camera sharing from the Bible as both are gifted communicators. They are both passionate about raising the next generation of leaders and pastors and together mentor, disciple and help many emerging leaders in Lifespring and beyond.

NatalieNatalie Williams grew up in a working class family in the deprived but beautiful seaside town of Hastings, which the Daily Mail once called “Hell-on-Sea” but is actually quite lovely. She encountered the wonderful mercy of God at 15 and it has utterly transformed her.

Natalie used to be a journalist but for over 10 years has been involved with Jubilee+, a Christian charity which was started by Newfrontiers. She recently took over the role of CEO from the founder Martin Charlesworth. She has co-authored three books about poverty in the UK: (‘A Church for the Poor’, The Myth of The Undeserving Poor and A Call to Act). Natalie is also the Community Engagement Director at King’s Church in Hastings and is part of the ChristCentral Apostolic Team.

Natalie loves the mercy of Jesus and is passionate about churches being a force for good in their communities, tackling poverty and injustice. She also believes churches should be places where people from the poorest backgrounds are welcomed and included.


Programme:


Our intended programme is as follows though it may be subject to change...


Tuesday 28 June 2022

Time Session Details
09:00-10:30hrs Registration & Coffee
10:30-12:30hrs Worship & Ministry
12:30-14:00hrs Lunch Break
14:00-15:30hrs Main Session 1 Speaker: Jeremy Simpkins
15:30-16:00hrs Refreshment Break
16:00-17:00hrs Seminars Speaker: Various
17:00-19:00hrs Break & Hotel Check-In
19:00-21:30hrs Evening Meal at Venue Speaker: John Archer

Wednesday 29 June 2022

Time Session Details
09:30-11:00hrs Worship & Ministry
11:00-11:30hrs Refreshment Break
11:30-12:30hrs Seminars Speaker: Various
12:30-14:00hrs Lunch Break
14:00-15:30hrs Main Session 2 Speaker: Nicky Gumbel (via video) & Chris Frost
15:30-16:00hrs Refreshment Break
16:00-17:00hrs Main Session 3 Speaker: Various - International Update
17:00-19:00hrs Dinner Break
19:30-21:30hrs Main Session 4 Speaker: Terry Virgo

Thursday 30 June 2022

Time Session Details
09:30-11:00hrs Worship & Ministry
11:00-11:30hrs Refreshment Break
11:30-12:30hrs Main Session 5 Speaker: Natalie Williams
12:30-14:00hrs Lunch Break
14:00-15:30hrs Main Session 6 Speaker: Terry Virgo
16:00hrs Conference Closes

Seminar Subjects:

We're planning a number of seminars during our time together. Once you've booked into the conference, we will send you an invite to book into your preferred seminar, so that we can gauge numbers and plan accordingly. You'll need a conference ticket to attend a seminar. Seminar titles and speakers are listed below. Booking details have now been sent to those people who have already booked a full conference or a full day ticket.

Tuesday 28th June

Leading in Mercy & Mission - With inspiring stories of UK churches connecting effectively with their communities - Chris Frost

The Critical Importance of Leading Yourself - A look at wellbeing issues for leaders, with Andy Robinson who will share his own journey with mental health challenges - Graham Pyman & Andy Robinson

The Shock Of Leadership - Adjusting to the things no-one tells you - Natalie Williams

Wednesday 29th June

Leading in Mercy & Mission - COVID, Chickens and Business Start-ups - How churches in Sub Saharan Africa are unlocking productivity to serve the poor and plant self supporting churches - Joseph Mwila

"Christ as Central?" - A look at how today's Western therapeutic lifestyle has overturned the centrality of Christ in our churches and where we go from here - Ginny Burgin

Your Walk With God - How does a leader maintain their own walk with God? - Terry Virgo


Dates for 2022

28-30 June 2022

Timings

Tuesday 28 June 2022
Registration: 09:00-10:30hrs
Conference Opens: at 10:30hrs
Day ends: 21:30hrs

Wednesday 29 June 2022
Starts: 09:30hrs
Day ends: 21:30hrs

Thursday 30 June 2022
Starts: 09:30hrs
Conference Closes: 16:00hrs

For full programme details click here.

Location

Kings Church Darlington, Prospect Pl, Whessoe Rd, Darlington, DL3 0QT

Tickets

Early Bird - £89 (til 23:59 31/03/22)
Standard - £99 (til 23:59 21/06/22)
On The Door - £109 (from 22/06/22)


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FAQS


Promotion

If you would like to promote the event at your Church or amongst your leaders, you can download our promo pack with graphics for social media, websites & presentations here.

Accommodation

Please book your own accommodation - there are a variety of options in and around Darlington, but please book early to avoid disappointment.

Parking

Ample parking is available on-site, please follow the directions of the event car park staff.

Meals

On Tuesday evening we are planning an evening meal together (cost included in all full conference tickets).

For all other meals you'll find there are local amenities including: coffee shops, supermarkets and fast food outlets (many less than a mile away). You are welcome to bring a packed lunch with you and remain in the venue or make the most of the outside spaces.

You may decided to use the dinner break on Wednesday evening to gather with your local church team.

Refreshments

Tea, Coffee and cold drinks will be available throughout the conference during our refreshment breaks.

Creche

An unsupervised creche room will be available for parents / carers to use during the event for very young children / babies. We hope to include a main session video link in this area.


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