Leaders who last
Will you be found faithful?
All of us know someone who has given up. Some of those we know have left ministry in very painful circumstances. Others have just not been able to stay the course. Some have been young. Some have been near the end. But they all have this in common - they didn't make it to the finish line. They didn't last. The great news is that the gospel is not just for our people; it's for us. Our 2016 EMA will be applying the grace of the gospel to those in ministry so that, whatever our stage of service, we will be equipped to be useful servants and leaders who last. This theme is too important to ignore.
Speakers will include Jonty Allcock, Don Carson, Simon Manchester, Vaughan Roberts, Dan Steel, Robin Weekes and others.
This year's EMA will run from Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd June. Each day begins at 10.30am and concludes at 4.30pm.
The cost for three days is £115, or £50 per day for one or two days. There are reduced rates for students (£25 per day, or £60 for 3 days). This year we are repeating our newcomer buddy rate, which is £200 for 3 days for two people, one of whom has never been to EMA before.
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Main seminar stream. The main seminar stream has three different topics - but all related to the main theme. Don Carson will give us a brief introduction to John's letters. Don has been working on these recently and sees them as key to understanding how we - and our churches - persevere. This one off session will be accompanied by our launch of Mervyn Eloff's Teaching John's letters in our PT Resources series. For the second and third session we will be helped by Robin Weekes (Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon) and Graham Beynon (Grace Church, Cambridge & Oak Hill). They will address particular topics which we need to embrace if we are to make it to the finish line - Robin will speak on contentment, particularly as it relates to battling through tough times; Graham will address putting sin to death, the great call of Romans 8 to all of us, and at the heart of biblical perseverance. Both of these will have an interactive question time.
Please note that the smaller seminars (2-7) are only available to three-day guests.
Seminar 2: Out of the blocks. Dan Steel (Magdalen Road Church, Oxford) will lead a three day stream for younger guys, specifically addressing issues that arise early in ministry and how we plan for the longer term. It is really important to think carefully about how to begin well.
Seminar 3: Nearing the finish line. Andrew Cornes (recently retired from All Saints Crowborough) will bring his unique and honest insights to those who are in the last 10 years of paid ministry. How can you end well? Again, this is a key issue for many.
Seminar 4: Women's ministry stream. Carrie Sandom will host this stream with different speakers covering the following topics:
Tuesday: Staying theologically sharp - Kirsten Birkett.
Wednesday: Finding a good work-life balance - Carrie Sandom & Fiona Robb.
Thursday: Keeping going while maintaining our joy - Barbara Sherwood.
Seminar 5: Preaching masterclass. Nigel Styles (new Director of PT Cornhill) will lead a small preaching masterclass - just 20 guys in a boardroom style. This is for those with 10-15 years + experience in preaching and is designed to keep you going in preaching, at the heart of a persevering ministry.
Seminar 6: Preaching refresher. Adrian Reynolds (Director of Ministry) will lead our preaching refresher. This is one of our most important streams as it introduces or reminds preachers of the some of the essential basics. It is suitable for occasional preachers and new preachers, or simply those who want to refresh their slightly tired skills. Adrian will use some of Dick's original preaching instructions and material developed by the Simeon Trust to teach this stream.
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
- Sandwich lunch option
- 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.