Convergence is designed for pastors and lay leaders who are interested in learning more about how to engage the post-Christian Western culture with the saving message of Jesus Christ.
Convergence events provide pastors and laypersons the opportunity to join leading scholars in conversations around some of the most important topics in evangelism today in order to discover areas of convergence between faith and specific cultural contexts. The teaching will be from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective as we learn more from scholars and practitioners in the Wesleyan Methodist movement.
Surrounded by the rich history of the Wesleyan movement in Northeast England, World Methodist Evangelism and St. John’s College, Durham University will bring together leading scholars for conversations regarding some of the most important topics of Evangelism today. Join us for Convergence 2019 — 2-9 September. Extend your time in England, and learning, with a Wesley Heritage Tour — 9-14 September.
In this rich environment we will examine the contemporary practice of sharing our faith. Many people in today’s world seem distant from the church, but still wrestle with the deep questions of meaning and purpose found in the Gospel. The complex dynamics of living missionally in a postmodern, post-Christendom context will be probed and dissected in the beautiful, historic setting of Durham.
Scholars and ministry leaders will challenge and inspire us to find the areas of convergence around important topics like:
- Science and Faith
- Media (Television and Film) and Faith
- The Monastic and the Missional
- Fresh Expressions and New Movements
- Globalization and Migration
- Digital Discipleship and Evangelism
- and many more!
Durham is just minutes away from Newcastle, the center of John Wesley’s mission outreach during the Methodist Revival. Now home to St. John’s College, the Wesley Study Centre, Cranmer Hall, and Durham University, Durham has been a home for theological education for nearly 1,000 years and home to UNESCO World Heritage Site Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral. The Cathedral, built in the late 11th and early 12th centuries to house the relics of St. Cuthbert (evangelizer of Northumbria) and the Venerable Bede, will serve not only as a place of worship for us, but also a place of learning. The Cathedral and Castle attest to the importance of the early Benedictine monastic community and is the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England.
Ample time for personal and group reflection will be provided with daily prayer, community worship, and private reflection. The experience also includes a group pilgrimage to Holy Island, Lindisfarne, among the holiest sites of Anglo-Saxon England and the site of the monastery founded by St. Aidan in 635.
Wesley Heritage Tour
Elect to extend your time in England with a Wesleyan Heritage Extension Tour that will include:
Epworth Rectory, St. Andrew’s Church Epworth (where Wesley preached atop his father’s grave), The New Room in Bristol, Oxford (including Christ College, Lincoln College, Magdelan College), and London (Wesley Chapel and Leysian Mission, The Foundry, Wesley’s Home, Museum of Methodism, Aldersgate Street, Finsbury Street, Methodist Central Hall Westminster, Westminster Abbey, and time on your own in the City).