Who should attend?
Convergence is designed for pastors and lay people who are interested in learning more about how to engage the post-Christian Western culture with the saving message of Jesus Christ. The teaching will be from a distinctly Wesleyan perspective as we learn more from scholars and practitioners in the Wesleyan Methodist movement.
What will we do?
Convergence is centered around utilizing the strengths of Wesleyan evangelism in post-Christian contexts. As Western culture continues to drift away from Christian moorings, it is important to become aware of new movements in evangelism in this context. Taught by leading scholars and practitioners in the field, we will cover topics like the intersection between Faith and Science, Faith and the Media, and the Monastic and the Missional. We will learn from innovators in the Fresh Expressions movement, Digital Evangelism, and Globalization and Migration.
Adequate time will be given for spiritual formation and personal reflection. Each day will begin and end with prayer services in the St. John’s College Chapel, and Durham Cathedral which dates from the 1100’s. We will take a pilgrimage to Holy Island, Lindisfarne, which is among the holiest sites of Anglo-Saxon England and the site of the monastery founded by St. Aidan in 635.
The Wesleyan Heritage Tour will include visits to key sites in the earliest days of the Methodist/Wesleyan movement, including Epworth Rectory, St. Andrew’s Church Epworth (where Wesley preached atop his father’s grave), The New Room and Methodist Museum 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).
Who will lead the teaching?
The sessions will be led and taught by World Methodist Evangelism leadership and key scholars and practitioners in various fields of evangelism and theology. Check back for regular updates.
Where will we stay?
Convergence will be held at historic St. John’s College, Durham with buildings dating to the Georgian period. There are a limited number of single rooms with ensuite facilities available. These accommodations are included in the conference pricing.
The Wesley Heritage Extension Tour will include one night accommodation at the Bristol Marriott City Centre. Bristol is home to the New Room Chapel, which is a short walk from the hotel. Single room accommodations are included in the pricing.
The remainder of the accommodations on the Extension Tour will be at the London School of Theology. There are a limited number of single rooms with ensuite facilities available. These accommodations are included in the conference pricing.
What will we see?
Historic Durham has been a center of theological education for 1,000 years. Durham Castle and Cathedral are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered to be the finest example of Norman Architecture in the world. 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.
Those who choose to participate in the Wesley Heritage Extension Tour will see key sites in Epworth, Bristol, Oxford, and London. Free time on your own is included in both Convergence and in the Extension (which includes at least one full day in London).
Durham is located in Northeast England, a focus of Wesleyan mission since the earliest days of our movement. Though the United Kingdom has a strong historical connection with the church, only a small minority is actively engaged with the church today. Learning from leaders who are actively engaged in evangelism in this environment can provide new strategies of evangelism when we return to our own contexts.
Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion is the leading department of Theology in the UK. Likewise, St. John’s College and Cranmer Hall are leaders in evangelical Wesleyan and Anglican studies. All enjoy strong international relationships and partnerships.
Are CEU's available?
Yes. CEU’s are available and documentation will be provided at the conclusion of Convergence.