Anabaptist/Methodist Conference

04/11/2006 - 00:00
04/11/2006 - 23:59

Cliff College, Calver (Derbyshire)

On Saturday 4 November 2006 Cliff College is hosting and co-sponsoring a day conference with the Anabaptist Network.The title of this event is Radical Discipleship: Anabaptist and Methodist Perspectives

• What does it mean to be radical disciples, whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ?
• Who were the Anabaptists and why are Christians today interested in this movement?
• Where did Methodists come from and what does this movement offer to Christians today?
• What do the Anabaptist and Methodist traditions have in common?
• Where do we have different experiences and perspectives?
• What can we learn from each other?

If any of these questions interests you, why not join us for a day of conversation, debate, worship and exploration? This day event has been jointly planned by members of Cliff College, a Methodist training college in the heart of the Derbyshire Peak District, and the Anabaptist Network, a dispersed community offering resources from through publications, conferences and study groups.

Anabaptism is a nearly 500 year old radical renewal movement that began in central Europe and, despite persecution, has developed into a global community. Its core convictions include the centrality of Jesus, faithful discipleship, holistic mission, peaceful living, speaking the truth, sharing resources freely and multi-voiced worship.

Methodism is a renewal movement turned denominational tradition that has its roots in the evangelical revival of the 18th century under the leadership of John and Charles Wesley. Central to the tradition is a commitment to radical discipleship, aiming at scriptural holiness of heart and life, embodied by works of piety and mercy. Its core convictions include the priority of evangelism, ministry to the poor, spiritual discipline in community, and the pursuit of ‘perfection in love’!


10.00 Arrive/refreshments/bookstall

10.30 Welcome/worship Methodist-style

10.50 Plenary session: Radical Disciples

11.45 Introducing the Anabaptist and Methodist traditions

1.00 Lunch

2.00 Seminars
(1) Baptism and radical discipleship
(2) What we sing shapes who we are
(3) Methodists and Mennonites in Ireland
(4) The church as a community of disciples

3.00 Refreshments

3.15 Plenary discussion

4.10 Worship Anabaptist-style

4.30 Close

The cost is £18 per person (including lunch) or £12 (bring your own lunch).

To book, write a cheque for the appropriate amount made payable to 'Cliff College' and send this to Anabaptist Network, 24 Effingham Road, Bristol BS6 5BJ