Personal Stories of Kingdom Business
'Best ever'. That is how several regular attenders described our 2015 spring conference.
Numbers were up for the fourth year running: over 60 people all convinced that business is important for the Kingdom and wanting to make a kingdom influence felt in ways both sensitive and substantial. The atmosphere was very relaxed. Delegates enjoyed the speakers' input, the networking and sharing at a deep level, in Q & A sessions as well as over meals and drinks.
A major theme of the conference was business leaders telling their stories. Delegates were particularly gripped by entrepreneurs and business owners Gray Grant and Matthew Kimpton Smith explaining how God had led them to develop highly distinctive companies. In their roles as sustainability directors, John Revess and Cal Bailey provided strong back-up from plc and family business perspectives.
Personal story was balanced by academic input from Andy Henley and Peter Heslam, who demonstrated the worldwide prevalence of entrepreneurship among evangelical, pentecostal and charismatic Christians. Eve Poole on Saturday evening and Richard Higginson in the Sunday service weighed in with theological reflection and ethical analysis.
A memorable time was had by all. Many of us are already looking forward to getting back together for the 2016 spring conference.