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Session date: Monday 8th August 2016

Sexuality and Flourishing

With the recent acceleration in the deconstruction of gender, western culture now plays host to a pantheon of different sexual identities, preferences and forms of relationship. Our churches are badly prepared for these new ideologies, lacking both the intellectual resources and apologetic tools to resist the media and cultural elites that stand behind them. Will […]


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Glynn Harrison

Introducing Jesus

The seminar will give insights into how God is allowing people to move around the world and how this is impacting our local communities. We hope to help people overcome fear, prejudice and apathy and be inspired to see a God-given opportunity to share the Good News with people from places where they may have […]


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Nathaniel Jennings

Church in a Changing World

The vision of the eternal kingdom is a global fellowship praising God in fellowship with one another and the church’s responsibility in our world is to begin to embody that global fellowship as a witness to God’s reconciling power unleashed in the world.


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Scot McKnight

Passover the Jesus Way

The Jewish Passover is a central theme of the gospels. One of the most important parts of the Jewish Passover celebration is Seder, a symbolic meal that commemorates the deliverance of Israelites from Egypt. Many believe that the Last Supper is actually a Seder. This seminar explains the ancient traditions of Seder and discusses how […]


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Noah Buchholz

Pursuing Transformation in our Local Community

We will explore how to help the church to realise its local mission. We look at developing authentic relationships with the local community to meet identified need. We will look at how to work with church leaders and members to help them understand their biblical responsibility to serve their local communities and practically how to […]


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Diane Holt

Your School and You

Schools are often at the heart of our communities, places of learning and influence where the present and future culture shapers grow. How do we as individual Christians, or local congregations, effectively pray, show support, serve and speak into this context? Scripture Union Northern Ireland encounter thousands of children and young people in our schools every year, sharing God’s Word through RE […]


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Leanne Dunlop

As For Me… No Thanks!

Why do so many children from Christian homes give up on God? Are they disappointed with Jesus or is it something else altogether? How can we understand the issues and begin to then turn things around? A practical look at some of the challenges faced and what we might be able to do as parents, […]


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Gavin Calver

The Church in Northern Ireland: A Snapshot

Earlier this year Evangelical Alliance carried out some research on the state of the Church in Northern Ireland. In this seminar, we will present our findings in an informal and engaging way through some stories and statistics. What can we celebrate and what should concern us? Where are the challenges and opportunities? How can we […]


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David Smyth

Disciple-Making Leaders for Disciple-Making Churches 1

Disciple-making Leaders. How do we continue to love and lead out of God’s grace when the demands are consistent and arduous? What does it mean to lead the whole church in making disciples when people would much rather leaders just did it all for them? How we avoid plateau and burnout as we help our […]


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Marcus Honeysett

Session date: Tuesday 9th August 2016

Ego Trip

Who am I today? We are obsessed with questions of identity, significance and self-esteem and yet we seem to be as insecure as ever. With concerns being expressed about growing cultural narcissism, why has the self-esteem movement failed so spectacularly to live up to its promises? In this seminar we explore what it means for […]


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Glynn Harrison

Gamechangers: Changing the Nation for Christ

We will be looking at the journey of Moses; how he encountered God at the burning bush, overcame personal hurdles and found the courage to speak up, stand up and lead the Israelites out of Egypt. How can we today do similar and meet with Jesus and be transformed so that we can step into […]


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Gavin & Anne Calver

Stories We Tell: Films, Worldviews and Scripture

Film-makers and writers may set out to simply tell a good story, yet they cannot help but communicate deeper messages. That’s because our deep-rooted worldviews always show through in what we communicate. So the stories we tell touch on the most fundamental questions of life. In all the countless films that have been made, most […]


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Tony Watkins

The Bible The Jesus Way 1

God’s word or our traditions? Jesus challenged religious leaders in His day saying; “you nullify the word of God by your tradition” (Mark 7:13). In what sense can we call the Bible ‘the word of God’? Might we have undermined or neglected Scripture through our own traditions? In this seminar, Paul will explore what Jesus […]


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Paul Coulter

Valerie Murphy

Disposable People: Working with the Marginalised

Drawing from experience working with abused and vulnerable women in Chad, Naomi will explore the importance of engaging with marginalised people groups across the globe, highlighting difficulties and challenges but also the immense satisfaction involved. ACACIA is a ministry reaching out to abused and vulnerable women in Chad, including victims of rape, forced marriage, domestic […]


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Naomi Duff

Student Life: The Jesus Way

Universities: centres of academia, cultural hubs of competing ideals and varied lifestyles. Christ has called us to follow Him, and to make disciples of all nations – so what does it mean to live the Jesus way on our University campuses? This seminar seeks to both encourage and equip Christian students to not merely drift […]


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Philip Alcorn

James Diffin

Making the Most of the Second Half

In this seminar Ken and Helen will look at some of the characteristics, challenges and opportunities of a time in our lives when many consider we are finished, or at best past tense. We believe passionately that the Lord has so much more for us in the latter years. They can be the best and […]


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Ken & Helen Clarke

Question Time Panel

Peter Lynas will host a Question Time style panel with lPeter Lynas will host a Question Time style panel with the Communities Minister Paul Givan, former moderator Trevor Morrow and Nicola Brady from the Irish Council of Churches. We will discuss key questions about the role of the church in politics and the public square […]


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Peter Lynas

Disciple-Making Leaders for Disciple-Making Churches 2

Habits for leading from a centre of grace. Marcus continues his series for Christian leaders.


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Marcus Honeysett

Next Year at University I…

An opportunity to capture God’s heart for you at University. University is a time filled with possibilities. You can sleep walk through it or wake up to its opportunities. You can lose your values or discover your soul. Independence can seem like a burden or a release valve. Your studies might direct your paths or leave […]


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Barry Forde

Philip Alcorn

Session date: Wednesday 10th August 2016

Prayer Through Disappointment

Through a personal story of grief and loss this seminar will teach on praying through disappointment and a renewed understanding of the hope the bible espouses.


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Alain Emerson

Evangelism: Keeping it Central within the Local Church

A practical, encouraging and inspiring look at how we can make sure that evangelism is central to what we are doing in our local churches. What might need to change to make this possible? How can we seek to be more outward facing in a consumer culture? How can we increasingly reach out without losing […]


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Gavin Calver

To Engage or Not to Engage

This discussion will bring together two Christian leaders, Scot McKnight and Nola Leach, for a time of reflection on how the Church should engage with government and politicians. We will hear varying opinions on the matter, from Scot’s perspective that the core “method” or “manner” for Christian engagement is by being the church God designed, […]


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Scot McKnight

The Bible the Jesus Way 2

Finding Christ in the Scriptures. Jesus exposed empty orthodoxy of some people in His day, saying: “These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:39-40). How do the Scriptures reveal Christ to us? How can we integrate head knowledge with heart experience? In […]


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Paul Coulter

Valerie Murphy

Home for Good: Hope and Hospitality

A seminar led by the charity Home for Good, equipping the church to find homes for every child that needs one and to welcome and support families who foster or adopt. The seminar will INSPIRE you as we reflect on God’s heart for justice, CONNECT you with people who are passionate to meet the needs […]


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Brian Anderson

Malini Colville

International Mission Challenge on our Doorstep

The world is coming to Belfast. The International Meeting Point can be visited by up to 120 people from 30 different countries. Where do they all come from? Why are they all here? What challenges are there in meeting their practical, social and spiritual needs? Is God opening a door for us into countries normally […]


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Keith Preston

Living with Terminal Illness, and with Hope

Douglas has been living with cancer, in various expressions, for ten years, and he and Alison have been able to think through many issues as the cancer has progressed. They will both share in this seminar, from their different perspectives, looking at issues such as receiving a diagnosis; living with chemotherapy and other drugs; the […]


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Douglas & Alison Mark

Why Marriage?

The idea of marriage is something that society has embraced for many years. With the concept of marriage changing in the public eye, we want to look at this issue through a theological lens and uncover its public good. The current challenges to marriage in the public eye will be discussed, with a focus on […]


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David Smyth

Tim Houston

Disciple-Making Leaders for Disciple-Making Churches 3

Growing more disciple-making leaders in your church. Marcus continues his series for Christian leaders.


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Marcus Honeysett

Session date: Thursday 11th August 2016

Intellectual Disability and the Gospel: The Jesus Way

To what extent do our local churches present the gospel to and for everyone? What about those with intellectual disabilities? This conversational seminar offers perspectives on revelation, salvation and discipleship in the context of intellectual/learning disability within the local church. The aim is to rediscover the way of Jesus in the local Church’s expression of […]


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Jill Harshaw

Ian Dickson

Evangelism: Understanding our Cultural Landscape

We can’t begin to expect to be fruitful in reaching out to others unless we have a strong understanding of the cultural landscape that we are operating within. What are the challenges to the Gospel presented by today’s society and how might we overcome these? What do we need to understand in order to reach […]


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Gavin Calver

Raised in Jerusalem; Living in Babylon

Most of us were raised in a culture loosely built on Judeo-Christian values, but that culture is collapsing at bewildering speed. Young Christians have been called to live in a culture with philosophical foundations that are not Christian at all. How should we prepare for this new reality? We will discover in the ancient books […]


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Jim Crookes

The Bible the Jesus Way 3

Not by bread alone. Jesus responded to Satan’s temptation by quoting Deuteronomy, including the words that: “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). How do God’s words sustain our lives and give us strength? What can Jesus’ use of Scripture in the […]


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Paul Coulter

Valerie Murphy

You’re Not From Around Here

Migration into Europe is one of the pivotal issues of our day. It’s stretching the welfare budgets of nations large and small. It’s driving countries to rethink their underlying values. It could even challenge the future of the EU as borders strain from the vast numbers of needy refugees. What does this mean to us, […]


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Kent Anderson

The Dangers of Secret Habits

Are your secret habits controlling you? Are you allowing compulsive behaviour to damage your relationships with your family, friends, workmates, yourself or your Creator. What is it that you really worship? Justyn shares practical advice, tips and tools, based on his own story of dealing with a destructive addiction and his experience running Christ based […]


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Justyn Rees Larcombe

Do I have a Problem or an Illness?

This seminar will look at some of the challenges and opportunities of: living with a mental illness; facing the facts about the current mental health landscape; and engaging the Christian community.


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Veryan Richards

Remembering 1916

The battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising are seminal events in our history. They have helped determine our identities on this island. ‘Since memories shape present identities, neither I nor the other can be redeemed without the redemption of our remembered past’. How do we do this? How can we remember truthfully, responsibly […]


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Trevor Morrow

Session date: Friday 12th August 2016

Intellectual Disability and the Church: The Jesus Way

Society whispers false notions about individuals who have intellectual/learning disability, too often resulting in them being marginalised and devalued. Sadly, it is society’s voice that has shaped local church engagement and not the heart of God. What was Jesus’ way with the weak and marginalised? What is the Jesus Way today within local churches? This […]


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Donna Jennings

Opening our Doors

Tired of trying to add church or mission to an already full and busy family schedule? What if your choice wasn’t family or mission, or family and mission, what if you could learn to live as a family on mission? Andrew and Dana will share their story of starting their family, their careers and planting […]


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Andy and Dana Masters

Differences + Disagreements = Division? NO!

The Church, like the rest of society, from time to time encounters conflict. All too often the way we deal with it becomes itself part of the problem. It does not have to end in tears, fractured relationships and resignations. The first century church had plenty of conflict – in fact conflict was often the […]


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Joe Campbell

Wise Up! Gaining True Wisdom

Christians have been trained by an education system to think that our worth is measured by examination results and qualifications. The Bible, however, tells us that we should be concerned with wisdom. When we learn wisdom we can make sense of our lives and the world around us. But what is true wisdom? Has it […]


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Graham Veale

Mission at the Heart of Youth Ministry

Build, then send? Why not do both? This seminar will explore mission as an integral part of youth ministry, not just an added extra for the committed. Taking inspiration from the missional environments and methods Jesus used for making disciples; it will demonstrate that this is accessible whether you have the many or the few. […]


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Chris Agnew

Pure Sex

There is no doubt our society has changed – what is concerning is that it continues to change and is becoming increasingly sexualised. So what? Does this matter? Surely we have a better story to tell? Do we believe that God’s ways are the best ways for our society? Culture has both cheapened sex and […]


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Judith Cairns

Halfway House Play – Dealing with the Past 100 years on (change from published seminar)

‘It’s a winter’s night; snow has made driving across the Sperrins impossible. Louise and Bronagh, with similar but different backgrounds, end up in the back room of a pub. A conversation they never expected starts about their families and about 1916, the Somme and the Rising.’ And so begins ‘The Halfway House’, a play written by […]


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David Smyth

Q&A with Mainstage Speakers

An opportunity to meet Gavin, Scot and Trevor to ask questions about their talks and more generally about their lives, passions and concerns for the wider Church.


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Gavin Calver

Scot McKnight

Trevor Morrow