How long Lord? Finding hope when the storm clouds gather
Sometimes we find ourselves struggling to understand this
world. Things don’t seem to run smoothly. Bad people get away with doing bad
things. Good people seem to suffer. It doesn’t seem fair. On top of all that it
can feel like God isn’t doing anything and the world is spinning out of
control. When we are confronted with these troubles we can be tempted to give
up and despair. But there is a better way.
In the Bible, God has given us what we need to survive
when we find ourselves faced with these harsh realities. He gives us prayers to
pray and language to use. He shows us what we desperately need to know, and in
particular he shows us more of himself. We learn to lament but not to despair.
To cry but not to give up.
This year at the conference we will walking through the Book
of Habakkuk and allowing God to teach us what faith looks like in the dark
places of life. When we begin to see God in all his glory, it doesn’t answer
all our questions, but it is the place where we can find joy.
Jonty Allcock is the pastor at The Globe
Church, London. He is married to Linda and has three boys. He studied chemistry
at university, supports Southampton FC, and loves teaching people about Jesus.
He is the author of Impossible Commands.
Patrick Dixon will give the Rendle Short
Lecture. He is chairman of Global Change Ltd. He has advised over 400 of the
world's largest corporations including many of the world’s largest pharmaceutical
and medical technology companies on a wide range of global trends. He has been
ranked as one of the 20 most influential business thinkers alive today. In 1988,
as a palliative care physician at University College Hospital, he founded the
international Christian AIDS agency ACET (AIDS Care, Education and Training), which
has programmes in 14 nations.
He is married to Sheila with four children and seven grandchildren.
The national conference brings together members at all stages of
their career. There are separate seminar tracks for:
· All healthcare professionals
*this track is by invitation only
Families with teenagers
and/or children welcome – come and join us for a great weekend together!
FRIDAY 24 APRIL
21:30 Free time – refreshments will be available
SATURDAY 25 APRIL
07:45 Prayer time
11:45 SEMINAR SESSION 1
14:00 Free time (with
optional Focus Groups 15:00-15:30)
16:00 Rendle Short Lecture
Digital and gender dysphoria − what it all means for mental health
in tomorrow's world
17:15 SEMINAR SESSION 2
18:30 Dinner (optional early family dinner at 18:00)
opportunity to share your stories
21:00 Free time/Q&A with main
SUNDAY 26 APRIL
07:00 onwards Breakfast
07:45 Prayer time
09:30 SEMINAR SESSION 3
11:15 Defiant Singing
YOUTH & CHILDREN’S PROGRAMME run by YWAM (Youth with a mission)
There will be a youth and children’s programme for 3-18 year olds:
‘World Changers - Know God and make him known!’
The kids will explore Love, Hope, Prayer, Praise and how to stand firm
Please indicate names and ages of your teenagers and children on the booking form and any special needs/additional information the team should be aware of.
(please note that the night patrol service is no longer available)
Available throughout the conference will be a wide selection of challenging and relevant Christian books. Cash, cards and phone app payments all accepted.
PASTORAL CARE TEAM
There will be opportunity for prayer and counselling throughout the weekend.
If you cancel your booking, your payment will be returned with the deduction of a £40 administration fee per adult. No refunds will be paid for cancellation after 8 April 2020.
For more details or enquiries, contact:
Doctors Ministries Coordinator
Tel: 020 7234 9670
National Conference 24-26 April 2020
Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, Yarnfield, Stone, Staffordshire, ST15 0NL
Online booking is available at www.cmf.org.uk/events
Alternatively, please complete this paper form and enclose a cheque and post to the address overleaf.
Student leaders need to register separately with the Student Department.
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