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The 2021 Men's Convention has now taken place. The recordings of the main sessions are now available.

Details of the 2022 Convention will appear on this page when they are available.

"It is our affections he asketh for, and comparatively nothing else"
John Owen

 

Our Puritan forebears were unashamed about the essential place of the 'affections' in discipleship, but there is much confusion today around the place of 'emotion' in the Christian life, especially for men. How do we learn to listen to our emotions without becoming enslaved to them? To order and sanctify our affections without suppressing them? 

 

We're so pleased that, God-willing, we will be back in person at the St Michael's Centre in Bristol on Saturday 9th October. Join us as we seek together as Christian men to grasp a biblical vision of the God-given value of our emotions and their critical place in following Christ.

Speakers

Julian Hardyman

Julian is Pastor of Eden Baptist Church in Cambridge and a member of the FIEC Trust Board.

He previously worked in printing and publishing. He trained for ministry at Cornerstone Church Nottingham and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, before coming to Cambridge in 1996. He is married and has three adult children.

He is the author of five books, including Jesus Lover of my Soul, a ’spiritual’ reading of the Song of Songs as the relationship between Christ and the believer.

His hobbies are distance running and painting.

 

Santhosh Thomas

Santhosh is a pastor at Dundonald Church in London, with special responsibility for overseeing small groups and various teaching and discipleship programmes.

Born and raised in London, he has previously worked in churches in Oxford and Central London. He’s married to Jess and along with their two young children they enjoy sport, swings and meeting new people!

Programme

09.30
Doors open, coffee and pastries

10.00
Session 1 with Julian Hardyman

11:15
Morning coffee break
(10ofThose bookstall available)

11.45
Session 2 with Santhosh Thomas

13:00
Lunch
(10ofThose bookstall available)

14:00
Seminars
(Titles below - seminars are not pre-booked but first-come-first-served until rooms are full)

15:00
Afternoon coffee

15.30
Session 3 with Julian Hardyman

16:30

Close

 

Afternoon seminars:

Prayer and our emotions (Julian Hardyman)

Embodied Discipleship: An overview of Emotions and the Christian life (Santhosh Thomas)
 
Men, sing from the Heart! The place of emotions in our praise (Andy Fenton from Music Ministry)
 
Opening Up: Emotionally open male friendship
 
In the Darkness: dealing with depression/anxiety
 

 

 

Our music on the day will be led by Andy Fenton and a team from Music Ministry UK, and there will be a bookstall provided by 10ofThose.

Bringing a group from your church?

Take a look at our "Making the Most of the Men's Convention with your Group" resource.

How to get there

The St Michael’s Centre is in Stoke Gifford on the northern edge of Bristol. It’s a brilliant, modern venue with a 500 seat auditorium and lots of space, located a few minutes’ drive from the M4, the M5 and the M32 motorways and a few hundred metres from Bristol Parkway railway station.

There are parking spaces for disabled drivers right outside the building. There is some on-street parking available in Stoke Gifford and there are hundreds of pay-and-display spaces in the station car park just around the corner.

St Michael’s Centre, The Green,
Stoke Gifford, Bristol BS34 8PD