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Partnership Meetings

Our Partnership Meetings are our main regular event for church leaders and others in ministry in the South West, and form the heartbeat of our Partnership.

Partnership Meetings take place quarterly in either Bristol or Bath, and involve a mixture of:

  • Teaching from invited speakers: considering key aspects of gospel ministry in a local church context, and how we can effectively partner together in those areas.
  • Partnership business: discussing the current and prospective work and events of the Gospel Partnership, so that we are shaping together the things we do to me effective and beneficial for our Partners.
  • Fellowship and prayer: supporting one other by providing a context for sharing the encouragements and discouragements of ministry and praying together for one another.

Church leaders from Partner churches, and Individual Partners are invited to bring along other members of their leadership or ministry teams, and those considering becoming Partners are welcome to join us for a few meetings to get a feel for what they are like.


Partnership Meetings in 2023

Rethinking "the Pipeline": Growing leaders in our churches
with Andy Fenton (9:38)

8th March, Emmanuel City Centre, Bristol

Andy is the Director of 9:38 and also works part-time for Music Ministry.

with Eric Ortlund

24th May, Emmanuel Church Chippenham

Eric Ortlund lives in London, England, where he teaches Old Testament at Oak Hill Theological College. He and his dear wife, Erin, have two lovely teenagers. Before moving to England, he taught in Canada for 10 years. He's especially interested in Isaiah, Job, and the intersection of both ancient and modern culture with the Bible.

The Church and the Public Square
with James Mildred (CARE)

5th July, St Bart's Bath

James Mildred started working in politics in 2014. He moved to London to work for CARE that same year and also completed a two year church based training programme.

Changes in Global Mission (plus extended fellowship time)
with Michael Prest

13th September, St Bart's Bath

Michael began his working life in pharmacy management with Boots and then, after time at Oak Hill College, London, he served as one of the ministers at Beeston Free Church, Nottingham. He is married to Rachel and they are very grateful for their four children, Bethia, Jemima, Benjamin and Nathanael. They joined UFM in 2012 and served as missionaries in South East Asia where the focus of their work was on training and equipping local believers to reach out to those from the majority religion. Michael serves as an elder at Emmanuel Marlborough and is a member of the FIEC Pastors’ Network.

Women and Theology
with Natalie Brand

29th November, Headley Park Church

Natalie Brand lectured in systematic and historical theology at Union School of Theology for many years. She continues to supervise theological research and supports a community of female Christian writers. She is married with three daughters, drinks too much coffee, and hopes one day to write a story about a dragon.