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 2022
Creating a Culture of Evangelism
with John Mackinnon (Passion for Life)
16th March, Bath
John is based in East Kilbride, Scotland, where he served as the Lead Pastor of Calderwood Baptist Church for more than 17 years. He is the National Training Director for The Word One to One, on secondment to A Passion for Life for the lead up to the Easter 2022 Mission where he oversees development of the "Mission culture" and "Personal evangelism" resources, as well as being available for training sessions.
Deep dive on the Psalms
with Matt Searles
25th May, Emmanuel Bristol
Matt Searles was previously Director of Training for the South Central Gospel Partnership, primarily overseeing and teaching courses in Bible knowledge and handling, which draw people from over thirty churches each week. He is now a tutor for Crosslands Training.
Telling a better story about human sexuality
with Matthew Mason
28th September, Bath
Matthew was pastor of an AMIE church in Salisbury from 2014-18 and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Aberdeen on how the theology of prayer helps us understand what it means to be truly human. He has published book chapters on ‘A Theological and Pastoral Response to Gender Dysphoria’ in Cultural Engagement: A Crash Course in Contemporary Issues (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2019), and ‘The Wounded it Heals: Gender Dysphoria and the Resurrection of the Body’ in Beauty, Order, and Mystery: A Christian Vision of Human Sexuality (Downers Grove: IVP Academic 2017). He is tutor in Christian Ethics at the Pastors' Academy.
Contemporary Soul Care
with Catherine Haddow
30th November, Bristol
Catherine uses her professional background as a Chartered Psychologist to provide 1-2-1 biblical mentoring to struggling adults, through her counselling organisation The Cornerstone. She is a member of SWGP Partner church North Bradley Baptist, and is passionate about equipping individuals and churches to be used as God’s instruments to bring lasting change in peoples’ lives. Catherine often speaks at events and leads training sessions to equip others in this way.