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Track 1 - Martyn Atkins

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Plenary and Track 1: 
Rev. Martyn Atkins will speak both at a plenary session and facilitate a track on “The Main Marks of Mission Shaped Churches”

Drawing upon over 15 years involvement in the ‘Fresh Expressions Initiative’, Martyn Atkins will identify those themes and issues which repeatedly occur when local churches, districts or conferences take seriously the need to become more radically ‘mission shaped’. These themes are not identical in every place and instance, but they are identifiable in a number of different cultural and ecclesial contexts. So they are, in essence, the reproducible, key ‘markers’ of mission shaped churches.

The ‘Track’ will be a facilitated conversation about ‘The Main Marks of Mission Shaped Churches’. That is, he will invite those attending these sessions to identify those ‘marks’ which either resonate with, challenge or potentially help their own situation, and we will delve deeper into them with the aim of encouraging and facilitating ways forward to greater mission shapedness.

Rev. Martyn Atkins from Central Hall, London:
•    12 years at Cliff College teaching evangelism and mission
•    Involved in and committed to Fresh Expressions/Mission Shaped Church.
•    Author of a couple of books and several articles in journals on Fresh Expressions and Mission Shaped         Church, and until early 2018 Chair of Fresh Expressions Ltd.
•    Is an experienced worldwide lecturer on the above topics
 

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