Mon 21 – Wed 23 March, 2022
Optional post-conference workshop: 23-24 March
The Hayes, Swanwick, Derbyshire

The church is God’s great creation, a people through whom God will be glorified.

Yet cultural pressures outside and failings inside leave believers in our churches discouraged and disillusioned.

How should individuals relate to church and church to individuals? How will listening well to what God says about his church help us to speak well within his church?

With talks and seminars that focus on healthy church life, and role plays that explore counselling conversations in a range of key church-related issues, this conference will blend theory and practice, theology and skills.

It will help all of us – church members and church leaders alike – to contribute more effectively to communities that bring glory to God.

The conference will include:

  • Main sessions exploring ways that conversational ministry connects with the growth and health of our churches
  • Role plays demonstrating how ministry conversations might tackle typical church-based issues
  • Seminars addressing some of the opportunities and challenges we face regarding the growth of the church
  • Free time to connect or reflect either on our own or with others

Conversations on the Edge

This 24-hour post-conference workshop will look at the particular challenges we experience with those who, for various reasons, are on the edge of church life.

Many have reasons to feel on the margins: for some it’s because they don’t yet believe, for others it’s because they struggle with doubt. Others are disillusioned because of what they have suffered, still others are distrusted because of what they have done.

How do we engage with and then speak well to those out on the edge of the church community?


Steve Midgley
Executive Director of Biblical Counselling UK, and senior minister of Christ Church, Cambridge

Joanna Jackson
Director of Counselling, All Souls Counselling Service, London

Andrew Nicholls
Director of Pastoral Care, Oak Hill College

Helen Thorne
Director of Training and Resources, Biblical Counselling UK

Ste Casey
Pastor of Speke Baptist Church, Liverpool

Andrew Collins
Consultant psychiatrist and biblical counsellor


The Hayes Conference Centre is 5 miles from the M1 (Junction 28), and three miles from Alfreton railway station.


Accommodation is available in single, double or twin rooms. All rooms are ensuite.

The residential prices are per person and include all meals during the conference, starting with lunch on Monday and finishing with lunch on the final day.

The non-residential price includes all meals except breakfast.


Monday 21 March with lunch at 12.45pm. Session 1 starts at 2pm

Wednesday 23 March with lunch

Thursday 24 March with lunch

Prices (per person)

Single Room



Double/Twin Room







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You can pay using a debit or credit card.  If you paid the non-returnable deposit of £50, we will take the balance of payment on Monday 14th February 2022 from the same card, unless you instruct us otherwise.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received on or after Monday 14th February 2022 will be charged the full fee.

Further Information
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