The Churches Coordinating Group for Evangelisation (GfE) is a sponsor of the forthcoming Mission 21 conference which will bring together a wide cross section of Pioneer people planting new churches.
Mission 21 will be held in Bath 17th -19th November. The current cost is £75 for those Pioneers and network people who book early. The dedicated new website with further information and online booking is: http://www.mission21.info/home/
Speakers include Martin Atkins (Methodist Gen Sec) Graham Cray (head of Fresh Expressions team), Agu Irukwu (Senior Pastor of Jesus House, a fast-growing Pentecostal church), Billy Kennedy (24-7 Prayer/New Community Church Southampton), and a whole swathe of church planting bods from Church Army, Salvation Army, NFI, etc.
There are a mixture of 'workshops' and 'streams' which to be honest just looked like 2 different ways of giving titles to things! Quite a few different topics on church planting in different settings, issues at different stages of church planting, discipleship, cross-cultural planting etc. There's also the chance to meet with people in small groups for consultations with more experienced church planters.
Most church streams are represented, which is excellent. I went to Mission 21: Sheffield in 2005 and it was very worthwhile, and this is all the better for being just up the road. By happy 'coincidence', I first heard Jonny Bakers 'hand grenade' talk (see post below) at the Sheffield event.
I would say that it's a slightly plusher setting than Sheffield was, but last time I looked there was a major construction project just across the road from the venue! 5 mins walk from the train station, Park and Ride on the southern edge of the town drops you outside the door.