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Countdown to Anglican missions conference in Auckland

Posted on: August 26, 2015 10:17 AM

[Anglican Taonga] Six weeks from now the 2015 Common Life Missions Conference – whose theme is: ‘Mission Together’ – kicks off in Auckland.

It’s a four day conference, and it’s been in the making and the planning for four years.

It’ll be held at King’s College [6-9 October], and the Anglican Missions Board – which organises the conference on behalf of the [Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia] – is expecting as many as 500 people to gather from many different countries, cultures, and contexts.

Church leaders from Africa, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, South East Asia, the Middle East, England, Australia, Canada and the USA among them.

The keynote speaker will be the Revd Dr Chris Wright, who is the International Ministries Director of the Langham Partnership, and who is one of the world’s leading mission thinkers and equippers.

And the CLMC 2015 Bible studies will be taken by Dr Dickson Chilongani, who is the Bishop of Central Tanganyika – and whose diocese, which includes 258 parishes and 58 worship centres, serving 600,000 Anglicans, may be the largest in the communion.

On top of those key inputs, there’ll be about 50 workshops focussing on various aspects of mission – with presenters from every part of the globe – and there’ll be the launch of the General Synod mandated Decade of Mission.

According to Canon Robert Kereopa, the Executive Officer of the Missions Board “CLMC2015 gives us the opportunity to eat, drink, breathe, sleep, learn and dream Mission together… the chance to create new friendships as we become a Missions community together.

“What we do as a missional church is an expression of who we are as the people of God – and gives us the chance to refocus on our core-calling, which Christ passed on to his disciples: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost… (Matthew 28:19).”

CLMC2015 will also launch a “Decade of Mission” with the purpose of placing mission as the central theme of the Province for the period Advent 2015 - Advent 2025.