A guide to the Forum Hub
The Forum Hub pulls together fantastic resources for your CU, amazing summer mission opportunities, life changing books at low low prices and quality coffee, all under one (tarpaulin) roof. Here’s what you can expect from a few of our exhibitors.
P.S. Have you booked your place yet for Forum 17? Book by 31 May to save £10 with our earlybird discount!
Africa Inland Mission
We’ve been looking forward to being at Forum with you, as together we catch more of God’s heart for mission - be it at home or the other side of the world. Africa is a big, diverse continent and the church is big and strong in many countries there. But, there are still 1000 out of 3700 people groups where there is no viable if any church and, for these 300m people, someone needs to go with the gospel. Come to the Hub and explore how you can be a part of what God is doing in Africa.
Chinese Church Support Ministries
- Enables Christians to serve in China short and long-term
- Strengthens, resources and equips the Chinese church with Bibles and Christian teaching materials
- Supports the people of China through informed prayer and through mercy projects amongst the poor, needy and orphaned
Our vision is for China.
Get our regular prayer information and so be better equipped to serve through prayer.
Come and learn about what God is doing in China today.
See the opportunities we have to join a team in China for a few weeks – it may lead to you going for longer!
We seek to train, equip and send adventurous and servant-hearted people. The story of God’s pursuit of people continues now through the church. ‘As the Father sent me, so I am sending you’ defines our purpose. We are sent into the world with the same purpose as Jesus, to seek and save the lost. This is who we are.
We work with, equip and offer students the opportunity to go where there is no church, serve where people have never heard the name of Jesus, help them create art, assist businesses seeking to develop local communities and share God’s love.
TeachBeyond is an educational mission, partnering with schools across the globe. We provide teacher education and recruit Christian staff, bringing hope and transforming the lives of children, families and communities. We are coming to Forum to let you know about the amazing opportunities that there are to teach children from many countries around the world and to tell you how you can be a part of transforming their lives through teaching. We wholeheartedly desire to serve our Father’s world, to love Jesus Christ, and to see individuals and societies transformed by His Spirit through education.
The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches
We’re a family of more than 550 churches and church plants around Great Britain. Our mission is to see Independent churches working together on our vision: to reach Britain for Christ. We come to Forum because we know that the leaders of CUs up and down the country are the future leaders of FIEC churches. So if you want to know more about training for ministry in an Independent church or you’re interested in how we’re equipping Independent churches for their gospel mission, do come and chat to us at the Hub!
International students present such a wonderful opportunity for all of us. International students who come to faith while studying in the UK can then take the gospel back home, to many parts of the world. Friends International can equip your CU to reach out to and serve international students. Visit us in The Hub to receive free resources and to be connected with others who have a passion to reach international students.
Release Potential (the youth and students’ branch of Release International)
We are excited to be a part of Forum and to share the heart of Release Potential with you. Our desire is to see young Christians be discipled, encouraged and equipped to become Change Makers, not just internationally, but also in the societies and cultures they are currently placed in. We hope to help you to grow in your understanding of both the beauty and the cost of following Jesus and explain what this can look like in other countries, and also for us here in the UK.
Join us as we choose to love outrageously, grow creatively and follow Him unashamedly.
Serving In Mission
Serving In Mission exists to take the good news of Jesus Christ to people who have never heard it. We work in more than 70 countries across the world, including all of Africa, the Middle East, South America, Europe and large parts of Asia. We have more than 900 opportunities to serve (sim.co.uk/opportunities), ranging from short-term trips of just a couple of weeks to much longer-term roles. Whatever your gifts and skills, Serving In Mission will work hand in hand with your church to find the right placement for you.
All Nations Christian College
An international training centre specialising in cross cultural mission. The All Nations BA (Hons) Degree in Biblical and Intercultural Studies is distinctive in that mission is at the heart of our holistic approach to learning and understanding of the Christian faith in different cultural contexts. For those of you who may be interested in short term mission and have limited time, then our short courses may be of interest to you ranging from 5 days to 10 weeks - online and residential. All our programmes promote learning through participation within a vibrant multicultural community. If you are looking in to mission you should be looking at All Nations!
2 billion people in the world are still unreached, that means they have no access to a Bible, a local church or any believers. How will they hear the good news of Jesus? We believe every follower of Jesus has a part to play, come and talk to us about how you can face the task unfinished.
Anglican International Development (AID)
Anglican International Development (AID) is here to give you an opportunity to think more about loving those in need, not only in talk, but in deed (1 John 3:18). AID works in South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya to transform lives devastated by conflict. We aim to work in partnership with local churches which leads to long-term stability and eternal change. Currently we are training health workers, strengthening a theological college, helping women start businesses and teaching refugees farming skills. We’d love to talk to you about our projects and how you can get involved through volunteering, fundraising or prayer.
Christianhood love to get alongside Christian Unions to help them with their CU clothing. We have been working with CU's for the past 8 years offering logo design, printing and embroidery on lots of garments. If it is for general CU clothing, Freshers week clothing or events week clothing, let us help you think outside the box. Great prices and quality clothing - let us help! christianhood.com
Operation Mobilisation (OM) UK
During 2017, Operation Mobilisation (OM) celebrates 60 years since George Verwer went on his first short-term mission trip to Mexico. We now have teams in over 110 countries and on board our unique mission ship Logos Hope. Use your God-given skills in mission with OM!
We are excited about getting young people involved in missions, whether on a short-term trip, a GAP year, or longer term. We need people with a wide range of skills, from accountants to physiotherapists, from engineers to teachers. Visit our OM stand at Forum to and challenge us to find you an opportunity to match your skills and passions!
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students
You are part of something bigger! You (and every UCCF CU member) are part of IFES, a movement of students in over 160 countries, sharing and living out the good news of Jesus Christ. Locally. Nationally. Globally. We are here to help you find out about what God is doing among students worldwide and how you can get involved, including how you can pray for CUs elsewhere and get them praying for you! Visit the IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) stand to find out more, and to pick up your free World Student Day Prayer Card Pack.
The Church’s Ministry Among Jewish People (CMJ)
Since 1809 the Church’s Ministry Among Jewish People (CMJ) have been sharing the good news of Jesus the Jewish messiah with His own people. Over the years we have found many varied and creative ways of doing this, starting in the early years with health care, education and training them in skills for gainful employment. Today we need to have a different approach – including reaching them on the campus of Great Britain. We’re here to help you reach your fellow Jewish students - are you in?
We are looking forward to being at Forum this year. UFM Worldwide can offer guidance and help as you seek to be used by God in short or long term mission. We have opportunities all over the world and can't wait to introduce you to them, and in partnership together with your church. Look forward to what God is going to do through you and in you.
Wanting to get a taste of overseas mission over your long summer holidays?
Thinking about how best you might spend your year abroad?
Interested in ministry apprenticeship schemes overseas after you graduate?
Crosslinks motto is ‘God’s word to God’s world’. We offer short-term mission opportunities (anything from a month to 2 years) in different countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
- Experience gospel ministry in a cross-cultural context
- Use your skills and experiences to serve God overseas
- Grow in your knowledge and love of the Lord
… and much more!
Enjoy Forum – see you at the Crosslinks stall :)
What is God’s plan for your future?
That’s a big question! We’re here to help you identify your gifts and start to consider what your next steps might be. Visit us to browse jobs in the UK church or Christian charity sector or to explore short-term mission opportunities (summer teams, gap years and more). If you have a heart for being involved in longer-term mission we’d love to talk that though with you. Finally, we can signpost you to tools, resources and advice - everything from getting your CV up to scratch to more in-depth questions about working overseas.
The Christian Institute
We speak up for the truths of the Bible in our nation. Through research, news and campaigning we inform tens of thousands of people about issues like religious freedom and medical ethics. Come to our stand at Forum to pick up free literature and find out how you can do more to be a Christian influence in a secular world.
Christian Concern wants to help you be a clear witness to the transforming gospel of Jesus Christ in public life, both at University and beyond! We do this in three ways:
1. Speaking – we speak about the good news of God’s pattern for our lives in the media, in political debate and the legal system.
2. Protecting – we provide legal aid to students and Christian Unions that have faced difficulties in their Universities for their public Christian faith
3. Equipping – we train people to be courageous and faithful leaders in public life through our Wilberforce Academy
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Wycliffe Bible Translators loves CUs. You guys get that the gospel is urgent, and so do we. We want to encourage you that around the world the Bible is changing lives. We want to envision you to pray for the world, and we want to invite you post-uni to join our GradTeams actively working in Bible translation projects around the world.
Want to change the world at uni? Become a Toilet Twinner
Toilet Twinning is a fun campaign that provides toilets, clean water and life-saving education about hygiene in some of the poorest places on the planet.
For every £60 you fundraise, you can twin a toilet with one halfway around the world. We’ll then send you a framed certificate of your twin, complete with photo and GPS coordinates. And if you’re on a roll and twin lots of toilets, you can make yours a Toilet Twinned University.
We’ll give you all the support, ides and resources you need so you can help to flush away poverty.
Arab World Ministry of Pioneers
We are coming to Forum because we’re passionate about sharing what God is doing in the Arab world. We want to see students encouraged and equipped to minister to Muslims of the Arab world, whether that’s on their campuses, across the UK and Europe, or in the Arab world itself. God is changing lives; will you join in?
Every year – for the last 142 years! - the town of Keswick hosts a three-week Convention, attracting 15,000 Christians from the UK and abroad. For one, two or three weeks you can explore the beauty of the Lake District while feeding on the beauty of God’s Word. With a commitment to the spiritual renewal of God’s people our focus for 2018 is: “SENT – serving God’s Mission”. Did you know that Amy Carmichael heard the call for mission here? We invite you to join us, be challenged through God’s Word and explore His missional call for you!
Frontiers is all about taking the Good News to the world's 1.7 billion Muslims, most of whom have never even met a follower of Jesus. We are at Forum for two reasons. We want to connect with CU leaders who would like someone to come and train their CU members in sharing the good news with Muslims. And we want to meet students who have heard God's call to mission and would consider a life of adventure and challenge, proclaiming Jesus in the Muslim world.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) works in over 20 countries around the world defending everyone’s right to freedom of religion or belief. Three quarters of the world’s population lives in countries with severe restrictions on their religious freedom – in fact, it’s one of the most widely-violated human rights in the world! Our vision is of a world where everyone is free to follow the religion of their choice, without fear of the consequences. We're so looking forward to meeting you at Forum this year and chatting about how you can follow in Jesus' footsteps and tackle injustice