Roger Federer has won eight Wimbledon titles – but only won the French Open once. Why? He had the same equipment and was playing the same game – but the playing field beneath his feet was different.
As we head into a new academic year in student ministry, we know that we have the same God and the same gospel – but it feels like the playing field has shifted beneath our feet too. We’re faced with new media, new mindsets and new campus cultures. There are so many unknowns – and perhaps there’s no going back to what we knew before.
We’re doing student ministry in unusual times.
UCCF’s Student Worker Forum has moved online this year and has been shaped to help us become more familiar with the ground beneath our feet, make the changes we need to better see Christ formed in students in these days, and grow in partnership and friendship together as we do so.
The event is free to attend for those in any kind of student ministry. We hope you can join us!
Each day, between 0930 and 1030 BST, a bespoke Student Worker Forum webinar will run, allowing you to draw from the expertise of practitioners and ask your questions.
Student Worker Forum delegates will also receive a pass allowing you to join thousands of university students from across Great Britain for the main Forum 2020 sessions, preparing them for mission in the unusual year ahead. The sessions, daily at 1100 BST, will feature Bible expositions from Nehemiah from Matt Waldock, as well as contributions from John Piper, Ruth Naomi Floyd, Don Carson, Becky Pippert and others.
Engage in the Student Worker Forum event on Facebook to get more exclusive content from speakers and connect with others in student ministry in your part of the UK – or further afield.
Sam Chan is an evangelist with the City Bible Forum in Sydney, Australia. Author of the award-winning Evangelism in a Skeptical World, Sam speaks around the world on the topics of ethnic, storytelling, apologetics and evangelism in a post-Christian culture.
Originally from South Africa, Jen Charteris is Executive Director of Crosslands Training, which provides in-context theological training up to Masters’ level. She previously spent over 25 years working in strategic change, organisational consulting, board and leadership development.
Richard Cunningham is Director of UCCF, the British university Christian Union movement. He was previously Executive Director of the Areopagus Trust and Director Evangelism at St Andrew’s, Oxford.
Peter Dray is UCCF’s Head of Creative Evangelism and heading up Student Worker Forum is one of the highlights of his year.
Originally from Singapore, Kah Foon Gillespie has been a Staff Worker with IFES/UCCF in Singapore, London and Dublin. She started working for Friends International in 2014 and coordinates its Affiliates Network.
Having worked in student ministry for more than a decade, Marcus Honeysett founded Living Leadership, a network of leaders, churches and friends committed to training and sustaining Christian leaders.
Rachel Owusu-Ankomah is a surgical doctor and Head of Student Ministries with the Christian Medical Fellowship. She is passionate about encouraging and equipping Christian medical and nursing students to live their best life for Jesus Christ.
Martin Paterson is a licensed minister with the Free Church of Scotland and is Scotland Area Rep for the Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF).
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