LifeZones

LifeZones are interactive teaching times that are aimed at helping you in your daily life. We're still finalising the details for our LifeZones in 2019, so please keep coming back to this page as we will update it as we confirm them over the next few months.

Our LifeZones start at around 11.15am after our Family Worship time together. This gives you around 30 minutes to drop your children, get a coffee, chat to friends, or give one of our many volunteers a hug to tell them they’re doing a great job! You can follow one track all weekend, or mix and match – whatever takes your fancy really. All available talks will be accessible online after the weekend. The LifeZones will finish around 12.30pm – if you do have children, please don’t forget to pick them up or arrange for them to be picked up – they get hungry at lunchtime!

2019 LifeZone Themes

LifeZones

Understanding the World Around You

Martin Charlesworth, the leader of Jubilee+ will host this LifeZone seeking to take a closer look at some current hot topics in our society.

Over three sessions, this LifeZone is going to look at three subjects that are current in society and culture:

  • Modern slavery and human trafficking - the vital role of the church
  • A coming crisis? - preparing for increasing poverty in our communities
  • Care of creation and global warming - sideshow or central concern for the church?

Martin Charlesworth

Martin lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Jane and has three grown-up daughters. Prior to leading Jubilee+, Martin led Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury and helped develop its strong emphasis on social action and community engagement. He is still part of the Barnabas eldership team. He has co-authored two books with Natalie Williams, The Myth of the Undeserving Poor and A Church for the Poor.

Natalie Williams

Natalie grew up in a working-class family in the deprived but beautiful seaside town of Hasting. She was the first person in her family to go to university. After graduating, she worked as a journalist in London and Beijing. She encountered the wonderful mercy of God at 15 and has wrestled with Him ever since.

Natalie now works for King’s Church Hastings, where she oversees communications and social action, and for national charity Jubilee+ heading up communications and policy. Natalie is co-author with Martin Charlesworth of The Myth of the Undeserving Poor (2014) and A Church for the Poor (2017). Natalie will be speaking on 'A Coming Crisis'.

David Westlake

David Westlake is CEO of International Justice Mission UK. IJM is the largest antislavery organisation in the world, working on the frontlines around the world to see an end slavery in our lifetime. David joined IJM in 2016, after having been in senior leadership with the relief and development charity Tearfund for many years. He is married to Minu and they have one teenage daughter.

This LifeZone will look at how Christians can develop a biblical worldview on various hot topics which impact our society today.

Martin Charlesworth Jubilee+ Team Leader & ChristCentral Training Director
LifeZones

Kingdom of God in everyday life

This LifeZone will explore what it is to be true disciples, influencing and transforming culture, and advancing the kingdom of God.

Where has God sent you? And what mission is He asking you to pursue in that place? Many of us have already been sent without even realising it. We are sent into our workplaces, we are sent into our neighbours’ homes, we are sent into schools and universities, we are sent as volunteers serving in the local community – we are sent into our culture. Do you have a vision for transforming your context? What would you need to do to make it happen?

  • Kingdom of God in Life - discipleship in the whole of life
  • Kingdom of God at Home - adoption, fostering and respite care
  • Kingdom of God at Work - influencing culture

Neil Hudson

Neil Hudson is the director of church relationships at the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity leading a team of church consultants and overseeing LICC work with UK and international churches. He has written a number of books including Imagine Church and his new book Scattered & Gathered: Equipping Disciples for the Frontline. He also co-leads a church in Salford.

Nikki Marfleet

Nikki Marfleet was raised as a child of missionary parents in the jungles of West Papua. Returning to the UK after secondary school, she became a volunteer worship leader in her local prison, and went on to join the prison service where she has now worked for nearly 20 years. She is currently Governor at HMP Woodhill (a high security prison) leading a team of around 800 staff and agency workers. Nikki has a Masters in Criminology and Management, and her research into knife crime was published as a book and referenced in the House of Commons. Nikki sits on the Council of Reference of Onelife and is a trustee of Charis Tiwala.

Graham Anns

Graham Anns works for ChristCentral Churches as a member of the apostolic team, serving churches, overseeing training, and responsible for governance, finance & administration. He previously had senior management roles in international software companies.

Graham Pyman

Graham is married to Sarah and leads the team at Jubilee Church Derby. They have 4 school-age children and are also foster carers for their local authority. Graham also serves on the ChristCentral team and is part of the ChristCentral Partnership.

Jon Stockley

Jon Stockley is Project Lead: North West and Yorkshire for Home for Good. Home for Good is a charity dedicated to finding a home for every child who needs one by co-ordinating and resourcing a rapidly growing network of people, churches and local movements across the UK who are raising awareness of the needs of vulnerable children and young people, inspiring individuals to explore fostering and adoption and equipping churches to understand and support.

A LifeZone exploring what it is to be true disciples, influencing and transforming culture, and advancing the kingdom of God. What does this look like in everyday life?

Graham Anns Christ Central, Manchester
LifeZones

Learning to read the Bible well

This LifeZone will help you to stop and listen carefully to what God says in His word. Each session will discuss tools which will help you to read the Bible well!

Eugene Peterson thought that reading the Bible was an act of love. He thought that if we love the one who speaks the words, then we’ll want to get the words right.

Alan Rose York City Church

Reading the Bible well means - among other things - respecting the words enough to use every means we have to get the words right; it means loving God enough to stop and listen carefully to what He says.

This process involves asking good questions about the text we are reading – questions about its genre, its setting, its place within the Bible as a whole etc- and also questions about ourselves- what assumptions are we bringing to this text? or how does our church experience colour the way we understand this text?

Just like everything else in the Christian life, there are different levels of complexity involved in reading the Bible. So, whether you are someone who loves reading the Bible, or someone who feels intimidated by the Bible; whether you are reading the Bible to prepare a sermon, write an essay, or just to listen worshipfully to God’s voice, the aim of my three morning sessions is to help and encourage you to read and interpret the Bible with more confidence.

Each session will involve a discussion of the kind of “tools” that can help us become better readers of the Bible, along with some serious reading and thinking about specific texts from the Bible itself. Bring your bible and a load of questions and let’s get stuck in together!

Alan Rose

As well as leading York City Church, Alan teaches a number of modules on ChristCentral School of Leadership and is about to embark on a two-year MA in Theology and Religion at Durham University. Alan is married to Susanna and they have a young son called Zachary, and a Cockapoo puppy called Mustard.

Come and join me as we discuss tools which will help you become a better reader of the Bible!

Alan Rose York City Church
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An Introduction to Spiritual Warfare

This LifeZone will include teaching and personal testimonies in order to better understand and engage with the spiritual warfare that every Christian and every Church faces.

Included in this is the subject of strongholds: what they are and how they can be ‘demolished’.

Leading on from this we will explore how individuals and Churches can grow in freedom and in their effectiveness as they seek to extend the Kingdom. Each session will include a brief time for prayer ministry.

Subjects will include:

  • Setting Captives Free
  • Walking In Authority
  • Spiritual Warfare as it affects Churches and Leaders

David Devenish

David is based in Bedford, UK and is an elder at Woodside Church. He is married to Scilla; they have four children and currently 6 grandchildren. For most of the recent past, David has been working primarily in the Russian-speaking world and overseeing the planting of churches in the part of the world known as the 10/40 window. More recently he took on the leadership of Catalyst and served within the UK and also amongst the many churches that the Catalyst team serve in other nations. Currently that team is serving churches in around 50 nations. In June 2017 David passed on the leadership of Catalyst to Simon Holley, whilst remaining part of the Catalyst leadership team. David's excellent book "Demolishing Strongholds" was recently re-released. Read more here.

Joseph and Lillian Mwila

Joseph leads the New Dawn Apostolic Team, serving churches in Zambia and other African nations. He is based in Kitwe with his wife Lillian and their four children. Lillian pastors among their churches and leads the Streetlife Orphans Project. She also holds regular Deliverance meetings.

Ginny Burgin

Ginny, married to Stuart, is based at City Church Sheffield and has travelled widely both in the UK and abroad with her prophetic, teaching and pastoral gift. She speaks from her own personal experience of the spiritual battle.

Rob and Helen Coleman

Rob is the Lead Elder at Grace Church, Bolton. He and his wife Helen will be teaching and giving testimony out of personal experiences from within their own family and Church over the last few years.

Looking at the whole area of Spiritual Warfare including times of ministry and prayer

Joseph Mwila Dayspring Church, Kitwe
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Pursuing His Presence

This LifeZone will inspire you in your relationship with God and equip you to grow in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Whether you are new to baptism in the Spirit and gifts of the Holy Spirit, or whether you have been using them for years, this will be a dynamic and faith filled time to grow you and move you on. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for life, not just Sundays. Join us to find out more!

This year, we have renamed our “Life in the Spirit” LifeZone, "Pursuing His Presence", as it links in with the conference and academy of the same name. We will be looking at what it means to be led by the Spirit; what hinders the Spirit’s work in our lives and finally a practical session on growing in hearing from God and stepping out in faith.

Andy & Hazel Robinson

Andy & Hazel have two sons and live in Horsham. Andy is lead pastor of Lifespring and leads several teams in the church as part of this role. Hazel is a pharmacist in a local mental health trust and serves alongside Andy in the church. Andy is also part of the ChristCentral Partnership.

Graham & Sarah Pyman

Graham & Sarah are based in Derby, where Graham leads the team at Jubilee Church Derby. They have 4 school-age children and are also foster carers for their local authority. Graham also serves on the ChristCentral European Apostolic team and is part of the ChristCentral Partnership. Sarah leads Smile, a respite facility for children with additional needs.

Jo & Paul McCulloch

Jo and her husband Paul are members of Lifespring in Horsham. Jo serves on the Leadership Team as a deacon and has particular responsibility for the growth and development of the prophetic. Paul and Jo enjoy travel and reading. They have two grown up children.

David & Rosie Fellingham

Dave is responsible for organising various evangelistic events at Lifespring and is also involved with Alpha, teaching on Sundays and as one of the tutors for their Worship Academy. Dave is a well known musician, song writer and worship leader. He has a broad spectrum of musical interest, and has encouraged orchestral music in worship, as well as playing a mean jazz trumpet himself! He has also tutored and encouraged many young musicians, and has been involved in many worship conferences around the world. Music is not his only ministry. Dave is also a gifted and prophetic preacher and teacher. His international ministry focuses on Canada among the many countries he visits. He is married to Rosie and they have two sons Nathan and Luke who were both part of the Christian band Phatfish. Dave is a Newfrontiers 'founding father', he was part of the Eldership team alongside Terry Virgo at CCK (now Emmanuel Church Brighton) for over 25 years and has a wealth of leadership and ministry experience. We are so grateful that David & Rosie are able to be with us at our conference this year! 

We believe life in the spirit is exactly that, the whole of life lived every day, in every way, in the Spirit.

Andy Robinson Lifespring in Horsham
LifeZones

Marriage

This Life Zone is designed to strengthen your marriage and encourage you in living out the life God has called you to together.

In this Life Zone we want to speak openly and freely about how to grow together and be fruitful in all God has called us to as husbands and wives. We will look at building good Biblical foundations, developing an emotionally healthy marriage, overcoming difficulties, growing in love, intimacy and passion. We want to help you…

  • Appreciate one another more as husband and wife.
  • Reinforce and strengthen your marriages whatever stage / season / challenge you are going through.
  • In your unique role as husband or wife and be fruitful on God’s mission together.
  • Address the heartbreak of broken marriage and the pain of losing loved ones.
  • See your marriage as part of God’s bigger story!

We want to inspire you to fresh enjoyment of your unique marriage relationship together.

Roger and Cheryl Bye

Roger leads the team at Kings Church Cockermouth and together they are passionate to see local churches grow into all that God wants them to be. They serve other ChristCentral churches both locally and in other nations, in particular Canada, Mexico and Sweden.

Roger and Cheryl have three adult children and several grandchildren, some local and some in Sweden.

Lee & Stacey Yarbrough

Lee and Stacey Yarbrough have lived in Mexico for the past 33 years, being involved in church planting and leadership training, with a desire to see grace filled churches established throughout the Americas.

We want to inspire you to fresh enjoyment of your unique marriage relationship together

Roger Bye Kings Church Cockermouth
Training

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Afternoon Zones.

There are plenty of smaller workshops and things which happen across the site during the afternoons. You can pop into the Hub (see the information in the handbook and on site), or you can just chill. But just in case you wanted to meet people who are a similar age or have a similar vision to you, we’ve put on some focused zones that you can pop into. In 2019 these will include:

LifeZones

Church Planting

Planting Churches, Advancing The Kingdom

For all those who are involved in in church leadership, those wanting to see more churches planted in the UK, those already involved in planting and those interested to find out more.

Rob & Jo Horn

Rob, Jo and their family have pioneered numerous church plants and also train send and support other church planters. Rob is an elder at King’s Church Kendal and City Church Lancaster, both serve other churches, and together they lead the ChristCentral Church Planting team.

Allen & Sarah Rossi

Allen and Sarah pioneered Grace church Whitehaven. Allen is lead elder at Grace church and also serves on the Cumbria & North Lancashire team. Sarah works for Safe Families UK and continues to serve Grace church in many ways.

Planting new churches in the UK is an essential part of the ChristCentral mission. I encourage all to come and be freshly inspired about the vital need for church planting and to join us in a time of prayer and prophecy to discover what our amazing God will do through us..

Rob Horn King's Church Kendal
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Leadership

With Graham Anns and guests - this afternoon zone seeks to gather like-minded leaders together for mutual support, encouragement and development.

If you are a leader or key influencer in the public sector - Civil Service, Local Authorities, Teaching, Health etc. - we would love to meet you and for you to meet each other. Our initial aim is to connect people together for mutual support, encouragement and development. We believe that, like Daniel in Babylon and Joseph in Egypt, God has placed you in these roles to help shape national and local policies and services for the benefit of all. We want to hear what God is saying and doing, and to start thinking about how we can support you more beyond Devoted.

  • Friday - leadership in the church
  • Saturday - adoption, fostering and respite care
  • Sunday - leadership in the workplace

Speakers include:

Graham Anns

Graham Anns works for ChristCentral Churches as a member of the apostolic team, serving churches, overseeing training, and responsible for governance, finance & administration. He previously had senior management roles in international software companies.

Lee Yarbrough

Lee and Stacey Yarbrough have lived in Mexico for the past 33 years being involved in church planting and leadership training, with a desire to see grace filled churches established throughout the Americas. Lee provides apostolic oversight to 20+ churches and is part of the ChristCentral Partnership.

Nikki Marfleet

Nikki Marfleet was raised as a child of missionary parents in the jungles of West Papua. Returning to the UK after secondary school, she became a volunteer worship leader in her local prison, and went on to join the prison service where she has now worked for nearly 20 years. She is currently Governor at HMP Woodhill (a high security prison) leading a team of around 800 staff and agency workers. Nikki has a Masters in Criminology and Management, and her research into knife crime was published as a book and referenced in the House of Commons. Nikki sits on the Council of Reference of Onelife and is a trustee of Charis Tiwala.

Alasdair Duerden

Alasdair is part of City Church Sheffield, he is a senior civil servant and is also one of the directors of ChristCentral.

An afternoon zone looking at the whole area of leadership, if your role includes being a leader or key influencer in your sector we'd love you to join us!

Graham Anns Christ Central, Manchester
LifeZones

Worship

An afternoon gathering for worshippers, worship teams and worship leaders with Rhys Scott and guests...

Rhys Scott

Rhys is a worshipper, he has written multiple worship songs and has been senior worship pastor at a number of churches through the years. Rhys moved to Vancouver along with his wife Sara and children Eden and Taylor, to plant Trinity Central in 2011, having previously been involved in planting a church in London, U.K. Originally from South Africa, Rhys leads the Trinity Central eldership team and is a full-time staff member. Sara is a chartered accountant. They love people, the outdoors, and playing and writing music.

Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't.

John Piper Desiring God
LifeZones

Serving The Poor

An afternoon gathering for worshippers, worship teams and worship leaders with Rhys Scott and guests...

  • Saturday - Foundations for Farming
  • Sunday - Social Action and the local church
LifeZones

Foundations for Farming

Nick Priggis

Nick is a pastor, trainer, entrepreneur and people developer. He leads the eldership team at Hope Church Shrewsbury and is a trustee of social enterprise Hope Initiatives and the charity Bread which supports the poor and needy in areas of Ukraine and Zambia.


LifeZones

Social Action & The Local Church

What are the practicalities and challenges which face local churches who want to serve their communities. A closer look at the outworking of effective social action in local churches - with Martin Charlesworth & Natalie Williams. To read about about some of the social action initiatives going on in churches across the UK click here.

Martin Charlesworth

Martin lives in Shrewsbury with his wife Jane and has three grown-up daughters. Prior to leading Jubilee+, Martin led Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury and helped develop its strong emphasis on social action and community engagement. He is still part of the Barnabas eldership team. He has co-authored two books with Natalie Williams, The Myth of the Undeserving Poor and A Church for the Poor.

Natalie Williams

Natalie grew up in a working-class family in the deprived but beautiful seaside town of Hasting. She was the first person in her family to go to university. After graduating, she worked as a journalist in London and Beijing. She encountered the wonderful mercy of God at 15 and has wrestled with Him ever since.

Natalie now works for King’s Church Hastings, where she oversees communications and social action, and for national charity Jubilee+ heading up communications and policy. Natalie is co-author with Martin Charlesworth of The Myth of the Undeserving Poor (2014) and A Church for the Poor (2017). Natalie will be speaking on 'A Coming Crisis'.

Any gospel which does not embrace both 'evangelism' and 'social action' is a counterfeit, offering either an escapist's dream, which leaves power structures of the world untouched, or a mere social reform which leaves the soaring spiritual dimension of reality out of consideration, and thereby dooms itself to compromise and failure.

N.T. Wright Spiritual and Religious
LifeZones

First Aid Taster

A place where you can ask all those "what do I do if" questions...

The First Aid Team covering Devoted have offered the opportunity for people with an interest in First Aid to gather together on Friday afternoon. During this time, we will do some basic First Aid Training aimed at those who want to know what to do in an emergency but have very little or no previous First Aid knowledge. For those who are First Aiders in the workplace or elsewhere we will all so look at some refresher training in order to build confidence.

This training is subject to there being no live incidents at the time which will always take priority.

Simon Heys

Simon is a professional first aid trainer providing training to individuals and companies throughout the UK and is a director of Barnabas Church Shrewsbury.

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Kaleidoscope

Each afternoon in the Creative/MusicZone & Hub

This year at Devoted the Kaleidoscope team are exploring why creativity is crucial not just to how we, as ChristCentral, sharpen the church, but also how we shape 21st century culture.

We will be focusing specifically on how our creativity can be used FOR the church and how it can be a gift FROM the church.

If you are in any way interested in seeing God use our creativity to bring the colours of the gospel to contemporary life then please come along and say hello.

Jez Chalmers

Jez currently heads up Kaleidoscope, which is our network of creativity that stretches across ChristCentral. He lives in Stoke on Trent with his wife Bex and their three small children.

Culture = the way of life, especially the general customs and beliefs, of a particular group of people at a particular time.

LifeZones

Family Encounter Zone

Are you seeking God? Are you wanting to hear God in a new way? Do you want your children to know God is interested in them? The Family Encounter Zone is about providing a platform for this - and more - to happen!

Our God is a God who wants to encourage us, to provoke us and to challenge us. This includes every adult, child, family and group.

Whether you are young, older, a family or on your own, come and be amazed again at how intimately involved in our lives God wants to be.  Drop in any time to join in the fun!

Whoever you are, come and be amazed again at how intimately involved in our lives God wants to be.

Sandra Jubilee Church, Derby
LifeZones

Other Gatherings

There are lots of other gatherings going on at Devoted this year, you can find out more in your handbook and also at The Hub. Here are some we already know about:

  • East / Central African Meeting with Joseph Mwila
  • West Africa Meeting with Michael Akotia
  • Children's Workers Meeting
  • Adoption & Fostering Reception - hosted by Graham Pyman
  • Leaders Reception - hosted by Jeremy Simpkins
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