On Saturday 4th February King's Community Church in Hedge End near Southampton are hosting a one day conference with Matthew Barnett from the Dream Center in LA. Many of our young people will know Matthew from when he spoke at Rocknations in Bradford a few years ago, where they were deeply impacted both by him and by what his church is doing in their community.
As we think of building churches which are passionate about both the gospel, and about social justice and making a paractical difference locally, nationally and internationally, the Dream Center would seem to be light years ahead of any other church I have come across. They serve around 40,000 people in their local community every month, and have an impact which has been recognised internationally. It will be great to hear both Biblical and practical insights from someone who is in the middle of all this happening.
If you're wondering who King's Community Church are, Martyn Dunsford who leads the church is for me one of the most unassuming but inspiring leaders I have ever met. He introduced us to the churches we work with in Albania, and as well as founding a great local church which has just built a fabulous 1,300 seat auditorium, is also involved in helping hundreds of churches across Europe and beyond to grow and develop. I count it a great privilige to have him as one of my friends.