Adapting a program to fit your context

In this seminar Ger will share his experience of adapting Alpha to his context in Santa Monica

Ger is from England and was raised in a dynamic Christian home, with a father who was a pastor, church planter and missionary. Upon graduation from high school, Ger felt a strong call to be a ‘missionary in the workplace’, which led him to attend law school in Bristol, England. He began his legal career in London as a corporate lawyer, and for five years embraced the challenge of the legal practice and bringing Christ into his work environment. After marrying Lizzie in 2000 Ger transitioned out of law into brand management with Procter & Gamble relocating to their European head office in Geneva, Switzerland.

Over the course of 2004 God began to stir Ger’s heart towards laying down his career for full time ministry. At the end of that year, Ger and Lizzie moved with their two small children to seminary at Regent College, Vancouver where Ger could complete his M. Div and train in an inter- denominational evangelical context. After graduating, Ger was offered the position of Associate Pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. After two years, Ger became the Interim Pastor and began to discern God’s call to plant a church in Los Angeles. This call was realized in January 2011 when Ger moved with his family (now three children) to Santa Monica where they began the process of planting Vintage Church. 

Growing a smaller established church

Seeking to create a missional culture and grow a church with minimal resources (people, finances and buildings etc) can be very challenging! Join us as we consider some principles and models for fruitfulness. 

Maria is currently the Vicar/Senior Minister at Mullum Mullum Anglican (Ringwood) and has previously had the privilege of leading a smaller church through a period of growth and fruitfulness.

Growing a Church in a Multi-Cultural Context

How do we grow churches in communities where people speak different languages and come from different cultures? Do we try and keep everyone together or separate them into groups? This seminar explores the tensions between homogeneous unit and multi-ethnic models of church growth, each of which has advantages and difficulties.

David Williams leads the training ministry of the Church Missionary Society of Australia, based at St Andrew’s Hall in Parkville. He also teaches missiology at Ridley College. He and Rachel served with the Anglican Church in Nairobi, Kenya for 9 years where David was Principal of Carlile College.