Seminar programme

Monday 7 May

Session 1 (14:45 - 15:30)


An interview with John C. Maxwell

John C. Maxwell, Ken Costa
Royal Albert Hall

Ken Costa goes head-to-head with John Maxwell to ask the difficult questions, to talk about real life and to explore the principles of leadership. Develop tools to maximise your capacity and equip you to make a distinctively Christian impact in your workplace, church, community and the wider world.


Cultivating the soul of your leadership

Pete Greig, Tim & Rachel Hughes
Royal Geographical Society

What good is it', asks Jesus, 'to gain the whole world and forfeit your soul?' Do you ever feel professionally stretched but spiritually bored? Like your anchor might be dragging with the tide? Is there a dissonance between public responsibility and personal wellbeing? Join the club! This seminar explores the stark challenges of leadership, offering life-giving principles and the wisdom of ancient practices to help you lead more sustainably and joyfully as a follower of Jesus.


Rethinking evangelism: 
Reconciling the world to God (part 1)

Todd Proctor, Jason Ballard and panel
HTB Brompton Road

In an ever-changing society, it can feel harder than ever to reach people with the gospel. Living in the information age, in a globalised world, means people are bombarded with a multitude of options for how to find meaning in their lives. In this conversation, hosted by Alpha, we want to explore and grapple with the challenges we face and rethink evangelism for the twenty-first century. Join us, as we explore the idea of Alpha and the way in which it’s creating new spaces for people to encounter faith and meaning in a relevant and engaging way. Part 1 of a two part seminar.


Security brings success

Will van der Hart
HTB Queen’s Gate

Becoming secure transforms your leadership. This short TED-style seminar will explore five simple steps that could change the way you lead.


Entrepreneurs lab

Al Gordon and panel
HTB Onslow Square

Al Gordon interviews inspiring marketplace leaders who are impacting culture and shaping society. Listen to and learn from the experiences and expectations of these emerging leaders, taking lessons from their challenges and breakthroughs, as you bring fresh ideas to your sphere of influence.

Monday 7 May

Session 2 (16:15 - 17:00)


Leadership and liberty: Why Christian views of
freedom work better than secular ones

Graham Tomlin
Royal Geographical Society

The notion of freedom has been long been at the heart of Western culture. This session aims to show how the Christian concept of freedom is far richer and more health-giving than secular versions and how a deeply Christian understanding of freedom can help us develop new approaches to leading others.


Rethinking evangelism:
Reconciling the world to God (part 2)

Todd Proctor, Jason Ballard and panel
HTB Brompton Road

In an ever-changing society, it can feel harder than ever to reach people with the gospel. Living in the information age, in a globalised world, means people are bombarded with a multitude of options for how to find meaning in their lives. In this conversation, hosted by Alpha, we want to explore and grapple with the challenges we face and rethink evangelism for the twenty-first century. Join us, as we explore the idea of Alpha and the way in which it’s creating new spaces for people to encounter faith and meaning in a relevant and engaging way. Part 2 of a two part seminar.


Superhuman? Achieving the extraordinary without destroying yourself

Kate Middleton
HTB Queen’s Gate

Many of us compromise our self-care
for the sake of our achievements.
What if we don’t have to? A TED-talkstyle
seminar in the wellness lounge.


Building strength in the family

Nicky & Sila Lee, Alice & Paddy Richardson, Will & Louie van der Hart
HTB Onslow Square

How do we build patterns of resilience in our family life for those times when we come under pressure? How do we keep loving in the face of adversity? Alice and Paddy faced a life-threatening illness with their young child. The story of what they learnt about God’s love, and how their faith and family relationships sustained them, has already inspired many. Will Van der Hart was involved in the aftermath of the London 7/7 bombings – a trauma that challenged his goals and priorities, taught him Louie profound lessons about faith and family life, and helped to shape their ministry to others in mental, emotional and relational health.

Tuesday 8 May

Seminar session (14:45 - 16:15)


Afternoon session at the Royal Albert Hall

To be announced
Royal Albert Hall

Details to be announced


The parish: A case for hope?

Fr James Mallon
Royal Geographical Society

Pope Francis dreams of a ‘missionary impulse capable of transforming… our ways of doing things’ for the sake of ‘the evangelisation of today’s world’. But how can this vision become a reality? Join Fr James as he explores the vital role of leadership in determining the future vitality of your church, parish or ministry. In the midst of decline in the Church throughout the Western world, Fr James will confront us with one of the most pressing questions facing Church leaders of all backgrounds: Are we more committed to our method or to our mission?


Engaging with culture and rediscovering purpose

Tom & Sarah Jackson, Paul Marshall, Lou Yeoh, Charlie Mackesy
HTB Brompton Road

How can Christians rediscover greater purpose in work, and offer fresh leadership, vision and practice to our society and culture? Meet with national leaders exerting influence in business, politics, the media, education and the arts. Explore what it means to combine faithfulness with having a positive impact on the world through work.


How can the local church shape the social and political landscape of the future?

Paul Cowley, Nikki Marfleet, Krish Kandiah, Selina Stone, Fi Costa, Andy Keighley
HTB Courtfield Gardens

In Matthew 25:41 Jesus commands us to look after the lonely, the sick, the naked, the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger and those who are in prison. Individually and corporately, we are called to help those in need, and if Jesus’ words are to be taken seriously, more may hang on our work than we realise. Our guest speakers are passionate advocates for the importance of social transformation within our society. They will discuss practical solutions to current issues surrounding the prison system, homelessness, unemployment, mental health and care of the elderly, suggesting how individuals and churches might make a positive impact in their sphere of influence. We will also benefit from the panel's expertise in a Q&A session.


Women as reconcilers

Sarah Snyder with contributors from The Parents Circle
HTB Onslow Square

Women are the unsung heroes of peace. Across the globe, they are acting every day to diffuse and de-escalate tensions, lead and influence communities, and support those suffering the consequences of violence. When Christ calls each of us to be ‘ministers of reconciliation’, we sometimes think peace is a passive alternative to conflict, but the call from Jesus is to action. Canon Sarah Snyder and guests will explore how we can use our gifts to build relationships across challenging divides and offer hope in a fractured society - identifying our own ‘frontlines’ where we live out our calling as reconcilers.