The Conversation continues in 2018
7/8 December 2018 // St. Paul’s Church Canterbury

The Conversation: re-imagining ministry with children and young people through FaithFormation and Community.

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The Conversation is returning- a gathering that will continue to curate space for cutting-edge, innovative, even risky conversations about children, young people and the church. We are still asking the question: How can we change the dominant church culture from ‘conquering and keeping’ to ‘nurturing and releasing’ the children and young people in our communities?

The Conversation brings people together who are open to change; to reimagine God’s good news for this generation and all generations together, who want children and young people to come into a life-enhancing, transforming and life-long encounter with Christ. We are so excited about our second event that will enable us to dig deeper into our underlying themes of encounter and rhythm as we explore how faith is formed, how we tell stories and how what it means to be an intergenerational community of faith.

The Conversation won’t provide answers or ‘the next new thing to do’ – together our conversation will take us deeper that we might be:
More open
More inclusive
More able to hear
More reliant on God’s grace
More like the body of Christ (without any missing limbs)

The Conversation: re-imagining ministry with children and young people through faithformation and community.

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Panel 1



  • 10 good ideas
  • Answers
  • To just sit passively
  • To have your preconceptions confirmed
  • To have everyone agreeing with you
  • To get a programme or resource to solve all your problems
  • To be challenged
  • To get fresh perspectives
  • To be surprised
  • To join in
  • To disagree well
  • To talk about being the kind of church where children and young people are seen as fellow pilgrims 
  • To hear the unexpected


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Penny Fuller –

Yvonne Morris –

Simon Rudiger –

Murray Wilkinson –


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Panel 2

the BLOG

the BLOG is a collection of articles that share some of the thinking and background to The Conversation. We hope to have reflections from contributors and articles about some of the themes and issues we are hoping to include in our time together.

Please do join the conversation in response to these posts and if you would like to share some thinking or ideas then please get in touch with one of the team.