The Junior Anglican Evangelical Conference (JAEC) was held during August, welcoming approximately 35 delegates, including ministry trainees, ordinands, curates, early incumbents and others.
The conference considered the theme of ‘The gospel in the parish’ and asked what gospel ministry looked like in 21st century parishes across the UK. This year’s JAEC looked at the nature of pastoral ministry in the context where most of it happens: the parish church.
Bishop Wallace Benn opened the conference by asking, ‘What is a parish church?’ Speakers Johnny Juckes and Lee Gatiss both considered the task of pastoring in a parish church, drawing on their own experience of putting the biblical mandate into practice.
Shaun Morris helped delegates to understand what the priorities should be in parish ministry, while Mel Lacy spoke about the task of pastoring children and young people in the parish.
Bishop Nick McKinnel gave the final Bible reading to encourage attendees to go out and put all that they have learned into practice. There were also opportunities to attend different seminars, as well as the chance to ask questions during a panel discussion on the theme of ‘The parish in the 21st century’.