The Evangelical Ministry Assembly took place at the City of London’s Barbican Centre at the end of June.
The three day conference aims to encourage those in ministry to keep going with faithful Bible preaching, and to provide a place to meet friends and be spurred on by those in the same ministry — particularly helpful for the many that minister in lonely situations.
Due to increasing numbers of people attending, the conference moved this year from St Helen’s, Bishopsgate, to the Barbican Centre. About 1250 delegates gathered to hear sessions focused on the book of 1 Peter.
Vaughan Roberts preached each morning, encouraging ministers to keep going. His warm sermons set the tone for the rest of the conference. Dan Strange, Rico Tice and Garry Williams helped delegates think about how to engage with the world, in three very different but useful sessions.
Afternoon seminars on practical ministry issues were followed by closing expositions by Paul Mallard and Mark Dever. Centring on the exacting work of faithful preaching provided a refreshing point of contact, despite differences in ecclesiology — the conference is about 50 per cent Anglican and 50 per cent nonconformist.
The venue change provided a different feel to the conference, but the move went smoothly. The singing was at times spine tingling, with a return to simple piano accompaniment.
We are thankful to God that many were encouraged and equipped in their ministry. The cause of the gospel is not lost; the Word is being preached and church leaders are giving themselves to prayer. And now we keep on praying that the Lord of the harvest will bless us with fruit.
The theme for next year’s conference is ‘The glory of God and preaching’. Speakers include Mike Cain, Sinclair Ferguson and John Woodhouse (more information: www.ema2014.com). The 2013 audio is available at www.proctrust.org.uk