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    Labs

    What

    Labs are interactive sessions from Wildfires contributors delving deeper into how we can take the wild fire of the Holy Spirit back to our homes, communities and nations. Wildfires Labs are a great opportunity to learn and grow with others from all around the world, whilst receiving valuable teaching and input from outstanding contributors. 

    Who

    Each Lab will include contributors, but they’ll only be delivering part of the content. It’s up to you to bring your voice, thoughts and ideas too!

    How

    Labs happen each afternoon of Wildfires in venues across the site. More information about what labs is available below.

    The Big Top

    Rebuilding the Church in the Midst of a Chaotic World

    Mark Sayers
    Tuesday 31st May 2.30-3.30pm

    For much of recent history, individuals and institutions could plan, execute, and flourish with their visions of a better world. Volatile, complex forces could be addressed and confronted with planning and management. But crisis is a great revealer. It knocks us off our thrones. It uncovers the weaknesses in our strategies and brings to light our myths and idols. Our past strategies run aground, smashed by unpredictable and chaotic waves. Yet, in the midst of the chaos of a crisis comes opportunity. The history of the Church tells us that crisis always precedes renewal and the framework of renewal offers us new ways forward.

    The Word Makes Dead Things Alive

    Stephen Chandler
    Tuesday 31st May 4-5pm

    Come and learn how Pastor Stephen can help you tap into the power of the Word, and receive the resurrecting power of Christ: today is the day you run out of the grave.

    Rebuilding the Church in the Midst of a Chaotic World

    Mark Sayers (Repeat Lab)
    Wednesday 1st June 2.30-3.30pm

    For much of recent history, individuals and institutions could plan, execute, and flourish with their visions of a better world. Volatile, complex forces could be addressed and confronted with planning and management. But crisis is a great revealer. It knocks us off our thrones. It uncovers the weaknesses in our strategies and brings to light our myths and idols. Our past strategies run aground, smashed by unpredictable and chaotic waves. Yet, in the midst of the chaos of a crisis comes opportunity. The history of the Church tells us that crisis always precedes renewal and the framework of renewal offers us new ways forward.

    Search Me and Know Me: The Power of Confession to Birth Revival

    Tyler Staton
    Wednesday 1st June 4-5pm

    Confession and repentance have grown increasingly privatised and unpracticed in the modern, Western church.  But what if confession isn’t a white flag but a victory cry? And what if repentance is not an admission of defeat but a weapon of the Spirit? Confession, the simple, humble act of coming just as we are before God and one another, is not a primitive, religious trope but the very spark that lights revival. 

    Ignite

    The Power of the Prophetic

    John Scott
    Tuesday 31st May 2.30-3.30pm

    Prophecy is potent. It opens up individuals, communities and cities to the purposes of God. We’ll look at the power of prophecy, partnering with the prophetic and how we process prophetic words.

    Formation For Mission

    Jay Pathak
    Tuesday 31st May 4-5pm

    The world is increasingly suspicious of image-conscious Christian leaders. Our witness is dependent upon authentic transformation. Yet, we want to be approachable. Let’s talk about this tension and the real hope we can give the watching world.

    Parenting Panel

    Leah Chillengwe/ Krish Kandiah/ Ellie Gardner/ Sarah Cole
    Wednesday 1st June 2.30-3.30pm

    Parenting children well is one of life’s greatest joys and toughest challenges. How do we parent with consistency, intentionality, compassion and faith? Join Becky Drake and a panel of parents and professionals as they share their struggles and successes; worries and wisdom.

    Building a Creative Worshipping Culture

    Gas Street Music and Jonathan and Melissa Helser
    Wednesday 1st June 4-5pm

    We long to see the Church in the UK find its voice again. How can we release a holy wildness in our worship? How can we build a culture of creativity, risk, humility and love in our teams? Join the Gas Street Music team, alongside Jonathan and Melissa Helser to hear more.

    Blaze

    Pentecost Promise: The Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh

    Dr Jasper Knecht
    Tuesday 31st May 2.30-3.30pm

    Dr Jasper Knecht will be speaking on the Old Testament background to Pentecost and how we understand the prophecy that the Spirit will be poured out afresh on all flesh as was fulfilled at the post-ascension Pentecost festival. He’ll be exploring the promises of God to young and old, men and women, rich and poor, in the pouring out of the Spirit and unpacking what that means for us today. 

    Pentecost Presence: The Presence and Power of the Spirit in the World

    Dr Lucy Peppiatt
    Tuesday 31st May 4-5pm

    Dr Lucy Peppiatt will be following on from Jasper’s talk by looking at how Pentecost has changed our experience of God in the world today. She’ll be exploring what it looks like to see the Spirit moving in the world; how we understand God’s presence and His power; and how that takes us deeper into the nature and heart of God.

    Justice: A Kingdom Vision

    Pete Portal
    Wednesday 1st June 2.30-3.30pm

    Justice is a popular word in today’s public debate, but what does it mean when viewed from the perspective of the kingdom of God? How might followers of Jesus engage with the world of ‘call out’ culture when Jesus’ kingdom has a ‘call in’ culture at its heart? Come and grapple with these questions and, rather than looking at what is wrong with our world, be inspired to ask what is missing. As we do, we’ll discover what unique contribution each of us could be called to make.

    Sex Talk

    Emma Waring
    Wednesday 1st June 4-5pm

    Join Rachel Hughes as she interviews Emma Waring about how to
    create a good sexual relationship throughout marriage and how to
    deal with sexual problems that are common, but are rarely discussed.

    Fire Starters

    Praying Like Monks, Living Like Fools

    Tyler Staton
    Tuesday 31st May 2.30-3.30pm

    The early Church was orientated around a daily prayer rhythm. But when the Church gained popularity, she lost a taste for prayer and her saltiness. To experience the Spirit’s power, we must return to faithful prayer.

    Reaching a Missing Generation

    Rachel Gardner
    Tuesday 31st May 4-5pm

    In 2020, most churches in the UK saw a decline in under 18s participating. Covid-19 increased this. Is youth ministry dying? Or will we be theologically creative and innovative, pioneering new models to reach a missing generation?

    AI and the Future of Humanity

    Professor John Wyatt
    Wednesday 1st June 2:30-3:30pm

    In a world being transformed by intelligent machines, what does it mean to be human? What kind of world are we building? How can we be faithful to Christ in the brave new world forming?

    Radical Hospitality: Why Helping Refugees Will Change the Church Forever

    Krish Kandiah
    Wednesday 1st June 4-5pm

    How can you and your church play your part in unleashing a wave
    of revolutionary hospitality that will change you both forever? Krish
    Kandiah brings his vast experience to equip you to make a difference.

    General Camping

    From Conversation to Action: Racial Justice and the Church

    Liz Muir and Hannah Bowring
    Tuesday 31st May 2.30-3.30pm

    Justice is a reflection of God’s character and a work we’re all called to. How can we ensure our churches are places of racial justice, going beyond words?

    What Does it Mean to be Human?

    Peter Lynas & Damilola Mikande
    Tuesday 31st May 4-5pm

    This is arguably the most important and contested question in our culture today. We’re constantly confronted with questions about refugees, assisted suicide, racial justice, abortion, sexuality and the fractious discussion over trans and women’s rights. In this session, Damilola and Peter will introduce the Being Human lens: looking at what it means to be a human grounded in the biblical story and how this new apologetic might reform our cultural engagement. 

    From Conversation to Action: Climate Justice and the Church

    Jack Wakefield and Hannah Bowring
    Wednesday 1st June 2:30-3:30pm

    The world is waking up to the climate crisis, increasing forced migration, conflict and inequality. What’s our role? How do we take action and bring hope as the Church?

    Being Human: Exploring Sexuality, Sex and Gender

    Peter Lynas and Damilola Mikande
    Wednesday 1st June 4-5pm

    Why have sex, sexuality and gender become so linked to our sense
    of identity? We’ll use the Being Human lens to explore the cultural
    and biblical narratives around these topics, creating space for
    discipleship and missional conversations.

    The Chapel

    Grief is relentless, but so is hope

    Zoe and Andy Clark – Coates
    Wednesday 1st June 2.30-3.30pm

    ‘Grief is relentless, but so is Hope’, explores the journey of loss and grief, and how this transforms each one of us, but also how ‘Hope’ can exist in the darkest of situations.

    Be More Pope!

    Simon Benham
    Wednesday 1st June 4-5pm

    Simon had the privilege of spending time with Pope Francis which
    challenged his leadership; his role in building God’s kingdom; and
    what contending for unity means. Come and hear some reflections
    and how we can apply them.