Summer conference 2022 round-up


Around 65 leaders attended GB’s hybrid summer conference on Saturday.

Summer conference 2022Leaders joined on Zoom and in person at Cliff College, Derbyshire, to hear the latest GB news, worship, enjoy each other’s company, and more.

Highlights of the day included:

  • Sharing that Deputy Chair of the GB England & Wales Network Janice Ogilvie has been elected to serve a second term. This will be for a two-year period to ensure that the Chair and Deputy Chair roles don’t finish at the same time
  • Jo Thoy, Team Leader at 1st Durham and a previous trustee and network executive member, was elected as a Vice President
  • Looking at our vision and mission, and our strategy, for the next 5 years
  • A finance update
  • A Q&A with some of the GB England & Wales’ delegates who have been attended GB International’s Conference (ICGB) virtually
  • Launching the GB group healthcheck – a tool designed to help groups grow and develop, looking at six key areas to see what a group is good at and where they can improve.
  • Thanking Rachel Gardner, who has now stepped down from the role of President
  • Highlighting some stories from around the country of what people and GB groups did to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

After the business meeting, the afternoon conference session focused on how we share our faith stories and looked at the Bible story of the woman at the well in John Chapter 4.

GBM’s Director Jules Murdy says ‘It was a great day and especially wonderful to see some of our leaders gaining in confidence to share their testimonies.’

After the session, 91% of the delegates said they felt more confident to share their own story and 100% of attendees felt inspired by the session.

One delegate said ‘Thank you for focusing on such an amazing story and leading us so gently and positively into increasing our awareness as to how important our faith stories can be, giving us time to think, pray, prepare and practice.’

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