Thrive Conference 2020
This conference has been born out of a desire to see God move in the places and people we move amongst each and every day, many of whom would never enter a church building. Our aim is to see Christians live out the gospel in and through their workplace - impacting themselves, their work and our city.
Thus, the theme of the conference is how we can be an influence and make an impact in the workplace. It is aimed at Christians who are:
- struggling to see how God can use them in the workplace
- needing encouraged, equipped and empowered to see their workplace as a place of ministry
- wanting to make a bigger impact on the corporate culture around them and the city in which they work
We are asking ourselves: how can we help Christians thrive in the workplace? A place that is often tiring, stressful, and resistant to Christian things. It is our belief that God is moving within our corporate world across Scotland and we want to catch something of His vision and heart for our workplace.
The Business Connection, City Vision, SOLAS and Global Advance USA have joined together to bring you a time of inspiring teaching, great worship and honest conversations. We would love you to join us and be part of the movement. Would you invest one day of your entire year in seeking to make the other 260 or so days at work more purposeful and influential?
Friday 4th September 2020
19.00 for 19.30 start
19.30 Welcome - Dr. Tharaka Gunarathne
19.35 Opening Prayer
19.45 Keynote 1. - 'The call of Christ to radical discipleship' (Ken Janke, Global Advance USA)
20.30 Prayer and worship Session 1 (King's Community Church worship team)
Saturday 5th September 2020
8.30 for 09.00 start
09.00 Welcome - Dr Tharaka Gunarathne
09.10 Worship Session 2 (King's Community Church worship team)
09.30 Keynote 2. -'The opportunity for city transformation' (Tony Hodges, City Vision)
10.15 Coffee break and personal reflection
10.45 Keynote 3. -'The church as the instrument of transformation' (Pastor Jeremy McQuoid, Deeside Christian Fellowship)
11.10 'Following God's call into public leadership' (Martyn Link, Chief Strategy Officer at Wood Plc)
11.35 Panel Session on Public leadership - Panellists: Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Scottish Government, Stephen Miller, Managing Partner, Cameron McKenna LLP, Martyn Link, Chief Strategy Officer at Wood Plc
13.15 Keynote 5. - 'Confident conversations and a reasonable faith' (Dr. Andy Bannister, SOLAS Centre for Public Christianity)
14.00 Breakout Session 1 *
15.00 Coffee break
15.15 Breakout Session 2 *
16.15 Worship Session 3 (King's Community Church Worship team)
16.30 Consecration of delegates -'Ordination for the ordinary' (Ken Janke, Global Advance USA)
*Breakout Session 1 A) 'Creating a workplace movement in Scotland' (Ros Turner, Transform Work UK) (main meeting room)
*Breakout Session 1 B) 'Survival guide to the workplace in the 21st century' (Ruth Walker, London Institute of Contemporary Christianity) (Breakout room)
*Breakout Session 2 C) 'The motivated Christian: believing for better and bringing Kingdom come' (Dr Tharaka Gunrathne) (Main meeting room)
*Breakout Session 2 D) 'Resources and tools for discipling on the frontline' (Kieran Turner, Evangelical Alliance) (Breakout room)
Ken Janke believes that life is enhanced through quality relationships. He works to resource people as change agents and to support people in their process of personal growth.
He believes that collaboration fuels change, and that it works to facilitate opportunities for co-creating and networking. He creates space for transformational initiatives to incubate. Ken has worked in both the corporate for-profit and the non-profit sector for 30 years. He is the Director of Programmes and Partnerships for Global Advance located in Texas, USA.
Since 1990, Global Advance has provided indigenous training and ministry encouragement for more than 700,000 frontline leaders in 94 nations.
In 2000, the Global Advance Ambassadors Network was formed, which now comprises numerous individuals, churches, ministries and businesses who work together to equip leaders globally. In 2004, Global Advance launched Marketplace Missions with the goal to awaken Kingdom vision and sharpen the skills of Christian entrepreneurs and professionals throughout the developing world. Hundreds of business leaders partner with Global Advance Marketplace Missions through training conferences, business networks, economic development, mentoring, and ministry.
As a Christian businessman, Tony moved in 2014 from being CEO with day to day responsibilities for his company he had started in 1996, to becoming its Chairman. It had grown to 100 people on 3 continents supporting blue chip employers and touched some 20 million people around the world each year to a greater or lesser extent.
Increasingly though, after memorising and meditating on the Sermon on the Mount, he found himself asking what a city would look like if the Kingdom of God came fully. He wasn't satisfied with his answers and started to pray more and research. He then added the further question of why the Christian business community in each city was so fragmented. In addition, Tony did not understand why Christian leaders in cities only appeared to have superficial relationships with each other when Christ's primary command was to display love for one another. He observed that not only did Christian leaders generally not have close links with each other, they did not have close links with the Christian business community in their city either.
This all led to reflecting on what might happen if the Christian business community and the church leader community came together. He started to pray more, discuss and research, meeting some 300 Christian business people and Church leaders around the UK in an 18 month period.
City Vision has come into being as an enabling agency to help the business people of peace and the church leaders of peace in a city to find new ways of working together to bless their city. The lessons from Tony's working life of engaging with large organisations, some employing 500,000 people, seem to fit well with the challenges of city size transformation. The encouragement received has satisfied Tony that God is with us in this endeavour to bring His people together.
Jeremy joined Deeside Christian Fellowship Church in Aberdeen in April 2004 to become the new Teaching Pastor He was born in Belfast to missionary parents and is a trained teacher of modern languages. In 2000, he and his wife Elizabeth graduated from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the USA, with Master of Divinity degrees.
Martyn works for Wood Plc (www.woodplc.com), the UK’s largest engineering and technical services company, headquartered in Aberdeen and leads the company’s energy transition mega-trend as well as being head of strategy. He began his career in science, completing two degrees at Edinburgh University before then working in the life science industry in Edinburgh and Dundee. In 2011 Martyn moved to work in the oil and gas industry at Wood, and has been there for 8 years as the company has undergone a series of transformational changes.
In 2014 Martyn, along with three other Christian businessmen, launched The Business Connection (www.thebusinessconnection.org) charity aimed at equipping, encouraging and empowering the corporate sector in Aberdeen. In 2019 this ministry gave birth to the Thrive conference which saw 12 Christian organisations joining together to launch this catalyst conference in Aberdeen, as well as a new Christian workplace group within Wood. He lives in the beautiful Scottish countryside north of Dundee and is married to Gladys with three high school age children.
Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and an Adjunct Speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, speaking and teaching regularly throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, and the wider world. From universities to churches, business forums to TV and radio, he regularly address audiences of both Christians and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society.
Holding a PhD in Islamic studies Andy has taught extensively at universities across Canada, the USA, the UK and further afield on both Islam and philosophy. He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at The Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology.
Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an (a groundbreaking and innovative study that reveals many of the ways the Qur’an was first composed) and Heroes: Five Lessons From Whose Lives We Can Learn, an exciting and fast-moving look at the lives of five incredible giants of the Christian faith. His latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Dreadful Consequences of Really Bad Arguments), is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism. He also co-wrote and presented the TV documentary, Burning Questions.
When not travelling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He is married to Astrid and has two children, Caitriona and Christopher.