Manny’s coming!

mini-cwc-coverIn the next couple of weeks we will be welcoming my good friend and former colleague, Professor Manny Ortiz, to Belfast for our church’s Urban Mission Conference. This is a great chance to interact with someone who is extremely knowledgeable and well-skilled in leading and directing urban ministry and mission.

If you are a leader in an urban congregation, you will benefit greatly from this conference. Be sure to sign up today as numbers will be limited.

From a Presbyterian perspective, this is a very important event. Our denomination is facing huge challenges in the urban areas of Ireland, and we need to apply ourselves with energy and urgency to this topic. In many urban districts, the church appears to be on the retreat from the city to the suburbs. But with over half the world’s population now living in cities, mission and ministry in the cities and town centres is not optional for us. Key questions about our involvement in urban mission will be addressed at this conference.

Manny was Harvie Conn’s close friend and understudy for many years, and he not only understands the theological issues which Harvie dealt with, but has implemented them in his own congregation, Spirit and Truth Fellowship which meets in the Hunting Park area of North Philadelphia. It is a vibrant and inspiring multi-ethnic congregation drawn from people living in a deprived urban area.

Manny will be supported by Dr Sue Baker, an accomplished social scientist and experienced teacher, who has first-hand experience of urban ministry in Chicago and Philadelphia. If you can make it, come to West Kirk on the Shankhill Road to hear Manny on Sunday evening, 18 October.

2 Replies to “Manny’s coming!”

  1. Dear Rev Carson i do hope that your uban Conference goes well.I must say that your blog is very interesting and hope that your blog will also reach the unsaved.May i also wish you well as Moderator for the P.C.I.And have heard that you have spoke at our Banner of truth Ministers Conference in Leicesiter here in the UK.So very good Blog and keep up the Good Lord work and stay faithful the Evangelical Reformed.

  2. I look forward to both attending the conference and to the response which will be made my me, my church and certainly the wider presbyterian church. For a long time the church in the city has been left to it with little resources whether in money or certainly not people. A conference like this should challenge everyone to play a part and to see the need of the many people who are lost without christ. What a different place the inner city could be if many came to know the lord and if the church also was seen as alive and relevant in these communities. For a long time we have struggled to do it on our own, we need help from the wider church and I think a conference like this is the starting point, action will be needed to build on it.

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