When does life begin? Which life matters most? How do we express love, intimacy and affection for one another?

Who or what determines our gender or identity? How do we welcome the stranger? Will humans be surplus to requirement in a future world?

The questions surrounding Humanity are not only accelerating in contemporary society but are approaching from all angles. This can leave Christians questioning what they have stood for and stood by for years, wondering how to reflect the nature and character of God to Humanity in the changing world.

Vaughan Roberts highlights in the book 'The Porn Game' that many of us “find ourselves in unfamiliar territory ill-equipped to deal with it.” Many Christians find it easier to protest and rage against change rather than humbly and carefully discern what God is saying to the church through his truth revealing Word.

As church leaders, we need to be equipped not only to navigate this world ourselves but to help others to make sense of the world we find ourselves in allowing scripture to illuminate the way.

The Elim Theological Conference will be investigating many of the hard questions about sexuality, identity, gender, technology and freedom-seeking to provide a safe space for discussion and robust thinking in many of these key areas.

The event will host ‘thought leaders’ who will combine a blend of expert biblical, practical and theological perspectives presented alongside space for questions and discussion alongside like-minded leaders.

As we approach multiple crossroads wondering which way to turn, take some time to consult the map, talk to other travelling companions and get prepared for this uncharted journey.

Book your place now to be part of this conversation.


“I want to encourage you not to miss out on this unique opportunity to engage with issues directly relevant to the coalface of ministry”

Chris Cartwright - General Superintendent


The Elim Theological Conference will provide space for Elim leaders to engage with thought-provoking presentations from our speakers and create dialogue around key issues.

Malcolm Duncan Dundonald Elim 

Malcolm is an author, lecturer and advocacy specialist. Born in Northern Ireland, Malcolm spent some time working in a project in Mexico before returning to the UK to study theology and Christian ministry. He is a former student of Regents Theological College.

Joel EdwardsInternational speaker

Joel Edwards is a freelance broadcaster with the BBC, a writer, coach and international speaker and Bible teacher, covering issues of social justice, leadership, faith and society. He is also currently a doctoral student with St John’s College, Durham where he is also visiting fellow.

Simo FrestadiusRegents Theological College

Simo (PhD, University of Birmingham) is the Academic Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Regents Theological College, Malvern, UK. His research focuses on Pentecostal and philosophical theology. He is also an ordained Elim Minister and the Vice-Chair of European Pentecostal Theological Association (EPTA).

Neil HudsonLICC & Salford Elim

Neil Hudson leads the Church Team at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC). The team have worked with churches over the past 10 years or so learning what it takes for churches to become communities where whole life disciples develop and flourish.

Kobby KoduaUniversity of Warwick & Church of Pentecost

Kobby is an Associate Professor of Digital Systems & Advanced Technology at the University of Warwick. He has a unique background in technology development, theology and practical ministry, which helps in providing an integrated Christian perspective on the implications of advances in technology on the human landscape.

Peter Lynas N.I. Evangelical Alliance

Peter qualified as a lawyer and practiced as a barrister in Northern Ireland for five years before completing his Masters in Divinity at Regent College, Vancouver. Peter set up the faith@work initiative at Belfast Bible College and continues to work part-time at Causeway Coast Vineyard.

Ian PaulFuller Theological Seminary

Ian is a theologian, author, Adjunct Professor at Fuller Theological Seminary and associate minister at St Nic’s in Nottingham. Ian is particularly interested in issues of leadership and mission, preaching, and how individual Christians and congregations encounter Scripture and experience it as life-transforming.

Philippa Taylor  Christian Medical Fellowship

Philippa is Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship. She is also a consultant on bioethics and the family for Christian Action Research and Education (CARE). For over twenty five years, Philippa has been speaking, writing, advising and working on a range of contemporary bioethics and family issues in the UK.

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The programme for the conference includes talks, presentations of various case studies, panel discussions, along with some question and answer times. Come prepared to ask your pressing questions about humanity.


9.45am Arrival and registration
10.15am Welcome and Introduction
10.30am The Truth About Humanity: Elim’s Foundational Truths and Theological Anthropology
Simo Frestadius
11.30am Break
12.00pm Being Human in the Economy of God: Reflections on Scripture  
Ian Paul
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Being Human in a Sexualised Society: Reflections on Culture
Ian Paul 
3.00pm Human Identity, Sexual Ethics and Gender and Implications for the Church
Malcolm Duncan
4.00pm Break
4.45pm Panel discussion with Simo Frestadius, Malcolm Duncan and Ian Paul
5.30pm Evening Meal
7.00pm Can We Talk? How To Have Awkward Conversations That Rock The Boat
Neil Hudson


8.00am Breakfast
9:00am Transformed - Understanding Transgender in a Changing Culture
Peter Lynas 
10.15am Life Matters: Issues and Challenges in Law and Policy at the Beginning of Life
Philippa Taylor
11.15am Break
11:45am The Demise of Dignity
Joel Edwards 
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Artificial Intelligence And Humanity: Implications on Work and Relationships
Kobby Kodua
3.00pm Closing Thoughts and Communion
Chris Cartwright
4.00pm Depart

This is draft outline. Session titles and speakers are subject to change.


The event will take place at Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU.

  • Registration: Wednesday 13 February 2019 at 10am
  • Conference concludes: Thursday 14 February 2019 at 4pm
  • This conference is open to Elim Ministers and their leadership teams.


Wednesday 13 - Thursday 14 February 2019

This event is now over.

En-Suite Room

£ 145
  •   En-suite room
  •     Meals
  •   Refreshments

Non En-Suite Room

£ 125
  •   Non en-suite room
  •     Meals
  •   Refreshments

Event Only

£ 105
  •     Meals excluding breakfast
  •   Refreshments

Got any questions?

If you have any queries about this event, please contact Rebekah Marshall:

  elimtraining@elimhq.net      01684 588947