It takes a lot of heart...
The theme of the conference this year was 'Essence: it takes a lot of heart.' Most of my time was spent in the bustling exhibition, looking after the schoolswork.co.uk stand and so I missed a lot of the main content, but did manage to squeeze in some input from the wonderful Rob Parsons, Scott Todd and young American Zach Hunter.
Loads of great conversations on the stand, encouraged to hear about all the great work going on in schools around the UK. Conversations also progressed over the weekend relating the new schools work qualification, which we'll be sharing about hopefully very soon! Nigel Roberts (YFC) and Wayne Dixon (SU) led two great seminars on the future of schools work, thinking both about policy and politics as well as some practical tools and resources. We'll hopefully be able to share their presentations here, so watch this space.
If you were at the conference hope you also had a great time, and have come away encouraged and enthused about your ministry. Coming back from conferences should be exciting and exhilarating, however it very often feels like the end of a summer camp when you were a teenager...it has been a great weekend where we were brought closer to God and were mixing with others who had similar passions, and then you get back and it can feel a bit deflating. If you understand that feeling you're not alone! Actually, Rob's message to us on the Friday night needs to ring true in our ears here - 'DON'T LOSE HEART'!! The longer term effect of conferences like this one often have an impact in a way that we're unable to see or understand immediately. If you missed this one and want to make sure you don't miss the next one, book now. Dates are 23 - 25 November 2012.