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AGM and Annual Lecture 2015

Members of the society gathered at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London on May 14th for the AGM and annual lecture. This year the lecture was given by Israel Olofinjana. He reflected on “Reverse mission” – the presence in the London Baptist Association (this year celebrating its 150th anniversary) of people from the majority world who have come to London explicitly, and with a calling to serve in mission. 2015-05-14 16.56.11
The presentation started with an overview and introduction to the reality of reverse mission; Israel reminded us of the impact of mission from the UK in the development of the world wide church, and the helped us to see the way in which people from churches with their roots in that work were now coming to work in a land where the church presence had diminished. Part of this work is in churches with their roots in countries in Africa, in Latin Members of the society gathered at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London on May 14th for the AGM and annual lecture. This year the lecture was given by Israel Olofinjana. He reflected on “Reverse mission” – the presence in the London Baptist Association (this year celebrating its 150th anniversary) America, in the Caribbean and in South Asia – but they are also concerned to church plant, in the UK and beyond.
To help us understand more, we heard three case studies. The stories helped us to know three people who are working in various ways within the LBA and to understand their impact.
The conversations in the question and answer session reflected on engagement, on welcome and on the blending of styles that is emerging as culture, identity and denominational practices are all explored in new and creative ways.
The society is grateful to Israel for a stimulating afternoon.