Rooted is the EMBA’s commitment to equip ministers and leaders for contemporary ministry and to help churches engage in mission and ministry in our ever-changing world.
Themed days (usually three) are held each year that provide an opportunity to reflect theologically and practically on a particular aspect of ministry. The day is broadly aimed at either Ministers and Pastors (Rooted for Ministers), wider church leadership teams, including ministers and pastors (Rooted for Leaders), or open to anyone connected to our churches (Rooted for Everyone).
The days are participative and delivered by experienced and knowledgeable speakers. Themes explored so far include creative discipleship, understanding cultural change, and engaging missionally with new housing estates. Further sessions are always being planned and developed and will be displayed on this page.
All sessions are delivered free of charge to EMBA churches, although donations are always welcome to offset costs. We are always happy to receive suggestions for topics or themes to be explored.
Rooted for Everyone: Hearing the Voice of the Child
Saturday 27th April 9.30am - 1.30pm Venue to be confirmed
Rev Dr Linda Hopkins will be leading this Rooted day. She is a Baptist minister who trained as a Youth and Community worker. She was the Whitley Lecturer for 2023 and has published some of her research findings in "Learning from Young People's Experiences of Baptist Communion: Re-envisioning the Meal as a Space for Nurturing Faith"
"Where and how are children and young people heard and participating in Baptist church life? This seems as pertinent a question now as it ever has been, as we think about not only the place of children and young people in church but how they are included and involved, as well as the attention we give to their growth and outworking of faith. Hearing from and involving children and young people enriches the whole church as we grow and learn together.
This workshop will address these themes, considering why it is important practically and theologically to hear from and encourage the participation of children and young people.
I will draw on some of the thoughts and findings from my recent research with young people on their experiences of communion in Baptist churches, applying these more generally to church life and practice. There will be time to discuss together, drawing on our own experiences of children and young people in church life, and reflecting on our practice."
Linda's book is available HERE
Information on venue and how to sign up for the day will follow soon.
Previous Rooted Events
This workshop was led by Simon Clay, on Saturday 18th November 2023 9.30am-1.30pm
We'll be sharing some thoughts from the day soon
Exploring the Enneagram - March 2022
Speaker: Revd Geoff Colmer (Team Leader for the Central Baptist Association and BU President 2021-22)
Creating Healthy Christian Cultures: Understanding Spiritual Abuse - Sept 2021
Speaker: Dr Lisa Oakley (Associate Professor in Applied Psychology at the University of Chester)
Mission Outside the Church Walls - April 2021
Speaker: Revd Peter Dunn (European Director of Biglife Ministries and YBA Mission Enabler)
You can watch the recording here