Conference for Christian Centre

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SCARBOROUGH Christian Centre, on Castle Road, is to host a conference as part of a groundbreaking initiative to reach men with the Christian message and form a band of brothers to counter the exodus of men from the British Church.

The national charities New Wine and Christian Vision for Men have formed a partnership to stage events with the aim of attracting men back to Christianity. The partnership was struck on the back of alarming statistics showing a vast exodus of men from church in the last 15 years.

Experts in the field of evangelism and male spirituality are leading seminars and talks at venues throughout the UK.

The Rev Carl Beech, CVM director, said: “Our movement exists to see millions of men in this country encounter the message of Jesus. Over the last 20 years 38 per cent of believing men left the church. The decline is pretty terminal and in 30 years time there could be zero men left in church communities in the UK.

“We are hugely excited to be in partnership with New Wine. We both have the same vision of seeing local churches transform the UK and we both see reaching men as fundamental to seeing that vision fulfilled.”

The Scarborough conference will be on Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm. It will include seminars on Mentoring Men, Street Angels and The Code.

Speakers will include Dean Gray and Mark Tanner, the warden of Cranmer Hall in Durham.

As a youngster, Mr Gray was involved with gangs and alcohol abuse. He joined the Army when he was 16 and became a Christian at the age of 24.

Since leaving the Army he has worked as an architectural technician, owned a construction business, worked in prison ministry, and has been a project manager in Afghanistan. He is now the managing director of operations for CVM.

Places at the conference can be booked by contacting Nick Welford on 07528 550240.