Minister’s Conference

Ministers Conference 2018

We are now taking bookings for the 2018 Conference where the keynote speakers will be Shaun Lambert & Tracy Cotterell. This will be held from 7th to 9th February at the Hayes, Swanwick.

Shaun Lambert is a Baptist minister based in Stanmore, North West London. He is part of the New Wine leader’s network, and PREMIER Mind and Soul network, who has trained extensively in counselling and psychotherapy.

He has been researching mindfulness since 2006, in different perspectives, including the psychological, Christian and Buddhist perspectives. He thinks mindfulness is a new social phenomenon which needs to be engaged with, especially as it is applied in mental health, work, education and learning, relationships, creativity as well as the spiritual.

He writes regularly for the Baptist Times and other online websites. He believes that all truth is God’s truth and that Christians need to be learners and thinkers who help critique and transform culture. He leads retreats and training days in the area of contemplation and mindfulness. He is pursuing a PhD project in mindfulness via London School of Theology.
He has been a faith guest on Clare Balding’s Good Morning Sunday on BBC Radio 2, as well as being interviewed by UCB National Christian radio, Premier Radio, and Share Radio, he has also recorded some financial thoughts of the day for Share Radio.
As well as being the author of ‘A Book of Sparks – a study in Christian MindFullness’ he has written ‘Flat Earth Unroofed – a tale of mind lore’ – a children’s/teenage fantasy fiction novel woven around mindfulness. You can book him to speak via this website. The second edition of A Book of Sparks with extended introduction on mindfulness and study guide is now available. His new book ‘Putting On The Wakeful One: Attuning to the Spirit of Jesus through Watchfulness’ is also now available.

He is married to Clare and has two children, Zachary and Amy, and a dog called Coco.

Tracy Cotterell  is Managing Director at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

With equal doses of insight, precision and kindness, Tracy sets the beat that all our staff (very willingly) march to. She has her eye on every area of LICC’s work, bringing our vision to life by developing the team, integrating and progressing our various streams of activity, developing and keeping focus on our strategic priorities.

Tracy dedicates much of her spare time to lovingly renovating their hundred-year-old house and if she could have another job for a day she’d choose to be a neurologist.



The booking form is available below in word or pdf formats:

EMBA-Conf-Booking-Form-2018 pdf

EMBA-Conf-Booking-Form-2018 word

If you didn’t make it this year, why not make next year’s Conference a priority and book now.

2017 EMBA MINISTERS CONFERENCE – Audio Files of Sessions

Session 1 – Peter Nodding – ‘Gathered Churches 1

Session 2 – Pam Bryan – ‘Scattered Churches

Session 3 – Peter Nodding – ‘Gathered Churches 2

Session 4 – Pam Bryan & Peter Nodding – ‘Tested Leadership

Session 5 – Mark Clay – ‘Immeasurably More

Good News Stories shared at 2017 EMBA Ministers Conference

Melton Mowbray town centre chaplaincy – Helen Culy, a member at Melton Mowbray, joined in the Leicester leg of Chris Duffet’s year as President of the BU, when we went out into Leicester and shared good news on the street in a variety of ways, she sensed God calling her out into the community. She did the Mission shaped ministry on line course from Sept 2015- July 2016. She and a group of others began to pray around the centre, asking God where he wanted them to be. He has guided them step by step to various cafes, involvement with Help the Aged, café Uno, Now she has 16 others involved in 2 mornings a week in cafes using Jesus cards, painted stones and chatting, walking around sharing hugs and praying for people. A team are praying for those who are out and about.  She is happy for visitors to join them, so if you would like you can contact her via the church. (

Greenhill Baptist in Coalville, an area of social deprivation. The small church family, currently without a minister, run drop ins for the estate, giving out food parcels and they organise a coach to take people out once a month to the countryside to a garden centre or café, they only pay a limited amount, and the church funds the rest, they ran out of money and having sought funding without success, they asked God to provide. Then the council phoned, they had heard about the lunch trips out and offered £1800, the exact amount they needed.

Gosberton have 9 members, they offered Christmas day lunch for the lonely in their community. The local community got to hear so a farmer offered them the vegetables, and put money behind the counter in the butchers so they could choose what meat they wanted, after they had ordered the meat the butcher gave them the money the farmer gave so that it would cover puddings!

Holbeach who have 5 members, have been praying as they have made contact with their local Polish community and are exploring some sort of English conversation group with them, meantime 8 Romanians turned up last Sunday.

Sawley Baptist logically should have closed some time ago. Without a leader and with only 10 members they have begun to organise social events – suppers, a Christmas fair, and have organised themselves to be a place where the local older folk can find care and friendship, and have found people to help them carry out a rolling programme of maintenance to their old chapel.