As theological debates on sexuality and marriage become more and more central, many Christian denominations are being asked to clarify their views.
Experienced Christian leaders will lead free online sessions on topics like discipleship, science or reliability of the Bible. The Forum of Christian Leaders hopes many will “join the global conversation”.
Lindsay Brown will open the new season of FOCL online webinars with a 90-minute session on the 10 major trends in mission in the 21st Century. It will be the first of 12 free high-quality online sessions open to participants from across the world.
“Forum Webinars are designed to give Evangelicals free access to some of the best teaching by senior Evangelical leaders”, the President of Forum of Christian Leaders (FOCL) Greg Pritchard told Evangelical Focus.
“The most common word that Jesus uses to describe his followers is ‘disciple’ -- which means ‘learner’”, and these webinars are “an opportunity to be taught and ask questions of some of world's most effective and knowledgeable leaders”.
FOCL is the main organisation behind the annual European Leadership Forum, which seeks to find “the most spiritual mature and effective leaders to teach at its annual meeting”.
The live online webinars between September and March “select the most highly valued and impactful of these sessions” in a new format.
A GLOBAL CONVERSATION
Pritchard believes this online initiative is “a chance for evangelicals to join in a global conversation and learn to love the Lord and others more deeply and learn how to use their gifts for His glory”.
THE FULL LIST OF WEBINARS
These are the 2016-17 Forum of Christian Leaders live webinars:
1. What is God Doing in the World? 10 major trends in mission in the 21st Century. Lindsay Brown. 22 September 2016 17:00 GMT
2. Breaking the Code of Developing Young Leaders. Tim Griffin. 27 September 2016, 17:00 GMT.
3. Cosmology - 5 Observations and How They Relate to God. Alexander Fink. 28 September 2016, 17:00 GMT.
4. Leaders in the hands of a redeeming God. Jay Eastman. 4 October 2016, 17:00 GMT.
5. Are we mistaken about Jesus? Examining other Gospels outside of the NT. H.H. Drake. 5 October 2016, 17:00 GMT.
6. Apologetics is un-biblical! Stefan Gustavsson. 18 October, 17:00 GMT.
7. The current reality of refugees in Europe and the connection to the church. Paul Sydnor. 20 October 2016, 17:00 GMT.
8. The gospel of Thomas. H.H. Drake Williams. 2 November 2016 18:00 GMT.
9. Is the Reformation over? Leonardo de Chirico. 24 November 2016. 18:00 GMT
10. The intricacies of flight. Andy McIntosh. 24 January 2017, 18:00 GMT
11. Forgery? Were some of the NT Letters written by someone other than who they said? H.H. Drake Williams. 8 February 2017, 18:00 GMT
12. Relationships Built on Authenticity and Humility. Jerry Root. 21 March 2017, 18:00 GMT.