Business and the Kingdom

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Saturday 12th November 2016 9:30am to 4:00pm

Christians in business often feel unsupported at church and isolated at work. Work in business is part of God's purpose for the world he created, loves and is restoring; yet business, like all of life, has been corrupted, so there are tough challenges.

This conference aims to enable you to put your work in business into the context of God's purposes in the world, and so to recover a Godly ambition; to gain a Christian understanding of profit, power and relationships; and to find out what good business looks like.

Attendance at the conference is £50 including lunch and refreshments. Reduced-fee places are available, contact Cat Thatcher in confidence on or 01274 777720 to discuss.

Book your tickets below.

The conference opens at 9.30am (for a 10am start), and our talks will be:

The gift of creation and business

Richard Higginson
​International speaker on business ethics and the theology of work.

Richard lectures in Christian Ethics at Ridley Hall Theological College, where he directs the Faith in Business project. He is founder-editor of the quarterly journal Faith in Business, and he has written several books, including Faith, Hope & the Global Economy. He is currently co-authoring a new book about Christian entrepreneurs.

So what is good business?

Prof Carole Howorth
​Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business, Interim Dean at the Bradford University School of Management.

Before joining the School of Management at the University of Bradford in 2012, Carole was Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business at Lancaster University Management School, as well as founding the Centre for Family Business there.

The purpose of business in God's Kingdom

Dr Andy Jolley
​Archdeacon of Bradford.

Andy is the Archdeacon of Bradford and part of the senior leadership team of the Diocese of Leeds. Before he became a clergyman, he worked in industry for 12 years, first as an engineer with Ford and then as a management consultant with a predecessor firm of PwC. His PhD is about how Christians in different patterns of work can relate their faith to their working life.

What is Christian leadership?

Mark McAllister
​CEO of PA Resources and Trustee of London School of Theology.

Mark has worked in the international oil industry since 1979 and is currently CEO of PA Resources. Mark served as Chairman of OSPRAG which formulated the joint response of the North Sea oil industry, trade unions and government to the Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. He has helped pioneer a new marine heavy-lift technology aimed at ensuring the safe and efficient removal of large offshore oil and gas platforms. In 2009, Mark was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Technology from Robert Gordon's University in recognition of services to the oil industry.

Mark and his wife, Jennifer, moved to Kennington in 2012 when the last of their four daughters left home. They belong to Oasis Church Waterloo where they lead a small group and Mark is responsible for the church's Sustainable Faith initiative. Earlier this year, Oasis received its first ecoCongregation award from A Rocha.

Mark is currently a Trustee of London School of Theology and was Chairman of Christians in Sport.