Press Release: LEAF HOPE to bring church leaders together for lunch 

LEAF Leaders Lunch with Roy Crowne HOPE 2018

Press Release: LEAF HOPE to bring church leaders together for lunch 
Release: Immediate

HOPE Together Director: Roy CrowneThe next gathering of church leaders from across the New Forest is next Thursday lunchtime, 27th April. The gathering organised by LEAF, the local evangelical alliance across the New Forest, will be an opportunity for church leaders from all denominations to come together in unity and to be inspired by national speaker and evangelist Roy Crowne.

Crowne is well known in Christian circles having graduated from Moorlands College, Sopley and gone on to be one of the countries foremost Christian communicators. He now directs HOPE Together, an organisation with offices in Rugby; whose aim is to inspire churches and Christian organisations to work together for the good of the local communities in which they are founded. Crowne last spoke to gathered church leaders in 2013 when he was planning HOPE 2014. At that time 50 church leaders came to hear him speak and then signed up to work together in their areas for the benefit of the New Forest. The churches in conjunction with Moorlands College and 150 practical theology students planned festivals and outreaches throughout 2014 which had a marked effect on long term unity and church togetherness. Now, Mr Crowne who is an enthusiastic and charismatic orator, aims to inspire more church leaders to join with national churches for a year long mission in 2018 which is backed by every major Christian organisation and denomination. The Archbishop of Canterbury: Justin Welby, speaking recently to national church leaders and HOPE Practitioners from around the UK at Lambeth Palace, praised HOPE Together for its clear mission to get churches working together for the good of all, for unity and for the communities in which the churches are built. He said: "We exist as God’s people to enable the world to meet Jesus Christ and then make up their minds. We can't force conversion but we can bring people face to face with Christ... and HOPE give us the tools for it; the stimulation, the resources. That's why I like HOPE, that's why churches like HOPE."

The lunch will be held at Ashley Baptist Church and it is hoped that HOPE 2018 will build upon the foundations laid during those 2014 events and many people will benefit from the growing unity displayed by the many churches throughout the forest.


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