Once a year, at locations across the country, CMA centres come together for our ‘Envision’ conference. This is an opportunity to learn, network, celebrate and eat together as well as being a time of encouragement, fresh envisioning and equipping for the year ahead.
Over the years we have been blessed by many and varied speakers and have been able to learn about sector and developmental changes through seminars. For those on the naughty boys table at the evening meal, interesting napkin origami has taken place too.
Each year it is a challenge to find new and provocative speakers and seminar choices, yet year on year powerful themes emerge to challenge, motivate and encourage us all.
2003 Shrewsbury: Martin Charlesworth & Heather Keates: On a journey together. Seminars were held by FIAC & also the Money Advice Trust
2004 Hammersmith: Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach & Malcolm Duncan: Stories of Hope for the nation
2005 Milton Keynes: Keith Tondeur & Nigel Ring: Refined by Fire
2006 Peterborough: Malcolm Duncan: Running the race, the call for Churches to play an active part in transforming our communities
2007 Congleton: Matt Barlow: Stepping out of the boat. Challenging us to be prepared to step out in faith and believe in the promises we have been given
2008 Sidcup: David Holden. First Friday evening and all day Saturday conference. Isaiah 61 Proclaiming the year of the Lord’s Favour
2009 Milton Keynes: Stephen Timms M.P. (Chief Secretary to the Treasury): Bravely took questions from the floor after his talk. Martin Charlesworth: Growth and professional approach whilst remembering why we do what we do. Catered lunch on Saturday for the first time
2010 Liverpool: Keith Tondeur: Society thinks so much about things that it fails to think about God and people
2011 HTB, London: Heather Keates: CMA story and Be Prepared Martin Charlesworth: Churches response to social action. Celebrating 10 years of CMA as a charity. Introduction of Friday afternoon sessions along with a celebration meal Friday evening
2012 Nottingham: Linbert Spencer, Salvation Army: Engaging with multi-cultural communities
2013 Shrewsbury: Mike Royal: Enlarging our tents and Colin Smith, DWP: talking about sector changes
2014 Shrewsbury: Colin Trend: Debt & Mental Health Brother Robert: Poverty, debt & economics
2015 Durham: Bishop of Durham: Telling the Story Andrew Orton: Money Talks
2016 Shrewsbury: Robin Millar: Action out of values Laurence Singlehurst: Making a difference where we are. Satori fundraising gig held after the Friday evening meal
2017 Alfreton: Dave Coates-Smith: Stories of Hope