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MODEM’s 2019 Conference

delivered in partnership with the Susanna Wesley Foundation

Held at Sarum College from lunchtime on Thursday, 21st – lunch on Friday 22nd November, this year’s conference builds on the themes of last year’s day conference, and is entitled ‘Losing Control – Enabling Withness’. We will be exploring the intersection of ideas from the Nazareth Manifesto of being with, ideas from organisational studies of emergence and non-imperialistic forms of organising and non-control, and experience and wisdom from the local church. More information will follow shortly.

2018 Conference

Our 2018 conference asked the question:

Where does the power lie to bring about change in church and community?

Our speakers came from:

  • an understanding of communities, and how positive change can happen within a place, culture or community, and;
  • a background of church change and development, with an understanding of how power works within congregations.

Here is the conference home page, and here is the conference poster.

Bookings via Eventbrite here.

2017 Conference

In 2017, Modem’s annual conference returned to Sarum College, set in the serene surroundings of Salisbury’s Cathedral Close. The conference brought together experts from the fields of leadership, management and ministry for stimulating conversations between church and business communities.
This conference aimed to help all to understand more about what is the church for,
and to help churches mobilise and organize beyond Sunday morning, with Professor Mike Higton and Dr. Graham Adams speaking.

Here is the conference home page. MODEM Matters Issue 37 had a full write-up.


Book Reviews


We regularly provide reviews of newly published books that are relevant to leadership, management or ministry. Check out our book review page.


Archbishop of Canterbury supports Modem’s work


“The work you do in bringing together perspectives on leadership and ethics from church and commerce is immensely valuable and I am grateful to you for developing these channels of communciation.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Revd & Rt Hon. Justin Welby sent MODEM a letter of “warmest good wishes” for its 20th anniversary conference in 2013. He challenged MODEM to continue its work with a reflection on “the love of Christ urges us on…” from 2 Corinthians.
You can read the full letter in a special conference issue of MODEM Matters.