First Conference and Launch of CNI Network:
The Christian Nightlife Initiatives was launched at the first CNI Network conference in July 2008. The day, held in Halifax, included Malcolm Duncan (Faithworks), Debra Green (Redeeming our Communities), local police, council and town centre management sharing the difference Street Angels has made in the town and presentations from projects across the UK. Around fifty people from across the UK attended.
Thoughts from the day can be found here.
The second CNI conference was held on Wednesday 7th July 2010 in Bedford. The day started with a talk from Rt. Rev. Richard Inwood, Bishop of Bedford on "Being Transformed - Helping the Night-time Economy". The CEO of the Evangelical Alliance then spoke around Big Society and the urgent need for Christians to engage. After lunch, Andy Turner from Church Urban Fund spoke about the benefits of serving.
The day also included presentations from various projects across the UK including Street Pastors, Street Angels and cafe projects. There was also time to look at the future plans and vision for CNI.
Our thanks to the Majors Ian and Loxley from the Salvation Army for hosting us and Daphne Cherry and the team from Kingdom Way Church in Bedford for providing the lunch.
Podcasts of the speakers:
Being Transformed - A devotional address on Romans 12
The Rt. Rev. Richard Inwood, Bishop of Bedford
Creating Christian Communities of Transformation
Steve Clifford, General Director, Evangelical Alliance
The Benefits of Serving
Andy Turner, Director of Xchange, Church Urban Fund
Drawing it all Together
Adam May, Event Coordinator and CNI Trustee
A word of thanks
Adam May, Event Coordinator and CNI Trustee
Press Release following the Conference:
Fifty delegates from over 20 projects attended the second Christian Nightlife Initiatives conference on Wednesday 7th July 2010 at the Salvation Army Congress Hall, Bedford.
The project brought together volunteers from Street Angels, Town Pastor and other night-time initiatives to share together in teaching, reflection and friendship. The conference celebrated the different projects across the country and heard of the tremendous investment they each make towards community transformation particularly within the night-time economy.
In the morning, the Bishop of Bedford, the Right Reverend Richard Inwood spoke about the calling on all Christians to be the light of Christ on their streets. Speaking on the need to be Christians working together, the Bishop went on to state that 'we are not like the Body of Christ' but 'we are the body of Christ'.
Later in the morning, we were delighted to welcome Steve Clifford, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance as our first keynote speaker. In his inspiring address, Steve Clifford urged delegates to continue to engage with the world through their own work and commented that it was exciting to see that increasingly on Friday and Saturday nights the church in the UK can be found actively helping others on the streets.
After lunch, we will be joined by Andy Turner, the Director of XChange from the Church Urban Fund who spoke about the need for commitment to work in the longer term rather than the quick fix.
Speaking after the conference, Steve Clifford said
"All over the country the church is to be found on a Friday or Saturday night on the street, being and speaking the good news. As an Evangelical Alliance we want to cheer these teams on, and tell stories of what God is so obviously blessing."
Also reflecting after the conference, Adam May, Trustee and Event Coordinator said:
"We have had a fantastic conference hearing again amazing stories of how God has inspired Christians across the country to get involved in communities within the night time economy. The teaching at the conference was inspiring"
Founder of Street Angels, Paul Blakey MBE, commented:
"To hear all that God is doing through amazing people who volunteer week in and week out to make a difference to others at a time when many would rather be bed is encouraging and exciting. The forming of the Christian Nightlife Initiatives Network will help strengthen this work and help projects be part of the bigger picture of what God is doing."
Houses of Parliament Reception:
In August 2011 CNI Network hosted a reception at Portcullis House with eighty six people from across the UK gathering for an afternoon of inspiration and networking. You can read more here.
The Third Conference was in August 2013 and was held over a weekend at Staverton Park, Daventry - read more here.
CNI has also organised and been involved in various regional night-time work conferences including the South Coast region and the London and South region. In 2011 we also organised a day looking at The Big Society in Halifax with Steve Chalke which attracted over 300 people.