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To reach our nation with the Gospel, we need every kind of church and Christian community, from every stream, to multiply – reaching different people, in different contexts and places, in different ways.

We believe we must do it together — the theme of our conference this year. The idea is not that we necessarily plant churches together, but by finding creative ways to envision, encourage and support each other, together we plant churches. Covid-19 may have dislocated us and physically distanced us but churches have responded more creatively than ever. We want to build on that creativity and learning in this conference.


Please join us on-line with your team at this year’s Church Planting Conference, multiplyX 2021: Together on Thursday, 24 June. 

From across traditions, denominations and contexts, whether lay or ordained, people of all backgrounds, ages and every ethnicity — if you’re simply interested or already church planting or pioneering Christian communities, this conference is for you.

Our conference morning will be focused around TED-style talks from experienced practitioners and leaders in the planting field. In the afternoon, we’ll offer a choice of 27 high quality, interactive seminars on a whole range of topics to inspire, provoke and equip you for multiplication!

Main Speakers

Agu Irukwu

Senior Pastor of Jesus House

Pastor Agu Irukwu is Senior Pastor of Jesus House for All Nations church in London. He is the national leader of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, which has 850 churches in the UK, and President of the Pentecostal churches of England. He leads the Festival of Life prayer event which gathers around 45,000 people a year to pray.

Rachel Gardner

Director & Relationship Lead at Youthscape

Rachel Gardner is the Relationship Lead at Youthscape - a national youthwork organisation - responsible for pioneering new ways for churches to engage young people with faith. A bestselling author of a number of books for young people, Rachel speaks widely on youth and faith-related topics. Outside of her role at Youthscape, Rachel is the President of the Girl's Brigade England and Wales. She serves on the leadership team at Preston Minster and this summer she and her husband Jason are planting a Youth Resourcing church in a town in the North West.

Ric Thorpe

Bishop of Islington, the Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication

Ric was appointed as Bishop of Islington in 2015 to oversee the Diocese of London’s church planting and church growth work. He also serves the Church of England nationally, supporting bishops, dioceses, church planters and pioneers, to develop church planting strategies and to plant new worshipping communities to reach new people in new places in new ways. He is the director of the Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication which offers church growth and church planting training and support for the full breadth of the church. He is married to Louie and they have three children.

Joy French

Oversight Minister, St John’s Owlerton

Joy French is the Oversight Minister at St. John's Owlerton in Sheffield and co-author of 'Ordinary Mum, Extraordinary Mission: Sharing God's Love in Everyday life'. She is passionate about the church being involved in every sector of the community, and loves to see the church working well with local partners to develop social initiatives that are a win for everyone. She loves to communicate faith with humour and a heavy dose of real life.

Moon Hing

Anglican Bishop of West Malaysia, formerly Archbishop of South East Asia

Moon Hing came from a Buddhist-Taoist family and became a Christian during his university days. He went into full-time ministry after a couple of years in his professional career. He planted 50 churches while serving as a parish priest, and encouraged his fellow priests to plant another 50 churches while he was the diocesan bishop. He retired as the Archbishop of the Province of South East Asia.

Simon Cuff

Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus College

Fr Simon Cuff is a Tutor in Theology at St Mellitus College and Honorary Assistant Priest of St Cyprian’s, Clarence Gate in the Diocese of London. He helps to convene a network of clergy passionate about church mission and growth in sacramental and catholic traditions. Fr Simon has a long association with the craft of community organising and is a Fellow of the Centre for Theology and Community. He has a passion for social justice in every area of life and has recently joined the executive of the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility and is a trustee of Migrants Organise. He has a keen interest in Catholic Social Teaching, sacramental theology and evangelism, and the use of Scripture in systematic theology and political thought. He is the author of Love in Action: Catholic Social Teaching for Every Church and Only God Will Save Us: The Nature of God and the Christian Life.


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