Thrive Aberdeen – 15th/16th March 2019

Thrive Conference 2019

This conference has been born out of a desire to see God move in the places and people we move amongst each and every day, many of whom would never enter a church building. Our aim is to see Christians live out the gospel in and through their workplace - impacting themselves, their work and our city.

Thus, the theme of the conference is how we can be an influence and make an impact in the workplace. It is aimed at Christians who are:

  • struggling to see how God can use them in the workplace
  • need encouraged, equipped and empowered to see their workplace as a place of ministry
  • wanting to make a bigger impact on the corporate culture around them and the city in which they work

We are asking ourselves: how can we help Christian's thrive in the workplace? A place that is often tiring, stressful, and resistant to Christian things. It is our belief that God is moving within our corporate world across Scotland and we want to catch something of His vision and heart for our workplace.

The Business Connection, Mission Scotland, SOLAS, Global Advance USA and King’s Community Church have joined together to bring you a time of inspiring teaching, great worship and honest conversations. We would love you to join us and be part of the movement. Would you invest one day of your entire year in seeking to make the other 260 or so days at work more purposeful and influential?


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Andy Bannister

Andy Bannister is  the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and an Adjunct Speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, speaking and teaching regularly throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, and the wider world. From universities to churches, business forums to TV and radio, he regularly address audiences of both Christians and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society.

Holding a PhD in Islamic studies Andy has taught extensively at universities across Canada, the USA, the UK and further afield on both Islam and philosophy. He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at The Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology.

Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an (a groundbreaking and innovative study that reveals many of the ways the Qur’an was first composed) and Heroes: Five Lessons From Whose Lives We Can Learn, an exciting and fast-moving look at the lives of five incredible giants of the Christian faith. My latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Dreadful Consequences of Really Bad Arguments), is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism. He also co-wrote and presented the TV documentary, Burning Questions.

When not travelling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He is married to Astrid and has two children, Caitriona and Christopher.

Sarah Jane Biggart

Sarah-Jane is Chair of Mission Scotland and Assistant Director of Glasgow Prophetic Centre running their ‘Kingdom Business’ ministry, equipping those in the business mountain. She also oversees all Intercession for GPC and their network. Sarah-Jane is ordained with Christian International Europe and teaches, trains and minsters in the UK and internationally.

Sarah-Jane is passionate about the church being equipped and empowered to go out from a Sunday gathering place and bring change in nations. Wherever they are working and living, doing what each has been called to do. That each member of the church of Christ would know their individual calls to specific areas of influence and living fully in that call, bringing Kingdom of God transformation and reformation.

Sarah-Jane is consulted and trusted by many who hold high positions of influence in leadership and business for her unique prophetic perspective. As a result, SJ spends much of her time prophesying and consulting in corporate situations and teaching individuals, organisations and businesses how to advance the Kingdom of God in the marketplace.

Sarah-Jane’s background is in the corporate commercial property business and since September 2014 she is co-Director of Biggart and Co with her husband Alastair. Sarah-Jane was Head of Marketing for Commercial Property Plc (based in London) from the early 1990’s for a decade, where she launched and marketed a new community shopping mall brand and Xscape the leisure/ snow centre brand. She has also done some freelance marketing for Scripture Union Holidays, as well as being Project Director for Mission Scotland before becoming a Board member since 2011.

Dr. Iain Duthie
A medical doctor by profession, Iain Duthie grew the general medical practice of which he was a partner within the city of
Aberdeen for over 25 years. His medical career included service as a Police Surgeon (Forensic Medical Examiner) for 18 years
firstly to Grampian Police and then Police Scotland. Iain was also involved in academic general practice developing and organising
various courses and lecturing at the University medical school for many years.
In 2004 Iain left full time general practice to become the Pastor of King’s Community Church, Aberdeen. His passion is to see lives
transformed by committing to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and for the local Church to be a light in the community as a
‘city set on a hilltop’. Iain and his leadership team have developed strong links across a diverse range of sectors including
government, business, health, community, education, media, and police & judiciary seeking to see the Church have influence by
serving organisations and individuals in these areas. Iain is a graduate of Aberdeen University Medical School (MBChB) and is a
Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Ken Janke

Ken Janke believes that life is enhanced through quality relationships. He works to resource people as change agents and to support people in their process of personal growth.

He believes that collaboration fuels change, and that it works to facilitate opportunities for co-creating and networking. He creates space for transformational initiatives to incubate. Ken has worked in both the corporate for-profit and the non-profit sector for 30 years and is the Director of Programmes and Partnerships for Global Advance located in Texas, USA.

Since 1990, Global Advance has provided indigenous training and ministry encouragement for more than 700,000 frontline leaders in 94 nations.

In 2000, the Global Advance Ambassadors Network was formed, which now comprises numerous individuals, churches, ministries and businesses who work together to equip leaders globally. In 2004, Global Advance launched Marketplace Missions with the goal to awaken Kingdom vision and sharpen the skills of Christian entrepreneurs and professionals throughout the developing world. Hundreds of business leaders partner with Global Advance Marketplace Missions through training conferences, business networks, economic development, mentoring, and ministry.

thrive (thrahyv); verb, thrived or throve, thrived or thriven, thriving.

to prosper; be fortunate or successful.

to grow or develop vigorously; flourish


Friday evening

19.00 for 19.30 start

19.30 Welcome to conference - Jim Grimmer, Co-Founder & Managing Trustee of The Business Connection

19.45 “Public leadership in the corporate world, thriving in a challenging environment” (Global Advance, USA)

20.30 Time of prayer & worship session 1 (Kings Community Church Worship Team)

21.00 Close

Saturday A.M.

0830 for 0900 start

0900 Welcome

0910 Worship session 2 - (Kings Community ChurchWorship Team)

0930 - 1015 "A city on a hill” Pastor Iain Duthie, KCC

1015 - 1030 Coffee break & personal reflection

1030 - 1115 “Having “the” conversation in the workplace” Andy Bannister, SOLAS CPC

1115 - 1130 Personal reflection

1130 - 1215 “What does 21st century discipleship look like?” Sarah Jane Biggart, Mission Scotland

1215 - 13.15 Lunch

Saturday P.M.

Saturday afternoon - breakout workshops

Overarching question: How does our faith help us to flourish individually, in our workplace and across our city?

Workshop session 1: 1315 - 1355 (First session of 3 topics)

  1. Faith: 'Principles & Practice At Work and Beyond', Robin Stephens & Ralph Hume, ICCC (International Christian Chamber of Commerce)
  2. Authenticity:'Character and culture', Kieran Turner, Evangelical Alliance
  3. City Transformation: 'A model to facilitate city transformation', Ben Wollard, City Vision

Break: 1355-1415

Workshop session 2: 1415 - 1455 (Second session of 3 topics)

4. Ethics: ' being a "good" business, Helen Howe, Salt Business Network

     5. Diversity: 'Diversity & inclusion - gospel opportunity', Ros Turner, Transform Work UK

6. Leadership: 'Distinctive Christian leadership', Charles Hippsley, LICC (The London Institute of       Contemporary Christianity)

1500 - 1520  Worship session 3 (King's Community Church Worship Team)

1520 - 1600 Consecration of delegates & Commissioning Prayer

1600 Close

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