Are Revivals a Thing of the Past?
With Special Guest Chris Pemberton
For many in the church today revival is a distant phenomenon associated with the 18th century or with movements in America, Wales and some other places over a hundred years ago. It is outside the experience of many of us. It could be said of us that "another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel." (Judges 2:10). Are we this 'generation' and what does it mean to pray earnestly for another revival to transform the church and the nations?
Looking at its biblical basis and identifying the marks of genuine revival we will be exploring the possibility of God choosing to work in such a way again and whether what happened in the British context during the 18th century provides a key to understanding contemporary church life and its deep needs.
Chris is a faculty member and chaplain of the Westminster Theological Centre and staff member of the Leadership Academy, founded to provide mentoring for church leaders in the UK. Until August 2009 he was vicar of St Mary Bredin, Canterbury, Kent where he served for 11 years. From 2009 to 2013 he worked as the New Wine Training Director. He has a background in marketing and worked with Dunlop Holdings at their Head Office in London before ordination in 1984. Before working in Canterbury, he was on the staff of St. Aldate's, Oxford where he worked as a chaplain at Jesus College in the University and taught part-time at Wycliffe Hall, an Anglican theological college. His curacy was at St. Luke's in Maidstone.
For the last 15 years he has been a member of the Anglican College of Evangelists, leading mission and teaching programmes in the UK and overseas while also being on the national and international New Wine leadership team.
Chris is married and now lives in Radwinter on the Essex/Suffolk border where he can pursue his interests in walking, reading and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club