The dictionary describes extravagance as “passing the bounds of reason, wild, absurd, flamboyant, and exceeding abundant”. There is a woman in the Bible with a broken alabaster container, who’s worship was deemed just this – extravagant! To limited human reasoning, her actions appeared dramatic and excessive, but Jesus responded by commending her. The truth is this, her actions were prompted by her revelation of God’s extravagant mercy towards her, and we only struggle with extravagance for the Lord when we lose sight of the extravagance of the Lord.
This conference will be the space where you can grasp afresh the overflowing fullness of God’s extravagant love and learn to respond to Him – and His world – in equal fashion. Picture a Church so full of unchained praise that it’s worship is described as extravagant, then watch this Church leave the building and continue its worship by serving the world with outstanding generosity, authentic humility, and extravagant compassion!
Joining us this year
Terms & Conditions
Mission Worship offer concession rates for the following:
*Full time students
*Those on Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance
Group discounts are available to overseas delegates and groups of ten plus. These can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org
You have the right to cancel within seven days of making a booking or receiving the email confirmation. In this situation you will receive a full refund.
Cancellations after that time will only be available to those who are unable to attend the event due to serious illness.
A £25 deduction will be made to reflect admin costs incurred.
Any refunds applied for after 1st September 2017 will not be given. Refunds cannot be applied for after the event.
Around the venue there is on road parking (to the sea and town centre sides of the venue on road parking is pay and display, further in land and away from the town centre on road parking is free) and there are pay and display car parks. Some hotels have car parks or can arrange cheaper on road parking permits and are in easy walking distance of the venue.
Eastbourne railway station has regular services to and from London Victoria (including stops at Lewes, Haywards Heath, Gatwick Airport, East Croydon and Clapham Junction where you can make connections to other services), Brighton, Hastings and Ashford. The scheduled journey time to and from London is about an hour and a half but Sunday services are often disrupted for engineering works, so do check your return train times carefully.
The closest airport is London Gatwick from where you can catch the train to Eastbourne (train time is about an hour). If your flight is into London Heathrow the easiest way to travel to Eastbourne by public transport is to use the Airport Link coach service from Heathrow to Gatwick and then catch the train.
Hotels and Guesthouses
The town has a wide variety of hotel and bed and breakfast facilities, many are only a short walk from the conference centre.
Special conference rates are offered by some hotels and guesthouses – to view and book go to:
Or you can book through the Eastbourne Borough Council Accommodation Office.
– email: email@example.com
– phone: +44 (0) 1323 647130
You will need to provide your own food over the weekend. The conference centre has catering outlets and there are many other facilities in the town.
With twenty years behind it, Mission Worship – the annual conference for worship leaders, musicians and worshippers alike – has reached the stage that no branding or clever marketing strategy can ever quite deliver. When the doors open on a cold Friday evening in November at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Complex and the delegates arrive, it will feel like a family reunion.
Mission Worship has always done things a little differently, right from its debut in 1997. Instead of starting small or focusing its efforts on an existing church stream, the first conference was aimed at all denominations and part of a range of initiatives to encourage and equip worship leaders and musicians, including the launch of a magazine and a series of one-day conferences.
Those first events were known by a different name – Worship Together – but the vision was just as clear as it is today; not to promote one single style of worship, but to offer an experience that would help people of various backgrounds and church streams engage.
This desire to cast the net wide came in large part from John Paculabo, Kingsway Trust Trustee and Head of Kingsway Music. A former musician, A&R manager and label founder, he had a firm desire to see worship flourish, reflect the Church worldwide and make an impact on communities.
This blend of passions infused Mission Worship and helped make it unique. Delegates know that each year’s event will bring together established favourites – like Matt Redman, Stuart Townend, Graham Kendrick,
Chris McClarney, Aaron Keyes, Lou Fellingham and Darlene Zschech – as well as introduce new worship leaders that many will not have heard of before. Yet there are no spectators. There is only family.
Mission Worship has faced more than its fair share of other challenges over the years. It has changed its name, not once but twice (the first time when it released the ‘Worship Together’ tag to EMI). It has seen the rise of youth-oriented worship, yet it has remained resolute in its commitment to keep its focus wide. In 2013, it suffered the death of John Pac.
In the years since John Pac’s passing, Mission Worship has continued to build on his legacy, to thrive and stay true to its vision. The event still looks nothing like a managed event. Instead it feels like a gathering of old and new friends, all united in their desire to see the Church resourcing the church.
Mission Worship remains what it has always been; a conference for those at the coal face. Seminars are practical and pragmatic, with subjects ranging from PA techniques and instrument workshops to worship within urban communities and guidance on how to integrate new approaches into old church routines.
Support continues to be high and a wide range of denominations are represented. Mission Worship is as urban as it is rural, and has become an international gathering of people committed to their local church. Last year six people flew in from Thailand for just four days so that they could attend.
Telephone: 0044 (0)1323 506402
Devonshire Park Theatre
Unit 3, Hargreaves Business Park