Updated: Apr 18
The Gregory Centre for Church Multiplication (CCX) supports leaders, church teams and diocese across London, England and beyond as they multiply disciples, churches and networks. CCX is led by the Bishop of Islington, the Rt Revd Ric Thorpe. In 2015, Bishop Ric was consecrated as the Bishop of Islington in order to support the Diocese of London’s goal of creating new worshipping communities across the capital. We’re part of the Church of England but work with many denominations and networks. I joined CCX in March 2020, to support the organisation of the MultiplyX 2020 conference that meant to happen in London, Leeds and Bristol. I myself learned more about CCX year before in leed on their conference. Just a few days after joining, the National Covid lockdown was introduced and we knew that the conference would have not happened as planned and prepared over the previous few months. Here, yet again I was able to serve with my previous experience in digital marketing. I organised the technical side of the conference, design and development of the website, number of Zoom webinar streams running at the same moment, analytics, live streaming, training of the team and making sure that everything will go smoothly for thousands of attendees and over 100 of contributors. After the conference, I stayed involved on the technical side, helping to develop the digital presence of CCX, preparing for the next conference MultiplyX 2021 and working on CCX.media. The last one, CCX.media was a big part of my life in recent months. This new Online Learning Platform, has hundreds of hours of video content, hundreds of os articles and dozen of books. All focused on helping to multiply disciples, churches and networks. It is heare where the courses such as Church Growth, Church Planting, Estate Church, Pioneering are hosted. It came in pair with refreshing ccx.org.uk website which better reflects and incorporates the character of CCX mission. Both online conferences in 2020 and 2021 were a success on many levels. Conference in 2020 brought more than 3 times more attendees than in 2019 reaching almost 2000 people joining us online. Conference in 2021 was a bit more modest in numbers but still brought more than 2 times attendees in comparison with 2019. From what we have studied, 2020 brought a huge number of people to online events as people were learning how to cope with lockdowns. 2021, on the other hand, was a year, when everyone has just a bit too much screen time and a whole day conference in front of the computer is a large ask.