22nd February 2017
Last weekend Miriam and I went to the Sent conference in Norwich. It was one of the best conferences I’ve been to for a long time and as I’ve raved about it to numerous people, they’ve asked me: "Why was it so good?"
I reckon it was sooo good because of three things:
1. It opened my eyes to all that God is doing not just in the UK but across the world.
There is something wonderfully faith-building about being part of a family churches which is bringing God’s Kingdom into towns, cities and villages in many nations across the world. It’s a bit like climbing a hill or a mountain focusing on walking the path in front of you taking one step at a time. Going to Sent was like stopping, turning around, and admiring the view.
Seeing the breadth of what God is doing is truly awe-inspiring and it makes the situations I’m facing seem very small.
2. Being part of a wider family.
Anyone who has been to King’s Church in Norwich will know that the catering is top quality but what really made the meals memorable was the conversation. Half the tables were given specific interest topics such as the prophetic, God at work or visual media. This led to meaningful conversations, which has mean that meaningful connections have been made which I’m sure will continue for years to come.
3. Personal transformation.
Working for the Church means I’m in my fair share of ministry times but during the sessions at Sent I felt God speak to me and deal with me more clearly and powerfully than I’ve had for a long time. I think this was in part due to being in the context of a relational family but also due to the fantastic worship and having teams of prophets present.
All in all I think that this conference will impact me for years to come. I’d recommend it to anyone who can get there!
If you ask me in person, I’m sure I’ll rave about it more!
For talks and more info about Sent then check out www.wearesent.net
22nd August 2016
"What a great day" and "the best prophetic event I've been to for a long time" were some of the comments we had following our first Dreaming With God day earlier this summer.
Sarah Cain helped to co-ordinate the event and has written this blog to share with us the vision and impact of the day:
"Our vision is to grow in this whole area of hearing from God, whether awake or asleep, and to use our redeemed imagination to help us meet with God. We felt it was time to get ready as there are exciting times ahead for us as God shares his heart and transforms our hearts and minds with His perspective; often so different from ours.
1 Corinthians 14:1 says, 'follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the spirit especially the gift of prophecy'. We also want to grow in knowledge of our identity as God's sons and daughters as "any conversation on hearing God's voice must begin with relationship " (Anna Goodman).
It was such a gift that Adrian Holloway could join us, who has such a father's heart and lives and breathes his gifting in this area. Koreen and Rachel were also outstanding on the day, giving new and enlightened teaching and testimony. There was much positive feedback on their part of the day.
I feel our prayers for God's presence (worship was awesome!), breakthrough and freedom for folks on the day were heard as lives were impacted. We trust that we are a step further in understanding God speaks to us all...in our dreams too.
As for the future, watch this space we hope to continue and really go deeper with God and in our relationship with Him."