10 February 2010
Kingdom Come rejuvenates Northern Ireland leaders
Refresh, restore, revitalise - that was the aim for more than 300 church leaders from across Northern Ireland who attended the Evangelical Alliance's Kingdom Come conference last week.
The central Belfast event was organised by senior Christians from a number of denominations and organisations in the province, to build up leaders, who are often exhausted by their pressurised jobs.
Stephen Cave, Evangelical Alliance National Director Northern Ireland, said: "We felt our calling was to try to bring church leaders together from across denominations and give them an opportunity to have people build into their lives, teach and build them up.
"The theme was "refresh, restore and revitalise" and the feedback we had was that there was an overwhelming sense that God was speaking into peoples' lives."
Archbishop of York John Sentamu opened the event with an inspiring call to the Church to focus on and share "the greatest miracle," God's forgiveness and hope for the future.
"A Christian is a person who knows their past is forgiven, who knows they're given life in the present and they've got hope for the future," he said.
When asked what issues Christians should focus on, he said: "The purpose of the body of Christ is that together they make Jesus Christ visible."
Keynote speaker Gordon MacDonald spoke to the leaders about three main qualities that are important for a leader.
"The first is the importance of a strong defence, so that we can withstand whatever the enemy would throw at us at any given moment," he said.
"The second is depth - it's important for a leader to have a deep soul into which God can present himself and speak to us…. A large part of the effectiveness of a leader is also his or her sense of direction."