Conference and who is it for?
The Conference is designed for Leaders who are hungry for more of God and who want to receive more power, liberty and anointing in their ministry - but Leaders who always want to remain firmly anchored in Scripture. These are the two distinctive features that give the Life In The Spirit Conference its defining character in an age that continues to produce a wide range of conferences that emphasise the charismatic but have diluted the emphasis on expository teaching.
The conference seeks to encourage those in pastoral ministry and other roles as leaders; To address from a reformed viewpoint current issues in society, to promote prayer and preparation for revival and the outpouring of the Spirit on our nation, to excite and envision men through the glories of Divine Sovereignty and reformed truth.
So men of all ages come to the conference (in 2010 we were delighted to have a father and his two sons!) and all roles in church leadership - pastors, elders, youth workers and those in areas of the work not thought about in 1979!
It's evolved as a leaders conference - enabling God to get to grips with us and at the same time be real with each other! The conference gives delegates the opportunity to listen and interact with well known speakers who seek to bring encouragement and insight through annointed preaching of God's message.
The combination of fellowship, sharing, teaching, worship and ministry and good food seem to have a lasting effect as we see friends new and old - regular faces with new. Some come every year, others pop back after a break for a year or two. Others travel across the world to join us.
The conference is run entirely for those who attend, is only intended to pay it's way each year. Towards the end of the conference collections are taken up, and through the generosity shown, we have been able to keep conference fees as low as possible and extend that same generosity in providing bursaries to those who would otherwise find it difficult to come.
The conference starts with arrival from 4 pm on the monday and runs through to the thursday lunchtime. The programme gives good opportunity to balance the needs for worship, teaching and ministry plus some free time for fellowship and networking with others and representatives of organisations who exhibit at the conference.