Today I woke up with great anticipation for what God had in store for us at our Kingdom Leadership Conference, a 2-day conference for pastors and leaders. God had put it on my heart to speak to the leaders about the reality of God's Kingdom and leading from that reality as Jesus did. We spent time looking at how the kingdom of this world is not the kingdom of God and that we must learn to live and lead from God's perspective and wisdom rather than human wisdom (1 Cor 2:4-16). I also encouraged the leaders to lead from what they know and not just from what they know about in theory. Leading from Kingdom reality also means leading by the Spirit of God and Frances shared an encouraging message on Caleb, who had "a different spirit" that enabled him to take possession of the land given to him (Numbers 14:24).
After a lunch break, we continued looking at what it means to lead from Kingdom reality and saw that living from the Kingdom is living from God's government and peace that will never end (Isaiah 9:6,7). We looked at what it means to live in the way of peace and in response we invited the leaders to be ministered to. Just about everyone came forward for prayer and we had another powerful time in God's presence as the Father poured out His love and peace on His people.
It was a special time being with fellow pastors and leaders and being able to speak from my heart as a pastor who shares the same struggles all leaders have. I believe the leaders were greatly encouraged and ministered to and I am looking forward to what God will do tomorrow!
After the conference we returned to the hotel and had some time to swim in the pool with Jonkris and Aya (Julius and Roszel's children) and sip banana and avocado milkshakes - a refreshing reward after a busy morning and afternoon.
"We do however speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began." 1 Corinthians 2:6,7