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The Power of God

Last week saw our annual Leaders' Conference take place on the Norfolk coast. So what was it like?

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More people. A bigger venue. An extra day. Our annual Leaders’ Conference is the most significant event in the FIEC calendar – and this year it was the biggest yet. Granted the venue had a slightly different feel to the usual Christian conference centre…

…but the overall atmosphere was of a family of churches that are moving forward together. If you weren’t with us for the conference, one of the best ways to get a flavour is to read the stream of Tweets from attendees. Here are a few from the end of the conference…

You can read all of the Tweets about the conference by searching for the hashtag #FIECLC, which you can read even if you’re not a Twitter user (though be aware they’re in reverse order!).

The Power of God

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. (Ephesians 1v18-21)

John Stevens

John Stevens (our National Director) tackled the main theme of the conference – The Power of God – in our morning meetings by expounding three sections of Ephesians (1v15-23; 3v14-21; 6v10-20). There was much to be reminded of and encouraged about…

But his final words on Thursday morning were a call to fight…

John wasn’t the only speaker though. A team of fifteen people were involved in leading seminars and three FIEC pastors (Paul Mallard, Jonty Allcock and Bobby Warrenburg) spoke from the Psalms in our evening meetings.

Andrew Heard

Many people had long journeys to our coastal conference venue, but by far the longest was Andrew Heard who travelled all the way from Australia to give a three-part seminar series on ‘Gospel Leadership, Gospel Growth’. Andrew is the President of the Australian FIEC and Senior Minister of EV Church.

All of the morning and evening talks plus Andrew Heard’s seminars were videoed, so expect to see them online to watch in the coming weeks. We also recorded the audio from most of the seminars so they’ll soon be available to listen to and download as well.

In the meantime, you can read summaries of all of the main talks over on the blog of Dan Green (Pastor of Banstead Community Church) at

A few words of thanks

One of the toughest jobs at a conference that brings together people from different styles of churches is leading the music. Christians have so many different preferences and traditions! That’s why we’re so thankful to Colin Webster and Phil Moore from Cornerstone Worship for leading sensitively and skilfully; mixing the best of new songs with old hymns.

the band

You can find the lyrics, sheet music and mp3s for two of the songs Colin and Phil taught us at the conference in the Resources section of our website. They are Holy Father Rich In Mercy and We Have Heard a Joyful Sound.

We also want to thank 10ofThose for providing an excellent bookstall – though many of the attendees have beaten us to it…

2014: In_Dependence


So are you sad you missed out? Excited about next year? We’ll be back at the same venue for the 2014 conference – entitled In_Dependence – which will take place from 3rd-6th November. Bookings will open early in 2014 but it might be worth getting the date fixed in your diary.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3v20-21)

You can find videos and downloadable talks from the Leaders’ Conference on our Resources page. You can also see a small album of photos from the conference here.

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Jonathan Bennett - Digital Strategist for FIEC

Jonathan's job involves the direction and maintenance of FIEC’s online presence, as well as graphic design and other communications. He's married to Anna, is a member of Grace Church Dell Road in Birmingham, and is the guitarist in pop band called Mondo Royale.

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