On 28th January we launched our new 'Making A Difference' programme with an exciting Saturday morning event. 50 people from St Johns who want to make a difference not only at church, but where they work, rest, and play, gathered in the Church Centre to learn and share together.
We watched 3 video based talks from the 2016 Willow Creek Leadership Conference covering 3 important topics. Danielle Strickland, who is a Salvation Army officer, used the story of Gideon to encourage us to lay aside our limited expectations and follow a life that falls in line with God's greater vision for us. Then business consultant, Patrick Lencioni spoke about what makes a great team player, and encouraged us to be hungry, humble, and smart, so as to be the person that everyone wants on their team. We rounded off the morning with a talk from leadership expert, John Maxwell, who reminded us that nothing significant happens in our lives accidentally. He urged us to 'live intentionally' so that we make decisions and choose a life that matters.
It was a great morning’s teaching, and discussing in small groups, how these principles touch our lives, supplemented by great coffee, yummy home made cake, and a plentiful supply of Haribo when we all needed a sugar burst!