Record numbers at leadership training


Cooranbong, New South Wales

More than 750 church members attended North New South Wales (NNSW) Conference’s annual Leadership in the Local Church weekend—double the attendees at last year’s event and proof, according to president Justin Lawman, that the members have “really appreciated being treated as leaders”.  

. . . the power of a united team in a Church all working toward the same goal.

Dr Paul Ratsara, president of the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division, was the keynote speaker at the conference, held at Avondale College last month. He shared his personal testimony of the power of God’s leading in his life, and talked about the importance and power of prayer, the need for greater faith and how it’s important to plan big because God is a big God. 

He told attendees that he wants to support the NNSW Conference because he can see God’s power in action in NNSW, saying, “I am impressed by this conference and their boldness!” 

Workshop speakers included Pastor Lawman; Pastor Tom Evans, associate director of the Northern American Division Evangelism Institute; Matt Parra, Evangelism director for the NNSW Conference; Pastor David Asscherick, senior pastor at Kingscliff church and key member of the ARISE Australia team; Pastor Rick Hergenhan, director of Youth Ministries for the NNSW Conference; and Pastor Daron Pratt, director of Children’s and Family Ministries for the NNSW Conference.

Church representatives had the opportunity to break into discussion groups to explore what they would do with what they had learned during the weekend.  

Pastor Lawman was impressed by “the power of a united team in a Church all working toward the same goal”. 

“Our pastors have really appreciated being able to have their leaders be a part of that process,” he said. “We’d really like to see the Leadership in the Local Church weekend numbers keep growing!”