In April, the triennial leaders conference was held for the global Church Army family. This meeting saw the leaders from 7 of the 11 countries meet to pray together, share ideas, and opportunities. While spread out across the globe, we share the vision and ethos of the ministry's founder, Wilson Carlile - who desired to see people mobilized to share their faith and equip others to do the same.
Our meeting provided a face-to-face forum for us to discuss ways that we can be working together more intentionally; including a possible online discipleship program for young adults.
We were welcomed by the Archbishop of Canterbury to Lambeth Palace and joined in his noon-hour Eucharist in the Crypt Chapel, which was followed by lunch in the Guard Room. ++Justin Welby, an advocate for evangelism himself, was interested to hear how our ministries are equipping the church to reach those outside. He applauded our efforts to remind church leaders of the importance of reaching beyond our doors and he reminded us of Jesus' invitation to show hospitality to those who are searching.
At present, Church Army ministries are found in the UK & Ireland, the US, Jamaica, Barbados, Malawi, East Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Vanuatu, Denmark, and Canada. The conclusion of our meeting, saw an evening of prayer for each of our countries and the evangelists we support, as well as anointing for our brother, Phil Clark (NZ) who has been battling cancer for almost two years. We give God thanks for this meeting and His provision for each countries' ministry and leadership.