From 23rd to 26th April, the clergy of the Diocese of Egypt, along with the lay ministers, Bishop Mouneer Anis and Bishop Samy Shehata; shared in the “Discipleship Conference” in Wady El-Natroun. The conference included time of prayers and worship, fellowship and 6 lectures by Canon John Benson and one of his disciples, Samuel Durdant Hollamby, who is a church leader in England. All the clergy participated in the conference including the deaf and Sudanese clergy, to exceed 50 participants. The conference included some visitors from Overseas Council Australia (OCA), Church Mission Society Ireland (CMSI) and India.
The theme of the conference was “Your Kingdom Come“. God’s Kingdom will come when we;
- Build the Body of Christ, Ephesians 4: 1- 16
“The talents that God gives to his church resembles a tool box, each tool looks different from the other to match its function.” Canon John Benson.
- Encourage one another, Acts 4
“God is the greatest source of encouragement. “Holy Spirit” shares the same Greek source with the word “Encourage”. Encourage one another with what God encourages you with.” Canon John Benson.
- Make Disciples, Matthew 28: 18
“A good Disciple will be a good leader. Christ prepared 12 disciples who reached out to the whole world.” Canon John Benson.
- Develop Leaders, First and Second Timothy
“… the emerging leaders are concerned not with institutional maintenance but with ministry effectiveness. They focus on ministry by the church in the world rather than ministry in the church that is largely confined to the existing members.” Leadership Next, by Eddie Gibbs.
- Grow the Church, Joshua 1: 1-9
“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources you currently control.” Prof. Howard Stevenson- Harvard Business School.
Rev. Samuel Durdant Hollamby also shared that; in his experience, youths wanted and needed to trust in leaders who are:
- Trust-worthy and deligators
- Models for Christ
- Fighters for their protection
Please, subscribe to our YouTube channel, The Episcopal \ Anglican Media Center Egypt, to watch the full lectures of “Discipleship” by Canon John Benson.