On Wednesday 24th August, our leadership team (Gary Rucci, Sue Baynes, Phil Spence and myself) hosted A Long Lunch at Rivercity Family Church in The Gap, Brisbane. The goal was to hear as many leaders as possible from the 30 plus pastors’ and leaders’ networks that we have discovered in the 16 LGA’s (Local Government Areas) of South East QLD. This region stretches from the Gold Coast to Noosa and west to the cities and towns just over the Great Dividing Range covering a population of nearly 4 million people.
With those present we covered 11 LGA’s (We are yet to discover networks in five small county areas). It was invite only to the free (and wonderful) lunch, with 56 people responding and present on the day.
There were 22 speakers who presented great stories of a growing passion for the unity and mission of the Body of Christ in their respective cities and towns. The special engagement talks after lunch covered civic engagement, women, business, politics and prayer.
It was wonderful to be supported and endorsed by the Heads of Churches of QLD. That group is the gathering of bishops and heads of denominations. Their spokesman, Rev David Baker, gave a great video talk at the beginning of the day speaking of his life-long desire for the unity of the church.
The afternoon program included round table discussion seeking to answer two questions: “What have you heard from the Lord over the day?” and “What are you going to do with what you have heard?”
The day finished with a wonderful time of prayer and worship looking to the Lord for His unfolding purposes in our cities and towns.