DIRECTION Magazine Nov 2015

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EDITORIAL
Prayer is vital as Elim’s next leader is selected, says John Glass

CHURCH SETS AMBITIOUS TARGET
City Temple Cardiff
has a clear mission as it celebrates Elim’s 100th anniversary

NEWS from Elim and the wider church

OUT AND ABOUT WITH THE GS
John Glass opens his diary

GOD LIFTED ME OUT OF DARKNESS
Drink and drugs wrecked Martin Murphy’s early life… until he encountered Jesus

RESPONDING TO GAY MARRIAGE Jodie Jones, who once led a homosexual life, says the Church must show love

CHURCH MOVE WAS OBEDIENCE
Ian Hesketh talks about going to Selly Oak

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JEWS ARE BLESSED AND A BLESSING
Christians should not think that God has finished with Israel, argues Mervyn Tilley

BOOKCASE with Richard Dodge

ANSWERS with Andrew Fadoju

GOD IS ON MISSION EVERYWHERE
Paul Hudson discusses his daily challenges after two years as Elim’s Missions Director

MY GOAL IN LIFE HAS CHANGED
Former Luton Town midfielder Alan West talks of leading a church and battling cancer

CHECK YOUR CHURCH’S HEALTH
REACH Director Gary Gibbs believes all churches need a health check

GETTING INVOLVED WITH POLITICS
We must fight for the causes close to our heart, urges CARE’s Lyndon Bowring

BE READY TO PASS ON THE BATON
writes Julia Derbyshire in Aspire

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HOW I KEEP MY LIFE ON TRACK
Olympic medallist Christine Ohuruogu explains how her success is down to God

THE FIRST STEPS OF MY MINISTRY
After a disastrous marriage, God turned life around for Phil Worthington

MUSIC REVIEWS with Ian Yates

CHECK YOUR CHURCH’S HEALTH
REACH Director Gary Gibbs believes all churches need a health check

THE BATTLE AGAINST EASY PORN
Mark Lyndon-Jones shares his tips to help men overcome the lure of pornography

AND FINALLY with John Lancaster

PLANTING CHURCHES IN FRANCE
Elim France leader Luc Favre reveals the plans in place for the nationLuc Favre

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This month is one of the most important in our Movement for many years, and I shall allude to the reason a little later in this editorial.
On bonfire night, some children may be chanting, “Remember, remember the fifth of November.” Three days later adults will be holding a minute’s silence on Remembrance Sunday as we reflect on those who gave their lives on the battlefield in the service of our country in wars before we were born and conflicts more current.
On November 14, 26 and 28 our Movement’s centenary celebrations will be held as we look back 100 years and look forward into all that we believe God has for Elim in the years to come.
These are three of twelve occasions when I will be ministering at venues across the UK.
But there is an occasion perhaps more pivotal than all of these. It is the period in November when the National Leadership Team will select the name of the person to be nominated to Conference as the next leader of our Movement – our future General Superintendent.
I am asking every one of the 20,000 people who read Direction each month to remember to pray for us as we approach the process during our meetings from November 2–5.
When the name has been selected it will be submitted by postal ballot to all ministers and lay representatives who are eligible to vote. If the person nominated achieves the required 66 per cent majority of those voting, the GS-elect will be known by the end of the year and come into office on the last day of our leadership conference in May next year.
The initial term of office is four years, and anyone who is an ordained minister is eligible. The role of General Superintendent is defined in our constitution as ‘the spiritual leader of the Movement with particular responsibility for giving leadership to the National Leadership Team’.
Please remember to pray as this month commences not just for the nomination process but for wisdom for those who will make the ultimate decision. Why not use the letters ELIM as a template for your prayers?

Expectant – this is a pivotal point in the life of the Movement

Listening – that all involved in the process will be able to hear God accurately

Inspired – that when selected our new leader will sense the anointing of God upon their life as they prepare to take up the role in a few months’ time

Momentum God has great things for our Movement in the days that are ahead. Our centenary reminds us of the faithfulness of God in the past but we are believing for an even better future

We need also to remember that while we rejoice in all that God is doing through Elim, we are just a part of his overall plan and purpose for the Church in the nation, and success will never be fully realised until we remember the strength that comes from unity of heart and purpose with others.

John Glass
General Superintendent
Elim Pentecostal Churches

 

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