If you think leaders of megachurches don’t have problems, think again. While leading the thriving !Audacious Church in Manchester, Sophia Barrett had to deal with her own personal crisis. Peter Wooding found out more
While balancing her busy family life as a wife and mother of two children, as well as leading one of the fastest-growing churches in the UK with her husband, Glyn, Sophia Barrett was faced with one of the biggest challenges in her life when she was hit by chronic sleeplessness.
It was in 2010 – three years after Glyn and Sophia had launched! Audacious Church in Manchester – when they began to see incredible growth. Sophia says it took a while to work out why, in the midst of all this breakthrough in their church ministry, she was suddenly facing this condition.
“We were living the dream,” she tells iBelieve. “It was everything we’d prayed and believed God for. We’d laid down our lives to do this, and there was nothing I could see that would be a hindrance, except that I stopped sleeping. It’s a big shock when something like this happens, especially when I couldn’t pinpoint a trigger. It was a journey of trying to navigate your way through something you don’t fully understand.”
Sophia has been used to overcoming difficulties and challenging situations. Her spiritual journey began in Sydney, Australia, where her parents had emigrated to from Chile just before she was born.