Tim & Sue Eldridge's Visit
20 - 22 April 2018
Tim & Sue are more than just visiting pastors. They have a powerful ministry that is to encourage church leaders. Gary & Hayley invited them to visit us last year and they spent the weekend with us. This was tremendously helpful as Tim & Sue are incredibly discerning. They are able to identify the things which matter and speak into them in the most encouraging way. As leaders we are very keen to know that we are going in the right direction and doing the things that God wants us to be doing. Tim & Sue’s visit this time very much encouraged us that we are doing the right things. They could see real progress in the church. The leadership team had definitely improved. They were very impressed with the extended team and they very much enjoyed their time with us. The enemy is always trying to do his worst but we really believe that God is doing something powerful with us as a church. We have some incredibly powerful people who are being released into their identities and will as a result of the things that God is doing through Encounter church never be the same.
Tim and Sue Eldridge are more than just visiting speakers, as apostles their input helps us 'build and cement' Encounter leadership, the church foundations. This is talked about in Ephesians 2:19-20 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household, **built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,** with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. One of the key messages was authenticity through being honest and vulnerable, which they walk as well as talk. Authentic peace making was a key theme - brave communication in a culture of honour. Got me thinking about. . Blessed are the peacemakers. Holy Spirit is prince of peace. Jesus (The presence of God) comes to the house where His peace has settled. Holy Spirit fell at Pentecost when the believers were in one mind. Real peace in community is essential to authentic Christian living. Tim and Sue spoke about real peace making through brave conversations, which took trust and vulnerability, rather than peace faking and ultimately peace breaking which is not honourable or authentic. Real peace in community is essential to authentic Christian living. Tim and Sue spoke about real peace making through brave conversations, which took trust and vulnerability, rather than peace faking and ultimately peace breaking which is not honourable or authentic. I personally felt refreshed, encouraged, recharged and motivated for the next season. And I felt closer to the core than ever before. A very worthwhile weekend fur us.