Monday, April 17, 2017
Posted by: Vanessa van Klaarbergen
Our 25th MFI Australasian conference, "ADVANCE 2017" was held February 28 -March 2 in Queensland, Australia. We were delighted to observe across the generations, God's pastors and leaders enjoying fellowship and receiving encouragement from one another.
With ''Advance'' being the annual theme, and relationship being one of our highest focal points/values, the sessions were greatly uplifting and forward moving. The guest speakers, as well as the local MFI Australasia speakers were all amazing, and so well received. Each speaker brought a sense of ADVANCEMENT into the hearts and lives of all the leaders in attendance through good Bible teaching and sharing life's experiences in Christ and the local church.
We were most appreciative of the spiritual impartation that Jerry and Susan David brought, this time coming back as guest speakers after 7 years. Both in content and presentation, they were outstanding, and we loved their humourous insights and open sharing of their experiences from about 40 years of ministry, and regarding the church of today.
The lovely relaxing venue and accommodation, enabled some great fellowship to be shared after sessions, and around tables with some beautiful friends over lunches. The weather was also very nice so some made the most of the opportunity to freshen up in the pool!
In the evaluation survey results received at the end, many members remarked how they felt it was definitely one of the best conferences yet. This was the first time an annual national conference had been held in Queensland. The change proved very effective and worthwhile, show-casing MFI in another state where a number of new pastors and leaders were able to get a window into MFI AUSTRALASIA.