Essence is a School of Ministry that we host, under the directorship of Brian & Mary Spencer and Arthur & Sue Rowden. It takes place on 9 Saturdays in each year, our aim is to make great ministry training available to people who are eager to develop even if they cannot commit to weeks or months out at a full-time intensive school.
For more detailed information, you can find this at the Essence website.
We have ‘Change Your World’ as our strapline at Essence. We want to develop great Christian leaders who can go out and change the world, but in order to do this we have to be prepared to address things in ourselves and about ourselves that need to be changed. We need to see change in our personal parts of the world as part of our mission to change the wider world.
A crucial feature of Essence is that members of the School can spend a significant amount of time interacting with gifted and anointed guest ministries who came and share their hearts on a wide range of subjects. There is plenty of time for teaching, reflection, discussion and impartation.
Something that we are doing in Essence at the moment that really excites us is starting each Saturday with a practical exercise in meditating on God’s word. The current theme is ‘Finding Jesus In….’ where we take an incident in Jesus’ life from the Bible and approach it in a number of creative ways. Then everyone in the School takes some time to write something in their journal about what they sense God is saying to them, followed by a group feedback session where some of us share what we have just experienced. It’s a great start to the day!