Lives changed Norwich church conference told
Powerful testimonies of how the power of Jesus Christ has totally changed lives were a key feature of the recent three-day “Empowered” Conference in Norwich. Mike Wiltshire reports.
Many hundreds of people attended the event at Norwich Family Life Church (NFLC) which had the theme of “Life Beyond Limits.”
The main speakers were Steve and Rachel Mawston from Hillsong in Brisbane, Australia, and Norwich-born Luke Brendling, now based with Hillsong, London.
Each of the main speakers told of the impact that NFLC had upon their early lives and subsequent full-time ministries in different parts of the world with opportunities to reach out to thousands with the Gospel message.
Speaking at the opening celebration on Friday night, Pastor Steve Mawston, focused on the limitless power of Christ to empower believers to live beyond limitations.
“Too often we reduce Jesus down to a mere therapist… but in the scriptures he is revealed as Lord of Lords and King of Kings, who is well able to free us from lives strangled by guilt and fear.”
Steve recalled how he first gave his life to Christ at an NFLC event 32 years ago, and how Pastor Trevor Pimlott had encouraged him to preach at a youth camp at the age of 17. Steve, who once turned down a promising career in economics to train at Bible college, now regularly ministers to congregations of thousands in Australia. Steve’s wife Rachel spoke on the importance of knowing God’s anointing in Christian service.
Former professional footballer Luke Brendling, 28, whose parents gave their hearts to Christ at NFLC two years before Luke was born, said he had been dedicated to God “by the great Pastor Sedley Pimlott,” founding pastor of the Norwich church.
Luke, who has recently spoken at large meetings in Kolkata in East India, was formerly a youth worker at Taverham and a support worker with YMCA Norfolk. Now he is married to Linda and they serve with Hillsong London in pastoral care for the homeless. “God uses imperfect people whose hearts are ‘towards Him,’ bearing ‘fruit that will last,’” he said.
Pastors Mark and Angie Pimlott hosted the Empower conference at Mason Road which also featured a full programme for all age groups. All main sessions were recorded.
Pictured top Steve and Rachel Mawston, above Luke Brendling and a section of the congregation at one of the main sessions.