• 29 April 2024

GROW: 8 speakers and 8 topics

Please join us for GROW, our series of eight practical teaching evenings taking place from Sunday 12–Sunday 19 May in Willowfield Church and St Saviour’s Dollingstown. 

Bishop David will take the first session and has invited seven other speakers each of whom will teach on a biblical value that helps to create an environment for church growth. 

Our speakers have years of experience fostering these focus areas in local church settings in Ireland and what they share will be both practical and inspirational.

Bishop David McClay: Keeping evangelism at the top of the agenda
Sunday 12 May at 7.00pm in Willowfield Church

Before becoming Bishop of Down and Dromore, David was Archdeacon of Down and rector of Willowfield Church. His priority in ministry has always been to reach those outside the walls of the church.

In this session, we will look at different methods of evangelism with the intention of putting practical tools in the hands of ordinary parishioners.

Revd Eoghan Heaslip: Worship services full of the presence of God
Monday 13 May at 7.30pm in Willowfield Church

Eoghan is a worship leader and the Lead Pastor of St Catherine’s Church, Dublin with a love for the church and the worship of the church. 

In this talk, we’ll be exploring three steps that help to foster an openness to God’s presence in our worship gatherings. A personal fire, a pattern that fits and a posture of faith.

Revd Alastair Graham: Creating healthy Christian communities
Tuesday 14 May at 7.30pm in Willowfield Church

Alastair recently retired after serving as rector of Mullingar (Diocese of Meath & Kildare) for 25 years.

‘Is it nothing to all you who pass by’ (Lamentations 1:12). God Matters is the story of how Mullingar Church of Ireland Parish found creative ways to attract people to faith in a rapidly changing secular culture.

Pastor Paul Reid: Developing a culture of generosity
Wednesday 15 May at 7.30pm in Willowfield Church

Paul is Pastor Emeritus of Christian Fellow Church in Belfast which he Pastored for 30 years. He travels in Ireland and worldwide encouraging leaders and churches. He is Chaplain to Linfield FC.

In this session we will consider how we can help our churches think biblically about the generosity of God and become more generous in return.

Susan Heaney: Intercession and prayer in the local church
Thursday 16 May at 7.30pm in St Saviour’s Dollingstown

Susan pastors alongside her husband in Redcross Co Wicklow and is passionate about prayer and seeing people equipped and released to serve.

What does it look like to be a church that is built on prayer? Susan will explore how to experience the power and excitement of seeing the Kingdom of God come as the local church prays and intercedes together. 

Hilary McClay: Ministry that impacts a local community
Friday 17 May at 7.30pm in St Saviour’s Dollingstown

Hilary has 28 years of experience in discovering the ways in which a church can identify projects to support, befriend and draw in local people who have no church connection.

This session will have a practical focus on the questions any church needs to ask to help them identify the needs of their local community and how they can become a blessing to the people who live in the parish. 

Revd John Dickinson: Keeping the Bible front and centre
Saturday 18 May at 7.30pm in St Saviour’s Dollingstown

John is Minister Emeritus at Carnmoney Church from which he retired as leader in 2020.

Understanding and absorbing what the Scriptures have to say to us is one of the most important aspects of following the Lord Jesus. This is not only so for the individual believer but also for the local church. In this session we will reflect on how we should study them together, give them a seat in our leadership decisions and treasure them in our corporate life.

Pastor David Legge: Ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit
Sunday 19 May (Pentecost Sunday) at 7.00pm in St Saviour’s Dollingstown

David is a Bible teacher with a cross–denominational ministry and is the author of the book Breaking Through Barriers To Blessing.

David’s teaching will incorporate the Biblical necessity of ministering under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He will emphasise the kingdom principle that the Holy Spirit is the only One who can bring true and lasting fruitfulness and blessing upon the church and the world. David will also bring practical instruction as to how we can receive the Spirit’s power and continue to walk in it for our own benefit and the blessing of the world.