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“I’m eternally thankful for the day I was invited into a band”

Joining a Wesley band and attending fellowship dinners with the Meadows have been some of the most spiritually formative experiences of my life. I’ve been challenged to love authentically like Jesus, live honestly within community, and build up and support the body of Christ as I am also supported. My goal going into seminary was to find a group of women to covenant with and support and challenge one another not just throughout seminary but throughout life. I’ve found that within my band. As I leave seminary to go out into ministry I’m confident that I’ll never go alone. My band of wonderful women go with me across state lines, nations, and life circumstances. I’m eternally thankful for the day I was invited into a band and to fellowship dinners. I found a family of believers to now journey through life together as we continue to learn how to love more like Jesus every day (Lauren Weaver, Asbury Theological Seminary).

Testimonies

“I feel more confident in who I am as a Christian but also as a leader in Christian ministry.”

“I have been helped (by Inspire) to practice God’s presence more intentionally in my everyday life and seeing God at work to pray and see answers to pray and see God working in the lives of those I come across in my daily life and in the life of the other participants.” Belfast, 2017

“The Inspire Learning Community has helped me to intentionally reflect on where God is at work. It has given me to the space to explore, reflect, & learn more about what it means to ‘church’.”Dublin, 2017

“I have been so blessed in prayer band, its hard to think how my Christian life progressed before I had this support, encouragement and missional mindset.” Enniskillen, 2017

“When you are with other people in band, truth becomes the louder voice over shame and guilt. Fellowship band gives Truth it’s place as priority over our lives.” Ballynahinch, 2017

The difference already that Band has made to my life? It has got me through some really difficult times building me up and encouraging me.  It has led me into new and exciting things and it is always a time where we encounter God.  We come away blessed because we have met with God and … Continue reading

“From the Inspire sessions, I have being trying to practice the Presence of God in a more consistent way and am slowly improving! I have found this good, and I am so reminded of His presence during the day and at the end of the day. I am much more aware of the Holy Spirit … Continue reading

“Using this format (fellowship band), and the ideas from Inspire has been the most formative and indeed inspiring ‘thing’ for want of a better word, that I have been part of for years.”

“Thanks so much for the teaching sessions this year. I found them inspirational and I love the discussion format – it really engages those present, and we learn so much more than listening to a talk. It is one of the few places that ministers get “fed” and so is very valuable to us”

“No matter how tired I have been going to these sessions I have always come away spiritually encouraged, refreshed and enthused to continue on in God’s mission wherever I am.”

Our Learning Community became a time of blessing when we were challenged to recognise and accept the missional presence of God in our lives, and to consider the practical implication of the great commission directives for our group as a mission base. Mitchelstown, 2017