Envision: changing the nations through Jerusalem

Conference for Pastors and Christian Leaders

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10 Feb 2016
Envision: changing the nations through Jerusalem

Over 140 church leaders from around the world convened in the city of Jerusalem to attend the ICEJ’s third annual Envision Pastors and Leaders Conference late in January. Delegates represented 18 different nations, and included our group of 13 pastors whom we were blessed to bring from the UK and Ireland. None returned home unchanged.

The conference was held at the excellent 4-star Hotel Yehuda whose staff looked after us all admirably. The week was characterised by a great sense of fellowship between the various delegates, and many relationships were formed which will last a lifetime and produce much fruit for the Kingdom.

We experienced times of refreshing worship and excellent teaching from a variety of perspectives. A central theme throughout the conference was the ‘one new man’ in Christ, and both the reality and necessity of this in Israel was powerfully presented through three panel discussion sessions made up of both Jewish and Arab local pastors.

Underpinning the entire conference was the solid Biblical foundation laid by the world-class teaching of Pastor Peter Tsukahira of Mount Carmel Assembly, Haifa. A consistent refrain among our group was how impacted they were by his messages on Romans 11; the importance of calling, Israel and the Kingdom, and the power of law and grace when properly understood together.

Delegates also heard about the economic and political successes and challenges facing Israel, with thought-provoking perspectives on Israeli industry from Eli Fischer of Dr. Fischer, and through the political eyes of ICEJ’s former Media Director, David Parsons, and activist Yehuda Glick.

In addition to the in-house sessions, delegates travelled to several local sites to experience various aspects of the land. All were moved by the visit to Israel’s national Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem on the eve of international Holocaust Remembrance Day, during which ICEJ representatives had the honour of laying a memorial wreath and rekindling the ‘Eternal Flame’ in the sober surroundings of the Hall of Remembrance.

Delegates also received a taste of Biblical history with a fascinating tour of the ancient City of David, and experienced the growing sense of unity and appreciation between leaders of Christian and Jewish groups through an informative visit to the Knesset. The conference finale was a dinner at the luxury Waldorf Astoria hosted by the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus and the World Jewish Congress.

As one of our leaders remarked, “How do you unpack this week?” Another declared that, “I’ve just been blown away by this trip!” All were powerfully impacted, but none more than the denominational leader who, after confiding at the start of the week to not being sure why he was there, remarked at week’s end: “We need to pray and fast, and encourage people to be involved. I’m going away encouraged to do more. We need more and more pastors to come out here and catch the vision.”

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