The Living Room Sessions for this year have just concluded, and it has been an amazing few months of journeying with God.
As a partnership between Alpha Scotland and 24-7 Prayer Scotland, the LRS team wanted to create a forum in which students could come together with inspirational leaders to be impacted by their stories. The events have turned out to be so much more than that.
Over the course of three evenings (in October, February, and May) a genuine community of young leaders passionate for the Kingdom and for their regions formed. Participants in the LRS commented on the amazing privilege of being among a select group of students getting to hear from 'legends of faith' like Bishop Sandy Miller and Pete Greig. However, they also celebrated the friendships formed, mutual encouragement gleaned, and the freedom to 'soak' in God's presence.
Representing churches from Glasgow to Aberdeen to Edinburgh, via Stirling and St Andrews, the LRS celebrated what God has done, is doing, and wants to do among the students of Scotland. At the last evening, testimonies were shared, and story after story was heard of how the Kingdom is alive on the campuses and in the university towns of our nation, with Alphas and other exciting new initiatives taking hold.
Particularly exciting was hearing the students from St Andrews share about their recent CU missions week and the five consecutive Alphas which they ran as follow-on outreach. Offering Alpha on different days of the week and in venues around the town ranging from a cafe to a halls of residence, the five Alphas then came together for a joint day away at which the LRS's Nick Guy spoke. Several students gave their lives to Christ or returned to The Lord that day, and at the end of the term the CU was able to say that over 10% of the student body has engaged in some way with Jesus this year. Undoubtedly, this success was built upon the tremendous legacy of persistent prayer which has been established over many years at St Andrews, and which continues strong to this day.
Concluding a fantastic series on leader lifestyles, David Dickinson from Alpha Northern Ireland joined the final LRS of 2013/14 to guide a discussion around how to participate in existing moves of God whilst also being open to the new things The Lord might want to speak to younger leaders.
"What is your vision?", was the question asked of participants. David went on to elaborate that often rising leaders are great at identifying where things need to change, but are not always sure how to enact true transformation. Through sensitive times of private reflection and group engagement he drew out people's hearts for the future and advised how to work with church leaders to make those dreams a reality.
Ending with resounding praise, and prayer for those leaving university this summer, the first year of LRS came to a close. It was a year of celebration, strengthening, community-building, and individual growth. When the LRS return this Autumn it will be with the excitement of knowing that God has plans for the students of Scotland.
If you or your church would like to be involved in sending emerging leaders to the Living Room Sessions, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you.