Envision Conference Inspires Leadership Amid CrisisPublished on: 14.10.2021
By: David Parsons
In late January, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem hosted its annual Envision Conference for pastors and ministry leaders, which drew nearly 700 participants from more than 50 nations to the four-day online event – making it our largest Envision gathering ever.
With the corona threat still with us, this year’s conference sought to inspire greater leadership within the Body of Christ during this ongoing global crisis.
“The COVID-19 pandemic, the disputed American elections, a looming global recession, the erosion of Judeo-Christian values – all of these unsettling developments are causing people to lose the fixed points in their lives”, ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler told the gathering. “As church and community leaders, we are called to be lighthouses in these stormy times.”
This year’s line-up of Envision speakers included Rev. Ingolf Ellßel (Germany), Dr Billy Wilson (USA), Kay Arthur (USA), Rev. Mats Ola Ishoel (Russia), Evangelist Angus Buchan (South Africa), MP Kenneth Meshoe (South Africa), Rev. Peter Tsukahira (Israel), author Joel Rosenberg (Israel), and ministry/business consultants Phil Cooke and Stephen Mansfield (USA).
Envision 2021 featured daily live broadcasts from the TBN studios in Jerusalem and other key locations around Israel, more than 30 seminar messages from proven church leaders, plus Q&A sessions and prayer times which allowed our guest speakers and pastors from around the globe to interact and fellowship together.
1. A visit to Ariel to meet with Jewish settler leaders as well as a Palestinian sheikh who accepts Israel’s rightful place back in the Land.
2. A visit to the Jewish Agency for Israel to hear from their chairman, Isaac Herzog, about Christians partnering in the great Ingathering of Israel.
3. A special wreath-laying ceremony at Yad Vashem to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
4. A visit to the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya for a very informative, wide-ranging discussion with the IDC’s top faculty on Israeli hi-tech, the Abraham Accords and other topics.
5. ORU president Dr Billy Wilson gave an inspiring message on how to walk in godly leadership in these difficult times.
6. Angus Buchan spoke powerfully on how hidden sin can hinder Christian leaders in their ministry.
The conference ended with four Israeli pastors holding a fascinating discussion about their respective views on the ‘End Times’, with a remarkable degree of agreement on keeping our eyes on Jesus and turning to the Word of God to rightly discern our times.