The Ichthus Leaders conference 2024 is Ichthus’ specific gathering for the many people who lead accross the 10 congregations and the Ichthus Movement. Pressing into God together in this focused way, at the start of each year, is essential to keep us moving forward together under the anointing of Jesus.
2022 and 2023’s conference forged spiritual agreements in our life together that have been so fruitful during the last couple of years: we have seen growth in number as people re-gather after Covid with a fresh hunger and passion for evangelism. The seeds of his kingdom are freshly sown into our lives when we get together for this conference, and when we set our faces to genuinely listen to his voice together.
In 2022 & 2023, thanks to a generous gift we were able to subsidise the cost for children and youth to attend the conference. For the 2024 Leaders Conference we have decided not to offer children and youth provision. This is partly due to finances and partly due to us outgrowing the venue (swimming pool etc). We also hope this will enable the adults time to engage and respond more fully. We understand this causes childcare challenges and not all parents will be able to attend. We are seeking God in how best to bless parents who are in leadership in 2024.
2024 – The Year of Jubilee!
This year we celebrate 50 years since Roger & Faith Forster planted Ichthus, in 1974. We are taking this opportunity to focus in on one of our ‘signature’ verses, and to journey through it during all our conferences throughout the year:
“the Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the favourable year of the lord.” (Luke 4:18-19 / Isaiah 61:1-2)
We are approaching this Scripture through the ‘lens’ of hearing Jesus’ voice, the same voice that read this Isaiah 61 passage out in the synagogue and when he sat down, everyone’s eyes were ‘fixed on him’ in amazement. Join us as we explore how this same voice of Jesus is still speaking to us today, and the anointing that was upon Him and is upon us today as his body. Let’s fix our eyes on him and receive the prophetic calling to be freedom-bringers, gospel preachers and channels of God’s healing power into this world.
For this Ichthus Leaders Conference, we are exploring the idea of His Kingdom Voice: a Kingdom where people are healed, people recover sight, and are set free! And it’s a Kingdom where Jesus is King!
We will also be focusing on Psalm 29 as we spend our whole year seeking to ‘Hear His Voice’:
The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;
The God of glory thunders,
The Lord is over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful,
The voice of the Lord is majestic. (Psalm 29:3-4)
His voice is both powerful and majestic, healing and challenging us, and also bringing deep peace and comfort to us (Psalm 29:11).
This event is by invitation only. Please discuss with your congregation leader if you are interested in attending.
Guest Speaker Rob Scott-Cooke
We are delighted to welcome Rob Scott-Cook from Woodlands Church in Bristol to share his heart and passion for reaching cities with the good news of Jesus. Rob is an inspiring man of prayer who has been a strong part of the prayer support for our wonderful Roger and Faith for decades. He shares the same ‘DNA’ as Ichthus and is close to us in heart and vision.
The programme will be released nearer the event, but here are approximate timings for the conference:
|Friday 26th January 2023|
|Arrivals from 3pm||Hotel Check In Opens
Tea & Coffee Available
|4pm||Optional Swim Slot|
|5pm||Ichthus Admin Desk Opens|
|6pm – 7:30pm||Buffet Dinner|
|8pm – 9:30pm||Session 1|
|Saturday 27th January 2023|
|7:30am – 9:00am||Buffet Breakfast|
|9:00am – 10:15am||Session 2
|10:15am – 11:00am||Session 3|
|11am||Tea & Coffee Break (check out of rooms)|
|11:30am – 12:45pm||Session 4|
|1:00pm – 2:00pm||Buffet Lunch|
|2:00 – 3:30pm||Free Time/Forums
|3:30 – 5pm||Session 5|
Please note that the DeVere Horsley Estate Hotel has no twin rooms – all rooms contain double beds.
Located in East Horsley, Surrey, De Vere Horsley Estate effortlessly combines a magnificent 19th century mansion with a state-of-the-art management centre. Walk around the beautiful grounds, wonder around Horsley Towers, enjoy a swim in the pool, burn energy in the gym, play tennis, or simply spend time with one another in the many seating areas over a free cup of coffee. This hotel is an ideal setting for our Link Leader’s Conference and we received good feedback from last year’s event.
For more information about the hotel visit their website here.
The De Vere Horsley estate offers standard and superior en suite rooms:
Standard rooms have a standard-sized double bed (4ft 6) and are all en suite shower rooms. They have superfast Wifi, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and a flat screen multi channel television. These rooms are situated close to the main meeting and dining areas and can be booked as a single or double occupancy. Please stipulate if you require a ground floor room when booking in.
Superior rooms have en suite bath/shower facilities with King-size 5ft double beds. These rooms are more spacious with superfast Wifi, air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer and a flat screen multi channel television.
If you have an infant under 1 year old, you are welcome to bring them to the conference and they can be in the sessions as long as you take them out if they are crying or being distruptive.
Please note, the hotel requires 14 days notice to guarantee a room (although we are willing to try after that!) so please book in by midday on Thursday 11th January to ensure you get accommodation.
All payments for the conference must be made by Friday 19th January 2024. If you would like to pay by card over the phone, Bank Transfer, or Cheque, please contact the office on 020 8694 7171.