The Boys’ Brigade’s National Conference has taken place in Swansea, with a special message from Archbishop John.
The Archbishop joined Rev Steven Bunting, Chaplain to the Boys’ Brigade in Wales, in leading the opening worship at the event which took place at the city’s Marriott Hotel.
Archbishop John spoke about the need for organisations to move from surviving to thriving.
Quoting from John’s Gospel 10:10 “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”, he spoke about the need for all people to claim the promise of an abundant life, not just clinging on.
The Archbishop offered two bible passages to support his challenge. The first was from 1 Samuel 3 with the challenge for us to listen to God, to focus on what he is saying and spend time listening. And the second passage was from Matthew 13 and the Parable of the Sower.
The Archbishop challenged the leaders of the Boys’ Brigade to concentrate resources where there is growth and where the investment is returned and not to despair about the seed falling in other places.
He finished his address by offering God’s blessing on all that the Boys’ Brigade does and will continue to do in the coming years.