A vision for the transformation of Burton and the surrounding area.
Those Key Leaders who were drawn together to lead the towns’ millennium events have evolved through prayer and relationship into a core team of leaders which is the primary driving force behind the prayer gathering and strategic planning for the town.
We believe we can have more of real unity than experienced to date. This is our commitment, that there is power in our unity together that is not expressed in our individuality. We are not gathering to try to sort out peoples’ doctrine or to debate styles of worship or styles of prayer – we want to give everyone freedom to worship as they see fit and to pray as they see fit. What we are committed to though is the power of unity that will transform this town, which has to begin with a degree of trust, friendship and relationship, so one key element is for leaders to meet regularly two or three times a month for prayer, fellowship and strategic planning. We believe it is important that we spend time talking to each other, eating together and getting to know each other, so that the levels at which we can pray for one another will increase as our trust and friendship develops.
So, one major part of the meeting will be given over to prayer that is focussed on the transformation of our town.
Objective 3: TRANSFORM THE AREA
One major part of the meeting will be given over to prayer that is focussed on the transformation of our town. We believe that it is possible under God for Burton to have the lowest divorce rate in the UK, to have the safest streets, pubs and clubs for our young people to be in, that we can see the education system so blessed and so filled with Christians and biblical principles that the schools’ and pupils’ results will be the best in the country, that we could see significant men and women in the council, in the education system, in our police force and other services, and in the business world, that we could see justice and righteousness and compassion operating right across the town. Our goal is not simply “Lord fill our churches with people”, though that will be a by-product of what God does, it is “transform this town from top to bottom and at every level”. That is our goal and that is what we want to pray for.
At the end of the day, we are all excited at the prospects and potential ahead of us whilst wanting to honour and acknowledge all the men and women who have prayed for this day and been part of the history of the unity in Burton. Our ancient past and our recent history has produced some Christians who have all played a significant part in getting us to this point, without these we would not be here now. Church Leaders have come and gone, lay people too, but many have contributed to our journey. We are reaping the fruit of their hard work, prayers and tears. To each of them we are grateful.