The Awake Sydney Prayer Summit was held at the Salvation Army National Headquarters in Redfern on Saturday March 3rd for a day of prayer and connection. The Youth Directors of Sydney’s largest Protestant denominations, who in-turn represent thousands of local Churches, gathered together with a delegation of key leaders from their respective movements to ask God to move with power in our city.
The gathering was formed around a Vision Document that was jointly created. The central idea of this document and the gathering is as follows: “To understand on a citywide scale, the true heart and message of both Jesus Christ and His followers. A ‘reformation’ within our city of what Christianity actually is, namely: a force of love and not hate, an institution that protects and not harms that is essential to daily life and spirituality, rather than being irrelevant.” (From Vision Document).
The Summit was keynoted by Rev Dr John Dickson. Dr John spoke from Matthew’s Gospel about conviction and compassion, these two working together as a framework for cultural engagement. He climaxed by presenting prayer as the most essential element of evangelism. Ps Sean Nolan, who convened the gathering, spoke form 2 Corinthians 5 and Luke 1 about how we are called to be ambassadors of the reconciliation that God brought about through Christ. That representing the name (identity) of Jesus and all it encompasses is our primary task. There was a brief panel Mc’ed by Jeanette Nolan with Dr John Dickson, Mark McCrindle and the Honourable Paul Green MLC.
The NSW Premier: The Honourable Gladys Berejiklian was welcomed to the Summit. Jeanette Nolan and Rev Steve Dixon prayed for her personally and her Government. The Premier addressed the Summit, sharing about her personal faith as a Christian. Ps Sean Nolan then presented the Premier with a Bible that was signed by the below listed leaders, including all the denominations Youth Directors. Ps Sean Nolan shared the desire of the Church to support her and to, in line with Biblical teaching, honour her and her government as God’s appointed leaders. The Premier was thankful and moved. Critically, nothing was asked of the Premier, she was prayed for, honoured and encouraged.
The Summit climaxed with the head Youth Directors of nine major denominations kneeling in prayer, jointly, asking God to move afresh and anew in our City, State and NaOon. The devotionals were handed out (see below), including to the Premier, for her and enough copies for her cabinet.
After the main Summit, a private meeting was held between the nine Youth Directors. The following was recorded.
1. The group agreed, strongly, that this had been a monumental day of prayer, influence, unity and networking.
2. The group agreed to meet every six months to pray together, hosted on rotation. Rev Craig Roberts offered Anglican Youth Works to host the next gathering. To be assessed yearly.
3. The group agreed to organically support each other through resource sharing.
4. The group agreed to centre prayer around organic growth through existing denominational youth infrastructure.
• Additionally, there was mention of the Franklin Graham outreach in early 2019 and that a number of the Youth Directors would be willing to partner together to support this event. This was seen somewhat as an answer to prayer. This was seen as an evangelistic opportunity that could utilise this key network.
The combined Youth Directors would like to thank the Salvation Army for hosting the gathering, as well as the Bible Society for printing the devotionals, Inspiring Hope for managing the operations, administration and event management and the Hon Paul Green MLC for arranging the visit of the NSW Premier.