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The story of the Charis Belfast school year 2016-17
What an exciting year we at Charis Bible College enjoyed in 2016/17! Seventeen students were graduated across two year groups, and seventeen First Years were promoted. Charis began its twelfth year in Belfast in September 2016, with new First Year applicants, continuing Second Year students, and for the first time at the Belfast Campus, the Third Year Leadership Course.
The school year saw the students study the heart transforming curriculum teachings on offer in each year, as well as enjoying an array of visiting speakers, on-campus events, and incoming mission trips from other Charis locations.
In addition, Charis Belfast continued its work on mission throughout the island of Ireland, with various short term missions and visits to fellowships with which the college has developed relationship. The Second Year students embarked on their cross-cultural mission experience in Florida and the Bahamas, with hosts Grady and Yvonne O’Brien, founders of Charis Belfast who now direct schools in Miami and Naples Florida.
Founder and President of our ministry Andrew Wommack shared in recent years how that God had told him to go as far and as deep with the Gospel as possible, and in the Charis Bible College network, with 70 locations worldwide we are seeing this take place in a variety of ways.
In Belfast, under the leadership of Director Allan Bruce, Charis Bible College students are understanding the truth about their identity in Christ, developing how to share what God is doing in their lives through practical ministry training, and learning how to apply the Gospel to their life, business and ministry. We can see the fruit of this, as the Gospel gets to go far and deep into areas of everyday life, and make a real change.
First Year at Charis covers a transformative Bible Training Programme, with over 30 modules covered in a nine month period. These range from Andrew Wommack’s ‘A Sure Foundation’, providing teaching on the sower sowing the seed the word of God, to Wendell Parr’s three Holy Spirit modules, teaching from scripture on the work, ministry, and role of the Holy Spirit in the believer’s life. At promotion from first year, students were seeing the fruit of their time in the word.
First Year student, Andrew Hall says ‘‘First Year was life changing for me with regard to my progress in my walk with God. I’m stronger, I’ve grown and I understand more of God’s love for me. Andrew Wommack’s ‘Relationship with God’ module stood out for me and God revealed a lot to me in it.’’
Second Year students undergo a year of Practical Ministry Training, alongside further module based teaching. In 2016/17, the year group completed 24 modules and were part of an excellent Interactive Group, growing in skill and confidence in public speaking, giving testimony and teaching. Their mission trip in the USA and Bahamas was the perfect stage to showcase what God had been doing in their hearts, with teaching, worship, evangelism, children’s meetings and continual prayer ministry, all in a part of the world with many different cultures and traditions.
Second Year student Susannah McCracken summed up her year:
During my time at college I have received quality teaching that I will continue to chew over. I have met some great people and have seen how people grow and develop together in prayer ministry, teaching, worship and have witnessed quality leadership in action.
Charis Belfast’s Third Year Leadership programme saw ten graduates in May 2017. The students in this year, many already leaders in their own right came to the fore and were involved with the college Director and Dean of Students in leading and organising all aspects of college life. These included leading and organising college worship, assisting with college administration and live teaching times, as well as facilitating and teaching at the college Healing School, and with it, forming a bond with regular visitors from the public who attended.
Leadership within college was generated by a two hour Tuesday meeting between college staff and the Third Year with real time ideas, discussion and decisions on running of the school being heard and recorded. Night School Leadership occurred on Tuesday evenings covering night school and events.
The year offered training in all areas, as well as 18 modules with practical teaching on leading in ministry and in business. The overall goal of Third Year was to equip students with the experience of running a Charis extension school, and to develop the ministry gifts in people that were already apparent, as well as discover new ones.
Third Year graduate Emma Bready had this to say, ‘I loved the practical side of the Third Year, getting everything organised for the students and taking part in the leadership meetings. I also appreciated the modules we studied, especially Barry Bennett’s ‘How to Teach’, where we learned about the motivation for teaching, the importance of it, and how to do it effectively.’
The Leadership Students Daytime and Night Time
Discipleship Evangelism & Healing School
Discipleship Evangelism returned to the college campus in Belfast in 2016/17. For over six years now, the ‘D.E.’ course has offered a free way for Bible studies and home groups, as well as visitors to the college receive teaching in the necessary principles of what the Word of God teaches about salvation, relationship with God and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The course then goes on to teach the application of these and many more topics in the believer’s life. The course ran for over 30 weeks this year, led by Doreen Perry, and saw many new people studying and getting new revelation of their identity in Christ.
Healing School also continued to play a key role in the life of Charis Belfast. Throughout the year, topics such as prophecy, the gifts of the Spirit, the Authority of the Believer and the power of words for healing were taught and allowed for Second Year students to lead the prayer ministry time. The year saw many of those receiving ministry, students and public alike experience healing and breakthroughs following prayer.
Discipleship Evangelism group study their lesson, and Charis Healing School
September 2016 began with a visit from Charis Belfast to the home Bible study of Jonathan and Wendy Jacob in Carlow. Graduate of Charis Houston, Scott Forsyth testified of his healing from digestive condition, Barrett’s Esophagus, and many were prayed for and received from God. October then saw the visit to Charis Belfast of Pastor Vic Cameron from Moray Grace Fellowship in Scotland. Pastor Vic taught and testified at the college throughout his visit, and connected with many visitors and students.
Later that month, renowned worship musicians Charlie and Jill Le Blanc brought teaching, and a special worship night to Charis Belfast. Charlie and Jill have served in music ministry throughout the United States with their own and other large ministries, and provided praise and worship for Andrew Wommack Ministries at international meetings for many years. Their visit to Belfast helped the college bathe in the wonderful atmosphere created by the praise and worship, as well as engage with what God was saying to them on a personal level.
Charlie and Jill sing a favourite worship song in Belfast, ‘I Love You Lord’
In November, Charis Belfast launched its inaugural Women’s Conference. Guest speakers included Pastor Tracey Seawright from Urban Grace Belfast, Pastor Nicola Doherty from River City Church in Derry/Londonderry, and Missionary to South and Latin America, and author of ‘The God Connection’ Suzan Cartagena. Each session from the speakers took the women present to a deeper and greater revelation of the freedom that they have been given by grace. Excellent music ministry was brought by renowned local musician Eilidh Patterson.
Suzan Cartagena brings her revelation of freedom by Grace, and (right) Eilidh Patterson leads the audience in song
The first incoming mission team of the year was in January, from Charis Bible College in Toronto, Canada. Led by their director, John Elshaw, the Second Year students from Toronto ministered in live teaching to the college, in DE, Healing School and in prayer ministry for students and public. They also visited local churches and ministries were able experience ministering in church in Northern Ireland.
John Elshaw and Charis Canada enjoy their Belfast experience
February saw the much anticipated annual visit of Cecil Paxton to the college. Cecil says that he and his wife Lisa’s calling, among other things is to impart practical truths to the Body of Christ, particularly in the area of Healing and the Heart of the Believer. During his time this year in Belfast, Cecil did all that and more, with teaching to the college students and visitors as well as at an evening ‘Healing is Here’ event. People came expecting, and healing was certainly here among those who ministered and received it.
Cecil ministers to the students
Later in the month, the college partnered with Pastor Phelim Doherty and River City Church for the third year running, at the ‘Father I Never Knew Conference’ in Derry/Londonderry. Initially a Second Year mission venture, this year saw 19 students in all, across the three year groups play a part in testimony, prayer ministry and one on one ministry, alongside the church’s other guest speakers, both at the church location and the ‘Glass Works’ venue in the heart of the city.
Stuart Wright speaks at River City Church, and night begins with worship at the Glass Works in Derry/Londonderry
In March, the college also hosted its yearly mission team of Second Year students from the Charis Colorado campus. Led by staff member Mark Jones and Third Year Mel O’Brien, the Colorado students had a real adventure during their time here, ministering in college, teaching day and night school, at Healing School and taking their ministry as far south in Ireland as County Wicklow. They also ministered locally in serving a fellowship meal at a Belfast church.
The Charis Colorado Team testify, and (right) Jared Ragsdale teaches at Healing School
The Charis Belfast open week in March was an exciting time, as Charis Belfast opened its doors to offer the those interested in the course a taste of Charis life, and to hear the testimonies of those who are currently studying here. The special attraction of this occasion is the visit of Global Ministry Ambassador for Charis Bible College Wendell Parr and his wife Linda. Wendell has been in ministry for several decades, and was the pioneer of Charis Bible College in the UK, back in 1997. Wendell taught during the week on the Holy Spirit, a topic he specialises in, and on the analogy of the Body of Christ being like an army the Lord is training up.
Wendell and Linda, along with Charis Naples and Charis Belfast representatives, and (right) the public’s enthusiasm was clear as people packed the worship hall for the Holy Spirit Night with Wendell
The Open Week also saw the incoming visit of the mission team from Naples, Florida. Led by Director Yvonne O’Brien, and Alumni couple Don and Brenda Davis, the Naples team enjoyed ministering in testimony, teaching and prayer ministry to the public, students and those interested in Charis throughout the week. They also experienced leading a testimony and teaching event at the Christian facility, The Cowhouse in County Kildare in the south of Ireland.
Yvonne O’Brien and her students ministered at Open Week and connected with many students and visitors
The final mission team for the year came for the second year running from Houston, Texas, led by director Clint Zeller. The team taught live sessions in the school and led a fellowship meal at a local Bible study. They ministered in a meeting in Wicklow and in served at ‘I Loaf You’, an honesty box cafe led by graduates of the Belfast campus, Sam and Diane Hartley in Ballywalter, County Down.
Clint Zeller ministers in Belfast, and (right) Linda Tucker testifies in Wicklow
Second Year Graduates
The Charis Belfast Graduation in May saw in all, seventeen First Years promoted, Seven Second Years graduated from the course and ten Third Years Graduated from the Leadership Course. Director of Andrew Wommack Ministries Europe, Klaus Dieter-Gruber and his wife, Ann, Dean of Students at Charis Walsall addressed the First, Second and Third years respectively, promoting and graduating them during a wonderful occasion for the college, the students, their family and friends.
Third Year Graduates
Our Director, Allan Bruce would like to announce the dates for our Summer School, and invite you to be a part it. Come along and get a Taste of Charis on:
Tuesday 1st August 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Thursday 3rd August 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturday 5th August 10am – 1pm
All are welcome to come and have a taste of the teachings on offer at Charis. Those interested can sign up for our September intake.
Also, beginning in September 2017, we offer Charis Saturday School, a new way to experience the full Charis course for first and second year, meeting two Saturdays per month in term time, with modules studied at home. Students will gather for live teaching, reviews, praise and worship, and other events, and will complete their year in May. More details including term dates will be announced soon. Charis Bible College is where so many people, year on year are going deeper with God, discovering their destiny and preparing to live it!
Enrolling now for September 2017
Tel: +44 7947 491190 +4428 90 319691
Charis Belfast, Townsend Street Outreach Centre, Peters Hill, Belfast, BT13 2ES, Northern Irelanddents had a real adventure during their time here, ministering in college, teaching day and night school, at Healing School and taking their ministry as far south in Ireland as County Wicklow. They also ministered locally in serving a fellowship meal at a Belfast church.
The Charis Belfast Graduation in May saw in all, seventeen First Years promoted, Seven Secon