Greetings, and welcome to the web site of The Elim Christian Centre, Glossop, Derbyshire, U.K. Here in Britain at the moment, we find ourselves in the midst of a season of political crisis as our Political Leaders seek to find a way through the impasse of BREXIT. As I write, there seems to be little hope of uniting the warring factions at Westminster, and the clock is rapidly ticking toward the E.U. exit date of 29th March. Many are fearful over the possibility of Britain exiting the E.U. on a ‘NO DEAL’ basis. It is legitimate for Christians to hold firm political views and ideals, but we are also exhorted, in the pages of Scripture, to pray for ‘KINGS AND ALL WHO ARE IN AUTHORITY’….We are exhorted to pray for our Leaders irrespective of their political colours!

There would be those that would say that this whole situation has been brought about by an absence of visionary leadership; that of course is a matter of opinion. However, leadership is a God-given gift when used in the right setting, and can be a source of great hope for nations and communities. During February, in our Church here in Glossop, we are going to be looking at the theme of effective leadership using stories from the Old Testament book of Judges. Two powerful leaders spring to mind, and we shall be examining their leadership skills:-

DEBORAH:  A woman of outstanding courage and fortitude who inspires a nation to victory against the might of a powerful enemy.
GIDEON:  Referred to as ‘A MIGHTY MAN OF VALOUR’. He was raised up by God to defeat a powerful enemy that had oppressed Gideon’s people for many years. Through Gideon’s inspired leadership, 300 men triumphed in the face of overwhelming odds.

Finally on a personal note. Recently, I had the very great privilege of being invited by the Christian TV station Revelation TV to record a series of programmes for them. This involved me in a 30 minute interview as part of their ‘IN CONVERSTION WITH series.

This has now been put on YouTube. Simply search for Alistair Cole and you will be able to view this programme.

Praying God’s blessing upon you and your families through this month of February. Here in the U.K. we are looking forward to the dawning of the season of Spring!