At the beginning of every year, our ministry (Iris Africa/PIH) hosts a three-day seminar for leaders and pastors. Years ago God gave Pastor Surprise Sithole a vision of impacting South Africa by gathering, imparting, and empowering the pastors each January. Following this God given strategy, over 100 leaders were launched into the new year with fresh teaching, fire, and anointing for the Kingdom of God!
Surprise opened up our meetings Friday night by casting vision for the upcoming year, and imparting the DNA of Iris Ministries to our leaders. Saturday morning Surprise spoke about changing for growth. He spoke about the importance of developing a culture of honor, love, and respect for one another. The focus of the teaching was on training up servant leaders who would grow the church through fellowship, relationship, and open communication between members of the body. Team building, communication, and delegating were key points that Surprise imparted to our leadership. Saturday night was an absolute Holy Ghost blow out! The manifest presence of God and the fire of His love overwhelmed almost everyone. What a joy to see leaders from Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and all over South Africa getting renewed and transformed by the Holy Spirit. We concluded our Pastors Advance Conference on Sunday morning with Pastor Dube teaching about the importance of giving, and then we had wonderful fellowship together with a wedding and chicken feast for over 250 people!