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On 5 August: "The church needs to stop suppressing people"

ON A MISSION: Pastor Paul Bruce, who looks to empower at Stir Up The Gift on 5 August

IN A bid to embody the core of Biblical truth, which asks believers to be proactive in their faith and nurture their ability to tap into the same power they proclaim Jesus has, south London Pastor Paul Bruce is holding an evening of empowerment, practical prophesy and live gospel music on Saturday 5 August in Croydon.

The event, Stir Up the Gift, features a line-up of ministers that reads like a mini 'who's who' of powerful men of God known for their years of graft on the UK Christian scene.

Hosting and preaching on the night will be Bruce himself, who has been an ordained pastor for 25 years and is the youngest son of the late Overseer RE Bruce, instrumental in planting some of the very first black pentecostal churches in the UK; including Church of God in Christ (COGIC) Luton.

Bruce is known to many for being the first pastor of the international mega church Ruach City Church. At just 25, he pastored the now 5,000-strong congregation and trained other pastors and staff alongside the senior pastor, Bishop John Francis before leaving to pursue what he feels is his mandate:

"I want to help raise-up and equip leaders all over the world. It's everybody's mandate in a sense - it's two-fold - one, it's to reach the lost and two, it's to empower the body of Christ so that they aren't reliant on one particular church, or one particular pastor, or whatever the case may be.

"Some churches have no development plan for their congregation and you only get ahead if you're in the clique or know the pastor's family. Many people's gifts are suppressed because their face don't fit. The church needs to stop suppressing people and recognise gifts and callings over personal bias."

Joining him on 5 August is Pastor Mark Hudson, who will be leading worship with a soaring range akin to his recently departed sister, Lavine Hudson, who landed a record deal with Virgin and hit the UK charts in the early '90s.

"Pastor Mark Hudson has a genuine passion for delivering what he senses the congregation need to hear," says Bruce.

Pastors Delroy Smith and Benjamin Acheampong will also be offering attendees practical methods in which to 'stir-up' their own God-given gifts whilst preaching Biblical messages. Prophet Dr. Oscar Guobadia, leader of The Brook Place church on the Walworth Road, will bring his own unique and sharp gift to the table, no doubt imparting words of knowledge/prophesying to those he feels God has a personal message for.

Smith, a veteran church leader, who is hosting Stir Up the Gift at his own church building, commented:

"We need genuine apostles and prophets that will point the church back to the pattern and principles that God has for the church and to reignite a passion in the heart of the people back to God.

FOCUSED: Pastor Benjamin Acheampong worshipping at 'But God!', an event hosted by Pastor Paul Bruce last year

Everybody has a part to play within the body of Christ, for we all have gifts, skills and abilities that can be used in the service of the Lord - it is important that we stir these gifts that God has placed with us for the advancement of His Kingdom."

Acheampong, of Greater Works Chapel London and Ghana added:

"We have witnessed tremendous moves of God during previous events organised by Pastor Bruce.

"This is an opportunity to join the movement and be part of this endtime Five Fold ministry revival."

Guobadia, a PhD in Theology, vividly describes what the event means to him:

"Stir Up the Gift is a prophetic's not just the convocation of gifts, it's the demonstration of power and commissioning into function; to ignite their local hubs with fire!

"I am one of the agents for this revolution - come!"

Stir Up the Gift is a free event and takes place on Saturday 5 August from 6pm at PAGA Ministries, 155-157 Brighton Road, South Croydon, CR2 6EH. For more information on the event or Pastor Paul Bruce's ministry, click here.

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