“This Years’ Australian Coalition of Apostolic Leaders conference was an outstanding success for which we all worked incredibly hard as a Team to achieve,” says Continental Facilitator, John Macknamara.
According to Macknamara, “The impact is now really National and we are being seriously looked at by the whole Pentecostal Movement in Australia. As proof he points to the fact that Mark and Darlene Zchech of Hillsong fame were present in this years conference. “Darlene and her husband lead a significant Network of Churches,” Macknamara explains, “and a huge Social Work of Special Houses set-up throughout the Nation for single Teenage Mothers called ‘Houses of Hope.’” Darlene Zchach has currently the largest record sales of any recording artist in the country, secular or sacred, and is known right throughout Australia and, indeed, the whole world.
Along with the Zchechs, the attention that ACAL is receiving from major Christian leaders in Australia included four pastors from City Life Church in Melbourne. This included the Senior Associate Pastor Gurmit Gill. City Life is led by Mark Connor, son of Kevin Conner, and is the second largest Church in Australia, next only to Hillsong, with 12,000 members.
There were a total of 84 Apostolic Leaders present from all the States of Australia and was the largest-ever gathering in the ten years since the Australian Coalition has been operating. Besides leaders from the nuclear church, three politicians and their staffs attended the conference. Two of them spoke and testified to God’s Glory working in our Nation.
One critical element of their success was their guest speaker, Macknamara explains. “The timing of having Lance Wallnau and his son Carl as our Special Guests,” he said, “proved to be incredibly timely and strategic.” Describing why, he explained, “ We spent 3 hours in strategic discussions in the Australian Parliament with four National Senators and a Member of the Lower House of Representatives the day after the conference which was a great follow-up to Joseph Mattera’s visit with those same leaders the year before.” John Mack, as he is affectionately known, added, “There was an incredible strategic synergy between Lance and these men which we believe will lead to more meetings with Lance into the future!”
Turning his attention to New Zealand, John Mack was “privileged to have apostle Seth Fawcett as our Special Guest from Lower Hutt in New Zealand,” he said. He and John had discussions regarding commencing a Coalition in New Zealand in the very near future. Commenting procedurally, Macknamara said, “I have suggested we follow a Divine Pattern by asking Mark Pfeifer to be the Guest Speaker for our first effort there, so that similar foundations can be laid as were laid here in Australia. It has proved to be a strong one!”
As John Macknamara turns more of his attention abroad, representing ICAL in the Asia Pacific Region, a new leader needed to take his place as the Convenor for ACAL. He was glad to report, “I conducted the Commissioning Service of John & Alaine McElroy into the Leadership of the Australian Coalition of Apostolic Leaders as our new Convenor - which was,” he was happy to report, “confirmed by prophecy & a huge ‘Amen’ from all present.” John also shared his vision of commencing state coalition gatherings across Australia and has set-up their first national website. He is seeking God for the appointment of strategic, hands-on leaders in each state to help achieve these expansion activities.
No doubt, Australia and other nations in that region will be influenced by the Kingdom of God as ACAL continues to grow in number and in influence.