Greater Still

On the 16th to 18th August 2019, over 300 participants from across three different universities, the University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and Griffith University (GU) held their 10th annual Campus Christian Movement (CCM) Conference in Watson Park Convention Center. They were also joined by delegates from Hope Melbourne, Hope Gatton and Ablaze Youth that made the trip to join the three-day conference. The theme for this year’s conference was Greater Still, with the goal of celebrating the faithfulness of God in the Campus Christian Movement ministry in the past twenty-five years, and to envision what the next twenty-five might look like through Him. Across the weekend there were four speaker-based sessions and one celebratory session.

The conference began on Friday evening with Sunita bringing a message titled ‘God of Greatness’ to excite and encourage delegates to turn to Jesus and to respond in turn to His greatness. Afterwards, a war cry competition was conducted amongst life groups with the goal being to have a war cry that would unite students and one that students would be proud to use on campus.

On Saturday, the day started on a joyous note as fifteen brothers and sisters took a large step to publicly declare their faith by getting water baptised. The celebration continued through the second session of the weekend, which involved honouring alumni, both past and present. There were recorded messages from the first ever CCM presidents from the three Queensland universities, followed by a trivia segment and an interview panel featuring key figures Pastor Wilson and Lai Ling as faithful pioneers of the ministry, together with all other pastors and speakers. At the very end of the session, a large birthday cake was brought out on stage to commemorate the silver jubilee of CCM.

Outdoor games commenced after lunch and saw many delegates meet others from different groups while enjoying the many activities that the station games set across the campsite had to offer. In the following night session, Pastor Lai Ling brought forth a message titled, ‘Greater Move’ which opposed issues such as disentanglement, doggedness and desperation. The session concluded with many receiving and soaking in the Holy Spirit. The committee set up several bonfires outside afterwards where delegates were given time to spend with their groups to reflect on the sessions.

Sunday began with a session by Pastor Joshua titled, ‘Greater Yes’, inspiring students to see out God’s faithfulness as a source of victory. In the final session of the conference, Suzanna encouraged all to look forward with a message titled ‘Greater Frontiers’, and then had delegates write commitment messages which were posted onto a large, wooden cross as a strong symbolic act for Christ.

It was an amazing 3 day and 2 nights filled with joy, laughter and tears as God continued to speak to many delegates and challenged them to live boldly for Christ. As 2019 continues, the time is ripe for this generation to look forward to God’s goodness and promises in the next generation and beyond. Our God is and remains, Greater Still.


Audacious: No Reserve, No Retreat, No Regret

On the 13th of April 2018, all roads led to Watson Park Convention Centre, ushering 300 people into what would turn out to be a 3-day-long exhilarating experience in the presence of God, The CCM Conference 2018 themed Audacious; No reserve, No retreat, No regret. The theme would charge and inspire students to live audacious, fearless, purposeful, and Christ-centered lives. Hosting students from University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Griffith Universities, the conference was a youth Christian camp of sorts, including all the fun and spiritual breakthroughs that would construe.

Kicking off with the first session on Friday the 13th, it was exhilarating and energetic, beginning with Pastor Joshua challenging everyone to boldly trust God and strive to grow beyond their comfort zones, thus ushering everyone into the next 4 sessions. From the undiluted spirit-filled worship sessions, to team building activities, fun games, to the celebration with several brothers and sisters who openly proclaimed their faith and committed their lives to live for Christ through water baptism. The last day, Sunday the 15th was the Cherry on the cake for the whole experience, ending with open testimonies, stories of revivals, healing, breakthroughs, it was really uplifting to see God’s grace at work in their lives.

In all, it was an amazing experience, with moments of tears and laughter, as each of the sessions carried hard-hitting and challenging messages such as; The need to trust God with no regrets, advance in the spiritual race wholeheartedly with no retreat. Not to mention the mouthwatering and delicious meals that attendees were stuffed full with. The conference set in motion continuous revivals and breakthroughs as attendees were encouraged to carry on all that was learnt and experienced beyond Watson Park on to their individual lives, trusting and anticipating God’s mighty move daily in preparation for the next CCM conference come 2019.

CCM Concert 2018: Unravelled Love Is

The first-ever CCM concert rhetorically themed “Unravelled: Love is____” was one worth witnessing, as it was a platform purposed to conjure and celebrate God’s personality, Love – as we believe that He is the true definition of love –through songs, band performances, a short film and good food. It would go on to reveal new insights into what pure Love should look like and even using real-life challenges as examples, expatiate on how God is always present loving us faithfully. Fairy lights hung from end to end, bean bags and picnic chairs for seats, twin tents out back each with vendors cooking sausages and noodles individually, while preparing hot drinks; hot chocolate and coffee. This was the scene, an open-air barbeque/picnic-type concert in the cold of a winter evening; Friday the 27th of July 2018, and by 6.30pm, students began pouring in, onto The University of Queensland’s Natural Amphitheatre.

Soon after, the curtains swung open to reveal an exiting 3-minute dance performance of The greatest showman’s ‘The greatest show dance’. Afterwards, it was time fun the fun and games session of the evening, as volunteers were called up to the stage to participate in games such as Fastest talker, Best singer, and even a dance-off, with 15 cool gifts given out to winners, the food and snacks stations were opened for service. Following the excitement from the entertaining games, the concert kicked off on a high at 7:15 pm, featuring one very intriguing short film that was spread across the concert time as it flowed with solo and band performances all love centre. As the plot depicted a love-centred yet void family and their journey to discovering true love, the God kind of love. True love that is Love is patient and kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts always hope, always perseveres, and never fails.

Between the performance of melancholic songs such as Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls and the shuffle back to the very engaging film, emphasized the reality of the movie thus enabling audience to share in the emotions and feeling of the characters. Some other love defining songs that were performed include; the greatest showman’s ‘This is me’, Cyndi Lauper’s ‘Time after Time’ and Hillsong’s ‘This is living’. Nearing the end of the night, the movie ended with a monologue; “We love because we were first loved. Love is not a feeling, love is not a moment, Love is… Divine. And now these three remain Faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love”. Thus answering the question posed by the theme; Unravelled love is divine. On that note the concert ended with an announcement of the hashtag ‘#unraveled#loveis#divine’ after which came a time of reflection as a real-life testimony of true love experienced was shared.

Ending with a bang, by 8:45 pm attendants were still glued to their seats mingling, taking pictures and eating while being serenaded by the band, thus marking the start to finish in the grace of the first ever CCM concert. It was an impacting experience, the rhetorical theme was one that provoked deep thought on the concept of love by questioning and defining true love, a concept that we struggle to see or identify in the face of trials and struggles. I look forward to the next CCM concert in excitement and so should you.