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How to be Unsuccessful with Pete Portal

July 13

Join Pete Portal for an immersive, author-led, deep dive into 24-7 Prayer’s new book, How to be (Un)successful.

Have you ever found yourself grappling with some of life’s big questions, including ‘what is success?’, ‘am I successful?’, ‘what did Jesus teach and model about success?’, and ‘does my life reflect the culture of this age or the culture of God’s kingdom?’ You’re not alone.

Pete will weave themes from his book with experience from his own journey living in one of South Africa’s most dangerous communities, centering on six key themes of: calling, relationships, influence, inner healing, faithful witness and spirit-infused activism.

There will be breakout sessions, both in groups and alone, to cultivate candid reflection and deep heart work.

Pete Portal is originally from London but has lived in Cape Town since 2009. He left a career in children’s television to move to Manenberg, a township community built during apartheid. 

He is part of leading Tree of Life, a 24-7 Prayer Community running ministries in Manenberg among the vulnerable and addicted and dedicated to living out Jesus’ love as spiritual community. Pete and his wife Sarah have two young children. As a family they do life alongside young men coming out of gangsterism and drug addiction, and spend much of their time growing relationships and networks across racial and socio-economic divides.

Pete holds Masters degrees in Religious Studies (Edinburgh University) and Theology, Politics and Faith-based Organisations (Kings College London); he has written articles for The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Times. As well as being interviewed on numerous podcasts, Pete hosts his own, called The (Un)successful Podcast

How to be (Un)successful is Pete’s second book. His first book, No Neutral Ground, drew on his experiences from a decade working and living in Manenberg as well as his theological studies. It is a raw account of seeing the love and power of Jesus break into violent and addicted young lives in Manenberg, telling of the extreme experiences – the high highs and low lows – of living with gangsters and drug addicts for whom much of society has given up hope. It is an unlikely adventure from middle class London to the forgotten margins of Cape Town. Along the way it asks some deeply challenging questions around the nature of mission, the call of the church, the inclusivity of the kingdom of God, and the adventure of faith.

For more information and resources, visit peteportal.com and treeoflife.org.za

Waverley Abbey House is a grade II listed property. The first floor (where most courses are held) and the second and third floors (where bedrooms are located) are reached by stairs. In the event of a fire, you need to be able to walk downstairs at an average walking pace, without assistance.


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