The True Apprentice

terryTonight Sir Alan Sugar returns to our TVscreens with the new series of BBC One’s The Apprentice as 15 fresh-faced candidates go through hell and high water to avoid the  pointed finger accompanied by that now infamous phrase “You’re fired”. It’s compelling TV, as we see these sharp suited hopefuls, refelecting  those personality aspects we love and loath competing with each other to catch the eye and trust of the hard-nosed Sir Alan as he looks  for “the real deal.”  The review from the Times playlist magazine says; “The tasks remain absurd and reveal nothing bar the contestants’ sneaky attempts to abdicate responsibility and pass the buck.”Sound familar?What do you do to impress others, and how competitive are you under pressure  with targets to meet?

Unlike Sir Alan, Jesus appears to prioritise completely different qualities. He is looking for apprentices who do not need to pass any tasks to qualify for his attention. No sharp suits, marketing plans or impressive CV’s are needed- just a willingness to follow and learn. Terry Eckersley takesus through what we need to follow as apprentices of Christ in his book The True Apprentice, based on Matthew 10 v 38-42. “Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. “ So is  the secret is less ego, more selflessness and humility and putting others first. Qualities like this may not make you top dog for Sir Alan, but they could make an eternal difference to the lives of others.

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7 responses to “The True Apprentice

  1. Born ready, is not just a well known movie indium or go getter speak, it is
    the long awaited autobiography of Terry Eckersley. Who is he?
    Friendly, relevant, carefree and kind are the characteristics his friends and family describe of him.
    An Eric Morecambe lookalike with the same type of charismatic northern wit and humour that has swept the UK and nations of the world! The robust northern integrous character of our forefathers exudes from this enigmatic man.
    Also a strange mix of the new Billy Graham meets one of the Kray twins gang, with a twist of Branson meets S Jobs whom he did meet via a near lawsuit and won!
    Since graduating from the death of his Father at an early age into care, drugs, gangs, and over a life sentence in the darkest prisons in the UK.
    Once depressed, oppressed, he now shares his powerful story how he was set free, healed, then set on a successful journey of restoration relationally, academically, financially and socially, even invited to one of the queens garden parties for his charity and media work.
    Can the simple Christian message still change people today? It seems so!
    Now speaking and encouraging inmates, pupils, business people and Churches. His powerful and humorous messages and personal story brings healing and strong encouragement.

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  5. Who is Terry Eckersley ?

    Terry lives in the north of the UK. He is blissfully married to Jill an accomplished stylist, recording artist & worship leader and they have known each other 20 years and been married 5. Terry became a Christian in 1992 after a powerful conversion from a cycle of brokenness, drugs, crime & prison, this then led to healing & total redemption into extraordinary success. Then serving his way to CEO in Christian Charity & media helping people all around the world documented in his prolific autobiography “Born Ready “. Terry has been described as a tonic, humorous, high energy, yet vulnerable and relational. He has a strong gift of encouragement & shares the full Gospel message that has so radically changed him. Terry Eckersley is a creative communicator with an instant appeal that transcends all cultures, people groups & denominations. His much-appreciated art of motivational faith, with deep insight helps people to discover spiritual vitality in a humorous, friendly & powerful way that brings life and healing. A graduate of 2 Bible Colleges including Hillsong Leadership College.
    To date, he has completed many speaking, media, radio & TV engagements at Churches, conferences, towns, cities and Prisons in many countries & on 3 continents. Terry has published books, songs & music all around the world, on many platforms & mediums. An ambassador for Compassion UK & associate evangelist with JJohn & The Philo Trust.

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