Daniel's church

City Life Church Portsmouth
Portsmouth, Hampshire PO3 6JH
+44 (0) 2392694677

About Daniel
  • Education: Christian: Obtained BA Hons Degree in Theology with Chichester University and ordained through Hampstead Bible College in London. Completed a 2 year International Hillsong Course through Faith Works Bible College (part time). I also hold a Baptist certificate in Biblical Studies which I studied via correspondance. Secular: 10 GCSE’s, 4 A/S Levels (ICT, Computing, Business Studies & Music), National BTEC Diploma in Popular Music, Certificate in Plumbing theory, Basic Counselling Skills certificate Other Studies: BA (Hons) Degree in Theology (2:1), HLTA status & Certificate in Managing Volunteers. Completed Million Leaders Mandate (IEQUIP) Leadership Training Scheme hosted at Winton Elim Church, Bournemouth.
  • Experience: I was brought up as a PK (Pastor’s Kid) involved in helping pioneer & run a Non-Denominational Christian Church for 10yrs with my family. I haved served in a variety of roles including as a Youth/Student Pastor (6yrs), Worship Team (9yrs), prison outreach. As well as involvement in lauching & lecturing at Faith Works Bible College ( & Million Leaders Mandate extension with City Ministries (1yr). I've been serving at City Life Church in Portsmouth now for 11 and a half years. I've been leading in the senior capacity since 2011. I have also been honoured to serve as a Chaplain to the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, and the Portsmouth City Council for a couple of terms. I have volunteered on 5 overseas mission trips to: Nepal (through Soapbox), LA (Dream Centre), Poland (Church link), Ethiopia (Compassion), Colombia (Church link)
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Feel free to use any of the sermons that inspire you and to email me with your feedback and testimonies. It’s always great to hear from other ministers around the globe. I cannot claim that all of my sermon content is 100% original, as I have gleaned many illustrations from various resources / preachers who have blessed me in the past. Note: the majority of my sermons are designed with a Powerpoint Presentation (visual aid) to help enhance learning - I’ve found that this is especially effective for those who are visual learners by nature. Furthermore, at times I will encourage the congregation to participate vocally by repeating certain key phrases, verses or answering questions relating to the topic. I do this to help keep the audience alert & make them feel involved PLUS it’s proven that doing this can enhance what people retain. However, I do understand that this is not always appropriate & can be very difficult with certain congregations.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Purpose Driven Life
  • Family: I have been married to my gorgeous wife Laura since 2002 and we have two girls, Talia and Sophie. My wife oversees the worship ministry and also preaches. My parents (Bill & Susan Harman) are the original church pioneers & Senior Leaders at Victory Church (aka City Church). I have an older brother called Dave who has two children.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My parents have always been a great encouragement spurring me on from the front row with plenty of affirmation. They think my sermons are great, but whose parents wouldn’t be biased towards their own kids!??
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: My wife (Laura) is my biggest support! She says I’m her ’favourite preacher’...ahhh that’s love for you! I can always depend on her honesty. She’s gives me bags of encouragement, but also constructive critisism when need be.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Think about who’s going to be in your congregation, ensure you’re putting out relevant bait and keep it rooted in scripture. If you’re enthusiastic about your sermon then it’s more than likely that the people listening will be. Failure to prepare is to prepare for failure (as my dad used to say). Get organised by storing all of your favourite illustrations/quotes/sermons in catagory folders on your computer (digital format) or in a filing cabinet (hard copy) - this helps make sermon preparation a whole lot easier!
  • Books that have had an impact: Purpose Driven Church (Rick Warren), Building A Contagious Church (Mark Mittelberg & Bill Hybels), Crossing Over (Paul Scanlon), How to win friends and influence People (Dale Carnegie), Numerous John Maxwell books on Leadership / Influence, He-motions (Biship T.D.Jakes), 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R.Covey), Run Baby Run (Nicky Cruz).
  • Hobbies: Football (big Portsmouth fan), fitness/weight training, listening to good music, playing guitar, reading, researching, playing computer games, enjoying nature, socialising with friends & family, eating out, watching good movies
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Life is meaningless without God, get to know Him & live a life of purpose!
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: The night before preaching my wife was supposed to dye my hair blonde, but instead it came out bright ginger! Needless to say I got a lot of stick from my friends the next morning! :-D
  • What I want on my tombstone: A friend of God. He loved God & he loved people
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  • Faith It Out 'til You Figure It Out!

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2008
    based on 25 ratings

    Holding on to your faith in God in the face of Disappointments, Discouragement & Difficulties

    Title (reaffirm / remind congregation through out) : FAITH IT OUT ’TIL YOU FIGURE IT OUT! Theme: Holding on to your faith in God in the face of Disappointments, Discouragement & Difficulties (adversities) We all get times of difficulties, discouragement & disappointments – maybe you have more

  • Becoming A Carrier Of The Vision

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2008
    based on 4 ratings

    Sermon to cultivate servanthood in the local church. God doesn’t want us just to sit on the sidelines, but He wants us to ’get in the game’ & participate - put our faith in action & contribute to the growth of the Body of Christ.

    Becoming a Carrier of the Vision – Build God’s House through Servanthood Leadership = to influence the direction of other people’s lives – we are all called to be leaders. Leadership is not a title, but it’s an action - serving. Everyone is called into an area of leadership Aim: Vision more

  • It Is Not Good That Man Should Be Alone!

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2008
    based on 9 ratings

    What is FRIENDSHIP? What are the BENEFITS of Friendship & How can friendship can change your life, the churches life & those people who are in YOUR world? How we can prevent relationships from failing?

    IT IS NOT GOOD FOR MAN TO BE ALONE (Part 3 of THE FRIENDSHIP FACTOR) Dan Harman See ’The Friendship Factor - Part 1) for media suggestions (relevant songs, film clips) Re-cap of Part 1 & 2: David & Hushai, Ruth & Naomi Intro: How many of you want to want to more

  • Cultivating Fruitful Relationships

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2008
    based on 7 ratings

    7 Steps to Building Great Relationships, tackles the worldwide problem of loneliness, a beautiful portrait of Friendship in Bible, How to avoid damaging others & Make New Friends, Discerning Right & Wrong Relationships.

    CULTIVATING FRUITFUL RELATIONSHIPS (or FRIENDSHIPS) (Part 2 of THE FRIENDSHIP FACTOR Series) Pastor Dan Harman INTRO - What will you learn about: Worldwide Problem of Loneliness, Definitions of Friendship, A Beautiful Portrait of Friendship in Bible, Counterfeit Church Fellowship, How to more

  • The Friendship Factor - Part 1

    Contributed on Mar 19, 2008
    based on 19 ratings

    Preaching on the importance of building & maintaining friendships. Encourages members to invest time in relationships & cultivate a ‘Friendship Factor’ within in the church & learn about its healthy benefits.


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  • Within Months Fred Whiteman Went Through More ...

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2008

    Within months Fred Whiteman went through more pain than most of us do in a life time. Cancer claimed his best friend. Then his mum died and his wife was killed. Next, he underwent a heart transplant. And while he was still recovering he had to more

  • When Lance Armstrong (A Professional Cyclist) Was ...

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2008

    When Lance Armstrong (a professional cyclist) was diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer all at the same time; he chose to get back on his bike & ‘keep on keeping on.’ He went on from this to win 5 Tour de France’s in a row!!! An event which some consider to be the most gruelling more

  • Healthy Benefits

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2008
    based on 3 ratings

    HEALTHY BENEFITS It’s no wonder, then, that MEDICAL RESEARCH have found that those who have friends tend to be HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, and LIVE LONGER than those who do not. Solid scientific evidence indicates that friendship can extend life. People with plentiful social support have stronger more

  • Everyone Hears What You ...

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2008

    "Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don’t say." “Many people will walk in and out of your life; but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart." A Friend should be Radical; They should love you when more

  • 1 Way Of Improving Your Chances Of Making Friends ...

    Contributed on Mar 28, 2008

    1 WAY OF IMPROVING YOUR CHANCES OF MAKING FRIENDS – SMILE!!! It takes less muscles to smile than to frown & it also will help to keep you young! "A happy heart makes the face cheerful!" Prov. 15:13 (NIV), 2 Cor. 3:18 (our faces should reflect God’s glory!) A loving heart and a friendly more