13 – 15 October
Between 13-15 October leaders from over 65 nations joined us at our Global 2020 conference as we gathered online for worship, prayer, learning and connection, and as we prepared to do more together in the future.
Global 2020 was a truly international gathering of Newfrontiers apostolic leaders and their teams from around the world.
Over each of the three days we made a daily session available to all, while holding smaller sessions for the apostolic fellowship and their teams.
Each of our public sessions are available below for you to watch, or rewatch.Speakers & Hosts
Tuesday 13 October
Wednesday 14 October
Thursday 15 October
Steve & Deb Tibbert – Your hosts
Global 2020 was hosted by Steve and Deb Tibbert, who are based at King’s Church London. Steve now leads the Newfrontiers Together Team, having served the Newfrontiers apostolic fellowship with a facilitating role in the UK for many years.
Steve Tibbert has led King’s Church London for 25 years. The church has grown in both size and diversity over that time and now has four sites in South-East London. He is the author of Good to Grow, a book about the importance of church growth, using many examples (and mistakes) from King’s.
Steve has been involved in serving the Newfrontiers family in the UK for a couple of decades – whether that has been in youthwork, leadership training, or overseeing a number of churches in London and the UK. He has been involved in training church leaders in the UK and overseas. Prior to taking on his role leading the Newfrontiers Together Team, Steve served the Newfrontiers apostolic fellowship with a facilitating role in the UK. In recent years he has also worked closely with David Devenish and the Newfrontiers Board.
Steve and his wife Deb have recently visited different spheres within the Newfrontiers apostolic fellowship: Scott & Claire Marques in Zimbabwe, Lee & Stacey Yarborough in Mexico, Brian & Rachel Mowrey in the USA, Andrey & Natasha Bondarenko in Ukraine, Edward & Fridah Buriah in Kenya and Joseph & Lily Mwila in Zambia. In the future they hope to make further visits to the Russian-speaking world and Armenia, amongst others.
Steve and Deb have been married for over 30 years. They have three grown-up sons and one grandson.
Mark Sayers – Guest speaker
At each Global conference, we invite a guest speaker to bring a message that will inspire, challenge and equip us. This year, we were excited to welcome Mark Sayers, from Melbourne, Australia. He has a passion for spiritual renewal and the future of the church. In our first session Andrew Wilson and Mbonisi Malaba interviewed Mark, and in our second session we enjoyed his timely message: We may not have a Plan, but we have a Person.
Mark Sayers is the Senior Leader of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia. He is passionate about spiritual renewal and the future of the church.
Mark is the author of a number of books and co-hosts the This Cultural Moment podcast with John Mark Comer. Mark lives in Melbourne with his wife, Trudi, his daughter, Grace, and twin boys, Hudson and Billy.
David Devenish – Speaker
David Devenish shared in our final session – a message titled Lessons from Jesus on Kingdom Growth. Until recently David has led the Newfrontiers Together Team since 2012 and for the last two decades he worked primarily in the Russian-speaking world and overseeing the planting of many churches in the part of the world known as the 10/40 window. He is an expert in cultural and contextualisation issues.
His newest book, Succession or Multiplication? – Transitioning a Movement to Next Generation Leadership, was released during the conference. (more below)
David is based in Bedford, UK and is an elder at Woodside Church. He is married to Scilla; they have four children and currently seven grandchildren.
Since 2000 until fairly recently, David had been working primarily in the Russian-speaking world and overseeing the planting of churches in the part of the world know as the 10/40 window. He also took on the leadership of Catalyst and served within the UK and also amongst the many churches that the Catalyst team serve in other nations. In June 2017 David passed on the leadership of Catalyst to Simon Holley.
From 2012-2020 David led the Newfrontiers Together Team which facilitates all that Newfrontiers continues to do together through collaboration, interdependence and mutual accountability between apostolic leaders. At Global 2020 he handed over that leadership role to Steve Tibbert, although he will remain on the Newfrontiers Together Team.
Part of David’s role in international ministry has caused him to study how we send people into different cultures and contexts. As a result he has developed teaching on a range of cultural and contextualisation issues which he frequently presents training on. He is also seeking to coach and develop many other apostolic ministries around the world. David has also represented Newfrontiers to other apostolic networks and movements with whom we have good and fruitful relationships.
Before working in Christian ministry, David worked as a civil servant for the British Government in international trade negotiations and one of the highlights of this job included being part of the first United Nations working party on the debt problems of developing countries. Following that he started working in international banking where again he was providing project finance into parts of Africa and Eastern Europe. All of this contributed to his heart for the nations that he still has to this day.
An important transition moment
This year’s conference was significant in part because it marked the leadership transition from David Devenish, who has led the Newfrontiers Together Team for the past nine years, to Steve Tibbert, who will now take on leading this team.
The Newfrontiers Together Team serves the Newfrontiers apostolic leaders as they partner together on global mission through collaboration, interdependence and mutual accountability.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at Global 2020.
Let’s keep praying for ‘more together’ as apostles, spheres and churches continue to serve communities across the nations.
Succession or Multiplication?
David Devenish’s latest book, which was released during Global 2020, tells the story of how Newfrontiers tackled this challenge, and how we have successfully transitioned to next-generation leadership.
Succession or Multiplication?
David’s new book explores lessons in transitioning from a first-generation movement under one founder leader to becoming a second-generation movement with a multiple leadership.
The issue of leadership succession has become a particular challenge for many fresh movements of churches which started as a result of the faith step of a particular founder, and who are now having to move to the next generation of leadership, whilst maintaining the same demonstration of missional and charismatic life. Several of these new movements have already made the transition to next -generation leadership; others are about to do so. Some have done so successfully; others have experienced a measure of conflict and division, but either way it is not an easy transition.
David Devenish tells the story of how Newfrontiers tackled this challenge, and how they successfully transitioned to next generation leadership through multiplication of leadership teams rather than appointing a successor, while still maintaining ministry accountability. It sets out both practical lessons that could be used by other movements as they embark on a similar journey, as well as drawing on academic studies of movements within the Christian world.
Find out more at daviddevenish.com.
Andrew is the Teaching Pastor at King’s Church London, and has degrees in history and theology from Cambridge (MA), London School of Theology (MTh), and King’s College London (PhD). He is an award-winning columnist for Christianity Today, and has written ten books, including Incomparable, Spirit and Sacrament and Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat. Andrew is married to Rachel and they have three children: Zeke, Anna and Samuel.
Mbonisi leads the eldership team at OneTribe Church in Nairobi. He is also an orthopaedic surgeon at Cure Hospital, Kijabe. Prior to moving to Nairobi, Mbonisi and his wife Tashinga lived in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where they led River of God church.