One of the things I [Steve Tibbert] have always appreciated about the ministry of Terry Virgo, Newfrontiers’ founding father, is the emphasis he places on prayer, both personal and corporate.
Over the years, I have had the privilege of praying with Terry on numerous occasions – on early mornings while travelling together in Mexico, in leadership meetings and at conferences. Each January, Terry would often invite small groups of leaders to his home to pray as we began the new year. Those of us who have been around Newfrontiers for a while will remember the regular days of prayer and fasting when we gathered from across the country to come before God. In the new era of Newfrontiers, prayer remains the backbone of the new apostolic spheres.
For the past few years thousands of young people across Newfrontiers join together in a showground in Norfolk to worship and hear from God. This event usually takes place in late July to early August time.
Newday is one of the largest Christian events for young people that takes place in the UK every year. Young people aged right through their teenage years and on into their early 20s join together from churches up and down the UK and Europe to learn about and worship God, camp out together and soak in the summer festival feeling, leaving Newday further along in their relationship with Jesus.
This year’s Churches That Change Communities conference was a great success with keynote speakers including Bishop Philip North and Martin Charlesworth. You can listen to all the audio here. We’ve featured below the two keynote talks from the day which we’d recommend you watch or listen to.
When you hear the words, “race” or “racial diversity,” I [Kiri Kankhwende] wonder what comes into your mind? Maybe your eyes roll and you think, ‘here we go again.’ Or perhaps those words provoke feelings of pain or discomfort, as they remind you of horrible experiences. For some, those words make you happy as your experiences have meant you see diversity as something to be celebrated. Maybe it makes you feel awkward, because you think you might not be qualified to have a view on race and diversity, or that we’ve moved on, or that others may criticise you. Perhaps it’s a bit of all the above.
Recently David Holden & the New Ground team spent a day recording three sessions based upon the material which is included in his book of the same title.
The Bible instructs us to ‘be transformed by the renewing of your mind’ but some Christians live their lives in a state of permanent defeat. David Holden gives practical advice on how Christians can win the battle of their thought lives and fulfil their potential in Christ.
There is always so much to be thankful for in being part of the worldwide Newfrontiers family. It is a joy to experience something so similar to the Biblical partnership that we read about in Acts and the letters of the New Testament.
This is the first issue of our Church Planting Newsletter that we hope becomes a regular occurrence on our ChristCentral News Page. This issue discusses 2020 Initiative, Church Planting Training, how to get involved and A first hand Church Planting experience from Halifax.
What does it look like for churches to partner together in gospel unity to share Jesus with their city? In this article, Steve Bavington, member of ChurchCentral Birmingham and Director of ChaplaincyPlus (a charity supporting the business community and providing opportunities to explore the Christian faith), talks us through last week’s ‘Cosmic Chemistry’ event in Birmingham, which did exactly that:
I [Dale Barlow] have recently returned from ten days in Zimbabwe, first visiting River of Life Church in Harare and then attending Disciple Nations’ yearly get-together called MegaVision in Bulawayo.
Over the last ten years, I’ve been to Zimbabwe when there has been food but no money to pay for it; when there has been money but no food to buy with it; but currently there is money and food, but most of it is in the storeroom and not on the shelves.
Many of you will have seen the news from Pakistan yesterday, where a Christian lady named Asia Bibi was acquitted of blasphemy charges which had seen her held on death row for eight years. The ruling has seen a violent response from hardliners who support strong blasphemy laws in the country. Our friends Pervez and Jeremiah, leaders in the church there, have sent us the following request for prayer: