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.
The team at Christ Church Manchester are pioneering new music in Manchester, and have recently released another brand new, home-grown song, “You Are”. Find out more about the church on their website, and check out all their music on their Spotify page.
At Christ Church Manchester we love music.
Actually, we love creativity.
I [Tim Simmonds] am always a little bit in awe of someone who can see a blank piece of paper and come up with a poem or a story. I am especially in awe of people who can pick up an instrument, patch a few notes together and come up with something that’s genuinely moving! Obviously, God is the greatest creator and so we want to honour who He is by helping our musicians to discover and hone their skills.
The Catalyst Social Action Fund is an initiative amongst UK Catalyst churches which seeks to help churches begin and expand projects serving disadvantaged people within their communities. After a successful first year in 2017, which saw six projects serving disadvantaged people across the country receive funding, we’re expanding and extending the scheme for this coming year. There are two types of funding available:
In the summer of 2018 Graham Pyman and the ChristCentral media team popped down to HTB in London to meet Nicky Gumbel, he’d offered to film a short interview for us to use at our Devoted Festival which takes place over the August bank holiday weekend… These two films were very well received at the event. We’re so grateful for Nicky’s ministry and the way God has used him and HTB to bless and equip the church across the UK and the nations.
This summer we put together a mini brochure outlining some of the things going on across the ChristCentral family. Quite clearly it won’t cover everything that is going on but we’ve tried to bring you a flavour of some of the things we are involved with in the UK and Internationally.
A couple of years ago we posted the testimony of Mojtaba an Iranian we met in Istanbul. This year, we made another video with Mojtaba as he tells us about his first day in prison and some of the miraculous things that God has done since then.
Paul was in a dilemma. While being proof of his apostolic ministry, the church in Corinth, which had resulted from his visit, was proving divisive, opinionated, critical, and carnal in every way. Even then, he still addressed them as ‘My beloved children’. Through the gospel he became their ‘father’, not simply their leader (1 Cor. 4:14-15). Now his beloved children needed some admonition. How was he to proceed?
Did you know that the focus of this year’s Christmas Appeal is to support Relational Mission churches in the UK and across continental Europe to start or grow empowerment projects that will create sustainable and evangelistic pathways out of poverty in their local community?
Bi-Vocational Church Planting
My wife and our four boys and I [Seth Hoffman] moved to Brooklyn a little more than three years ago. To say that the process of starting a church in a large city like New York has been challenging would be a major understatement. God has used this to humble us, give grace to us and shape us in many ways. The process has gone much slower than we originally thought. One reason for this is that we parachuted into the city – we didn’t have a ready made core group or major connections in our neighborhood that would enable us to quickly launch. God was inviting us into a process of enculturation and contextualization that was tremendously formative. We have been learning to navigate the city by building relationships, knowing our neighbors and hearing stories. One of the primary vehicles of this process has been the fact that I have worked a secular job for the majority of our time here.