16 Mar

ChristCentral Leadership Weekend Roundup

ChristCentral, Events, Training leaders

On 24 to 26 February over 180 of us from across Europe met in Crewe to eat, drink, laugh and learn (with the help of Andy and Hazel Robinson, plus their amazing team) together for a weekend. Here are our [Chris and Jo Frost’s] top 5 take home moments:

1. Revive the dry lands. Revival has many connotations, many not so good; namely the church goes weird and evangelism is forgotten. Jeremy Simpkins helpfully called us back to the original church revival of Acts 2 and 4 as a template for what there is growing expectancy for in the UK.  The 1947 Smith Wigglesworth and our very own Ginny Burgin’s prophecies, which are available here, were both referenced, as was Mike Sprenger’s excellent paper on the topic available to download here.

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15 Mar

‘I pray the Lord’s Prayer, but I use my own words too.’

Catalyst

Anne, from Grace Community Church in Stevenage, gave her life to Jesus during the Summer 2016. She went along to an Alpha course where she met the Holy Spirit and was baptised earlier this year. Anne shares the reality of what this was like for her and the change it’s made in her life.

‘When I was a little girl, I was interested in God. I went to Sunday School, but my parents weren’t interested. Eventually I turned my back on faith and God and walked away from it all. Sometimes life felt hard. Sadly there were even a couple of times where I even tried to take my own life, but God was there, though I never knew it.

I became a volunteer at the YMCA drop-in and went to a group where we could find out about Jesus. The Holy Spirit helped me to begin to understand.

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15 Mar

Newday Sunday Resources

Audio/Video, Events, Newday

We want to make it as easy as possible for church and youth leaders to share some of the amazing stories of how Jesus changes lives every year at Newday.

For the run up to 2017 we’ve produced a video that tells the story of three teenage boys who did not go to church and had never been to Newday before, but were invited along and had their lives completely changed as a result.

Watch the video on the Newday website.

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14 Mar

#Ash17 – Home For Good

Events, Ministry to the poor, New Ground

At Ashburnham 2017 we are teaming up with four outstanding organisations who will be equipping and inspiring each of us to make a difference.

Jake was the “parent”, despite being only seven. Caleb, four, was kept in a pushchair, wasn’t toilet-trained and didn’t have enough clothing. The boys slept on the floor and didn’t know when they would next eat. They saw things that children should never be allowed to see, and were fighting for survival.

They were given a fresh start when Peter and Jenny became their foster parents.

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14 Mar

More Resources from Prayer & Equipping Feb ’17

Audio/Video, Relational MIssion

We had the privilege of having Nick & Marlene share about their story and the work of Pioneer 61 at our Prayer & Equipping Days in February ’17.

It was both inspiring and challenging! You can view the session below:

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13 Mar

Guy Miller’s latest blog: Thoughts from Commission Prayer

Commission

Wow and double wow, what an incredible God focused time at Commission Prayer these past few days. Fantastic worship, anthems and spiritual songs, singing in the Spirit and joy and freedom to minister and pray with family members. We had prophetic encouragement from the story of Caleb to embrace our adventure and speak faith to one another and to our churches that God is really going to give us thousands of lives transformed, through hundreds of churches, in tens of nations. God was saying “now is a time of mobilisation and multiplication”. I loved the fact so many took part, I enjoyed the SURE leads sharing their hearts and felt equipped through Malcolm’s Psalm 90 word to be about a work that counts for eternity.

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08 Mar

A Day Of Prayer For The UK

ChristCentral, Events, UK

We would like to invite you to join us for the upcoming Newfrontiers Prayer day in London on Wednesday 5th July 2017 at Westminster Chapel.

It has been a while since we have gathered in this context, but we feel it is important to meet together and pray for our nation.

This is for all elders, pastors, staff & those on leadership teams of any Newfrontiers related church in the UK.

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08 Mar

Five ‘Do’s and Five ‘Don’t’s of Prophecy in a Church Plant

Broadcast Network, Church planting

Prophecy is one of the most powerful gifts that God has given to his church, and many of us will be able to recall times when prophetic words have been shared that have lifted people’s heads, inspired faith and helped people to worship God.

This can be particularly true in a church planting situation. At such a crucial stage in the formation of the church, the positive impact of hearing a word from God can be multiplied.

However, it also the case that the impact of unhelpful, cringey or just plain weird words can also be greater in a church plant. It is part of the role of the church plant leader to create an atmosphere where prophecy can flourish without getting weird.

Here are a few ‘do’s and ‘dont’s that we have found helpful.

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07 Mar

‘SURE’ programme manager – Commission

ChristCentral, Commission, UK

A unique and exciting opportunity has developed in the Commission team for a suitably experienced and qualified Programme Manager.

Under the leadership of Guy Miller, the Commission church family are working together with a vision to see thousands of lives transformed through hundreds of churches in tens of nations. This vision has an underpinning strategy (‘SURE’) which is being planned and implemented by the Leadership Team in the UK and corresponding national teams overseas. 

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07 Mar

#Ash17 – International Justice Mission

Events, Ministry to the poor, New Ground

At Ashburnham 2017 we are teaming up with four outstanding organisations who will be equipping and inspiring each of us to make a difference.

William Wilberforce, Olaudah Equiano, Hannah More and other 18th Century abolitionists transformed culture by ending the transatlantic slave trade. They stepped out in faith in seeking to set God’s people free. It’s inspirational to think that a small group of Christians in the UK ended slavery and transformed the world.

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