Catalyst is working to support, equip, and raise up leaders in dozens of nations around the world. In this blog article, Andy Johnston gives us an update on his recent trip to encourage our friends in Tanzania.
It is two years since I was last in the beautiful country of Tanzania and this time I was largely based in Arusha, an area in the north of the country which is dominated by Mount Kilimanjaro. It was wonderful to take a team of 4 people (the other members of the team were Andrew Hill and Tom Williams from KCC Southampton and Chris Large from ChristChurch Hailsham).
There are many ways to communicate with our friends on a mission in far-flung places, but there really is no substitute for face-to-face visits, however brief. Last month Maurice Nightingale and a group of guys from RM churches in Norfolk, Suffolk and Kent travelled together to Stockholm and then took an overnight ferry to Helsinki, to surprise and bless the church there. Hanna-Maria Jacob tells us what happened.
Minusta on ihanaa, miten Jumala yllättää!
Viime lauantaina pidimme seurakuntana pienet läksiäiset Charisille, joka on viettänyt ID-vuotensa Suomessa, tukien Risen Light Helsinki-seurakuntaamme (voisin kirjoittaa kokonaan erillisen tarinan hänestä, hän on enkeli!).
I [Andrew Wilson] love large churches. I was a pastor at a church that grew from around 500 to around 900—which, though it’s about the size of the creche in a megachurch, is fairly large in a UK context—and the church I’m at now had 1550 there three days ago, with a fourth site launching in October. Much of my day job involves helping my church, and often other churches, grow. Many of my friends lead large churches. Many of the people who have influenced me the most lead large churches. I go to several leadership conferences every year, and I learn something about growing churches from virtually all of them. I run a training course for leaders that aims to help people grow churches. I mention all this to say: yes, there are theologians out there who think that large churches are a bad idea and we should have nothing to do with them, but I’m not one of them.
We live in a time of confusion and uncertainty, which feels to be ever increasing in intensity. This may seem most apparent in the changing global political landscape, but our generation is grappling with questions of belief, identity and purpose in a context of cheap consumerism, a me first culture and a truth that is always relative. It’s quite a lot to process.
Tony Thompson and the team at Hope Church Luton are pioneering work equipping believers in the UK to engage well with their Muslim neighbours; both in building genuine relationships, and in learning how to effectively contextualise the good news of Jesus. In this blog article, Tony talks through some of his experiences in Luton, and how a new training course seeks to equip Christians in the beliefs, practices and culture of a significant population in our towns and cities.
Earlier this month, Hafenkirche, our church plant in Frankfurt, held a free festival for their neighbourhood. Esther Crook sent us this report.
Wir hatten viel gebetet und geplant in Vorbereitung für unser allererstes Gemeindefest, aber keiner von uns ahnte so richtig was uns eigentlich erwartete. Wir wussten natürlich, dass ein Fest grundsätzlich in Deutschland immer gut ankommt, aber fragten uns wie auf den sehr offensichtlich christlichen Teilen des Festes z.B. „Gebetsschirm“ und „Was wolltest du Gott schon immer Fragen“ Canvas, reagiert werden würde.
Preparation is in full flow and we’re dreaming big of what could happen this year. Sun cream has been bought, suitcases are being packed, and I [Ruth Coleman] am thinking of ways to beat my hide & seek spot from 2017…how do you top hiding in a freezer?!