“Unreached-ness is… not defined on the basis of whether there are any Christians or not, or whether there are any missionaries working among them or not. It is defined on the basis of whether or not in that culture there is a viable, culturally relevant, witnessing church movement” – Ralph Winter
As a family of churches, we carry a massive prophetic burden for and commitment to sending people to live and plant churches amongst unreached people. What this usually looks like is teams of people, sent by their local churches and Catalyst, moving country, spending a couple of years learning the local language, and then seeing a church planted that has local flavour, local expression and local multipliability.
Longtime readers of the Confluence blog may have noticed a change recently. This blog has been written mostly by people who lead in various contexts within the Newfrontiers-USA family of churches, which is part of the global Newfrontiers family. This month, however, Newfrontiers-USA officially changed its name to Confluence. We’re still part of Newfrontiers and enjoy relationships with churches and leaders around the world. For several reasons, though, it was time to change our name.
Here’s an interesting thought experiment. If you were seeking to create an ideal environment for a friend who’s interested in finding out more about this whole “Christianity thing” to learn about Jesus, what would you do? If you could craft from scratch your perfect context for someone to encounter the overwhelming love of God for the first time, what would that look like? What would you expose them to? What wouldn’t you?
Hafenkirche would love to hear from you! We are in the very exciting early stages of church planting in mainland Europe and need your help. Frankfurt is a cosmopolitan city with a very diverse demographic – from the wealthy bankers to the asylum seekers and refugees. It is located in the heart of Germany, the most populous nation of Europe and is a truly international city.
Great to see over 60 young people from across our churches gather together for Yorkshire Amplify last Saturday.
As well as games & food, we had space to worship together with contributions from the young people sharing pictures, verses & words. We challenged each other by looking at James 1:22-26 – to be a generation that is responsive & active in our faith when Jesus speaks, rather than passive.
I’d understand the logic of an equation, work the problem out in my mind, then get careless with the details and get the sum wrong. “What’s the problem?” I used to moan to my mom, “I get the concept – I just made a little mistake at the end!” Turns out in mathematics the exact sum matters. Most of the time, at least.
One thing I’ve learned in the Middle East is that numbers can be both precise and symbolic. Some numbers have a story.
HOPE church Worcester has long had ties with Life Ministries Christian Centre, in Uganda. Many years ago, along with others, we helped the church build a clinic and a school, and a couple from our church were the first head teachers there. Our friendship has grown and developed over time – I [Richard Thomas] have been visiting Emmanuel Rucyaba, the apostolic leader of this group of churches, for about 16 years and he has attended many Newfrontiers and, more recently, Catalyst events.
For a number of years now, Life Church in Southampton have been developing their partnership with Southampton City Council and the national initiative ‘Home for Good’. It is a long term project, but is bearing fruit!
Our vision is simple – a home for every child who needs one.
In the UK, there is an urgent need for more than 7,000 foster families and there are not enough people coming forward to adopt children who wait the longest for adoption – children over the age of four, with additional needs, from black and minority ethnic communities and who are part of a sibling group.
It’s shocking to note that the Bible devotes twice as many verses to money as to faith and prayer combined! Jesus says more about money than both heaven and hell. It is clear that our view of money is of the utmost importance.
As one of the few remaining staff members of Newfrontiers (I [Jennie Pollock] am the Communications Manager) I often get asked – in surprise – whether Newfrontiers still exists, and if so what it is and what it does.
Here are three snapshots to illustrate a part of the answer:
1) A unity of apostolic leaders
After a season of establishing their spheres and working through what God has called each of them specifically to, the apostolic leaders have grown, if anything, more united. They still meet together regularly, sometimes as UK leaders and sometimes in international groupings, to support, encourage and pray for one another. There is a really wonderful sense of unity and partnership together. They have a recognition that each has a slightly different focus and emphasis, but that they are a ‘band of brothers’, with a deep, familial commitment to one another.