07 Apr

Mission Zambia

ChristCentral, Going to the nations, International, Ministry to the poor

Photo Credit: Michael O’Brien of Miracle Photography

Andrew and Julie Greenhalgh have been members of Jubilee Church Wirral since moving to Wirral in December 2004. They are Life Group and youth leaders at Jubilee and in the next few months are moving with their four children (Benjy, 17, Elizabeth, 13, Eva, 10 and Sammy, 8) to Kitwe in Zambia to work on a new primary school, a street-feeding project and two orphanages.

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05 Apr

The Advance resource archive is now available as a Podcast

Advance, Training leaders

We are excited to announce that the entire Advance conference recording archive is now available in your favorite podcast app.

The archive includes recordings from the earliest Advance gatherings, including Global conferences and continental gatherings. There are even recordings from a number of hub events and training seminars.

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03 Apr

Barnabas Community Projects

ChristCentral, Ministry to the poor

We wanted to start a series of articles which focussed in on some social action projects which are going on in our nation. Many of these will have been launched by from churches who are part of ChristCentral, others will be of interest because of the sort of work they are doing or the sort of business they are modelling. You can find more articles in this series here. If you would like to see your project featured click here to find out more.

In our second article we’re looking at the work of Barnabas Community Projects which is a charity started by Barnabas Community Church. We caught up with Karen who is the project leader for their foodbank and is a director of Barnabas Community Projects.

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02 Apr


Catalyst, Church planting, Events, Going to the nations

UNREACHED is becoming our annual connection moment in the UK for people with an interest in cross-cultural church planting, especially in dangerous, exciting and pioneering places.

As Catalyst, we are an international family of churches. But because a lot of the places where we are working are risky, we can’t share a lot of news online. The problem is, a lot of the most remarkable stories come from those places. So how can you hear these stories? Come to Unreached19.

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29 Mar

Leadership Conference 2019: Meet the Speakers

Catalyst, Events, Training leaders

Following on from our first ever Leadership Conference two years ago, we are returning to Milton Keynes for this year’s Conference from 21st-22nd June 2019. It’s two days of leadership training, workshops and worship to help you embrace a fresh vision for God’s Kingdom, for those leading both in the workplace and in the church. Our theme this year is ‘Wells not walls’, where we’ll be looking at how to live and thrive in a post-Christian culture, and we are going to be joined by three fantastic speakers for our main sessions. Here’s a bit about each of them:

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29 Mar

Chatting to Ziba Mbense about the journey to planting in Langa, Cape Town

Advance, Church planting, Going to the nations

Tell us about the neighbourhood of Langa

Langa is a township and suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It was established in 1927. Similar to other townships in South Africa, Langa is one of many areas in South Africa that were designated for Black Africans during the apartheid era. Langa is rich in history, culture, diversity and enterprise. However the area also has a dark shadow of crime, unemployment and poverty.

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29 Mar

Impact Stories

New Ground, Training leaders

Impact is a great way to grow in God, in your character and gifting and to serve in a local church. It is a discipleship gap year where you develop and learn alongside others with a chance to discover your calling and be equipped for the life God has in store for you.

We asked some of our Impacters (past and present) to tell us about their time on Impact. 

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27 Mar

Brexit and all that…


Hardly a day goes by without another twist in the Brexit story – in the midst of so much uncertainty, how do we respond as churches and individuals? In this blog, Nigel Paterson, who represents the Catalyst Network with CARE in Westminster, offers a few thoughts:
As I write this, I have just come back from the Newfrontiers leaders ‘Praying for the Nation – a day of prayer for the UK’ at Westminster Chapel, London. My thoughts here are inspired partly from the day and from watching the Brexit story closely since it started. For me, this has included giving about 10 presentations on Brexit, in a professional capacity and usually to foreigners, during the past 12 months. With an issue this complex and divisive, how can we respond with grace, as churches and individuals?
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26 Mar

Reconciliation Road Church update

Advance, Audio/Video, Ministry to the poor

Gareth and Nadine Bowley began an extraordinary journey 16 years ago when they moved into leadership in what was to become Reconciliation Road Church. The church is just South of Durban, South Africa. Check out this video update to learn more about this great church that is doing great unifying work in a community with a long history of division.

Source: Advance

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22 Mar

God’s Big Story

Catalyst, Events, Training leaders

Last weekend saw the launch of a new Catalyst training initiative. For many years now we have been running Impact as a “Gap Year” programme from Woodside Church Bedford, the Leadership and Theology course hosted by Andrew Wilson at New Life Church Milton Keynes, and Broadcast, an online resource for church planters run by the team at Christ Church Manchester. This new course, God’s Big Story, aims to plug the gap between our other training courses and is aimed at everyone in our churches who wants to dig a bit deeper into their Bible.

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