The Beatitudes have inspired countless generations before us to build lives and churches that challenge and change the world in which they live. The truths contained within Christ’s teaching have the ability to bring colour and transformation to the darkest and most troubled situation on planet earth.
Catalyst is working into dozens of nations around the world, raising world-changers in an incredible number of different situations and contexts. One of these is in war-hit Eastern Ukraine, where we recently supported a project to complete the drilling of a new well for a local village – enabling one of the church leaders who has been serving the community with feeding programmes to expand that to provide water too. Here’s the impact it’s having…
Together with Doug and Duncan from Christchurch, Guy and I have just come back from a trip to the Balkans. The aim of our visit was two-fold. The first was to speak at the annual Balkan leader’s conference in Croatia, and the second to welcome our first Serbian church into Commission. We have been working with the leaders Miro and his wife Sneza for a couple of years now, although Doug has been faithfully serving in Serbia for much longer.
When we gather together as a family of churches, we get to hear what is going on in different parts of the RM world, and rejoice together at what God is doing among us. A few months ago we had a gathering where different leaders shared some stories about answers to prayer they have seen in their churches. Here are just a couple, to encourage you and raise your faith. (All names have been changed.)
It’s been so encouraging to hear stories of our churches engaging with the local community, whether it be through Art installations in coffee shops in Birmingham, running Community Festivals in Coventry; missional groups reaching out into prisons; hangouts on the football fields or mother and toddler groups. There are so many unique connection points for people to engage with ‘Church’ and connect to some form of community. Many of our churches run groups as a means of reaching out to the community.
On Thursday 4th October, leaders and teams from across the Catalyst Network gathered for a day of prayer and fasting; a day to encounter God and connect with one another. Here’s a quick review of what happened.
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The first session of the day was all about getting into God’s presence and allowing Him to speak to us; both individually and corporately. We started with an opportunity to worship – helping to clear away all the distractions and busyness of day-to-day life and focus in again on Jesus – before Wendy Mann and Phil Wilthew brought prophetic encouragements to sharpen us and draw us deeper into worship. There was a truly moving time to pray for one another as many responded to a word to ‘rest’ and received prayer. As people stood together and prayed, it was clear that Jesus was meeting with people powerfully across the room; bringing comfort, peace, and wholeness.
We live in a society where there are few lasting relationships, but if you look at the Bible the central relationship between Jesus and his Church lasts for all eternity. If we are to be rooted and grounded in Christ in our relationships, then we need to build quality relationships that stand the test of time. How is this possible?
Connect 2018 is taking place at Jubilee Community Church in East Grinstead over the weekend of 23-25 November. As part of the weekend, we have invited some great speakers to lead our seminars. Here’s Akhtar Shah from Everyday Church London, introducing his seminar ‘Rooted In Community’.
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.