In the summer of 2018 Graham Pyman and the ChristCentral media team popped down to HTB in London to meet Nicky Gumbel, he’d offered to film a short interview for us to use at our Devoted Festival which takes place over the August bank holiday weekend… These two films were very well received at the event. We’re so grateful for Nicky’s ministry and the way God has used him and HTB to bless and equip the church across the UK and the nations.
This summer we put together a mini brochure outlining some of the things going on across the ChristCentral family. Quite clearly it won’t cover everything that is going on but we’ve tried to bring you a flavour of some of the things we are involved with in the UK and Internationally.
What is happening in Delft? And who am I? Perhaps that is the logical place to start. My name is Dean Wilding and in May this year, I took over the leadership of the team at Redeemer Delft church plant. I’m originally from the UK and came to do my PhD in microscopy here in Delft nearly four years ago. In that time, I got involved in Redeemer The Hague and eventually ended up being a part of the group that got the Delft church plant off the ground.
A couple of years ago we posted the testimony of Mojtaba an Iranian we met in Istanbul. This year, we made another video with Mojtaba as he tells us about his first day in prison and some of the miraculous things that God has done since then.
Paul was in a dilemma. While being proof of his apostolic ministry, the church in Corinth, which had resulted from his visit, was proving divisive, opinionated, critical, and carnal in every way. Even then, he still addressed them as ‘My beloved children’. Through the gospel he became their ‘father’, not simply their leader (1 Cor. 4:14-15). Now his beloved children needed some admonition. How was he to proceed?
Did you know that the focus of this year’s Christmas Appeal is to support Relational Mission churches in the UK and across continental Europe to start or grow empowerment projects that will create sustainable and evangelistic pathways out of poverty in their local community?
Bi-Vocational Church Planting
My wife and our four boys and I [Seth Hoffman] moved to Brooklyn a little more than three years ago. To say that the process of starting a church in a large city like New York has been challenging would be a major understatement. God has used this to humble us, give grace to us and shape us in many ways. The process has gone much slower than we originally thought. One reason for this is that we parachuted into the city – we didn’t have a ready made core group or major connections in our neighborhood that would enable us to quickly launch. God was inviting us into a process of enculturation and contextualization that was tremendously formative. We have been learning to navigate the city by building relationships, knowing our neighbors and hearing stories. One of the primary vehicles of this process has been the fact that I have worked a secular job for the majority of our time here.
We recently asked Lou Fellingham which songs the team are thinking of using during our worship times at Devoted this year.
Whilst the following isn’t an exhaustive list it gives you a flavour of some of the more recent songs we’re hoping to use during the event. Get listening and get ready to gather together and sing some of these songs.
The first Berlin Adventure team members arrived in April/May of this year. We are enjoying summer in the city and adjusting to our new lives in Berlin. God is already moving in remarkable ways as the Cowell’s and Benton’s have started sharing the gospel with neighbours, colleagues and new friends across the city.