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A note from John Coles Dear Friends What’s in a name? And why is New Wine so named? There are two reasons. Firstly, our emphasis on the ministry of the Spirit. Paul writes: ‘Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, let the Holy Spirit fill and control you’ (Eph 5:18, NLT). That’s why we focus on leading people to be ever deeper filled with the Spirit to serve other people as lovingly as Jesus did. The other reason is because Jesus said, ‘Neither do people put new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved’ (Matt 9:17). A fresh experience of the Spirit necessitates a new way of structuring our lives and churches. A church I know experienced a fresh outpouring of the Spirit back in the 1970s and tried to contain it, only to find its members arguing over who was more biblical. The result was a church split and sadly, it hasn’t really recovered 35 years later. The wine was lost, and the wineskin was broken. Whenever God does ‘a new thing’ the Church must be willing to change its ways of working to ensure it neither quashes that new thing, nor is broken by it. That’s why from its earliest Summer Conference New Wine had seminars on ‘church planting’. This is one way of enabling people with fresh vision and energy from the Spirit to take the gospel into their communities, to reach out to people who have not heard much about Jesus. Over 20 years ago Peter Wagner stated, ‘The single most effective evangelistic methodology under Heaven is planting new churches’. Whether we use the Anglican speak of ‘Fresh Expressions’ or describe them as missional communities matters little – the Spirit is inspiring new ways, which can sit quite happily alongside inherited ways of being a church that reaches the unreached. This edition of the magazine contains articles about some of the new things God is doing, all with the objective of more effectively spreading the good news of Jesus. I pray these stories will motivate you to imagine a new thing happening where you live. If they do, I believe we will see a huge wave of the Spirit’s work across the nation. With very best wishes
John Coles Director of New Wine 4
New Wine’s vision To see the nation changed through Christians experiencing the joy of worshipping God, the freedom of following Jesus, and the power of being filled with the Spirit. To see churches renewed, strengthened and planted, living out the word of God in every aspect of life, serving God by reaching the lost, broken and poor, and demonstrating the good news of the kingdom of God to all.
New Wine’s values Continuity & Change – we want to be faithful guardians of an unchanging message about the person and work of Jesus, and the need for personal salvation and sanctification, while also adapting ways of worship, teaching, being church and doing mission according to culture and context. Cross & Resurrection – we want to honour all that Jesus has done for us on the cross, and to embrace the way of the cross for ourselves, while also knowing the power of his resurrection to set us free. Gracious & Truthful – we want to be kind and generous in the way we think and speak about others whether they agree or disagree with us, while also clearly communicating what we believe and why we believe it. Leadership & Every-member Ministry – we want to train and deploy anointed, courageous and missional church leaders, while also equipping every Christian to serve like Jesus in their home, church, work and life-place. Mission & Community – we want to see the church become a missionary movement to love and reach the lost, to care for the poor and to bring justice to our homes, neighbourhoods, workplaces and nations, while also being a gracefilled community in which people can find relationship, healing, faith, hope and love. Natural & Supernatural – we want to see every Christian using all the natural reason, wisdom and skill that they can, while also learning to operate in the supernatural gifts of the Spirit to minister to others in love and power as Jesus did. Now & Not yet of the Kingdom – we want to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God and to see that confirmed by miraculous signs and wonders, while also ministering grace to all, knowing that suffering will be part of life until Jesus returns and makes all things new. Transcendence & Presence – we want to live lives that celebrate God’s awesome power, transcendent majesty and sovereign work, while at the same time experiencing his intimate presence as we encounter him in heartfelt worship. Unity & Diversity – we want to work with everyone who holds these values in open, mutually accountable friendship, while also acknowledging and honouring differences in leadership style, church characteristics and denominational emphasis. Word & Spirit – we want to derive all we believe, teach and do from the Bible as the written word of God, while also learning to hear and obey the voice of the Spirit speaking to us individually and collectively.
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Local Events JANUARY 2013
Rural and Village Church Leaders Forum 5-6 February Theddingworth, Leicestershire
Church Leaders Network Meeting, North East London Wednesday 30 January 2013 – 10.00-14.00 All Saints, Woodford Wells Developing Leaders with Chris Pemberton
Heart Head Hands 2013: LSE 23 February Hammersmith, London
March 2013 Family Time 2 March Ealing, London Regional Leadership Conference N&E 4-6 March Liverpool Regional Leadership Conference CSW 6-8 March Cheltenham Regional Leadership Conference LSE 11-12 March Ealing, London Women’s Day N&E 16 March Harrogate
APRIL 2013 Heart Head Hands 2013: CSW 20 April Cheltenham Women’s Day CSW 20 April Poole Youth Work Training Day 20 April Ealing, London Women’s Day LSE 27 April Brent Cross, London Youth Work Training Day 27 April Cheltenham
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New Wine Celebration Evening Friday 1 February 2013 St Peter’s Church, Gildersome, Leeds An evening of worship, ministry and teaching by Russ Parker Learning to Heal Training Day, Huddersfield Saturday 2 February 2013 St John’s Church, Golcar, Huddersfield Learning to Heal Training Day, Reading Saturday 2 February 2013 – 09.30 Wycliffe Baptist Church, Reading Women’s Teaching Day, York Saturday 2 February 2013 Gateway Centre, Acomb, York A day for women with Nadine Parkinson New Wine Taster Day, Kent Saturday 2 February 2013 – 09.00-20.30 St. Peter’s, Hextable Jesus Christ. Meek? Mild? As if! Worship, teaching and ministry for all the family Church Leaders Mini-Conference, North London Group Thursday 14 February 2013 St Barnabas Church, Finchley John White speaking on prophetic ministry Pastoral Prayer Training Day, Hull Saturday 23 February 2013 Bodmin Road Church, Hull
Learning to Heal Training Day, Finchley, North London Saturday 2 March 2013 – 09.30-16.30 St Barnabas Church, Finchley Church Leaders Network Meeting, Hull Wednesday 13 March 2013 – 09.30 Bodmin Road Church, Hull With Matthew Porter
Developing your Prophetic Gifting Training Day, Blackburn Saturday 27 April 2013 – 09.15-16.30 St Gabriel’s Church, Blackburn Church Leaders Network Development Day, North Yorkshire Saturday 27 April 2013 – 10.00-15.45 St Mark’s Church, Leeds Road, Harrogate ‘The call to Kingdom Leadership.’ A development day for all in church leadership with teaching from Ian Parkinson and ministry related learning forums.
N&E REGIONAL NEWS
I learned recently that in 1851 there were more seats in Liverpool churches than there were people living in the city. You’ve got to admire the vision of some of the church leaders of that time; they made sure that they had capacity to embrace everyone for Christ. While I don’t think the answer to the re-evangelisation of our region is more church buildings (a few I could happily see disappear!), we do need to make sure that we are creating capacity to reach and welcome those who are currently far from Christ. Church planting in all its forms has got to be a key priority for us today if we are serious about seeing the Kingdom advance in our communities. At its most basic, it will mean providing small missional communities of people who will involve themselves in the lives of those who for whatever reason – geographical, social, tribal, cultural – find themselves remote from any existing Christian community. It will mean allowing God to show us the new people, groups and locations in which he is longing to see his people engaged, and to invest resources in establishing new works there. It’s great to read, in this magazine, some stories of what God is doing already. What might he be calling you and your church to do in your specific life place? What new capacity might he be inviting you to provide in order that more might be embraced by his love and power? It’s worth asking him! In Christ,
Ian Parkinson Regional Director, New Wine North & East
N&E UPCOMING EVENTS
God wants us to be the best we can possibly be in every aspect of our life, with and in his service. That’s why I’d love to invite you to the events we are providing in our region over the coming weeks which will be life-enhancing experiences. Men’s Day (‘Courageous’), Manchester, 26 January; and Women’s Day, Harrogate, 16 March. Both sold out in advance last year – so book early! With a fabulous line up of speakers, including Ellie Mumford for the women, and Carl Beech for the men, they are sure to be outstanding events. As a leader, I am especially excited that we will welcome one of the contemporary missional leaders whom I most admire, Neil Cole, 6
to our Regional Leadership Conference (Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, 4-6 March). Neil is a vastly experienced church planter with a wealth of wisdom on leadership and missional discipleship. This is going to be a key event for those of us who want to grow in Kingdom leadership. It is also the ‘family gathering’ for New Wine Leaders in the North and East and a great time to hang out with one another. I am so looking forward to sharing this event with you. And because of our commitment to raising up the next generation of leaders, I encourage you to bring another leader under the age of 30 as an investment into their life and ministry.
ReflectION Lake and River Church – different but the same Challenged to find new ways of reaching out to those who do not know Jesus, Mark Cockayne explains the model his church adopted When I joined St Mark’s Church, Haydock, in 2006, there was already a large cell based congregation with a regular Sunday attendance of over 500 people. But God was calling us to continue to grow and to reach out to the majority of people in our community who would never come to church on a Sunday. In 2007 we set a five year goal to transition into a genuine 50/50 mixed economy church, to have new forms of church living alongside more conventional congregations. We have called our evolved shape the Lake and River Church. The Lake is everything you would expect from a renewed charismatic evangelical New Wine type church. The River is a fresh expression of church in the community, schools, workplaces and hobby based groups. Here we have established 14 groups and are working out how to build church with the people we have been sent to. Together the Lake and River cells, parish based church services and the new forms of church make up St Mark’s, the Lake and River Church. Our vision now incorporates church planting in the more conventional sense, and with the Bishop of Liverpool’s permission we have recently sent out 30 people to form a new Christian community in a largely unchurched part of our diocese. By the end of 2011 we reached our five year goal, with an average weekly attendance of 500 people in the Lake and 550 people in the River. Our resources, in terms of leadership time, are now split roughly equally between the two wings of the church.
Finding a new structure for a new type of church
We have found Alan Hirsch’s model of the six elements of missional DNA (taken from The Forgotten Ways Handbook – a Practical Guide for Developing Missional Churches) enormously helpful in our journey. We want to become an organic
‘Our vision now incorporates church planting in the more conventional sense’ network church which allows both the Lake and the River to grow and develop, yet remain part of the one body of St Mark’s church. Although church may look very different depending upon where people meet, our core values are the same, and run through the Lake and River like the letters in a stick of rock. We have found that people flow freely across the network from the River into the Lake and in the opposite direction as well.
The River is starting to outgrow the Lake, and yet financially the Lake supports the mission in the River, with over 90% of committed giving coming from the centre.
Understandably many of the pioneer leaders are drawn to the new initiatives in the River. The challenge therefore is to keep the Lake growing, and leadership development has become more crucial than ever. Organic network structures mean constantly having to adapt to change as things grow and develop. At times this can be exhausting for leadership, but we firmly recognise the importance of leadership in our church.
St Mark’s is part of the Church of England, and in our part of the world the way we have traditionally been doing church is in decline. We can no longer spend all our resources trying to patch up something that is beyond repair. Instead we must follow the Spirit’s leading to find new, culturally appropriate models of church which are fit for purpose in the 21st Century. This really is about looking for new wineskins for the new wine that God wants to pour into our nation.
Mark Cockayne Mark is Vicar of St Mark’s Church, Haydock, in the Diocese of Liverpool.
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N&E Feature Lifting the lid Supported by a long-standing dedicated prayer group, Laura McWilliams saw God transform her local churches and give them a new lease of life When I first came to St. Martin’s church five years ago, I had a vision of there being lots of people, with a real sense of freedom. What I discovered was a small number of people battling against the odds. They held a prayer meeting every week and were absolute prayer warriors – they’d prayed me in without me even realising it. Everything I put in place turned out to be listed in their vision document, and although they were a small group, there was a real sense of excitement and encouragement.
‘If you’ve got a few sparks, fan them into flame and watch them grow’ Tearing up the old
So I lifted the lid off the church, both literally and spiritually. We started from scratch, I said, ‘let’s tear it up and start again’. We started two morning services – a traditional one for those who love that kind of service, and a more edgy, modern New Wine themed service. The two meet in between services and have coffee and build community, which really works. We now have a leadership team and have also set up life groups; each has its own distinct identity and flavour. We also completed a building project to repair the falling roof. We’ve been blessed to see things grow. This is all about empowering and releasing the congregation and local community. It’s been so exciting to watch this happen. We have a motto which says, ‘Jesus makes the difference’.
Identifying the sparks
One of the most inspiring things to watch has been the forming of our worship band, which is amazing. It is made up of members from different churches and together they travel around the local churches leading worship. Their worship brings unity to churches in the community.
‘So I lifted the lid off the church, both literally and spiritually. We started from scratch, I said, ‘let’s tear it up and start again’’ Due to the changes I wasn’t popular with some people, but I’m a God pleaser. If you’ve got a few sparks, fan them into flame and watch them grow. For me, it was about seeking God in that place, in that community, getting in the mud with people and wading through it alongside them. Laura McWilliams Laura is a vicar in Scarborough of two village churches, and before this was a curate in Hull. Laura and her husband Paul have both been involved with the healing ministry for many years, and have a desire to enable others to be the best they can be for Jesus.
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I recently read about a nurse working in a hospice who, over several years, had recorded the comments of those dying there. The question she asked was what they most celebrated in life and what they most regretted. The top five regrets were: 1. I wish I had had the courage to live a life true to myself 2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard 3. I wish I had had the courage to express my feelings 4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends 5. I wish I’d let myself be happier One of the fascinating things about these comments is that a life in Christ fulfils all of them. I recently returned from Mozambique where I was introduced to people who had heard the gospel just once and then went off to plant churches telling the story. They found such excitement and purpose in the message of the good news that it completely changed their lives and they were determined to change the lives of others. It felt like a little snapshot of what some might call revival, which we pray for across our nation. In this magazine you will find stories of spontaneous growth in churches and great church planting initiatives. I hope that you will read them, be inspired and choose to live a life with no regrets because you live a life focused on our Saviour, and friend, Jesus Christ. Enjoy,
Mark Melluish Regional Director, New Wine London & South East
LSE UPCOMING EVENTS I want to encourage every church leader, life group leader, children’s, youth and pastoral worker in every church to come to the Regional Leadership Conference being held in Ealing on 11-12 March. It is going to be a great time to share vision, ideas and resources across the region. Our plenary speaker is Robby Dawkins who pastors a large Vineyard Church in a disadvantaged area of Illinois, USA, which has seen many, many people come to faith. Others speaking include: John Wright, Simon Downham, Mark Bailey, Carl Beech, Charlie Cleverly, John Glass, Paul Harcourt and Billy Kennedy.
Other significant events coming up: Family Time, 2 March, St. Paul’s, Ealing – if you are interested in running a family ministry in your church, and seeing families reached through a parenting course, then do join us. The day will train, equip and resource people for running such a ministry. It is always a terrific day and everyone goes home enthused and encouraged. Heart Head Hands, 23 February, St Paul’s, Hammersmith – this is a really exciting day where we gather worship leaders (both volunteers and paid) to be resourced, equipped and inspired to better worship in their local church. The hosts are Nick and Becky Drake with speakers including Mike Pilavachi and Barry Kissell. Women’s Day, 27 April, Jesus House, Brent Cross – this is always really popular. There will be a great line up of speakers, including Christy Wimber who carries an amazing anointing. I encourage every woman to sign up for a great day.
ReflectION Another brick in the wall Paul Unsworth looks back at his success in creating a new café-church, Kahaila. It builds life and spirit into cosmopolitan creative haven Brick Lane, in East London “I felt all tingly during one of them songs,” said John, after wandering into the opening celebration at Kahaila. John had never really had much to do with church, and wouldn’t have called himself a Christian. But he seemed open to my suggestion that the feeling he’d experienced during worship was the power of the Holy Spirit at work in him. Four months later, I am meeting weekly with John to do a Bible study with him, and he is hungry to know Jesus better. “I want what you have,” he says to me. The name ‘Kahaila’ comes from an amalgamation of two Hebrew words and means ‘life in community’. Kahaila is a business. It’s a community café. And it is also a church. It is one building, one space and we have one mission: to bring life in all its fullness, through Jesus Christ, to our local community.
We launched in June 2012 after years of dreaming, praying and preparing. Many years ago I wondered what church should look like for those who have little experience of it and little interest in finding out more. How could we reach spiritually aware people who are suspicious of institutionalised religion? How could
attending church previously have started coming to our services. We have lots of ideas for ways to get to know local people better and are starting to try out some of these. At the moment, we run regular drop-in origami workshops and clothes making workshops. Please pray for us as we continue to discern what God is calling us to do. we let them explore their questions about God and faith in a space that is unthreatening? A café seemed like a good idea. And four years ago, when I visited Brick Lane one Sunday morning, that initial idea became a very clear call from God.
Brick Lane is a place of exhilarating and overwhelming diversity. It is a place where the extremes of wealth and poverty can be seen side-by-side. Where you will find Bengali-run curry restaurants, artisan cupcakes, tarot card readers, art galleries and prostitutes. Brick Lane is a place of extraordinary creativity and has become home to many people in their 20s and 30s working in the arts: actors, artists, web designers. On the edge of the City, it is also a playground for young professionals. And every Sunday, the now-famous markets on Brick Lane attract over 20,000 people to the area.
‘We chat with people over food, just like Jesus was so fond of doing. It’s not a place for preaching, but more a place to listen and get to know people’
It is still very early days for Kahaila. But in just one month I have had more conversations with people about God than I did in a whole year when I was working for a church. I am constantly amazed at how spiritually open people are. Many are intrigued by the idea of church in a café – and already, some people who were not
Perhaps one of the simplest yet most effective things we have tried is a community bring-and-share supper club. We chat with people over food, just like Jesus was so fond of doing. It’s not a place for preaching, but more a place to listen and get to know people. John likes it: “It’s peaceful here,” he says. “I feel at home.”
Paul Unsworth Paul Unsworth is founder of Kahaila which opened in June 2012 with the purpose of reaching the ‘missing generation’ of 20s and 30s with the gospel.
LSE Feature Come as you are From church office to a small shop front on the high street. Mission is in the minimal in Loughton, Essex
LSE REGIONAL NEWS
Two years ago I had a moment of revelation sitting at my desk in our church office. Here I was surrounded by a staff team all staring at computer screens. Much as I value good administration, this did not feel like what Jesus meant when he told us to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matt 28:19). Fast-forward to March 2012, and the opening of Restore Community – a small shop-front on the local shopping parade. Gone is the church office, replaced by laptops and staff working from home. Technology has helped put our team back out on mission. We call Restore Community a community centre on the high street. It has tables and comfy sofas where people can sit, relax and drink the free tea and coffee served by our volunteers. When we opened the door, we really had no idea what to expect – but what has happened has been quite simply amazing. Each day we get 35-45 visitors from all walks of life, but 10-12 of these come every day and sometimes stay all day. We attract mums, teenagers, pensioners, those who are unemployed and many people
‘When we opened the door, we really had no idea what to expect – but what has happened has been quite simply amazing’ with frailties of one sort of another. We have also had many conversations with people and opportunities to pray for them. The best thing about Restore Community has been the impact we have seen Jesus have on people – and on us too. One lady’s psychologist wrote us a letter to tell us how much
‘The best thing about Restore Community has been the impact we have seen Jesus have on people – and on us too’ her condition has improved since being able to come and visit. Another lady refused to come further than the front door on her first visit, exclaiming, “I am an atheist and would not be welcome in a church”. Now she is one of our best volunteers and is about to go on a trip to Zambia with me to see the child we sponsor.
We are still learning and haven’t got everything right by any means. However, it has been an amazing six months – and, best of all, is much more fun than being in an office and feels a bit more like the life that Jesus invited us into!
She recently visited one of our small groups and declared: “I learned something – that you don’t need to sort things out and then come to Jesus, but you can come as you are”. Ian King Ian leads Restore Community Church in Loughton, Essex with his wife Christine. They have a passion to see lives and communities changed by the radical love of Jesus.
CSW REGIONAL NEWS
I have recently come across a new idea: ‘The Principle of Compound Effect’. The concept is that small but regular habits and incremental changes add up to pay big dividends over time. For example, putting a pound a day into an investment fund may not seem like a lot, but with the passing of time the accumulated deposits and their interest will add up to something exponentially greater than the initial investment. This isn’t limited to the realm of finance. I think it applies to every area of life: our work ethic, our relationships, our personal development, even our walk with God. You get behind in your work, so you wake up early to catch up. Your marriage is struggling, so you go to a conference. We feel distant from God, so we rededicate our lives. Sometimes it’s necessary to do those things, but instead of periodically overhauling your life to make up for deficiencies, adopting the smallest daily habits might be the best path towards long term sustainable growth. Our focus on church planting in this edition can easily fall into the category of periodic overhaul. While believing passionately in multiplication, we drift from this priority, and have to make huge jumps to catch up. What would happen if we gave just one per cent more of our time, prayer and energy to this? It’s the daily increase over time that will take the Church to a greater level. The smallest things done consistently have the greatest potential to change everything! With my love and prayers
Mark Bailey Regional Director, New Wine Central & South West
CSW UPCOMING EVENTS The Regional Leadership Conference CSW (6-8 March) is a fantastic opportunity to get re-envisioned for the task of leadership in our churches and communities. All those serious about leadership, in senior roles, on the staff of local churches or in key authority positions are invited. Rather than reflecting where the river is, we’re aiming to ensure this conference equips us to move into its flow, recommitting ourselves to the power of God so we might encounter him and be equipped for mission and ministry. Speaking will be Robby Dawkins from Aurora Vineyard, Illinois and Guy Chevreau, who was at the heart of all God poured out in Toronto during the Father’s blessing 18 years ago. Both carry a deep commitment to the word of God and seeing him minister through the local Church.
Happening at two venues in Cheltenham, Heart Head Hands (20 April) is hosted by Neil Bennetts and Jules Woodbridge, with a youth venue hosted by Alex Rayment and Anna Mason. Speakers and worship leaders are: Mike Pilavachi, Chris Jones, Sam Bailey, Lucy Peppiatt and Josh Chesworth. An amazing day of worship, teaching and a range of practical and inspirational seminars and ministry in the power of the Spirit. Christy Wimber, a good friend of ours and part of the Third Person conference in November, is back again to speak at the New Wine Women’s Day in Poole on 20 April to inspire, motivate, equip and encourage at this day for women, which is not to be missed.
REFLECTION Waving, not drowning Nick Crawley negotiates raging waters to develop a student ministry
During a prayer meeting in August 2011, the Lord gave my wife Lucy the reference of Psalm 124. She looked it up and read, ‘if the Lord had not been on our side…the raging waters would have swept us away...’ As we reflected on this we realised two things. Firstly, we were fast approaching the seventh birthday of Crossnet, the missional community we set up, and secondly, it was the fulfilment of the verse God had given us in October 2003 before we had started: ‘Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen’ (Psalm 77:19).
‘This was the start of a new ministry – one that can only be described as a roller-coaster’ I remember well the excitement of the early church planting movement around the end of the 1980s and early 1990s. The excitement of starting new churches, of rejuvenating ones that were empty, or almost dead, and the discovery that this was proving to be one of the most effective evangelistic strategies.
‘…perplexed but not in despair…struck down but not destroyed…so then death is at work in us, but life is at work in you’ Lord, when he abruptly closed that door and gave us the word ‘students’. We didn’t have any! Yet three months later he suddenly brought in twelve, and they proved to be some of the finest disciples I have ever worked with. This was the start of a new ministry – one that can only be described as a roller-coaster.
focus has been on discipleship and through the grace of God a small but steady stream of disciples have been made and sent out into the harvest field. We walk in weakness and vulnerability, but I would not have missed a day of it.
The chapter that best describes the last eight years is 2 Corinthians 4, ‘perplexed but not in despair…struck down but not destroyed…so then death is at work in us, but life is at work in you’. The clarity of the call to this work has matched the difficulty of doing it. Crossnet is now selffinancing and makes a contribution to the Diocese which initially funded and supported us. It has been traumatic, immensely exciting and at times desperately difficult. Our
But in 2004 we tried something ambitious and different, under the umbrella of the Fresh Expressions movement; we moved to Bristol and launched Crossnet. Fully expecting to reach young families, we were astonished, and quite cross with the Nick Crawley Nick leads Crossnet, an Anglican Missional Community in Bristol.
CSW Feature Bringing God’s light and life to Cornwall Chris Banwell recalls God’s command to him to build his church on a firm foundation
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Just before moving from Cheltenham to Cornwall in August 2011, the Lord gave me a vision. I found myself standing near an old Cornish chapel holding in my hands stones with words written on them. I was burying these stones in the foundations of this chapel. I felt that these words were Kingdom values, and the Lord spoke to me through this about making sure that the foundations of his church would be strong, that the church would be built on solid ‘foundation stones’. Following this – and having held this vision close to my heart – a member of our Falmouth church plant was walking on the beach. As we were just about to start meeting as a group in Falmouth, she was asking the Lord, “What does this look like for us now Lord? What are we supposed to do?” As she asked this, the Lord began to speak to her through the stones on the beach, and she saw words written on them. She felt they were Kingdom values that God wanted to teach us about. She wrote the words on the stones and said, ‘What shall I do with them now Lord?’ The Lord said, ‘Give them to Chris. He knows what they’re about’. She gave the stones
‘We long to be a people more concerned about bringing the abundant life Jesus spoke of in John 10:10 to our community’ to me in a box with a simple card saying, ‘Foundation Stones – building begins, Falmouth 2012’. Having not told anyone of my vision, I was bowled over! God had orchestrated it all, and I was amazed. Since that first meeting in January 2012, God has been building us together as a community and growing us through these foundational values he has spoken of. We have not only been teaching these values, but learning to live them out as well. We have been trying to understand what it is to live out values such as healing, unity, creativity, discipleship, faith, prophecy, blessing the nations, justice, intentionality, testimony, welcome, honour, hospitality, family, celebration, freedom, serving poor people, seeking his presence and demonstrating extravagant giving. We’ve also been discovering what it
is to embody Acts 2:42-47 and Genesis 28:10-17 – two hallmark scriptures that he has given us. There are now 30 people in the church plant and God is still growing it and adding key people. We are now gearing up for our Sunday services, with the first happening this month.
A big dream
As we have grown both in number and in our depth of relationship with one another as a community, God has given us a big dream. He has been speaking to us about seeing a community completely transformed by the gospel message we carry. We long to be a people more concerned about bringing the abundant life Jesus spoke of in
John 10:10 to our community than expending our energy on ‘better’ church meetings. To that end, he has commissioned us to see a dream come into reality. He has called us to ‘transform Falmouth and beyond through the life-giving message of Jesus, declared with passion, demonstrated in power and embodied in communities of love’. He has also highlighted one particular focus area to us – an estate called ‘The Beacon’. The name
in itself is a prophetic statement of hope and of that which is to come but for now, it is a socially deprived and challenging estate. One statistic says a lot about the need of this community – 75% of families on the estate are lone-parent families. The need is certainly great, but the heavenly solutions we carry are greater. Please be praying for us as we step in to all that God has for us as a community. Chris Banwell Chris Banwell is church planting in Falmouth in Cornwall with the Light & Life family of churches. He worked at Trinity Cheltenham as an Associate Pastor for six years before moving to Cornwall to plant a church in 2011.
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Staverton Park, a De Vere Hotel, Daventry With guest speaker Danielle Strickland This event is for women leading churches or in the workplace, women leading churches alongside their husbands (including wives of assistant/associate church leaders and ordinands) and women married to church leaders.
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IN BRIEF Ten thousand twinned toilets Simon Ward – a photographer who exhibited at last year’s New Wine Summer Conference – has become the 10,000th person to twin his toilet as part of Tearfund’s Toilet Twinning campaign. Simon’s greeting card stand was placed next to Tearfund in the Marketplace at Shepton Mallet, and he was inspired to sign up. He said he was attracted to the idea because it was “a bit different. You pay a one-off £60 to twin your toilet and that supports water and sanitation projects overseas”.
REACHING THE LOST, ENGAGING WITH CONFLICT, SUMMER EXCITEMENT AND TWINNED TOILETS
Reaching the lost A policeman, former drug dealer and social media expert may seem an unlikely trio, but when it comes to ministering to those who do not know Jesus, all things are possible. Jonathan Hulton, Darrell Tunningley and Dean Seddon connected with each other through Facebook while they were independently working to reach out to those who have not heard the gospel. Realising they could achieve this far more effectively by working together, they joined forces under the banner of a ministry called GroundBreakers, based in Bolton.
local Church living and thriving and reaching her fullest potential in every corner of this country”. The GroundBreakers team strongly believe in partnership and relationship, and are keen to hear from any churches who would like to connect with them. For more information visit www.groundbreakers.tv
Already in huge demand around the country, Jonathan Hulton says everything they do is based around the three core principles of “living, reaching and connecting. We want to see the
Louise Thomas, from Tearfund, said the generous support of Simon and others had enabled the charity to “help some of the 2.6billion people worldwide without access to a decent loo”. For more information, visit www.toilettwinning.org
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Engaging with conflict
All churches face conflict, but there is also a message of reconciliation to the Church in 2 Cor 5:19. Taking that message to heart, Coventry Cathedral will host the ‘Faith in Conflict’ conference on 26-28 February. This event seeks to enable church leaders to find better ways to engage with conflict, connect with others wanting to work creatively at this and learn from Christian professionals who have experience on handling and transforming conflict. The conference is sponsored by the new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, Christopher Cocksworth, Bishop of Coventry and the leaders of the Methodist Conference and Baptist Union. Stephen Ruttle, a New Wine trustee, will also be speaking at this event.
In training to lead God’s kingdom When we work together greater things can be achieved, and through the alliance of New Wine and church leaders I believe God’s kingdom is advancing more powerfully and effectively in our nations.
2013 TOP TIPS With the Olympics and Paralympics Games, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and so much more, 2012 will be a tough year to top. However there is so much to look forward to in 2013. Here’s our top five things to get excited about: • Wimbledon. Nothing encapsulates the great British summer better than the taste of strawberries and cream and the ripple of applause. • Films. Everyone loves a good film, and with the much-hyped releases of The Great Gatsby, Monsters University (a prequel to Monsters Inc.) and plenty more, there will be something for everyone at the cinema in 2013.
The Leaders in Training Network (LiT) is part of New Wine’s Church Leaders’ Network and helps those beginning to think about leadership, going through the process of discernment resulting in ordination, or who are at college studying. Through its college based reps, LiT aims to partner with each member, helping with their journey into leadership and employment. Many find LiT a place of refuge and an intrinsic part of their support system. If you are thinking of training for leadership, or are doing so right now, please find us on www.new-wine.org/networks/leaders-in-training Mark Nightingale is National Co-coordinator for LiT and is training for ordination at Trinity College, Bristol.
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• Champions League Final. We know football isn’t for everyone, but the eyes of the sporting world will firmly be on London as it hosts the culmination of this famous competition. • The unpredictable growth of technology. Against the odds, social networks such as Facebook and Twitter continue to grow. There’s no telling what will happen in 2013, but it’s bound to be exciting and potentially controversial. • New Wine events! We’re so excited about all God is going to do this year. With events for all ages and backgrounds – including the Summer Conferences – we’re expectant for God to move.
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In September 2012, 32,000 Christians from across the UK gathered at Wembley Stadium for a national day of prayer and intercession for our nation, cities and communities. Yet this is not the first time such a mass gathering of Christians has come together in one place in the UK for worship, prayer and celebration. New Wine interviewed Gerald Coates at Wembley on the importance of holding such large events. “My home church is in Leatherhead, Surrey, and we’ve just seen 20 guys in their late teens give their lives to Christ in the last five to six weeks. They are now here and will suddenly realise they are a part of a very big family. This type of experience energises you to share your faith. “They have never been in a church service or know one end of the Bible from another. They are here because we have invited them – it’s as simple as that. Then they heard that there’s going to be thousands of people and they invited their friends, saying, ‘you need to see this’.” Gerald Coates is the founder of Pioneer and founding member of the house church movement. He led Champion of the World and March for Jesus. He currently leads Pioneer Engage church in Leatherhead, Surrey. 21
Lengthening cords, new congregations in existing buildings, crossing frontiers. What is really involved in church planting?
Billy Kennedy takes us through partnerships that have brought renewal in Southampton, while Joel Virgo explains the benefits of multisite congregations in Brighton. Relight my fire In 1989, New Community Church, Southampton, purchased the former Methodist central hall. Located in the city centre, the large 1920s building had capacity to seat 800 people. Our rediscovery of the vision documents for the central hall was just a taste of things to come. Over 100 central halls were built in towns and cities across the UK between 1886 and 1945. Today only 16 of these halls are still being used in their original form by the Methodist Church. In the last 10 years Methodist membership has also sharply declined, with over 1,000 buildings sold. More than half of the remaining 5,700 buildings are expected to close in the next 10 years. In the 18th and 19th Centuries John Wesley and the Methodists had a huge impact on the social fabric of our nation. Yet, at the current rate of decline, the Methodist Church will cease to exist in the UK by 2041.
The methodology of multiplication We decided to see what we could do to help. In the spring of 2010, I met with Martyn Atkins, General Secretary of the Methodist Church, to explore potential partnership opportunities between Pioneer and the Methodist Church. Martyn was very open about
the challenges facing Methodism in the UK and at the end of the meeting we decided to see how we could develop a joint mission. Around the same time, we became aware that the local Methodist Circuit in Southampton was in the process of disposing of a number of its buildings. We began a conversation with their leadership team and agreed to develop mission partnerships in a number of locations. Opened in 1931, Swaythling Methodist Church sits between a large council estate and the University of Southampton campus. The building has a 500-seat auditorium and additional rooms, yet the congregation had dwindled to around 20 people and was no longer able to maintain the building. In October 2010 one of our congregations, City Life, moved into the building. Today, that congregation occupies the main auditorium, the Methodist congregation continues to meet in a newly refurbished worship space and a new congregation has been established on a Sunday afternoon reaching people from the local estate.
‘It’s anchored by wrestling with God to understand how we can be an unanxious presence in the midst of an anxious world’
here is more than one way to plant a church. From the ‘parachute drop’, when a leader and their family move house to set up a church from scratch to starting a new church with a core of worshippers, which is similar to planting seeds to grow a crop.
began to meet in the building in March this year. People from the village and surrounding area have begun gathering and now over 40 people meet every Sunday, developing outreach into the community. What could it look like if newer churches and more established churches recognised their need of each other? Could we see congregations revived, old buildings restored to their original purpose and whole communities impacted by the good news about Jesus? We, as newer churches, are learning the importance of honouring and reconnecting with our heritage and our Methodist friends are learning the importance of navigating change in order to establish a new future. Billy Kennedy Billy is the leader of New Community Church, Southampton and, with his wife Caroline, leads the Pioneer network of churches.
St Andrews Methodist Church, Sholing, closed in 2009. The building was put on the market and a cash offer of £600,000 had been tabled. The Methodist circuit agreed to explore partnership with Pioneer, rejecting the cash offer. We sent a small team of people in Autumn 2010 to develop a weekly Messy Church and a regular youth outreach. There are now 60 people, mainly without a church background, attending Messy Church and an average of 50 young people attending the weekly youth drop-in. Honouring heritage The Methodist Church in Netley is situated right in the centre of the village but closed in early 2010. A group of 12 people from Pioneer
Strengthen your stakes Church of Christ the King (CCK) has been known to many as a prominent church in the Newfrontiers family of churches and, by God’s grace, our legacy has been a lot bigger than we deserve. It’s an enormous privilege to consider the impact we’ve had, raising leaders to send across the nation – and the world. For a while I resisted the concept of more multiplication and planting. I thought to myself that we ought to ‘sharpen the axe’ at home first, and not fool ourselves about reaching the nations if we’re not touching people here in Brighton. I remain committed to mission and in the last few years we’ve learned a lot, grown in our impact and seen large numbers responding to the gospel. Our Sunday gatherings are reaching
‘If new people come to Christ here, wouldn’t they come to Christ 20 minutes away’ new people again. A few years ago we would have been taken aback by the thought of people coming to Christ on an ordinary Sunday. Nowadays it seems almost commonplace. Mission stations But then many more thoughts entered my head, ‘Shouldn’t this be happening in more places?’ ‘Shouldn’t these ‘mission stations’ open across the urban sprawl of Brighton and beyond?’ ‘If new people come to Christ here, wouldn’t they come to Christ 20 minutes away, if we set up there with the same vision, and the same gospel?’
We’re beginning to enjoy the benefits of small-church community based mission with larger-church capacity, gifting and resources. At the start of this adventure God spoke to me from Isaiah 54:2 ‘do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes’. Currently we are in three locations and five Sunday meetings. We’ve had to learn a few lessons and we have hundreds more to come. Some of the leaders God gives us will be planted out to other cities and nations (this will always be a passion of ours), but the multisite approach is also providing us with a channel for raising up and sending leaders into mission which fits our local harvest as well.
What is more, it is a good training track for bigger future steps. Brighton is a curious, ‘upstream’ city with a disproportionate cultural influence and a tendency to be at the secular edge of things. As we learn to reach it, I reckon we’ll find some vital keys of urbanfocused, Spirit-filled, gospel-centred church planting, which will set us up for touching cities beyond. Joel Virgo Joel is the Senior Pastor at Church of Christ the King in Brighton. He teaches and runs an annual Newday event for young people.
So we’ve started to go multisite. We’re back to pioneering, multiplying and planting out. And I am loving it.
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remember a new Christian in my Coventry parish who sought my help. Recently married, she said she seemed unable to stop verbally abusing her husband. She had come from a non-Christian family – her grandmother had been into fortune-telling and her mother would often not speak to someone in the family for a considerable length of time. Through prayer we broke the ties that bound her to her mother’s control, which had an immediate impact – no more long silences or being cut off from her. In prayer we received the words ‘devil worship’ and pictures of a black stone and a ritual chalice. She managed with difficulty to renounce the witchcraft in her ancestry by repeatedly calling, ‘Jesus help me’. As we gave her Holy Communion something in her desired to attack me, but deliverance was accomplished and the spirits were thrown out. Her marriage is now very good. The relationship with her mother is quite different to what it was. There is no longer fear of being the one out of favour, and her self-image is much improved. As well as spirits of witchcraft, she had inherited from her mother a spirit of hatred of men which, as soon as she was married, broke out in what she said to her husband. She is now ordained and enjoying a fruitful ministry. At my third confirmation service, a woman was brought to me. I saw the spirit of fear in her eyes. I addressed it in front of everyone and she shrank back. We then confirmed her and she was prayed for, and so changed that her husband came to church the following Sunday.
The Bible is packed with mentions of spiritual warfare. The question is, do we take them seriously? Ephesians 6:12 says: ‘Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms’.
The battle of good over evil is a popular film plot, yet we too are in a battle. Bishop Graham Dow offers a helpful way in to deliverance ministry in our lives today
Elsewhere we read of Satan and his angels losing their place in Heaven (Rev 12:7-12) and of angels leaving their assigned positions of authority (Jude 1:6). Jesus himself is recognised by an evil spirit, who declares, ‘I know who you are – the Holy One of God!’ (Mark 1:24). Healing and deliverance were an integral part of Jesus’s preaching of the Kingdom (Luke 4:40-43). Not all healing involves deliverance from an evil spirit, and similar symptoms are treated differently by Jesus. He gave his followers – us – the authority to share this ministry, calling on his name.
• Spirits of sickness and disorder. In some cases of addiction, obsession and depression, there may be an evil spirit present, although caution should be exercised here. • Spirits of wrong attitudes such as bitterness, unforgiveness, hatred, envy, rejection, condemnation and more.
The early Church repeatedly exorcised those coming out of pagan religion. Today the western Church has lost the ability to handle deliverance as routine and undramatic, and is only just recovering the importance of healing ministry. I used to believe evil spirits were rare in the UK. I now believe they are very common, but most are not very powerful.
‘Today the western Church has lost the ability to handle deliverance as routine and undramatic, and is only just recovering the importance of healing ministry’
As with belief in God, belief in Satan and in spirits is a matter of revelation and faith, not proof. In our strongly controlling culture we tend to be afraid of anything invisible that might affect our control over our lives. We are not used to the Spirit, let alone demons.
Some say the way Jesus approached his ministry was culturally determined. But how do we decide which aspects of Jesus’s teaching might now be set aside as such? He was unafraid to disagree with the prevailing interpretations of his day on children, women, the cause of sickness and many more. Perhaps it is better to take what he says at face value.
Clues to discerning evil spirits
What follows are some clues for discerning evil spirits, based on my experience. They must not be taken as definitive, and we still have a great deal to learn. It is important to remember not everything is caused by spirits. But when normal patterns of behaviour do not respond to the usual patterns of Christian discipline – such as the word of God, confession, repentance and the sacraments – this may indicate a spirit blocking what should be the normal growth of a child of God. Some clues include: •D irect hostility to Jesus, the cross, Holy Communion, worship and clergy. • Involvement in occult practices. • Spirits of false worship and religion. • Spirits of sexual deviation. • Spirits of violence, war and evil. • Spirits of control, such as misogyny. • Spirits of trauma and fear. Fear is the usual entry point from a trauma, but there is also natural pain and fear which should not be assumed to be a demon.
Clear theology for clear deliverance
Jesus said, ‘You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’ ( John 8:32). Jesus did not give Satan authority over him through sin – he reigned over Satan. Yet he took the full force of sin, evil and condemnation on himself, standing in the place of sinful human beings under judgement. Raised to life he inaugurated a completely new order of humanity, not of death, but of life. Those who believe in Jesus come into their new life through repentance, faith and baptism. Their sinful natures are crucified with Christ. They now share in Christ’s authority over demonic realms and have the power to deal with them. God ‘raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion...and placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything’ (Eph 1:20-22). What is true for Jesus is true for us who believe in him.
A ministry of love
Deliverance is a ministry of love to wounded people and not to be embraced by the power hungry. Here is a suggested outline of the steps to take: • Prepare, pray and fast. Know your authority, trust God for the power and discern the sin which gives evil the right to be there. • Offer prayers that claim protection in Christ, confess Jesus Christ as Son of God and confess all sins. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill the person, and commit them to the Holy Spirit for the healing to continue. • Renounce all occult involvement, speak forgiveness to all who have caused hurt and command evil spirits to leave in the name of Jesus.
Spiritual realities and spiritual evil
It is very important to check that any deliverance prayer is carried out with the utmost care, with the full co-operation of the person concerned. Their dignity must not be violated, nor should any vulnerability be exploited. I also find it helpful to ensure there is a careful follow-up for the person receiving ministry and that all these actions are taken under your church’s authority. Over the course of many years of study and serving in the Church of England as vicar and then bishop, I have developed my understanding of deliverance ministry and continue to learn. There are several useful books on this subject for further indepth learning given below for your personal study.
Books for further study
Explaining Deliverance – Graham Dow Blessing or Curse – Derek Prince Deliverance from Evil Spirits – Francis MacNutt Healing Through Deliverance – Peter Horrobin
Bishop Graham Dow Graham is the former Bishop of Carlisle and specialist in exorcism. He is married to Molly and they have four children.
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‘I’ve only been here two months and it’s already changed my life, my view of myself and the way I approach God. I’ve realised that after everything I have done and everything God has seen of me, he still wants me to be involved in his Kingdom. It’s been a privilege to see that hit home and it makes me hungry to see what he wants me to do in the future.’ Luke Hodgin, London & South East Discipleship Year student.
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Struggling to see how you can minister at work? Mark Greene offers some ways forward
an is a carpenter. Ian is not just a carpenter, he’s a highly skilled carpenter. And although he’s a highly skilled carpenter, he completed the relatively simple task (to him) of fixing five wobbly dining room chairs for my family.
It may not look like ministry to you but is sitting safe and relaxed round a dining room table something God wants done? Or would he rather we ate in discomfort on the floor? Is God pleased when you obey his command to work and steward his creation, to create goods and services that bless other people in his name? Or to put it another way, is doing good work, in the power of the Holy Spirit, fruit for the Kingdom? Or is the only fruit evangelistic conversations and spiritual conversions? Indeed, one of the reasons so many Christians don’t feel that their work matters to God, don’t feel that what they are doing is ministry, is because they often have a narrow view of the mission of God. Yes, God yearns that every human being might come to know him through his Son. However, the Son did not only come to see people saved, he came to reconcile all things to himself, things in Heaven and things on Earth, things visible and things invisible (Col 1:15-20). In Revelation 21:5, Jesus clarifies that he is ‘making everything new’.
Work is God’s instrument to get things done that he wants done. So, for example, God wants people fed. But what does it take to get people fed? You need farmers to do a good job, to have good seed, good fertilisers, reliable tools and good facilities for storage. You need good distribution systems to get food to processing and packaging facilities, good drivers to transport it to good shops, good people to shelve it and sell it, and good marketeers to alert people to the benefits of the products and good cooks to prepare it… So, apart from providing the rain and the sunshine for the crops, God needs a lot of people to do a lot of work in order to achieve the goal of getting people fed.
Minister grace and love
There are myriad ways to do this, not only in practical care and kindness for the sick, the lonely, the underperformer, the pressurised, but through the way we work, the way we set up a meeting, the way we do an appraisal – with the other person’s interests at heart, not just ours or the company’s.
Culture is ‘the way we do things round here’, and though, as a junior programmer, you may not be able to change the way IBM does things by next Monday, you may well be able to change the culture in your bit of the team. What are the ways of doing things that irk you – and what are the values that underpin those ways? What could be done differently?
Make learners of Jesus’s ways
Good work is the stewardship of resources for the benefit of people and of creation, to God’s glory. And lots of different types of work create products and services that not only nourish people physically, but enable them to flourish: snug homes, favourite clothes, hot crusty bread, Fender Stratocasters, warm swimming pools, witty plays, speedy web browsers, safe chairs…
One of my friends has become rather good at bringing warring colleagues together, that is he’s become good at helping people to forgive. He’s become a peacemaker. In so doing, he has invited them to behave in the ways of Jesus… and they’ve tasted his ways and discovered that they are good. One step along the way to discovering him, perhaps.
‘Work is God’s instrument to get things done that he wants done’
There will be times when being a disciple means speaking up against things that are unfair, unhealthy or untruthful and speaking up for things that are true and just and good. It takes courage, wisdom and prayer.
Different church streams and different churches put different emphases on different kinds of fruit. So, for example, getting involved in social action to benefit poor people is seen by many as superior to starting a small business. Even though starting a small business creates jobs that have the rather splendid benefit of keeping people out of poverty. More broadly, if you are an employee and use your talents to the benefit of customers and your organisation, then you too are preventing poverty. Historically, however, the Church has regarded people involved in ‘rescue and cure’ as ‘holier’ and more significant than those involved in ‘prevention and enhancement’. Still, which would you rather have: a really well built boat or a really good air-sea rescue service? Biblically there are all kinds of ways to be fruitful at work. And therefore all kinds of ways you probably already are. Here’s the ‘7M’ framework we’ve been working with recently. Of course, there is much that might be said about each of these areas but see if this opens up some fresh vistas for you. How might you…
Make good work?
Matter matters. So work matters because everything we do has an impact either on people he loves or on the cosmos he has called us to work and take care of (Gen 2:15).
Be a mouthpiece for truth and justice
Be a mouthpiece for the gospel
You may not get an opportunity every day, or even every month, but ask God who he might want you to pray for and ask someone else to support you. Try to do what Peter commands: be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in you. Rest in God, don’t be driven by false guilt, trust his timing, and share what Jesus has done in your life. And of course all these M’s work together: godly character creates better soil for godly testimony; serving others selflessly makes the message of a selfless servantking much more compelling; doing good work with enthusiasm makes the gospel invitation to others to join Jesus’s people in working to change the world through good work, as well as good deeds, and good words, much, much more attractive. We have after all not only been saved from the grip of sin, the power of Satan and the certainty of hell, we have been saved to work with God in making his world a better place for humans to flourish. And that’s a job worth doing – whatever we do. Go to www.licc.og for a full range of resources on work and whole-life discipleship: clips, exercises, books, links, prayer journeys, and weekly email bites.
This means doing good work but consciously for the Lord, in the Spirit, to his glory. Your best with his help.
Model godly character?
In tough times, and easy ones, with difficult people and delightful people, how might we manifest the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? Which one is a struggle for you right now? Are you praying that you might grow in the Christlikeness of our responses?
Mark Greene Mark used to work in advertising and is prepared to admit it. He is now the Executive Director of LICC and has produced a whole range of resources on work including Thank God it’s Monday, Pocket Prayers for Work and Christian Life and Work, a DVD for small groups.
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The National Day of Prayer was held at the end of September 2012 at Wembley Stadium, London. According to the event organisers, it has begun a ‘cascade of prayer now sweeping across the country as a catalyst for national transformation’
o take a stand in the world, Paul tells us we need to put on the full armour of God. An essential weapon we are to wield is prayer: ‘And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints’ (Eph 6:18). But what does prayer mean to today’s leaders? New Wine caught up with Christian leaders at the event to find out.
Tim Hughes on prayer in his worship team and family
In many ways a lot of our songs are prayers set to music. As a worship team at Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), we try to set aside time to pray before we lead worship. I think sometimes we can get so caught up in the music, the production, that we forget about prayer. Worship is a spiritual dynamic, a spiritual engagement, so we try to guard time for that. We’re learning how to flow those two things together at church events. Whenever I talk about prayer, I always feel like saying at the start that I think I am pretty terrible at prayer. It’s something I’m passionate about, I want to grow in. We try to pray as family, but it’s not like every time we gather together we pray. On holiday together, we had an evening where we shared some of our hopes and dreams for the year and then prayed for one another. If there’s something going on, my brother or dad might email and say, ‘can you pray for me?’ That’s how we try to support to each other. Tim Hughes is Worship Director at HTB Church, London
Carol Price on prayer in her local community and work in a homeless charity
My local church is in Cheshire, near Sandbach. We’ve got a small church but our minister is very much connected with Cheshire East Council. We’ve had a week of prayer nights in Macclesfield, Sandbach and Crewe, in the council offices in town halls. We invited people, Christian and non-Christian, to pray for the nation in the lead up to this event. It’s just exciting to see how God is moving. We just feel so ignited about revival. We’re not just praying for the local area, but for the whole nation, for the Lord to send out Christians so that other people can catch that fire. I work for a Christian homeless charity in Manchester and we get 600 visits a week from homeless and vulnerable people. We only have six staff but we have 70 volunteers. Prayer is our bedrock. All the staff pray, every day, even if it’s a couple of us, but sometimes we gather everyone and say ‘let’s down tools for five minutes and invite the Lord’ into whatever it is. We also pray for the guys off the street as they arrive and we pray for them as they leave. I’m a very strong believer - we all are - in carrying the shalom of God, so that even if people aren’t open to it, they are meeting with the Lord because they are meeting us and we are speaking the blessing of God over them. Carol Price is Development Manager, Barnabus, Manchester
We know that the greatest weapon against poverty is prayer, it’s the one thing that can move mountains. We want people to pray, we want people to engage with poverty and injustice in their prayer life because we know that that can make a huge difference. My role is to engage with church leaders around the UK and to get them to partner with us and us with them on a number of fronts. One of the big things that we ask people to do is pray. Not only does prayer move situations overseas, it also moves us and through prayer we start discovering the heart of God. We want the unified nature of the body of Christ to come together and to change situations. Jamie Fyleman is Head of Church Relationships at Tearfund
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‘We know that the greatest weapon against poverty is prayer, it’s the one thing that can move mountains’
Matthew Frost on prayer in a large NGO
We have staff prayers where we all come together once a week for an hour and pray for situations, both within Tearfund and around the world. Then for once a week for an hour and a half, I come together with my leadership team, we pray and think about the issues we are facing this week. We encourage teams to do this right across the organisation.
Jamie Fyleman on prayer in poverty campaigning and local churches
Prayer is not staged; it is continual in our daily activities. In meetings it is completely common to stop in the middle when someone says ‘actually, let’s listen to the Lord for a bit’. It happens all the time and at the end we’ll often say, ‘Lord these are the decisions we’ve made and we lift them to you’. It is completely natural. The big journey we’ve been on in the last few years is to create more open space in the organisation for God – for us to listen. This often requires silence and solitude. It requires us to forget for a moment that we are this activist organisation to make a difference in the world tomorrow, to say ‘hang on, we’ve just got to create space for God to speak’. What we are trying to do is to create a space where it’s not I, the leader, who speaks. It is so exciting about what God can do with all of us, for every colleague to share what God is saying to them. Then we can weigh and sift that for the organisation as well. It’s a two-way relationship where God is shaping his instrument in the world, Tearfund, and we’re giving him more and more space. It’s quite uncomfortable as we can sometimes head off in a different course to what we were thinking, but it’s exciting as it’s liberating, because it’s less and less about what we do and our plans and asking God to bless them, but more and more seeking his face and seeking his heart, and trying to mull over that and allowing that to shape everything we do. Prayer is a great leveller as God speaks to us all. That’s the way Christian organisations should be, it should be a place where God delights in every one of our gifts. My role is servant. Matthew Frost is Chief Executive of Tearfund
Prayer is an act of engagement with God and a tool to defeat deadly strongholds wherever we may find them or we find ourselves. Let us make space to allow God to engage more in our every day life.
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Dr Ros Herbert sees the world from her GP practice in West London, but how does this interact with her Christian faith? Ros explains the difference her work makes
We always thought that we would end up as missionary doctors. I was fortunate enough to be involved in projects in all sorts of places as a student. I did nutritional questionnaires in Kazakhstan, worked on TB wards in rural South Africa, delivered babies in Morocco and painted hospital wards in Romania. Instead, after qualification I have always worked in West London, not far from where I grew up. For a while I struggled with this. My husband is still training, my daughter was quite ill for a season, so travelling wasn’t really an option. It took me some time to realise how much God wanted to be part of my ‘unglamorous’ day to day work. Let me start with a description of a typical Monday morning. I take my children to school, dash to the surgery where I am greeted with coffee by one of the fantastic receptionists. I will see about 15 patients then go through emails and post. The GP practice I work in is in an area of huge ethnic variety; I have seen 20 different nationalities in one day before. It takes a lot of patience when it comes to communication and also requires a lot of understanding that people from other cultures are not going to view illness and health in the same way I may do! My faith means I try and see each patient as an incredibly important individual. As well as dealing with complex medical problems, there is another side to my job. The stories I hear from people can be shocking. Refugees who have seen atrocities in their own country who struggle to adjust to the UK, women who are brought over as wives and abandoned; immigrants who work all the hours they are sent and neglect their own heath. So many people
who life has not been kind to, and they want to tell me their stories. When I first qualified I couldn’t understand why people would come with problems I couldn’t really help with – then I realised they just wanted me to listen and to care.
Everyone a VIP
I recently went to a workshop on doctors’ consulting skills that stressed that it was key to make that person the most important thing in the world to us for ten minutes. When I am tired I need God’s help to listen with compassion and not run too late for my other patients. This isn’t always easy. Sometimes I will be able to direct patients to fantastic charities or counselling services that have more time than me. On a different day I will dash into the medical school. Here I will be teaching or will have committee meetings and admin to sort out. I run the clinical experience for the first years. When I was a medical student I didn’t speak to a patient for the first three years. A decade down the line it is now thought that this is not good for developing bedside manner!
‘So many people who life has not been kind to, and they want to tell me their stories’ Nobody knows my name
I help to teach communication skills and sociology to the first year students. I enjoy developing new and creative ways to teach, for example we have scripted and performed plays with patients about their experiences, and I work with a fantastic team of people. We teach the students to value the individual, to look at patients’ spiritual lives, family, communities and take all of that into account. In a large science-based medical school I feel this is important.
Another challenge is seeing the students I deal with as individuals. There are 350-400 students in a year now and the common cry is ‘nobody knows my name’. A tutor who buys you a cup of coffee and is interested can make a huge difference. Students are very vulnerable in their first year at university.
am a General Practitioner and a lecturer at Imperial College School of Medicine in London. I am married to Paul, a surgeon, and we have two children, Felicity, age ten and Jeremy, seven. We live in Ealing and trained together at Charing Cross hospital where I now teach.
On the staff side universities are full of politics, territories and power struggles. So often I have to pray to not be offended and to hold on to these things lightly. I am constantly praying that I could develop a thicker skin!
Strong voice, weak community
One key to growing is learning to listen more effectively than you speak. We’re often thinking about our ability to communicate and cast vision, and that’s an important function. But a community with a very strong leader’s voice – the singular voice – is a weak and fragile community. If you want to grow in effectiveness and maturity that means inviting your community into a place of ownership and accountability; hearing from God.
To improve my teaching skills I am studying for a MA in medical education, so I also try to fit in essays and study. Some of my lecturers are openly scathing about faith. It is difficult to know when to enter into debate with them. I think so much of our witness is about attitude not debate. A senior colleague is just retiring from my department, and her faith shone out of her. She was quiet about it but she did her job incredibly efficiently and at the same time made everyone feel like he or she were the most important person in the world. My prayer in the workplace is that I can see all my students, colleagues and patients as God sees them and that God would use me to help and encourage them. This is needed everywhere!
Dr Ros Herbert Dr Ros Herbert is a GP in Greenford and senior teaching fellow in the department of primary care at Imperial College, London
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…for acceptance Recounting the pain of a divorce and the joy of a new marriage, Bev Playle challenges the Church to do more to welcome those with difficult pasts
hen I raise my hands in praise, I sometimes find myself looking at my left hand and touching my wedding ring. These days it’s a habit, but there was a time when it seemed I had to reassure myself I really was married. John and I have been married to each other for seventeen years. Having been previously married to other partners, we have both been through painful divorces. We are now happy and secure in our relationship, very much active in our local church fellowship and feel our lives are purpose-filled. It is sometimes hard to recall the tough times we went through in order to arrive at this point. However, we are sure God has blessed our marriage more than we could ever ask or imagine. Our
pasts may have been imperfect, but our present is brilliant and our future, with Jesus at the centre, is secure and will be filled with joy. According to a 2011 report by the Office for National Statistics1, divorce in England and Wales rose by 4.9% between 2009 and 2010 and the UK now has one of the highest rates of divorce in Europe. One report based on an analysis of divorce statistics makes the alarming prediction that approximately 45% of marriages will end in divorce, with almost half of these occurring before couples reach their tenth anniversary2. So the likelihood of people in churches either becoming divorced, having been divorced, or marrying again after divorce is going to be pretty high. This is an issue that all churches face – how do we give support to those who have been or are going
through divorce? We are hoping that our story, and importantly the love and support we received, will go some way to helping others. God accepts us as we are It would be unhelpful to dwell on our previous marriages and the reasons for them breaking up. For both of us, the break down of marriage was incredibly painful. We both believe in marriage and considered it sacred and for life. We had wanted our previous relationships to work and part of the pain was trying to come to terms with feelings of failure and disappointment. I found myself homeless with two hurting and confused daughters, and John found himself living apart from his two beloved young sons. Probably the very last thing either of us needed right then, sensible friends counselled, was a new relationship. However, we met, fell in love and soon moved in together. At this point neither of us was involved with a church and for me God was not even on my radar. We were so happy – our kids all got on well, we had a nice place to live and we became very settled as a family. What more could we need?
‘…our future, with Jesus at the centre, is secure and will be filled with joy’ Of course, there was something more. My mother, a fabulous Christian witness, coerced us into helping at a church holiday club one summer. I found new meaning in the Bible stories we were using, and John explained about Jesus’s sacrifice and his wanting a personal relationship with each of us. John had made a commitment to God as a teenager but over recent years turned his back on his faith. Together we knelt and asked God to be a part of our lives. It should have been a time of great rejoicing – aren’t we told that the angels have a party when lost sheep
come home? However, the joy we felt was tainted by a sense of shame because of the situation we were in – living together and unable to be married as my divorce wasn’t complete. We wanted to attend church with our kids and tell the world how great God was. But every time I raised my hands in church, I’d see that empty third finger on my left hand. It became a symbol of my shame. It felt as though there was no one else like us. Everyone else at church seemed to have been married forever. They had ‘normal’ married lives. Divorce was rarely talked about, living together outside of marriage was a sin and remarriage was only allowed ‘in exceptional circumstances’. We even considered splitting up until we could marry but felt that this would have caused our children a further bereavement and more pain. We would pray together and read the Bible, seeking guidance from God. Meanwhile some people in the church were writing letters to our vicar and refusing to take communion alongside us. This really hurt. Although we felt a deep sense of shame, we have a God who is not ashamed of us. He is the God who knows all about us, walks with us and accepts us as we are before we change. Recall the story of the woman at the well in John 4 who had had five husbands. Jesus knew everything about her. Yet she was the first person he revealed himself to as the Messiah, and she led her whole village to him. God worked with us through some fabulous people. Our vicar helped us to see ourselves first and foremost as beloved children of God, who would eventually use our experiences to
‘We all come to God with messy pasts. It’s just that some messiness is more obvious’ bless others. There were many others who were prepared to listen, to pray with us and try and understand what we had been and were still going through. An ongoing process It was two years after we came to God that we were eventually able to marry, and since then our faith in God and love for each other has continued to grow. We are both very involved in church life, and God has enabled us to use our experiences to help others in similar situations. We all come to God with messy pasts. It’s just that some messiness is more obvious. Christians are all works in progress. We are saved sinners who have to remember that, as Jesus did, we must welcome people into our churches as they are, without judgement or condemnation. It isn’t about lowering biblical standards but rather being inclusive and welcoming regardless of people’s past or where they are at that point. Some wounds take longer to heal than others and we have learned together that forgiveness is something precious that we choose to give, having first received, and is the first step in finding freedom and life in all its fullness. Our shared experiences, the support we received and our faith in God have provided us with a strong bond for our marriage.
Bev Playle Bev has been married to John for 17 years. They have four children aged 22–34 from previous marriages and five grandchildren. Bev and John worshipped at All Saints’ Church Marple for 20 years and have recently moved to West Yorkshire.
1. Office of National Statistics (2011) Statistical Bulletin: Divorces in England and Wales 2010 2. Office of National Statistics (2008) The proportion of marriages ending in divorce. Wilson, B; Smallwood, S.
Inspiration above imitation Does Sunday worship sometimes just sound like ‘noise’? Neil Bennetts examines how churches can filter out distractions to enable people to get closer to God through worship
n the arena of worship we are bombarded with so many ideas, theories, theologies, CDs, instructional videos, inspirational Twitter feeds, blogs and conferences that we are in danger of overload. Culture, too, has made huge inroads into the worship psyche. Previously the preserve of the rock concert, many of our worship arenas have higher spec sound systems, lighting rigs and visual media. Production on worship CDs can be as good, if not better than, secular artists. There are also worship concerts, tours, compilation albums and award ceremonies for worship songwriters. What do we make of all of this stuff? Because let’s face it, some of it sounds pretty weird. And even if I can identify the wheat from the chaff, how do I translate that to my own context, if indeed I should anyway? If I happen to come from a small church in the country that has few resources, not many gifted musicians and will probably never have the sound desk, lights, cameras and infrastructure that some of these big 42
churches do, does that make what I do somehow inadequate, less fruitful, less worshipful? Whatever our views on all of the above, we need to be asking ourselves, what are the non-negotiables? If we can answer this question, we are probably better placed to filter everything worship-wise that finds its way into our head-space these days.
The highest of callings
Worship is our highest calling. When Jesus reminds us of this first priority, ‘Love the Lord your God’ (Matt 22:37), he is not only giving us an instruction, he is sharing with us what God most values from us: our affection. He loves it when we sing. He loves the sound of our voices raised together in adoration of him. It pleases him. This gift of corporate worship is something to be treasured. This act of opening our mouths and singing praises is something that helps people relate intimately with the Father, where the deepest part of the human heart connects with the deepest part of the Father’s heart.
So one of our filters is this; does what we do help people sing, or does it hinder them? Are we helping people love God? Are our songs in a language people can relate to, sung in reachable keys with accessible tunes? If they aren’t then we are denying our congregations the chance to get fully involved in what is possibly the most amazing of all experiences. Worship is about what helps the congregation to sing stronger, with more courage, and with more passion. There is no point getting the sound right on stage if in doing so we leave our congregations feeling left behind, unable to contribute.
The presence of God
God is always in the process of preparing a people of God to be the dwelling place of God, and we experience the presence of God in worship because of two things - his grace, and our welcome. We can’t earn his presence, but we can posture ourselves in the right way before him to receive it. You see, whenever the spirit of God comes, he brings order, a divine order where he is God and we are not. I
‘Of course, each community is different, and so we should also value inspiration above imitation in worship’ The people of God
This event in the temple may have started with the priests singing, but it ended with the cloud in the room. This is where we aim, where the attention is taken off us and the people are dwelling in the cloud of God’s presence. When I led worship at New Wine for the very first time, it was with an amazing guy called Scott Underwood, and as I nervously prepared for that
first evening he said to me, “Neil, when we lead worship, we aim to get people to the place where their attention is on Jesus, and then leave them there as long as possible”. It has stuck with me ever since, and has always been a constant challenge to me; am I really doing what I am doing because I want people to focus on Jesus, or am I just a little bit happy that some attention is on me? You see, it’s all too easy for those of us in leadership to try and suck the cloud back up onto the stage, rather than leave it where it is - in the room…among the people. Of course, each community is different, and so we should also value inspiration above imitation in worship. Ultimately, imitation stifles the creative breath of God, so let’s not see what is out there and try and copy. Let us unchain ourselves from the burden that says our worship can’t be good if it doesn’t look like ‘that’. Let’s see what is out there and use it to propel us into our own, unique, community expression of worship where we are.
The kingdom of God
Finally, mission is the call to the world to worship God. Our mission and our worship are so closely intertwined that they shouldn’t really be separately identifiable. This is the Kingdom dynamic of worship where people are transformed, chains are broken, prison doors are flung open, and the lost run into the house to feast on the good things of God. If what we embrace in worship is removed from our mission then maybe we can’t really call it worship in the first place.
love the description of the dedication of the temple where it says that ‘the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God’ (2 Chr 5:14). God most definitely changed the songset mid flow! You see, liturgies are only a barrier to worship when they won’t yield to him in the moment. And in these messy, surprising, fluid moments, let’s value passion in worship above perfection in worship. Let’s not allow what births itself by the Spirit to be crushed by trying to finish it by the flesh (Gal 3:3).
The world, whether it articulates it as such, is hungry for a real, authentic encounter with the living God, and so our worship should be the most attractive, engaging activity on Earth. Not primarily because it has the best lights, visuals, band or arrangements (although it may do), but because our worship is so infused with the beautiful, magnetic, glorious spirit of God that people can’t resist it; that they can’t help but fall to their knees and declare that God is surely among us.
Neil Bennetts Neil Bennetts is part of the leadership of Trinity Cheltenham and the New Wine CSW Director of Worship.
Homeless people and Offenders
– in my Church? How welcome do we really make those who are homeless, and those who are offenders, or ex-offenders, in our churches?
atthew’s gospel does not give us an option about whether we get involved in the lives of homeless people and offenders: ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ (Matt 25:35-36). The above verses clearly say ‘when you did it to one of these, you did it to me’.
‘I believe that the Church can eradicate homelessness by the year 2022’ the needs of the most disadvantaged and disenfranchised people in communities is Green Pastures Housing. It’s an initiative which partners with 33 churches and Christian organisations across the UK to provide them with the opportunity to reach out to people in need.
So, does your church offer outreach to people who are hungry, sick or homeless? What other outlets does your church have for meeting the list of needs identified in Matthew’s gospel? One side effect of this sort of interaction with those in need is a ‘messy church’. Yet this sort of church happens when Christians become effective. It’s what Jesus wants us to experience, so that restoration and order can begin to take place. I believe that the Church can eradicate homelessness by the year 2022, through investment and joint working. My solution for releasing churches and individuals to meet 44
I co-founded Green Pastures 13 years ago with Vicki Woodley. Two people knocked on our church door asking for a roof over their heads, and we both decided to cash in small annuities in order to help them. Then, six years ago, Green Pastures felt it was right to release churches nationwide to house homeless people.
‘God was calling us to serve the church and release them into their calling by buying houses for churches. It sounds simple, and it is. But it works’ We could see the desire was there, but the financial restraint of buying a property to house homeless people was, for some churches, simply too large. We discussed the next step as a board, and felt God was calling us to serve the church and release them into their calling by buying houses for churches. It sounds simple, and it is. But it works. Today, we have over 240 houses across the UK. Our partners vary in their work – for example, some deal exclusively with ex-offenders. The
re-offending rates for those housed through Green Pastures are down to between 4.7% and 8.4%, significantly lower than the national average of 68%. One of our other partners is setting up social enterprises releasing the former homeless to create homes for the homeless. It’s really exciting to be part of God’s journey to release the church, and to be walking in his will.
How can your church get involved? Talk to Green Pastures about how you can become a partner, or consider giving to us to help our work. Any amount you give will help us reach out to people and we are a registered ethical investment opportunity, offering returns better than an ISA in the current climate. Visit our website, www.greenpastures.net. Read stories of transformation, stories of God working through partners and individuals committed to outworking Matthew 25. Together we can see transformation in our communities, one person at a time.
Peter Cunningham Peter is the Director of Green Pastures and is on the leadership team at Shoreline Church, Southport. He was a speaker at the New Wine Summer Conference in 2012.
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In our pluralistic culture, isnâ€™t it arrogant to claim that Christians have a monopoly on the truth? Lucy Peppiatt from WTC explores the issues 46
ny Christian school child, university student, teacher, social worker, and anyone in any profession where a high value is placed on ‘tolerance’, can potentially find themselves up against a barrage of criticism for having a faith that makes exclusive claims: ‘There’s only one way to God?’ ‘Christians are so intolerant of other religions.’ ‘You can’t possibly think you’re the only ones who are right and everyone else is wrong!’ How do we respond to accusations of exclusivism, intolerance and arrogance? Can we really claim that the only way to know God is through Jesus Christ, and that the only way to be saved is in him? And where does that put us in relation to our pluralist society? We have to start with Jesus because, after all, he caused all this trouble in the first place! When the Son of God came to Earth in Jesus of Nazareth, he came proclaiming that he was the truth: ‘I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life’ ( John 14:6). Not only that but he also claimed that no-one could come to the Father, except through him. As intimidating as it might be in our ‘tolerant’ society to be accused of intolerance, is it really so offensive to claim that we have been captivated and completely won over by the truth - not a truth, but the truth?
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Christians so often focus on what we must believe to be saved. What Jesus focused on was what we needed to understand, what we need to comprehend, in order to see God in front of us, and to put our trust in him. It is a question of identity first. Jesus identified himself as God, not a part of God, or a reflection of God, but truly and fully God. He is the full visible revelation of the invisible God. Of course there is no other way to know God. It is not a set of beliefs that we have signed up to, that we think that everyone else has to sign up to as well. It is because we have encountered a person whose very being compels us to love and to worship him, that we know we have encountered the truth. There is no-one like him. Those who follow Jesus end up fiercely loyal to him, for only he has the words of eternal life. Rather than focus on a set of beliefs, therefore, we focus on the person who has won our hearts, who has words of life, who is life, who pours out his Spirit in us so that we can be free from the all the destructive and corrupting forces of evil in this world. Then we can only simply admit that yes, we have been found, by God’s incredible grace, in the way of life and truth. Do Christians make exclusive claims? Yes. We have to, because we put our faith in the one who made them in the first place. Is this arrogant? No. Everyone makes exclusive truth claims, even those who claim that they
are the most tolerant. Firstly, all religions claim to be or to have the ultimate way of truth. Secondly, those who have no faith in anything supernatural, also claim to have discovered the ultimate truth – that everyone else, who has ever had any faith is wrong. The only position that might be considered the most tolerant could be extreme agnosticism: ‘I’m going to leave the possibility open that someone somewhere might be right, I’m just not going to commit myself to anything’. This view is less arrogant than atheism, but is a refusal to admit the truth that every human being makes decisions in life based on an underlying belief system. Everyone believes something is true, and that the world would be a better place if we all agreed with them. That is the human condition.
‘Tolerance is an awful concept. It means I can just about tolerate you. Respect is better, but ‘attention’ is the best’ Know-it-alls?
The point about Jesus coming to Earth was not to create a group of people who thought that they were right and everyone else was wrong. The point of his coming was to make the way back to the one who had created us in the first place – to bring us home. The fact that he did so while we were arrogant, proud, rebellious and murderous humbles us deeply. We did nothing, absolutely nothing, to deserve this stooping down, this sacrifice, this death so that we could live. Our attitude to others should always be that we have much to learn. God’s Spirit works in the whole world, not just in the Church, which means that there’s always the possibility that God could surprise us through those who think and live differently. I agree with Rowan Williams. Tolerance is an awful concept. It means I can just about tolerate you. Respect is better, but ‘attention’ is the best. God pays attention to us. He is attentive to us. We should reflect that in our dealings with others. The truth embodied in the person of Jesus that God places a value on every human life is beyond comprehension. We are of infinite worth – every single one of us. The working out of Christian ‘truthfulness’ is to treat others, of whatever creed, as they deserve – as infinitely precious to God. If we truthfully live this out, as we share the truth that found us, we will be far more likely to be heard. Lucy Peppiatt Lucy is the Dean of Studies and lecturer in Christian Doctrine at WTC (Westminster Theological Centre). She has recently written The Disciple on the topic of discipleship that makes us fully human.
Accepting the challenge of Jesus to love and serve poor people, Dave Mitchell reflects on how a community of churches in Bristol have brought Christ’s love to those in need
he government’s ‘Big Society’ agenda has been both welcomed and criticised as an approach to social care in the community. Woodlands Church in Bristol is a ‘city church’ which includes a large gathered central congregation but also other congregations in urban priority areas in the city. Our mission includes a desire to bring Kingdom influence in and through public and business life. We network with other churches and agencies to work with local government and private investment to see our city blessed and ‘Kingdom society’ being expressed. It’s been great to pray for the leader of the council and its chief executive, and to see how charitable work and social enterprise bring credibility for the church and open opportunities for more. Woodlands has partnered with the council through the Love Running initiative, which over three years and three races has involved 1,500 churchlinked people running the Bristol 10K, plus providing marshals, musicians and after race parties and raising £300,000 for local and international charities. The Noise project, with its 1,000 volunteers, has helped gain favour with local community and government leaders, and our Love Bristol community has launched the
city’s first festival of literature, and has a very visible presence in Stoke’s Croft (where our riots started) through a range of projects. Another distinctive of Woodlands Church is the number of people choosing to share life in Christian community. There are 11 community houses (including intentional communities of over 20 people living and eating together) and these self funding communities are able to offer support to people with special needs as well as provide ministry hubs into communities.
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Key scriptures such as those in Isaiah 58 and 61 and Matthew 25 bring a challenge to all who seek to reflect, in practical ways, God’s heart of love for our world. Feeding the hungry, providing shelter, proclaiming freedom and bringing light into dark places are what we are all called to do as part of the process of rebuilding broken lives and communities.
‘Our mission includes a desire to bring Kingdom influence in and through public and business life’ Some interesting models are emerging – locally and elsewhere – of organisations meeting social need in ways that are much less reliant on conventional grant funding, and indeed some are sustainable on a purely business or investment basis. This Social Enterprise approach is attracting considerable interest at many levels, including government at central and local level, and from a range of investors. Most importantly, it is having on impact on the lives of those in Bristol who desperately need hope and love. Philip Jinadu, one of our associate ministers at Woodlands Church and the founder of Love Running, often tells the story of one young man who came to faith through participation in the event. This man took part in the
Bristol, like all cities and larger towns across the UK, has its fair share of Christian social action projects focusing on providing support and relief to poor and marginalised people. God calls us not only to give generously, but also to make best use of the resources he graciously gives to us. Jesus’s Parable of the Talents gives us a glimpse of how God wishes us to steward our money. In the Old Testament God uses Joseph in a time of economic crisis, dealing with the challenge of famine through sound business principles.
event for purely fitness reasons. At one point, he saw a group of participants from our church encouraging each other and wanted to find out more. When he found out it was a group from Woodlands he was dismayed, but went
to the next meeting anyway. Now he’s come to faith, been baptised and is one of our most promising emerging leaders. For us, he’s a constant reminder that our hard work growing God’s kingdom is worth it. I also remember a young man who came to stay in one of our community houses. Some of the volunteers there took him to Woodlands one Sunday evening, where he was touched by the service and the message and gave his life to Jesus. He is now volunteering with the regeneration work carried out by Love Bristol, and is an active disciple and witness to the power and love of Jesus. Below is an overview of some great social action projects that continue to be run largely on charitable grounds, but that are incredibly effective in meeting social need in the context of sharing God’s heart of love. The projects are lead by members of the Woodlands Group of Churches.
Social Action / Outreach Projects The NOISE is a multi-church initiative that takes place over the May bank holiday weekend each year. Over 800 people volunteer to help pick up rubbish, clear overgrown gardens, paint community centres, put on fun days for children and provide meals for elderly people. REACH is a weekly after-school café for lone parents and their children in Southmead, one of the less affluent communities in Bristol. The focus is on preparing, cooking and eating a meal altogether and up to 80 parents and their children attend each week.
Almost all of the FoodBanks in Bristol are run by Christians and connected to churches. Hundreds of people in food poverty are given emergency food handouts each week, and many centres also provide mentoring support and job advice to their clients.
‘Key scriptures bring a challenge to all who seek to reflect, in practical ways, God’s heart of love for our world’ Businesses with Social Aims – Social Enterprise Aspire works as a not-for-profit social enterprise providing employment and training for ex-offenders in the areas of gardening, painting and decorating, window cleaning and property refurbishment. Although not completely free of the need for some external grant funding, a very high proportion of the company’s income comes from revenue generated from business activities. Bristol Together is a Community Interest Company providing employment and training for ex-offenders and other long term unemployed people. Bristol Together has raised a social impact bond of £1.6 million, which they use to buy
empty properties, employ ex-offenders to renovate and refurbish them, with the houses then sold at a profit with all the money reinvested back into the enterprise. FareShare South West, while not faith centred, does have a number of Christians involved either on the Board or as volunteers. FareShare takes surplus food from the manufacturing and retail sectors and channels it to over 80 local charities working with the most vulnerable in the community. Changing Lives in Clevedon is a company set up jointly by Alabare and Crisis Centre Ministries to run a charity shop in Clevedon. The shop has been operating very successfully for two years and has generated significant income for both charities. Two new shops are planned for 2012. No investment was required from either charity to set up the business. The opportunities are there for the church community to engage in this social enterprise as we seek to share God’s heart of love for those who are lost and broken. Dave Mitchell Dave is the vicar of Woodlands Church Bristol. Andrew Street and Paul Harrod also contributed to this article.
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