1. Kx Learning Community with Kings Arms Bedford & 3DM: Gathering 1

    This 2018-19 Learning Community, a partnership between the Apostolic Ministry of King’s Arms Church, Kairos Connexion and 3D Movements will consist of a series of three day immersion experiences that incorporate teaching and training, expert coaching, and a chance to experience proven vehicles for discipleship and mission.

    At the conclusion of each immersion experience, you will leave with a detailed six-month plan to accomplish the things you believe God has called your church community to do. Furthermore, the two-year process includes coaching huddles for senior leaders to help you put your plan into action.

    Dates:  2-4 May 2018, 31 Oct-2 Nov 2018, 1-3 May 2019, 30 Oct-1 Nov 2019

    Cost: £1500 per year (£3000 in total for the whole programme, payable in six monthly instalments on the 1st February & July respectively.)

    This cost covers:  Materials, refreshments, lunch and dinner on immersion days. Plus two years of fortnightly huddles for the senior leaders development & support to put the plan into action!

    For more information, contact hannah.hicks@kingsarms.org

    The two year Learning Community journey entails a carefully orchestrated process which progresses from discipleship to mission as outlined below.

    Building a Discipling Culture

    This covers the key principles, values and learning points that help to create and establish a strong culture of missional discipleship.  We will look at how shared culture, mind-set and key values (covenant and kingdom, invitation and challenge) can help people take personal responsibility for their own discipleship and begin to live out their identity, faith, missional vision and call.

    Multiplying Missional Leaders

    In this gathering we will look at how to identify, develop, train and release leaders.  This will include looking at vision and values, training infrastructure, intentional discipleship environments (huddles) and principles (Lifeshapes) creating a culture of innovation and allowing freedom to fail.

    Leading Missional Communities

    This gathering focuses on how to create, value and release the “spiritual households” that impact their neighbourhood or network of relationships.  There will be input on developing a balanced three-dimensional lifestyle of faith, community and mission and how that life can be expressed in many different ways.  Teams will learn more about principles and lessons learned from those involved in the process of establishing and releasing Missional Communities.

    Leading Kingdom Movements

    This gathering looks at the principles and practices of establishing a strong resourcing centre and how to establish prayer, develop training, practice hospitality and ensure strong pastoral care.  Team focus on the mission centre as a resourcing base which missional communities orbit in and out of on a regular rhythm, thus growing a sustainable missional movement.

  2. Grow Central Learning Community: Gathering 1



    Grow Central is the Kairos Connexion regional hub located in the Midlands.  They are hosting a Learning Community which starts in October 2017 and you are invited to take part.

     

    Gathering One: Building a Discipling Culture

    This Gathering covers the key principles, values and learning points that help to create and establish a strong culture of missional discipleship. We will look at how shared culture, mind-set and key values (covenant and kingdom, invitation and challenge) can help people take personal responsibility for their own discipleship and begin to live out their identity, faith, missional vision and call.

    We will send out a detailed programme nearer to the time but below are the start and finish times.  

    • Family dinner on day one (Tuesday 10th October) will be from 6:00pm, giving us an opportunity to connect and be together.
    • On days two and three (Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th) coffee will be available from 8.45am and we will begin at 9am sharp with worship and prayer.
    • We will finish each day by 4:30pm.

    We hope you will join us on this journey.

  3. Discipleship That Works – Workshop in Harrogate

    The Kx North Yorkshire hub are hosting another discipleship and mission workshop this September and they’d love you to join them.

    We’re convinced that all Christians are invited to live as a disciple in every part of their lives, not just on Sundays in a church service. We will explore ideas about how to live as disciples in our neighbourhoods, schools, workplaces, families and communities.

    We’re called to live one whole life where Jesus is Lord of every part, being people who are good news to those around us. There’s an adventure to be had and a story to be part of and we want to share that with you too!

    More details on speakers and workshops coming soon. Lunch is included.

    Please register your place on www.discipleshipthatworks.eventbrite.co.uk.  Payment will be taken on the door.

     

  4. Form UK Stories

    We love Form!  An intense year of discipleship, rooted in a culture of leadership and mission running in several Kx family churches.   Last week we shared some stories from Form USA,  here is a video of similar stories from Form UK trainees.

    There are three ways you can get involved in form.

    1.  Give a year to form as a trainee yourself and see see what God can do!
    2.  Recommend form to one or two young adults from your church and send them off on a life changing adventure!
    3.  Start a Form training centre at your church.

    To find out more about each of these head to www.form-uk.org.

  5. God Can Radically Change Your Life Through Form

    FORM is an intensive year-long discipleship internship for young adults, currently running in 4 locations in the UK and also in the USA.  Here are a few stories from this years trainees at Form Fort Wayne, Indiana about what God has done with them over the past year.

    “FORM Fort Wayne year number two was a great success! We had nine new trainees and three young adults returning for a more intense year of leadership training. Here are some questions we asked them with answers…
    How has FORM been worth the investment of the cost and nine months of your life?
    • Without FORM it would have taken me probably nine years instead of nine months to learn to hear the voice of the Lord – Hannah
    • It help me grow in commitment- Ross
    • FORM has been worth the cost because it has made a substantial and lasting difference in how I view my relationship with Christ, my relationship with others, and what following God with my whole life really means – Malachi
    • FORM has drastically changed my life. It has pruned my character, altered my life goals, produced many skills I was unaware I had, and has given me a deep hunger and thirst for Holy Spirit, His presence and His power – Wardell
    • It has taught me how to live opposite the American dream and truly live a life worth living and for a worthy God -Hayden
    • I think Form is an amazing opportunity. Giving up a whole year to hear/pursue God I think is something God really honors. If you allow Him, God can radically change your life through Form. It is definitely worth your time because it teaches you how to live in community and gives you some great tools to help you in your relationship with God -Brandy
    • It has shifted my perception of ministry and forever changed my approach to reaching people with the Gospel. Form experience = Priceless – Daren
    How have you changed the way you live?
    • I consult God more with my decision making – Ross
    • I have an increased focus on intentionally making room for God’s will in my days and decisions both through more set aside time to spend with Him and a greater awareness of His desires for my life – Malachi
    • I no longer chase money, relationships, or self gratification. I now prioritize my time to read the word, pray, seek Holy Spirit, and share the Kingdom with everyone around me by sharing the Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection – Wardell
    • I’ve gained freedom from sin struggles, as well as I don’t spend all my time worried about the pursuit of the American dream – Hayden
    • I quit neglecting the “little” stuff and do them despite not knowing the end results – Dan
    • Creating predictable patterns and rhythms. Used to fly by the seat of my pants, now I’ve learned to keep my belt on, and fastened tight – Daren
    • I’ve started to see my life differently than I have in the past. Everything is an opportunity. I have started to become more aware of God in day to day life. I’ve started to put on the armour of God before I go to work. I’ve started to see ways I can fight against the enemy. Praying/talking to God is becoming even more important to me – Brandy
     You can find out more about Form USA here.  Look out for some stories from the UK Form Trainees soon!
  6. Kx Story: People of Peace in Chester

    Here is a short testimony from HBC Chester: 

    Recently at HBC Chester we held an evening with a couple of baptisms – one of the people being baptised was Penny.   Penny is a member of the Core Team for one of our Missional Communities – Welcome MC. Penny’s decision to be baptised is a result of the growth in her own personal discipleship journey and a significant part of this have been the commitment Penny has made to be involved in our regular IPODs (Intentional Places of Discipleship – our version of a huddle).

    The Welcome MC has developed a strong focus on the People of Peace that a number of the Core team have and they have held regular gatherings where these people have been involved along and they have also started up an “International Forum” This takes place once a month and includes the people of peace telling their stories of living in the UK and what life was like in the country of birth.   As a result of the developing and strengthening relationships within the MC Penny was able to invite these People of Peace to come and witness her baptism and to be involved in the evening gathering that it was a part of. At the baptism, 12 people of peace came along, heard Penny’s testimony and began to see the wider context of church and community that the Welcome MC belongs too.

  7. Discipleship & Missional Community Taster Day – OXFORD // CANCELLED

     

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED

    However please check out our other upcoming events for 2017!

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    June 2017 Oxford Workshop

     

    This event is designed for Church leaders and their teams, church members, missional community leaders, ministry leaders, elders and others who simply want to think through what discipleship and mission could look like in the 21st Century Church.

    It will be a day of worship, teaching, interactive seminars, networking, and a chance to hear how God is bringing transformation through missional communities of ordinary disciples.

    You will hear stories of what God is doing through the local church, and the principles we have learned along the way. There will also be experienced missional community leaders sharing their stories and plenty of time to ask questions.

    This event is hosted by Oxford Community Church and Highway Christian Church in partnership with Kairos Connexion.

    Click here for more information and to book

  8. Learning Community Taster Day – COVENTRY

    This is a Taster Day workshop for church leaders and their teams who are exploring a discipleship & mission Learning Community starting in the Autumn of 2017.

    Booking details here www.growcentral.eventbrite.co.uk, or to be added to the Grow Central mailing list (the name of the Kx Coventry Hub) email mikeknight@westwoodchurch.co.uk

     

    IMG-20160521-WA0002A Learning Community Taster Day is a workshop designed to give a feel for what a full Learning Community is like.  You will be introduced to the basic structure of a Learning Community which is to aid reflection, learning, dreaming and planning for your church or community.

    The three questions which are asked are:

    • What Is? (an honest reflection of where things are right now)
    • What Could Be? (an opportunity to dream big dreams with God about the future)
    • What Will Be? (making concrete goals and plans to move towards the big dreams)

     

    Many church teams have found this process to be incredibly valuable in moving towards embedding a culture of discipleship and mission in their contexts.

    For more about Learning Communities click here.

  9. Kx Story: Reaching neighbours in Liverpool

    Our Missional Community’s vision is to reach our neighbours around the area we live in Liverpool.

    We started with 2 other families, so 6 adults and 6 kids in total. We wanted our MC to be an extended family on mission, so it was important from the start to build it around stuff that works for the kids and with people that were willing to share their lives with us.

    So every Friday, 5pm we gather together for food. We rotate between our houses (all spitting distance from each other), and we do it ‘bring and share’ style. Easy – no fuss. So 5pm till 6pm we eat, chat, catch up. We draw the kids into a bit of prayer. Occasionally we’ve had a kids bible story. We regularly have neighbours join us. Then 6pm till 7pm we alternate between dads and mums accountability. So one week the dads take the kids back home and the mums meet together, then the following week the dads meet.

    We try and focus this around the learning circle and 2 discipleship questions (What is God saying & what are you going to do about it?) We pray together. We find that because we’re sharing what’s going on in our lives through our Facebook, when we do meet, we can pray for one another with greater understanding. More recently another family have joined us that we led to faith a while back, but have been on the fringes for some time. It’s been a real joy to see them get committed and grow in their faith.

    Once a  month we do something more outwardly focused, so we tend to invite neighbours over for a drink, or extended one of our birthday parties out to the MC and neighbours so we can connect with them. We have a cycle of bigger outreach events for our housing estate, summer BBQ, bonfire night, Christmas carols and christingles, Easter egg hunt etc. Loads of people turn up to these and we’re building relationships with our neighbours.

  10. Kx Story: Growth through involvement in Learning Communities

    Here is a great bit of story from a church which has been involved in Learning Communities and how they’ve seen growth in their church and development of new missional communities.


    “I had in mind to thank you properly for all the support you give to the wider church and particularly the help to us as a church. It has been invaluable and we see the kingdom advancing through your endeavours – Thank you so much; we see you as a real gift from God to the church.


    Despite not attending the latest round of learning communities we are making steady progress with our missional communities. As you know, we decided not to go for the big bang and started with two pilots. We now have 3 MC’s and plans for a 4th and maybe a 5th. The pleasing thing is that each one has started ‘bottom up’ with people approaching the leadership. Inspiring stories are starting to come and it is exciting:
     

    – We have one group for the ‘more mature’ and have an event this Friday to which we expect about 20 ‘not yet believers’ from nearby sheltered accommodation where we have been given an open door to go in and out.

    – We run a group for families with children with disabilities and special needs. This is proving a real blessing for families and we are even getting people referred to this group from outside – amazing.

    – We have started a third called ‘Cafe of Hope’ for all the contacts and friends we make through the cafe.

    – For our next one, which is in embryo,  we have a vision statement and  leader for ‘Life cycle’, based upon the men’s cycling group but with a wider remit.

    Thank you, once again, for your help.”
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