1. Kx Annual Family Community of Practice: Exploring Movement Dynamics with Alan Hirsch

    Our annual Community of Practice for our family churches will be taking place at Westwood Church, Coventry on Wednesday 7th February and Thursday 8th February 2018.

    We will be exploring the dynamics of building a movement of mission in our churches and other arenas and we are very excited to have Alan Hirsch and Rich Robinson joining us.

    More details coming soon.

  2. 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.

     

  3. 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

  4. Kx Story: Rupert and Sally

    At the last Launch Learning Community we asked Kx family members Rupert and Sally Martin to tell us what they had gained from joining Kx.  You can find out more about becoming a member church here.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Discipleship & Mission Workshop – DEAL, KENT

    PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED.

    A workshop on missional discipleship run jointly by St. George’s Church and Kairos Connexion, with Kx Team members Ben and Helen Askew.

    This is an opportunity to hear some more of the principles, learning and stories from those who have been discovering ways to put discipleship and mission back in the hands of ordinary people. The day will include worship, small group discussions, time for questions and prayer.

    Who’s it for? This Workshop is designed for church leaders and teams, those exploring Fresh Expressions, and those with an interest in growing a discipling culture at the heart of the church.

    Cost including lunch and refreshments: £25 for individuals and £100 for a team of 5.
    For more information email shiela.porter@stgdeal.org or to book go to http://bit.ly/2l0SB5D

     

  8. Kx Story: Coffee in Bicester


    Today we want to share an opportunity for mission in one of our Kx family churches which is very exciting!

    Hello friends,

    I hope this finds you well. Our dream of opening a cafe is finally becoming reality.

    My team and I are currently running a crowdfunding project to help see our coffee-shop project, www.fltrcoffee.co.uk completed. We’re hoping to impact our neighbourhood by becoming a community hub as well as re-investing our profits back into local people and projects. We’re hoping to reverse the recent statistic that called Britain, “The loneliness capital of the world” as well as continue to impact young people and their dreams.

    The crowdfunder is open! Will you consider becoming one of our financial founders? We’re offering some great gifts like stickers, t-shirts, mug, coffee events, opening parties, and more as perks for giving.

    Click below to watch our video and consider giving!

     

  9. Discipleship & Mission Workshop – WATFORD

    What’s the problem with mission and discipleship?

    IMG_9348We find ourselves as church leaders in an increasingly complex and frustrating landscape when it comes to mission and discipleship.  So what’s the problem? Why are we struggling? What is God saying to the church today? How did Jesus fulfill his heavenly mandate to ‘seek and save that which was lost’, and raise a bunch of world-changing disciple-makers?
    These are some of the questions we will be exploring in our workshop on 25th Feb 2017 where we’ll have a mixture of teaching, personal reflection time, small group discussion (with the team you bring with you), question and answer, prayer, and planning for the future.
    Remember… ‘The definition of insanity is doing the same thing but expecting different results.’ Einstein
    Cost: £20  Click here to book

    WHY NOT STAY FOR DISCUSSION OVER LUNCH? Bring a packed lunch or grab a takeaway (loads very nearby!) and make the most of the morning. We will have the room until 2pm.

  10. Kx Story – Disciple Making in Madagascar

    Here is a Story from Graeme Mallet.  Graeme and Eli, with their 4 children, are members of Frontline and working with Africa Inland Mission in Madagascar. They are partnering with the Malagasy church to establish disciple making movements among some of the unreached peoples of North West Madagascar. Follow this link for more information about their ministry: http://eu.aimint.org/pray/peopleandplaces/themalletts/

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    As a missionary from Frontline Church in Liverpool, who is involved in T4T work in Madagascar, it has been really interesting and exciting to come back on Home Assignment to the UK and get involved in missional communities here.

    For many UK Christians the prospect of being part of a real community is often the primary motivation for getting involved in missional communities. In our society today many people’s busy lives, although filled with technology with its virtual communities, lack deep, interdependent and real community with others. Often we have worked very hard not to be dependent on others or else if we have become dependent we become dependent on the state rather than other people. This increasing lack of real community that is observed in many parts of western society has not been normal historically, and is not normal for the majority of people on earth currently. It is certainly different from most people in Madagascar who usually live in very close and interdependent communities, whether they are Christian or not. The people of God described in the Bible, frequently lead interdependent communal lives, for example, in Luke’s description of the Jerusalem church in Acts 2. People have an innate God given desire (perhaps suppressed) to be a part of a community. Being community is fun and challenging but also very rewarding.

    However, while I love and long for deep community (it can be lonely living in another country), I believe that if we want to see God move in a really big way in our nation through ‘missional communities’, we need to be more motivated by the ‘missional’ part of that phrase rather than the ‘community’.

    One of the common hallmarks of the ‘disciple making movements’ (sometimes called ‘church planting movements’) that have seen exponential growth in parts of the Islamic World has been a missional vision which is built into the DNA of the communities so that people catch it as much as learn it. Steve Smith, the author of the book ‘T4T: discipleship re-revolution’ has observed over the years that the quality which best determines whether a leader will see God use them to start a disciple making movement is if the leader has the ability to do what he calls ‘cast vision’ I.e. envision others.

    What challenged me about the vision T4T looks to instil was its intergenerational nature. It is a vision which is greater than just seeing the members of your missional community seeing people come to faith but is about seeing the people your missional community have seen come to faith, being fruitful, going out and seeing more people come to faith. That requires us to be quite intentional about what we are doing to enable new born Christians to be fruitful.

    Disciple making movements are not totally analogous to ‘missional communities’ in the UK because in such movements there is no mother church providing oversight and accountability. Often the initial leaders of such a movement are trusting the Holy Spirit is guiding the leaders of those house churches which are out of contact with themselves. It is a bit scary, a bit messy and a bit like the growth of the church we see in the New Testament. They are also often working in a society where there is no existing church and so the people in their groups are effectively a blank canvas as far as church is concerned. This means the missional vision of the movement is not competing with the pre-existing ideas people have of church in the same way that they are in the UK. However I still believe that missional communities in the UK that are best at imparting the missional vision will be those that see the most growth. I look forward to seeing God working through them.
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