Story

  • Walking in the footsteps of Jesus

    We peered down into the house of Simon Peter from above, the exact same
    view that the 4 men with the paralytic would have had as they dug through the layers of mud and straw rolled and baked to provide a waterproof coving for the large, wealthy, beach-front property owned by Peters family, in order to get their friend to Jesus.

    It made me wonder how far I’d go to bring my friends to Jesus.

    Damaging property, risking anger and rejection, creating mayhem…
    not sure I’d go that far. Or walking down under the burning sun into Wadi Kelt, opposite the Jordan valley, where Jesus almost certainly had his encounter with the devil for 40 days after his baptism in the river.

    In this most inhospitable of places we meet a local shepherd bringing his flock up the path. On seeing us the sheep freeze, not sure whether we are safe to pass. With one small nod and sound from the shepherd they scuttle past, secure that they know the sound of the shepherd’s voice.

    I couldn’t help but think of Jesus words, ‘my sheep hear my voice and they follow me’. Do I know his voice as well as those sheep do their shepherd?

    So many kairos moments from Jerusalem, to Bethlehem, to the Jordan, to
    Nazareth and Capernaeum, and back to Jerusalem for Jesus final days.

    With Bob’s rabbi-like exposition of the scriptures under any nearby olive tree, we saw with fresh eyes the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus the man,

    Jesus the prophet,

    Jesus the miracle-worker,

    Jesus the teacher,

    and


    Jesus the Messiah.

    We met with God powerfully in the upper room, where the Holy Spirit was
    poured out. Not the same building but exactly the same location. And then to discover that it was probably the home of John Marks family, the place the soldiers would first have come looking for Jesus before his arrest, the same place that Peter returns to when he was later released from prison.

    It was a wealthy home and almost certainly the location of the last supper, and Jesus’ oikos / base when in Jerusalem.

    So many stunning connections between the biblical narrative, cultural and
    historic insights, and archaeological evidence made the pilgrimage truly
    remarkable. We talk a lot about the ways of Jesus, and this trip brought them incredibly alive.

    I can’t recommend highly enough the experience of going with Bob Rognilien (author of Empowering Missional Disciples, and A Jesus Shaped Life) on ‘The Footsteps of Jesus experience’. It seemed like a lot of money before we went. When my wife Jenny and I returned we said ‘that was incredible value’.

    14 days of intense experience and insight to the life of Jesus. It was the trip of a lifetime for anyone who wants to know and love Jesus more completely.
    Check out future trips, availability and costs here .


  • When church happens with apples.

    At times, it’s easy to get so caught up in running, administering and leading a church, we can miss the chance to see the fruit of what is happening around us.

    From Cambridge to Newcastle, Coventry to Edinburgh there are people on the ground, spreading the love of Jesus in their missional communities.

    We know that it’s not about numbers, data, or results. 

    It’s about people. 

    People are messy, hard to predict and don’t fit into our neatly packaged ‘church’. 

    It’s as we see our missional communities grow, and people sharing the love of Jesus in every single area of their lives, that we see lasting growth which matures and develops.  Growth which isn’t just a ‘flash in the pan’ 

    Where people build authentic community, people will be added to God’s kingdom. 

    We loved this story from a group in Cambridge, building church, slowly but surely over an apple press!

    One of our missional communities hosted an annual event in the car park of my home, which was apple pressing. There are apple presses available to community groups in Cambridge, and because the city is full of apple trees it’s a great opportunity to connect with friends and neighbours and invite them to do apple pressing!

    People are invited to bring apples and empty drinks containers and join in a fun production line, Children get involved by climbing apple trees in the back of my garden to pick the fruit, as well as helping with all the pressing aspects. 

    Adults get into conversations as they chop apples side by side, and people in the missional community bring cake for a 4pm tea break. This has gone on at the front of my house for 3 years. 

    Most recently, however, the missional community decided they’d like to host the event in their neighbourhood to better connect with people in their own locality. This was great, and I still got involved. In fact, one of the families who’d helped pick apples the previous year and who don’t regularly go to church not only came again, but helped me connect with others in my neighbourhood.

    Whether it be over an apple press or a football game, taking part in activities neighbours already love to do, is a great way to make new connections and build relationships with those you may otherwise never speak to.

    Church based events are brilliant, but often it’s when we, the church, move out of our four walls and simply join in with what’s already going on do we see the most fruit. 

    If you have a story to share with us, do get in touch.


  • Discipling the Generations: 12th November, Sheffield

    Our annual Leaders Day this November is going to be focusing on the theme of ‘Discipling the Generations’. 

    Monday 12th November, 9.30am-4pm at St Thomas’ Church Philadelphia, part of Network Church Sheffield

    We are excited that we have Matt Summerfield (Urban Saints), John and Joanne O’Connor, (Junction 42), Rich Atkinson (Rebuild) and Lynn Alexander (Children Families and God) joining us to help us think through how we both disciple different generations of people, as well as how we disciple all-generations of people together as one church.

    This event is open to anyone and we have space for plenty of people so come along with your colleagues, teams and friends!  Tickets are now available at www.buytickets.at/kx and we hope to see you there.


  • Introducing Modular Training

    From Nic:

    As I’ve been working with churches around the UK over the last 4 years, I’ve noticed that many leaders and churches are grappling with busyness, struggling budgets, multiple programmes, and high demand projects, but don’t feel they are being particularly effective in seeing lost people come to faith or in raising healthy and motivated disciples and leaders in the life of the church.

    The idea of growing communities of believers where discipleship is the air they breathe, mission the thing that gets them out of bed in the morning, and community the place where they find their most important extended family relationships – is a mere dream. The thought that these groups could also be the most fertile place for growing leaders for the future is a distant hope!

    Kairos Connexion supports leaders and equips churches to be effective in mission, discipleship, community and growing leaders. Our strapline is ‘raising missionary disciples’. Over the years we have developed numerous principles and practices that have blessed hundreds and hundreds of leaders across the UK.  We are now offering this same training through a ‘whole church, easy access, quick win, low cost’ approach.

    Join us for a taster days in either Cambridge or Liverpool to start this journey.

    Cambridge:  8th September,  1pm – 4pm

    Liverpool:  20th October,  9:30 – 12:30

    Contact admin@kairosconnexion.org or fill in our expression of interest form to find out more details about these events or to host a workshop in your area.


  • Typeform Data Breach – our response

    We suspect some data has been compromised in the Typeform breach.

    No personal data is affected.

    We were notified on Friday 29th June at 5:47pm that Typeform, a company we have used to collect survey results, has suffered a data breach. Our initial investigations confirm that no personal data has been compromised because the affected files did not collect any personal data.  We would like to reassure you that your personal data e.g. name, address, date of birth or bank details have not been affected by this data breach. We are currently reviewing our relationship with Typeform.

    The Kairos Connexion Team


  • Full-time Student Worker Post – Coventry

     

    One of the churches which is part of the Kx Midlands hub, Westwood Church, is recruiting for a full-time student worker and Form Discipleship year leader.

     

    Could it be you?

     

    Click the image for more info.

     


  • Kx Privacy Policy

    So, along with every other organisation you’re connected to in the EU, we’ve updated our data privacy notice in line with the new GDPR regulations.  If you’re interested in reading it you can find it here.

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  • From “surviving” to “thriving” in business: Kx Special Offer

    Brandon Schaefer from Five Capitals is coming to the Kx North West Hub on September 14th & 15th. The Kx hub leaders recently spent some time with Brandon and found his input extremely helpful.

    This is how Five Capitals describe what they do:

    What does it look like to consistently live out a life that’s integratedfull, and impactful? It starts with our priorities, how we view them and live them out. To help participants assess and sort out the 

    priorities of life – we help them discern the “capital” they have in their life. Where do they have time, resources, insights, experiences, relationships to invest to truly and intentionally go after what they desire for their life?

    You can find out more on their website www.fivecapitals.net

    More details about programme and how to book are coming soon, but it will include a focus on business leaders and entrepreneurs and being a disciple in the workplace.

    If you can’t get to the event in September or if you want to get into some of Brandon’s teaching before then, he has let us know about a 5-week webinar series on ‘The Four Essentials of Business’ which is starting next week on Thursday 3rd May. Click here for a flyer with more details.  Brandon has given Kx subscribers a gift – if you sign up and use the code “ThriveWithEssentials” you will get a $75 discount. 


  • Small Groups leading to BIG change

    When we move past the theory, what does it look like to live out the great commission wherever we are?

    Nic writes on the Great Commission website about growing a city-reaching movement.


  • Nic Writes: #1in1000

    Reaching a whole town or city with the gospel. Saturating a place with good news. Completing the great commission where I live. If any of these thoughts excite you then you’ll be pleased to know that a number of places are beginning to ask the questions ‘what might that look like round here?’

    As I’ve had the opportunity to explore and experiment with some of these ideas in the Liverpool city region in recent years, I’ve been asked to input to a number of other places – specifically Chester, Ipswich, Newcastle and Basingstoke this term.

    What would it look like if in 10 years in your place everyone knew someone whose life had been transformed by Jesus? What if every neighbourhood had a small group of Christians living out life together, praying for their streets, practically blessing their neighbours, finding the people of peace, creating pathways to faith, and producing disciple-makers?

    What if we did this so that everyone knew where to get spiritual bread, to get practical help, and to find Jesus? What if we multiplied these groups so that there was one missional expression of church (an MC in our language) for every 1000 people (#1in1000)?

    This is our dream for seeing people and places transformed by the gospel.

    Here’s a bunch of 15+ of those kind of Christians in Liverpool who are praying and plotting to do just that for their neighbourhood. Current plans for the next couple of months include:

    • helping a neighbour with an overgrown garden.
    • continuing to befriend the night-time security guard who watches a particular footballer’s mum’s house in our street.
    • serving and blessing the local catholic primary school in our street (flapjacks for the receptionist so far).
    • taking round bunches of daffodils for the women in our street over the mother’s day weekend and inviting their families to the Easter service.

    What could it look like round your way? 


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