1. 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? 

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

    Hosted by Kx & Grow Central at Westwood Church Coventry

    What is it?

    A 2-day Community of Practice for experienced practitioners and church leaders with teaching, dialogue and reflections from Alan Hirsch, Rich Robinson and the Kairos Connexion team. We will be exploring the dynamics of building a movement of mission in our churches and other arenas of influence. As we embark on our 2018 Community of Practice we’ll be exploring together the 6 strands of missional DNA as we journey through what is, what could be and what will be. We’ll be thinking about what it means for us to be both missional and movemental in our local contexts, our wider regions and our nation. Using 3DM language we’ll be trying to unpack what it means for us to be red hot centres of mission so that we can see increasing missional expressions of church in our towns and cities. Bring your team and come and explore with us.

    Who is invited?
    • Kairos Connexion family churches
    • Church leadership teams who have been part of a 3DM or Kx Learning Community/Community of Practice.
    • Experienced practitioners who are leading out of the values of missional discipleship within the UK
    MEET OUR SPEAKERS
    Alan Hirsch

    Alan Hirsch is the founder of 100MovementsForge Mission Training Network, and Future Travelers.  Alan is also founder of 5Q Collective and resident coach and consultant with the team. Known for his innovative approach to mission, Alan is widely considered to be a thought-leader and key missions strategist for churches across the Western world. Hirsch is the author of 5Q: Reactivating the Original Intelligence and Capacity of the Body of Christ, The Forgotten Ways; co-author of The Shaping of Things to Come, ReJesus and The Faith of Leap (with Michael Frost); Untamed (with Debra Hirsch); Right Here, Right Now (with Lance Ford): On the Verge (with Dave Ferguson); The Permanent Revolution (with Tim Catchim).

    Rich Robinson

    Rich is the Director of 5Q Collective, the training arm of 5Q, which is part of the 100M family. He also leads Catalyse Change, which provides training & coaching for church leaders and other organizations to equip and enable them around discipleship, leadership, mission and multiplication. Over the past 10 years he has led pioneering work using 3DM tools & training across Europe, Australasia and Canada. Locally, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he works for Cairn, a ministry working with churches in the Celtic lands, training them to recapture discipleship & mission at the heart of their culture and practice.

    What are the timings of the event?

    We’ll start at 9:30am on Wednesday 7th February and finish by 4pm on Thursday 8th February.  There will be an evening social event on the Wednesday evening from 8pm.

    How can I book in my team?

    Follow this link to our Eventbrite page and book in your team. Early bird tickets with a 10% discount are on sale until 31st December so don’t miss out.

  3. Launching in 2018: Kx Training Webinars

    In partnership with Elim training we are pleased to announce the launch of a series of three training webinars across 2018 for church leaders wanting to develop missional discipleship in their church.

    These webinars have been designed to help church leaders to train their key leaders and teams in developing the missional, discipleship and leadership culture in their churches.  Participants are invited to gather a team in their local setting on these 3 Saturday mornings in 2018 to watch and participate in the webinar.  Included in the cost is a place for the Senior Leader in an 8 session online Coaching Huddle with an experienced Kx practitioner, which will help you to embed the principles you learn into your local setting.

    Church leaders are encouraged to then work out how to to apply and process the training content in a way that makes best sense for your local context.

    Places are limited and are at a cost of £310* per church for the full 12 months.  If you would like to find out more email admin@kairosconnexion.org.

    The Webinars will take place over Zoom (free to download and use) and will run from 9:30am – 12:30pm on Saturdays 20th January, 19th May and 29th September on the following 3 themes.

    1 ‘Missional culture’ 20th January

    Learn how to use the disciple-makers journey tool to help your members identify people of peace and invite them on a journey of discipleship. Gain understanding of how to help your small groups identity their missional focus and vision and find tools to sharpen your own practice as a missionary.

    2 ‘Discipleship culture’ 19th May

    You will learn how to help all your members become learners, disciples. You will discover the four discipleship spaces and how to apply them to your small groups.

    3 ‘Leadership culture’ 29th September

    You will grow in experience of the most effective leadership disciple making tools. You will begin to grow your leadership pipeline.

     

    We highly recommend the training takes place in a location which has a reliable internet connection, and where participants can comfortably see the screen.

    To register your interest please email us on admin@kairosconnexion.org


    *Cost breakdown:

    Webinars – £50 per church team (one screen) per webinar = total of £150 for the year
    Coaching – £20 per coaching session per senior leader (or per screen if couple leading together). 8 sessions planned excluding August = total of £160
    Grand total of £310 per year per church or £300 if all paid in advance.
    Can be paid in lump sum or in monthly instalments

  4. 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.

     

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

     

  10. 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!

     

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