1. 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

     

  2. 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!

     

  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. Dragon’s Den Winners

     

     

    At the fourth gathering of the Liverpool and UK Learning Communities last month we held a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition where each team got to pitch to a group of Frontline Church business owners to take a share in a pot of money for a missional endeavour.  Here are the reports from the winning teams about what they’re going to spend the money on!

    Journey Communities, Bicester

    dragons den may 16 7“Our church, Journey Communities, is opening a specialty coffee shop as a business as mission. FLTR Coffee will be at the heart of one of the residential neighbourhoods in Bicester. At the core of this new coffee shop is a missional community with a vision for people to encounter life on earth as it is in heaven, and journey towards full life through relationships with God, his extended family, and their neighbours.
    Construction for the unit where FLTR Coffee will be located begins soon. We want to capitalise on the moment it is being built and get the word out to the locals. We plan to use the £1,000 to buy a coffee trike, as well as the equipment and product needed, to go throughout our estate meeting our neighbours, offering free coffee, and telling them about the new coffee shop. dragons den may 16 6A coffee trike will also allow us to promote the new shop at other local events leading up to its opening and be used to serve as another source of income that we can reinvest back into Kingdom mission.”
    Jeff Lothamer, Minister, Journey Communities

     

     


    Stoneycroft Salvation Army

    “Thank you so much for the award of £250 for The Meeting Place. The Meeting Place is our church’s first missional community. Its missional vision is: To be a community where people in recovery from addiction can make friends and meet with the God who transforms and heals and reach out in love and faith to others in recovery.

    dragons den may 16 5This MC has been running for 8 months now and during this time we have averaged around 18 – 20 men and women coming to every meeting. During this time it has been amazing to see how relationships have been developing, but one thing that has become apparent to us is the lack of safe social space for people in recovery to access. This is mainly because of the fact that alcohol is available in so many social spaces and the issue that most people in recovery find it difficult to make the time for safe social space because of attending AA support meetings nearly every day. Also due to the chaotic lives of many of the attendees, they are not able to organise something by themselves, at least at this point in their journeys.

    We feel that we are currently in a season of breakthrough with this group, and we know that with this investment we will be drawn in to a season of blessing as the group starts to grow more organically as community is truly formed amongst the members. We will be looking at arranging a day trip away and a meal for group members in settings that will help them to relax and enjoy time together outside of more structured meetings. Our prayer is that this time together will not only enable the members of The Meeting Place to experience social time but also that relationships will be deepened, and that people will come to know the Lord in a deeper way as experience his lavish and free generosity.

    In regards to the future, we plan on this being a kick start to us taking the initiative to finding more creative ways to bless the community, and we are going to seek to forge further links with our nearby Salvation Army hostel and other agencies that might want to partner with us in giving a much neglected and marginalised people group a fresh start to a life of dignity and hope.” – Territorial Envoys Craig and Gemma Gaudion, Church Leaders, Stoneycroft Salvation Army

     

    Wirral Christian Centre Church

    dragons den may 16 4“The dream is see Christian young people energised as a community to make a substantial and sustainable difference among 17-30s in Birkenhead. For the young people of Wirral Christian Centre in particular to be doing life together not solely for their own benefit, but to be growing as disciples who make disciples, radically changing the culture of the town and enabling young adults to journey into amazing futures with God.

    So, the plan is to enable the existing young adults community of the church to plan and to pray into being a ‘Night Church’ for Birkenhead. This would be a safe and welcoming Christian space of spiritual enquiry and encounter, which would serve and transform the night-time environment in the heart of the town. Starting one Friday a month (in partnership with the existing Street Pastors teams, and potentially with business owners we already know) we would develop a venue with a cafe space, a prayer space and a live music space – all designed to value those out during the night (and be a safe space for the vulnerable), and help them to explore what life with God could look like for them. This incredible and gracious grant would go towards equipping the ‘Night Church’ spaces (we have visited the pioneering space in Chester, and they have offered to consult with us on development), providing for running costs, and promoting the venture throughout the night-time economy of Birkenhead. We envisage this healthy rhythm of mission as an expression of a growing and vibrant community of young adults at WCC, and across the town…who knows what could be next as God’s kingdom comes in new and exciting ways to Birkenhead!” – Revd Greg Epton, Lead Pastor, Wirral Christian Centre Church

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