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Pioneer CONFERENCE 2019

I don’t go too many conferences each year although sometimes I feel like I could spend my whole year doing nothing but go to meetings and conferences. So the ones I do go to had better be worth it, right? When you live in Sweden an end of September conference in Malaga is an excellent reason to go. Swapping autumn for summer for a few days was a pleasant experience and being able to eat outside late into the night was a treat. The second and more important reason was…

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What Betsy Willis taught me about being a family of churches

Back in the 90s the expression ‘a family of churches’ was supposed to express something different. We weren’t a denomination like the fusty Baptists or the liberal Methodists. We weren’t a State or national church like the poor old CofE. But we also weren’t a ‘network’ like those business-obsessed Americans. No, we (and by we I mean Newfrontiers) were a family of churches. Now even the FIEC in the UK call themselves a family of churches, so it can hardly be described as cutting edge anymore. When I grew up…

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Church planting in Europe

At the end of September I was privileged to be at one of my favourite conferences. I don’t go to many but this is my favourite. For one it was held in Malaga, so while Sweden was fast heading into a cold and wet autumn, for a few days I got to go back to summer. Malaga is also a beautiful city, with ancient Roman ruins, a marina full of expensive yachts, the castle & cathedral. It’s definitely worth a visit. But nice as the weather and location was, I’d…

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Courage Conference

The reason I was in London was to be at our Relational Mission leadership conference. the theme was courage. It represented a step change for us as a family of churches. It was a move away from the provincial heartland in East Anglia to the heart of London. This I think indicates in a powerful way that we are committed to reaching the whole nation and the nations, London being one of the most diverse cities on the planet. Practically, it made getting there and being there, so much easier. It…

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The Curiosity Index (29.03.2018)

Children’s crusades I think Alan Jacobs is an incredibly astute observer & commentator and well worth reading. One clever little speciality of adult humans works like this: You very carefully (and, if you’re smart, very subtly) instruct children in the moral stances you’d like them to hold. Then, when they start to repeat what you’ve taught them, you cry “Out of the mouths of babes! And a little child shall lead them!” And you very delicately maneuver the children to the front of your procession, so that they appear to be…

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Relational Mission: A compass but no map

This is the final (in a long-delayed) series of posts on Mike Betts’ book Relational Mission: A way of life. The final chapter is called We have a compass but no map. You can find links to the other articles here. A real family Raising sons & daughters Everyone a witness The prayers of many A church for a broken world Starting new families This last chapter is a less a conviction about church or the work of the Kingdom than it is about the mystery & challenge of getting there. I’ll let Mike…

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A family of churches

Everyone has their own language they use to describe context and church is no different. Some of these words are better than others, some have history, some find their roots in more contemporary society. ‘Denomination’ is a good example of the former and ‘network’an example of the latter. When I talk of the connections Grace Church has, I try and use the language of family. We do not belong to an organisation and we pay no subscription fee. We are not bound by a confession, we are not connected by…

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Baltic Pioneers

So as the summer holidays recede into the rear view mirror it is helpful to reflect on some of the things that happened before ploughing ever onward into the busyness of autumn. One of the highlights was a short camp we went to in Latvia. Hosted by our friend Matt Medd, it was a gathering of church planters from across Scandinavia and the Baltic nations and their friends and families each one connected to the Relational Mission family of churches, which is part of Newfrontiers. There were about a hundred people all told at the beautiful…

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