Vision

A new year and a new season

For the last 10 years or so we’ve been engaged with Pioneer Mission Church planting here in Somerset and across Britain. It’s been an amazing journey so far with lots of joys and challenges. There has been much to thank God for but also in the last year or so much to ponder as we’ve sensed the Lord asking us to consider the long term sustainability of what we are doing.

As you probably know (although it’s not something we’ve really communicated!) for the last 11 years we have been ‘living by faith’. We’ve learned how to be thankful whether we’ve had a lot or nothing. As we’re not employed or receiving a wage for the Church planting work we are doing we often don’t know how our financial needs will be met. Sometimes through a generous gift we might have enough for a few weeks and at other times we haven’t known where our next meal is coming from. Through it all though we can testify to God’s great and at times surprising provision. It’s with this same trust in God that we are now moving into a new season.

As our own family is growing and as the work we are involved in is growing we have sensed God leading us to consider a more planned approach to our fund raising efforts which will allow us to plan ahead more and meet the growing financial needs we face.

 

Communicating our financial needs to others is not something we are familiar with so we are definitely going forward with God’s help and grace in it all. We do believe that there are people who would like to support us in this way though so are putting the word out to people like you who know us and may be prompted by God to do so.

If you have any questions or would like more information about how to support us through a regular monthly gift then please get in touch through our contact page

Feeling Troubled…

We’re about to go away and spend 3 weeks in Australia with Catherine’s family.  It will be a great adventure for us as a family and a time to rest and recharge our batteries…I feel very troubled though…

I just spent a couple of days in Essex with people exploring simple/organic/missional communities (You can read more about that here) and we were reminded that Jesus isn’t interested in clever models, ideas and theories. He’s interested in immediate obedience to Him and raging compassion for people who are lost and oppressed by the Kingdom of darkness…

We watched a video together that records a vision that William Booth (Founder of the Salvation Army) had. You can watch that here

Jesus  fill us with your compassion for people and help us to follow your example of total obedience and surrender to the Father…

 

Stop chasing fads…

“A fad is any form of behaviour that develops among a large population and is collectively followed with enthusiasm for some period, generally as a result of the behavior’s being perceived as novel in some way. A fad is said to “catch on” when the number of people adopting it begins to increase rapidly. The behavior will normally fade quickly once the perception of novelty is gone”

(Wikipedia)

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Is anyone else sick of the latest fads?

You can package anything up and make it look like the latest novel idea. But it doesn’t last long. 

Jesus encountered ‘box ticking fad junkies’….

“Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God was coming, and he answered, “The Kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed, nor will they say, “Look here it is!” or “There it is!” For, in fact, the Kingdom of God is among you.”  (Luke 17:20-22)

People who call themselves followers of Jesus are running around chasing the latest fads. “Look here’s the magic programme for unlimited church growth….””There’s the conference that will answer all our questions…..”

We’re followers of Jesus for a reason. Hear and Obey Him.

So in our pursuit of the latest fads and answers let’s remember that the answer lies not “out there” but within…All around the world followers of Jesus are re-discovering that the Kingdom of God is among us. You don’t need to sex it up through slick performances and mass meetings. It quietly grows amongst obedient followers. The answer can’t be found in the professional guy up on the stage. It is found through the normal obedient followers of Jesus like us (if we’re prepared to endure!) The question is always “What is God asking you to do and when are you going to do it” We enjoy endless discussions about church because they take our attention off the fact that the Kingdom of God only advances when we obey! The great “Missional Conversation” is a great diversion from the simple act of hearing and obeying Jesus together. Over qualified leaders discussing over rated ideas. No thanks…

We’re meeting more and more people who are sick of the sexing up of the Gospel. It’s led to a diluted understanding of discipleship and a weak church. Maybe that’s why people think the Church of Jesus Christ is a joke…

Are you following fads or Jesus? Once the perception of novelty wears off – the people who are in it for themselves will still be sat in rows being spoon fed by the professional…

We are often asked about why we are doing what we doing. What people really mean is “Why don’t you go to Church on a Sunday morning anymore” Well we’re really not in love with some idea or model of Church. We’re just a normal family trying to obey Jesus and make Him known to the 98% of people around us who also didn’t go to Church this morning. We realised that rather than pointing the finger at others we needed to step out and do something ourselves…

How about you?

Climate Change

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Who wants to see a climate revolution? 

No I’m not talking about the weather! I’m talking about a transformation in the Spiritual climate in your region. Over the last few weeks I have been reflecting on the spiritual climate in the region of the UK where we live. 

It’s rare to find a hunger for prayer, a desire for obedience and a willingness to share the Gospel. We all know this but  who’s going to model and live out anything different? All our latest Consumer Christian Communities (some might call them Churches!) teach us that someone else will do it. The Evangelist will share the Gospel. The Church Planter will do something in the next town. The leader will make disciples etc etc etc I’ll just turn up on time each week and get fed from the front…

It’s interesting to read about the Apostle Paul. In amongst his beatings, sufferings, trials and missionary exploits he reminds people about what they should be doing…

“For this reason I sent you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ Jesus, as I teach them everywhere in every Church” (1 Corinthians 4:17) 

Note – Paul doesn’t refer people back to the latest Church manual, membership folder or 6 part teaching set from Mr Famous Christian. He reminds them about his way of life and his habits/practices.

Amazing things were achieved through the ministry of Paul and his band of brothers and sisters. But let’s not forget that it started in the transformation of his own life. 

Let’s take a look at ourselves – maybe the world and people around us are really a reflection of where our own lives are at?

Make a change today…