Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Partnering with the Catalyst network

From a quick reading of Colossians 4v7-18 we can easily see the warmth of relationships between the Apostle Paul, his delegates & the churches he was working with. The words are ones of fellow workers, friends and beloved family members of God’s household. What was true for them is also something for us to pursue.
As pastors, we have always looked to Terry Virgo as a modern day apostle (he founded Newfrontiers). Now in his 70’s, Terry recognised other apostles who serve the UK and asked us to consider relating to one of them. For the past 2 years we have been working this out and felt joined to David Devenish who leads the Catalyst network of Churches (also part of Newfrontiers).

David has set out four words that capture the distinctive of the Catalyst network, and they resonate well with us:  

Word: the Bible as our Final authority; Defines what we believe & how we are to live. Equip people to enjoy it for themselves; To see & treasure the gospel in it and to communicate it relevantly.

Spirit: Holy Spirit empowered lives; Making room for His Voice, Presence & Gifts;  Looking for His activity in the Church, our Communities, the Nations.

Church:  Pursuing NT Church life; God’s Family & warm relationships; Serving one another & reaching out.

Mission: Being a Blessing to every part of society; Deploying our skills & passions for the Common Good;  Bringing the Good News of Jesus & Salvation; Especially to the unreached.
I have personally known David for 8 years, have been to his home and he to mine (his wife Cilla weeded our back garden!). He has preached in Reading and I have travelled to Crimea, Dubai and Turkey with him. We have partnered with him in St Petersburg by supporting Dave and Hanna Henson. 
Scott, Richard and I are delighted to be part of his apostolic sphere.

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