A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the “induction” of my friend Steve Morris as Vicar of Saint Cuthbert’s church in London’s North Wembley. It all started about 11 years ago, when Cath, a member of our congregation who was working for the Morris’ was having a conversation about spiritual things with Steve’s wife Christine, and invited her to a church service at Every Nation London. Christine came and when she got home said to Steve “you should come”. Steve famously replied:“I’ll come, but only if nothing changes!”
Well he did come, and encountered something / Someone who grabbed all his attention. After a season of seeking through the services, Connect Groups, and one-on-one’s, Steve surrendered his life to Christ as Lord and Saviour!
Along the journey of growing as a disciple, one day Steve asked me for suggestions for further study, and I pointed him to a summer apologetics course run by RZIM in Oxford. Soon Steve made a commitment to leave his lucrative business career and had signed up for the whole year course, which then turned into a full commitment towards ordination in the Anglican church, and now he is vicar at St Cuthbert’s!
Of course so much more has changed than just his vocation, and as I stood in the service seeing the whole Morris family involved – Christine and the girls leading passionate worship, and Steve being inducted – I could not help but thank God for Cath being sensitive and bold to simply say: “Come to church and see…”
Thanks Cath for starting a spiritual conversation, and for inviting Christine. Jesus still changes everything!
Posted: March 13, 2015 in Uncategorized
Yesterday while enjoying the great city celebrating Al’s 50th birthday. I bumped into this hero, Robert Raikes (14 September 1736 – 5 April 1811). He was an English philanthropist and Anglican layman, noted for his promotion of Sunday schools. That may not seem like something significant to everyone, but this pre-dates state schooling and by 1831 1,250,000 children were being schooled through what he started. This is seen as the first schools of the English state school system. Search his name and be inspired by his story…
I am privileged to represent our Europe region on our Every Nation International Apostolic Team, meeting recently in Istanbul Turkey. What a strategic city to strategise and pray for the #everynation vision!
#everynation We have EN churches in the darkened nations on this map
View over Istanbul, Europe’s largest city
Its a privilege to serve with these leaders on our IAT
The Hagia Sophia. Build as a church in 500AD, then a Mosque, now a museum, soon to be mosque again…
Roger Pearce my running mate..
Wrestling against mighty weapons…
Another Board meeting…
Turkish coffee break on our early morning run…
The other side of the city…
City of domes…
What a pulpit!
Pastor Russ Austin unveiling our new strategy for raising leaders – NOT!
Posted: February 16, 2015 in Uncategorized
As Part of our “The Art of Loving Well” series we are joining the “40acts” Lent initiative for 40 days starting on Wednesday 18 Feb, until Easter. Here’s how to join the adventure:
- Browse the 40acts website to familiarise yourself with the initiative (its very simple!)
- Sign up to get your daily act emailed to you every morning
- Start doing your daily generosity act from Wednesday 18th, and see what God does as you do it!
Go here to www.40acts.org.uk for all the details and sign-up.
Use #40ACTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA to join the community. and use #40actseverynation to connect to your London church family.
- …let us not love with WORDS only but with ACTIONS and IN TRUTH. – 1 John 3:18
- Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven – Matt 5:16
- Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven – Matt 5:16 (The Message)
Posted: February 1, 2015 in Uncategorized
This annual event is a unique opportunity to receive powerful teaching and ministry into areas of your life where you may be struggling and trying to break through. This is a key part of our Discipleship journey and we encourage all to attend at some point. The dates are 21 & 22 February, and you can see more details here.
Also watch this 2-minute promo video with some testimonies below, and sign up online here – it’s going to be epic!
This past Sunday was our Vision Focus Sunday in all our London congregations.
Vision is a huge deal for any group of people who are trying to do something together. If you are part of any of our London congregations, and you missed last Sunday, please do check out your congregations Vision Focus message on our website here.
I had the privilege of sharing at the Hammersmith congregation what we believe “the Spirit is saying to the church in this next season. I am SO pumped and excited and expectant for what is happening in the church. I invite you to “read the vision, and run with it.” This is going to be an amazing God-adventure year!
Listen to the audio version here:
Or the video below: