At Every Nation London we have a God-dream this year, which is to “share the amazing life-changing message of Jesus with more people than ever before, both individually and as a church.” (You can listen to me sharing our Vision Focus here.)
Vision has the potential to be a very powerful thing. But it’s not an easy thing to execute.
January is over. How’s the vision you or your organisation had for this year going?
Recently I have been doing a fair amount of processing about vision, because at Every Nation London we have just had our annual “Vision Focus Sunday” where we share what the elders and pastors sense that the Spirit is saying to the church for the next season. It’s not a new mission (because we are very clear about that), but a focus on a particular area that is on God’s heart for us to move His mission forward through the church.
Casting a clear and compelling vision is one role a leader cannot delegate, and fulfilling a vision is something no leader can do on their own. Envisioning people is a great skill that ultimately gets everyone on board owning the vision as if it was their own.
Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision, and make it clear, so that those who read it, will run with it. – Habakkuk 2:2
But once a clear and compelling vision is cast, I have noticed that there are at least 5 great threats to vision becoming reality: Continue reading “5 Threats to the Vision”
This is a BIG week as our Every Nation family around the world joins together for our first ever annual global fast!#ENfast2017
To help you get focused and inspired, I’ve compiled a collection of my thoughts about fasting from previous blog posts that I have done over the years. Hope they help!
- Also, be sure of course to download Pastor Jim Laffoon’s Devotional Guide for the week on “Knowing God” here
- Follow your Every Nation spiritual family around the world via #ENfast2017
So here are 15 helpings of food for thought for you as you fast!
(You can view or download the whole collection via the contents links below)
Here’s what on at Every Nation London this January for you…
“GET SET” – a preaching Series to help you position yourself for God’s GO for you in 2017
Every Nation Worldwide week of prayer & fasting – Mon 9- Fri 13th
As is our custom, we will again start this year with a week of prayer and fasting to commit ourselves to Christ and His cause. This year, however, our International Apostolic Team has led a new initiative whereby all our Every Nation churches from over 70 nations around the world will be fasting and praying together in the same week! #ENfast2017
Three actions for all of us:
- Choose your fast: When? From What?
- Download the Devotional Prayer Guide for the week here.
- Try to attend the church prayer meetings at The Hub that week as follows:
- For Women only – On Thursday 12th, 19.30 – 21.00
- For Men only – On Friday 13th, 19.30 – 21.00
- (Stratford & Slough on different dates)
2017 All Leaders Day, Sat 21st – Leaders, have you registered for this annual highlight event yet? Register here. (If you are unsure whether this applies to you, please speak to any of our staff to see if this is for you).
The Follow Course: Your opportunity to grow in knowing God and to strengthen your faith. Note the start of the next courses: (For Slough and Stratford congregations see here)
- Follow One starts Monday 23 Jan – Details & Register here
- Follow Two starts Monday 16 Jan – Details & Register here
- The next Follow Three will start in May
- The next Follow Course Graduation is on Sunday 22nd Jan.
Connect Groups – these launch from Sunday 15th – Find one near you here.
Vision Focus Sunday – 29th – God’s got some great plans for us in 2017!
SOME OTHER KEY DATES FOR YOU IN 2017
- Freedom Day – Sat 25 March – Details to follow at everynation.london
- Europe Campus Weekend, 3-5 March. Details here
- New Decisions Seminar, 20-24 April. Details here.
- GO Europe Leadership Summit, Krakow, 10-13 May. Details here. Registration opens late January.
- Men’s Weekend, Fri/Sat 9/10 June – Details to follow at everynation.london
My new “The Art of Loving Well” series called “How to Experience the Prodigal Love of God” premieres on TBN UK TV this Weekend from Friday 6 Jan!
When: Fridays 20.30 UK time, and repeated on Saturdays 15.30, for 8 weeks.
What’s it about: “How to Experience the Prodigal Love of God” is an exciting journey of 8 episodes following a man who one day made a life-changing decision when he decided “I will go back to my father” – join the journey and experience the Fathers extravagant love for yourself! It’s time for your restoration!
How to watch: In the UK on On FREEVIEW CHANNEL 65 / SKY CHANNEL 582
Anywhere in the world: Oline at https://www.tbnuk.org/live-streaming
And yes, I’m probably the first to preach barefoot in the TBN studio… but only from episode 7…
PREVIOUS SERIES NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND
You can view the previousThe Art of Loving Well series via the TNB UK website On Demand service, which only requires a simple registration here.
- Series One: “DateTalk” – For all non-marrieds of how to do relationships well (6 episodes)
- Series Two: “Changing your Relational Climate” – 7 key Relational skills that will cause flourishing n your relational environment. (8 Episodes)
This will help you GROW in 2017!
If you’re a Christian, you’ve heard these…
“Read your Bible every day”
“God speaks to you from the Scriptures”
“Meditate on the Word”
“Faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the Word of God”
These are just some of the many encouragements / instructions (or condemnations?) regularly heard in Christian circles. Yet from an anonymous “Hidden habits” survey we conducted in our London Hammersmith congregation a while ago, I realised again that the discipline and delight of a rich, regular, and meaningful daily interaction with God through Scripture is not the norm for many believers. I won’t bore you with the stats, but suffice to say that the answer’s given to the question “On average, how many days a week do you take a deliberate moment to read the Bible?” showed that many well-meaning believers struggle with this life-given habit. Sadly, Facebook seems so much more attractive that the Faithbook!
Pause: How would you personally answer that question right now?
From personal and pastoral experience, I believe that the habit of a regular rich meaningful interaction with the Bible is by far one of the mist important spiritual disciples for any disciple of Jesus, and is the major determining factor for a consistent and victorious faith walk through all circumstances of life.
So how does one do it? MY ANSWER: Don’t just “read” the Bible – “R.E.A.P” it!
Here are a few tips from me to help you get going or to revitalise a rich, regular devotional time with God:
Dear friends and readers, wishing you the very best over this Christmas season and as your prepare for the new year!
On our side, we have much to be thankful for in 2016, with a few highlights including: (I’ve added a collage of photos at the end of this post)
On a personal front,
- Ali & I celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary (In Mauritius!)
- Amy & Abby both thriving at university, with Amy now in her final year!
- In 2016 I took 34 flights and travelled to 12 different nations – most for ministry, some for adventure!
- New nations visited this year: Albania, The Netherlands, The Vatican & Mauritius.
- Other nations revisited: Italy, 3x to Austria, 2x to France, Germany, Ukraine, Turkey, Ireland, South Africa. (+Nothern Ireland & 2x to Scotland)
- And of course, I had a few important (snow) board and (paddle)board meetings too…
And on a ministry front… Continue reading “34 flights and more in 2016! A quick review…”