8th March 2017
When is Enough Enough?
Enough was enough when my little sister ate a whole box of 12 large cream eclairs at one sitting!
Enough was enough when Jesus cried ‘ it is finished’ before His final breath on the cross.
But ‘Enough’ will not be enough prayer until Jesus returns to wrap-up life on earth as it is and usher in life on the new earth as He promised.
Three times a year the ‘Enough’ half-nights of prayer run throughout the Relational Mission family of churches in the UK and overseas to call on God to act decisively in this world and in the lives of people we know who need Him, whether they realize it yet or not.
We’re going to keep calling on God like the persistent widow Jesus spoke of ‘to teach us to pray and not give up’.
‘Enough’ is not yet enough!
For further details about the Enough event on Friday 17th March, go to http://www.relationalmission.com/enough/when-where
Posted by Peter Vincent
22nd February 2017
Last weekend Miriam and I went to the Sent conference in Norwich. It was one of the best conferences I’ve been to for a long time and as I’ve raved about it to numerous people, they’ve asked me: "Why was it so good?"
I reckon it was sooo good because of three things:
1. It opened my eyes to all that God is doing not just in the UK but across the world.
There is something wonderfully faith-building about being part of a family churches which is bringing God’s Kingdom into towns, cities and villages in many nations across the world. It’s a bit like climbing a hill or a mountain focusing on walking the path in front of you taking one step at a time. Going to Sent was like stopping, turning around, and admiring the view.
Seeing the breadth of what God is doing is truly awe-inspiring and it makes the situations I’m facing seem very small.
2. Being part of a wider family.
Anyone who has been to King’s Church in Norwich will know that the catering is top quality but what really made the meals memorable was the conversation. Half the tables were given specific interest topics such as the prophetic, God at work or visual media. This led to meaningful conversations, which has mean that meaningful connections have been made which I’m sure will continue for years to come.
3. Personal transformation.
Working for the Church means I’m in my fair share of ministry times but during the sessions at Sent I felt God speak to me and deal with me more clearly and powerfully than I’ve had for a long time. I think this was in part due to being in the context of a relational family but also due to the fantastic worship and having teams of prophets present.
All in all I think that this conference will impact me for years to come. I’d recommend it to anyone who can get there!
If you ask me in person, I’m sure I’ll rave about it more!
For talks and more info about Sent then check out www.wearesent.net
Posted by Pete Williams
13th June 2016
‘British Christianity isn’t dying. It’s sleeping. Evangelism can awaken it.’
This was the title of an article published in the Daily Telegraph this last week that was also quoted as part of the opening preach at the Relational Mission Leadership Conference. The resounding message from the secular press and Christian leaders is that the church isn’t dead but poised for growth. How will this happen? By each one of us taking hold of the great commission’s call to live as Christ’s witnesses each day.
Posted by Pete Williams
7th June 2016
Last week the staff team and some key leaders attended the 'Relational Mission Leadership Conference' in Norwich and I wanted to take this opportunity to express what a brilliant and significant week it was.
Before I breifly review the week, if you don't know much about Relational Mission (RM) then let me explain.
In 1979 Terry Virgo founded 'Newfrontiers', a family of Churches relating to one another with the same DNA, vision and values that we, here at CCBS, have been a part of since day one. Terry led the movement in an incredible way and in 2011 this family of churches consisted of over 800 different churches from 50 different nations. However it was at this stage, in 2011, that Terry decided the time was right to tansition Newfrontiers into the next stage of its journey. This process meant taking it from one single apostolic family, led by him, to multiple families of churches led by men Terry recognised as having an apostolic ministry. Mike Betts who leads RM was one of those recognised as having an apostolic ministry.
This is when RM was born, and so whilst we are still part of Newfrontiers, which has grown to what now consists of over 1500 different churches in 70 different countries, we have our own immediate family that we at CCBS now relate to. A short video has been produced to help explain this process in a visual way and you can watch it here.
RM has been on a journey to establishing itself and in the last two years, since their first Leadership Conference in 2014, it has grown, not just numerically, by in its clarity and vision. For me as I spent a few days at the Leadership Conference, it felt very much like RM was maturing and starting to find its feet as a family of churches. There are several fruitful initiatives that are now being run such as Enough and Everyone a witness and there are stronger and stronger relationships being built amongst the people and the churches, something we are experiencing with Cambridge, Harlow and Braintree for example.
For me the highlight of the week wasn't a specific talk or seminar but rather being inspired and encouraged by being together with both our staff team and with fellow brothers and sisters in Christ from the different churches within RM. It was great to worship with people from across the UK and the world and at one point we even worshipped our Saviour in Dutch!
So what does this mean for us at CCBS? Well I want to encourage you to do two things:
Firstly, in the coming weeks the recordings from the conference will be online here and I would encourage you to listen to the main sessions and especially those by Mike Betts on the Wednesday and the Saturday. These were key messages and ones that will help you catch more of the vision and flavour of Mike and RM.
Secondly I want to encourage you to buy the book 'Relational Mission: a way of life' which has been written by Mike as blueprint for RM and as a way of communicting the vision and values in a simple and effective way. Rev Paul MaConochie from the 3D churches movement called this book a 'manifesto for the 21st Century Church which is invaluable' and having started it this week I would fully agree with this comment.
We have several copies on sale from the office for just £5 or you can buy the book online here.
For more information about RM you can visit their website or chat to any of the leaders within CCBS.
Posted by Nic Lines