What makes Terry Virgo tick? Relational, evangelistically relevant churches

Terry Virgo has posted the first of a series of videos looking at the seventeen values that have helped to shape his ministry over the years. They are expressed as what kind of churches he has been trying to plant and establish. The goal is therefore that a Newfrontiers church will reflect each of these values.The first value is: ‘A gospel-preaching church that is loving, righteous in its lifestyle, involved in world mission and reaching the unsaved in its community by both public and p … [Read more...]

Confluence Reformed Charismatic Blog launches today

Today is a big day. An exciting brand new blog has been born. Confluence aims to be a meeting place where the reformed, charismatic, and missional streams coalesce. If like me you, "want it all" then this blog should immediately be added to your reading list. You can subscribe to it today by RSS or by email on the blog itself. It's posts also appear on Twitter and I have added the feed to my list of Newfrontiers Twitterers.I have had a sneak preview of some of what is coming, and like it … [Read more...]

Tope Koleoso interview and your invitation to the Autumn 300 Conference

This autumn we are running another 300 conference here in Enfield, London. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will have seen me speak of my love for my home church. I joined Jubilee back in 1995, and for the first 10 years we experienced the challenges of being a slow growing church plant. They were good years, and years when deep friendships were formed within an emerging leadership team. We learnt a lot together, but although we did hold onto promises from God, we would not … [Read more...]

Ed Stetzer’s research on Transformational Churches

If, like me, you are fascinated by the work that has gone into Ed Stetzer and Thom Rainer's latest book Transformational Church then the following video will give you a relaxed, longish presentation on just what they have been getting up to: … [Read more...]

Church in Vienna a guest post from James Devenish

Today's post comes from a church planting buddy of mine, James Devenish, the pastor of International Chapel of Vienna.I love doing what I do – it is a great privilege and very humbling to preach the Gospel. I pastor an International church.Vienna is a great city – steeped in history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and famous for wonderful classical music. A night out in Vienna is to don a collar and tie and take in a concert – a lot different from eating a Kebab from “Greasy Sid’s” on the way … [Read more...]

TOAM10 – Interview on Church planting in Australia

Pete Brooks leads the Pacific Rim team of Newfrontiers and Grace City Church in Sydney. He speaks in this video about the challenges and rewards of planting on the opposite side of the world, even though Australia was where he was born and raised. Pete was a great person to interview and I am sure that this story will thrill you, inspire you, and make you ask the important question before you rush into a church plant: am I SURE that this is what God wants me to do? Pete also talks about an … [Read more...]

Terry Virgo: "apostolic" vs. "missional"

Today's video may challenge some of your preconceptions. In it Terry Virgo is asked if there is a difference between being apostolic and missional. In it he argues that the main task of apostles was not to write Scripture, and says that most Evangelicals today have only been taught to obey the Bible as individuals and not to obey what it says about the church.from Jubilee Church on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

TOAM10 – We have the mind of Newfrontiers or "Brussels, anyone?"

One of the minor little things that stuck with me at TOAM was a phrase that appeared at the end of each of the video clips they showed on our values. "Who is Newfrontiers? You are." The truth is that Newfrontiers has always been more decentralized than many movements, and at the same time it is well-known for central strong anointed leadership. There is something of a paradox there, and it means that in some ways no one person can speak for the whole of the movement. We used to joke in the … [Read more...]

Newfrontiers Church plant in New Delhi

A year ago at Together On A Mission I interviewed Samir and Jackie who at the time were preparing to move to New Delhi to lead a church plant there for Newfrontiers. I always intended to share the video here, but a whole year goes past so quickly! Now that the plant is up and running (and next week they are running a week of prayer and fasting for this baby church), I thought this would be a great time to finally show you the video. This couple are heroes of mine, and I missed sitting next to … [Read more...]

Why your church doesn’t feel like family

Mark Driscoll is at his very best in the following clip. Ever wondered how family and mission entwine, especially in a growing church where you don't know anyone? Ever wished for more intimacy and a greater relational feel in your church? Ever felt neglected and rejected in your church? Ever felt like your church was not your home? Watch this clip and be prepared to be blown away. I love the way he begins: Family is a category of relationship that the world knows nothing about. What's better … [Read more...]