What is relational Christianity?

When I was just four I became a part of a family of churches that was subsequently called Newfrontiers. Terry Virgo was the founder of that group. One of our rallying calls was a call to "relational Christianity." This call is as relevant now as it has ever been. A few days ago Terry posted a couple of tweets about this: You are welcome to church life shaped & formatted by business psychology and procedure. I prize brotherly love and comradeship always!— Terry Virgo (@TerryVirgo) May 2 … [Read more...]

YOU are invited to our International Day to celebrate the goodness of God in London

This weekend we will be taking over the Lee Valley Athletics stadium and gathering the whole of Jubilee Church together at one time. We will be celebrating the way God has brought together in our one local church more than 70 nationalities. The video in this embedded Facebook post will help you get an idea of what the day will look like. If you are able to get to Enfield in North London this Sunday you will be very welcome to join us. If you like the video please share it on Facebook so your … [Read more...]

Are there apostles today?

I am nearing the end of my series on Strange Fire.  It may feel interminable for some, but believe me when I get the bit between my teeth, sometimes I keep at it a lot longer than I will have done on this!Today I turn to an argument that MacArthur uses against the charismatic movement. He takes some of the odd things some people say and do about the idea of apostles today and rightly rejects that. But again he fails to interact with more responsible groups who do believe in apostles today. … [Read more...]

In appreciation of Arnold Bell

This is going to be a personal post, mostly of relevance to my Newfrontiers family. But I am sure many of my readers who only know of us through these posts will find in this a glimpse into the warm, relational, family on a mission that is the group of churches I have been a part of for more than 40 years. It is not good to serve our Lord alone. I am thankful to God that I am part of a community which spans the globe. Perhaps God is calling you to join us if you don't already have a similar … [Read more...]

Today: Digital release of "Higher" by Phatfish

Today is the digital release of 'Higher' by Phatfish. It is available to purchase worldwide through a variety of sources including iTunes and Amazon.Watch the video of "And Can It Be" from 'Higher' and read my thoughts on the song. You can also visit Phatfish’s website to download the sheet music or learn about their other songs on their new album. … [Read more...]

Guest Post – Calling all Leaders

Calling All Leaders Written by Curt McCutchan Church leaders have an ongoing need for fresh inspiration in their active lives. As leaders we are constantly in need of renewed vision, training and equipping to lead others in new or better ways and rich times in God’s presence. Leaders also need good friendships that provide joy and strength to their hectic lives. It can be a challenge to find time and resources to get these accomplished. The Equipped For Mission (EFM) Leadership Conference o … [Read more...]

Guest post: Roadblocks to Being Charismatic by Terry Virgo

The Reformed, Charismatic & Missional conference, put on by Acts29 and Newfrontiers was a great success this year.  The speakers for the weekend included Terry Virgo, Jeff Vanderstelt and Eliot Grudem.  Confluence author Bryan Mowrey got a chance to sit down with each of these leaders and ask some questions a lot of people have been asking.In this video, Bryan speaks with Terry Virgo about roadblocks he has hit in helping people fully embrace charismatic gifts in life and leadership . … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A pioneering woman, pt 3

A pioneering woman, pt 3 By Claire MustersHere is the third part of my interview with Wendy Virgo.As you have both grown in your ministry, to the local church and internationally, has your understanding of any issues changed over the years? Have your approaches changed at all?I think that principles do not change, but the ways they are applied must be flexible. As we have got involved in church planting in other countries we have had to learn a lot about cross-cultural issues; we had … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A pioneering woman, pt 2

A pioneering woman, pt 2 By Claire MustersHere is the second part of my interview with Wendy Virgo.How did you juggle supporting your husband and being involved in ministry while you raised such a large family? What were the biggest challenges?Very early in our marriage, Terry and I redefined what we meant by “ministry”. Everything in our lives was to be seen as under the umbrella of serving God; there was no distinction between “sacred” and “secular”. So my ministry to God included loving … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A pioneering woman, pt 1

A pioneering woman, pt 1 By Claire Musters Wendy Virgo has always had a pioneering spirit. She married Terry in 1968 and they moved to a small town on the south coast called Seaford. At that stage, they had no idea that eventually the work that began there would spread to hundreds of churches in 60 nations around the world. I had the privilege of interviewing Wendy Virgo in the run up to the last Newfrontiers International Brighton Leaders’ Conference. I asked her about various different points i … [Read more...]