300 Leaders – Dave Devenish and Mike Betts

Yesterday I promised to blog about the two other speakers at the next 300 Leaders conference. Dave Devenish should be no stranger to regular readers of this blog, as I have serialised a chapter of his outstanding book Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission, and interviewed him. His is a remarkable man who gave up a successful career in international banking to serve Jesus. Content to minister alongside Terry Virgo, he has been a massive part of what God has been doing through Newfrontiers for … [Read more...]

Apostles today? Part Four – What do they look like in practice?

The following post is from Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission by David Devenish, copyright 2011 reproduced with permission from Authentic Media.Those who are recognized as apostles by particular church networks are sometimes accused of making themselves equivalent to Paul or Peter, but this is not the case. In the similar context of prophets today, Jack Deere says: It is simply not reasonable to insist that all miraculous spiritual gifts equal those of the apostles in their intensity or … [Read more...]

Apostles today? Part Three – Witnesses of the resurrection?

The following post is from Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission by David Devenish, copyright 2011 reproduced with permission from Authentic Media.Witnesses of the Resurrection?What then about the claim that to be an apostle someone must have seen Jesus in his resurrection? This assertion is based on 1 Corinthians 9, where Paul is justifying his apostleship to a church that was beginning to question it. Paul there makes a series of four assertions of his apostleship to the Corinthian church: … [Read more...]

Apostles today? Part Two – Do Ephesians 4 ministries continue?

The following post is from Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission by David Devenish, copyright 2011 reproduced with permission from Authentic Media.Only Some of the Ministries Continue Today?We now turn to the third view: that the gifts of the Holy Spirit still continue today, but not the gift of the apostle. This view acknowledges that all five ministry gifts of Ephesians 4:11 were given by the ascended Lord Jesus to the church at the beginning, but contends that not all of those gifts … [Read more...]

Are there apostles today? A series by Dave Devenish

The following post is from Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission by David Devenish, copyright 2011 reproduced with permission from Authentic Media.Many years ago, my wife and I were leading a walking holiday in the Lake District (a beautiful region of northern England) with the youth group in our church. We had been joined by a lad, a friend of one of our young people, who had no previous knowledge of Christianity and certainly not of Christian jargon.We held Bible studies each evening and … [Read more...]

Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission – Restoring the role of the apostle in today's church

With the recent launch of some absolutely seminal books from men that I love and respect, and the imminent commencement of the final Together On A Mission conference, I am sure you can forgive me for this prolonged focus on the distinctives that mark the movement of churches I am thrilled to be a part of. I will be back to discussing things reformed more generally eventually I am sure!At various points along the way in this blog I could have been accused of focussing for long periods on all … [Read more...]

TOAM10 – Dave Devenish on scattering

Gods purposes fulfilled through scattering. "Now those who had been scattered traveled as far as..." Acts 11:19ffDave was encouraged by a prophecy during the worship, "The greatest scattering is now before us. Together to be scattered for Gods glory."When God is about to initiate a major move forward, he does lots of things at the same time to prepare them for that. He arranged for Moses to be found by Pharaoh's daughter, when there had been persecution. When Jesus came God had arranged that … [Read more...]

TOAM08 – David Devenish – A Call to the Nations (Jeremiah 1)

I was getting tired last night, so I devoted more of my attention to being personally impacted by this message and less to typing. Thus, these notes will probably be shorter than some of the other sessions, which is probably just as well!Last night's main session was taken by David Devenish. Dave is based in Woodside Church, Bedford, UK. He is working with many churches in Russia and the Ukraine, and preparing churches and individuals for world mission. He has written the books, Setting People … [Read more...]


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