David Devenish Trip To Mongolia
Nov 05, 2013
Mongolia, although perhaps not too well known outside stories of Ghengis Khan, is one of the biggest, yet most sparsely populated countries in the world today. Placed between Russia and China, it sits in a great location. The capital, Ulan Bator, houses around 40% of the population, with many others in the countryside, often living in traditional Mongolian gers. In September, I had the opportunity to go visit this country for the first time, spending a week there with Malcolm Kayes and Tim Brown from the Coign Church, Woking.
One of the main reasons for my visit was to share the Ephesians 4 Ministries model with pastors in Mongolia. They had previously built to a "Pastor Model", but hadn't stressed the importance of Apostles, Prophets and Evangelists. They had had a visitor who suggested an Apostolic Model to them; however, it was regarded with some suspicion as the teaching seemed to imply an hierarchical rather than relationship-based model. However my teaching seemed to be well-received by the pastors I met and some certainly saw the need for all 5-fold ministries to function. We also took a leaders' conference on apostolic foundations and an open conference for in which I gave a big picture preach on the mission of God from Genesis right through to Revelation, and it only took three and a half hours! Malcolm Kayes taught on Hearing God's voice today.
Although it was a pretty packed schedule, we did manage to make it into the countryside for a day, visiting a ger. They have stayed the pretty much the same for centuries, except now they have one solar panel to work the satellite TV! It was in the ger that one of the highlights of the trip happened, as I was given a solid lump of clotted cream to eat straight off, and had a large bowl of fermented mare's milk to wash it down with, which I actually really enjoyed. We also went out to a Nature Reserve and saw the rare Pzewalski's Horses, which are still on the WWF's Red List, but has been reintroduced into the wild successfully.
Overall, it was a great trip, and I look forward to connecting more with Mongolia, and hopefully seeing an Apostolic Movement raised up there.
Catalyst Festival 2014
Nov 01, 2013
We’re pleased to announce that booking for next year’s Catalyst Festival (24-27 May 2014 at Stoneleigh Park) is now open.
The Catalyst Festival exists to empower us to make a difference in our workplaces, communities and nations. We believe God has called us to be a blessing in every part of our society, using our skills and passions to work for the common good. And we also believe God has called us to take the good news of Jesus Christ to the UK and the nations of the world.
So at next year’s festival we want to empower people to do that in three ways:
- Equipping - through great teaching from speakers such as David Devenish, Mike Pilavachi and Tope Koleoso.
- Encountering God - meeting with the Father, through the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Enjoying one another - spending time and sharing our gifts with each other.
As well as our main meetings there will be a whole range of activities in our Catalyst Zones and Festival Zones, with arts, music, sport, films and stimulating talks. And kids and youth have tailor-made groups meeting throughout the event.
Make sure you join our event on Facebookand follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates. And if you have any questions you can’t find the answer to on the website, feel free to drop us a line at .
We are so excited by what God did at the last festival, and can’t wait to see what 2014 is going to hold. We look forward to welcoming you to Stoneleigh Park next May!
The Catalyst Festival Team
Moscow - September 2013
Oct 31, 2013
In September, I had the privilege to visit Moscow for a Pastors Conference with Duncan Podbury and Al Gregory. In previous years during the summer, I have spoken at a Moscow region Bible Week but this time we decided to have a pastors' conference instead. I received requests to speak into some of the tough issues that Christian leaders in Russia are facing at the moment. I covered three major topics: How to Reach Post-Moderns, Reaching Muslims and Confronting Prejudices.
How to reach Post-Moderns is a big concern for Russian pastors, as the culture of younger people is changing at a rapid pace. Most of the Russian leaders there would have been converted post-1990, after Perestroika, and so for many this was a new experience for them to understand people who think differently. Reaching Muslims, was also an important topic as there was a tendency to see Muslims as the enemy, rather than the people who need Jesus. These issues, among others, were important when talking about Confronting Prejudices as I addressed how not to compromise on your beliefs and yet reach more people. This was explored as we discussed how to contextualise the gospel, as seen by Jesus, in the difference between his interactions with Jews and Samaritans. As well as this, the example of Paul in Athens, Ephesus and Lystra clearly show how we need to adapt the style of our message, whilst retaining the message itself, for many who are being reached in Russia today.
As well as this, Duncan preached on raising up the next generation of leaders which was a real challenge to many of the leaders who themselves were saved and took on leadership responsibility in their 20's, yet had not given sufficient thought to releasing those in their 20's in churches today and raising them up into leadership. As well as this, Al Gregory gave a great message from the story of the Good Samaritan which really got participants to challenge their own often prejudiced thinking .
On the Saturday, we also held a general conference in which I spoke about Jesus and the Woman from Samaria in the context of cross-cultural evangelism, raising a number of issues to challenge those present. Duncan also led another two sessions equipping people in evangelism and thus demonstrating how an equipping evangelist according to Ephesians 4 should function in the church.
It was a very good weekend and there was a great response to the talks.
Delving Deep Into Romans
Sep 30, 2013
Delving Deep into Romans
By Frank and Sharon Clark
When an email came our way announcing a two-day theological training event with teaching by Andrew Wilson, we jumped at the chance. We both serve on the preaching team at New Life Church Milton Keynes, and the prospect of receiving some excellent teaching was too good to miss. However, when the reading list arrived we did wonder if we’d bitten off more than we could chew! Neither of us are theologians and at first glance it all looked rather high-brow.
We needn’t have worried, though. Andrew is such an excellent teacher we found we could follow his arguments without too much brain strain, and when provoked to form an opinion, we found we did, indeed, have opinions. In fact, one of the things we really liked was that people quite often had totally opposing views. This led to some fascinating good-natured discussions and debates.
So what did we study? We worked through the Book of Romans looking at in the light of ‘the new perspective on Paul’. This provided some great insights into the culture of the time as well as some thought-provoking questions about how much our interpretation of Romans is coloured by our own historical background, e.g. the teaching of Martin Luthur.
Along the way we dealt with some ‘tricky’ words Paul uses. What does Paul mean when he refers to ‘the righteousness of God’ or when he uses the word ‘justify’? What is the ‘law’? And what about that difficult to translate phrase in Romans 5:12? There are six options when translating into English, and no obvious right or wrong. A tricky situation indeed!
The two days closed with Andrew paraphrasing the entire letter in one go. I do wish this had been recorded as it was quite something to hear, and really brought the letter to life again. A good reminder that it was written as a letter and, no doubt, read in a single sitting. How often do we read the letters of Paul in that way?
There are plans to run another event next year focusing on Isaiah (details will appear on the Catalyst website). If you get an opportunity to attend, we thoroughly encourage you to do so. It would be particularly great to have some more ladies sign up! We came away with a much deeper understanding of Romans, and a desire to delve into other books of the bible in a similar way.
Jul 10, 2013
Are you excited about world mission?
Do you want to play your part in reaching unreached people groups?
If the answer to these questions is a very loud YES, then we have an exciting opportunity for you. We need an intern to work with David Devenish and his team in the work that they do Internationally and in the UK.
You need to be comfortable with all the office software and the different social media channels. An ability to use video editing software would also be helpful but isn’t essential. You need to be able to take instruction and complete the task laid out, as well as being someone who can take initiative. You should be comfortable working in an office enviroment and be an effective team player.
You also need to be well organised, flexible, hard working and able to make coffee to a high standard!
The role commences in September 2013 and will last for one year only.
If you are interested then please email a CV with information about references to Andy Martin.
Who Wants To Save The World
Jun 21, 2013
A large part of who we are is a desire to train, equip and send people to take the gospel wherever God is calling them to go so it was great to see so many people responding at the Catalyst Festival to receive prayer about global mission. When people hear God’s call to the nations one of the big questions that many people ask is “What’s Next?” Here are a few ideas to help:
- Talk to God, leaders, family and friends. Ask if they have any advice or experience or if they know anyone who does.
- Don’t be afraid to start. You don’t need to know every, or even any, details to start asking questions. It can be a great way to confirm a call or realise that God is leading you in a different direction.
- Get ready. Can you start learning the language and culture now? Do you have the skills to work in a country? The Maldives does not need snow plough drivers!
- Pray for the nation. ‘The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.’
- Know that even if you are called to the nations you are called to wherever you are right now. Your life and ability to serve God doesn’t start when you leave your home country. Even if you are leaving in a week, you still have a week that God has given you to serve Him, the church, the community and the people where you are right now.
- Get connected. You can send us an email asking questions or wanting to find out about mission opportunities at .
In autumn we will be running a ‘Next Steps’ day. Watch this space!
Ken Riley - Wondrous Things
Jun 13, 2013
Who was that guy stood at the front of each worship time with the biggest smile you've ever seen?
That was Ken Riley, former front many of yfriday, and now worship leader and Director of Worship at City Church Newcastle, Ken's focus is to connect people to God through worship, to lift up Jesus so all men may be drawn to Him and to write songs that enable this.
Ken has also just released a 6 song EP. Many of these are already being sung in churches and conferences (including the Catalyst Festival) the EP is receiving excellent reviews.
As well as travelling internationally for 10 years as the front man of yfriday - a band whose mission was to see many people encounter God & with over 15,000 finding salvation - Ken may be more well known for the church classic Everlasting God co-written with Brenton Brown and for which he received 2 ASCAP awards for the song being in the top 20 most played songs across all genres of US radio.
If you want to buy this EP then go to Kens website.
Why I Loved Catalyst Festival 2013
Jun 13, 2013
Two weeks ago we held the first ever Catalyst Festival at Stoneleigh Park. Over 3600 people turned up to worship God, learn more about him, get connected to world mission and to celebrate who we are and what we can be. It was great to see so many people there, not just from this nation but from all over the world, from different people groups and languages, coming together to praise God as one.
Ken Riley and Tim Williams did a fantastic job leading worship for the main sessions and were followed by very gifted preaching. A personal highlight was seeing Andrey Bondarenko preaching in Russian with Narina translating, they have a great rapport together which they used for both an entertaining and engaging preach about growing in God. Throughout the week in the main sessions and the zones we saw many people meeting with God and having their lives impacted by his presence.
I received a lot of great comments and feedback from people during the festival of things we did well and things we can improve for next year but one of my favourites was from one of our overseas visitors who said it felt like they were seeing a tour of the Newfrontiers family values on display. Getting people connected and to feel part of the global family that makes up Catalyst and Newfrontiers was one of our big intentions for the festival.
On the Tuesday I had the opportunity to spend some time going around all of the Catalyst and Festival zones and was greatly encouraged by the wonderful atmosphere and what was going on in each of the zones. Particularly in the family encounter zone where I saw families sitting and praying together about how God wants to use them as a family and asking ‘how and where are we called to serve God together?’. What a great counterexample to our western stronghold of individualism.
It was outstanding to see the generosity of those at the festival as we raised an offering of over £170,000 to go towards our mission together, planting churches, equipping leaders and serving the poor.
On the practical side of running the festival I am very grateful for the exemplary effort put in by all the servers, leaders, organisers and everyone who helped make the festival happen. It was wonderful to see so many people serving and giving up their time and using the skills that God has given them to making the festival actually feel like a festival.
I had a great time and a lot of the people I’ve spoken to have shared very positive comments of their experience as well. I look forward to being there again next year and am excited to see even greater things happening.
Have You Got Skills?
May 08, 2013
Interested in creating a festival atmosphere at Catalyst? We need you!
We’re looking for people with any of the following skills or anyone willing to make lots of noise and fun to welcome the happy campers on the opening day!
Things to get involved with…
- Circus Skills – (Juggling, Diablo, Fire Breathers, Unicyclists, Stilt Walkers etc.)
- Busking – Can be originals or covers!
- Got a bit of rhythm? Join our mobile Samba or African Drumming Band
- Breakdancing – Please get in touch if you have any skills whatsoever!
- Gymnastics, Acrobatics, or Tumbling
- Any weird, freaky abilities, which should be seen at Catalyst!
- Comedians and Compères
Any performers of any sort please get in touch if you think you can help add to the festival atmosphere on the opening day at Catalyst.
Hope Church Saint Petersburg
May 03, 2013
I recently had the privilege of traveling to Saint Petersburg in Russia to spend some time with Hope Church and its leaders, as well as with the other churches in that area.
David and Hannah Henson founded Hope Church three or four years ago. They had previously gone to live in Russia and started learning the language in Tver while also getting involved in the church. At one of our team meetings for the Russian speaking world, there had been a very clear prophetic word for them to move on to St Petersburg and this resonated very much with the unspoken desire that David had in his own heart. Scilla and I went out to join them for three months shortly after they had moved to St Petersburg and the church came to life through wonderful meals in David and Hannah’s home. During that time we sought to lay a good foundation and we have been delighted to see that Hope Church has since grown and become well established.
Our recent trip began with a meal for pastors and wives provided by Hope church on the Friday evening; there was a great atmosphere of fellowship as we ate together, after which I spoke on being like fathers and mothers within the life of the church. On Saturday we taught on making disciples, and the churches participating all felt that there was a lack in each of their churches, both in terms of bringing new believers through to discipleship and raising new leaders.
On Sunday we gathered Hope Church and All Nations Church, plus a few leaders from other churches in the area for a morning service. There was a combined worship team, a full hall and a powerful sense of community between the churches that was a joy to see and be a part of. I spoke again on discipleship from the perspective of the long-term family style relationship between Paul and Timothy.
David & Hannah are currently based in the UK as David recovers from major surgery and builds up a business to enable the family to live in St Petersburg for the long term. It has been encouraging to see that the leadership team at Hope Church has been doing very well in David’s absence.
David had begun to gather various pastors in St Petersburg who were seeking to find fresh ways of working together. On the Monday morning we met with this group and debated some of the issues involved in working together to be a blessing to one another and to the city.
It was a fruitful trip and I am already looking forward to returning!
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