An update from Steve and Jenny Norris in Tavistock

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Steve, can you remind us where you guys are based and the background to Redeemer Tavistock? Tavistock is a market town in West Devon, right in the heart of Dartmoor, one of the most beautiful regions in England. Tavistock has a population of around 13,000 people and serves a larger population of around 30,000 in the surrounding area. It is … Read More

Leading a church in the inner city of Cape Town

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Paul and Lee-Ann Maughan took the lead at Common Ground’s established city center congregation just over a year ago. Paul and Lee give us a bit of background on their move, their experience of city living and some helpful resources they have discovered to strengthen their ministry. Paul, you and Lee-Ann were part of a healthy congregation, involved and engaged … Read More

Update from Daniel and Marcia in Chiang Rai, Thailand

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Daniel and Marica planted a church into Chiang Rai, Thailand just over three years ago. Their family, originally based at Southlands Church in Southern California, have seen a remarkable amount of Kingdom advance in this short time. We asked Daniel to share some of the headlines from their last season of ministry. We think you will find it incredibly encouraging! … Read More

Are you considering a church name change?

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The Fullerton campus of Southlands Church was commissioned out from their Southlands family as an autonomous church in September this year. They begin this new season with a new name, Mercy Commons. Shawn Stewart, an Elder in the church and Director of Strategy at PlainJoe Studios, lead the leadership team through the process of selecting a new name, and was kind enough … Read More

Foundations for encouraging and guiding children’s ministry conversations and practices

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The Gauteng Hub (South Africa) hosted a Children’s ministry training day in early August 2019. Nicky Fetting, who heads up the children’s ministry at Advance partner church, Stirling Baptist delivered a superb plenary session outlining a rationale and framework for fruitful ministry to the next generation. We asked her to prepare a transcript of her talk, in lieu of an … Read More

The Advance Theology Course is off to a great start

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We asked Jon Marshall, course tutor, for an update on the new Advance Theology Course. Advance launched this new equipping resource at our Global Conference in May earlier this year, and we have been heartened by the remarkable uptake already!

Common Ground’s resource library is now available to you

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A new initiative, launched by Common Ground Church in Cape Town, aims to take its best resources and give them away for free. We asked Julie Williams, who is heading up the project, to give us some background on Common Resources and elaborate on what is available… If you’re a church leader, you’ll know how valuable it is to find … Read More

Broken for Blessing: The Underrated Potential of a Medium-Sized Multiplying Church

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Alan Frow, lead Elder of a fantastic, multiplying Advance partner church in Southern California has just published his third book, Broken for Blessing: The underrated potential of a medium-sized multiplying church. We asked Alan to send us some background to his new book, and to give us an overview of the themes he covers. Here follows Alan’s blog post, originally … Read More

An update from the Duff’s in Newcastle, England.

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Mike and Esole Duff have been leading the charge at Cornerstone, Newcastle for 7 years now. Check out this update on their progress, next steps for Cornerstone Church NCL and some ideas for maintaining a healthy lifestyle after a couple of years in leadership.

Heading back down the mountain after the Global Conference

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For many the Global Conference was a high point of the year. It was a refreshing time of fellowship with friends and an opportunity to re-calibrate hearts amidst busy ministry calendars. ‘Coming down the mountain’ is often done with some hesitation after a rich time together and yet it remains the only way we can take the good things we … Read More