These family meeting's are something that we normally try and do around 2 to 3 times a year, normally after the extended summer and winter breaks.
We see these meetings as a way of communicating family business, giving updates to ongoing situations, communicating key things to be aware of as we move into a new season and also an opportunity to relay any important governmental or trust/charity issues or changes that the family members really should be made aware of.
Earlier on that same day, Adam Voke, Julian Perry, Bernard Bentall & myself had all been together at the Relational Mission Prayer & Vision Day hosted by Hope Church, Ipswich.
The end of the last Newfrontiers Brighton Leaders Conference (2011) signalled the beginning of many changes right across Newfrontiers as a family of churches.
The moving away from a centralised organisational structure into what has been called by some as 'autonomous, inter-dependent apostolic spheres' (try saying that three times in a row!) has seen us in Medway start to explore apostolic partnership with Mike Betts & the RM team in Norfolk.
(If you have any questions regarding apostolic ministry then I'd recommend you read this excellent book on the subject - Fathering Leaders, Motivating Mission by David Devenish).
Whilst at the RM Prayer & Vision day we had opportunity to interview Mike Betts & Goff Hope as a means of introducing Medway Family Church to both of them as part of our Family Meeting. (Adam Voke's doing the interviewing!)
Goff Hope is part of Mike's team and is in process of handing over the leadership of Kings Church, Norwich. This church has been grown, by the grace of God into a healthy, vibrant and engaging centre for worshipping God and serving the local/extended community.
Goff also heads up the Newfrontiers training base in Norwich - This will be where I'll be undertaking the next 2 years of leadership training, starting in October. I'm excited to be staying with Goff & Angie and to be meeting the rest of the guys that are going to be on the course.
Mike Betts is one of the apostolic figures that was publicly acknowledged and released at the Newfrontiers Leaders Conference. Mike has been leading Lowestoft Community Church up until recently but has now handed over the leadership of the church to Ben Parish (I met Ben at the Prayer & Vision day, we'll be doing training together!).
Mike has an apostolic ministry working with churches both in the UK and internationally, especially in Northern Europe.
As a strategic move looking to the future I really am expectant for all that God might do through these new relationships as we get to know each other and work together on developing the church in Medway and also get caught up in apostolic ministry across the nations with friends!
It's an exciting new day - Be encouraged!
Gordon Watson :)