Posts Tagged ‘growth’

Godfirst Jo’burg

January 28th, 2011

For the last week I’ve been getting to grips with the phenomenal Godfirst church in Johannesburg. Planted with 20 people in January 2005, it now has 9 meetings every Sunday, spanning 7 sites and gathering in the region of 2,000 people. And they’re still expanding! Last Sunday saw them announce that two new sites would be launched over the next few months!

In an attempt to get to the bottom of their extraordinary success, I’ve attended a couple of their sites, three elders meetings, one early morning prayer meeting, a joining the church evening, and had one to ones with nine of their key leaders.

It has been impossible to get away from their energetic devotion to God – they really do put God first! As their remarkable growth implies, there’s also an overwhelming sense of being on a mission together.

The whole experience has certainly been both inspiring and faith building. I feel as though I’ve caught more of a glimpse of our future as we seek to reach the many people God has for us in our city. Suddenly the prospect of seeing Jesus the most talked about person in Birmingham doesn’t seem so hard to imagine!

The next leg of my trip sees me visiting Phil and Claire in Bulawayo – hopefully for a spot of much needed r & r (!) before returning the UK on Tuesday.

Change is Here to Stay

December 1st, 2009

As I think back over our history together as a church, two things have always remained constant: JESUS and CHANGE. Jesus, who is the head of the church, continues to grow his church… and more people mean more changes! These changes come in all kinds of different ways. They come in the form of new Christians, new leadership, new facilities, new strategies and new mission opportunities. Although the growth can certainly be challenging at times, it’s a good thing that forces us to rely more closely on Jesus and his leading.
Over the last year it’s fair to say we’ve seen more change than usual. Among other things, we’ve moved to two meetings on a Sunday, started a new Alpha Course in Bearwood, launched a Life Group for Senior Citizens and taken on two new members of staff (Russ and Steve)! And then, of course, from 17th January we’ll be meeting every Sunday in both Lordswood Boys’ School (at 9.45am) and King Edward’s (at 11.15am). When we take a step back and look at all that’s going on it becomes apparent that Jesus is doing something quite remarkable. Churchcentral is definitely an exciting place to be at the moment!
As we look forward to the busy Christmas programme, let’s do so with a growing sense of faith and expectation. We’ve got two Carol Services (on the 6th and 20th December) and once again we’re joining forces with other churches in Birmingham for the Carols in the City event in the middle of the city centre (on 12th December). These are going to be fantastic Jesus-centred events… who knows what they will lead to?!!?

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