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Decolonising Apostolic Ministry 5: Evolution not Revolution

Decolonisation must be by evolution, not revolution. An evolution, however, punctuated by moments of revolution, of revelation. This is a journey both systemic and deeply personal. I’m sitting in the airport on my way home from 10 days in a Middle Eastern context where the very things that have been discussed here are being wrestled …

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Decolonising Apostolic Ministry 4: Money

Part One Part Two Part Three Any review of apostolic mission must consider the way money is used. There are just so many ways in which the use of money can perpetuate structural power imbalances in the global Church. In this post, I seek to frame the conversation positively by proposing three questions which apostolic …

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Decolonising Apostolic Ministry 3: Bias

Part One Part Two In this series of blog posts I am asking the question, “what would it take to decolonise the doctrine and practice of apostolic ministry today? In today’s post, I look at two reasons why apostolic ministry as it is currently taught and practiced needs decolonising. Let’s remind ourselves of Merriam-Webster’s definition …

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Decolonising Apostolic Ministry 2: Centring the Local

In this series of blog posts I am asking the question, “what would it take to decolonise the doctrine and practice of apostolic ministry today? Read Post 1 in the series. A key aspect of decolonisation is the bringing near of authority. Post-Soviet decolonisation in Central Asia has resulted in a flourishing resurgence of local …

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Decolonising Apostolic Ministry: What?

I love Newfrontiers. I am a Newfrontiers boy through and through. And I’m arguing for a process of reflective decolonisation of apostolic ministry. One of our contributions to the global missions conversation is a robust theology and practice of apostleship. We believe that Biblical language (elder, shepherd, evangelist, apostle, etc.) is more meaningful in a …

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Why buy from a stranger when you can borrow from a relative?

Why buy from a stranger, when you can borrow from a relative? On planting churches cross-culturally, mission agencies, cross-cultural best practice and the Newfrontiers family. Andy McCullough. April 2022. Historically, when church planting internationally, Newfrontiers churches have generally preferred sending cross-cultural, long-term workers via a direct send model, rather than via mission agencies. The primary …

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A Piece of the Puzzle- Relieved to find that I still fit

Last weekend my sending church in the UK brought me back as a guest for their annual missions conference. I hadn’t left my host country in over 2.5 years, and a third baby, a pandemic, and a house move later, I was thrilled to fly back to the UK for a weekend (child-free- thank you …

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margins2mic. Season Two. Art of Listening.

The #margins2mic project brings together voices from across the Newfrontiers family, and from around the world. Newfrontiers is on the way to becoming a truly global movement, and as such it is important – no, vital – to connect with and listen to a truly global set of voices and perspectives. Listening is an art. …

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Who May We Be Overlooking?

  Who May We Be Overlooking? The hot, African sun was beating on my head as I walked through a camp for internally displaced people in Soroti, Uganda. Line upon line of closely packed thatched huts provided temporary shelter for those displaced by the cruel ravages of the Lord’s Resistance Army who were destroying villages …

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Society of Gospel Haymanot 2020 Conference Reflections

By Rosie and Anna. In October 2020 Rosie and Anna attended the Society of Gospel Haymanot Conference. It was a privilege being part of Meachum School of Haymanot’s inaugural gathering of the Society of Gospel Haymanot (SGH). Meachum School of Haymanot (Ge’ez word meaning faith, or theology) exists to “bring biblical, graduate-level theological education to …

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Bringing Life in the Face of Death

If you doubt the power of God to transform even the worst situations, then read on! Things don’t get much tougher than the situation in India at present. Around 26.75 million people have been infected with Covid19. Well over 300,000 people have died from the disease. India’s health care systems and services are buckling under the …

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Hong Kong Ready Churches – Making the Most of a Once in a Generation Opportunity

By John Ford In 2021, the Home Office estimates that 130,000 people will migrate from Hong Kong to the UK following the introduction of a new visa. In the end, Britain estimates that about 300,000 will take up the visa offer during the next five years. This is the largest planned migration of people to …

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