The time has come to redefine Newfrontiers. Through 2011, Newfrontiers will begin to take on a new identity. It will be the name given to multiplied apostolic spheres who plan to work together interdependently, owning the same values, retaining the same Newfrontiers title and aspiring to fulfill the prophetic promises given to us.
Since these promises have global ramifications it is impossible for any one of these new teams to accomplish them alone but, as God said to us in the early days, we can accomplish more together than apart.
We anticipate that July 2011 will see our final Brighton-based Together On A Mission conference. Several Newfrontiers conferences now take place in different nations and we aim to host our 2012 World Leaders’ Conference, not in Brighton, but in the Middle East (details will follow).
In the last few months I have enjoyed visiting Newfrontiers apostolic centres in Zimbabwe, South Africa and the Pacific Rim. While there I have had contact with John Lanferman’s team in the USA which has also met with Lee Yarbrough’s Mexican-based team. David Stroud has also gathered his team for various events. David Devenish has been busy teaching in Turkey, David Holden in Europe, and Colin Baron in Dubai. Guy Miller’s team has been involved in India, Jeremy Simpkins has added another Canadian church to his sphere, John Kpikpi will soon hold his ‘Reach the Nations’ conference in West Africa, and the list goes on. Inevitably more happens in my absence as new teams emerge and take on responsibility. It will be my joy to encourage their growth and fruitfulness by ongoing visits and by occasionally gathering key players.
We anticipate that our final TOAM in Brighton will be a launch pad into a new season. We will be able to bring more detailed definition and be ready for our next phase of advance among the nations for the glory of God.
The closing of Stoneleigh Bible Week in 2001 surprised many but we saw that occasion as the launch pad for increased church planting across the nations. Since that closure many churches have been planted and new nations entered. We look forward now to our next phase with eager anticipation.
Some decades ago God told us that there are no well-worn paths ahead. More recently He has promised us multiplication and exponential growth. We are not following traditional patterns, but we know that he who calls himself ‘the Way’ will continue to provide us with his guidance and grace.