AS A FAMILY THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY WE LOVE TO GATHER TOGETHER – FOR FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP, FOR CELEBRATION AND MOURNING, TO JOIN OUR HEARTS AND VOICES IN PRAYER, TO ENCOURAGE ONE ANOTHER AND TO LEARN FROM ONE ANOTHER.
As we gather, our family values are strengthened, reinforced and passed on from one generation to another. We grow both in understanding and in unity, and are equipped and envisioned to go back out and live out our family values in our different contexts.
To this end we have launched ‘The Gathering’. These will take place three times a year in the same way our Prayer & Equipping events did, but we will be widening our lens slightly with them, to develop a two year programme that runs from one Leadership Conference to the next, taking the current apostolic and prophetic theme, ‘Courage’, and exploring together how we can and should be working that out in our churches, church plants, local communities, workplaces and individual lives.
So often we can attend a conference and be inspired, but when we return home we lose momentum. We want to continue the momentum kick-started by our COURAGE conference and see this take hold in our culture and be embedded across our family of churches. We have intentionally designed the Gathering to help us do this.
Mike talks more about the heart behind the Gathering in the following video:
We are excited about the journey God has ahead for us and the role our Gatherings will play. We hope and pray that you will return home from these times refreshed, built up and not only thinking about the step of courage God has laid before you, but ready to take it.
We will be…
There will be times where we enjoy God together in worship and prayer, with plenty of opportunity to minister to each other.
There will be opportunities to hear from God through his word and prophetically. We will receive great teaching around our theme and its application. For example, at our November gathering both Mike Betts and Stef Liston will be sharing with us. Mike will be particularly talking about the vision for The Gathering. Stef will be taking us through some teaching around our theme for November, ‘Courage in my character.’
There will also be the chances to share our ‘acts of courage’ with one another through testimony and stories.
We will be introducing learning communities. A learning community is a two year journey of culture change. There will be practical discussions and time to reflect personally as we move from a more typical programme, where we have sat and listened to teaching, to developing a new programme where we discuss it together.
We not only want to learn together, we also want to grow together. As we discuss and work through the teaching, there will be opportunities to be accountable to one another in areas we feel God is encouraging us to grow and take courage in. To help in this we will also be looking to provide further resources to help you in between the times that we gather.
Always the best part! We want to provide many opportunities to spend time together and sharing a meal is a great way to do this. As such, the Wednesday evening meal will be provided as part of the programme, with some updates being shared towards the end of that time.
Character | What does courage look like in my character?
Community | What does courage look like in my local setting (church, workplace, community)?
Multiplication | How can I train/influence others in having courage so that there is multiplication?
Retreat | Devoted time for unhurried worship, prayer, ministry and fellowship
Movement | What does courage look like corporately within RM as a movement?
to help you take steps of courage
to help you take steps of courage
Here are the recordings from The Gathering in May 2019. The theme was Courageous Multiplication of Disciples.
Unfortunately Mike Betts’ main session, on Heroes and Mentors, was not recorded, but you can read a summary blog of the core message on our blog.
170 leaders from within RM churches gathered in Norwich. The focus was on having #courage in our character, building from this summer's COURAGE conference.
We used the 'learning community' model used by the 3DM movement, as outlined in Mike Breen’s book ‘Building a Discipling Culture’. This meant we spent much of our time gathered around tables learning together and the talks were short and focused.
We were greatly encouraged by the growing culture of vulnerability and openness shown by everyone who attended. To protect the privacy of those who shared, testimonies have not been recorded.
The next event is Friday, November 29, 2019 – Saturday, November 30, 2019. This will be a retreat-style event, with lots of time for having fun together and building deeper relationships as a family. More details will be available soon on our Events page.