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NLC 2014

ASD writes:

Just quickly reporting in….

Emma and I, and others, had a great week away with our family of Vineyard churches across the country at NLC. Here are some of the briefest of highlights to show what happens when over 1,000 leaders meet together in a wet month of January at Trent Vineyard, Nottingham. I simply dread to think how much coffee was drunk, but we can probably expect a national shortage!

We met some truly inspirational church planting pastors from India and Peru. As a church we were able to financially contribute to their growing churches in these countries.

We also enjoyed having our close friends from HTB and St Aldates, Oxford with us. Most notably, Pete Grieg (27-7 Prayer), Mark Elsdon-Dew and pastor/theologian Simon Ponsonby.  But most of all, we were so grateful to feel the Lord’s presence with us throughout the week. Worship was wonderful.

It is always a significant week, but in someways this year perhaps more so. Interestingly, the words spoken into the Vineyard movement, inside and out, resonated so strongly with us all. In particular, to pursue ‘holiness’ and to encourage all to love God’s Word. We are living in times when authentic faith needs to be seen more than ever. It does feel, without any intention to hype, that everything is moving up a gear for us a movement. We are, of course, not suggesting that we are ‘it’, but something is in the air among our rabble of churches!

I hope some of us at SVV, and our wider friends, were able to watch some of the conference on the live feed link that was texted out to you earlier this week.

Eleanor Mumford was simply outstanding. What a gift she and John are to us! (Videos will be made available on the Vineyard Churches UK & I website soon.)

Meanwhile, maybe think and pray seriously about sacrificing the time to come with us next year. It is hard to convey all the benefits of a conference like this, but it really is worth pulling out the stops for! Or we will give you your money back! (Trustees – note I’m joking!)

The Vineyard National Leaders’ Conference in 2015 is Monday 26th – Thursday 29th January at Trent Vineyard, Nottingham.

God bless,

Andrew & Emma

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