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Our church is part of the Newfrontiers family of around 1500 churches in 60 or so nations around the world. Newfrontiers was founded by Terry Virgo who for many years was at Church of Christ the King, in Brighton, but is now part of King's Church, Haywards Heath, Sussex.
We are committed to building the church according to New Testament principles, believing that the most effective form of evangelism is worked out from strong local churches: churches where each member participates, the gifts of the Spirit are outworked, where there is joy in caring one for the other, and where there is a desire to make a difference in society and to reach those in need.
We believe that a truly New Testament church must acknowledge and receive the Ephesians 4 ministries of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. These gifts need to be recognised by those churches receiving them so that they are not imposed on a local church but rather readily embraced as the relationship develops. Over the years God has raised up people with these gifts to serve the churches in the various nations in which we are working. We are part of the Christ Central Apostolic Team headed up by Jeremy Simpkins from Manchester, which is one of the teams that make up Newfronties. ChristCentral origionally comprised churches from the north of the UK, but in recent times has been developing realtionships not just further afield in the UK but also in nations such as Canada, Norway and Zambia.
ChristCentral's values and goals are summed up as follows:
- Being friends enjoying God together
- Building churches empowered by Word and Spirit
- Advancing the kingdom, transforming the world
- Reaching nations, making disciples
In our local region we are working closely with other churches around the NW who are also part of ChristCentral. The leaders meet regularly for friendship, prayer and training, and there is a regular flow of ministry in and out of our churches as a practical outworking of our apostolic and prophetic foundations.
From time to time we pool our resources to stage bigger events such as the Front Edge evangelistic weekend, or the annual Bible Camp, attended by over 2000 delegates from across the North of the UK and beyond.