Target

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by Rich Atkinson

We’ve all watched the news of the London riots, seen the pictures of the empty churches and despaired about the statistics that speak of young people disappearing from the church across the Western world. It’s time for something to change … and quickly … if we’re going to see a future for a generation in the church.

Despite all this bad news it’s my belief, and experience, that there is a generation of young people which is desperate for someone somewhere to share the good news of Jesus with them in a context where they have community to process it in safety. Seeing young people’s lives changed and transformed by God is the most exciting thing in the world, and we want to help you do that based on what we’ve experienced.

This book is my attempt to explain the crazy journey God has taken us on at St. Thomas Church Philadelphia in Sheffield, England, over the last few years as we have seen our youth ministry (Forge) develop from reaching 60 young people a week to reaching more than 800. We have seen hundreds of young people give their lives to Jesus in one of the toughest mission fields in the country. It has been an amazing journey as we’ve held onto God’s coattails and learned the lessons of developing multiple communities of missional youth spread throughout a city.

My hope is that this book will help you with some of what to do and some of what not to do as God takes you on an exciting journey of your own seeing God capture the hearts of a generation.

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Weight 0.69 kg
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 0.6 cm

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What We Believe

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God and inerrant in the original writings. We believe that there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that the lost and sinful man must be saved, and that man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We believe in and practice the holy ordinance of water baptism, which signifies the believer’s death, burial, and resurrection into new life with Christ Jesus, and the regular celebration of Holy Communion as commanded by our Lord.

We believe in the present ministry and baptism of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; those that are saved into the resurrection of life and those that are unsaved into the resurrection of damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Our History

In recognition of the tremendous growth forecast for the Plenty Valley, Bishop Stephen Hale set up a Taskforce in 2007 to investigate the possibility of establishing a new Anglican community in the area. With representation from local churches and Ivanhoe Grammar School, this Taskforce developed a plan that included the need for a point person to further the work. In response to this, two years ago St John’s Diamond Creek took a great step of faith by employing a staff member to not only serve its own congregation but to focus on establishing a new parish for Mernda. Craig spent his first year getting to know the area, building relationships and discerning what God was already up to in His mission of reaching residents and retailers with His love. Throughout the following year a core team began to form around a vision that arose again and again through prayer, of a red gum taking root in the heart of Mernda and growing while the roots reached out to every corner of the community. This vision of being organic church integrally connected to local community found a means of expression through the “Sheffield Model”, which was first developed by St Thomas’s in Sheffield (UK) nearly 15 years ago.

With a focus on “missional communities” the Sheffield model emphasises the need for Christians to meet with people in their own world rather than expecting them to enter ours. After spending time with the staff of St Thomas’s, Craig and the team began work on adapting the model for our own local context and subsequently launched two playgroups in the second half of 2010. A missional community has also begun forming around crafts and the creative arts which runs a stall at the Laurimar market to raise money for various causes. Three preview services were also held as God continued to draw people into the Plentylife community.

We now launch with a much clearer vision of who God wants us to be, a five-strong leadership team with responsibilities for missional communities, youth, families, and administration, and leadership for three missional communities focused on families, crafts and the creative arts and the outdoor life. And it’s true that we wouldn’t be at this point today if it wasn’t for the generous support of the Diocese, St Johns and other supporting churches! So now together we look forward to what else God might have in store for us according to His grace.

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