15th June 2016

The National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast

A few months ago I received an unexpected invitation to the annual National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast. I am not sure how I ended up on their mailing list but I did book in and attended the event yesterday (Tuesday 14th June). Over 700 people were there altogether, a mixture of Christian leaders of all denominations from up and down the country with 150 Members of Parliament. As an expression of unity across different expressions of Christianity in the UK it was a very encouraging time. The prayer breakfast was organised by Christians in Parliament.

After the main prayer breakfast I attended a meeting hosted by the Cinnamon Network aimed at encouraging church leaders to engage and build strong relationships with local councils and business leaders. In particular Cinnamon are wanting to see regional churches together run 100-200 civic prayer events in their area. I was attending as a representative of Southwark for Jesus and this is exactly the sort of thing that SFJ has done quite successfully in the past and it was great to receive the challenge of what could be done again in the future.

There are no plans yet but certainly the heart of City Hope and SFJ is to make sure that the good news of Jesus doesn't stay confined inside church buildings but that we find ways of expressing our faith in relevant ways in all areas of society. The National Parlimentary Prayer Breakfast and the proposed civic prayer events are just two ways where that can happen.

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22nd December 2015

A leadership programme resourced by City Hope


“Previous journeys in search of treasure have taught me that a zigzag strategy is the best way ahead.” (Tahir Shah)

The Sharpen Your Zig & Develop Your Zag programme is designed with three things in mind:
- Leadership is about taking people with you on a journey of common purpose and direction
- The journey is unpredictable … more akin to navigating choppy seas than driving along a straight road
- We want to help you navigate your voyage more effectively and reach your destinations

If you are in a leadership position running a business, responsible for a student project, leading a home group, managing a team at work, pastoring a church, running a social enterprise or the ilk … AND … you want to sharpen up and develop then this could be the programme for you.

John D. H. Greenway loves helping people find their purpose, clarify their priorities and fulfil their potential. He has over 25 years' experience of helping business leaders build winning teams. He distilled his insights into his first book "Leaders' Map: helping doers think and thinkers do." He wanted to follow it up with a practical self coaching book and so began the collaboration with his friends Andy Blacknell and Andy Coombe and the result was Leaders' Journal. The Zig/Zag leadership programme is led and run by John and is based on material found in the Leaders' Journal book. John is also one of the elders at City Hope Church

When and where?
8 weeks at in February and March at City Hope Church, 121 Drummond Road, SE16 2JY. Monday evenings, starting at 7.45pm to 9.45pm. The exact start date is yet to be confirmed.

Open to all leaders
At City Hope we want to act as a strategic resource for others and this leadership programme is open to any one who feels they would benefit.

This is the pilot programme and the only cost will be the purchase of “Leaders’ Journal: 40 days of self coaching” at £24.99 from Amazon.

Contact and further information
To register for the programme or find out more please contact John Greenway directly. The closing date to register is 28th January.

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22nd May 2015

The Word - notes from the preaching series

I hope the recent preaching series on 'The Word' has freshly inspired you to read your Bible. If you missed either of the two talks you can listen here.

Here is a reminder of the four 'tips' for understanding your Bible, from the second talk:

TIP #1: Know if you are reading the Old Testament or New Testament
Not difficult! The New Testament often speaks more directly to our lives and builds on the Old Testament

TIP #2: The 'whole' sheds light on the 'part'
Read the whole Bible! Use a reading plan (suggestions here).

TIP #3: Common sense often makes sense
Understanding the literary genre (e.g. prophecy, narrative, etc.) helps understanding of the meaning.

TIP #4: Focus on the obvious not the obscure
Parts of the Bible are difficult to understand but the main messages are clear

For those who would like to go a little deeper at times in understanding the Bible the study resources mentioned below may be of interest.

1. NIV Study Bible: Having a few explanatory notes next to the Bible text as you are reading keeps things easy. A great way of digging a little deeper.

2. The Lion Handbook to the Bible: A classic! Commentary on each book of the Bible as well as plenty of background information with loads of diagrams, maps and pictures. Very helpful.

3. 'Bible Speaks Today' series: The aims of “The Bible speaks today” series is to expound the biblical text with accuracy, relate the text to life and be readable. They are very accessible and good value. There is a book on each Bible book (sometimes more than one) and even a Bible themes series. Phil Moore’s “Straight to the heart” series are also readable and accessible.

4. NICOT and NICNT series: These are read and used by scholars but still readable for others. If you want to ‘dig deep’ in Bible study then these are great commentaries to use. Not every Bible book has a commentary yet and be warned they are quite expensive! Worth the effort though. The NIV application commentary series is also a very good, scholarly but accessible series.

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