Nigel Ring on November 28th, 2012

What are Objects? Any charity or charitable company (more about that later) needs objects. These define why the charity exists and what it is hoping to achieve. In this respect it differs significantly from the stated objects of the church, which may include such phrases as ‘promoting the Christian gospel through teaching and outreach’. For […]

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Ministry or Project? Is the help and transformation you are trying to bring to people who are disadvantaged defined as a ‘ministry’ or a ‘project’? Recently I was with some church leaders in Holland. I asked them what the word ‘project’ (suitably translated!) conjured up in their minds. The list included such terms as Time […]

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Nigel Ring on November 17th, 2012

Good news! In 1998, at the Newfrontiers Leaders Conference in Brighton UK, Simon preached a movement-directing message from Gal 2:10 that it is an apostolic mandate to remember the poor. We have just been able to convert this and make it available as a video. Remember the Poor from Newfrontiers on Vimeo. Tweet This 

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Nigel Ring on November 15th, 2012

Would a separate charity ever be helpful? The short answer is ‘yes’, but only when the time is right. The trigger for creating a separate charity is probably when a) it interacts closely with the world, particularly in the area of finance or of partnering with a secular agency; b) when the risks of this […]

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Nigel Ring on November 9th, 2012

Introduction I am increasingly travelling among churches to advise them on setting up ministries to work with people who are poor or disadvantaged. I am encouraged how many churches have those who are poor on their agendas. The prophetic word that Simon Pettit preached in 1998 at the Newfrontiers leaders conference that it is an […]

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