Kevin Roberts

Kevin Roberts writes:

Thank you for your prayers and support over these last few busy weeks, in which the ReSource Future process has been in top gear alongside a full diary of regular work and speaking engagements. It has been an exhilarating autumn so far, and we thank God for His hand upon our work, and for the opportunities we have had to speak to a wide range of people about our future. Please do continue praying for us. We so need it and appreciate it as the essential underpinning of all that we do.

ReSource Future

Thank you to all those who completed the ReSource Future questionnaire earlier in the summer and to Peter Brierley who has collated the results for us in a thorough and very helpful Report, now available on the ReSource website. We have also now held eight ReSource Future Evenings around the country and met over 250 of you at these, each of which was thoroughly worthwhile, and has given us much to ponder and pray about for our future.

Added to these larger gatherings Christopher and I have met individually with a range of church leaders from the mainstream denominations and with the leadership of partner organisations, including SOMA UK, New Wine, CPAS, the Filling Station and Emmaus Leadership, and we look forward to further conversations through to early December. We would particularly value your prayers for two focus-group gatherings at Harnhill (on 6 November) and Foxhill (on 15th), and for the Discernment Group as we meet residentially at Whalley Abbey 30 November - 1 December to pray and reflect on all that we have been hearing. Christopher’s draft Report will go to the Discernment Group on 16 January 2018, before being considered by the Trustees in a residential meeting at Launde Abbey over 30-31 January. Some strong themes are already emerging, all of which feel good, positive and exciting. It doesn’t look as though God has finished with us yet!

My ReSource Future Evening talk on ‘the God who Guides’ from Acts 16:6-10 is now on our website. Click here to listen. You may also be interested in the short summary I did on ReSource’s story, click here.

Church Weekends

ReSource has been asked to facilitate a number of events over the past two months, including five Church Weekends, four residentially and one for the Ely and Newmarket Methodist Circuit ‘at home’. I am very grateful to Garrie and Jill Griffiths who led a ReSource weekend at High Leigh for Christchurch & St Mary Billericay, and to Philip and Jacqui Dorling who led a weekend for St Stephen’s, Preston at Abbot Hall. Thanks too to my wife Anne who joined me to lead the Ely weekend, along with those for St Luke’s West Kilburn at High Leigh and the Kidderminster East Team Ministry at the Whitemoor Lakes Centre near Lichfield. There will be more about these in the Winter Newsletter which will be with you before the end of the year. And we are delighted at the engagements booked already for next year. Please do be in touch if you think that a ReSource speaker might be right for your church weekend, renewal day, retreat day or mission event next year and I will be very happy to talk this through with you.

ReSource Database

You may be aware that existing data protection legislation will be replaced on 25 May 2018 by the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will introduce new requirements for how organisations, including charities, process personal data. ReSource is fully compliant with existing legislation and has a secure database of supporter information. We take seriously our responsibilities as holders of personal data and have secure systems to ensure that it is kept strictly private. We never, under any circumstances, give these details to another charity, company or individual enquirer and have never given consent to other charitable Trusts to use this information for their own marketing purposes or private communications. The Trustees and staff are preparing for the introduction of the new legislation, and will be in touch with all those on our current database early in 2018 to explain the consent now required should you wish to continue (which we hope you will!) to be on our supporter database.

Once again, thank you for your love, support and prayer. If we can ever pray for you or your church do please let me know and we will be very pleased to include you in our prayers when we gather at 2.00pm each day in the Wells office.

With much love in Christ,

 

 

 

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Kevin Roberts writes:

I am delighted to send you the autumn editions of the ReSource Newsletter and Prayer Letter, both here attached, which I hope you will enjoy reading and using. It has been a pleasure in these last few months to be involved in a variety of church weekends, renewal days and retreats, and to be working alongside leaders in a variety of denominations and we have tried to give you a partial snapshot of this in the Newsletter. If reading it prompts you to think whether ReSource staff or associates might help you in similar ways into the months ahead, please be in touch and I would love to talk it through with you.

We are also at the moment deeply engaged in praying and thinking about God’s mandate for our future, and you will see something of the scale and detail of this from the entries in the Prayer Diary, with more conversations yet to be finalised. I would covet your ongoing prayers, please, for Christopher and myself, the discernment group and the Trustees as we travel around the country and meet with a whole variety of people, that in it all we might hear clearly what God is saying to us and asking of us for the deeper engagement of the church with the life and work of the Holy Spirit.

It has been a great pleasure to meet some of you at the first five ReSource Future Evenings and I look forward to seeing others of you at the remaining three. Full details of these can be found on our website by clicking the links below:

Wednesday 18 October at Holy Trinity , Meole Brace, Shrewsbury

Thursday 19 October at Ulverston Parish Church

Friday 20 October at St Barnabas, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough

And if you use Twitter why not follow us @ReSourceARM and now on Facebook too.

This comes with deep thanks for your continued prayer and support for ReSource.

May God bless you richly.

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Kevin Roberts writes

With Spring in the air and with Easter in view it seems appropriate that our focus over these coming months will be on God’s plans for our future.

We are entering the ReSource Future process with an increasing confidence that God still has work for us to do, but we want to consciously seek Him for a fresh mandate and for a greater clarity about the focus of our ministry. We also want to listen carefully to our supporters, to church leaders and to partner organisations so that we can discern what seems good “to the Holy Spirit and to us”, and move together into God’s “new thing” for ReSource, whatever that might be.

As Graham Cray points out in his helpful article in this Newsletter “discernment is a fundamentally corporate or communal activity”. We shall be in contact with supporters after Easter to offer a variety of ways in which you can contribute to the ReSource Future process.

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Kevin Roberts writes

Thank you to all those who have contributed articles to the Newsletter, and our congratulations to one of our contributors, Fr Steven Benford, on his recent election to be the next Bishop of Dunedin in New Zealand. This is great news.

The ReSource Future process is taking shape for the autumn, and Christopher Landau gives more details about this in the Newsletter. Can I particularly draw your attention to:

 

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Kevin Roberts writes:

These past few months have not been typical ones in the life of ReSource, but our work has continued none the less, some of which you can read about in this current Newsletter.

For my own part it has been a privilege to speak at a varietyof events in different parts of the country and to be in conversation with a number of local and national leaders who share our passion to see a church renewed and equipped by the Spirit for mission, all of which has been time well spent. Some of our Associates have been busy too to help keep the regular work of ReSource going, and Paula and Kinga in the Wells office have worked cheerfully and unstintingly to keep the administrative wheels turning.

We can’t pretend, though, that it has been business as usual over these last few months.