Raising Up Leaders – Reaching a generation with Ness Wilson

“The duty of every leader is to raise up other leaders’.

If you’ve spent any amount of time around church or ministry leadership you will probably have heard this countless times, which is good. Because it’s true. But (as every Christian will know) just because something is true, doesn’t mean it’s easy to apply. Like many aspects of leadership, the path to understanding how to apply this involves experience and wisdom – which is why I’m so pleased to bring you this interview with Ness Wilson.

Ness leads Open Heaven Church in Loughborough, which is a church that she (along with a few friends) planted when they had barely finished being students themselves. It’s pretty incredible – the full story is on the podcast, which you can get on iTunes, Stitcher, at the end of this post, or wherever you get your podcasts. Ness still oversees Open Heaven, and is on the core team for the Pioneer Network. On the podcast, we ask Ness this question: How do you raise up leaders?  Here are some of our reflections on what she says.

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Just Living – Engaging Students in Social Justice with Esther Swaffield-Bray

“We’re in a fortunate time when a justice-seeking person is cool – it’s attractive, and it’s fashionable. Whatever the motivation may be I’m not that fussed – so long as we can connect the dots back to Jesus” – Esther Swaffield-Bray

Okay, that’s great: but how do we do that?

On today’s episode, we ask Esther that question and many more. You can get it on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Making small groups unmissable meetings with Rich Wilson

Have you ever been part of a church service, prayer meeting, or festival where God is so evidently present that no-one wants to leave?

Imagine if that was what happened in your small groups every week. You would quickly find that new groups would have to be started to just to keep up with demand. And that is how the Fusion Movement started. In this mini-episode of the podcast, we ask Fusion Movement team leader Rich Wilson – who was running those groups in the early days – how our groups can look like that: how our small groups can become unmissable meetings.

This mini-episode is only 7 minutes long. And if you are involved in leading a small group, bible study, or student ministry you should listen. It’s free on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever else you get your podcasts. You can also hear it through the embedded player at the end of this post.

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Going somewhere? – Getting a vision for student ministry with Rich Wilson

Whether you lead a small group of 5 people, a ministry of 500 you need a vision – a sense of where God is leading the group.

According to the Bible, this is a pretty important part of leadership:  Proverbs 29:18 teaches that where there is no prophetic revelation of God (vision) His people fall into disarray. So what is vision? In this episode, Rich Wilson (team leader at Fusion) defines vision a glimpse of the big picture of what God is bringing to pass in the word. You can listen to the full interview here on iTunes, Stichter, or wherever you get your podcasts.

One question I ask Rich is what to do when you can’t see this little bit of the big picture? Rich’s suggestion: to get around others who can. Here are 4 ways to do that (and +1 suggestion to the contrary).

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Spiritual Formation – A Christ Centred Worldview with Dr Lucy Peppiatt

“Discipleship is the process of becoming who Jesus would be, if He were you.” – Dallas Willard

I love this quote. In just fourteen words it speaks volumes about how we apply the teachings of Jesus to the lives of students, and indeed our own lives. But how do we actually do it? What practical steps can we take to help students engage with what God is changing in their lives, thoughts, emotions, desires, and actions?

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Starting Well – Freshers Week & Student Mission with Miriam Swaffield

What does it mean to start well?

In student ministry, the start of the year is crucial – that’s not news to anyone. But what if starting well meant more than just getting all the Christians into a church? No doubt, the transition between churches is so important.

But what if freshers week could be about inviting a generation to try church? That’s exactly what our podcast is on today. More specifically, it’s on how we do that.  Miriam shared loads of great ideas in the podcast (which you can find on iTunes or Soundcloud) – including ideas for multiple different contexts. But here are a few of our favourites.

3 ways to make the most of freshers week

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