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“It was the best day ever,” “I wish we could have had longer,” “It was just brilliant.”  

Those were just a few of the comments I heard following our Network day together on Thursday (Sept 29th) at Carronvale. It was so special to have thirty plus leaders together for the day, to worship, receive from the Lord and encourage one another.  If you weren’t there you missed something very special indeed.

Undoubtedly we are living in turbulent and uncertain times. In fact, I don’t recall a time when there was so much fear and uncertainty about.  We have come through a global pandemic, there’s a war in Europe, fuel prices are rocketing, threatening to plunge many into poverty and the financial markets are in turmoil, putting pressure on pensions and mortgages. Yet despite all that, I came away from our time together filled with hope, knowing that more than ever our nation needs a church which reflects something of the beauty and character of Jesus.  

As a Network, relationship is one of our key values. We were never meant to do it alone and we simply need one another. This is why I would strongly encourage and urge you to prioritise attending a monthly hub (either online or in person) and make it part of your regular spiritual rhythm. Carving out a couple of hours a month to connect with others, consciously dwell in the presence of Jesus, receive and give encouragement, bless and be blessed will be worth it and both you and the church/ministry you serve will benefit as a result. I promise you.

“Don’t give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encourage one another - and all the more as you see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:25

As a Network, we are committed to seeing leaders and churches right across this land flourishing, becoming the beacons of life and hope that our communities so desperately crave at this time, and we can do it, together.


Keith Short

October 2022

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