As the leaders of London churches within Newfrontiers gathered recently to pray, we announced the news that Pete and Nicky Cornford will be moving to Australia to plant a church in Perth. Pete has been an outstanding leader amongst us, planting a brilliant church in the borough of Hillingdon and motivating and encouraging us all to continue to keep church planting high on our agenda.
His leadership in the last few years has been the primary impetus in moving forward the four latest London church plants into Richmond, Haringey, Newham and Islington. He has provided constant support to many other church planters. And on a personal note he has provided consistent encouragement and support to me. We will miss him – and we all pray for his ongoing success and a smooth transition for the Cornford family to the Land of Oz! Apart from our prayers, the London Team decided that we would support Pete in this move with £10K from our Church Planting Fund.
On the wider front we have decided not to go ahead with our ‘Together @ Butlins’ event in January 2011 and we are now planning to make it a biannual event - look out for details for 2012.
In the light of Pete’s move I will be gathering more regularly with all our London Pastors to pray together. The next meeting will be on Thursday 9th September (not in June as previously planned) when I shall have returned from my sabbatical!