Mar 26, 2013

Transforming a whole culture

The Real Deal pilot has begun. The “front doors” of St Martin’s Church, Health Xchange, Karis Neighbour Scheme and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust have been opened to Real Deal business. Already we are encountering unforeseen logistical challenges, already we are taking counter measures.

Mar 6, 2013

A day with family and team

7.30am The words of the Celtic blessing we say most mornings has special significance as we send Daniel off to his job interview as a music teacher. “May he bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors”.

Feb 10, 2013

Teamwork does it!

Last week we had our Agape UK “Round Table” meeting, and as usual we began with a round up of how each of us had been doing since we last met 3 months ago.

Jan 2, 2013

It was the night before Christmas

My last working day before the holiday. Nine of us sat around the table. Five have worked together for a year or more. Two have come on board since the summer. Two are new to the group.

Nov 27, 2012

A city on a hill?

“What brings you here?” I was asked in a church in Jesmond Sunday evening. “Well we’ve been plotting the overthrow of Satan’s empire in the city of Newcastle”.

Nov 27, 2012

Pandering or Partnering?

Thursday was the day. The two big agenda items for our Steering Group were defining the ethos of Real Deal and unlocking local NHS funding. With both Karis Neighbour Scheme and St Martins around the table, we agreed that we would settle on an ethos of forgiveness, hope and inclusion, but without insisting on explicit trust in Jesus on behalf of those charged with maintaining this ethos.