“It’s a beautiful thing” Greg stated enthusiastically “to help people meet with Jesus”. Hearing Greg speak you get the sense of someone who has carried his passion for a while. You also get the sense that for Greg and his church the Transform Network has come at the right time. “The frustration has been that we had the enthusiasm but lacked the resource” Greg explains “now we are able to gain some resource to have more people engaged in the harvest.
Clearly change of this nature creates a whole range of emotions. Some struggle with change others want the pace to speed up. Greg recognises all these as being important while seeing the blessing in God’s timing. “we have been looking at the vision of our church and feel called to disciple more people in Widnes but we were not sure how we would achieve this. Being part of this network will help us achieve our local vision.”
Transform North West talk about transforming lives, communities and churches and Greg, in particular, picks up on the aspect of transforming lives. “this is the movement we are trying to create” he explains “ it’s about disciple making, it’s about raising up leaders but most of all its about valuing people. I am seeing young people who society doesn’t value finding a sense of purpose which is great to see. I see the older people in our congregations, who may feel their contribution has been forgotten able to find new worth.
“we are creating a movement. A movement that will turn around the negative perceptions of our communities and establish a new story where through investing and focussing resource in three iconic places we provide a focus for telling and showing people the Good News of the kingdom of God.”