By Ruth Matthews, on Thursday, March 27, 2014
FP has been one of the longest lasting training programmes Newfrontiers has been involved in, originally coming from David Devenish’s desire for the church to be equipped and individuals to be released into all that God has got for them. It has gone through various versions with different leaders, spread to 5 training bases in the UK with America, Australia, Turkey and South Africa also doing their own versions.
Why do FP? The course is 10 months of training with residential blocks alongside a local church project. Mostly students are 19 – 28yrs old, but some are older taking a career break or early retirement. In Bedford, we have students based locally and in Birmingham, Luton, Oxford, Lincoln, Stafford and Doncaster. Thanks to the airport, we often have one or two students who are based in a church in Europe who fly back for training. And we always have a few foreign students in the mix which is always good fun and stops us becoming too parochial – so we have French and German students this time. An optional overseas trip is also part of the package; a large group are going again to Albania in June.
Most students come wanting to get some systematic training, try to work out what on earth they are here for and to serve the local church. Editor’s note: that’s what they think! More often than not it is to create some space for God to work and for them to deal with some barriers in their lives and know something of “moving from one degree of Glory to another”.
But some things are changing. We obviously had a significant move from Kings Arms to Woodside last year and we are now transitioning to change the name. So, from the summer we will no longer be FP but Impact Training – this at least gives some clue as to what we are doing! That also means the launch of a new website (http://www.impact-training.org.uk/) and some other bits and pieces.
I want to thank the team here at church. Without the vision and generosity for the building project form you, it would have been very difficult to have held training here. The new ‘Oak room’ upstairs is BRILLIANT and a superb facility for teaching, worship, praying, quizzes, eating pizza and generally having fun. If you would like to have look to see what we get up, please let me know and we can get you along.
We don’t usually have guests in the September training block to give the new group chance to gel, but other times we would love you to come and get a flavour of a typical day. Please pray – we are obviously busy with the current group but planning for next year and we have our first interview for 2014/15 in a few days!