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To Change A City


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I was asked to address a conference of educators, education of course is one of the leavers that can be used to change - a culture or... so here it is.

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To Change A City

  1. 1. To Change a CityCEELondon Link ConferenceEmmanuel CentreMarsham StreetWestminster London1st October 2011
  2. 2. We need to Love the City.London is a great City and I love it.
  3. 3. Sheep and FieldsSorry to say to all those Christians who love the ‘pastoral ‘approach of Sheep and fields, you need to go back to yourBible and ask the question what is it that God has promisedus – actually he has promised us a City!
  4. 4. Rev 21:2 A.V.AndThe Message Then I, John, saw the holy city, NewJerusalem, coming down out of heaven fromGod, prepared as a bride adorned for herhusband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heavensaying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is withmen, and He will dwell with them, and they shallbe His people. God Himself will be with them andbe their God. 2I saw Holy Jerusalem, new-created, descendingresplendent out of Heaven, as ready for God as abride for her husband. 3-5I heard a voice thunder
  5. 5. However much as I love my City, I alsorecognise that it needs to be affectedby THE KINGDOM and I need to be aKINGDOM SEEKER. So I need to seekand find the Kingdom in my City. Infact we if we are the people of Godhave the capacity to pull downKingdom into this time space world ofKingdom
  6. 6. And in good ACE backgroundtraining we do that by engaging –getting involved - getting ourhands dirty and seeking to changethe culture on which the city isbased or stands and to quote ACEit stands on the four legs thatmould and make culture.We Need To Change The City And ItsCulture
  7. 7. 1. Politics2. Arts and Media3. Education4. BusinessThese are:These are very big areas, I’m determined that I wouldnot just theorise on these issues, but rather seek toengage with them. To seek to find Kingdom in the areasthat moulds and make.
  8. 8. PoliticsAffects so much, it is those areasthat govern and control I had a dream that maybe weshould, ‘the followers of the way’ be themoulders of things like SocialServices, let me tell you it did not startwith Government, it was people of faiththat first saw the need to change andmend these areas. So we opened acompany called
  9. 9. This Company nowruns:Phoenix Community Care
  10. 10. Housing and support for some 30plus young peoplewho are classed as UAM’S (Unaccompanied Minors –i.e. 16 and 17 year olds who are in the UK withoutparents.
  11. 11. Housing and Support for young 18 year olds who areclassified by Social Services as Vulnerable Adults
  12. 12. Housing and Support for Mothersand babies
  13. 13. Our own Independent Foster CareAgency
  14. 14. Education Again, let me say it was not really governmentthat had the big ideas. Here it was people likeRobert Rakes who founded the Sunday Schoolmovement. He wanted to help poor youngstersread and write so that they could understandScripture. It was Sunday School because thatwas the only day they were not working and couldlearn. So many people accuse me of brainwashingchildren. My answer is what do you think thatothers are doing. Many of us need our brainswashed. We need a Kingdom focus in our lives We need to educate our children, it is a powerfulforce for the future, and it really is putting in
  16. 16. Proverbs 22:6 AVTrain up a child in the way heshould go,And when he is old he will notdepart from it.Proverbs 22:6 The MessagePoint your kids in the rightdirection—Proverbs 22:6 AVand Message
  17. 17. Is about Righteousness JusticePeaceWe need to seek the Kingdom ofGod in our City and for our City.Luke 11:2AVOur Father in heaven,Hallowed be Your name.Your kingdom come.The Kingdom of God
  18. 18. God is with usGod has commanded us to SEEK FIRST HISKINGDOMWe can do it.... Lets not just talk but act.MorningAssemblyAt 7.45 a.m.WattellaSri LankaPaalamInternationalSchoolUsing FullACEcurriculumNow around200 Children.Adrian Hawkes.London Link ConferenceEmmanuel Centre Marsham Street WestminsterLondon